Dr. Cynthia P. Smith graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston in 1977 and was the first woman to be accepted into University of Georgia’s veterinary school program from the College of Charleston. She graduated with honors from UGA in 1981. Soon after, she began working at the newly formed Greater Charleston Veterinary Emergency Clinic, the first of its kind in Charleston. After 2 years she left to open her own practice, Olde Towne Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Smith’s special interests lie in dermatology, internal medicine, and dentistry. She lives on Wadmalaw Island with her husband Wayne & two dogs: Ollie & Andy.

Cynthia P. Smith, DMV | Olde Towne Vet Clinic


Dr. Kelli Klein obtained her Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology from College of Charleston in 1998.  She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.  After graduating, Dr. Klein moved back to Charleston to join the team at Olde Towne Veterinary Clinic.  Dr. Klein has been associated with Olde Towne Veterinary Clinic for over ten years.  She started working there as a veterinary technician during college and continued this until going to veterinary school.  Throughout her time in veterinary school Dr. Klein maintained a close relationship with Dr. Smith and the clinic’s patients and theirs owners. Dr. Klein’s special interests include emergency/trauma, geriatric medicine, and internal medicine. She works part time at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Charleston. Her hobbies include:  hiking, reading, going to the beach, and learning to cook.  Dr. Klein has one mixed breed dog and two cats.

Kelli Klein | Olde Towne Vet Clinic

Staff Members

Margaret Mims, Veterinary Technician

Margaret is a Charleston native and has been with Olde Towne Veterinary Clinic for over ten years.  Margaret majored in English at Coastal Carolina University.  She lives in the Charleston area with her husband Blake and their two pets: a yellow lab named Ben Sawyer and a calico cat named Sully. Margaret enjoys spending time at the beach, going to festivals, and having get-togethers with family and friends.

Margaret Mims | Olde Towne Vet Clinic

Phyllis Cecchini, Receptionist

Phyllis has been with Olde Towne since July of 2010.  She graduated from Trident Technicial College with degrees in photography and graphic design.  In addition to working at Olde Towne, she is also a photographer.  You can see some of her amazing work showcased throughout the clinic.  She has also photographed some of our patients for South of Broad Magazine and has work displayed for sale in local galleries.

Phyllis Cecchini | Olde Towne Vet Clinic

Patrick Follett, Veterinary Technician

Patrick joined Olde Towne Veterinary Clinic in July 2012.  He has been in the veterinary field for seven years.  Patrick came to Charleston from New England 15 years ago and now calls South Carolina home.  He graduated from Trident Technical College with a degree in business.

He lives in West Ashley with his wife Sabrina.  They have two labs (“Boston”  and “Walter”), two cats (“Lefty” and “Reubon”), and three fish.  He enjoys the outdoors; especially boating and fishing.

Patrick Follett | Olde Towne Vet Clinic

Rachel Amato, Veterinary Technician

Rachel joined Olde Towne in April 2016 after moving from Greenville, SC.  She graduated from Elon University.  Since graduating, she had continued studies in pursuit of her goal to become a veterinarian with interests in surgery and research.  She has a Shiba Inu named Puppers and a tabby cat named Tonks.  Rachel enjoys drawing, baking, any activity outdoors and especially reading.

Rachel Amato | Olde Towne Vet Clinic

Our Clinic Cat: Q-Tip

In October 2001 an 8-week-old, dirty, white, fluffy ball-of-fur was pulled, hissing and spitting, from under our clinic.  We named her Q-tip and decided she would be our clinic cat.

Lucky for Q-Tip, she found us when she did.  A few weeks later, the frisky ball-of-fur developed what at first appeared to be just an upper respiratory infection- a stuffy nose and sneezing.  However, after two weeks, her sneezes turned to gags, she stopped eating, and was having trouble breathing.  An oral exam revealed Q-Tip had a naso-pharyngeal polyp about the size of a large grape in the back of her throat! We immediately removed the polyp, and Q-Tip could finally breathe easy, as they say.  She’s since become our fat and sassy counter ornament, clinic accessory, and fill-in feline receptionist.

You’ll notice Q-Tip wears an electronic collar.  This is to prevent her from gnawing her way into the numerous bags of specialty diets we carry.  Q-Tip particularly likes to open large bags of canine fish and potato (one of our priciest meals.)  At one time, Q was in danger of losing her job over all this, that is- until we figured out a way to keep her nose out of all that food!  Much to her chagrin, she’s now on a strict diet, but will readily accept a “treat” tip for her services.

Q-Tip the Cat | Olde Towne Vet Clinic