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 WVU med school, 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 and he serves as the Director of Veterinary Medicine for the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, 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 led 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.
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.
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 had a 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.
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!
Nikki Becich, DVM
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!
Stacy Church, DVM
Stacy was born and raised in Roswell, GA, a small town just north of Atlanta. Growing up her family always had tons of pets and she knew she wanted to be a vet from the time she was a little girl. Stacy left home for college to head to Fort Collins, CO where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Colorado State University. Shortly after college she traveled back home to Georgia to attend veterinary school at the University of Georgia. Stacy graduated with her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2017.
After graduating vet school Stacy accepted a job as an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Elkins, West Virginia. Working there she gained experience working with both large and small animals and especially loved doctoring all of the local “bear dogs” during hunting season.
Stacy just recently moved to Morgantown, and enjoys cross fit in her spare time, going on hikes with her dogs in the mountains, and is slowly but surely being converted to a true mountaineer fan by her boyfriend. Stacy joined our team at Cheat Lake in 2019 and works primarily on our urgent care/emergency service while still rotating seeing appointments occasionally. Stacy is especially excited to help expand our small ruminant services and loves the fast pace and unpredictability of emergency medicine.
Erin Hadox, BVetMed
Dr. Erin Hadox was born and raised in Fairmont, WV. She attended Fairmont State University on a softball scholarship for 3 years then transferred to WVU for her final year while applying to vet school. She then made a big move across the pond to London, England where she earned her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College and graduated in 2014.
You may remember her from when she worked at Cheat Lake for several months after graduation before working as an associate vet at Middletown Animal Clinic for 2 years. She then completed a rotating internship at Avets in PA to obtain more emergency and critical care experience before joining Cheat Lake again in November 2018. She splits her time between primary care and emergency medicine with us. Her interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, oncology, pain management, and nutrition.
Dr. Hadox still lives in Fairmont with her husband, Jeremy, their 2 dogs: Arya and Jerico, and 2 cats: Hatti and Tyrion. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing sports, camping, spending time with friends and family, keeping up with her favorite tv shows, country music concerts, and exploring the good eats/drinks in whatever city she is in.
Stacey Sabol, DVM
Dr. Sabol was Born and raised in Louisiana, in the Ark-La-Tex area. She grew up with horses, dogs, and cats. Her fondest memory was when she was a tween and pulled a Cuterebra (blow fly maggot)out of a kitten’s neck with her finger nails. She did this before she even knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. The moment she realized she wanted to be a veterinarian is when she heard Dr. French give a lecture on veterinary medicine. She then decided to volunteer at her veterinarian’s hospital which turned into a job cleaning kennels and assisting the doctor as needed. I fell in love with veterinary medicine and didn’t look back.
Dr. Sabol graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science 3 + 1 program in 1997 and School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. (Geaux Tigers!!!)
After graduation she moved to North Carolina for a year and practiced only small animal medicine and overnight, on-call ER. She then moved back to Louisiana and practiced for 2 years at the hospital where she was once a kennel assistant. She then moved to Newport News, Va and worked as associate for Banfield where she eventually earned Chief of Staff. She took a Sabbatical for 8 months from veterinary medicine. Once she returned she was self employed as a relief veterinarian in the Hampton Roads Area. In 2011 she moved to Penn Township and worked at a small animal hospital in North Huntington for 7 years.
Dr. Sabol was a private practitioner for 18 years and decided she needed a change in her veterinary career and started at CLAH in October 2019 as an emergency veterinarian. She thoroughly enjoys the new direction in her career. She loves helping people by helping their sick pets (family members).
Shawn Sabol is her husband and Katie is her stepdaughter. She has 2 cats and 1 dog. She still lives in PA. Outside of work she likes to garden, fish, and instead of vacations she’d rather go on short-term mission or humanitarian trips. She does travel some since her family lives in Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, and Virginia.
Anne Risa, DVM
Dr. Anne Risa is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She spent several years grooming dogs prior to obtaining her AS in Biology from Community College of Allegheny County and BS in Biology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Risa obtained her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2003.
Dr. Risa has extensive emergency and ICU experience, owned and operated a small animal general practice to the west of Pittsburgh, and served as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA.
Dr. Risa currently provides emergency shift coverage at several regional emergency hospitals. She lives in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania with her teenage daughter and 4 cats, and spends her free time with her hobbies of arts and silversmithing.
Tim Beichner, DVM
Dr. Tim Beichner is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and graduated with a liberal arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY in 2010. His fascination with veterinary medicine and avian health in particular began in 2006 while working at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time at the aviary he became a hospital intern and, eventually, began working as a veterinary technician there.
He is a 2018 graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Beichner continues to have a strong interest in avian medicine, but he also enjoys seeing dogs, cats, and some exotic pets as well. He lives with a big fluffy dog named Lyra, and a surprisingly loud yet tiny shaft-tail finch
Kat Weimer, DVM
Dr. Weimer spent her childhood between West Virginia, Maryland and Michigan! She went to Macomb Community College and Oakland University receiving her associates in Biological Sciences. She then went on to Walsh College of Business and Accounting to earn her Bachelors degree in Business. When she wasn’t going to school, she worked at the Michigan Humane Society as an animal evaluator working one on one with shelter animals.
Dr. Weimer earned her DVM at Michigan State University where she focused her attention on Shelter and Emergency medicine. She completed special rotations in forensic science, wound management, special problems emergency, and high volume spay and neuter. Her favorite part of working urgent care for CLAH is being here to help owners and their beloved animals in moments of uncertainty. Dr. Weimer hopes to work with other exotic doctors at CLAH to gain more experience working with exotics and pocket pets.
In her spare time Dr. Weimer enjoys the outdoors and volunteering whenever she can. She has traveled to Bolivia with her church to help orphaned children find their place in this world. She will also be helping at her local animal shelter performing free spays, neuters and medical exams for the shelter animals.
Aside from taking care of other people’s pets, Dr. Weimer has quite the pack herself! She owns two rescue cats, Django and Busta Rhymes, who spend their days grooming each other and begging for human food. Her ferret, Mochi, is sour-then-sweet, biting the ankles of unsuspecting humans and kittens followed by floods of kisses. Finally, her 10 year-old chocolate lab, Molly, is her favorite adventure partner. Together they hike, swim and play ball any chance they get.
Brittany Sovine, DVM
Dr. Brittany Sovine is originally from Charleston, West Virginia. She went to The University of Colorado at Boulder for her undergraduate degree where she studied News-Editorial Journalism and French. After graduation she worked in Washington, DC in public relations and digital media. It was during her time in DC that she found her love for veterinary medicine.
Dr. Sovine attended veterinary school at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her favorite part about being a veterinarian is educating owners about their pets and strengthening the human- animal bond. She particularly enjoys the fast paced nature of emergency medicine but also likes behavior and dermatology cases as well.
In her spare time Dr. Sovine loves to do anything outdoors especially snowboarding at Snowshoe Mountain in the winter, hiking and camping in the summer, and the Blue Lot at Milan Puskar Stadium on a crisp Saturday in October. She also loves to travel, cook elaborate meals, read fiction and root for all of her favorite sports teams.
Lindsay Vega, DVM
Dr. Lindsay Vega grew up in Smithsburg, a small rural town in western Maryland. She attended Virginia Tech for undergraduate, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Science. She finished her undergraduate degree one year early and decided to stay in Blacksburg, VA to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After she graduated, she completed a year-long small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Referral Associates, an emergency and specialty veterinary hospital in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Lindsay was asked to stay as an Emergency veterinarian at the end of her internship and spent the next four years treating exclusively dog and cat emergencies. During her time there, Lindsay spearheaded a weight loss program for a morbidly obese Pit Bull named, Olympia who was rescued and brought to their hospital. Several departments collaborated (surgery, rehab therapy, internal medicine) to allow Olympia to lose 68lbs, which was over half her body weight and obtain a whole new lease on life! She also made multiple TV appearances on local news to discuss the dangers on pet obesity.
Lindsay moved to Morgantown in Fall of 2019 to be with her boyfriend, Andrew who is a very talented sports journalist for the Dominion Post. Lindsay and Andrew enjoy spending time with their partially deaf tree-walking coonhound, Jillian, hiking, camping and anything outdoors. They are also fostering, Pumpkin, an orange tabby that was rescued through Cheat Lake’s Save Our Lives Program in July 2019. Lindsay is passionate about rescue work and particularly about ending breed discrimination laws for bully breed dogs. She recognizes that coming into an ER clinic can be a difficult experience and values being able to support her clients during very tough and emotional times.