Dr. Sandra Stacey, Owner of Willow Grace Veterinary Hospital
A Delaware native, Dr. Stacey has always loved animals, and her family was confident her collection of
‘critters’ and her love of animals would guide her career path. Dr. Stacey grew up in Smyrna, Delaware,
and attended West Chester University…
Dr. Alyssa Sharkey, DVM
Dr. Sharkey completed her undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College with a B. A. in
Biology in 2010. She then attended The University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Oklahoma State University
School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her veterinary degree in 2014…
Dr. Courtney Lester, DVM
Dr. Lester has had a love for animals as long as she can remember. Her fondest memory as a young girl was completing a Therapy Dogs International training course with her neighbor’s dog, Windy. She had a very special bond with Windy since she did not have any animals of her own……
Dr. Jenni Smagala, DVM
Dr. Smagala completed her undergraduate degree at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Biology. She then attended Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in Lafayette, Indiana. After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Smagala completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Newark Animal Hospital…..
Kimberly Garber, LVT
Kim was born and raised in Delaware and has always had a passion for animals. As a small child, she had
always said she wanted to work with them. In high school, she worked at a kennel and was a receptionist
at a general practice veterinary hospital……
Melanie Schmidt, LVT
Melanie is a native of Delaware and is passionate about her career in veterinary medicine. She began her
career as a receptionist and soon decided to pursue training to become a licensed veterinary
Elizabeth Grimminger, LVT
Liz is a lifelong resident of Delaware, originally residing in Milford. Liz graduated from Delaware
Technical Community College with her Associates in Veterinary Technology and became a Licensed
Veterinary Technician (LVT) in 2013……
Nicole Eierman, LVT
Nicole grew up in Delaware and always had a love and passion for animals. She had many pets growing up
and would try and bring home ones in need. Nicole always knew she wanted to work with animals……
Sandy Lind, LVT
Sandy was born in New Jersey but has lived in Delaware for the past 19 years. She began her career in laboratory medicine working in a hospital chemistry lab. For almost 30 years, she held positions in sales, customer service and management with DuPont, Dade Behring and Siemen’s Healthcare……
Ashley Fuflis, LVT
Ashley was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved to Delaware in 2022 following her military boyfriend. She graduated from Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH and received her Associates Degree in Veterinary Science and became a licensed veterinary technician in 2016 after passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)…….
Gillian (Jill) Chapin, LVT
Jill grew up in Delaware and knew she always wanted to pursue a career in animal care. She graduated with her B.S. in Applied Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 2008…….
Becky McEntee, Assistant
Becky was born and raised in Maryland and then moved to Delaware 13 years ago. She has been in the veterinary field for 8 years and loves every minute of it. Everyday is different and brings new and exciting challenges.
Sarah Clarke, Assistant
Sarah has lived in Delaware for the past 10 years but resided in New Jersey and New York growing up. She Graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 and received her Bachelors Degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences, with a minor in Equine Science….
Megan Taylor, Assistant
Megan is from Smyrna, Delaware. Growing up, she always had animals, including a baby Robin, wild rabbits, horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and geese. She has always wanted to be in a field where caring for animals’ safety and well-being was the first priority……
Emily Gordon, Assistant
Emily was born and raised in Delaware and is currently attending the University of Delaware as a pre-veterinary medicine major with a minor in equine sciences. She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2025 with hopes to become a small animal veterinarian…..
Erika Phelps, Office Manager
We would like to welcome Erika Phelps to our Willow Grace Team. Erika has been a Delaware resident all
her life and comes from a blended family of five siblings……
Asha Manikyath, Client Services
Asha was born and raised in New Jersey but moved to Delaware in 2015. She has been involved in the pet
Hilary Gralewski, Client Services
Hilary joined our team at the end of June 2022 as a Client Service Representative and although she is new to the veterinary field, animals hold a special place in her heart! Hilary has been a resident of Cecil County her whole life and married her husband, Ray, in 2007…..
Stefanie Whetsell, Client Services
Stefanie came to Willow Grace Veterinary Hospital after serving two years as a client services coordinator (and later supervisor) at a local emergency vet, although much of her professional careerhas been spent managing a family-owned optometrist’s office back home in her native Scranton, PA….
Jessica Davis, Client Services
Jess is a born and raised Delawarean. She grew up with one older sister who she has always looked up to. Jess has always had a love for animals and finally talked her parents into getting their very first dog, Tally, a chocolate lab in 2012….
Kate Przywara, LVT, Client Services
Kate is originally from New Jersey and now resides in Delaware. She has been in veterinary medicine for the past 15 years. Kate has worked as a veterinary technician in general practice, emergency medicine, oncology and most recently ophthalmology.
Kate has a passion for bright colors, glitter, all animals (but especially the hairless kind) and pet’s with faces only a mother could love. She married her wife, Michelle, in 2021 and together they have a menagerie of animals including a hairless cat named Calamari, three furry cats: Sushi, Sir Edgar Allan Purrogi and The Baron von Meatball Parmesan III. They also have three dogs: Cara, Lord Mushu Noodles (who may actually be a large muppet) and a tiny blind dog named Gouda.
She is super excited to join friends new and old at Willow Grace!