Meet the Doctors

Dr. Sharon E. Dirmeyer, DVM


Dr. DirmeyerDr. Sharon E. Dirmeyer was born in El Paso, Texas, and resided throughout the United States before moving to Tidewater in 1974. Her bachelors degree was obtained at Virginia Tech as an Animal Science Major, with a special interest in physiology of reproduction. As an avid equestrian, she spent 5 years post graduation professionally training and showing horses and instructing riders. She then returned to the Virginia-Maryland Regional college of Veterinary Medicine to obtain her degree. During this period of time she also did a clerkship at the Royal College of Veterinary Medicine in England to broaden the perspective of her education. Dr. Dirmeyer has worked in the area since 1989 with small and large animals, and currently, through Salty Paws, is proud to continue offering high quality compassionate care to companion animals.

Dr. Susan D. Fannin, DVM


Dr. Susan Fannin joined the Salty Paws staff as an associate veterinarian in July of 2008.  She received her BS from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA in Small Animal Science and received her DVM from Virginia Tech  in 2000.  Dr Fannin and her family relocated from Indianapolis,  where she had spent the previous 8 years working at two, small high quality practices, concentrating on companion animals. She is currently a member of the AVMA, VVMA and the local professional organization, GPVMA. Two of her strong interests are in medicine and behavior.

Dr. Fannin lives in Yorktown with her husband,and three children. Her family also includes 3 cats (Indy, Dodger, and Zippy) and three dogs (Tycho, a beagle mix, Franny, a chocolate lab and Chessie, a golden retriver). She also enjoys the connections she makes with our clients and their children ( the four and two legged kind!).

 Dr. Susan E. Blessing, DVM


Dr. Susan Blessing is originally from Louisiana. She attended McNeese State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology, then attended LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1987. She moved to Virginia in 2007 to enjoy our wonderful weather and the abundance of outdoor activites available. Dr. Blessing came to Salty Paws in 2009, and has been loving our clients, their pet families, and the total atmosphere since she arrived! She has two pups  (her furry children!) , Paisley and Mia, who love spending time outside chasing balls. In her spare time Dr. B . enjoys biking, hiking, and trying new outdoor adventures.

Dr. Keith Kremer, DVM


Dr. KremerDr. Keith Kremer is the sole owner and practicing veterinarian in his specialty practice, Veterinary Specialist Care.  Having grown up on a small dairy farm in Nebraska, he showed a strong affinity for all creatures great and small on the family farm at a very early age.  He was among the first veterinary specialists in the Hampton Roads area, practicing in Chesapeake from 1997 – 2000, at which time he moved west for two years to pursue self-employment.  He returned to the area in 2002 and started his practice Tidewater Veterinary Internal Medicine which was later renamed Veterinary Specialist Care.

Dr. Herbert Maisenbacher, VMD, DACVIM


Dr. Herbert W. Maisenbacher, III, VMD, DACVIMDr. Herb Maisenbacher is board certified in veterinary cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania before completing an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of Florida.

Prior to relocating to the Hampton Roads area, Dr. Maisenbacher was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and was named Small Animal Clinician of the Year in 2012. He has authored many peer reviewed research publications on veterinary cardiology and has contributed to veterinary texts including the Clinical Veterinary Advisor 2nd edition and The ABCDs of Small Animal Cardiology 1st Edition. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of cardiology with other veterinarians by lecturing on veterinary cardiology topics at regional, national and international meetings. He is on the review board for the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology and has appeared on the weekly radio show Animal Airwaves Live several times. Dr. Maisenbacher serves as the Medical Director of Cardiology for Dextronix, a veterinary medical device company.

When he is not working with veterinarians and pet owners to improve the lives of animals with heart disease, Dr. Maisenbacher enjoys Notre Dame sports, running, paddle boarding and every minute spent with his wonderful wife and three children.

Dr. Saul T. Paul , DogVM


Dr. Paul was born in Yorktown, Virginia and has been practicing at Salty Paws Veterinary Hospital since we opened. Dr. Paul has a love for all animals, both large and small. We are happy to have Dr. Paul here with us; his experience and instincts have been invaluable assets to our team. When not practicing at our hospital you can find Dr. Paul at the local dog park chasing tennis balls and making new friends. His other hobbies include digging holes, chasing frisbees and going for long walks with good friends. He is happy to lend us his animal expertise and assist in providing excellent care to all of our patients here at Salty Paws Veterinary Hospital.