saintfrancisanimalhospital - Little River, SC - Our Doctors

Saint Francis Animal Hospital

1384 Hwy 17
Little River, SC 29566

(843)249-1988

www.saintfrancisah.com

Our Doctors

Dr. Trudy Swanda-Foley

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine / Practice Owner

Dr. Swanda-Foley grew up on Long Island before moving to South Carolina in her early teen years.  After graduating from North Myrtle Beach High school, she attended Auburn University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Dr. Swanda-Foley enjoys photography, saltwater fishing, and instrumental music.  She and her husband Bill share their lives with 5 dogs.  Dr. Swanda-Foley is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and the American Heartworm Society.  She is also Human-Animal Bond Certified (Human Animal Bond Research Institute.)


 



Dr. Robert Bruner

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bruner is a graduate of Washington State University from a long time ago!  He joined us in 2010 from Montana where he was founder and co-owner of Best Friends Animal Hospital and Urgent Care Center in Billings. It is now the largest veterinary practice in Montana. Dr. Bruner began his career in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded an internship and residency in Large Animal Medicine and left Academia as an Assistant Professor. At Saint Francis, he enjoys spending most mornings in Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery. He has a special interest in veterinary dentistry. He enjoys seeing clients and their pets for wellness visits and sick patient exams in the afternoons. He volunteers his time for World Vets, a humanitarian organization that sends teams of US veterinarians, students and nurses to impoverished areas all over the world. They provide veterinary aid and surgical services to animals and instruct local veterinarians. He has been a trip leader to Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Haiti, East Africa, and Mongolia. His favorite trips are to Tanzania in East Africa, providing medical care to the working donkeys of the the Maasai. Dr. Bruner has 2 children (one who is a veterinarian!) and 4 grandchildren. He lives in Myrtle Beach with his dog Joey, with whom he has joint custody. 

 

Dr Jen Matera

Dr. Jennifer Matera

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 

Dr. Matera is a graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. She has previous experience providing medical care for those pets placed in animal shelters and has also worked in private veterinary practice. Owning many cats, Dr. Jennifer has a passion for feline medicine.