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 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 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. She enjoys creating a welcoming environment where clients feel happy.  While adopting her first dog, Melissa quickly realized she wanted to work with animals and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since. When she is not keeping everything in check at the Veterinary Center, she loves spending time with her significant other, two dogs, and three cats. In the warmer months, Melissa loves grilling chicken and zucchini on the charcoal grill and creating new tasty recipes.

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. Dr. Bullock shares her life with four horses, four dogs, three cats.  In addition, she has a pet rescue chicken named Stich who has traveled up and down the East Coast with her. Dr. Bullock enjoys competing and vetting endurance rides. When not participating in endurance rides, her favorite place to leisurely ride her horses is North River Gorge.

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’s favorite part about working with animals is keeping them healthy for the humans that love them. 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 along with various parts of the Appalachian Trail. She has two orange tabby cats who are brothers named Felix and Finn, that came to her as strays, and a dog named Lucy, who 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 Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. 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. Being a blessing to people is her favorite part of working with animals. 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, otherwise known as Virginia Tech. Dr. Kivlighan’s day is never the same and she loves it that way.  She enjoys seeing pets for routine preventive care, when they are sick and have emergencies. In her off-time, she enjoys being by the water with her dogs and scuba diving. She has six dogs that are, in her opinion, the cutest and funniest dogs ever. Dr. Kivlighan enjoys seeing the love between a pet parent and their animals and engaging with them in a meaningful way.

Marjorie Metlitz, DVM

Dr. Metlitz earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a deeply caring and hard-working doctor who enjoys providing spay/neuter surgeries. Dr. Metlitz’s favorite part of working at Anicira is helping people and pets in need. She lives on a farm and has a small zoo of her own with five rescue cats, two rescue dogs, two rescue ponies, and a horse named Stewart Little that she loves to ride. In her free time, she goes hiking, horseback riding, and enjoys going out to dinner and to see movies with her husband.

Brittney Hoover, LVT

Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Brittney received her B.A. in Animal Science in 2005 from Morehead State University and went on to receive her M.S. in Agricultural Education in 2008 from Virginia Tech. When Brittney was a young girl, she would travel with her father who is an x-ray engineer to visit many different veterinary practices.  This is when her interest in veterinary medicine began. Brittney began her professional experience working in a large animal practice focusing on horses. Brittney and her husband enjoy skiing locally at Bryce and Massanutten Resorts, relaxing at the beautiful Cave Ridge Vineyard, and golfing when the weather is nice. They share their lives with their two cats Inky and Charlie and their border collie mix May. Brittney most enjoys assisting with soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries and loves seeing the pet have a positive transformation and successful recovery. 

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.

Autumn Harper

Client Service Representative

Autumn is a thoughtful and hardworking advocate for animals. Her days are brightened by the wagging tails and sweet whiskers of the pets who visit Anicira. Autumn loves being a part of a team that makes a difference in the lives of pets and their families. she has two cats and two dogs that she cares for with her fiancé. Away from Anicira, Autumn creates digital art and solves jigsaw puzzles. 

Chelséa Lewis

Client Service Representative

Throughout Chelséa’s life, animals have provided stability and love. She has a passion for giving back to pets because of how much they have helped her and is grateful to be part of a team at Anicira working to improve the lives and health of pets every day.  Chelséa has a miniature poodle named Doodle who she rescued almost 10 years ago who has been a rock in her life. After time away from the region, Chelséa is happy to be back in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. Outside of work, Chelséa enjoys spending her time on her hobbies which include macro photography, pendant wire wrapping, and hiking with her family.

Kelly Vandemark-Stratton

Client Service Representative

Kelly has always had a passion for caring for animals and this is apparent in both her work and personal life. Kelly received her BA in History and Studio Art from JMU.  She has two dogs, Cullen and Ellie, an Anicira alum. Kelly and her husband can’t watch movies or shows with animals because one of her dogs will bark until the animal isn’t on the screen anymore. During the day at Anicira, she loves helping clients. Her friendly personality makes her relatable to both the two and four-legged creatures that walk through Anicira’s doors.

Cassandra Waters

Client Service Representative

Cassandra takes pleasure in helping every pet that visits Anicira receive proper care so that have long, happy lives. She has two rescue dogs – Achilles who was adopted from Anicira and a Pitbull named Bella –  and two rescue cats – named Izzy and Amber, both tortoise shell cats adopted from Cat’s Cradle. While working as a CSR, Cassandra hopes to expand her knowledge and skills so that she can study to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician one day. In her free time, Cassandra loves to bake anything and everything, including cakes, cookies, chocolate rolls, and pastries.