Harrisonburg Team

Cate Lemmond


Cate is the 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 pets and the families who love them. During this time, the veterinary hospitals have seen major growth both in the number of non-human family members 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 three mixed-breed adopted dogs Bernadette, Liliana, and Louie.

Melissa Gilligan

Hospital Administrator

As Hospital Administrator, Melissa spends most of her time making sure daily operations run smoothly. Melissa is very passionate about her job at Anicira and cares very deeply about providing high-quality veterinary care and excellent client service. She works tirelessly to create an environment that feels welcoming where pet parents can be confident that their four-legged family member is receiving the best care. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping pets and their families who would otherwise not receive necessary veterinary care and seeing the happy success stories. In 2021, Melissa earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). Outside of work, Melissa shares her life with her long-term significant other and their six beloved pets. She loves cooking and trying new foods, being outside, watching new movies, and spending time with her closest friends and family.

Megan Oelstrom, DVM

Chief Veterinary Medical Officer 

Dr. Oelstrom has been involved with Anicira Veterinary Center since October 2013. She started as an associate veterinarian at the Manassas hospital helping the practice to grow and helping countless pets and their families. She now serves as the Chief Medical Officer overseeing all of the Anicira hospitals.

Megan received a BA in biology from the University of Virginia in 2005 and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia.

She has exhibited a passion for surgery and helping animals in need since veterinary school. During that time, she volunteered with the Rural Area Veterinary Service providing spay/neuter and vaccine clinics in remote areas of the United States.

Megan feels blessed to be able to help animals in her community by providing affordable surgical services.

When not in the hospital, Dr. Oelstrom enjoys many outdoor activities (beach-going, skiing, camping) with her husband, two children, and her “Mississippi mutt”, Obi.

Julie Bullock, DVM

Veterinarian In Charge

Dr. Bullock received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. During a typical day at work, she can be found in the surgery or dentistry suite- two of her favorite places at Anicira. Dr. Bullock’s affinity for surgery was discovered at an early age. She would spend hours playing the game Operation including in the back seat of the car on road trips. Dr. Bullock loves working with animals at Anicira because she can perform surgery and other procedures that help the animals and often save their lives. She is passionate about providing excellent surgical care for pets and wants the best for each patient. Dr. Bullock shares her life with three horses, one dog, and three cats. She enjoys competing and vetting endurance rides and has over 4,000 endurance miles. Dr. Bullock is constantly on the move. When she is not participating in endurance rides, she enjoys working on her small farm, flower gardening, fox hunting, and leisurely trail riding.

Anna Artale, DVM

Dr. Artale graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She then received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Artale enjoys treating patients for a wide variety of reasons that they visit Anicira. She is most interested in soft-tissue surgery and dentistry procedures. When she is not at work, Dr. Artale spends her time riding four-wheelers and kayaking in local rivers. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking her nieces and nephew fishing and crawfishing. Dr. Artale shares her life with two beloved dogs Biddy, a Saint Bernard, and Dori, a chocolate Poodle mix.

Chelsea Bond, DVM

Dr. Bond graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Science in cellular, molecular, and physiological biology. She continued her studies at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Dr. Bond loves working together with pets and their families parents to formulate a successful treatment plan. She is very passionate about client education and fully believes no one knows their pets better than their parents. Working at Anicira, she enjoys being able to provide medical and surgical care to animals that might not otherwise receive it. Outside of work, you can find Dr. Bond working out at Crossfit Harrisonburg and hiking with her dog. She has a soft spot for male orange tabby cats and has three of her own named Finn, Killua, and Gojo. Her dog, Lucy, came from a shelter in West Virginia and was the first dog she performed a spay surgery on during vet school.

Angela DeRosa, DVM

Dr. DeRosa earned her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Medicine helping farmers in a developing country.  She enjoys working in Anicira’s medical department with patients seeking preventative care and treating dermatological problems. Dr. DeRosa’s passion for treating pets comes from her experience growing up in an area where there was limited access to veterinary care. She believes that by helping pets, she is helping people too. In her free time, Dr. DeRosa enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, and being involved in her church’s activities.

Whitney Eure, DVM

Dr. Eure graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout his years as a Veterinarian, he has enjoyed inspiring others, providing high-quality care to animals in need, and focusing on helping both pets and their families live better lives.  Dr. Eure shares his life with a dog named Shashta and a cat named Gandalf. During his time not in surgery, he loves to go whitewater kayaking especially at Watauga River Gorge and he has kayaked through the Grand Canyon a total of four times- 227 miles each trip!

Laura Kivlighan, DVM

Dr. Kivlighan graduated from UVA with a degree in biology and fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a Veterinarian by receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kivlighan’s day is never the same and she loves it that way.  She works in the medical department at Anicira and enjoys seeing pets for routine preventive care, sick visits, and emergencies. In her free time, she enjoys being by the water with her two dogs – who are, in her opinion, the cutest and funniest dogs ever. Dr. Kivlighan enjoys seeing the love between pet parents and their animals and engaging with them in a meaningful way.

Brittney Hoover, LVT

Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Brittney is a talented veterinary technician and leader with a B.A. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Agricultural Education, and an AAS in Veterinary Technology. Brittney first became interested in veterinary medicine when she was a young girl. Her father was an x-ray engineer and she would travel with him to many different veterinary practices. Brittney began her professional experience working in a large animal practice focusing on horses. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is helping patients that may not be able to receive veterinary care anywhere else and improving their quality of life. It brings her joy to see her patients improve! Brittney loves being busy inside and outside of the veterinary center. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy skiing, golf, visiting vineyards, and entertaining guests. They share their lives with their two cats Inky and Charlie and their border collie mix May.

Lauren Landram, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lauren received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. She has been an animal lover from a very young age. As a child, Lauren brought home many animals. She spends her free time working with cattle and helping harvest crops on her family’s farm. She has a yellow Labrador named Paisley. When she’s not working with animals, she enjoys visiting local wineries and breweries.  

Rachel Mirabelli

Lead Veterinary Nurse

After working in South Carolina for several years as a receptionist and Veterinary Technician, Rachel moved to Virginia and has continued her career in veterinary medicine.  Her favorite part of working with the animals is seeing the joy they bring to their families. Rachel has three dogs Cooper, Luna and Milo, and spends her weekends with her husband hiking in the Shenandoah National Park, going to breweries or her favorite vineyard Barren Ridge.  

Kelsey Stephens, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kelsey received an Associate Degree in Applied Science with a major in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College.  Kelsey always knew she wanted to work with animals and enjoys being an advocate for her patients. Kelsey likes spending time with her wife, watching action and comedy movies, reading mystery and sci-fi books, playing video games, and spending time with their dog Rumple and cat Freya. Kelsey’s favorite part of working at Anicira is being able to help our animal welfare partners and working with feral cats. 

Jessi Vint, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jessi attended Bridgewater College where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology and later attend Blue Ridge Community College where she earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology. From a young age, Jessi has loved animals. Her favorite part of working at Anicira is that the focus is on the patient’s health and well-being above all else. In her free time, Jessi likes to garden, watch and play sports, and to listen to music. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her seven rescue pets.

Karen Yowell, LVT

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Karen received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. Karen loves serving our clients and patients at Anicira so much that she drives an hour each day to work. Growing up, Karen would bring home animals that needed care and would work tirelessly to save them. She believes that we are the voice for animals and loves being able to help them in any capacity. During her free time, she enjoys hiking at Bear Church- a 12-mile hike!, kickboxing, and watching movies with her husband and two teenagers. Karen has a rescue chihuahua named Ruru and a cat named Optimus Prime.

Dan Chavez

Operations Coordinator

Dan graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Political Science and two minors in International Relations and History. When he is not working, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife, building fun things for his two boys, having an outdoor movie night, and visiting the local breweries with his dogs Tucker, Flash, and Aurie.  Dan also has three cats, Monty, Abigail, Wednesday, and usually a foster cat too. Flash, an Anicira Alum, considers himself more person than dog and loves to sit on the arm of a couch. Dan loves seeing the transformation of animals as they move through a recovery process, whether it be from illness, injury or abandonment.

Haley Brazeau

Resource Center Supervisor

Haley has always had a passion for helping animals. She thrives in this field of work where she is able to be a voice for the animals and help care for them. Each day, Haley works in various capacities to help the Veterinary Center run smoothly. When she is home, she enjoys game night with her family, going to amusement parks, and playing with her three cats Moe, Momma, and Puff. Haley considers the work she does to be very rewarding and it is what drives her passion for animal welfare.