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Julie Cole, DVM

       Dr. Cole grew up in upstate NY and graduated from Oklahoma State Veterinary School in 1998. She has been an owner of the practice since 2011, and is beloved by many of our clients. She spends her free time at her hobby farm with her husband and two beautiful children, and enjoys gardening. Her four-legged family includes three horses, two donkeys, chickens, and a menagerie of dogs and cats.


Lynn Frye, DVM

          Dr. Frye has been a part of Gateway Animal Hospital almost since it's inception. While mostly retired, he can still be found around the hospitals most days, mentoring surgeries, greeting clients and enjoying his legacy. He thoroughly enjoys his grandchildren and loves getting to be a big part of their lives. 


Erin Bradley, DVM

        Dr. Bradley is a native of Delaware.  She received her B.S. from Virginia Tech in Animal and Poultry Sciences in 2006 and then her D.V.M. from Oklahoma State University in 2010.  She has been with Gateway Animal Hospital ever since.  She lives locally with her husband, two children, three cats and three dogs.  She enjoys the outdoors and watching the Hokies play on Saturdays in the fall.


Emily Brown, DVM

          Dr. Brown (pictured here with her dog Bailey) is a native of West Virginia, a WVU alumni and graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary School. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and kayaking, reads epic fantasy novels and has been known to sharpen her surgical skills with a controller and a video game. She has two adorable lab mixes, Bailey and Mia. She enjoys learning new surgeries and does the vast majority of our orthopedic surgeries here.  She also loves to go out in the field and see our horse patients. Her sense of humor and kindness make her a favorite of our staff.


Benjamin Litwack, DVM

       Dr. Benjamin Litwack loves to see the pets you care for; from guinea pigs to Great Danes. Dr. Litwack was raised on his grandfather's farm in a rural corner of southern New Jersey and spent his childhood enamored with animals. He completed his undergraduate education at American University and later earned his DVM from Virginia Tech. He has special interests in surgery, chronic disease management and end-of-life care, and loves to see scaled, feathered and small furry patients. He aspires to keep pigeons, chickens, and bees and can talk at length about these. Dr. Litwack is recently married to a classmate of his from veterinary school (Dr. Rich) and together they care for three dogs, two cats, a corn snake and a horse. Outside of work, Dr.Litwack has a passion for gardening, cooking, all things outdoors, and you can occasionally find him accompanying his wife on horseback in Kanawha State Forest. 


Melissa Rich, DVM

        Dr. Melissa Rich is an Associate Veterinarian here at North Gateway Animal Hospital and is happy to see your animals both small and large. Originally from Northern Maryland, she grew up trail riding, showing horses, and raising chickens and geese. She completed her undergraduate education at Gettysburg College, during which she worked at a nearby farm and grew to love caring for farm animals. Dr. Rich completed her veterinary education at Virginia Tech, where she developed interests in low-stress companion animal handling, reproductive work (small and large animals), dentistry and geriatric care. In her spare time, she loves to devour novels, go for a good gallop on her horse (Piper), cook foods from all over the world, hike with her three chihuahuas and spend time with her husband, Dr. Litwack.


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