When of a nature that can be dealt with using limited staff are sometimes accommodated. Most emergencies are best treated by the Peninsula Animal Referral Center, a state of the art, fully staffed, after-hours facility located in Tabb, 5-1/2 miles south of GAH on Highway 17.

Peninsula Animal Referral Center
1120 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17)
Telephone: 757-874-8115

Meet our Veterinary Staff

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Practice Manager

Caroline Parkhill

Caroline joined the GAH team in July 2018. Caroline grew up in Virginia but left home to explore the world – living in Germany, Korea, Oklahoma, California, and Texas. She recently returned home to Virginia to be closer to her family. Caroline graduated from the University of Maryland and worked in the IT field for 15 years before following her passion and joining the veterinary field. She enjoys gardening and cooking in her spare time, as well as relaxing with her crew of senior dogs and cats at home.

Veterinary Technicians


Beth joined the GAH staff in April 2010. Originally from Maryland, she now lives in the Gloucester area. She has been working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician since graduating from Blue Ridge Community College in 1989. Away from work she enjoys reading and working her dogs in obedience and agility classes. She has 2 dogs, 3 cats, 4 ferrets and 3 reptiles.


Marissa grew up in Williamsburg and moved to Newport News in 2009. She attended the online veterinary technician program at Northern Virginia Community College and graduated in 2012, when she received her license. After working at a Williamsburg clinic for over 8 years, Marissa wanted to work closer to home and was excited to joined the staff at Grafton in April 2016. She has a special interest in anesthesia and surgery. At home, Marissa spends time with her husband Robert, son Andrew and their 2 dogs, 3 cats, rabbit, bearded dragon and cockatiel. In her spare time when she’s not chasing everyone around the house, Marissa enjoys reading, music and crafts.

Veterinary Assistants


Emily joined our Grafton Animal Hospital team in early 2015. Although new to the field, she has a strong passion for animals and wants to pursue a career as a licensed veterinary technician. She loves seeing the variety of beautiful animals at GAH from day to day. In her free time, Emily loves relaxing at home with her fiancé and two dogs watching scary movies.






Deanna joined the Grafton Animal Hospital team in August of 2017. Originally from Texas, she is married to an Army soldier and has lived in Alaska, Tennessee and Alabama before moving to Virginia.

Deanna has 3 human children as well as her furry and feathered children. She has 2 dogs, Boss and Buddy, and 2 cats, Simba, Captain and Bailey. She also has backyard chickens.

Although she is a licensed phlebotomist, she is interested to learn much more about the veterinary field.

When not at work, Deanna enjoys camping, fishing, being outdoors and relaxing with family.

Professional Groomer


Carolyn has been with us as a groomer since 2001. Carolyn was born and raised in Upstate New York. She has a two year certificate of completion in Computer Science from B.O.C.E.S. in Flint, NY. She also attended F.L.C.C. in Canandaigua, NY for Business Administration. Her main interests are her son, Matthew, and hre daughter, Kelly. She really enjoys grooming pets! The challenging ones to the cooperative ones…dogs and cats alike! Seeing how great they look and feel after a bath and clip is her ultimate reward!

Kennel Attendants




Front Desk Supervisors


Ricky came to Grafton Animal Hospital in April of 2011. He was a little shy at first, but once he became more comfortable with us, he became one of the team. Ricky is a Congo African Grey Parrot. We think he is around 10 years old, but no one is for sure. He will sometimes put on a show of whistling, talking, singing and dancing and imitating sounds like telephones and coughing. Visit our Facebook page for an opportunity to see Ricky in action.

Staff Meeting Coordinators


Lucy joined the Grafton Animal Hospital reception team as the new Noisemaker bird in September 2016. After losing our long time mascot, Croaker, earlier that year, we learned of a young Quaker parrot available for adoption at the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter and decided she might be a good fit for the clinic. Lucy quickly made herself at home and before long, she was showing the staff who was really in charge. She is generally pretty friendly, so you will often see the staff holding her. But if you happen to hear a noise in the background that sounds like a rather annoying alarm clock, you may have caught Lucy in one of her tantrums. The next time you are at Grafton Animal Hospital, be sure to say “hello” to Lucy.

Daisy & Duke

Daisy and Duke joined the GAH team in June of 2009. They were stray kittens that needed a home, and Squeaks was in need of a brother or sister. After some convincing, we were able to keep both. If you haven’t seen our kittens roaming the clinic, it’s because they are still learning their way around. For now, they are great morale boosters that keep us entertained during our staff meetings.