Founding President, 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 two mixed breed adopted dogs Louis and Bernadette.
Ashley Signorino, DVM
Veterinarian in Charge
Dr. Signorino is a native of Virginia Beach and an alumnus of both JMU and Virginia Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a BS in 2007 and a DVM in 2011. Working at a unique practice like Anicira and wearing a variety of “hats” each week as a surgeon, general practitioner, and problem-solver allows her to fulfill her lifelong dream of working with animals as well as her passion for educating and teaching. She lives with her husband and their cat, Philly, and tries to get to every Nationals baseball game and JMU football game that she can in her free time – if she’s not relaxing by the beach!
Andrew Ayre, DVM
Dr. Ayre is an East Coast native, growing up in New York and attending Cornell University, before receiving his DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in California. After relocating to Virginia, he began practicing emergency medicine, where he enjoyed solving complex cases and working in a fast-paced environment. He brought his knowledge and passion to Anicira in January of 2020 and is enjoying being present for all aspects of his patients’ care and working through health and behavioral problems with compassion as well as an eye on a healthy future. When not at work, Dr. Ayre can often be found relaxing at home with his wife, hiking with his dog, or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.
Tina Brehm, DVM
Dr. Brehm joined the Anicira team after completing a rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia after veterinary school. Originally from Springfield, Dr. Brehm received her BS in Biology and Psychology from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.
Dr. Brehm has owned and loved shelter pets for her entire life and her top career goal is to share her professional skills with the shelter community and those organizations that support them. Dr. Brehm strongly believes that if people can afford veterinary care, they can afford to keep their animals- keeping more animals out of shelters.
In addition to surgery and preventive care, Dr. Brehm loves soccer and volleyball, and hanging out with her black lab, Vader.
Erin Phoenix, DVM
Dr. Phoenix is a native of the Shenandoah Valley, receiving a BS in Biology from Virginia Tech and DVM from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Before coming to Anicira, she worked in small animal emergency medicine, and her interests include soft tissue surgery, pain control and palliative care. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, three large dogs, and two cats. In her free time, she likes to cook, garden, listen to southern artists, and entertain neighbors and friends on her new backyard patio.
Julie Welebir, DVM
A Maryland native, Dr. Welebir graduated from Penn State with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and relocated to Virginia full-time after receiving her DVM from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys working as one of Anicira’s primary medical veterinarians, as she can develop long-term bonds with her patients and help them through a variety of ailments. She has a special interest in arthritis and pain management, wound management, and helping families cope with behavior issues in their pets. Outside of Anicira, she spends time with her boyfriend and their two dogs, enjoys exploring hiking trails, and visiting Virginia’s ever-growing number of local vineyards.
Ashleigh has loved animals for as long as she could remember and has worked her way up from her first job to her current role as Anicira’s office manager. After spending many years in Austin, TX, she now has a full life in Virginia that includes her fiancé and her two energetic dogs, Chloe and Dixie. She enjoys tackling the daily challenge of running a busy practice like Anicira and is particularly excited to develop new marketing ideas to allow us to expand our reach to even more families. Ashleigh loves being able to help the families that visit Anicira each day, and seeing pets walk out the door happy and healthy.
Cinthya Guardamino Cespedes, LVT
Cinthya was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and moved to Virginia as a teenager. She took college courses at NVCC and received her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Sanford Brown College. From caring for injured wildlife and her family’s animals as a child, Cinthya has continued to dedicate herself to the care of all animals and enjoys working at Anicira because she is able to provide excellent care that families may not otherwise be able to receive. As our only bilingual LVT, Cinthya’s ability to communicate with our Spanish-speaking clientele and provide the same level of client education to them is invaluable. When not at work, Cinthya is kept busy by her young daughter, husband, and their rescue cat Maury.
Nicole Latane, LVT
Nicole has wanted to work with animals ever since childhood, when she would bring home injured birds and wildlife to tend to them in her home. She has remained dedicated to the animals in her native Virginia, attending Fauquier High School and graduating from NVCC with her AAS in veterinary technology. Nicole thrives in the fast-paced environment of high-volume surgery, and particularly enjoys anesthesia and orthopedic surgery, in addition to utilizing fear-free methods to work with nervous animals and working dogs. Outside of Anicira, Nicole hardly ever stops moving, and can usually be found hiking in Shenandoah National Park or running with her 3 dogs.
Kate Salpini, LVT
Kate is a Virginia native, who grew up an animal lover but in a home that didn’t allow pets. While earning a BA in History in New Orleans, Louisiana, she became involved in animal welfare issues and remained involved in rescue as she completed her AAS in Veterinary Technology at the Vet Tech Institute in Houston, TX. She returned to Virginia and has been with Anicira ever since, enjoying watching the practice grow and seeing the impact it has had on her local community . Kate enjoys working with clients to educate them on how their choices can keep their pets healthy, and has a particular interest in feline medicine and nutrition. She spends time outside of work with her family, and is supported by her dog and two cats in her favorite pastimes of working on jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Ashlee Todd, LVT
Ashlee has been devoted to helping animals since she was a small child caring for her family pets. After earning her AAS degree in Veterinary Technology in 2007, she began working as an LVT and has never looked back. An exceptionally skilled technician, she provides invaluable leadership and experience to Anicira, and takes pride in helping families and pets stay together and lead healthier lives. She lives a busy life outside of the hospital, caring for her 10 year old Old English Bulldog, Brie, and her energetic son.
Roberta Wilkinson, LVT
Roberta was inspired to work with animals after seeing the aftermath of the Ringling Bros/B&B Circus train crash as a child, and she has never wavered from that desire. She obtained her AAS degree in Veterinary Technology and is currently pursuing a degree in Human Resources as well. She has worked as an LVT in both Florida and Virginia and brings a diverse wealth of knowledge and clinical experience to her job at Anicira. Roberta excels at training new staff members, patiently helping them to learn about our high medical and surgical standards and enjoys performing the variety of technical skills needed each day. On her days off, she spends time with her family, including her daughter, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a flock of chickens.