Jean grew up on a dairy farm in rural Virginia where her love for animals and fascination with veterinary medicine began. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary and then went on to obtain her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in Zoology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She conducted the field studies associated with her dissertation research in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya working on a primate parasitology project involving Masai tribesmen and two species of non-human primates, baboons and vervet monkeys. She spent the last year of her Ph.D. program working in the neurobiology and behavior lab at Cornell University.
Those years working with animal behaviorists and ecologists gave her an appreciation for conservation biology and sparked her interest in wildlife biology. After graduation, she worked as an associate in a small animal practice in Richmond, Va.
In 1985, Jean bought her first practice in a small town in North Carolina, two years later she bought a second practice in Asheboro, NC.
She became very involved in the communities where she served on the Board of Directors for the Montgomery County Health Department, the Randolph County Humane Society and the American Raptor Propagation Project. She was awarded the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, Conservation Award of Merit for her volunteer work in wildlife rehabilitation. She also worked with church and scout groups educating children in the proper care and appreciation of animals.
In 1992, due to her parents’ failing health, Jean returned to Richmond, VA with the intention of starting a new practice there. As an interim position, she accepted a research faculty position at the Medical College of Virginia in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Much to her surprise, she fell in love with research and teaching and continued there while doing some relief veterinary work to maintain her clinical skills.
In 1997, she was offered a position here in Morgantown in the new Health Effects Laboratory Division of NIOSH where she became the team leader of the Immunotoxicology research group. The group’s research focuses on the effects of chemical exposure on the immune system in the areas of allergy, autoimmunity and immune suppression. She holds an adjunct faculty position at West Virginia University in the Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Cell Biology where she continues to mentor graduate students.
Once settled in Morgantown, she began looking for a mechanism to get back into clinical practice and to become involved with the Humane Society here. When the Cheat Lake Animal Hospital became available in 2000 it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. She re-opened the hospital with an associate, Dr. Julie Gibson and six months later Dr. Tom Shriver moved back to West Virginia and joined the practice! (Note: Dr. Shriver then retired in 2009)
Jean graduated from med school WVU, retired from NIOSH in 2015, and is now very active in the management and training at CLAH. She continues to be extremely active in the community with several ongoing projects.
Dr. Jesse Fallon grew up on a small farm in rural central Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University for his undergraduate education where he met his wife, Katie. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Science from West Virginia University in 2004, and in 2008 he graduated from veterinary school at Virginia Tech with top honors. Dr. Fallon joined Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in 2009. He and Katie live in Cheat Lake with their daughters Laurel and Cora, two dogs, two horses, conure, and frog.
Although he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Fallon is particularly interested in orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery. He has extensive experience in avian medicine, and has provided medical and surgical care for hundreds of species of birds, including falconry birds and birds from zoos and wildlife centers. His patients also include companion birds of all kinds, from parrots and cockatoos to chickens, ducks, and other fowl.
Dr. Fallon is Conservation Chair and West Virginia State Liaison for the Association of Avian Veterinarians (www.aav.org), and he serves as the Director of Veterinary Medicine for the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (www.accawv.org), a non-profit organization that rehabilitates injured wild birds. In addition to clinical medicine Dr. Fallon also works in the field on several avian conservation projects and is completing a PhD in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Marjorie Rosmarin joined the staff of the Cheat Lake Animal Hospital as a part-time veterinarian in 2009. A 2001 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, she also holds a Master’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. She brings with her years of experience treating small animals in practices in New Jersey, Delaware, and California, before moving to Morgantown.
Dr. Rosmarin sees patients on most Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. When she is not working, she spends time with her family.
Mica was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, attending Wheeling Central Catholic High School prior to completing her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from West Virginia University in 2005. She then attended Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama and graduated with her DVM degree in 2009. Following graduation from veterinary school, Mica moved to Tampa, Florida where she completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Florida Veterinary Specialists. She then returned to West Virginia, joining the staff at the North Central West Virginia Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Fairmont, to practice emergency medicine. Mica also spent a year as an associate veterinarian at Harrison Central Veterinary Hospital in Bridgeport, WV.
Mica joined our team at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in October of 2012. Initially she saw emergencies and performed general wellness exams; however, Mica now primarily sees emergency and urgent care cases here at the hospital. Mica is especially interested in pain management, internal medicine, and critical care. She currently lives in Morgantown with her husband Chris, sons Ryder and Brice, their boxers Jada and Arizona and their cat Loca.
Becca Stansbury, DVM
Becca is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. She attended West Virginia University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences in 2003. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. In the years following veterinary school, she moved several times, working as a veterinarian in Lexington, KY; Fairmont, WV; and, most recently, Pittsburgh, PA. Her interests in veterinary medicine include emergency medicine, geriatric care, and preventative medicine. Additionally, she recently became certified in veterinary acupuncture. She is especially interested in using acupuncture to complement Western medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her husband, Rob, and her two children, Isaac and Avery. The family likes to hike in the woods with their four-legged children, Maya and Bo. Additionally, Becca loves following Mountaineer football and basketball. Becca joined the staff at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in November 2014 and is thrilled to be settled in West Virginia.
Michelle Nett, DVM
Dr. Michelle Nett was raised on a small farm in Northern Colorado initiating her interest in animals of all sizes and species. She attended Colorado State University pursuing a degree in biochemistry and considering medical school, but the love of animals lead her into veterinary school, also at Colorado State. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, and started her career in general small animal practice in Denver, CO. After a move to Idaho in 2007 Michelle elected to make a small career change and start in emergency medicine due to enjoying the variety of cases and flexibility in schedule for her growing family. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and especially enjoys getting to know the family with the pet, and attempting to help them in the best manner possible.
Michelle married her high school sweetheart while in veterinary school and has moved several times while he has pursued his career in preventative medicine for humans. Michelle has pursued her veterinary career with every move and has worked in Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Montana and now here in West Virginia.
Dr. Nett joined Cheat Lake as a part-time veterinarian in August of 2015 and works emergency medicine on Wednesday nights and one weekend a month. When not at work she is busy trying to keep 5 kids and numerous 4-legged babies in line.
Becky Harvey, DVM (formerly Dr. Leap)
Dr. Becky Leap was born and raised in Johnstown, PA. She attended the University of Findlay in Ohio, where she received her undergraduate degree in biology in 2006. She then moved to Knoxville, TN to attend the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned parallel veterinary and public health degrees in 2010. Dr. Leap met her husband, Reid Harvey, during veterinary school. Following veterinary school, Dr. Leap moved to Gaithersburg, MD with her husband, their four dogs and one cat, where she practiced veterinary medicine for five years. Her husband’s work brought them to Morgantown, and they took full advantage of Wild and Wonderful West Virginia by moving into a log cabin in the mountains. She is excited to be practicing at Cheat Lake and her interests include preventive medicine, internal medicine and dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking and fishing with her husband.
Laura Means, DVM
Dr. Means was born and raised in Parkersburg, WV and attended WVU. She graduated in
2000 with a bachelors degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and then
attended Tuskegee University in Alabama and graduated with a DVM
She has spent the last 9 years living and practicing in the Wheeling, WV
area, returning to Morgantown in 2014. She enjoys spending time with her
husband (who is a Morgantown native) and two young daughters when not
working. She is a Mountaineer football fanatic and also enjoys reading,
biking, and REfit classes. Dr. Means also shares her home with two dogs and three
Dr. Means will be seeing regular appointments on Mondays and Fridays as well as helping with emergency care.
Charles Wolfe III, DVM
Dr. Wolfe (Chuck) quickly found his love and appreciation for animals while growing up on a farm in Grindstone, PA. Throughout his life, he was active in the 4-H livestock clubs, exhibiting cattle, lambs, and pigs at both the local and state fairs.
Dr. Wolfe attended Penn State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Bioscience. After graduation, he studied at West Virginia University obtaining a Master of Science degree in Animal Science. Dr. Wolfe then completed his studies at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Wolfe had practiced at clinics in southwestern Pennsylvania before joining the staff at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital. Even through he appreciates all areas of veterinary medicine, Dr. Wolfe enjoys performing surgery and focusing on wellness and dermatology patients.
Dr. Wolfe resides with his wife Christy, son Eli, and his 2 four legged Beagle girls, Maggie and Belle. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cheering on Penn State football and being in the great outdoors.
Holly Kossuth, DVM
Dr. Holly L. Kossuth is a West Virginia native and graduated from West Virginia University before attending The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys working in various areas at CLAH, but has a special interest in feline medicine and surgery. She practiced companion animal medicine in the northern panhandle for 26 years. Dr. Kossuth has involvement with organized veterinary medicine as the WV Delegate for the American Veterinary Medical Association and a board member of the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association which promotes professional fellowship, continuing education and maintaining the standards of practice. Mentoring pre-vet and veterinary students to follow their dreams is a joy for her. On her days off she enjoys her farm animals and pets that live on her small farm, gardening and quilting.
Ginny Mule, DVM
Dr. Ginny Mulé grew up on Long Island, spending most of her free time horseback riding and begging her parents to adopt various animals. Surrounded by human medical professionals, she developed a love for biological sciences, and made the decision to pursue veterinary medicine by the age of 7. She studied anthropology and biology at Stony Brook University. While volunteering through the Global Medical Brigades program, she became fascinated by the links between human, animal, and environmental health. After graduating in 2013, she accepted a spot at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Ginny is interested in all aspects of veterinary medicine but is especially fond of exotics and wildlife. After graduating from Cornell in May of 2017, she moved to Morgantown with her dog, cats, and horse. She is excited to begin her career at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital and to explore the landscapes of West Virginia.
Jodi Richardson, DVM
Dr. Jodi Richardson is a Morgantown, WV native and knew veterinary medicine was the career path she wanted to pursue from a very young age. She always hada family dog in tow to get into many adventures with and a hutch in her backyard filled with rabbits.
Dr. Richardson graduated from West Virginia University with both her Bachelor of Science in Animal and Nutritional Sciences and Masters of Public Health before attending veterinary school at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school she had several opportunities to travel abroad working in areas of both veterinary medicine and public health. Dr. Richardson spent the last year completing an Internship in Shelter Medicine at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Richardson’s particular interests are in surgery and preventative medicine. She is happy to be back home in Morgantown, WV and excited to serve the people and pets in the area! In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, reading, being outside, and laughing. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Jett, and cat, Beaver.
Andrea Garton, DVM
Andrea Garton is from Jane Lew, WV. She was active in her local and state 4-H programs growing up. In 2010, she received her Bachelor’s of Science from West Virginia University in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. She then took a year away from school to work in an orphanage in South America. Upon returning to the US, she attended Mississippi State University – College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her DVM in 2015. She started her career as a veterinarian working at a busy mixed animal practice in south Texas. There she saw all domestic species, from Longhorns to kittens, with appointments in both English and Spanish. She has joined the urgent care team at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital and is happy to be back in her home among the hills. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys running, traveling, spending time with her family and volunteering with 4-H.
Stephanie Kinney, DVM
Stephanie Kinney is from Atlanta, GA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Avian Biology from the University of Georgia in 2012. She stayed in Athens, GA and earned her DVM from UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Her interests include emergency and critical care medicine and upon graduating moved to Morgantown with her husband. She has joined the urgent care team at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital. She has enjoyed West Virginia so far and is excited to explore the mountains in her spare time!
Dr.Nikki Becich graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 2013 from Pomona College in east Los Angeles, and is a 2018 graduate of Tufts Veterinary School outside of Boston, MA. She previously worked as an international field associate in Ecuador for the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA, against wildlife trafficking and for Andean Condor conservation efforts. She is most passionate about avian medicine and conservation ecology, but enjoys all aspects of wildlife, exotics, and small animal medicine. She has three cockatiels named Henry, Johnny, and June, one mostly blind bearded dragon named Grizz, and one diabetic, geriatric chihuahua mix named Petey. She is excited to see more exotic pets at Cheat Lake Animal hospital, and help Dr.Fallon with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia avian wildlife patients!