Dr. Redding’s love of animals began with the family cats and dogs he grew up with in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He also developed a love of large animals when he was young, regularly helping to care for horses at a family friend’s horse farm. Dr. Redding moved to northern Virginia during high school and volunteered at the White Oak Animal Hospital where he had the opportunity to observe procedures and surgeries, solidifying his interest in veterinary medicine. He attended Michigan State University for his undergraduate education and graduated with a B.S. in Zoology with a concentration in Herpetology and went on to attend veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, graduating in 2006.

Dr. Redding moved to the Hampton Roads area in 2008 to start his career as a veterinarian at Banfield in Virginia Beach. In 2010 he left Banfield and spent time working as a relief doctor and completed his acupuncture training on small and large animals, becoming a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) in January of 2010. In 2011 he became the associate veterinarian at Boulevard Veterinary Hospital for Integrative Healing in Norfolk and treated small animal and exotic patients with both traditional medicine and veterinary acupuncture. While practicing at Boulevard he continued his eastern veterinary education and became a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH) and a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT) in 2012 through the Chi Institute. Dr. Redding purchased and became Chief of Staff of Hickory Veterinary Hospital in July of 2013. Dr. Redding is excited to bring Eastern medicine, veterinary acupuncture and exotic pet exams to the service offerings at Hickory and looks forward to continuing to expand the hospital in the coming years.

Dr. Redding shares his home with Red, his “Florida Brown dog” and Flame, his horse. In his free time he enjoys spending time with Red and Flame, gardening, watching football and playing trivia.


Born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Dr. Klemm spent his early life in Nashville, Tennessee. The son of an Air Force Pilot and a nurse, he moved frequently and lived in a wide range of places including Florida, Texas and Arkansas. Despite the constant moving as a child, Klemm never felt alone because of the constant companionship of his pets. Combining his love for animals with his interest in medicine, Klemm decided on veterinary medicine as a career.

After graduating from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Klemm came to Virginia to practice in the Churchland Animal Hospital. In 1985 he purchased his own practice in Suffolk. In 1992, he and his wife, Annette, moved to Atlanta to be closer to family. Feeling the tug back to Virginia, he returned to Chesapeake in 2003 and purchased the Island Wharf practice before opening Hickory Veterinary Hospital in June of 2006.

In his spare time, Dr. Klemm enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with family.

Our Staff

Beth Hammes – Practice Manager

Hickory Veterinary Hospital was proud to welcome Beth Hammes as Practice Manager in July 2015. Beth’s background includes 14 years as the Practice Manager of a Virginia Beach veterinary hospital. Her educational background is in accounting, but she found true love in the field of veterinary medicine. Beth has two spoiled cats, Kit Kat and Lucy Myrtle, who are wonderful at home, but not very nice to the hospital team. She also has two rescued Chiweenies, Bailey and Moji. She loves working with clients and pets, striving to keep all family members happy and healthy. In her free time, Beth enjoys playing with her elementary-school-age son and her husband. You may bump into them at Busch Gardens during the summer. She is also an avid video-gamer and likes anything featuring zombies!

Wendy Proulx – Lead Licensed Veterinary Technician

Wendy Proulx moved from Maryland to Virginia in July 2015 and Hickory Veterinary Hospital was lucky enough to add an amazing Licensed Veterinary Technician to our family. Wendy has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island and is also a Registered Veterinary Technician in Maryland. Wendy is a military wife, and has worked at six veterinary hospitals in six different states (RI, MI, NY, MD, TN, VA) over the past 18 years. She has worked with all types of animals, including exotics and large animals. Wendy has a residential zoo consisting of Cutter the Corgi mix, Mango, Skipper, and Buoy the long-haired cats and Brady and Bruschi the short-haired cats. Her family also has a turtle, crayfish, and fish. Wendy’s favorite pet is the Savannah Cat. In her spare time, Wendy loves traveling, being outdoors, going to amusement parks, and spending time with her two sons and her husband of 16 years. Her goal is to continue working in the veterinary field until her husband retires from the Coast Guard, and then she wants to move to Florida to work in marine rescue.

Tara Black – Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tara Black joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital in August 2015 bringing fourteen years’ experience in the veterinary field. She graduated Blue Ridge Community College in 2009 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Tara is one of the few people who can honestly say she has met her career and life goals, boasting a Veterinary Technician license and creating memories with a happy, healthy family. Tara’s family shares their home with one dog, Bella, and four cats, Chopper, Meow, Dexter, and Wrigley. Her favorite animals are dolphins, tigers, and all cats. Her hobbies include swimming, scrap-booking, any activity involving sunshine, and spending time with her Navy husband of more than a decade and their two beautiful girls.

April Mosco – Lead Receptionist

April Mosco is one of the most recognizable faces in Hickory Veterinary Hospital, working at the front desk since August 2013. She was promoted to the Front Desk Supervisor in 2015. April started her career pursuing a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and took courses in animal care, animal psychology, pet nutrition, and veterinary support. She has also been training pets privately for 10 years and was the head trainer at a service dog organization. April is extremely passionate about rescue and takes an active role with rescue and advocacy groups. At home, April has three dogs, Kairos, Zeus, and Loki. Zeus is a super special, three-legged Great Dane. April also shares her home with 2 cats, Minnie and O’Malley, 3 Chinchillas; Hewey, Dewey, and Lewey, Rosabell the Ball Python, 8 chickens, two school-aged boys, and one husband, Daniel. What little free time April has is spent reading, playing racquetball, and participating in dog sports. Her favorite animals are dogs and sharks!

Amber Distin – Lead Boarding, Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist, Hospital Marketing

Amber Distin has worked in the veterinary field for over 7 years, and began working at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in August 2015. She moves all over the place, so you may see her at the front desk as a Receptionist, in an exam room as a Veterinary Assistant, in the fileroom working on hospital Marketing and Social Media, or performing her primary role as Boarding Supervisor. Amber has also been known to change lightbulbs, install signs, and keep the hospital clean and organized. She loves do-it-yourself projects, and you can see much of her handiwork throughout the hospital. She also organizes all the holiday decorations and team events. Ironically, as much as she loves cleaning, she loves four-wheeling and getting muddy. Amber has a Pitador (Pitbull / Labrador mix) named Rusty, who is an old man, but still a puppy at heart, and is always on the lookout for her favorite breed, the French Bulldog. Her ambition is to learn and grow in the veterinary field, and to eventually lead a practice. If you ever need help from Amber, she is easily bribed with pizza!

Angie Black – Receptionist

Angie Black joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital early in 2016, sharing years of experience from a Virginia Beach veterinary clinic. Angie’s passion is working with animals. If she won the lottery, she and her family would create a rescue group, traveling the world seeking pets in need of a safe home. In the meantime, Angie volunteers for the Chesapeake Humane Society. Angie’s favorite animal is the dog, especially the Pug, although she loves anything with paws. She is learning the joy of cat ownership with a black and white kitten, Pandie (short for Pandora). In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, shopping, wine tasting and travel. She also goes to flea markets and antique stores.

Kristin Boyd – Veterinary Assistant

Hickory Veterinary Hospital was pleased to welcome Kristin Boyd in March 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. Kristin has worked with and cared for all types of animals from small to large. Her history includes five years’ experience at a veterinary hospital in Stuarts Draft, VA where she performed any job the hospital needed, including Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist, Groomer, and Kennel Attendant. She loves all animals, but her passion is horses, and she enjoys spending her free time riding. She also crochets. Kristin’s at-home pet retreat includes 3 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 1 rabbit, and 1 snake.

Amber Estes – Veterinary Assistant, Boarding

Amber Estes joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital in August 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. Amber like variety and you may also see her working in Boarding or at the Front Desk. Amber’s veterinary history includes 6 years’ experience at a veterinary clinic in Virginia Beach. Her background is in automotive repair, but her American Pit-bull Terriers, Makoa and Bella, led her to a career in veterinary medicine, and she never looked back. In her free time, Amber enjoys camping, fishing, and hiking. She is also an exceptionally talented artist, although she is shy about sharing her work. Amber’s pet roster also includes a Quaker Parrot named Tiki.

Ashley Hernandez – Veterinary Assistant, Boarding

Ashley Hernandez began her employment with Hickory Veterinary Hospital in June 2014. She started her journey working in Boarding. She is currently a Veterinary Assistant, although she hasn’t given up all of her days in Boarding, enjoying the time she gets playing with the visiting pets. Ashley is currently enrolled to become a NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant and will be interning at emergency hospitals to explore other areas of veterinary care. Her prior experience includes fostering pets and volunteering for a horse training / rehoming program. Ashley’s passion is evident by the number and types of pets in her home. She has a Presa Canario Mastiff named Jackson, a Shepherd mix named Vada, a polydactyly Domestic Medium hair cat named Digit, a Domestic Shorthair cat named Sid, and 2 rats, Prue and Feta. Ashley’s hobbies include eating, archery, and reading. She loves bats, the only mammal that can fly, and is happy to share trivia. Ask her about the Bumblebee Bat, her favorite because they are teensy. She also appreciates foxes, who impress her as “cat-dogs” with their adaptability and intelligence.

Julie Loxley – Receptionist

Julie Loxley has been working with Hickory Veterinary Hospital since April of 2015 as a Receptionist, bringing 8 years veterinary experience with her. Julie is passionate about animal rescue, having volunteered for the Currituck SPCA and the SAD-SAC Foundation, a rescue group specializing in Bully breeds. Her favorite animals are dogs! At home, Julie’s family has Anakin, their “fat boy” DSH cat; Padawan, their “problem child” DSH cat; and Riggs, their rescued canine mix, who is still a puppy at age 2. She is also the mom of two great teenagers! When not at work, Julie loves arts and crafts, reading, and outdoor activities. Julie loves connecting with people through a mutual interest in the wellbeing of animals, and her friendliness and caring heart endear her to clients and her team.

Gayle Petrick – Receptionist

Gayle Petrick officially began working as a receptionist for Hickory Veterinary Hospital in July 2014, although she had worked with Hickory as a client for a year prior. Gayle’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music from the University of Akron. Gayle has had dogs since she was a child. She trains and competes with her dogs in conformation, obedience, rally obedience, agility, herding, lure coursing, and barn hunt events. She is an AKC Breeder of Merit, complying with health testing, registration, and lifelong follow up with every puppy from every litter she’s ever produced. She is active with Cardigan Corgi Rescue, and national and regional Cardigan Corgi clubs, and is a member and trainer/teacher at Merrimac Dog Training Club. Her favorite animal, if forced to pick just one, is the dog, and Gayle currently owns five Cardigan Welsh Corgis: Reba, Whisper, Daphne, Luna, and Duffy. In her free time, Gayle enjoys working out at the gym, cheering for University of Notre Dame football teams as a lifelong fan, and when time allows, would like to return to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

Rachel Reel – Receptionist, Boarding

Rachel Reel accepted a position with Hickory Veterinary Hospital in August 2015 as a Receptionist. Rachel’s work history is in Bakery Management, but she always had a dog growing up and wanted to work in the veterinary field. She has since expanded her role to include Boarding. Rachel loves cleaning, organizing, and caring for pets, making Hickory her perfect home. Rachel has a Pitbull mix, Belle, and two cats, Oliver and Kimbra. When not at work, she loves to read, sing, and watch too much TV. Her favorite things are music of all kinds and kittens! Rachel is one of the reasons clients enjoying coming to Hickory. She is always smiling, always wearing pink, and tells everyone that she loves her job and her teammates are awesome!

Torii Rodgers – Veterinary Assistant

Torii Rodgers has more than 3 years’ experience in the veterinary field. Her background is in photography with an Associate Degree in Photography, specializing in Medical Photography. She spent two months as a photographic intern at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, leading to her passion for the veterinary field. She has worked as a Veterinary Assistant for Hickory Veterinary Hospital since April 2014. Torii loves taking care of animals. Exotics are her favorite patients, but she loves puppy dog kisses and purring kitties, too. Her favorite animals are sharks, sea turtles, dinosaurs, and sloths. Most residential areas do not allow such pets, so Torii lives with her cats Panda, Charlie, and Highway; her rabbit, Nermal; and her rescue dog, Anna Molly. Torii loves the outdoors, enjoying camping, hiking, the beach, traveling, and driving her Jeep. She also likes to relax with her family and take long naps. Her goal is to explore new places and then settle down on a lot of land, increasing her family to include chickens, mini pigs, ducks, and any other animals lucky enough to be in her care.

Erin Fowles – Receptionist, Boarding

Erin Fowles is brand new to veterinary medicine as of 2016, although she exhibits the main requirement for success in the field. She enjoys getting to know animals and loves spending time with them.  As a child, Erin rescued a baby raccoon and has always had pets in her life.  Erin grew up in Hampton Roads, attending Great Bridge schools, and graduating one year early with an advanced diploma.  Her life goals are to find balance, happiness, and stability.  She also wants to travel to England to see where her father, Peter, grew up.  During her free time, she likes going to concerts, fishing, DIY projects, painting, and taking trips to new places.  Her favorite animals are penguins, elephants, snakes, horses, cats, and dogs, and she currently lives with Piper, her 14 year old cat.  She looks forward to adding a snake and a Bull Terrier to her home.