Dr. Eric Witherspoon earned his DVM degree in 1980 from the University of Tennessee.  Upon graduation, he founded a private practice in Carlton, OR and over the ensuing 30 years has built a large and successful operation that treats both large and small animals.  Dr. Witherspoon still runs Carlton Veterinary Hospital while managing the daily operations of Healing Tree Equine, Healing Tree Pet, and Healing Tree Naturals.

Dr. Witherspoon is a founding member of the Equine Quality Alliance (EQA), a founding member of the Northwest Equine Practitioners Association, and was the Equine Sessions Chair Person for the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno, NV from 1997 to 2004.  In addition, he served for four years as the Equine liaison between the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, and he lectures at various equine lay seminars on Wound Healing and related topics.  Eric resides with his wife, Annie, a stained glass artist, in Yamhill, Oregon, where they raise Sicilian donkeys and English Mastiffs. They have four beautiful grown daughters, Britten, Elliot, Hollis, and Gillian.