meet our staff

Career Opportunities


We are always looking for great new team members.  Click here to download the Application for Employment, complete it, and return it to the Animal Emergency Clinic.

The Animal Emergency Clinic has a dedicated staff of veterinarians and support personnel, including licensed veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, kennel technicians, receptionists and a hospital manager.


Our staff of veterinarians and technicians work diligently to provide the standard of care our emergency room and hospitalized patients need. The reception staff greets and triages patients, answers client calls, and offer an understanding ear to clients.

Dr. Natalie Clayton

Dr. Clayton wanted to be a vet since the 1st grade.  At work, she likes the variety of never knowing what is going to walk through the door, and particularly enjoys internal medicine.

She has an English bulldog and loves reading and family time with her husband and daughter.


Dr. Kevin Elliott

Kevin Elliott, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has been with the clinic since 1998. He received his Bachelor's of Science from Wofford College and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Elliott's family has three dogs, a cat, and a corn snake. He once had a small role as a veterinarian in a TV pilot (that never made it to the air). He appreciates the opportunity to really make a difference for pets and owners at their time of need.

Dr. Diana Phillips

Diana Phillips, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, returned to the staff in 2008. Dr. Phillips received a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Phillips loves running and outdoor activities. She likes that emergency medicine is never dull and finds it very rewarding to watch her patients heal.

Dr. Maria Ramantanin

Dr. Maria Ramantanin is a native of South Carolina where she attended Clemson University and received her BS in Animal Science. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University and graduated with summa cum laude honors. She completed a rotating internship at Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals in Chattanooga, TN. There she focused primarily on emergency veterinary medicine. She enjoys spending time with her two chihuahuas, Lady and Tramp, her mixed breed, Diamond, and her cat, Presley. If she’s not doing that, she is most likely traveling and checking things off of her bucket list.


Rana Sargent

Hospital Manager

Rana has been with us since 1999. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, summa cum laude, and received a Masters of Education.

Her family has two dogs, three chickens, a rabbit, and a school of fish. Once upon a time she was a performance poet (and she's still a grammar nerd). She is so thankful to work with such a dedicated, compassionate staff and is proud of the work we do every day to help pets and the people that love them!

Dr. Teri Worl

Dr. Worl finds working at AEC to be very rewarding. She loves seeing owners’ faces when they are reunited with their recovered pets after serious illnesses or injuries. It reminds her of why she became a veterinarian.

Dr. Worl and her husband have one daughter and have cared for several foster children.  They have several pets including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and a ferret.  She enjoys horseback riding, hiking and camping, running, biking, swimming…really anything outside.