Meet the friendly staff at Sylva Animal Hospital!

  • Dr.
    Sandra Black

    Dr. Sandra Black earned her BS and DVM at the University of Florida. Shortly after graduation, she moved to western North Carolina and worked in Hendersonville and Etowah for a couple years. She joined Sylva Animal Hospital in 1994, working part time while pursuing her MBA at WCU. Since 1998, she has been a co-owner of the clinic, working full time as veterinarian and unofficial practice manager.

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  • Dr.
    Dianna Bragg

    Dr. Bragg was born and raised in the Charleston, WV area. She obtained her undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and her degree of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University. She moved to this area when her husband took a position at the paper mill in Canton. The animals in her life include a Great Dane, two cats, and a horse. In her spare time, she enjoys training her Great Dane and showing him in obedience trials, riding her horse, or going to the movies. 

  • Dana

    Dana joined our practice in 2011. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2006 and received her BS in Animal Science from Berry College in 2010. She has one dog, a mixed breed. She loves all dogs and cats. When she’s not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling and going to concerts.

  • Katie

    I joined the Sylva Animal Hospital team in 2014. I have always had a passion for working with animals. I have two crazy fur kids of my own: Chevy, a lab mix, and Bailey, a Catahoula mix. In my spare time, I enjoy playing softball, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors.

  • Amy

    My name is Amy and I have been working with animals since 2001. I have 7 fur babies which I love dearly. When I’m not at work, I enjoy shooting pool, bowling in a league and spending time with my nieces and nephew.

  • Allyson
    Veterinary Technician

    Allyson has been with our practice since 2005. She received her degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2006 from AB Tech. She has five dogs, three cats, and two goats. She loves stumpy dogs and fat cats! When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Alyssa

    My name is Alyssa. I’ve been a technician at SAH since March of 2017, but I’m not new to the veterinary field as I started as a tech back in 2010. Working with animals is a huge passion of mine. Outside of work, I enjoy anything outdoors and video games. 

  • Aaron

    Aaron is the newest member of our team. He lives with his two dogs, Diesel and Roxy, and one cat, Ginger in Bryson City. Currently enrolled at Southwestern, his goal is to continue his pre-med/biology studies at Western Carolina and ultimately attend Veterinary school at Oklahoma State University.


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24/7 emergency services available for existing clients.

Sylva Office


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-12:00 pm