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  • Dr.
    Bonnie Alexander

    Hello, and welcome!  I’m so happy to be providing veterinary services here in the East Beach area of Norfolk, and now in our brand new facility.  A born Hokie, I graduated from Virginia Tech Vet School somewhat later in life (2003), 

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  • Dr.
    Erin Drinkwater

    Dr. Erin Drinkwater is a local veterinarian from the North End of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her love of animals was a passion from the beginning. “I can remember raising a robin that I named Sugarfoot who would follow me around as I searched for bugs (that he ate) in my back yard.”

    Her great grandparents farmed pigs and chickens outside of Petersburg, Va. And she would spend time with them in the summers helping them raise the animals. As she got older, she went to Camp Mont Shenandoah every summer for 6 weeks. She was promptly named  “Bug Woman” because she always had some sort of critter in her care. Dr. Drinkwater cares deeply about the human/ animal bond. It is very important to her that her clients understand all aspects of their pet’s care. Dr. Drinkwater will use illustrations as she talks to further simplify some concepts. “I know what it feels like to not understand something that I find to be very important. Before I went to vet school, I thought dogs had 4 knees!  I was there once and I have not forgotten the feeling. I want my clients to feel as comfortable as possible when they are with me.”Dr. Drinkwater has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Lynchburg College, with a minor in Public Relations. She was employed as an event planner for the Salem Civic Center and really enjoyed working behind the scenes for the big celebrities that would come to town. She is always proud to say that she once had dinner with Kool and the Gang. After several years, however, her calling again took over and she went back to Virginia Tech for two years and took the classes required to become a veterinarian. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. This school is located on the Island of St. Kitts and was an “awesome” experience for Dr. Drinkwater.  She came back to Virginia and practiced on the Eastern Shore for 5 years before finally returning to the North End where she grew up. She has a great husband who is as passionate about sailing as Drinkwater is of animals. They have a beautiful 5 year old daughter who thinks she is a princess and wants nothing to do with either animals or sailing. 

  • Larry Lafary
    Accounting and Project Manager

    After a 25 year career in the United States Marines, Larry (Dr Alexander's husband) has joined our family.  Larry will ultimately be overseeing all of the development and construction of the NEW East Beach Vet location that will be breaking ground spring of 2018.  He is always willing to lend a hand and has taken some administrative duties off of Dr Alexander's plate so she can focus more on patient care.  

  • Lori Beth Shanko
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Working in animal hospitals since 2009 has proven to be my life's passion after various attempts at other careers therein being a 'Jack of all trades, master of none'.  I love working with animals, but even better is helping clients understand the medical side of being a pet owner; disease processes, proper food, medications and side effects, etc.  Along with animal nursing, I also have certifications in art framing, massage therapy, scuba diving and Reiki.  I'm an artist, painter, sketcher, singer and active outdoors hiker who loves to experience live music festivals and good friends.  I live in Chic's beach with my soul mate, Elvis, my 11 year old Shih Tzu.  I do not have any TV but I have a record player, a bunch of vinyl and a passion for cooking.

  • Natosha Harris
    Veterinary Technician

    NaTosha works with us on her 'day off' from her full time veterinary hospital.  Her outgoing personality is contageous and we love when she is here with us.  NaTosha brings a lot of experience and is also finishing up her schooling to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She is newly married and had  gorgeous Bullies at home!

  • Brittney McCullough
    Veterinary Assistant

    I was born in Louisville, KY and grew up watching and loving horse racing.  After a severe car accident, dogs played a significant role in my recovery and I have been passionate about them ever since.  I met my husband in 2005 and the Navy brought us to Norfolk.  We currently live in Moyock, NC with our twelve year old daughter, 12 year old Miniature Dachshund and 2 year old German Shorthair Pointer.  My dream of working in a veterinary clinic finally became a reality in 2016 here at East Beach Vet.

  • Amber Winters
    Lead Receptionist

    I  absolutely love working at East Beach Vet, and my favorite patients are the older and wiser ones!  I have several pets at home:  a Pug named 'Mimi'and a Chihuahua named 'Nemea'.  I have been at East Beach since April 2015 and have been working in animal hospitals since 2007.  I am a Norfolk native and my coworkers tell me one of my strengths is grace under pressure and compassion, especially toward the elderly pets.

  • Sheri Beshears
    Office Manager

    Early in 2016, Sheri came to work with us in her spare time as a veterinary receptionist.  She has led a colorful past in that she has been a hair stylist, animal control officer, 911 dispatch officer and has worked many years at Providence Square Vet in Kempsville, VA.  She and her husband Barry have celebrated their 21st Anniversary with their fur children Payton Potato Britches, Lily, Rudee and Scruffles (all rescues).

  • Renee Watson

    My homeland is absolutely the most beautiful island in the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.  In May of 2016 I earned my US Citizenship!  After extensive travel, I have landed in Virginia Beach and have stayed put here for the past 11 years. I have been working as a veterinary receptionist for over nine years.  I’ve acquired an associate’s degree in Business Management and I have an innate ability to relate to people and animals.  Well known for my cheery attitude and contagious smile, you can see me running the trails at First Landing with my handsome German Shepherd, Sir Ranger Charles.  Together, Ranger Charles and I have completed many races and have enjoyed a few mud runs just for fun. We are looking forward to many more in the not too distant future.

  • Donalyn Lawrence
    Receptionist and Assistant

    I lived in Boston my whole life until 2014 then moved to Norfolk where my husband is stationed.  I love it here!  I'm fairly new to the veterinary world but have had a passion for working with animals ever since I was a kid.  I started taking veterinary assistant classes in 2014, fell in love, and have been working in veterinary hospitals ever since.  Helping animals and their loving owners is my favorite part of my day, and I hope to further my knowledge to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  When I;m not at work, I'm hanging out with my two chocolate labs Lenny and Goose.  We love the beach (especially swimming and fetching) and spend a lot of time hiking and running the trails of   First Landing.  They are my world!

  • Lisa Ablang

    I graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Biology.  I have been a vet assistant since 2007 and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences.  I have attended many classes to one day become a licensed Veterinary Technician.  I reside in Virginia Beach with my cat, Sushi, dachshund, Griffon and my pomeranian, Grizzley  During my free time, I love going to the beach, going to theme parks, and spending time with my family.

  • Lindsey Magruder

    Lindsey joined our team in March of 2018 after several years working in a veterinary dermatology practice and helping in an emergency practice.  Though she hadn't been part of general medicine for some time, she quickly refreshed and has proven herself invaluable.  She is a Virginia Beach native and lives with her husband Matt and three fur babies - Bentley, Cappy and Aayla.   With three large Retrievers you can find Lindsay strolling around with them in her Jeep...likely headed to the beach!  Please say 'Hello' when you get a chance!  

  • Breanna Chewey

    I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Virginia Beach in 2013. I have always loved animals of all kinds and joined the East Beach team in June 2018 after graduating from James Madison University. Working here has helped me rediscover my lifelong passion for helping animals and educating their owners, and I hope to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the future. In my spare time, you can find me hiking, climbing, and walking on the beach with my golden retriever, Brandi.

  • Olivia Wakefield

    I was born and raised in Southeast Missouri on a 500-acre farm.  Through out my childhood I competed in rodeos.  Growing up with animals taught me compassion and made me a better person.  In 2016 I married my husband and we moved to Charleston, SC.  In 2017, our family grew.  We welcomed our daughter Paisley.  In addition to our daughter we have four fur babies.  Rosie, Keanai, Knitten and Entei.  In late May my husband got new orders to Norfolk.  Although we have not been here long we’ve quickly made it our home.

  • Jessica Gwaltney

    Born and raised in Maine, I met my husband, Erick in the Army in 2009 and have been living in Virginia ever since.  I graduated Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA in biology and am currently taking classes to become a licensed veterinary technician.  When I’m not at work asking animals for kisses, I enjoy running and snuggling with my two dogs, Maggie and Duke.  



  • Valerie Rosenau

    Born in Ewa Beach Hawaii but raised in Northern Virginia. I moved to Norfolk to pursue my bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University. I will be graduating in the Summer of 2019 with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. When I am not studying for school I enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my boyfriend Anthony and our pets. I have a rescued pitbull named Kylie and a naughty cat named Fred.

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