Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.



Kathy Thornes - Hospital Manager

  • Been with ESAH since 1990
  • Originally from the Eastern Shore
  • Graduated from Nandua High School
  • Has a Boykin Spaniel named Jade. She is full of energy and loves people. Jade loves to play in the mulch and run around the yard.
  • As a family, we love to go out on our boat and fish and hang out at the beach. 


Liz - Administrative Assistant

  • Originally from Charleston, SC
  • Moved to the Eastern Shore in June, 2015
  • Attended American Military University
  • Has two dogs - Marley and Apollo
  • Enjoys fishing and barrel racing - along with spending time with her husband when he's off duty


Lori Mears - Administrative Assistant

  • Started at ESAH
  • Originally from Eastern Shore of VA
  • Attended Broadwater Academy
  • Enjoys spending time with family in her free time


Patricia W. Martin - Administrative Assistant

  • Originally from Accomack County
  • Attended Atlantic High School
  • Has two daughters - Brittney and Jamie
  • Enjoys reading and painting wildlife pictures

Medical Staff


Melanie Parker - Licensed Veterinary Technician

  • Started at ESAH in May, 1998
  • Originally from the Eastern Shore
  • Graduated from Cedar Valley College in 2009
  • Enjoys bird watching and volunteering


Emily Welsh - Veterinary Assistant

Emily started working at Eastern Shore Animal Hospital on January 9th, 2018. She is from Virginia Beach, VA and graduated from Virginia Tech in July 2017. She has 2 pets - Timmy a mini lop rabbit and Dinan a Siamese cat, she spends her free time reading, cooking and spending time outdoors.


Lacey Gummeson - Kennel Assistant

  • Started at ESAH in April, 2016
  • Originally from Birdsnest, VA
  • Enjoys reading, music, taking her dog (Paisely) for walks, and being with family 


Katelyn Smith - Kennel Assistant

  • Started at ESAH in March, 2017
  • Originally from the Eastern Shore
  • Attended Dinwiddie High School
  • Enjoys visiting family and friends, listening to music, car rides, and watching sunrises / sunsets

Grooming Staff


Tammy Reesa - Groomer

  • Joined ESAH in July, 1999
  • Originally from Eastern Shore of Virginia
  • Enjoys walks, spending time with family and her pets


Anna Malik - Groomer

  • Joined ESAH in 1992
  • Originally from Nassawadox, VA
  • Enjoys training her dogs and watching her kids play sports