saintfrancisanimalhospital - Little River, SC - Our Doctors

Saint Francis Animal Hospital

1384 Hwy 17
Little River, SC 29566


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.  He joins us from Montana where he was the co-owner of a large veterinary practice with his wife Amanda (who is also a veterinarian.)  Dr. Bruner began his career in large animal medicine and completed a residency and internship in large animal medicine before taking a position as an assistant professor for a short period at Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada.  He and his wife donate their veterinary skills to help World Vets, a group that travels to countries such as Romania and Nicaragua to provide veterinary aid and surgical services to animals in impoverished areas of the world.  


Dr. Stephen Miller

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 

Dr. Stephen Miller received his D.V.M. from Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine and his M.S. in Toxicology from the University of Florida. He has an extensive background in zoo animal/aquatic animal medicine and has authored a chapter on ornamental fish medicine besides publishing many research articles in the field of veterinary medicine.  Recently Dr. Miller has worked for the government as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian. He is interested in exotic animal medicine, particularly snake and bird medicine, but also enjoys caring for dogs and cats. 4 snakes and a Labradoodle keep he and his wife busy on the homefront.

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.