Dr. Jim Guenther is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine class of 1970. Upon graduation he was an associate at Randall Veterinary Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1973 Dr. Guenther moved from Ohio to Asheville, NC where he set up an equine/companion animal practice. He successfully managed the practice until the mid nineties when the rigors of equine work and his desire to pursue an MBA led to a career change. In the summer of 1999 he graduated from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC with a dual degree (MBA/MHA). As part of his course work Dr. Guenther laid the foundation for an Emergency/Critical Care 24/7 facility, REACH Hospital in Asheville.
Dr. Jeff Johansson is a graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. After earning his veterinary degree, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University. He and his wife moved to Fairview, NC in 2008, and they are so proud to call these mountains their home! In his spare time, Dr. Johansson enjoys writing and playing music, reading, traveling, and being outdoors with his wife, Kristin, daughter, Tess, and his two dogs, Carson and Wendell. He has recorded five ‘albums’ of original music, and has been a part of the live music scene in Asheville since moving here. ‘We are proud to be raising our daughter in a beautiful area with such a wonderful and inspiring community!’
Jennifer was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to Asheville in 1997. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Administration. She received her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) credentials in 2015. She currently lives in Leicester with her husband, Travis, and their furry children, two Welsh Corgis, Wrigley and Duncan, and two silly kitties, Avery and Maggie. Their angel Corgi, Brewster, watches over them and Beacon, too! Jennifer enjoys traveling to the coast whenever she can, hitting a few golf balls now and then, and spending time with her family.
Carmen grew up in DeKalb, Illinois. She graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in secondary and adult education. Carmen began her career teaching high school home economics in a small, rural Illinois town. Later, she provided home based services for preschool children with disabilities which transformed into designing and implementing educational programs for new parents. With education always being the key to each of her different job positions, working at Beacon as a receptionist has been no exception. Carmen, her husband, three children, and their boxer dog, have lived in several states along the East coast plus in Northern Ireland and England. In her free time, she enjoys designing and sewing clothes, quilting, cross-stitching, and reading.
Renee moved to Western North Carolina 6 years ago from Durham, NC. She has over 20 years administrative experience working in human medicine and academia. She began her career in veterinary medicine volunteering as a dog walker, became an adoption counselor at a local animal shelter and spent time working at REACH Animal Emergency since settling in the mountains. She lives in Leicester with her dogs Bronx and Ivy and enjoys painting in her spare time. She is excited to be part of a primary practice and watching your furry family members grow and live their healthiest lives!
Audria lives in Black Mountain with her feline partners, Raymond and Pixie. She grew up with many pets in Saluda, NC, raised by a mother who gave her a compassionate heart and love of all creatures. She has traveled many career paths from waitress to museum exhibit fabricator to professional decorative artist to RVT. Graduating from the 2011 AB Tech Vet Technology program, she continued on in specialty and emergency practices. Audria enjoys art, music, creative crafty pursuits, traveling, and a good pint of local cider. She is so excited to be a part of the Beacon Family, and looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members soon.
Animals are my passion in life. My heart currently beats for the coolest toy poodle, my best friend, Nova! I have worked in the veterinary field since the age of 15, and graduated from veterinary technician school in 2011. It’s my goal to educate clients about their pets so that they can live long, successful and fun-filled lives. I enjoy anything from nail trimming to Schutzhund training, and have had all kinds of veterinary experience ranging from general practice to ophthalmology. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of animals, from hamsters to cows to baboons. I am honored to call the mountains my new home, and I look forward to meeting you and your adorable fur families!
Ashley has lived in the Appalachia mountains all of her life. She went to East Tennessee State University where she received a double major in Philosophy & Criminal Justice with a concentration in ethics. She moved to Asheville in 2011 and found her true passion for animal welfare. She worked at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter clinic (formerly known as Humane Alliance) where she dedicated almost 4 years working to save lives by being a surgical veterinary assistant. She is very passionate about low-stress animal handling and is Fear Free certified. She lives a peaceful life with her wife and fur babies in Swannanoa. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, pet-sitting, photography, paddling, hiking, and ceramics.