Meet The Team

Our qualified staff is here to create a care plan for your pet that fits your needs and  financial situation.

Dr Bayer

Anne Bayer, DVM

Meet our veterinarian! Dr. Anne Bayer has an interest and commitment to developing a full service sustainable veterinary care model that helps remove barriers and provides reasonably priced services for cats and dogs. She is keenly aware that many pets go without care or are relinquished to shelters because families are financially unable to secure veterinary services. Providing this model is the mission of Open Door Veterinary Care.

Dr. Bayer has worked in veterinary medicine since 2003. She is especially interested in gentle and low-stress animal handling. She has lived in Asheville since graduating from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. Her free time is devoted to mountain biking, kayaking, and entertaining her little dog Mini.

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Anne Peden Symonds, DVM

Dr. Anne Peden Symonds completed her Veterinary School at OSU in 1999. She moved to Asheville and worked in private practice for 10 years. While out in general practice she noticed the lack of behavioral care for felines. For the past five years has been concentrating on feline behavior. She has a business that offers in home behavioral consultations called “ADVETCAT”: The Veterinarian Advocate for your Cat. She has just finished 9 years at AB Technical Community College as a full-time instructor for the Veterinary Technology Program. She is a member of the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners, IAABC (International Association of Applied Behavioral Consultants): feline section, and the AVMA (American veterinary Medical Association). She loves all things feline. She has done numerous presentation for state and local organizations including North Carolina Vet Technology Association and the Collider at AMOS. She is on the board of directors for the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) and an active volunteer and foster family for them as well.

She stays busy with two children ages 9 and 12.  She enjoys yoga and hiking with her family.  She has a Doberman named Kona, two cats and a array of foster kittens.


Sam Yale, DVM

Dr. Sam Yale received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 2002 and then went on to complete a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Through the years he has gained a great deal of experience working in private practice, emergency medicine and high-volume high-quality spay and neuter facilities. He has taught veterinarians and veterinary students efficient spay/neuter techniques.  Dr Yale moved to Asheville about 4 years ago to be closer to family and his east coast roots. When not helping animals at Open Door, you can usually find Dr. Yale riding around the Pisgah Forest on his bicycle.


Willa, RVT

Willa Mims graduated from the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Veterinary Medical Technology program in 2006. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician after graduating. She worked in private practice for 5 1/2 years. Then she went to work for a non for profit spay and neuter organization Humane Alliance, which became ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. She worked there for 8 1/2 years. She developed a love for surgery her time there. She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and an assortment of chickens.

Meet the rest of our dedicated team!





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Veterinary Assistant


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Why we’re different

We are creating a future where all pets have access to quality, affordable veterinary care.  We donate back into our Stay Together Fund which helps those who may need some additional financial assistance in times of a medical emergency.

Why we help

We promote access to veterinary care for cats and dogs for all residents to decrease the chance of pets not receiving care, being surrendered to an animal shelter, or euthanized when families experience unexpected veterinary medical costs.

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