Our Careteam

Ashley Sears

Veterinary Technician

Ashley spent plenty of time playing in swamps as a child, where she would catch bullfrogs, lizards, or whatever else happened to cross her path. She’s had a passion for animals ever since she was a little girl; the older she got, the more she became interested in science and medicine. Working in the field of veterinary care is the perfect way for Ashley to combine her love of animals and her fascination with science!

Ashley is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She joined the team here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital in March 2004 after a friend referred her, and now serves pets as a Veterinary Technician. Ashley is particularly fond of helping in surgeries, treating abscesses, and getting to know pet owners just like herself on a daily basis.

Ashley lives on her boyfriend’s family farm, where she enjoys spending time with her Boxer, Lily; an Italian Greyhound named Tia; a pair of cats who go by Rieley and Foo; two donkeys; multiple chickens; and a herd of cows. Between her work on the farm and her time serving pets here at the hospital, Ashley likes to practice her photography skills—she’s won awards for her shots!—and stay active on the organizational committee for the Washington County Fair.

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Jamie Armstrong

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Jamie recalls constantly watching veterinary emergency programs on Animal Planet when she was young, and it made a permanent impression. She’s also had a lifelong fondness for puzzles. Working in the veterinary field allows her to combine her problem-solving skills with the excitement of animal care! Jamie has been a member of the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family for nearly 14 years.

Jamie has lived in Burrillville her entire life, and started here at the clinic in the fall of 2003 during her sophomore year of pre-veterinary studies at Rhode Island College. She’s been serving the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since! In addition to her duties as a Veterinary Technician and receptionist, Jamie is responsible for the majority of the hospital’s inventory ordering. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know clients and their pets over the years—she’s watched many pets mature from puppies and kittens into full-grown adults.

Along with her husband and their two boys, Jamie lives with two pets: Simon, a Siamese cat who sleeps under the covers with her every night, and a black Lab named Beauty who enjoys ripping up the trash on a daily basis. Jamie and her family love the outdoors and go camping, hiking, and geocaching together whenever the opportunity arises.

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Amber Hopps

Veterinary Technician

Amber has been dreaming about working with animals for as long as she can remember. As a child, every toy she played with and every television show that she watched revolved around animals. Her own family dachshund mix, Herculese, cemented her passion for pets and the unconditional love they provide. For Amber, there was never any other choice—a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect fit!

A native of Moosup, Connecticut, Amber began her animal-care journey in high school when she became a member of the Future Farmers of America organization. She then attended a community college, where she became a Certified Veterinary Assistant, then moved to Coral Springs, Florida and signed on at a local animal hospital. After moving back to this area, Amber took a job at a kennel before joining the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family in November of 2014. She’s been happily serving pets and their owners here ever since!

Amber currently lives with her two sisters, Chelsea and Hannah. She also has four pets: a shy but sweet orange cat named Lola; Oliver the boisterous male cat; a dachshund mix named Baby who is truly the alpha of the family; and a Rhodesian ridgeback named Brooke. In her spare time, Amber likes hiking with her father and Brooke, geocaching, and playing music. She’s played the euphonium for many years and was even taught by members of the United States Coast Guard band during high school!

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Sherri Lineham

Veterinary Technician

After Sherri’s childhood family dog had an unfortunate encounter with a car, local veterinarians worked their magic and returned the pup to full health. Sherri never forgot the feeling of thankfulness she experienced—she knew that a career in veterinary medicine would be a rewarding way to give others that same gift! Now, Sherri is a Veterinary Technician with the West Greenwich Animal Hospital team.

A native of Coventry, Rhode Island, Sherri first started volunteering at a local animal rescue, where she would remain for the next six years. She graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a degree in equine business management and riding in 2007, then began her small-animal medical career. Sherri joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family in 2008 and has been helping pets here ever since. Medically, she’s fond of dental work and never tires of seeing before-and-after pictures; she also likes learning new techniques through continuing education practices.

Sherri lives with her husband and her stepson, Evan, as well as several pets. She has a horse named Dottie who was adopted after a career in track-racing; a dog named Max; and two loveable cats who go by Penny and Cora. When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or spending time on horseback, Sherri likes supporting Evan at his basketball games, watching her husband race and hiking with Max.

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Paula Sokoloski

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Paula has adored animals ever since she was a young child, and always felt drawn to the medical field. What better way to combine her passions, she thought, than by working in veterinary medicine? Paula has been serving pets and their owners as an animal-care professional ever since she was 17 years old!

Paula is from Cumberland, Rhode Island and began her veterinary journey at a local hospital in the area. Next, she moved to another nearby clinic while beginning school for medical assistant work. Paula served in the human healthcare field for a number of years before making the decision to return to the world of animal care—in 2004, she moved to this area and was referred to West Greenwich Animal Hospital by a neighbor who worked for the clinic (the hospital’s very own Sharon!). The rest is history!

Paula and her husband, Bob, have one son named John. The family has two Australian shepherds, Swirl and Holly; a cat named Storm; and a male and female horse who go by Desi and Calleigh, respectively. Paula has owned Desi for 25 years!

When she isn’t caring for pets here at the clinic, Paula can be found riding her horses—Calleigh is doing a great job taking over for Desi as he reaches retirement—and creating floral arrangements.

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Bonnie DoMonte

Veterinary Technician

Growing up in Coventry, Rhode Island, Bonnie and her family almost always had a Chihuahua or two running around the house. She also spent quite a bit of time at her aunt’s home, learning about and helping with the horses. For Bonnie, animal care has always been a part of life—a career in veterinary medicine simply made good sense!

Bonnie began her animal-care journey as a Technician at an emergency facility. While she enjoyed the fast-paced hustle and bustle, she knew that developing personal relationships with the clientele would prove even more rewarding. Having previously worked with Dr. Ralph Pratt, Bonnie was happy to sign on here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Technician. That was 14 years ago, and she’s been tending to the area’s pets here ever since.

At home, Bonnie and her husband have two Scottish terriers, Payton and Sprocket, as well as a trio of cats who go by Fee Fee, Poppie, and George. She also owns two horses named Kizmet and Finnegan; Bonnie is an avid dressage fan, and is even working on training Finnegan!

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Renee Robichaud

Veterinary Technician

Renee grew up in West Warwick, Rhode Island, where she and her family shared their lives with everything from dogs and cats to hamsters, rabbits, and turtles. Animal care has always come naturally to her, and she sees her work here at the clinic as much more than a career—it’s truly her calling! Renee helps pets daily as a Veterinary Technician.

Renee began studying biology at the University of Rhode Island in 2009, then took an animal science class during her second semester. She had barely sat through two lectures before deciding to change her major! Renee graduated with her animal-care degree in 2013, then signed on at a nearby clinic as a Veterinary Technician. When the hospital closed down, she joined the team here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital in April of 2015. Renee has special interests in dental procedures and monitoring patients under anesthesia.

Away from the clinic, Renee enjoys painting, hiking, going to concerts, canoeing throughout the New England region during the summers, and spending time with her own pets at home. She lives in Coventry with four cats—Lilly, Gizmo, Muffin, and Pickles—as well as a rescued Chihuahua named Bruiser and an adorable chinchilla named Louise.

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Ashley Orwitz

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Ashley is a West Greenwich native, and grew up trying to save every mouse, mole, and garden snake she came across. When it came time to decide on a career path, she quickly realized that veterinary medicine would allow her to care for the animals she loved so much while also making a real difference in the lives of their owners! Ashley is proud to serve as a Veterinary Technician and receptionist here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital.

After studying business and economics at Salem State University, Ashely transferred to the University of Rhode Island to start her journey in veterinary medicine. She took a Veterinary Assistant certification course during her studies, which required completion of clinical hours—that’s when she joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital team. Ashley started shadowing here at the clinic in the spring of 2016, and now works as a Veterinary Technician. She particularly enjoys learning new things on a daily basis, working alongside her caring and positive co-workers, and spending time with the clinic’s visiting pets to keep them as comfortable and happy as possible.

Outside of her interests in the animal-care world, Ashley likes playing rugby and spending time with her own pets at home. She has a rescued dog named Trooper who will sleep just about anywhere he can fit, as well as a laid-back cat named Boots who likes to think he’s a dog.

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Sharon Antonelli

Receptionist

Although she grew up in the city, Sharon always felt that she was a country girl at heart. A big part of that was her love for animals! She remembers falling in love with a neighbor’s dog during her childhood—she never forgot that feeling of compassion. For her, a career in veterinary medicine is simply the perfect fit!

Sharon began her journey in animal-care by taking care of injured horses from the racetrack. Her love of veterinary medicine continued to blossom as time went on, and she decided to venture into small-animal care. Sharon has now been a receptionist with the West Greenwich Animal Hospital team for many years, and still adores devoting her days to the area’s loveable pets and their caring owners.

At home, Sharon keeps several pets of her own. She owns two horses and a pair of pet chickens, and she also shares her life with two wonderful cats and a Japanese Chin.

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Maggie Spencer

Veterinary Technician

Maggie’s own sister worked as a Veterinary Technician, and Maggie always dreamed of following in her footsteps. Her family always kept a variety of pets around the house, and it wasn’t hard for her to develop a deep fondness for animals from an early age. Maggie’s passion simply never wavered! She is now able to help pets as a Veterinary Technician herself.

Maggie is from Coventry, Rhode Island and first attended Rhode Island College in Providence to study nursing. She was hired on here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital shortly afterward, and received on-the-job training to become a Veterinary Technician. Maggie has been helping the area’s pets here ever since! Most recently, she began training in surgery and also enjoys phlebotomy; performing blood draws is always an exciting challenge!

At home, Maggie has several pets of her own. She owns a mixed-breed dog, Annabelle, who was rescued from the path of Hurricane Katrina; a cat named Jager who follows Maggie everywhere; a tortoiseshell cat named Lyla who rarely stops purring; another tortoiseshell named Calla who only comes out for Maggie and her boyfriend; and a spunky black-and-white cat, Miss Twoey, who makes it her business to keep Maggie on her toes.

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Linda Misiaszek

Practice Manager, Human Resources Administrator

Linda grew up tending to the ducks, geese, chickens, goats, and rabbits that her father and grandfather bred and sold—she’s been involved with animal care since she was a little girl. She simply can’t imagine doing anything else! Linda has been a part of the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family from the beginning.

Originally from Cranston, Rhode Island, Linda started working as a pet groomer at the age of 16 before becoming a Veterinary Technician three years later. After brief periods working at other local clinics, Linda joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital team shortly after the doors opened to the public in 1995. She served the area’s pets as a Veterinary Technician until 2006, when she took on the role of Practice Manager. Linda is particularly fond of implementing new ways to grow and promote the clinic, and she loves to use her problem-solving skills to keep the hospital running smoothly on all fronts.

Linda shares her life with several of her own animal companions at home. She has a crazy Australian shepherd named Halo-Grace; Charlie the Chinese Crested, who is constantly at Linda’s feet or on her lap; and an elderly Golden retriever mix named Indy-Anna. Linda also owns two loveable cats, Calvin and Abigail, and a tough little guinea pig named Sammy the Bull.

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Jessica Burnell

Veterinary Technician, Receptionist

Jessica has literally been around animals since birth—she grew up on a farm and spent time with everything from dogs, cats, and horses to goats, chickens, turkeys, and pigs. For her, animal care has been a part of life ever since she can remember. It simply makes sense for her to use her passion for the greater good! Now, Jessica has been a part of the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family for over a decade.

After showing pigs through the 4-H program in her younger years, Jessica started working as a kennel attendant at a local animal shelter during her final year of high school. She would remain there for seven years, working her way up to an Animal Care Technician position and balancing a full-time shift schedule with animal-science and technology courses at the University of Rhode Island.

In November of 2005, Jessica joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital team, and now serves as a Veterinary Technician and also does reception work. She loves to learn new things every single day and watch pets grow and mature over the years. Jessica’s favorite part of the job, though, is swapping fun stories with pet owners just like herself.

Outside of work, Jessica is fond of listening to music, reading, hiking, kayaking, and spending time on the beach. She has a goofy and fun-loving rescue dog, Radar, as well as four cats—Melody, Capri, Dark n Dou, and Kubota—that she bottle-fed and raised from the time they were orphaned kittens.

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Tracy Olivieri

Veterinary Technician

Tracy is a Rhode Island native, and has been fascinated by animals nearly all her life. Working in the field of veterinary medicine allows her to give something back to the pets who have offered her so much, and she’s able to make a lasting impact in the community at the same time. All in all, Tracy has served as a veterinary professional for almost 35 years!

Tracy’s journey began when she completed an externship at a local veterinary hospital during high school. She was offered a part-time position there immediately afterward, which she gladly accepted. Tracy continued to gain experience in the field throughout her college career, then took a supervisory position at an emergency hospital; that’s when she first met Dr. Ralph Pratt. Next, she became the surgical assistant at a surgical consultation practice and also worked here at West Greenwich Animal Hospital on a part-time basis starting in 1999.

In 2004, Tracy accepted a full-time position with the clinic, and has been helping the area’s pets and animal owners as a Certified Veterinary Technician ever since. Medically, she enjoys surgical work, dental cleanings, and radiology. Most of all, Tracy loves to form bonds with local pet owners and their loveable animal companions.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Tracy loves to garden, cook, and bake. She even helps to feed the hospital staff at lunchtime with vegetables from her own garden! Tracy also likes spending time at home with her cat, Tom, who doesn’t let his three-legged stature slow him down in the least.

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Mary Fusco

Veterinary Technician, Inventory Personnel

Mary is a longtime pet owner and has been enjoying the company of the earth’s creatures ever since she can remember. When she started spending more and more time with a local equine veterinarian, eventually even traveling with her and helping to restrain horses for medical care, she realized that she would love working in the veterinary industry herself! She’s been a member of the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family for 12 wonderful years.

Mary is from Lincoln, Rhode Island and now lives in Foster. She started working with a traveling veterinary practice in 2001, then took a position with another clinic the next year. After the chief veterinarian there retired, Mary decided to look for another opening—she joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family shortly afterward, and has been happily serving pets and their owners here ever since! Surgical work is one of her favorite parts of the job, and she also loves spending time alongside her talented and compassionate fellow staff on a daily basis.

Outside of work, Mary enjoys cheering on the Boston Red Sox, hiking (she’s climbed Mount Washington four times!), and spending time with her family. She and her husband have three daughters and four wonderful grandchildren.

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Melissa Harrington

Veterinary Technician

Growing up in a rural part of North Providence, Rhode Island, Melissa spent a lot of time rescuing stray kittens, squirrels, and baby birds as a child. By the time she nursed her own cat back to health from a leg fracture during her freshman year of high school, one thing had become quite clear: Melissa was destined for a career in the world of animal medicine!

Melissa first began working as a Veterinary Technician right after high school and continued doing so into her college years. She has experience in small-animal, pocket pet, and even zoo medicine. Melissa joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family in 2000, and especially likes educating clients on animal behavior topics and using X-rays and ultrasound techniques to diagnose health issues. Throughout her journey in animal care, she has had the opportunity to pet a manatee, touch a cheetah, feed a lemur, and kiss a rhinoceros—next, Melissa hopes to snuggle with an anteater!

Melissa, her husband David, and her two stepsons, Kevin and Eric, share their home with several pets. They have a miniature Schnauzer named Maxwell; an elderly cat who goes by Moose; Isabella the hedgehog; and an entire flock of chickens. When she isn’t enjoying her own pets’ company or helping others here at the hospital, Melissa loves boating, camping, snowmobiling, and fishing with her family in the great outdoors.

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Dianna Pegram

Veterinary Technician

Dianna is a lifelong animal lover, and has wanted to make a difference in the lives of pets ever since she was young. As a Veterinary Technician with the West Greenwich Animal Hospital family, she’s able to spend time around pets daily while using her skillset to make a lasting impact on the community!

Dianna grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island and served as a dog trainer for many years before becoming a Veterinary Technician. When she moved back to this area in 2007, she started looking for her next opportunity. That’s when Dianna joined the West Greenwich Animal Hospital team! Here at the clinic, she has special passions for surgical work and dental cleanings.

Outside of her interests in the animal-care world, Dianna is an avid gardener and also enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family at home. She shares her life with her husband Ryan, their daughter Mary Jane, and an Australian shepherd who goes by Ripple.

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