Meet Our Team

Top Row (left to right): Caleb, Sharon, Kayleigh, Wendy, Shannon, Tonya
Bottom Row (left to right): Dr. Brian Spilker, Jennifer, Stephanie, Crystal, Angela, Dr. Erica Johnson-Dunphy

Dr. Brian Spilker

Hello, my name is Dr. Brian Spilker.  I grew up on a farm near Beatrice, Nebraska where we always had several pets.  I graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Science in 1993 and received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1997.  After graduating from veterinary school, I moved to the Lugoff area and worked in a local small animal veterinary clinic for eight years.  For the next three and one-half years, I performed emergency work at South Carolina Veterinary Emergency Care in Columbia, SC.  In December 2008, my dream of veterinary clinic ownership was accomplished when I became the new owner of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery.  I have been blessed with a wonderful, friendly, and well-trained staff who works well together in a family atmosphere. I was awarded as the 2012-2013 Business Person of the Year by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to providing excellent patient care for your pets.

My wife, Jennifer, moved to Camden, SC from Leavenworth, KS.  She was a professional hunter jumper horse trainer/rider.  We were introduced to one another by one of my employees at the time who rode horses with Jen.  We were married in April 2005 and have been blessed with two wonderful children.  Trenton was born June 2007 and Skylar was born May 2010.  We have several pets in our household: an Australian Terrier named Noel, a black Labrador Retriever named Abby, a blonde Labrador Retriever named Chase, and a rescue cat named Rocky.

Please stop by Veterinary Medicine & Surgery for a visit – we would love to give you a tour of our facility!!

Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Brian Spilker

Associate Veterinarian


Dr. Erica Johnson-Dunphy

Hello, my name is Dr. Erica Johnson-Dunphy. I grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY and went to college in Biddeford, Maine where I received a double major in Marine Biology and Psychobiology. I applied to vet school at Ross University in St. Kitts and Nevis in 2005 and was accepted. I left a month after I graduated from college to start vet school. I completed my clinical year at LSU (Go Tigers!) and graduated in 2012. I started my veterinary career at Banfield in Georgia and worked for 1.5 years before leaving to enter an integrative practice in Charlotte, NC. I have been working there for 5 years and have been certified in Veterinary Medical Manipulation and can do adjustments on small animals. I am interested in integrative medicine with hopes to become acupuncture certified as well in the next few years. I enjoy alternative therapies but also think they are best used in conjugation with conventional means. I also have interests in dentistry, surgery, and internal medicine.

My husband, Shaun Dunphy, was raised in Blythewood SC and that is where we currently live. He is the president of Great Rate Lender that just recently was founded. We were married in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew and our wedding walk out song was “Rock Me Like a Hurricane.” We have two small daughters that are more than a handful. Maisie was born in 2017 and Madeline was born in 2019. We have two dogs; an island dog Kali, a rough coated Collie Jackson, and an orange and white tabby cat Maverick. I am excited to join team VMS and share my integrative knowledge with Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Elizabeth Slade

Dr. Elizabeth Slade grew up in Atlanta, GA.  She graduated from the University of Georgia magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She stayed in Athens an additional four years to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine cum laude in 2005, making her a “double dawg”.  Dr. Slade has worked in  Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and is excited to join the wonderful team at VMS. 

Dr. Slade married her husband Robert in 2005 and welcomed sons Jonathan and Matthew in 2007 and 2009. Robert is a teacher at Camden Military Academy and a commander in the Army Reserves. The Slades live on a farm north of Camden. Avid US history fans, they share their home with cats Liberty (Libby) and Ben Franklin as well as their hound dog Baron Dekalb.  In her free time, Dr. Slade loves to travel, hike, and watch UGA football. 


Dr. Elizabeth Slade

Dr. Elizabeth Slade

Kat Hedrick

Operations Manager

Hi. My name is Kat. I have been with VMS since April 2020, but in the veterinary field for over 15 years. I have a son age 14 and 3 four-legged kids – Otis, Bentley & Kalika. It has been a pleasure meeting and getting to know the clients and their babies.

Penny Clemmons

Office Manager

Hi! My name is Penny Clemmons. I was born and raised in Kershaw. I have been married to my husband Chris since 2005. Since then we have lived in Nashville, Fort Lauderdale and Summerville. We were blessed with two children, Samuel born in 2017 and Gracelyn born in 2019. Since having our children we moved back home to be closer to our family. I joined VMS in March 2020, and glad to be a part of the work family here. I have over 10 years of medical experience and over 5 years of veterinary experience.

Tonya Croft

Receptionist / Kennel assistant

Hi my name is Tonya, I joined the VMS team in August 2018. I have been married to my husband Larry for 9 years. We have 2 dogs Blu (he came from the shelter) and Abby. Being around and working with animals is something I have always enjoyed.

Caleb Fortner

Head Veterinary Technician

Hi! My name is Caleb. I’ve been a veterinary technician since 2015. I got into veterinary medicine for my love of animals and science. What is better than the combination of the two!? I enjoy the day to day operations of my job, and the many challenges that may come along. I have a fur baby named Penelope. Even though she is a 7 pound Pomeranian, she harbors much love and has never met a stranger.

Morgan Houde

Veterinary Technician

Hi, my name is Morgan! I am currently a student at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine class of 2022. In undergrad, I studied animal and veterinary science at Clemson University from ‘15-‘18. I started volunteering at VMS my senior year of high school and fell in love with the staff and wonderful quality of medicine. I work as a technician at VMS during the summers and am able to gain invaluable knowledge and experience from Dr. Spilker and the rest of the staff. My favorite thing about VMS is that I get to observe a multitude of different surgeries that I would not be able to see at most clinics. I am very excited to apply what I have learned in vet school, but I also look forward to interacting with our fantastic clients and their adorable pets!

Jennifer Spilker


Hi, my name is Jennifer Spilker.  I grew up in Leavenworth, KS, after living briefly in Alabama and Germany.  My family always had dogs and cats, and when I was six years old I began riding and showing horses, which quickly became my main passion in life.  I turned professional in 1994, and moved to Camden in 2001.  I married Dr. Brian Spilker in 2005, and we had our son, Trenton in 2007, and our daughter, Skylar in 2010.  We have a blonde Labrador (Chase), a Labrador (Abby), an Australian Terrier (Noel) and one cat (Rocky).  I’ve been helping out as a receptionist, and really enjoy meeting all of the clients and their pets.

Lloyd Owens


I was born in the year 1872 upon the vessel Mary Celeste while on a voyage to Genoa. Oh, the seas were angry the day I entered this world. But not a fortnight after my birth all crew were forced to abandon the disheveled vessel due to a giant squid attack. We took refuge off the coast of Gibraltar were my family stayed for some time. Then at the tender age of 12 in the year 1884 a terrible plague overtook our small fishing village and my dear parents succumbed to disease and left me alone in this world. That was the day I had to become a man. So I took to the seas once again. I sailed the world for the next 23 years in search of a place I could call home. I took shelter in the Township of Camden, SC in 1907 and I have been here since. I live out my days caring for the animals at VMS. I also have two cats and bearded dragon.

Kayleigh Roberts

Veterinary Technician / Receptionist

My name is Kayleigh. I have been working with animals since I was 7 years old. I have 4 dogs of my own, Blossum, a pointer mix; Batman, a Lab mix; Duke, a Heinz 57; Scooby, a Chihuahua mix. I joined VMS in August of 2018; I love my job and am glad to be a part of the work family here. I like to spend my spare time at the river, beach, park, or even at the movies.

Loraine Melero

Retired after 15+ Years at VMS. We'll Miss You!

Hello, my name is Loraine Melero.  I am the accounts manager at VMS and have been working here since 2005.  My pet family consists of a tuxedo cat, Rudy, and two chihuahuas, Rocky and Ripley, all of whom I adopted through VMS.  I enjoy working at VMS because Dr. Spilker and all staff members are very professional and dedicated to the health and welfare of all pet families who come through our doors.

Shaelyn Rychcik

Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Shaelyn Rychcik and I joined VMS in March 2020 as a veterinarian tech. I am originally from Bradford, Pennsylvania and I have lived in Lugoff since 2018. Prior to living in Lugoff, I spent 5 years in Raleigh, NC where I graduated high school. I attended Midlands Technical College to obtain my associates degree in Radiologic Technology, but I always knew that I wanted to work with animals since I was little so I have then changed my major to become a vet tech and I could not be happier with my decision. My boyfriend and I are outnumbered with our 3 pets; Ellie May, a morkie, Cali, a very sassy cat, and Bella, an all-black German Shepard who has been my world since I was 12 years old. We love going to the lake and taking the dogs to the park. I love that every day at VMS is different and taking care of animals makes coming to work very easy.


Official Greeter / Clinic Mascot

Bad Black Kitty came to us in December 2007.  He was attacked by a large dog and suffered severe injuries to his spinal cord.  After the incident, Bad Black Kitty was paralyzed in one hind leg and had partial use of his other hind leg. The nerves to his colon and bladder were also affected so he was unable to use his litter box.  The veterinarians later discovered that one of his ureters and a kidney had been damaged, so he had one kidney surgically removed. Now, after lots of TLC from the staff at Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, Bad Black Kitty has almost full function of both hind legs.  His bowel and bladder functions did not return, but he is quite a happy cat with lots of attention from the staff at Veterinary Medicine & Surgery.  Bad Black Kitty loves to greet clients and show off how well he can get around.  Come visit and see for yourself!!