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 spending her free time 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 by serving as the Vice President of the Save-a-Pet foundation of Alleghany County for the past four years.

Renea Dowling, Charge Nurse

Renea has worked in the veterinary medical field for the past 5 years, both in emergency medicine and regular practice. She lives in Independence, VA on the family farm, with her husband and young son. Renea’s love for animals began when she was just eight years old, helping her grandfather every day after school to feed and care for their herd of cattle. She now owns the family farm and plans to continue farming for the rest of her life.

Renea worked through college in the Large Animal Hospital at the Veterinary  Medical School at Virginia Tech before achieving her Bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Science in 2014. Since then, she’s honed her skills working with both large and small animals, as well as grown her family of animals to include six dogs, three cats, a horse, and a donkey. Renea is always ready to help others, especially any animal in need.

Lakela Callicotte, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Lakela was born in Hawaii, moved to south Florida at age six, then moved to Alleghany County with her family in 2014. She grew up working with her mom at a small animal rescue and an off-the-track race horse rehabilitation center, and then went on to achieve a degree in Farrier Science from Wilkes Community College.

These days, she enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and their many fur babies. With her love and passion for animals of all kinds, she is happy to care for your four legged family like her own.

Laken Savage, Veterinary Assistant

Laken was born and raised just across the state line in Galax, VA. She grew up with a passion and love for animals of all shapes and sizes and is a dog mom to her aussie mix puppy Raddie. Laken is excited to start her new journey as a veterinary assistant and can’t wait to meet and love on your animals like they’re her own!

Laken enjoys any activity that will get her outdoors – being in/near the water, hiking, riding 4-wheelers and working on the farm are some things that put a smile on her face.

Hannah Halsey, Veterinary Assistant

Hannah is an Alleghany County native who has a love and passion for animals and helping others. She graduated with an Associates of Science  degree from Caldwell Community College in 2009 and has been working in the veterinary medical field for the past 2 years.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, newborn son, three dogs and three cats.