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 three spoiled rescue cats, Kit Kat, Mow Mow, and Vallery, who are wonderful at home, but not very nice at the vet. She also has a rescue Chihuahua, Bailey. She loves working with clients and pets, striving to keep all family members happy and healthy. In her free time, Beth enjoys reading and playing games in the front yard with her family. You may bump into them at Busch Gardens most weekends. She is also an avid video-gamer and likes anything featuring zombies!

Wendy Proulx – Licensed Veterinary Technician / Medical Team Supervisor

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.

Amber Distin – Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

Amber Distin had worked in the veterinary field for over 7 years when she 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 or in an exam room as a Veterinary Assistant. Amber has also been known to change light bulbs, 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. Ironically, as much as she loves cleaning, she loves four-wheeling and getting muddy. Amber has a Boxer mix named Roxie, who joined her family as a puppy in 2017, and Amber 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 – Boarding Supervisor

Amber Estes joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital in August 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. Amber likes variety and accepted the Boarding Supervisor role in 2017. Amber’s veterinary history includes 6 years’ experience at a hospital in Virginia Beach prior to her joining the Hickory team. Her fur-babies include an older American Pitbull terrier named Makoa, Valkyrie the American Bully, and a Marmoset monkey named Diddle.  Amber loves animals of all sorts and sizes.  She has experience with multiple species, having owned reptiles (a red tail boa constrictor and a savannah monitor), birds (cockatiels, conures, and a Quarter parrot), and even tarantulas!

Julie Loxley – Reception Supervisor

Julie Loxley has been working with Hickory Veterinary Hospital as a Receptionist since April of 2015, bringing 8 years veterinary experience with her. In September 2017, she agreed to step up to the role of Reception Supervisor.  Julie gained a passion for animal rescue while volunteering for various organizations.  Her favorite animals are dogs!  Julie’s pets include Anakin, a “fat boy” DSH cat; Padawan, a “problem child” DSH cat; and Riggs, a rescued canine mix, who is still a puppy despite his actual age. She is a proud mom and enjoys motorcycle rides with her husband of over 20 years.   When not at work, Julie’s hobbies include doing crafts, writing, reading, and being outdoors. She 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 – Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

Rachel Reel accepted a position with Hickory Veterinary Hospital in August 2015 as a Receptionist and became a Veterinary Assistant in 2017. Rachel’s work history is in Bakery Management, but she always had a dog growing up and wanted to work in the veterinary field. 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 has a fun hair color, and tells everyone that she loves her job and her teammates are awesome!

Erin Fowles – Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

Erin Fowles is brand new to veterinary medicine as of 2016, although she exhibits the main requirement for success in the field, a love for all animals, furry, feathered, or scaled. 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.  She looks forward to adding a snake and a Bull Terrier to her home.

Jack Baugus- Boarding

Jack Baugus joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital as a volunteer in October 2017. Jack is an undergraduate at Regent University studying Biophysical Sciences, which he began immediately after graduating from a home school program. He requested a volunteer position to begin his preparatory work for veterinary school by learning from our amazing veterinarians! In January 2017, he accepted a position in our boarding department working hands-on with pets. He will continue to attend school 5 days per week, shadow our doctors three days per week, and care for pets in boarding every Saturday. Jack has significant experience in boarding having worked at a farm and volunteered at the Norfolk Animal Care Center. Jack has a Rottweiler named Gracie, Chloe the cat, and a ball python named Monty. His goals are to become a veterinarian specializing in large animal medicine, but Hickory has some time to sway him towards the joys of a small animal practice. In his free time, Jack enjoys fishing, going to the gun range, working on his car, and ballroom dancing. His favorite animal is the Armadillo Lizard.

Alyssa Moore – Veterinary Assistant

Alyssa Moore joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital in September 2017 as an intern of the Tidewater Community College Veterinary Assistant Program. We were so impressed with her skills and personality that we offered her a permanent position as a Veterinary Assistant. In addition to her educational background, Alyssa gained experience at home on her family’s ranch in Mississippi. They raised horses, cattle, and chickens. Alyssa intends to return to school to get her degree in Veterinary Technology, following her dream of becoming a Veterinary Technician. Her favorite animals are dogs and she owns an Akita named Kiku.

Kasey Blackler – Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

Kasey Blackler joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital in September 2017. She is currently a student in the Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College, having already earned a degree in Biology from Old Dominion University. Her education fits perfectly in the field of veterinary medicine, where she intends to stay for the remainder of her career. Kasey’s family includes a wonderful husband, a beautiful son, and her many, many pets. Her zoo currently includes two pitbull mixes and one kitty, although she has previously owned birds, horses, rodents, and turtles. Her favorite animal is the Siberian Tiger. In her spare time, you can find Kasey outdoors, participating in any number of adventures, such as hiking, boating, fishing, or softball. She’s recently picked up ziplining, so you may need to look for her in the trees!

Claudia Gomez – Receptionist

Claudia Gomez joined Hickory Veterinary Hospital in November 2017 with experience in the hardest and most noble profession there is…she is a mom. She graduated one year early from high school and is currently in college studying medical coding. Claudia has always loved animals and lives with a French Mastiff, a Rottweiler mix, and a Flemish rabbit. Her goals are to learn as much as she can to better herself in life, seeking a career rather than a job. In her free time, Claudia loves spending time with her kiddos, being around family, watching movies, and going out to new places.