Meet Our Staff

As pet owners ourselves, we know we expect the best quality of care for our own pets and are proud to be able to offer that great service to all our patients and pet owners.

Dr. Liz Cuttino

Dr. Cuttino grew up in Sumter, SC, and received her BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences (minor Spanish language) from Clemson University. Since graduating from the University of Georgia veterinary school in 2006, Dr. Cuttino has been practicing general small animal and equine medicine in the Columbia area, with special interest in geriatric care.

She has spent several summers in Latin America providing veterinary care, doing humanitarian work, and working on improving Spanish language skills. In her free time, she enjoys working with her dogs Rhythm (German shepherd), Laci (Golden/collie mix), and Lil Brown (a sweet brown Heinz 57). Her household is managed by Oakley-Cat (aka “OC”). Pasture maintenance is headed up by horse Kelso (QH). Dr. Cuttino also avidly participates in outdoor adventures, including kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, triathlon, and water sports. She is an active member of Alice Drive Baptist Church in Sumter, SC.

Dr. Will Basinger


Dr. Will Basinger

Will Basinger is a small animal veterinarian who was born and raised in Ballentine South Carolina by two local veterinarians. He has spent his whole life in veterinary hospitals and has worked in almost every small-animal field imaginable. He graduated from Clemson University in 2012 with a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, after which he attended he University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2016. Following veterinary school, Will and his girlfriend (also a veterinarian) undertook small animal rotating internships in medicine and surgery at specialty hospitals in San Diego. He has worked at several small animal general practices in California and works as a part-time/relief veterinarian at other hospitals in town when needed. His hobbies include water sports (wakeboarding, sailing, windsurfing), climbing, and gardening. His girlfriend Tara Hardy is a small animal emergency Veterinarian at South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care and the two are the proud co-owners of three beautiful mutts Lily, Brynn, and Kona.


Mari-Kate joined the team in 2009.  She has a love for creatures big and small.  She graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2007.  Mari-Kate has special powers calming stressed cats and handling them with compassion.  She has a terrier mix named Sunny at home and they love to spend their time at the beach!


Karen earned her Associates degree in Animal Technology and passed the National Board in 1995.  As a veterinary technician, she has dedicated more than 20 years of her career to the care of pets and owners.  Pets gravitate towards her friendly personality.  She shares her home not only with her own family, children, and foster children, but also Mexican hairless dogs, a hairless Sphynx cat, and various farm animals.