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, collecting African violets, saltwater fishing, and instrumental music.  She and her husband Bill share their lives with 5 dogs (Darwin the Boxer, Liam the Doberman, Rhett the Pug mix, and sisters Adele & Amelia who are Australian Cattle Dogs).  Dr. Swanda-Foley is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and the American Heartworm Society.  




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. Amanda Oden

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 

Dr. Amanda Oden is a graduate of Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. She ran a successful solo veterinary house-call business for 14 years before working in industry with a new veterinary cancer drug. She has also since had several other positions in small animal hospitals as a general practitioner. Dr. Amanda is especially interested in feline medicine. Theater and teaching (especially veterinary-related) are some of her hobbies. She and her husband are owned by three cats and a Springer Spaniel. 

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.