Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Ocean State Veterinary Specialists

Emergency Veterinarians

Shale Bushnell, DVM

Shale BushnellDr. Bushnell graduated from veterinary school at the University of Florida in 2007. She then completed a rotating internship at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Massachusetts, prior to starting her employment at OSVS. Dr. Bushnell’s professional interests include internal medicine and critical care.

When she is not working, she spends her time remodeling her home and also enjoys other outdoor activities such as snow skiing and hiking. Dr. Bushnell shares her home with her husband, son, three cats, and two dogs.


Stacey L. Dworkin, VMD

Stacey L. DworkinHailing originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Dworkin graduated from Harvard University in 2001. Dr. Dworkin then pursued her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and continued on to complete a rotating internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in 2006. She has been practicing emergency medicine ever since and has a special interest in trauma, gastrointestinal crises, and emergency surgery.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Dworkin enjoys cooking and eating, listening to Motown and jazz, and anything that involves the Philadelphia Eagles or football in general. Her golden retrievers, Charlie and Norman, are also Eagles fans and get excited to put on their jerseys for game days.


Ashley Erbe, DVM

Ashley ErbeDr. Ashley Erbe completed both her undergraduate and Veterinary Curriculum at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Following graduation she completed a 1 year small animal rotating internship at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her internship Dr. Erbe moved to the Houston area with her husband Dr. Ryan Birks who is also a veterinarian. After a year at a private emergency practice in Houston, the family has moved to Massachusettes with golden retriever Chelsea, and corgi mix Lily.

In her free time Dr. Erbe enjoys reading, swimming, climbing, and spending time with family and friends.


Samantha Hmelo, DVM

Samantha HmeloAfter receiving a biology degree from Long Island University in 2006, Dr. Hmelo was accepted into the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated veterinary school in 2010 and continued on to complete a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Hmelo’s professional interests include emergency and critical care medicine as well as feline medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two lovable kitties, playing guitar, and being near the ocean.


Jenni Huelsman, DVM

Jenni HuelsmanDr. Huelsman received a degree in biology and neuroscience from Oberlin College. She then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Huelsman completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, where she met her spouse.

In Dr. Huelsman’s spare time she enjoys running, Les Mills exercise classes, and pit bulls. She lives in Providence with her spouse, her pit bulls, Sarah Jane, Yorkie, and Louis, as well as two black cats, Junebug and Jitterbug.


Ann Klocke, VMD

Ann KlockeDr. Klocke is originally from the Philadelphia area. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Georgetown University prior to attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed a rotating internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital located just outside of Boston. Dr. Klocke has a special interest in emergency soft tissue surgery and in the future she would like to find time to pursue a certification in acupuncture.

Dr. Klocke divides her time between OSVS and BSVES. When not at work, she spends time with her cat, Thomas, and her Australian Cattle Dog mix, Pandora, both of whom are rescued pets. She loves to cook and is always trying new recipes. She also enjoys live music, road biking, and traveling.


Lindsey Miller, DVM

Lindsey MillerDr. Miller is originally from Massachusetts. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and graduated from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Miller completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists. After completing her internship, Dr. Miller elected to stay on staff in order to further advance her skills in emergency medicine. Dr. Miller splits her time between OSVS and BSVES.

Her special interests include trauma and critical care medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Miller enjoys cooking, particularly working with locally grown fruits and vegetables. She enjoys traveling, spending time outside, and hiking with her dogs, Jack and Lou, as well as curling up with a good book and her two sweet cats.


Meredith Nelson, DVM

Meredith NelsonDr. Nelson grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. She received her BA in biology from Cornell University, and then worked for three years as a veterinary technician before attending Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for her DVM. Dr. Nelson participated in a one-year rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina, before returning to New England in 2011 to take a position at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.

Her interests include neurology and avian/exotics medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Nelson enjoys snowshoeing, baking, singing, watching classic movies, and spending time with her three orange tabbies and two bearded dragons.


Shelly Pancoast, DVM

Shelly PancoastDr. Pancoast grew up around the corner in Seekonk and Rehoboth, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University before attending Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she completed a one-year internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She then spent two years in general practice both in Connecticut and Boston before going on to complete a specialty combined internship in cardiology and emergency and critical care at Tufts V.E.T.S in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Her professional interests include cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency and critical care. In her free time, Dr. Pancoast enjoys traveling, cooking, running, and spending time with her husband and extended family, including her two cats.


Les Shatkin, VMD

Les ShatkinDr. Les Shatkin discovered her love of emergency medicine while in veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. She realized that was what she wanted to practice exclusively during her rotating internship at The Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Virginia. Her interests include feline medicine, shock and acute trauma.

She has just moved from Boston, where she grew up in Massachusetts, to East Greenwich. Outside of work she enjoys her two big kitties, travelling and recently returned from a Yoga Teacher Training Program in India.


Kristi Thomas, DVM

Kristi ThomasHailing originally from the shores of Lake Michigan, Dr. Thomas attended veterinary school at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine after completing her bachelor’s degree there in zoology. She then went on to complete a small animal emergency and surgery rotating internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital just outside of Boston. Dr. Thomas’ primary professional interest is in small animal emergency and critical care medicine, but she enjoys emergency surgery and treating pocket pets as well.

Dr. Thomas enjoys spending her free time with her many pets (two dogs, two cats, two rabbits, and two guinea pigs—all adopted or rescued animals) and also enjoys the outdoors, reading, gardening, cooking, and traveling. She joined the staff at OSVS and BSVES in August 2008.


Jessica Van Loon

Jessica Van Loon


Devon Young, DVM

Devon Young

Dr. Devon Young received her bachelors of music in performance from Ithaca College and bachelors of science in pathobiology and veterinary science from the University of Connecticut. She spent a few years teaching oboe lessons, studying ballet and tap, and working as a veterinary technician in Connecticut before Ithaca lured her back and she completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University. She completed the rotating internship at OSVS and is thrilled to join the ranks of the staff doctors of the Emergency Service, spending time at both OSVS and BSVES. Dr. Young's special interests include exotic pets and dermatology.

Dr. Young still plays the oboe (much to the dismay of her cats, rabbit, and fiancé) and tries to dance whenever possible. She also loves the beach, rock climbing, hiking, pirate museums, and running.