Karen Bolten, DVM
Veterinarian, Practice Owner


Dr. Karen Bolten has been in the Myrtle Beach area for five years, first working for Carolina Equine Clinic South. In 2012, she purchased the business and has since made major advancements to the practice, including the addition of digital radiography and ultrasonograpy as well as a second veterinarian to accommodate the expanding caseload. Dr. Bolten graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, then completed an intensive one-year equine internship at the University of Missouri, where she was thoroughly trained in the management of hospitalized medical and surgical cases. After moving to South Carolina, her interest in dentistry developed, and she has since logged thousands of hours on both basic and advanced dental cases. While her passion has become dentistry, she still enjoys a wide variety of medical interests and is always up for new and challenging cases! In 2015, she completed her acupuncture training through The Chi Institute, adding an additional diagnostic and treatment option for her patients. Although she was born a Yankee, she loves the Lowcountry and thoroughly enjoys the vast amount of history in the area. When she's not working (which is not very often), she loves travelling, photography, and spending time with her four-legged herd.
Memberships and Licenses:
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners
  • American Veterinary Medical Associaton
  • American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
  • World Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine
  • Licensed in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Missouri

Megan Stiles
Practice Manager


Megan is a local, born and raised in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. She has been riding horses since about the time she could walk. Receiving her very first horse on her 9th birthday, she competed in local horse shows in both hunt seat and western, and at every chance she got she was camping with friends and family. Following her dreams she attended and graduated St. Andrews University, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Equine studies. While at St. Andrews, she rode on the Hunt Seat and Western team where she competed in the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Nationals two years in a row. In 2010, she was the reserve champion in Intermediate Western Horsemanship. She now resides in Loris with her three horses and one dog.
Nikole Carmichael
Veterinary Technician


Nikole is a local native, and she grew up riding horses on Horry County's dirt roads. She considers herself one of the few "good ole' country girls" of our area. When she isn't busy being a mother to her two beautiful children, she is working on the farm with all of her mustangs. Nikole is a huge advocate of the BLM Wild Mustang adoption program. In her spare time, she enjoys being behind the camera, photographing anything that won't run from the camera!