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, cats Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and three guinea pigs.
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, 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.
Veterinary Nurse Ani Schiller Veterinary Nurse Ani Schiller has been working in the field since 2008. She is in the process of finishing her degree and obtaining her certification. Ani has a special interest in dentistry of all species, a passion for elderly creatures, and a love for alternative medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys rockhounding, art in all forms, and the ocean! She lives in Marlborough, MA with her hamster, Minnow.
Michelle Dumas, Clinic Administrator, joined our team in February 2018 after spending more than 20 years producing and directing educational television. She quietly holds us all together and keeps us operationally, technically and financially afloat. 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 currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her dogs Lily and Finn.
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.
Cathy Symons, CVT, CCRP (pug enthusiast) is a certified veterinary technician who has been practicing in Massachusetts for over 25 years. After fifteen years, in small private practice she went on to study canine rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee. In 2003, Cathy was one of the first thirty-six people in the country to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Shortly thereafter, she was instrumental in establishing the Sterling Impression Animal Rehabilitation Center of New England, and now does private consulting.
Cathy is also the author of Blind Devotion: Enhancing the Lives of Blind and Visually Impaired Dogs. She was inspired to write this book after her first pug, Booda, lost his sight at the age of seven.
Cathy resides in the New England area with her husband and their pug, Mac.
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.