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.
Meghan Connolly, Client Service Lead, Vet Assistant is the first person you'll see upon your arrival to our clinic and is ready to meet all of your client needs. Her passion for helping animals, and their families, comes from her experience as a shelter volunteer, veterinary assistant, and veterinary receptionist. She brings a range of people, management, and pharmacy skills to the practice after spending over 5 years in the veterinary field and 2 years in a pharmacy setting. She has worked one on one with people of all demographics, using her empathy and compassion to help communicate and guide clients through any situation. In her spare time Meghan enjoys crafting, catching up on her favorite TV shows, and hiking during the warmer months. She lives in Waltham with her three cats Skylar, Sheldon, and Dunkin.
Michelle Dumas, Vet Assistant, 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 downtown Boston with her dog and cat - Makana and Seamus.
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.