Cate Lemmond
President and Chief Executive Officer 

Cate Lemmond is founding President and CEO of the Anicira Veterinary Centers.  Since starting in this position in January of 2005, Cate has worked to improve the lives of people and animals in Virginia.   During this time, the clinics have seen major growth both in the number of animals served and the breadth of services provided.  

Cate received a MS in public policy and animals from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and a BA in government from the University of Virginia. Cate is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) as well as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). She shares her life with her husband Marc and their four mixed breed adopted dogs Ari, Louie, Bernadette and Adelaide.


Sarah Sari
Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Sari is the COO of the Anicira Veterinary Centers in Harrisonburg and Manassas, and helped to open the Manassas location in 2012. Sarah has over 11 years of professional experience in animal welfare and veterinary hospital operations.  

Sarah graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Sociology.  She began her journey in animal welfare at a nationally recognized no-kill animal shelter in Charlottesville, VA.  She has since incorporated her experiences in animal sheltering, small animal general practice, and non-profit spay/neuter clinic operations to lead an organization that continues to have a remarkable impact on the lives of animals and the community.    

Sarah lives in historic Herndon with her musically talented and tech-savvy husband, Tyler, and their goofy rescue pup, Cooper.    


Emily Beichel, DVM
Veterinarian-In-Charge

Dr. Beichel received her bachelor's degree from New York University in Dramatic Writing and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from Ross University.  She has worked at several shelters in Virginia, and is passionate about life-saving programs that help keep animals out of shelters.  Dr. Beichel's clinical interests include infectious diseases, soft tissue surgery and shelter medicine.

In her free time, Dr. Beichel enjoys traveling and going to concerts with her partner Mike, and spending lots of quality time with her many cats and dogs. 


Erika Alt, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Alt received her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University in 2010 and her BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from WVU.  Dr. Alt's clinical interests include client education, preventative medicine and internal medicine, specifically diabetes and hyperadrenocorticism.

In her spare time, Dr. Alt enjoys riding ATVs and shooting skeet. 


Jessie Miller, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Originally from Charlottesville, Dr. Miller received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in Russian History and the French language  and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  She continued her academic studies, completing a one-year internship in shelter medicine and surgery at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado.  

Dr. Miller's clinical interests include internal medicine, exotic animal veterinary services and veterinary forensics. 

In her free time, Dr. Miller enjoys reading, hiking and cooking unusual foods with her partner Mike, their daughter Josephine and their cats Boris and Molly.


Brittney Miller, LVT
Lead Veterinary Technician  

Brittney joined Anicira for a second time in 2015. She originally joined the team in 2010 as a Veterinary Assistant while attending Veterinary Technician school. Brittney comes to the team from an equine practice where she was an anesthesia and internal medicine technician. She received an AAS in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College, a BS in Animal Science from Morehead State University and a MS in Agriculture Education from Virginia Tech.  Brittney's professional interests include pain management, anesthesia, and specialized surgeries.

Brittney lives in Rockingham County with her 2 adopted cats Inky and Charlie.


Christen Beahm, LVT

Christen graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology, a CSC in Veterinary Assisting and Potomac State College of WVU with an AA in General Studies.  Christen's professional interests include dentistry, anesthesia, and animal behavior. 

Christen lives in Shenandoah County where she keeps her two Thoroughbreds and shares her life with her two rescue cats, Traveler and Fearless.


Brooke Partlow, LVT

Brooke graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2015. Her professional interests include diagnostics and cytology.

Brooke lives in Rockingham County with her cat Olivia, where she enjoys camping, hiking, crocheting, and reading.


Mariah Welcher, LVT

Mariah graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Animal Science. Her professional interests include dentistry, surgery and cytology.

In her spare time, Mariah enjoys outdoor activities, playing her acoustic guitar and singing country music.  She shares her life with two rescue cats Willow and Shadow.


Dan Chavez
Operations Coordinator

Dan joined the team in 2010 as a Veterinary Assistant and Transport Driver.  He transitioned to Operations Coordinator in 2012.  Over the course of his career at the clinic, Dan has enjoyed administering grants and overseeing the adoption programs.

Dan received a BS in Political Science from Northern Arizona University.  He lives in Rockingham County with his wife, two boys, two dogs and three cats.


Kelsey Cler
Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Kelsey grew up in Wisconsin surrounded by animals. She received her BS in Community Health from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and spent some time in the community health field before discovering that animal welfare is truly her passion.

Kelsey shares her life in Rockingham County with her dogs Finch and Hobbes, cats Nellie, Poof, and Skitters, and horse Bisbee.


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