Meet Our Team in Roanoke
When you think of trustworthy, compassionate people to care for your pet, we hope our faces are the first that come to mind! We have a fantastic team of talented pet lovers. They each have unique skills that our animal hospital finds invaluable. Learn more about our dream team below or visit the practice by making an appointment online or calling us at (540) 562-4596.
Our Practice Manager
Our Practice Manager, Trisha, came to us from the Hampton area, but moved to the Roanoke Valley in 2004 with her husband, Jason, and her three sons, Shane, Chase & Seth. Trisha is excited to help the already Green Conscientious Hanging Rock Animal hospital to continue to move in the direction of helping the environment by implementing a paper free system. Her goals for our hospital include attracting the best staff, maintaining a family atmosphere and to continue to provide the highest level of quality care for the animals of the Roanoke Valley. Trisha has spent the last 14 years in animal welfare and is extremely grateful for the lives she bettered along the way and all of the people she has met. When not at work, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her family and pets (5 dogs: Bear, Gia, Sophie, Max & Bruno and 3 birds: Tony, Squawk & Indy), and watching sports with her boys, or watching her boys play sports! Trish, who you will find empathetic and well organized, is excited for the vision she has for Hanging Rock Animal Hospital!
Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Keri joined the Hanging Rock team in 2007. She received her veterinary technician license in 2018. Congratulations on all the hard work!
Our Veterinary Assistants
Jessica, one of our awesome Vet Assistants, came to us from Hudson Falls, NY. Jessica has attended the Animal Behavior College and is a certified dog trainer. She has worked in the animal field for over 15 years and plans to start the Vet Tech program at Penn Foster in the near future! In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband of 10 years, Mike, and her 3 children: Christopher, Ryker & Addi. She also enjoys swimming, tubing, hiking, playing outdoors and tending to her backyard chickens: Pearl, Vader, Ralfe and Sophia. She also has a Golden Retriever mix named Woodstock, and a Beagle mix named June Bug. What she loves most about her job as a Veterinary Assistant is helping people and animals, and making a difference in their lives.
Mikhala, one of our friendly Veterinary Assistants, was born and raised right here in the Roanoke valley! She has a beautiful 2 year old black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix named Kona, who enjoys hiking with Mikhala, their favorite pastime! She previously worked at the Roanoke Valley SPCA, where she was an adoption & enrichment counselor, working hard to place homeless animals, with the best family to meet their needs. Her favorite part about working at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is working for a fear free certified clinic, which is truly rewarding to be able to witness the bond being established between our medical team members and our patients.
Mel, who studied nursing and biology at Radford University, brings fun and wit to our team of Veterinary Assistants. It's obvious when you meet Mel that she came from a background of experience with coffee (barista) from the energy she shares with the people around her! Mel was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley! At home Mel has 2 cats, Mortimer and Ava, a snake named Casper, and 2 rats, Maka and Crona. In addition to her human brother and sister, Mel has 2 Shih Tzu brothers, Edgar and Louie. Mel loves animals of all kinds, especially bats and frogs, but she is a cat person at heart! When she is not working, Mel loves to read and frolic around the forest in search of little treasures. Her favorite part of working at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is learning new things, and snuggling all of the cats she can get her hands on.
Autumn, one of our compassionate Veterinary Assistants, was born and raised in Craig County. She is currently attending college, ambitiously working towards her future as a licensed Veterinary Technician. Before Autumn came to Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, she has had experience working cattle and horses on a friend's farm. She loves working with all animals, both small and large, as both come with their own unique perks and challenges! Autumn has an Australian Shepherd mix named Nash, a Bichon Frise named Marley, a rescue goose named Buttercup, and a Russian tortoise named Sheldon. She loves that Hanging Rock Animal Hospital provides such a great work environment where we all work together as a team to make sure each and every animal we see has the best experience possible. Whenever she gets the chance she can be found hiking with her Aussie, swimming, drawing, fishing and working on her friend's farm.
Caroline is one of our Veterinary Assistants. She was born in Vienna, VA, and moved to Roanoke in 2019. Caroline attended Virginia Tech, double majoring in Animal & Poultry Sciences and Psychology. She is currently a student in the Licensed Veterinary Technician program at Blue Ridge Community College. Caroline and her husband share their home with 2 cats—Kirby has 3 legs and Winnie has all 4. She loves being part of our team because she gets to use Fear Free and low stress handling techniques.
Client Service Representatives
Annie is our Office Manager and helped Dr. Honeycutt open Hanging Rock Animal Hospital in 1996. Annie has done every job, including helping put shingles on the roof! Currently, Annie performs a million office tasks to keep the hospital open so we can care for our awesome patients. Annie is married, has children and grandchildren! She also has 2 dogs and 5 cats.
Penny has worked in the veterinary field for 15 years. She has 3 dogs and 1 cat, but is pretty sure it should be the other way around, as she is the "cat person" at HRAH. Emma, Jasper and Bindy love their little kitty, Mimi. Penny is committed to providing positive interactions and a fear free experience to clients and patients. She has lived in Virginia, with her husband since 2015, and enjoys her position as a Customer Service Team Leader.
Born and raised in Craig County, Shianne came to us during the Summer of 2018. We enjoy the kindness that she brings to Hanging Rock Animal Hospital with her sweet personality. Previously she had been a cashier at her home-town grocery store, and the locals miss her friendly presence! Shianne has an associate degree in science, and has always loved animals. She has two dogs of her own, a boxer named Luke and a sheltie named Leo. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé Jamie, camping and just being outdoors.
Haylee, who is one of our cheerful receptionists, is a Liberty University graduate, born in Roanoke, VA. She is married with 3 fur-children: Lola Lou a Bichon/Shih Tzu, Sassy Boo a Yorkie and Mya Sue a German Shepherd/Malamute, who are all spoiled rotten. She truly enjoys working at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital, and she loves that she gets to be part of the process of keeping animals healthy, and helping those in their time of need. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her family and play board games and cards.
Holly, another of our rock star Customer Service Representatives, started working at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital in April 2021 after spending most of her time after high school working in retail and learning how to provide excellent customer service. She was born in Riner, VA and grew up in the Montgomery County area. Holly sees herself as optimistic and determined (we agree) and loves her job because there are constantly opportunities to learn, the staff is incredibly passionate, helpful and willing to share their knowledge or answer questions, and she gets to see how much our clients care about their furry family members! She lives at home with her Mom and Step-Dad, one all black cat named Lydia and a brown and white cat named Grace. In Holly's free time, when the weather is nice, she likes to long board with her friends and find new places to walk or hike. She also does volunteer work at a historical building and works at their Haunted House as an actor. Holly's cats enjoy watching TV with her, which she's always happy to do.
Gina is one of our bubbly, always smiling, Customer Service Representatives and has been with Hanging Rock Animal Hospital since February 2002. Helping clients and their beloved pets and making a difference in their lives by giving them the best possible experience is what she loves most about her job. She married her high school sweetheart and together they have 2 wonderful children. In Gina's spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Animal Care Attendants
Sarah started working as an Animal Care Attendant in the Spring of 2021. She is resilient and hard-working and has shelter and customer service experience. While Sarah was raised right here in the Salem/Botetourt areas, she is currently a student at JMU. Much to our benefit, she plans to continue working at Hanging Rock Animal Hospital during school breaks! She loves working at HRAH because everyone wants each other to succeed, she learns everyday and she gets to interact with animals and the people that love them. Sarah likes to spend time with her pets, Lulu the cat and Oden the Siberian Husky in her free time and also enjoys being outdoors.
Candace, one of our Animal Care Attendants, started with Hanging Rock Animal Hospital in the spring of 2021. She enjoys making sure that the pets that we care for and their people are happy when they visit the hospital. Candace describes herself as very thoughtful and detail-oriented, and while she has a degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing, believes that working with animals is easily one of the most rewarding careers. As former student athletes at Mississippi State, Candace and her partner enjoy working out together in their free time and spoiling King Midas, their cat, and are eagerly anticipating a December wedding.