Our Veterinarians (DVMs)


Dr. Stephen Lee

Dr. Stephen M. Lee, Jr. was born and raised in Minden, a small town in North Louisiana. Growing up on a ranch surrounded by animals, he always had a special interest in veterinary medicine. Dr. Lee attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate receiving a degree in Dairy Science. While at LSU he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was accepted into the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and graduated in 2002. Dr. Lee is a member of the AVMA, GVMA, LVMA, BRAVMA, American Veterinary Dental Society, and is a member of the Veterinary Honor Society, Phi Zeta. Dr. Lee has a special interest in small animal medicine, soft tissue/orthopedic surgery, and dentistry.


Dr. Lacie Lee – married to Dr. Stephen Lee

Dr. Lacie B. Lee was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She has always had a special love for animals and realized at a young age she would pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lacie attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate majoring in Veterinary Science. During her undergraduate studies, she participated in many campus organizations, and was a member of the Kappa Gamma sorority. She was accepted to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and graduated in 2002. Dr. Lacie is a member of the AVMA, LVMA, BRAVMA, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Her special interests include all aspects of Feline Medicine and she really enjoys working with local animal rescue organizations. She is a member of the Veterinary Honor Society, Phi Zeta, and graduated with several honors from Veterinary School.


Dr. Emelie McLellan

Dr. Emelie S. McLellan was born and raised in the town of Central, Louisiana, a small community north of Baton Rouge. Dr. Emelie attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate and has a degree in Wildlife Ecology. She married her husband, Ray, just prior to starting Vet School and graduated from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the Class of 2009. After graduation, Dr. Emelie began practicing at Live Oak Animal Hospital in Watson, Louisiana, and as a relief veterinarian for local animal hospitals in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas. In October of 2010, she joined the Sherwood South Animal Emergency and Critical Care staff. As of May 2011, Dr. Emelie transitioned to the Sherwood South Animal Hospital day veterinary staff. She is a member of AVMA, LVMA, and BRAVMA; with special interests in small animal internal medicine, ophthalmology, and emergency medical care.


Dr. Randy Thayer

Dr. Randy W. Thayer was born and raised in Bunkie, Louisiana. He completed his pre-veterinary undergraduate work at LSU and received his DVM in 1967 from Oklahoma State University. In 1968 he founded Highland Road Animal Hospital and practiced there for 36 years until 2004. In his veterinary career, Dr. Thayer served as president of the LVMA from 1977-1978, served on the Board of Examiners from 1982-1986 and received the prestigious DVM of the Year award in 1984. In 2004, Dr. Thayer retired and sold Highland Road Animal Hospital. Retirement kept him busy as he received his Broker License and developed a small subdivision in Thibodeaux, Louisiana, along with a commercial office park (Interline Office Park) in Baton Rouge. After six years of retirement, Dr. Thayer realized how much he missed his work with animals and reactivated his license in 2010. Sherwood South Animal Hospital welcomed Dr. Thayer in January 2011. His special interests include: dermatology, ophthalmology, endocrinology and internal medicine.


Dr. Carter Ward

Dr. Carter Ward was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded the Nutramax Companion Animal Award for medicine and surgery and the Veterinary Pathology Award during his clinical rotations in vet school. Growing up, he always knew his goal in life was to help others by tending to their companion animals in need. From early on, becoming a veterinarian was his dream. Once he graduated vet school, he decided to further his knowledge base by performing a 1-year internship with a focus in Internal Medicine at Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists. In June of 2018, he is starting his career as a general practitioner at Sherwood South Animal Hospital and can’t wait to begin to form relationships with the community of Baton Rouge while helping to take care of their furry companions.


Dr. Adam Albarado


Dr. Adam R. Albarado was born and raised south of New Orleans in Marrero, Louisiana. From an early age, his goal has always been the pursuit of caring for companion animals. Dr. Albarado obtained both his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at LSU with his DVM being awarded in 2004. With a special interest in dentistry and feline medicine, Dr. Albarado joined the Sherwood South Animal Hospital team of veterinarians in December of 2018. As a member in both AVMA and LVMA, Dr. Albarado brings many years of experience to our clinic. In his free time, he and his wife enjoy spending time with their son and two cats.


Dr. Meg Tisdale

Dr. Meg Tisdale is an associate veterinarian at Sherwood South Animal Hospital. She is a transplant from north Louisiana, but has since spread her roots in Baton Rouge and considered it her home. She grew up on a farm in Haughton, Louisiana and rode horses competitively during her childhood and teenage years. Her love of horses grew into an interest and curiosity in veterinary medicine at a young age. After a brief stint thinking of becoming a human physician, she realized her passions lay soundly on the veterinary side of the medical field. She attended undergrad at Louisiana Tech University (Go Bulldogs!) graduated in 2016 from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in learning more about behavioral medicine and is a strong proponent of Fear Free medicine and is Fear Free Certified. She finds particular happiness in practicing hospice and geriatric medicine. She loves dachshunds and has three “rotten wieners” of her own…but is also quite partial to corgis and their little fluffy bottoms! She loves traveling, hiking and camping with her husband, David. She also likes to dabble in crafting and acrylic painting. Her favorite holiday of all time is Halloween!


Dr. Erica Fontenot

Dr. Erica Lloyd Fontenot was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She attended high school at St. Joseph’s Academy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2019. Dr. Erica also attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She and her husband, Eric, have two dogs, Lucy and Penny, and a cat, Charlie. She is a member of the AVMA, LVMA, BRAVMA, and WATCVM/AATCVM. She has special interests in alternative medicine, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Erica is excited about starting her career in veterinary medicine at Sherwood South!


Sherwood South Animal Emergency and Critical Care (SSAECC)


Dr. Mark Crawford

Dr. Mark Crawford grew up north of Baton Rouge is Zachary, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate and obtained a bachelor degree in Animal Science. Doctor Crawford then received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the class of 2010. Following graduation, he went to Louisiana State University Small Animal Teaching Hospital for a one-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery. Doctor Crawford then went through a one-year surgical internship at Louisiana Veterinary Referral Center (now MedVet). In July of 2012, he joined the Sherwood South Animal Emergency and Critical Care team. Doctor Crawford in August of 2014 became the head doctor of emergency. He met his now wife in 2012 and was married in March of 2015. They have 3 dogs, a lab and two Chihuahuas, and a cat. He is a member of AVMA, LVMA, and VECCS; with special interests in small animal critical care and surgery.


Dr. William Ryan

Dr. William Ryan grew up in Jonesboro, Arkansas where his father owns a veterinary practice and is mother teaches Dressage horse riding. He received his Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Arkansas before attending Louisiana State University to acquire his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he completed a 1-year Internal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego, California. He joined the Sherwood South Animal Emergency and Critical Care team in August 2018.


Dr. Crystal Salvato


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