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Our Doctors

W.H. Gholston, D.V.M.


Dr. William H. Gholston opened Whitmire Animal Hospital in 2018. A native of Alpharetta, Dr. Gholston grew up on a small family farm, and spent his time doing farm work and looking after the animals, including Tennessee walking horses and Simmental cattle. At a young age, Dr. Gholston knew he wanted to go into veterinary medicine while working alongside his father, also a small animal vet. Dr. Gholston completed his undergraduate studies in Animal Sciences at Berry College and The University of Georgia. He received his Doctorate from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, he joined the team of doctors at Alpharetta Animal Hospital in July 2011. Dr. Gholston enjoys practicing the highest quality of veterinary medicine, and has a special interest in orthopedic cases and surgery. But his favorite part of being a veterinarian is the great relationships that have developed over the years with his clients and their pets in Alpharetta and the surrounding area. Dr. Gholston now resides in Dawsonville, Georgia. While not at the clinic, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys being in the mountains and spending his day off with his wife and three dogs – his bird dog, Blake, a 5 year old English Setter, his long-time buddy, Doc, an 13 year old Australian Shepherd and the newest family member, Tate, their 1 year old Labrador Retriever. His home life hobbies include grilling, sports and spending time with family. And on any given weekend, you can find him hiking in the North Georgia Mountains, fishing at the lake, or in Athens cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs.

Sara Louise Carpenter, D.V.M.


Dr. Sara Louise Carpenter joined Whitmire Animal Hospital in December 2019. An Atlanta native, Sara Louise attended the Westminster Schools and then matriculated at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. She double majored in Business and Spanish with an English minor. Following graduation, Dr. Carpenter taught high school Spanish at Wesleyan School in Norcross. It was there, under the mentorship of Dr. William G. Gholston, that she decided to pursue a childhood dream of veterinary medicine. Dr. Carpenter spent two years at Berry College fulfilling her post-baccalaureate requirements, then graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following an internship in Texas at a mixed animal practice, she has been practicing small animal medicine in the metro Atlanta area since 2013. Dr. Carpenter enjoys the variety that veterinary medicine brings, and she especially enjoys the relationships with both her patients and their humans. Dr. Carpenter’s pets include Finn, her extroverted Labrador Retriever, as well as two cats: Scout, her introverted tabby, and Ralphie, her orange tabby who was appropriately named after the protagonist in A Christmas Story. In her spare time, Dr. Carpenter enjoys the outdoors in the mountains of western North Carolina, boating, reading a good novel, and running.

Brandon Bassett, D.V.M.


Dr. Bassett received his veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University in 2015. At OSU, he was the recipient of the Gentle Doctor Award, voted on by his veterinary school peers. Raised in Oklahoma, he has also lived and worked in Virginia, where he completed his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at George Mason University; Brazil, where he served a church mission for two years; and central Florida, where he has practiced as a veterinarian. Dr. Bassett and his wife, Megan, have their hands full with three kids, and two wonderful pets! One goofy and fun Golden Retriever named Oakley, and a three-legged black cat, Boca. A priority in his work with animals is strengthening the human-animal bond. He has a great passion for educating pet owners on how to best care for their furry family members. He is also professionally interested in diagnostic imaging, soft tissue surgery, ophthalmology, and client communication. His hobbies are time with family, especially at Florida beaches, disc golf, and ultimate frisbee!

Morgan Denz, D.V.M.


Dr. Morgan Denz received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Iowa State University in 2020. This is also where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. After veterinary school, Dr. Denz completed a 1-year Shelter Medicine Internship in Colorado Springs at the Humane Society of Pikes Peak. She joins the Whitmire team after multiple years of working as a shelter veterinarian in the greater Atlanta area. She has a passion for animal rescue work and strengthening the human animal bond. Professionally, Dr. Denz is fear-free certified and enjoys internal medicine, cardiology, and behavioral medicine. Dr. Denz was raised just outside of Nashville and always knew she wanted to get back to her southern roots after college graduation, which is how she came to live in NE Georgia. She enjoys spending her days with her six rescue animals: Archie and Doug, her two crazy pitbulls; and Nori, Felix, Winnie, and Timmy, her spunky and sassy kitty cats. She enjoys traveling with her husband, home projects, and baking in her spare time.

Drew Keller, D.V.M.


Dr. Keller graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He has been practicing in Alpharetta, GA for the past 27 years, and has recently decided to join the Whitmire team. Dr. Keller is local to Cumming, Georgia. He is most interested in companion animal internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Keller has two daughters, Megan (24), and Brittany (21). He also has two small dogs, Boden and Evie both rescues. In his spare time, Dr. Keller enjoys golfing and spending time on the lake.

Our Team

Kristina Gholston

Practice Manager

Kristina Gholston serves as Practice Manager, and joined her husband, Dr. Will Gholston, in the opening of Whitmire Animal Hospital in June 2018. Kristina completed her BBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia in 2011. Kristina brings with her previous work experience from the Advertising, Real Estate, Accounting and Hospitality industries, along with a focus on project management, communications, and social and public relations.

Kristina was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. She now resides in Dawsonville, Georgia with her husband, two children, Shep and Palmer, two dogs, Blake and Tate and cat, Abe. Kristina’s home life hobbies include running, gardening and enjoying time outside with her family. Kristina and Will are avid Georgia football fans, and love spending time with family and friends.


Reception Team Lead

Kelli is our reception team lead here at Whitmire. She has been a veterinary receptionist since 2009 and with Whitmire Animal Hospital since June of 2020. She loves working with animals and getting to know their humans. Kelli is a military wife and has lived and worked at clinics in Jacksonville and Tampa Florida, Beaufort, South Carolina and Alexandria, Virginia. She has two dogs, a long-haired chihuahua named Bella Jean and a chihuahua mix named Chopper, a cat named Lenny and 12 chickens.


Veterinary Assistant Team Lead

Madison is the team lead for our veterinary assistants. She has been in the veterinary industry since 2015 working as a kennel tech manager and with Whitmire since September of 2020. She loves getting to experience all the different varieties of patients and cases and that she learns something new everyday. Madison is also a fraternal twin! She has a lab/pitbull mix named Willow and a Beauceron named Finn.



Nicole is one of our Receptionists, she started in January of 2024. She has been in the industry since her junior year of high school. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's in Biology. She is hoping to attend Vet school and become a veterinarian. She has two miniature schnauzers, Oakley and Macy.



Bianca has been part of the Whitmire team since December 2022. This is her first job in the veterinary industry, but you would never know it! Bianca is always brightening the day here. She loves gardening and baking and looks forward to seeing her friends. Bianca raises 7 sheep, a chihuahua named Lilly and a lab named Luna.



Erin started with Whitmire in May of 2024 and began her veterinary career in 2023. However her passion and love for animals began when she was a child when she began helping out at different animal hospitals. Erin has been dancing competitively since she was 3 years old and has won best in state a couple of times. Erin has a golden retriever named Cooper. Erin is involved in dog showing and sports. Favorite breeds: Golden Retriever, Labs, English Setters, Irish Wolfhounds and Boxers.


Veterinary Assistant

Victoria started here as a receptionist then transitioned to technician, she can do it all! She has been in the industry since 2018 where she started as a kennel assistant and has been with Whitmire since May of 2022. Her favorite thing about working at Whitmire has to be the people. “I have great co-workers and our clients are amazing.” Victoria enjoys baking, camping, and riding four wheelers. She has 2 dogs, Willow and Remi, Lab/Beagle mixes and 1 cat Rip. Favorite dog breeds: Labs, Goldens and any hound dog Favorite cat breeds: Maine Coon and Ragdolls


Veterinary Assistant

Amber has been with Whitmire since November of 2022 and a veterinary assistant/technician since May of 2022. Amber’s favorite thing about working here is being able to help animals and learning new things. Amber has 4 French bulldogs, Blue, Mae Mae, Bunny and Stormy and a Belgian Malinois named Thor.


Veterinary Assistant

Lucy has been part of the Whitmire team since December of 2022. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at UNG. Lucy is our resident cat person and loves any cat she's ever met. She has 2 cats, Bandit and Thunk and a dog Max. She likes to surf and longboard and has done it for 11 years.


Veterinary Assistant

Michaela has been a veterinary assistant since 2020 and started with Whitmire in April of 2023. She loves being able to assist in the care of patients and see them improve from our care. Michaela is studying biology at University of North Georgia and would like a career in the healthcare industry upon graduation. She has 3 dogs, April a pitbull terrier, Addie a husky/lab mix and Lucy a cocker spaniel.


Veterinary Assistant

Torrie has been with Whitmire since April of 2023 and in the vet field since 2020. Torrie loves the endless opportunities that veterinary medicine provides to expand her knowledge. Torrie is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys camping and water related activities. She also dabbles in shrimp keeping. Torrie has 2 cats, Nyx and Trout and a rottweiler named Athena.


Veterinary Assistant

John has been with Whitmire since July of 2023. He started in the veterinary field in 2015 as a kennel tech and joined the Army in 2016 where he worked with military dogs in route clearance operations. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2017 and Mexico in 2018. John also worked in wildlife control for 2 years. John has two dogs, Bear a beagle mix and Gunner an Australian shepherd, and a cat named Chili Mac.

Olivia "Liv"

Veterinary Assistant

Olivia a.k.a Liv has been with Whitmire since August of 2023 and in the veterinary field since 2019. She loves the work environment here at Whitmire and says that everyone is so encouraging in each other's career growth and treats everyone with mutual respect no matter their position. Olivia has a bachelor's degree in Applied Science and Sustainability with a minor in biology. She has been certified in obedience training at Animal Behavior College and was part of a published article for Convoy of Hope. She has 2 morkie mixes, a mother-daughter pair named Sadie and Rue. Olivia has had a love of animals ever since she can remember.


Veterinary Assistant

Madi has been in the vet industry since 2018 and with Whitmire since November of 2023. Madi loves being able to help animals when they cannot help themselves. She is an avid hockey fan "Go Bolts" and enjoys interior design. She has 2 dogs, Tux a mini schnauzer and Frankie a Frenchie & a cat named Lucy. dog breed: schnauzers


Veterinary Assistant

Yamilet has been in the veterinary field since 2019 and with Whitmire since August of 2023. She started as a member of our reception team, and is now a vet assistant. Yamilet is a pre-vet major and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. Yamilet has 2 Shih-Tus Luna and Princess and an Orange cat named Toby.


Veterinary Assistant

Xiara (pronounced Sierra) has been a veterinary assistant since 2020 and started with Whitmire in January of 2024. She loves science and learning new things everyday. Xiara enjoys hiking, horseback riding and reading in her spare time. She has a shih tzu named Simon, an orange cat named Hermes and a black cat named Binx, her horse Magnum and a gecko and fish.



Anthony started with Whitmire in May of 2024 as part of the reception team. Anthony graduated from Garner-Webb University in 2024 with a bachelors in Biology. Anthony played college football and plans to attend vet school in the future. In his free time Anthony plays the ukulele. He has a black cat named Chewy and 2 Axolotls and a snake named orochimaru.