Meet the Staff

 Christie Griffin, DVM

Dr. Christie Griffin was born and raised in Columbia, SC. She currently lives in Lexington, SC. She has always practiced veterinary medicine in Columbia, and in 2008, she opened Griffin Animal Hospital. She proudly graduated from Clemson University in 1992 with a BS in Animal Sciences. Go Tigers!!! From 1994-1997, she attended and graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater Columbia Association of Veterinarians. She has special interests in soft tissue surgery and Senior/Geriatric care. Currently, Dr. Griffin shares her home with one dog, Bear, and four adopted cats: Divot, Sullivan, Luke, and Piper. In her spare time she enjoys going to Clemson football games, spending time with family and friends, and water skiing.

Tasha Griffin – Office/Practice Manager

Tasha was born and raised in Greenville, SC. and attended Clemson University. She has lived in Columbia, SC. since 1979. She entered the veterinary field seven and a half years ago as a veterinary receptionist. Since May 2008, she has played a critical role at Griffin Animal Hospital as our office and practice manager. They share their home with three rescued and very spoiled cats: Summer, Simon, and Sabrina.



Sara Cook – Veterinary Technician

Sara grew up in Gilbert, SC. a small town in Lexington County. She has lived in Columbia has most recently relocated back to Lexington. Sara has been a veterinary technician for the 18 years.  She has been a vital part of the Griffin Animal Hospital team since we opened in May, 2008. As a graduate of the University of South Carolina, she is a huge supporter of the Gamecocks. Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Photography is one of Sara’s most favorite hobbies.  Sara would also love to travel more in the future. She has one dog named Gidget who was adopted from the shelter at just 5 weeks old.  Gidget is now 12 years young and living the life of a princess.

 Genise Rabon – Receptionist

Oh, the perils of motherhood!  I was a hardworking teacher when Christian and Olivia were born.  About the time Olivia turned a year old I realized I could not keep up with my after school responsibilities and my family.  So, I gave up my career and quit it all….cold turkey (with my husband’s blessing).  After a year of being strictly an at-home mom I started working part time here at the GAH.  That was in 2009, I started with a few hours a week and it seems I have added more hours every year. I love God first and my family second.  My husband and I met while attending grad school at USC and have been married for FIFTEEN years. The kids are growing and changing quickly.  I am sure when you come in I will share with you some crazy parenting story about my 13 year old son, Christian, my 8 year old daughter, Olivia or one of my two four-legged children.   They are Frank Poncherello (Ponch, our chihuahua) and KC (our Cocker Spaniel).  Man, they are like having toddlers all over again! I look forward to seeing each of you.  I enjoy talking to and getting to know all of the clients that come in for a visit (two legged and four legged).  It helps me entertain my flair for the dramatic to exchange stories with you all. On a side note:  My twin sister lives in AIken.  Here’s the surprise…. her name is Denise.  Now, my name makes more sense doesn’t it.  I also have twin brothers (Derrick and Darryl).  They are ten years younger; by then mom had learned the error of her ways and did not dare come up with names that sounded so close.

Julie Wright – Receptionist

Julie is originally from Kansas, but lived in several states while growing up.  However, she has been in South Carolina since the age of 10 when her parents moved to Charleston.  In 1979, she moved to Columbia where she has been ever since. She is the proud mother of two daughters, Devon and Kelsey (both Clemson Graduates–Go Tigers!), and recently gained a son-in-law, Russ, when he and Devon were married in April 2015.  Julie’s rescue dog, Roxie, often comes to work with her and helps greet clients and patients. In her spare time, Julie enjoys DIY projects, gardening/yard work and reading.  She is currently attending Midlands Technical College where she is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree.  Julie joined our family here at Griffin Animal Hospital in June 2012.

Beverly Hinkler – Animal Care Provider

Beverly is originally from Erie, PA. She moved to Columbia, SC in 1983. She currently lives in Elgin, SC where she has been for the past twenty-eight years. She has been working with and caring for animals for over thirteen years. She takes enormous pride in her work, and been an important part of our team since we opened. Beverly is our very own “dog whisperer” at Griffin Animal Hospital. She shares her home with her son, Jonathan and three rescued dogs and five rescued cats. The dogs include: Rascal, Fran, and Emma. While the felines consist of: Trouble, Bandit, Buttercup, Biscuit, and Chippers. Beverly enjoys spending time cooking, reading, and sewing.

Jack Griffin – Animal Care Provider

Jack was born and raised in Columbia, SC. He currently resides with his wife, Tasha, in Lexington, SC. He has spent the past forty-five years in the mortgage business. Upon retiring from the industry, he decided to pursue his love for animals. He joined Griffin Animal Hospital in August, 2010 as an Animal Care Provider. Jack has always loved animals, and is also enjoying working with his daughter, Dr. Griffin. Jack and Tasha share their home with three rescued and very spoiled cats: Simon, Summer, and Sabrina. He enjoys running, spending time with his cats, and watching football.


Kristen Sullivan-Animal Care Provider

webkristenphoto Kristen has recently moved to Columbia from Kentucky. She has been married to her husband Prescott for 12 years and loves her “kids”-a Pekingese named Arby and a bearded dragon named Bruce Lee. Kristen has 5 years of kennel experience and loves all animals! Favorite things to do in her spare time are reading, hiking, fishing, and going to the beach.



Griffin Animal Hospital Babies… We are blessed to have four, very energetic and curious house cats. All of our babies came to us under unusual circumstances.

Tick She is our reigning queen of the hospital. She is a beautiful tortoise shell cat that initiated our hospital on opening day in 2008. She has a fiery spirit and can often be found stretched out in Dr. Griffin’s chair, or basking in the sun on a perch in Tasha’s office. She has been part of our hospital family for many years and continues to reign supreme!

Sylvester He is our gray striped cat who was found on the side of the interstate one hot summer day in 2008. He was all of one pound when we found him. He is now a hefty sixteen pounds, but he is on a diet! He can most often be found chasing paper balls in our reception area, or meeting our clients as they check in at the front desk. He is very helpful!

Skittle Pop He is our special black and white cat who came to us very sick and injured. Both of his eyes were severely damaged as a young kitten. The left eye had to be removed, while the right eye is scarred but he does have some vision. Although he only has one eye, you would never know it by the way he loves to play with his toys and brothers. He is very special and sweet. He especially loves his ocean fish Greenie treats, and will ask for them numerous times a day!

Octane He is our youngest and most recent addition to the hospital. He is solid black and is not quite a year old. One of our clients who is always rescuing sick and abandoned cats, heard him crying at a gas station. After searching for the cry, he finally found him near the gas pump and delivered this little black bundle of fur to us at a whopping eight ounces. We felt the name “Octane” was fitting because he was found at a filling station, and he has been with us ever since.