Doctors & Staff


Dr. Joseph Kendrick

Dr. Joseph Kendrick, known affectionately as Papa Joe, is the owner and founder of the Asheville Highway Animal Hospital. Dr. Joe is a graduate of Knoxville College with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry and a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. He began practicing his dream in an 1800 square-foot facility that he opened in 1979. Devoted to the principle of offering top-quality medicine at an affordable price as well as treating every client with respect, he soon developed a loyal clientele. Dr. Joe has been married to Gloria Kendrick for over 40 years and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, and teaching others how to better themselves.

Dr. Ricardo Kendrick

Dr. Ricardo Kendrick is the youngest member of our doctoral team, but he has been exposed to veterinary medicine since the age of three as the younger son of Dr. Joe and Gloria Kendrick. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Morehouse College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Rick is the husband of Melba and enjoys spending time with his family including his daughter, Elena. He also enjoys reading science fiction books, working out and listening to music.

Dr. Reichla West-Kendrick

Dr. Reichla West-Kendrick joined the practice in 2000 as an associate veterinarian. She graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in Biology and from Tuskegee University - where she met her husband, the late Dr. Brian Kendrick - with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Reichla brings an unrivaled sense of compassion to the practice and she also has a fondness for exotic pets. Dr. Reichla enjoys traveling, swimming, and abstract artwork.

Dr. Lori Baxter

Dr. Lori Baxter recently joined the practice in January 2008; however, she has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1992. She is a graduate of Central State University in Ohio with a B.S. in Biology and a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lori enjoys movies, fishing, traveling, and spending time with family.


Gloria Kendrick

Gloria Kendrick, affectionately known as “Mama Glo” is the co-owner and co-founder of Asheville Highway Animal Clinic along with her husband of more than 40 years, Dr. Joseph Kendrick. Gloria is a graduate of Knoxville College, with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Related Arts. She is also a graduate of University of Tennessee Knoxville earning a Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision. She ensures that the business runs efficiently. Gloria is a retired teacher and enjoys needlecrafts, bowling, writing, photography, and spending time with the grandchildren.

Melba Kendrick

Melba Kendrick is the practice manager and is a graduate of Spelman College with a B.A. in Spanish and from Auburn University with a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Teaching Spanish. Before joining the family practice in June of 2006, she taught high school Spanish for over 10 years. She has studied in many different countries including the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru. Melba is the wife of Dr. Rick and enjoys spending time with her family including her daughter, Elena. She also enjoys volunteering within the community and her church, traveling, and home renovation projects.


Kennel Assistants

Veterinary Assistants

Veterinary Receptionists

Grooming Team

Rita Fulp, Bookkeeper