MEET OUR TEAM
Dr. Beth Innis is the founder and owner of Sleepy Dog Veterinary. She is a licensed veterinarian, certified in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, veterinary Chinese herbal medicine, canine rehabilitation and currently studying Western herbal medicine.
It is her personal mission to welcome pets and their people to a calm space filled with a caring team so that we can all take part in making their lives more healthy and happy. In her spare time Dr. Innis enjoys yoga, reading and boating. She lives in Belmont with her husband, Tom, two daughters, two dogs, Prince Andrew and Otto, and one cat, Roosevelt, who is very tolerant of the rest of clan!
Dr. Jenny Liu graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She started out working on farms and with small animals. Over time, she transitioned to exclusively small animal medicine.
She started her veterinary acupuncture training at the Chi Institute in 2004. She has also trained in herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui Na (a special traditional Chinese medical massage). In 2018, Dr. Liu completed her Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) at the Chi Institute. She continues Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) training and teaching as an assistant for the small animal acupuncture classes at the Chi Institute.
Dr. Liu also, amazingly, has a BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design! In her spare time she enjoys dabbling in art, yoga, martial arts and whatever peaks her fancy. She lives with a very busy orange cat named Merida.
Veterinary Nurse Sam Hankey is not only a certified veterinary technician, but also a certified small animal massage practitioner, a Reiki master, and trained in Acupressure and Tui Na massage. She is Dr. Beth's right hand person in all things nursing, does a large part of managing the clinic and sees her own patients for acupressure, massage, Reiki and cold laser treatments. In her spare time Sam enjoys the outdoors, yoga and baking. She lives in Somerville with her French Bulldog, Bohi.
Emily McCarthy, Veterinary Nurse & Client Service Liaison, brings a lifetime of caring for animals, large and small, to the Sleepy Dog Dream Team. She has 20 years experience working as a Veterinary Nurse at a local primary care veterinary practice. Her favorite part of her job has been the wonderful relationships formed over the years of caring for her furry patients and the people who love them and she looks forward to doing the same at Sleepy Dog. In her spare time, Emily enjoys traveling to other countries, running, trying new restaurants, and listening to true crime podcasts. She lives in Waltham with her Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Elliott and Scarlet Witch, her Dutch Warmblood horse, Mary, and her Ragdoll cat, PepperPot.
Marlene Sauer, Client Service Liaison, joined the SDV family at the beginning of 2020 after 5 years in a traditional veterinary clinic. Marlene can't remember a time when she didn't love animals, starting with a pet guinea pig at the age of 3. After studying photography in college, she spent many years specializing in customer service in corporate settings, until she finally realized she could help both animals and people in veterinary medicine, and hasn't looked back. In addition to helping our patients and their human companions, Marlene assists in managing the front desk. She also works as a freelance blogger and photographer as her side business. Marlene loves to spend time crafting, reading, baking, or trying new things (fencing, anyone?), though only when her very spoiled cat, Jax, allows her any free time.
Michelle Dumas, Clinic Administrator, joined our team in February 2018 after spending more than 20 years producing and directing educational television. She has previously worked in veterinary medicine as a Vet Assistant. In addition, she has experience as an Apprentice Guide Dog Trainer, Kennel Manager and foster parent to numerous homeless pups. Michelle originally hails from Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Austin, Texas with her dogs, Makana and Lily and her cat Seamus.
Jenna Gillespie, Clinic Advisor, Mental Health Specialist, is our behind-the-scenes staff support. From UC San Diego, Jenna has an M.A. in Literature and Ph.D. (all but dissertation) in Disability Studies. She also has a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University. Jenna kept herself grounded throughout her schooling by volunteering at the Whatcom Humane Society, the San Diego Humane Society, and the SPCA of Tompkins County. She is thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary group of gifted humans who care ethically, creatively, and generously for their animal patients.
Because animal related professionals regularly experience grief, stress, and trauma in their work, Jenna is here at Sleepy Dog Vet to make sure our compassionate crew continue to stay healthy as a group. Jenna provides assistance with parsing and lessening compassion fatigue, encouraging productive discussions, accommodating grief, facilitating conflict, and managing stress. In her spare time Jenna enjoys reading, art museums, hanging out with her most excellent friends, and playing board games with her husband and two kids. They live in Medford with their two ridiculous Basset Hounds, Pearl and Harvey.
Chris Cranston, MPT, CCRP is one of the most respected certified animal physical therapists in New England. She started the animal rehabilitation practice at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2006 after years of owning a mobile practice and consulting. Chris founded a successful free-standing clinic, FlowDog in 2009 which she sold to MSPCA-Angell in 2017. Sleepy Dog is thrilled to have Chris on a part-time basis. So many of our clients can benefit from her years of creative problem solving and expertise.
Laurie Levine, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) is dedicated to supporting us humans through the journey of grieving the loss of a beloved animal companion. Her work is informed by her own experiences, the guidance of mentors, and all she learns from those she is honored to serve. Laurie trusts that when we have a dedicated space and relationship that can hold and listen to what is in our hearts and minds, that grieving can become an affirming, healing journey of valuing the unique life, bond, and passing of our beloved. From her first memories, Laurie’s life has been enriched by the mischief and wisdom of dogs and cats, from Bambi – a Jack Russell Terrier – to her current cat companion, Pearls. Additionally, she volunteers at the MSPCA Nevins Farm Adoption Center, and leads their monthly Reading Program. Laurie offers individual counseling by appointment and grief support groups on the last Monday of the month (excluding major holidays). Laurie is also available to support those who are anticipating a loss or are grappling with the stress of caregiving.