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

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.

Kasey Binsted, LVT

Kasey came from private practice to join the Anicira team and pursue a passion helping all animal receive affordable care. Prior to graduating from Blue Ridge Community College's Veterinary Technology program, she attended the University of Montana, where she majored in Journalism and History and minored in Political Science. Kasey's professional interests include pain management, anesthesia and patient advocacy.

Kasey shares her life with her three adopted dogs Maverick, Seamus, and Delilah, her one-eyed cat Rooster Cogburn aka Winky and her partner Uriah. She enjoys kayaking, fishing, snowboarding, camping, and riding both ATVs and motorcycles. 


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.

 Sarah Shepherd, LVT

Originally 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. 

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.

Caroline Fuhrman
Animal Adoption Program Manager

Caroline received her BS degree in Biology at James Madison University. Prior to joining our team, she worked many years as a healthcare professional providing quality care to her community. Caroline is an avid animal welfare advocate dedicated to improving the lives of animals in need.

Caroline shares her life with her two rescue pit bulls, Cali and Irie, and her partner, Ben. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, and traveling.

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