Katherine Benton, DVM


A native of Charleston, Dr. Benton graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Caring for dogs and cats has been a lifelong passion of hers.  She began working with animals at a young age, training and showing her family’s Westies.  During her time at veterinary school she met her husband, who is also a veterinarian.  Dr. Benton acquired Charleston Heights Veterinary Clinic in 2001 and has enjoyed growing the practice to better serve the community.  She currently lives in Summerville with her husband and daughter, as well as their Cairn Terrier, Fred, and rescued cat, Pipsqueak.  When she is not assisting clients with their pets, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.

Erin Garrett, DVM


Dr. Garrett graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.  She has always loved helping people with their animals. She grew up on a small farm in Virginia and was exposed to a variety of animals at a young age. After graduation she moved to Charleston with her husband, Jason.  In 2003 her son, Jackson, was born, and he is her greatest joy. She began working at Charleston Heights Veterinary Clinic in 2015 where she excels at educating our clients about the best care for their pets.  Her Westie, Percival, and her Boykin Spaniel, Nellie, are part of her family as well.  Nellie and Dr. Garrett love obedience training with Off Leash K9 Training when the Garretts are not traveling.

Stephanie Schwabe, Ph.D, JD

Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie Jutta Schwabe received her B.A. in Geology from the College of Charleston, her MSc from Mississippi State University, her Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of Bristol and a J.D. with focus in International Environmental Law, Maritime Law and Animal Rights from the University of Queensland.  She was admitted to the Queensland Bar, both as a Barrister and Mediator.  A native of Charleston South Carolina, Dr. Schwabe has been diving for over 25 years mostly in the Bahamas, and is the founder and director of the Rob Palmer Blue Holes Foundation, so renamed following her husband’s death in 1997 in a diving accident.  She became a celebrity in the dangerous world of cave diving, fought powerful interests to protect the “blue holes” of the Bahamas and as a result her adventurous stories have been featured in multiple books and magazine articles. She has published a book titled, “A Women’s scientific and exploratory adventures into the Black and Blue Holes of the Bahamas”.  She is currently working on her second book.  Her work and adventures have been recorded by Discovery, Discovery Animal Planet, German and French National Television, World of Wonder, Beyond, an Australian production company, BBC and NHK Japan Television. Her greatest adventure was being adopted by three cats, Kitta, Pippi and Moggie who keep her grounded.

Jackie Montreuil, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Jackie is a wonderful addition to the practice.  She earned her Associate in Applied Science degree from Canton Ag and Tech in 1983.  She has a lifelong love of all kinds of animals and enjoys working with other people’s pets. After raising two amazing children in New York, she now resides near Summerville with her husband, Marty, her dog Robbie (an American Eskimo) and her two rabbits, Gus and Zulu.  When Jackie and Marty are not exploring the wonders of Charleston, she enjoys baking, playing the piano, and staying close to her children in New York.

Roberta Stueness, LVT

Veterinary Technician

Roberta joined our team in 2005, the same year she graduated from Trident Technical College as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). She grew up in Moncks Corner surrounded by all kinds of animals. Being able to work with animals every day is what makes her life fulfilling. She says the most rewarding part of her career is making good friends with many of the clients and helping to provide the best care possible for their pets. Her family includes two Shar-Peis, Tug and Ellie, and a stray she found and named Lucy. (Lucy has lived at the clinic and loves everyone she meets.) When not at work, Roberta enjoys spending time with her family, going to her nieces’ softball games, weekends at the lake, and adventures with her nephews.

Kim Asaro


Kim received an Associate Degree in applied science from Oakland Community College in Michigan and is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.  Kim, a retired police lieutenant from the City of North Charleston, developed a strong sense of devotion to all animals while patrolling the streets for nearly 30 years where she often assisted stray, neglected and abused animals.  The experience gave her a deep appreciation for the citizens and the animals of North Charleston and a strong desire to improve the quality of life for both.  Kim has three dogs; Bella and Hudson, both French Bulldogs, and sweet Bronx, a Pit Bull.