Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Family Vet Animal Hospital in Danville! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at (434) 836-2499 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members! Here’s our team hard at work, learning new techniques, services and how to treat our patient with utmost care!
Client Care Team
Amy Lee – Practice Manager
Amy was born and raised here in Danville, Va. Animals have always been a huge part of her life.
Growing up, her dad hatched chickens and ducks every spring. She knew from the time she was a little girl that taking care of animals was a passion of hers. When she turned sixteen, she was offered a job here at Family Vet cleaning up and taking care of the animals. It was her dream job and she was so excited to be given the opportunity to live out that dream.
Now, here she is twenty four years later, still living that dream. She is blessed to have a son, Nick, who is her world and she sees the same characteristics and passion in him. They have their dogs Princess, Brendy and Toby, a cat Ava, a bird Spike, a bearded dragon Zack, and a fish Violet. Amy loves her job and everyone she works with. We are one big family and she enjoys working with them every day.
Amy graduated in 2015 with an associate’s degree in Business Management/Management Specialization and is furthering her education in hopes to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.
Karen Thompson – Client Care Coordinator
Growing up in Danville, Karen always considered this town her home no matter where her life and family have taken her. As a little girl she had a great love for all animals, whether it was her daddy’s bird dogs (especially one named Doc) or her grandpa’s farm animals. Now it’s her little spoiled Oscar, the Shi-poo who comes to work with her every day.
After she married her sweetheart Floyd, they moved to Texas where they lived on a cutting horse ranch; it’s here that she fell in love with horses and eventually adopted a wild Mustang.
While living in Texas, they were blessed with their first son, Jacob, and three years later after moving back to Danville, they were blessed again with their second son, Justin. Both boys have always loved animals including their Rottweiler, named Roper. He was their constant companion until the day he passed. Another love for both boys has been baseball, they have traveled all over, beginning with little league, and eventually they graduated from Tunstall High School and received degrees from the University of Virginia. Jacob continued his baseball career with the Atlanta Braves system and Justin with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Karen is very proud of both boys and their accomplishments.
Another blessing came into her life when she became a grandmother with the birth of Jacob and Katie’s son, Liam, who celebrated his first birthday in May.
Karen feels very fortunate to work at Danville Family Vet where her coworkers feel like family. They show such care and compassion on a daily basis for the pets that visit. She has been a veterinary receptionist since February of 1989 and can’t imagine doing anything else.
Tim Baines – Client Care Coordinator
Timothy Baines was born on June 24, 1989, along with his triplet sisters Kathleen and Rachel, to Ava and Jim Baines. In his youth, Baines attended Sacred Heart School and George Washington High School, graduating with an advanced degree in 2007. Upon graduation, he followed in the footsteps of his older sister, Miranda, and enrolled at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
While at JMU, Tim worked for JMU Sports Media Relations and wrote the student newsletter for the department of Writing and Rhetoric. After four years of study, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication with a minor in History in May of 2011.
After graduating, Tim pursued freelance writing and also worked for Southside Cleaners. In February of this year, he joined the team at Family Vet Animal Clinic and has not looked back. In his free time, Tim enjoys playing sports, writing and spending time with his family.
Casey Dinicola – Client Care Coordinator
Casey was born in Atlanta, G.A. and moved to the Ringgold, V.A. area as a child. She relocated to Danville around 2005, which eventually led to her join our team as a Client Care Coordinator. Prior to becoming a part of Danville Family Vet, Casey obtained a B.S. in Sociology at Virginia Tech. What she loves most about her time with us is getting to know clients and their pets, and watching our patients grow up.
Casey gets her caring and compassionate nature from her parents, Melissa and David, and enjoys spending time with them and her little sister, Anna, when she is not at work. She loves all animals, but she is especially fond of cats. Her family currently has 4 kitties named Dylan, Pistachio, D.K., and Lil Bit. She also has two kitties of her own, Puff Daddy and Taz. Outside of the clinic, Casey enjoys living in the moment by spending time outside, traveling, and learning new things. She can’t wait to meet you and your babies, and will go out of her way to make you feel like family and treat your pets as she would her own.
Meghan Clemons – Client Care Coordinator
Meghan is originally from Fredericksburg, V.A. She spent some time living in Michigan, but moved to Danville in 2020 to be closer to her family. She has since joined the Danville Family Vet team as a Client Care Coordinator, and is striving daily to develop relationships based on trust and respect with all of our clients. She believes that, by building great relationships with our clients, she will be able to help ensure that every pet receives the best care possible.
Meghan has a great interest in fostering and rescuing exotic animals, and has quite a few reptiles and tarantulas at home. She also shares her home with her daughter Adrianna, her son Roland, her dogs Sherlock and Watson, and her cats Amelia and Marlowe. When she is not at work, she is inspired by Anthony Bourdain and enjoys cooking and traveling. She is also currently learning Korean! Meghan loves and animals, and looks forward to meeting you and your pets at your next visit.
Sophia Decker – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Although Sophia has always had a deep love of animals, she got into veterinary medicine by chance. She applied to a mixed animal practice, did a working interview with cattle at a livestock market, and fell in love with the work. After that experience, Sophia felt called to a veterinary medicine career.
Sophia grew up in Halifax County, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Longwood College in 1986. Always eager to learn, she decided to pursue her Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College in 2005.
After several years doing large animal field work, Sophia decided to switch her focus to small animal medicine. She worked at veterinary clinic in South Boston, VA for 16 years before joining the Mt. Hermon team in April 2015. She especially enjoys animal behavior work and has taught puppy socialization classes. She likes educating and working with clients to help them become better informed pet parents.
Her veterinary interests include nutrition, behavior, and the human-animal bond. Sophia is a member of several professional organizations including her state and national veterinary technician associations. Currently, she is the secretary of the newly formed Southside Veterinary Medical Association of which she is a founding member.
Away from work, Sophia enjoys spending time with her husband and their pet family of a horse, six cats, and a dog. They live on eleven acres in Halifax County where Sophia enjoys grooming her horse and taking her dog Agnes on nice long walks in the woods. Her hobbies include running, trail riding, reading, cooking, and yoga. She is also active in her church choir and hand bell choir, and writes pet related articles for the local newspaper.
When local elementary schools have pet weeks or career days, Sophia loves taking her horse Robin to talk to the kids about pets and veterinary medicine. She has also had the opportunity to help some veterinary technology students with their clinical rotations by supervising them as they learn the necessary skills to become veterinary technicians. Sophia has a true passion for her profession and wants to help students pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
Emma Staats – Medical Team Manager
Emma came all the way from New Jersey to find us and joined our team in July of 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant. Although after high school she completed schooling and licensure to become a cosmetologist, Emma could not deny that her true passion was veterinary science. After a few years as a stylist she changed career paths and landed herself in a small veterinary clinic in central New Jersey. After moving to Virginia and finding Danville Family Vet, she worked hard to build upon her leadership skills and is now our Medical Team Manager.
When she isn’t enjoying her time caring for clients and patients with her work family, Emma can be found exploring local trails and lakes with her Blue Heeler, Moose and her Australian Shepherd mix, Newt. She also has a sassy little bottle-raised cat named Pigeon. Emma has a great passion for local and organic agriculture, so you can often catch her, Moose, and Newt at the farmer’s market! She enjoys anything involving art, music, or science. She has a vast interest in constantly expanding her knowledge, a key trait that brought her back into this industry. Emma looks forward to seeing you and your fur babies at your next appointment, where she will go above and beyond to provide you with the outstanding care you deserve!
Stacy Sumner – Veterinary Assistant
Stacy became a part of our team in June of 2018. Graduating from Bunn High School in North Carolina in 2016, she moved to Danville to pursue work in animal care.
Growing up, Stacy was always surrounded by dogs and kitties, as her family frequently fostered fur babies and hospice animals in search of homes. Working as a kennel tech one summer enforced her love for animals, and then she had the wonderful experience of working on a farm for a little while with chickens, dogs, and pigs. She plans to continue working with animals by pursuing school to become a licensed veterinary technician.
Outside of work, Stacy has six dogs (Ozzy, Rascal, Titus, Annie, Mia, and Olive Garden), one fish (Minnie), and a mischievous kitty (Ryder). Her free time is typically spent cuddled up with her fur babies at home. Stacy’s greatest wish is that every animal that walks through our door would become an immediate addition to our family, and would develop a loving and beneficial connection that might improve both our and their lives.
Kaleigh Grafton – Veterinary Assistant
Tyra lives in the little town of Virgilina, where she spends her free time riding horses and enjoying the outdoors. Tyra has ridden horses and barrel raced since she could walk. She also enjoys the company of her two dogs Bentley and Diesel.
Tyra goes to college at Virginia Tech University, where she is pursuing a pre-vet degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences. Animals have always been her passion and ever since she was little, Tyra always knew that she wanted to be an equine and small animal vet. Family vet is the first clinic Tyra has worked in and she truly loves it.
Tyra is so grateful for the opportunity to be working at Family Vet. She believes her experience here will further her knowledge about animals and help pursue her future career as a Veterinarian. Tyra enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. It is important to Tyra to make each animal and owner feel comfortable, like they are family!
Kelsey Mitchell – Veterinary Assistant
Growing up in Caswell County, Kelsey learned to love the outdoors as well as animals. At a young age she always knew she wanted to work with animals. She attended Liberty University to pursue a bachelors degree in zoo and wildlife biology.
While in school, she had the opportunity to intern at a wildlife rehabilitation center and a zoo. While she loves caring for all species of animals, her favorite one to spend time with is her beagle named Copper. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing volleyball.
Pet Hotel Team
Michele Mclaughlin – Pet Hotel Operations Coordinator
Originally from Indiana, Michelle spent 20 years in Hampton Roads, Virginia before moving to Danville in December of 2018. She has both dogs and cats and she fosters kittens for the Pittsylvania Pet Center.
Kacper Tolwinski – Pet Hotel Assistant
Kacper is originally from Poland and he attended Averett University before joining the Family Vet team. He has a great sense of humor and is very caring with our four-legged family.
Stephanie Cook – Pet Hotel Assistant
Stephanie Cook joined the team in September 2018. Since she was a little girl, she has loved animals. Growing up on a farm, there were always animals to take care of.
As she got older, she knew she wanted to work with animals for a living, as they held such a special place in her heart. The animals give her something great to look forward to everyday.
Out of all the jobs she has had, Stephanie says working at the Family Vet is by far the best work experience she has ever had. She loves coming to work everyday and is looking forward to her future there.
Mallory Betterton – Groomer
Mallory Kueng Betterton is our expert pet stylist. She was formally trained at the Nan Hall School of Dog Grooming and can work miracles with all breeds. From the fancy show cut poodles to the shi-tzu puppy trim, Mallory operates a full service spa.
Other services Mallory offers include dremel nail filing, terrier stripping, bathing and color accents.
Sarah Hale – Groomer
Sarah was born in Danville, but spent most of her childhood in Blairs on a country farm owned by her grandparents. It was there that she discovered a lifelong love for animals of all kinds. She spent her mornings feeding chickens, goats, and cows and her evenings befriending barn cats and teaching her first dog every trick imaginable.
As a young adult, Sarah attended Averett University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications. It was during this time that she took a job as a dog bather at Petco and discovered a passion for pet grooming. She applied herself to learning the required skills and moved up from bather to groomer to salon manager in only a few years.
Sarah spends her free time with her husband in their home in Danville. They play video games and travel together whenever they get the chance. They have five beloved pets: Linus the dog, Burton the tortoise, and three cats named Sammy, Junebug, and Shiori. In her free time, Sarah also enjoys reading, writing, and making custom crafts such as pet portraits using the art of woodburning.
Sarah loves getting to know her clients and their furbabies and always strives to treat them like family. She believes that every pet deserves to have a happy, stress-free grooming experience where they can feel comfortable and be pampered. She is very excited to be a part of the team at Family Vet and looks forward to grooming for you!
Jenny Mcfarling – Groomer
Jenny is from Caswell County, North Carolina where she enjoys time with her husband and two wonderful boys. She loves the outdoors, loves grooming and working with the animals and she loves to laugh.
Elora DuClos – Content Creator
Elora came from Raleigh, N.C. to join the Danville Family Vet team in early 2020 as a Content Creator for our clinic. She studied film and television production at Western Carolina University, which makes her the perfect person to fill this role! In her position with us, she plays a huge part in creating the majority of our social media content and helping with marketing. Her goal is to help clients and patients feel comfortable with her in the exam room, so that she can obtain cute and educational footage of all your furry family members for our social media and website.
When Elora is not in the clinic, you may find her taking a walk with her Cattle Dog mix named Cole. In her free-time she also watches movies and plays games with her fiance, Chris, and enjoys cooking and reading. Be sure to catch Elora here at the clinic if you would like your
fur babies to be featured in our social media posts!