Laurel Park Animal Hospital

1824 Windsor Dr.
Laurel Park, NC 28791


Jonathan Pernell, DVM 

Dr. Pernell is a native of Western North Carolina and has lived here most of his life. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and minored in Chemistry. He went on to obtain his Veterinary Medical Degree from Mississippi State University, where he graduated with honors. Since graduating vet school, Dr. Pernell served several years on the Henderson County animal advisory committe, making recommendations for the shelter and for county ordinances, and he served on the REACH (emergency hospital in Asheville) managing board for several years before it became privately owned. Dr. Pernell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practioners. He has worked closely with Community Partnership for Pets, Blue Ridge Humane Society, and the Henderson County shelter to aid sick pets that need adoption. In 2007, Dr. Pernell joined with Dr. Zehr to purchase Laurel Park Animal Hospital. Dr. Pernell later purchased his partner's shares to become the sole owner of Laurel Park Animal Hospital. He has special clinical interests in ophthalmology, cardiology, and dermatology in dogs and cats. Dr. Pernell is married- he and his wife, Michelle, live in Hendersonville with their children, two dogs, and one fish. Dr. Pernell also enjoys attempting to play golf, any type of fishing, and spending time at the beach with his family.

 Lil Herron, DVM

Dr. Herron has a combined experience of 23 years. She was a certified veterinary technician and ultimately decided to earn her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University in 2008. Dr. Herron lives in Hendersonville with her dog Page Turner. She specializes in emergency medicine, specialty care, palliative, and hospice veterinary care.

Dorene - Office Manager

Dorene recently joined our staff after moving here from Ohio.  She has been working in the veterinary field over 25 years and can’t imagine doing anything else.  She and her husband Greg traveled extensively with the Air Force for 21 years and have decided to make North Carolina their permanent home after hearing the mountains calling. They share their home with two dogs and one cat.  She enjoys spending time with her family, pets, hiking, biking, Zumba and rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Loretta - Client Relations

Loretta studied at Blue Ridge Community College and received an office-administration/ medical office diploma. Loretta is a mother of two boys, Nicholas and Bentley and one daughter Elizabeth.  She has three dogs, Duke, Sadie and Black Shadow, and one cat, Chester. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Karen - Client Relations

Karen is native to Asheville, NC. She has been in the veterinary field since 2005. She has an Associate's degree from AB-tech in Science. Karen lives with 2 pomeranians, Niko and Kylo, and a few cats. For fun, Karen loves going to the beach and spending time with family.

Choena - Registered Veterinary Technician

Choena is a native to the mountains of WNC. She became a registered veterinary technician in 2014, and joined our team in 2015. She has special interests in animal behavior and nutrition. She lives with her husband, Patrick, and their daughter, Astoria. They have 5 dogs: Sequoya, Dray, Snoopy, Ginger, and Butters, a cat named Teyla, and a snake named Slimer. 

Reka - Veterinary Technician

Reka grew up in Hungary and moved to the United States in 2007. She has been with our practice since July, 2015. Her favorite part about work are surgeries and puppy examinations. She has two cats, Amycus and Miko, and  a rescued pup named Vincent. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and hiking around the Blue Ridge Parkway with her friends and Vincent.

Megan - Veterinary Assistant

Megan is from Kentucky. She recently moved to WNC after completing her Bachelor's in Biology. Megan is currently working at Laurel Park until continuing on to graduate school. She has a pug named Winston and a cat named Shashi. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors.

Penni - Client Relations/ Veterinary Assistant

"An animals eyes have the power to speak a great language".  Penni joined our team in July.  She has an Associates Degree in Operating Room Technology and a Pharmacy Tech Certification. She decided that her true passion is keeping animals healthy and happy and took on the challenge of a new profession.  In her spare time she enjoys playing with her puppies, Raven Rae and Athena Grace.  She also enjoys hiking and camping.   


Valerie- Client Relations 

Valerie is a Florida transplant and moved here last year with her husband, John, and their German Shepherd, Cindy.  They have been frequent visitors to the Hendersonville area for many years and heard the mountains calling!  Although Valerie is new to the field of veterinary care, she brings with her a true love of animals and many years of clerical and customer service experience. She looks forward to this new chapter in her life and to helping all the furry patients of Laurel Park Animal Hospital!  

Joey Bear

Joey Bear

Joey is a Labradoodle (half labrador retriever, half poodle). He loves long car rides with the windows down, eating treats and getting belly rubs. Joey lives with Dr. Pernell, and can be seen in the office daily. He is always available to donate blood when needed. 



Oscar is our office cat. He enjoys sleeping in boxes and pats on the head.