Staff

Meet the friendly staff at Hartwood Animal Hosital!

  • Helen Jewett
    DVM
    Veterinarian
    Dr. Helen Jewett has been a practicing Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine since 1991 when she graduated from Ross University School of Veterinarian Medicine. Dr. Jewett has worked at Alexandria Animal Hospital, Virginia-Maryland Veterinary Emergency Service, and Ridge Lake Animal Hospital. She has practiced at Ridge Lake for the past 12 years.
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  • Rebecca Austin
    DVM
    Veterinarian
    Dr Rebecca Austin was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. She attended Colorado State University for Veterinary school graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
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  • Bridget Shirley
    DVM
    Dr. Shirley was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduate cum laude in 2004. After vet school, Dr. Shirley completed a small animal internship at Southpaws Veterinary Referral Center. She then went on to practice emergency medicine/critical care for 10 years before joining Hartwood Animal Hospital in October 2015. In 2017, Dr. Shirley and her husband, John, welcomed their daughter Lyla. They reside in Alexandria with their rescue pack: T, Jin, Beaglette, Denver and Miles.
  • Charlotte Caton
    Hospital Manager
    After graduating from George Mason University in 1982 with a B.S. in Business Administration, Charlotte began working for Prince William County Government as an accountant for the Community Services Board. After a long break in her work career Charlotte joined Hartwood Animal Hospital as a receptionist and now is the Hospital Manager.
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  • Emily Deane
    Emily Deane, LVT and Staff Manager

    Emily was born and raised in Northern VA, primarily in Fredericksburg. She has had a big space in her heart for other species since before she can remember; she was always trying to save any animal or bug she could get her hand on as a kid.

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  • Michelle Henry
    LVT

    After earning a Liberal Arts degree at Northern Virginia Community College, Michelle moved on to George Mason University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She spent many years working in the finance industry, even though her real passion was to one day pursue a career working with animals. When a position became available at the local veterinary clinic, Michelle jumped at the chance to follow her passion and accepted a receptionist position. She worked her way up to being an assistant and later decided to further her career by attending NOVA and graduating in May 2015 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Michelle continues to be a loyal member of the Hartwood team and has been ever since Hartwood's doors opened.

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  • Lucy Goodall
    LVT

    Being born and raised on a farm in Rixeyville, VA, Lucy has always had a passion for animals. She grew up with sheep, horse, cows, chicken and ducks but her main passion when she was younger was horses. She worked at Equine Reproduction Concepts in Amissville, VA as a stallion handler for six years. At the end of those six years Lucy knew for sure what she wanted to do as a career. She then moved south attending Blue Ridge Community College and graduating with honors in 2009 with a degree in Veterinary Technology.

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  • Lindsay Taylor
    Lindsay grew up in CT with a whole gang of pets; horses, dogs, cats and birds. She was involved in 4H and participated in Hippology, Quiz Bowl, Horse judging, Drill Team, plus volunteering at H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut, a rescue specializing in Premarin foals. Beyond 4-H, Lindsay Volunteered at Pegasus, a therapeutic Riding Program, and Animal Acres, a cat and dog rescue. She has been working with horses at various barns since she was 14 years old. When Lindsay wasn’t riding her horse or training her dog in agility, she was taking pictures of animals and children. Lindsay graduated in 2007 from Virginia Intermont College with a B.A. in Equine Studies. Lindsay completed courses in 2012 at the Animal Behavior College and obtained her CPDT (Certified Pet Dog Trainer). She currently holds training classes at Hartwood and offers in-home private training consults for specific behavior problems. Lindsay lives in Woodford, VA with her husband, Vance, their rescue dog, Keegan and three cats; Juicy, Asia and Buckwheat. She also has a horse, Amber that she is hoping to move to her house in the near future.
  • Julia Noack
    Receptionist
    Julia grew up on Southern Virginia but was able to enjoy a childhood all over the world as an Army brat. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Julia combined her passion for animals and customer service and joined the Hartwood team in 2014. Julia and her firefighter husband, David, reside in Caroline County with their two feline fur babies, Jay and Swazye. In her free time she enjoys traveling, running, golfing, and binging on Netflix.
  • Gail Mackay
    LVT, CCRP, CTMT
    Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

    Gail is originally from Long Island, NY, where she received her LVT @ SUNY Delhi. She realized the need for rehabilitation therapy in Veterinary medicine and obtained her CCRP, certified canine rehabilitation practitioner, from the University of TN in 2007. Gail uses various modalities as well as hands on techniques to provide comfort and healing to animals. To further her knowledge of manual techniques, she received her massage therapy certification, CTMT, in 2017 and plans to pursue an acupressure certification.She lives outside Richmond with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs and 4 cats. She enjoys kayaking, skiing and gardening in her spare time.

  • Debbie Eberle
    Groomer

    Debbie is originally from Maryland, but has lived in the Fredericksburg area for most of 30 years. She became interested in caring for animals when she was quite young.  Debbie currently has one dog, Bear and one cat, Bonkers. Debbie started working as a dog bather right after high school and by the age of 22 was the head groomer at the shop where she was employed. Over the years she has groomed thousands of dogs and has owned her own successful grooming business.  Debbie is also a certified grooming instructor. She is very excited to working at Hartwood Animal Hospital.