Albert Munson, PhD
As with so many individuals involved in veterinary medicine, Al spent his early years on a dairy farm and was in awe of the veterinarian coming to treat the sick animals. Although he had an interest in veterinary medicine, he went into the armed forces at the end of the Korean War and became a Medic. Having spent many hours as a medical, surgical and laboratory technician at the headquarters of the 3rd army, he continued his education started in the military and completed a B.S., M.S., and finally a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Al entered an academic career at the Medical College of Virginia where he spent 30 years teaching and doing research.
He came to West Virginia in 1996 as Director to the new division at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This new division is a research laboratory which performs basic and applied research related to worker health and safety. He recruited Dr. Jean Meade to West Virginia also from the Medical College of Virginia to direct a laboratory of Immunotoxicology. Al and Jean married in 1999 and live in the Cheat Lake area. Since Jean had several years experience as a veterinarian, together they purchased and reopened the Cheat Lake Animal Hospital.
Al’s background in pharmacology, a long history of work in human emergency rooms, and his teaching and administrative experiences are all used in the practice, but mostly he enjoys seeing our patients’ health improve. Both Jean and Al work full time at NIOSH, and Cheat Lake Animal Hospital is their place to come and help animals and their owners. They look forward to many exciting years ahead where they plan to work hard on the MISSION.
Kelli Geswein, CVPM – Practice Manager
Kelli joined CLAH in August of 2000 after working for another local animal clinic for 3 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Fairmont State University in 2002. Kelli has seen the CLAH practice grow from a staff of 4 to 65 people, making every facet of her employment exciting, interesting, and always a learning experience. Kelli oversees the daily operations of the practice including but not limited to the financial, human resources, marketing, staff management, and client service aspects. She became a CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) in January 2015.
Kelli resides in Fredricktown, PA with her boyfriend Will and their two dogs, Rose and Abbi.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, bonfires, hanging out with friends and family and lots of live music!
Debra Gawthrop – Office Manager
Debra has been in management most of her career. She joined CLAH in March 2015. Her responsibilities include customer service relations, accounts receivables, reception staff support and helps to oversee the daily operations of the hospital.
Debra obtained her Cosmetology Operator, Teacher & Managers license at Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. After working in a salon for several years, she became an instructor & then the Director of Potomac Academy of Hair Design in Falls Church, VA. After moving back to West Virginia, she spent several years in office management at Humberson Truck & Parts. Debra’s most recent position prior to joining CLAH was with West Virginia University as an Administrative Associate.
Debra resides in Bruceton Mills where she enjoys family time with her husband Rodney, daughter Courtney & boyfriend Jay, son Austin & girlfriend Marissa, & step sons. She has two dogs: Chloe & Peanut; & one cat: Izzy.
Nancy Eisentrout – Business Manager
Nancy came to CLAH in April 2015 after working most of her career in the human healthcare finance area. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from West Virginia University. Nancy’s areas of responsibilities include the financial and administrative management of the hospital.
Nancy grew up on a farm in the Bruceton Mills area of Preston County, but currently resides in Morgantown. She has a Maltese dog named Spencer, and a rescued three-legged puppy named Bandit. She enjoys Mountaineer sports, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Tammy Rowan, RVT – Head General Practice Technician, Team Leader
Tammy has been a veterinary technician since 1987. She received her degree in Animal Health Technology from Median School of Allied Health Careers in Pittburgh, PA. She has spent the majority of her career working in a mixed practice which allowed her many opportunities to work on a wide variety of animals. One of her most rewarding accomplishments has been successfully raising numerous abandoned and abused exotic cats. Tammy aided in the founding of an orphanage for these big cats.
She has been our daytime Lead Technician since 2004.
When she is not tending to the needs of our patients, Tammy enjoys spending time attending her son’s hockey games and her daughter’s horse shows. She shares her home with her husband Ted and their 2 children Teddy and Hannah, as well as 7 dogs, 6 cats, 3 guinea pigs and 3 horses.
Sherry Metz – Boarding Supervisor
Sherry starting working for CLAH in 2003. She has always loved animals, so doing this job just comes so naturally to her! Working in the kennel doesn’t feel like work for her, she enjoys being around all the different pets that come to board at CLAH.
Her husband Carl and her 2 daughters, Lauren and Carrie also love animals. Lauren worked with Sherry at CLAH for several years and still comes in periodically to cover a shift or two just to get to visit with the pets that are boarding.
She and Carl share their home with 4 beautiful dogs, Dolly, Daisy, Scrappy and Rocky.