Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Glade Creek Animal Hospital in Sparta! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 336-372-4224 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Meet Our Veterinarians

Michelle R. Tompkins, DVM

Dr. Tompkins grew up in Greensboro, NC and first learned to love Veterinary Medicine by cleaning up after animals while she attended High School at Caldwell Academy. She moved on to study Biology at Queens University of Charlotte, earning her Bachelor’s degree in 2006. She spent some time traveling, studying literature in the UK and then working in the African Bush, participating in an ongoing research project in Kenya’s National Parks, published by Boston University. Dr. Tompkins attended Veterinary Medical School at Virginia Tech and has been serving the pets and people of Alleghany County and beyond as a Veterinarian since 2010.

Dr. Tompkins enjoys being an Active Member of First Baptist Church of Sparta, as well as serving her community with the Rotary Club of Alleghany, as a member of the Board of Directors of Alleghany Writers, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce.  
In her free time, she can be found doing anything outdoors with her husband Aaron Ray and their two children, Reagan and Reece. At home, she keeps a flock of chickens (all of whom have names), a pack of dogs, a passel of cats, school of fish, and a small herd of show calves.  

Our Support Staff

Tammy Gearheart, Office Manager

Originally from Ohio, Tammy spent many years as a military wife and has lived in several different states and countries. Always a country gal, she came to Sparta in 2004 and quickly fell in love with the people and surroundings. She knew immediately that she wanted to spend her life here. Having a love for the outdoors, some of her hobbies include hunting, fishing, spending time on the river and spending time with her family. She has a grown son who also lives in Sparta and several grandchildren. Tammy is also a “Mom” to one cat and three dogs.

Tammy began working in veterinary medicine in 2006. Having a passion for animals since childhood, this was a dream come true. She has served many roles over the years: veterinary assistant, on-call assistant and receptionist. Being able to make a difference in the loving care of our pets is her passion.

Jade Castevens, Receptionist

Jade is a Piney Creek native and being born and raised in the mountains played an important role in shaping who she is today. She enjoys being outdoors and loves to spend time with her family on the river. Jade married her high school sweetheart and her family has expanded since then with the birth of two sweet daughters, Addison and Isobel.

Jade’s compassion for animals led her to seek out opportunities to help people care for their pets in the veterinary medical field, as well as help pets find their forever home as a past Vice President of the Save-a-Pet foundation of Alleghany County.  She still has a passion for pet adoption and works as a liaison for several rescue organizations in the state.

Gracie Johnson, Veterinary Assistant

Gracie was born and raised in Alleghany County and graduated Alleghany High School in 2018. Gracie’s love for animals led her to find a job in this field to grow her compassion. She is a cat mom to Cinnamon, who she rescued, and Jackson and is a very big cat lover. She spends her free time with her family and friends and loves spending time with her animals.

Beth Crouse, Veterinary Assistant

Beth was born and raised in Grayson County, VA, but grew to love Alleghany after attending school in Sparta and has chosen to make Sparta her forever home. She has a strong love for animals of all kinds and is fulfilling her lifelong dream of working in the field of veterinary care.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Beth and her husband, Greg have two beautiful children. She loves to cook for her family, enjoys time outdoors, especially hunting, fishing or kayaking on the river. She’s a pet-mom to four dogs, two cats, a flock of chickens and several fish.

Katrina Hoffman, Veterinary Assistant

Born and raised in Sparta, NC. Katrina is the 7th generation of her family to grow up in the blue ridge mountains, and her love for animals started at a young age. Most of her childhood was spent on the Hoffman farm in Troutdale, VA. Where her grandfather still raises cattle. Katrina graduated from Allegheny high school, and continued her education with an AS degree from Surry Community College.

Katrina got her first fur baby Pepper, (right) shortly after the passing of her step-dad in 2017. Pepper and Katrina instantly became inseparable, and formed a bond most people only hope to find. After a year and a half it was time to find Pepper a 9-5 furry friend. Timing was perfect, for a litter of Aussies had just been put up for adoption. The runt stood out from the rest, and Paisley (left) took to Katrina and Pepper right away.

When not at work, Katrina almost always has both dogs by her side. Wether it’s at the house, at the store, or going on a hike.

Katrinas love for animals goes beyond her own family, and it shows everyday at work. Where she shows extreme care and devotion for the pets that come in.

Madison Trogdon, Receptionist/ Veterinary Assistant

Madison is a Piney Creek native who graduated from Alleghany High School in 2019.  She is currently working here at Glade Creek Animal Hospital and taking classes at Wilkes Community College with a focus on Speech Pathology.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her rescue kitten Waylon and her sweet rescue pup Willa Grace, as well as enjoying outdoor activities like golfing and playing softball with friends.