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 three mixed breed adopted dogs Bernadette, Liliana and Louie.


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.


Tiffany Bowman, LVT
Lead Veterinary Technician

Tiffany graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2012.  Tiffany's professional interests include emergency medicine and animal husbandry.

Tiffany lives in Rockingham County with her dog Pez and enjoys spending time helping with the family farm.


Molly Muldoon, LVT

Originally from Ohio, Molly graduated from Columbus State Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology in 2016. While earning her degree she worked as a veterinary assistant and dog trainer. Molly' s professional interests include behavioral medicine and exotic animal medicine. 

Outside of work, Molly enjoys spending time outside hiking, kayaking, or birdwatching. She shares her home with her husband, two dogs, cat, and a small collection of reptiles. 


Sarah Shepherd, LVT

Hailing from New Hampshire, Sarah received an AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from Vermont Technical College in 2012. Since earning her license as a technician, she gained tremendous experience as an Internal Medicine Technician and a Surgery Technician at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg before coming to Anicira.

Sarah’s professional interests interests include surgery and physical therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing any type of outdoor sport. 


Connie Feeley, CVA
Lead Veterinary Assistant

Connie grew up over the mountain in Luray, Virginia. She moved to Harrisonburg and completed the veterinary assistance program at Massanutten Technical Center in 2014. Since then she has been focused on her career in animal rescue. Connie is also an avid foster, helping whenever she can.

She lives in the heart of Downtown Rocktown with her 4 kitties; Nokia, Zeus, Fallon, and Bebe.  


Melissa Gilligan
Practice Manager

Melissa began her career in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant in 2010. She has also served as customer service representative, office manager, and now practice manager with Anicira. She is working on gaining her Certificate in Veterinary Practice Manager and has attended the AAHA Veterinary Management School. She has a passion for animal welfare as well as working with animals and the people who love them.

Melissa was born and raised in Northern Virginia and now resides in Harrisonburg with her two dogs, Dakota and Paris, and two cats, Rhino and Oakley. She loves to take her pups hiking in new places as well as enjoying the beautiful scenery and calming sounds nature provides.


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, Skitters, and Kitten, and horse Bisbee.


Laken Richer
Animal Adoption Program Manager

Laken is originally from northern Indiana. She made her way down to Harrisonburg to study at Eastern Mennonite University, where she received her BA in Digital Media this past spring.

Laken has been a part of Anicira Adoptions since May 2016 and has found her passion for helping animals find their new families and get a second chance at a happy life. She resides in Harrisonburg with her Anicira Adoptions alumna dog, Scout.


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