Meet the Staff

Donna- Receptionist

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, Sully 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!

Carolyn- Receptionist, Fear Free Certified

Carolyn is New York native, and has been a Hampton resident since 1989. She worked as an administrative specialist in the US Air Force, traveling the world serving the Inspector General and many other departments in the service. Since retiring from the USAF in 1995, Carolyn has used her administrative skills in various fields, serving the veterinary field since 1999 with a brief break to work for a chiropractic and wellness clinic. Carolyn found that she missed working with the animals too much and returned to her true passion in late 2015 at Salty Paws.

In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys watching sports and going to the beach. Another favorite of hers is spending time with her family both two legged and four legged.

Carolyn resides in Hampton with her four canine companions, Marley, Marleigh, Summer and Pepper.

 Kristen- Office Manager, Fear Free Certified

Veterinary, Assistant, Dog, Canine, Animal Hospital, Clinic, Yorktown, Poquoson, Newport News, Hampton Roads


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.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and traveling.

Halie- Assistant, Fear Free Certified

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 Min Pin Hermione.

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.

Jamie- Assistant, Fear Free Certified

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 fiance 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- Kennel Manager, Fear Free Certified


Alyssa 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 daughter Kassidi and their cat Kiki. In her spare time she loves to cook, hang out with family, friends, and go to the beach.

Jessie- Kennel Manager, Fear Free Certified

Originally born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Hampton, VA.  When Jessie is not taking care of Salty Paws patients she enjoys kayaking, camping, loves to cook, and spend her time with family and friends.




Teri- Hospital Director

Hospital Development and Salty Paws Hospital DirectorDesign, 1999-2002.



Hospital director, Business and Financial Manager ,  2003- Present


196315_195217227184780_1069445_n Oliver came to Salty Paws directly after retiring from his position as a Senior Citizen Home Companion (SCHC) in 2009.

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.


Oz is our hospital cat, he came to live at Salty Paws in March 2017. He was a stray that was fostered by a client due to medical reasons he is now with us. We estimate him to be 12-14 years old. He is diabetic and being very well managed through diet and medication.