4 Paws Farewell’s Veterinary Team
Beth Marchitelli, DVM
Dr. Marchitelli received her degree from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Shortly after graduating from veterinary school, she practiced small animal medicine in Huntington, New York for ten years. She currently practices small animal medicine with a focus in veterinary hospice and palliative care in Asheville, North Carolina as and has done so for the last six years. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Palliative Care in human medicine to advance her knowledge and training in the areas of veterinary hospice, palliative care and euthanasia. She is especially interested in providing high quality compassionate care for pets during the end of their lives as well as the families who care for them.
When she is not caring for pets or their families she enjoys yoga and mountain biking with her husband and her two dogs in beautiful Western North Carolina.
True Ballas, DVM
Dr. True Ballas grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountain communities of Blacksburg, Virginia and Boone, North Carolina. Her parents fostered her love of the beauty of the area by taking the family on frequent camping and hiking trips. She grew up exploring the Appalachian Mountains on foot, on her bicycle, and by car. When she wasn’t exploring the outdoors with her beloved dog, Snoopy, she could be found playing basketball or running in track meets.
From childhood on, Dr. Ballas has always been motivated by a constant passion for animals, ethics, and science. Prior to pursuing veterinary medicine, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Ethics, from Smith College. In 1988, she and two friends bicycled across the United States, from Seattle to New York. After the bicycle trip, she returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia for three years where she worked for the Humane Society as a volunteer and in a bookstore as her paying job.
After working at the Humane Society Dr. Ballas was led to veterinary medicine because she realized it combined her love of animals with her passion for science and ethics. She studied at Tufts University, both in the School of Veterinary Medicine and at the Center for Animals and Public Policy, receiving her DVM in 2000 and completing her Masters in Animals and Public Policy in 2001. Because she is always trying to make things better for animals, while at Tufts, Dr. Ballas was recognized with the VetSmart Human-Animal Bond Award in 2000 for her successful efforts to improve the policies and procedures for animals at Tufts.
After graduation, she worked as a veterinarian in Massachusetts for two years and then moved to New Mexico where she worked for six years seeing patients both in emergency/critical care and in general medicine. In 2008, Dr. Ballas returned to the mountains of North Carolina where she became the Medical Director and Co-Owner of Beacon Veterinary Hospital for six years. She then spent 18 months practicing medicine as a member of the team at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. She joined 4 Paws Farewell in 2015, and is delighted to be working with Dr. Marchitelli in a practice that is aligned with her goals of providing quality care while preventing stress and anxiety, and helping preserve the human-animal bond.
Dr. Ballas, of course, greatly values her time with her own beloved pets, a sweet elderly cat named Wednesday who is nicknamed Secret Agent Wednesday due to her frequent indoor “reconnaissance missions”, an older chihuahua named Eddie who loves to cuddle and actually gives hugs, and a Boston Terrier/German Shorthaired Pointer mix named Seven who is especially talented due to her love of learning and performing tricks. In addition to spending time with her pets, Dr. Ballas enjoys bicycling, hiking, camping, reading, going to movies, watching football, and playing with her niece and nephew. Because she cares deeply about the environment, planet Earth, the well-being of all animals, and her own physical health, Dr. Ballas is proud to be on a plant-based diet.
Kelly Carter, RVT
Kelly started her calling to work in palliative care with humans. She moved back to
Asheville in 2000 to re-establish a relationship with her Grandparents. After reconnecting
with her grandparents, Kelly took care of them, in their home until they eventually moved
into hospice care. What a wonderful place, the John F. Keever Solice Center.
She wanted to be a part of hospice care.
Her love of animals took her to caring for sweet, beautiful, furry cats and dogs. Her
Registered Technician and Associates in Science Degree led her to the Animal Hospital of
North Asheville (AHNA). She became Senior Technician in Laboratory Procedures, Senior
Technician in Surgery and Head Nurse of Hospitalized Patients. She worked at AHNA for 8
years. Kelly’s nursing care of sick, elderly, and trauma patients impacted her life.
She wanted to be a part of hospice care.
Kelly and her family had the honor of being a main part of hospice care for Joel, her father.
They were the caretakers until his death, in the place he wanted to pass away, his yurts,
his HOME for 20 years, in Alaska.
Once again, she wanted to be a part of hospice care. She finally, found her place…4 Paws
“My passion is supportive care for the elder cats and dogs. Support is also needed for the
families who love and care for their elderly cats and dogs. They, the human family, are so
unsure, hurting when they call us for our services. I want to support them in their decision,
be it palliative support, hospice care, or euthanasia. It’s one of the hardest phone calls to
make. For me, there is no greater gift than that of relieving pain and suffering. To have the
relief, for any living being, to be at home, safe and comfortable…Amazing. I am honored to
be a part of 4 Paws Farewell. I am thankful every day for Dr. Beth Marchitelli.
Compassion, Love, and Peace. Those words always make me know…I am blessed to be a
part of 4 Paws Farewell.”
Kelly loves music and reading in her “little piece of paradise” …. Candler, North Carolina .
She shares a home with Simon, Juno, Biscuit, Luella, Rutabaga and Todd, her husband
and partner for 20 years.
Beth Rhyne DVM, CCRP, CVPP
Dr. Beth Rhyne, CCRP, CVPP has felt lucky to be a part of 4 Paws Farewell since Spring 2018.
As a NC native, Dr. Rhyne was happy to move back to the area in 2004 and work in private practice. Over the years, she has evolved her desire to help animals by becoming certified in animal rehabilitation through the University of TN in 2010, and then in animal pain management in 2013. She has enjoyed being able to assist animals and their loved ones at the times they need someone most- during the last act of life. As many fellow animal owners and caretakers understand, the hardest part of having an animal companion is having to say goodbye. She feels lucky to be able to aide in the process and make it as peaceful and stress-free as possible.