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The Hospitals Wouldn't Run Without Each Member of Our Team


Meet the Friendly Faces of North Gateway Animal Hospital in Charleston!

Sunny- Office Manager

Sunny is the glue that holds us all together. She started here as a receptionist in 2012 and became office manager in 2017. She has two fur babies, Roxie the cat and Georgia Belle, the terrier; as well as a significant other of 5.5 years, Eric. Sunny's favorite things about working here (besides sweet puppy breath), is seeing the staff grow into their positions and succeed as a team. She loves cooking and creating new dishes and sharing them with her friends and family. She also likes traveling, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and WVU Football! She loves seeing the accomplishments of her beautiful daughter faith who is in her 1st year of college at Glenville State.


Nicole Hutzell- Vet Assistant at Gateway (and occasionally North Gateway!)

Nicole is from Linden, VA. She went to Concord University in Southern WV  and majored in Biology. She owns an English Pointer, Scout, who she will be training this Spring to trial and hunt birds. She loves working at the veterinary hospitals because her coworkers are great and she gets to see a plethora of cases due to the "walk-in" nature of the clinics. The feelings you get after helping animals get and stay healthy are rewarding! Besides animals, sports have been a passion of hers since she was little, she played volleyball and softball throughout highschool and volleyball through college. She hopes to become a veterinarian, and is currently in the application process!

Amber Elswick- Vet Assistant at North Gateway

From St. Albans, Amber has two cats- Chance and Mocha who are very sweet and cuddly. Amber likes working at North Gateway Animal Hospital because she likes helping other people's fur babies. She enjoys just about everything around the clinic, and in her spare time likes to paint, color and take photographs of the local waterfalls.

Madi McDerment- Vet Assistant

Madi has been an excellent addition to our team here and lightens our days with her sense of humor. She can often be found cuddling our post-surgical patients or our hospital cats that need a little TLC. She is from Boone County and has two cats named Mr. Kitty and Ms. Kitty. She likes working with the animals and her work family. She is currently in school learning to be a Veterinary Technician!

Elizabeth- Groomer, Vet Assistant, Receptionist

Elizabeth is another of our multi-talented girls who wears many hats around here. She is originally from North Carolina and has a whole slew of pets: Maybell & Oscar, the mini dachshunds; and Jack, Jill, Heaven & Grayson, her domestic shorthair cats. Elizabeth loves her job; in particular she likes being able to work with animals and have the opportunity to help make other people's fur babies healthier and prettier! She is an all-around kinda girl and is soon expecting her first child, a little girl.

Brenda- Receptionist, Vet Assistant

Brenda is from Elkview and is a wonderful recent addition to our team. She has three fur babies: Josie, Jake and Princess (all rescues). She loves animals and working at a job that helps them is the best job she could imagine! Outside of work, she likes to garden, travel & read and works with an animal rescue group, New Hope Animal Rescue.

Ginger Hurley- Vet Assistant, Receptionist, Groomer

Ginger does an incredible amount around both hospitals, though mostly stays at North Gate. She is a client favorite and is from Bluefield Virginia and has four fur babies; Lulu, Lil Bit, Chewy and Cassie. Ginger is in school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, and is one of our mainstays at the hospital. She loves that our clinic has a family atmosphere. She loves learning new things and has dedicated her life to doing anything she can to take care of all of the patients that come through here. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and her grandbaby.

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Hali Simmons- Vet Assistant at North Gateway

Hali is from Clay, WV and has a whole menagerie of animals! She has a 7 yr old German Shepherd (Max), a 3 year old American Bulldog (Tuff), a 2 yr old longhaired grey/white tabby (Bentlee), a  Red eared slider (Murdhole), button quails, chickens, ducks, and a chihuahua/jack russell (Groot). She loves working at the animal hospital because helping animals is her passion! She enjoys helping owners with their beloved pets, and seeing smiling faces and wagging tails. She loves to ride her dirtbike in her spare time, can train cats and is going to school to be a veterinary technician. She has  a stethoscope in her favorite color, blaze orange.

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