364 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville, NC - (828) 645-7711

Veterinary Staff

The Great White Mousse, King of the Clinic


Mousse has been in charge of every aspect of the Cat Care Clinic since his arrival back in 2004.

Mousse went over the Rainbow Bridge in 2015 but his spirit still lives at Cat Care Clinic. We are sure that he is randomly hanging up the phone and keeping a close eye on us while enjoying the sunshine in the window up there over the rainbow.



The Kristins (x2), Reception:

Kristin Hillegas

Kristin H. joined Cat Care Clinic in September of 2015. Her wide variety of animal experiences includes vet assistant, zookeeping, pet products, grooming and nutrition. Kristin has lived in Asheville for 24 years and currently has two cats, Ziggy and Zorro. In her free time she enjoys bird watching, gardening and cheering for the Carolina Panthers.



k2Kristin Carnohan

Kristin C. joined Cat Care after moving to Asheville from San Diego where she retired from an administrative career at University of California at San Diego. Seeking the great weather and cultural life of Asheville, she and her three dogs, Poco, Prince and Pepper, moved cross country to join her sister, Dr. Karel. An avid movie buff and die-hard foodie, Kristin enjoys Oscar season, gardening and all things culinary.



Debbie Baumann, Veterinary Assistant

Debbie has been a part of the Cat Care team since 2006.  Originally from New York, she happily resides in Asheville with her husband, her guinea pigs, and her herd of fantastic felines. When she is not attending to patients at the clinic, you may find her playing viola with local ensembles, volunteering for Girls on The Run, contra dancing, rock climbing, hiking or enjoying yoga.


kirbyKirby Gibson, Veterinary Assistant

Kirby joined the Cat Care Clinic team in December of 2012. She is a graduate of the UNC Asheville Drama Department. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies and acting in various plays. Her cat, Sparkle, resides in Chapel Hill/Carboro with her mother.

Lora Matte-Eckman, Veterinary Assistant, LVT

lora1I have worked at an animal shelter in Florida as well as two cat-only practices. In Pennsylvania, I worked at a mixed veterinary practice and then moved to North Carolina.  I got the amazing opportunity to work at Cat Care Clinic of Asheville and return to what I really love , felines! I live with my husband and my three wonderful cats. I like to do anything outdoors and work in my garden.

 Brandi Clemens, Veterinary Assistant

Brandi is the newest member of our team having moved here from Stamford, CT where she worked at a busy feline-exclusive practice for over a decade.




Tanya Ambrose, Veterinary Assistant

tanyaTanya returned to Cat Care in 2013 after a brief hiatus. She just graduated from AB Tech with a degree Medical Technology and works at Mission Hospital. She will still be a part of the CCCA team part-time. She has 5 cats, two cockatiels, a rabbit and a rooster. She enjoys visiting local breweries and is a connoisseur of jazz music.



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