Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Smith lives in Falling Waters with her husband, David, and their 2 sons, Nathan and Chris. They have 2 dogs, Scottie and Oshi, and 3 cats, Nightlight, Daylight and BC. Dr. Smith graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at VPI & SU in 1990. In her free time Dr. Smith enjoys swimming, fishing, biking, camping, crafts, science fiction, and gardening.
Years in Practice: 27
Education: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Nelson is a Georgia native and graduated from UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. She currently lives in Hagerstown, MD with her three children, Shane 22, Mark 15 and Kathleen 14. They have Molly, a 1.5 year old Shepherd mix Travis, and 3 cats, Gracie, Pixie and George, as well as a sun conure and fish. In her spare time Dr. Nelson enjoys reading, knitting, sewing, gardening and hiking.
Years in Practice: 19
Education: UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine
Sam | Practice Manager
Years in Practice: 2
Heather | SOTS Supervisor of Technical Services
Heather lives in Clear Spring, Maryland with her husband Steve, their son, Bennett and their two dogs, Duncan, and Oliver. She also has 2 cats, Trevor and Limerick, 2 guinea pigs named Parker and Squiggles, and two horses, Sabrina and Blu. Heather enjoys being outdoors, gardening, spending time with her family and scrapbooking in her spare time.
Years in Practice: 16
Education: Distance Education Veterinary Technician Program
Alison, RVT | Registered Veterinary Technician
Alison passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She lives in Kearneysville, WV with her husband John. Alison is from PA, where she met her husband when they were both in school to become Veterinary Technicians. They got married in 2012 and have 2 dogs; Mason and Rusty and 2 cats; Blaze and Oliver.
Years in Practice: 3
Education: Lehigh Carbon Community College
Caitlin, Assistant Hospital Manager | Veterinary Assistant.
Caitlin lives in Martinsburg, WV with her husband Nick, and they have a cat named Meep. Caitlin has been working in the veterinary field since 2007. Within that time, she attended Shepherd University part time and was working on a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is currently putting that on hold to take online classes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) through Cedar Valley College. She has been an employee with Spring Mills Veterinary Hospital since May, 2010.
Years in Practice: 10
Education: Shepherd University
Melissa | C3 Client Care Coordinator
Melissa is a resident of Martinsburg, WV. She attended Coastal Carolina University and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Marine Science minor. Melissa has a combination of 5 years experience within the veterinary field. She has a 7 year old pitbull, Chica and 2 cats, Cassie and Tutu.
Years in Practice: 10
Education: Coastal Carolina University
Michele | C3 Client Care Coordinator
Michele lives in Falling Waters, WV with her husband of 22 years, Patrick, their 3 sons: Joshua, Jacob, and Nathanael. They share their home with their adorable Bichon Frise, Milo. Michele received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Shepherd University in 1992. She enjoys sports photography especially photographing her boys competing during track season. In her free time, Michele enjoys knitting scarves, reading and hanging out with close friends.
Years in Practice: 2
Mindy | C3 Client Care Coordinator
Mindy lives in Berkeley Springs, WV with her dogs: Deo, Joey, Riggo, Stella, Doby and Fred. She loves spending time with her pets and family. Mindy enjoys crafting and crocheting in her spare time. Her favorite sport is football, she roots for the Washington Redskins. Mindy loves to travel, and before moving here lived in many states such as Oregon, New Jersey and New York.
Years in Practice: 2
Zuri, TVA | Technician Veterinary Assistant
Zuri currently resides in Bunker Hill, WV with her husband Martin and daughter Kira. She has several pets, two dogs: Athena and Blue; a cat named Charcoal; four snakes, chickens, and rabbits as well as two fish tanks. Zuri has also worked for an equine veterinary practice and a pet shop in Charles Town, WV.
Amos | Office Greeter, Bug Catcher
Famous Amos, or more simply known as Amos, came to reside at Spring Mills Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2012, through a series of unfortunate events. He is quite covert in nature and only reveals snippets of his secretive past with a select few, and only with those of a feline nature. We don’t really have too much background on Amos, however there are rumors of great escapades in the untamed wilds of the Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. Since the fall of 2012 he has ventured out on a few exploits but has always found his way back to the hospital. He is always looking for new adventures if/when perfect traveling companions are appropriated. In between his exploits, he can be found greeting clients or rough housing with Lucky.
Years in Practice: 4
Lucky | Office Greeter, Bug Catcher
Lucky’s litter was found outside of the Valley Pet Crematorium in September 2009. The employees at Valley Pet left the litter alone, hoping the Mama cat would return to them. Unfortunately, this was not the case, and one by one the kittens started to disappear. When leaving work one Friday afternoon, one of the employees noticed a lone kitten left and couldn’t leave knowing that come Monday, poor little Lucky would probably not be there. She instead took him home and contacted us. We each took part in raising him, taking him home with us, bottle feeding and mothering him into a happy, healthy, playful kitten. Lucky has made himself quite at home here and makes it a point to greet all those that walk through the door. His favorite past times are stealing cat toys from the display tower in the waiting room, climbing on or in clients’ cat carriers, teasing the dogs in rooms by pawing under the door, and chasing his ball throughout the hospital.
Years in Practice: 8
Q | Office Greeter, Bug Catcher
Dr. Smith found Q in the middle of Grade Rd. in Falling Waters, WV with a severe head injury on April 16, 2008. Her age and history was unknown. She was nursed back to health at Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown (her first home) and was unable to find a “forever” home. When Dr. Smith decided to open Spring Mills Veterinary Hospital, Q followed her and has not only made her home here but also became a permanent member of the SMVH staff. Her favorite past times are simply sleeping on the couch and making her rounds throughout the hospital.
Years in Practice: 9