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Veterinarians

Samantha Tisnado, DVM

Dr. Tisnado has been practicing in the Richmond area since 2000, and joined the GAH staff in 2008. In 2013, Dr. Tisnado took over the practice from it's original owner, Dr. Gene Moon. In early 2015 Dr. Tisnado (along with two other local veterinarians) will celebrate the opening of a new clinic, John Rolfe Animal Hospital in John Rolfe Commons. Dr. Tisnado grew up in Richmond and attended the Collegiate Schools. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Tisnado currently lives in Salisbury. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and many pets.


Kaitlyn Hemsley, DVM

Dr. Hemsley grew up in the Richmond area and received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation Dr. Hemsley returned to Richmond and worked in emergency medicine and general practice until recently joining the team at Gayton Animal Hospital. Her professional interests include surgery, ophthalmology, pain management, rehabilitation and behavior.


Technician Staff

Chris Shand, LVT

Chris, a native of Richmond, is a graduate of St. Gertrude High School. After earning a degree in English from Virginia Tech, she spent eight years working for the federal government.
In 1985, she resigned from the government to reinvent herself --- the end result being an associate's degree in Veterinary Technology in 1987. She joined the Gayton staff that June, and has been here ever since.
She spends her free time reading "who-done-it's", going to movies, and caring for her cats and dog.


Vickie Barter, LVT

Vickie is a native of Virginia who joined the Gayton Animal Hospital team in November, 2011. She was a groomer and veterinary assistant before obtaining her AAS & LVT in May, 1990. Life has allowed her to stay in her field and focus on her passion for puppy socialization, behavior, and obedience, for over 28 years. Her motto is "Don't blame 'em, train 'em." Outside of work, Vickie enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, RVing, wine tasting, hiking, and reading. She also has a 3 year-old Labradoodle named Nikita.

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