Meet the Staff




Donna has been with Salty Paws since 2008. Her love for animals is one of the many reasons she loves coming to work . She has always adored dogs, but in the last few years she finds herself sharing her home with 2 cats, Sunny and Candy. Donna and her  husband, Alan moved to Virginia from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003. She is a mom of four, a grandmother of  6  and a friend to all  her colleagues and clients at Salty Paws!




Kristen and Blu

Kristen is our Office manager and has been with Salty Paws since 2008. She works in many capacities including veterinary assistant, reception, social media expert and fundraising coordinator. Kris shares her home with her fiance, their son James, her two dogs Piggie and Boss, and their cat Teddy. To relax Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and traveling.





Halie and Sasha

Halie is from Jacksonville, Florida she moved to Newport News, Virginia with her family when she was 5 years old. She shares her home in Poquoson with her husband Vincent, her son Vincie, their shepherd mix Brandie and crested geckos Pumpkin and Spice.

Halie has been in the veterinary field for 9 years and is currently enrolled in school to be a licensed vet tech.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, horse back riding, and has recently began making string art pictures.

Halie’s long term goal’s include working in the field of large animals especially with horses as well as large animal radiology.


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Jamie and Sandy

Jamie is our Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist. Jamie has been in the veterinary field off and on for 10 years, She joined the Salty Paws Team in the spring of 2014. She shares her home with her boyfriend  Charles, her son Tristan, cat Kiwi, and pitbull mix Sandy.

Outside of Salty Paws Jamie loves to bake and design cakes. She enjoys spending time with her son and family. She loves summertime relaxing on the beach.





Alyssa and Oliver

Alyssa is one of our Kennel Managers. She was born and raised in New York and move to Virginia in September 2009. She first worked at the Peninsula SPCA for 2 years then joined the Salty Paws team in July 2014. She shares her home with her Kassidi and there kitty KiKi. In her spare time she loves to cook, hang out with family, friends, and going to the beach.






Tonya and Boss

Tonya is one of our Kennel Manager. She was born in Vermont and later moved to Virginia. Tonya has two children Deran and Kyle. She is also New England Patriots fan. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing golf, and spending time with her two maltese’s Riley and Bailey.






Amanda and Luna

Amanda is one of our kennel managers. She graduated from Grafton High in 2016. She is currently attending Thomas Nelson to obtain her degree in nursing and specializing in geriatric care. She has two Labrador Retrievers Cuda and Tycho. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and traveling.




Grace Williams

Grace joined Salty Paws full time in January of 2017, but has been working at Salty Paws on her breaks from school since 2012. Grace studied Animal Science at Virginia Tech and is looking to continue her career in the animal world. In her spare time, Grace loves spending time with her fiance, Tyler and their scruffy pup, Benson. Benson was adopted in 2015 and as proven to be a great companion.

When Grace is off work, you will most likely find her playing drums at her church, hiking, or goofing around and causing trouble. One of her biggest life mottos is that “laughter is the best medicine.” She sure does stick to that!


196315_195217227184780_1069445_n Oliver came to Salty Paws directly after retiring from his position as a Senior Citizen Home Companion (SCHC) in 2009. Since he began his new career with us he has taken on many positions, Client and Patient Greeter, Client Contentment Manager, and Bug Eater to name just a few, and has proven to be a real natural. Another of Oliver’s responsibilities is the Hospital feng shui.

Oliver went over the rainbow bridge in March of 2016. His joyful presence is remembered and cherished by clients and staff who had the pleasure to know him.



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