Our Team

Surgery Team

Dr. Keith Allen

MVB, MS, Diplomate ACVS

Dr Allen was born in Dublin Ireland. He went to Veterinary School at the University College Dublin in 1985 and graduated in 1990 with honors. His father was an oral surgeon and his mother a nurse. He has 2 older brothers both Drs in Australia and a younger sister who still lives in Ireland.

Dr. Allen practiced as a small animal veterinarian in the small English town of Reigate, South of London, for a year before coming to the USA in July 1991 to complete a small animal internship at Michigan State University. Following this he pursued a combined small animal surgery residency and Masters at Purdue University. He met is wife Lisa, who is also a veterinarian while at Purdue. He completed his residency in 1995 and became boarded in surgery the following year. After 3 years as a surgeon in a referral surgical practice north of Indianapolis he joined Dr. Jevens in Greenville in 1998 when Upstate Veterinary Specialists was only 8 months old as a small animal surgeon and an owner.

Dr. Allen has 2 children Andrew and Megan. When not working he enjoys traveling with his family, spending time at the lake boating and flying various sizes of radio control airplanes.

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Dr. Kate Margalit

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Kate Margalit completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She remained in New York to complete her general internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. She hopped across the country for her surgical internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. Kate completed her surgical residency at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She enjoys doing a variety of surgeries in both soft tissue and orthopedics, but has a special interest in minimally invasive procedures (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy). In her free time, she loves spending quality time with her husband, baby boys, and dog. She always is engaged in multiple artistic projects and has a specific love of interior design.

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Dr. Ingar Krebs

DVM, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Krebs is a native of Germany and moved to the United States in 1997. He spent seven years in Colorado where he completed his veterinary degree at Colorado State University in 2004. After an Internship at the University of Illinois, Dr. Krebs practiced as a general practitioner in rural Arkansas for two years before returning to the Midwest to complete his small animal surgery residency at Iowa State University. Following his residency he stayed at Iowa State as a Soft Tissue Faculty Surgeon and also worked at Iowa Veterinary Specialties to perform soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurologic surgery. He has a special interest in oncologic surgery as well as minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy.
Dr. Krebs lives in Asheville with his wife and his three children, as well an ill-mannered dog and a cat. In his spare time, he is continuing his lifelong love affair with mountain biking.

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Dr. Beth Leach

Practice Limited to Veterinary Surgery

Dr. Leach completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and Biology from George Washington University and her veterinary degree from Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island. She then completed her internship and residency at Cornell University. Dr. Leach is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Greenville with 2 dogs and 1 cat. Her fiance is an equine veterinarian who is also pursuing a career in surgery. Outside of work, Dr. Leach enjoys hiking , running, and equestrian.

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Dr. Andrea Smith

Diplomate ACVS

Dr Andrea Smith was inspired to become a veterinary surgeon at an early age while spending time in her grandfather’s veterinary practice and she was most often found observing surgical procedures. Her interest in surgery continued throughout her veterinary education as she elected to pursue a surgical residency. Although she is fully capable and enjoys all types of surgery, she has a special interest in thoracic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Smith received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Georgia in 2009, and then completed a rotating internship at Purdue University. She then completed a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2014 she completed a surgical residency at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, at Davis. In 2015 she became a Board Certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal.

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