Glenn J. McPherson, DVM
At the age of 6, I was bitten by our neighbor’s dog. On the way to the emergency room, we stopped at the local vet hospital to inquire about the status of the dog’s rabies vaccination. Within just a few minutes, my tears gave way to absolute joy as I was surrounded by pets of all kinds waiting to see their doctor. At dinner that night, I announced to my family that I was deciding on whether to be a bum or a pet doctor when I grew up. My folks, needless to say, were happy I chose the latter.
I graduated from Rutgers University in 1977, with a BS in Animal Science. I then received my DVM from Aranetta University in the Philippines in 1981. My first position was at a mixed practice in Pleasantville, Illinois. In the Spring of 1986 Animals of Eden opened its doors!
My life’s dream has come true! My staff and I are impacting the quality of pets’ lives, through compassion, education, and a close relationship with their family. At Animals of Eden, we see our role as celebrating the long and healthy life of our four-legged friends, not as caregivers but more as family members.
My wife is my Hospital Administrator, our daughter is also a vet hospital administrator in California. I had established a nonprofit called “Adoption Option” for the placement of unwanted pets. I enjoy using my skills to help other organizations such as Pilot Dogs, Inc, for the training of seeing-eye dogs; our local police station for sheriff’s drug dogs; a local search and rescue organization; and just recently vetting for our local safe house (domestic violence) residents.
Stephanie Jackson, Head RVT
I joined the AOE family in 2017 and have always loved animals since I was a child. Fortunately, in 2008 I got into the Veterinary Medical Technology program and have been growing in the profession ever since.
When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I love to spend time with my fur children Regina Fay and Bomber Ray, and my boyfriend Justin.
Martin Irwin, RVT
After joining the AOE team in 2018, I knew I had found the right career when I found myself excited to work and learn. There is always something new to learn in Veterinary Medicine! I also love being able to help pets and educate owners, helping both live life to the fullest.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my own pets and my houseplants. I have a special interest in gardening and enjoy the outdoors, long drives, and good music!
Larissa Edgerton, Veterinary Assistant
I joined AEO in January 2020 and was raised with some type of animal in the cow. I started out helping a veterinarian take care of a horse that had been caught in barbed wire. Taking care of that horse and watching it heal was when I knew I wanted to work in the field of helping animals.
O have a son who is married and they have blessed me with a beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy talking or video chatting with them as they live in Virginia. I go home each day to my “furbabies.” They are my family here in NC and they take care of me as I take care of them. I enjoy gardening, lazy walks in the woods, and reading.
Nikki Coniglio, Kennel Technician
The universe sent the signs and pointed the way for me to join the veterinary profession. I have always had an immense love for nature and animals. I joined the Animals of Eden team in 2020, and this job felt like the perfect match.
Currently, my family consists of 2 dogs (Keija and Leon), 6 goats, and 8 ducks. I live a homestead style life, enjoy small scale farming, and have an affinity for discovering and learning about the natural world.
Ashley Flick, Kennel Technician
I’ve always known I was passionate about animals and wanted to help them along with educating the public about them. This is why I love the veterinary profession.
I have an amazing fiance and 2 sons. I have a mixture of 12 different animal babies. When not working or spending time with my family, my passions include reading, painting, and broadening my knowledge of animals. One day I hope to become an Education Coordinator for Wildlife.
Kim McPherson, Practice Manager
I arrived in these beautiful mountains by way of St. Petersburg, Florida and Long Island, New York. I have worked in the fields of pediatric physical therapy and as an educator at the elementary school level. After leaving teaching to care for my mom a new chapter of my life began. I joined my husband, Dr. Glenn McPherson, at his veterinary practice Animals of Eden. I have been his Practice Manager ever since.
When a client is brought to tears over the care that you have shown them and their beloved pet, it is a dawning moment that there is something wonderful going on. I count it a privilege to be a part of a team that extends themselves to others through a profession like no other.
Outside of work, I have volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem, worked with a therapy horseback riding for children program and Habitat for Humanity. Pleasures are spending time with my daughter and enjoying new adventures together and also sharing our lives with family and friends. I enjoy gardening, baking, cooking, and any outdoor activity including zip lining.
Ariel Halka, Client Coordinator & Front Desk Receptionist
I joined the AOE team in 2019. Seeing the work we do and the lives we save has been so rewarding and it really shows me how important this job is! My husband, Michael, and I have 1 son named Darian and 3 cats (Jack, Deva, and Maeve). We love spending time outside tending to our chickens and ducks as well as hiking trails at DuPont.
Ovidia Wheeler, Client Coordinator
I started in the kennel at Animals of Eden in 2017. At the time, there was a dog that came in to be euthanized and his owner had left because she couldn’t stand to be there, so I stayed with the dog the whole time. In that moment I knew I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.
I live in Lavonia, GA, and have one daughter and four bonus children. I am married to my best friend, Chris, and we have two dogs and a cat, and a fish. When we aren’t at work and the kids aren’t in school, we like to do anything outside like fishing or going to the lake. We have learned that life is too short and we try our best to make the most of every moment.