Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
Andrew Adezio, DVM
Dr. Adezio originally is from southern New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa before attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing his clinical year at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine he went on to complete a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Adezio has a special interest in radiology, exotic and emergency medicine. In his free time, Dr. Adezio enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and spending time his time with 3 dogs and 3 cats and girlfriend Dr. Courtney Johnson of OSVS.
Shale Bushnell, DVM
Dr. 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
Hailing 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 retriever, Norman, is also an Eagles fan and gets excited to put on his jersey for game days.
Ashley Erbe, DVM
Dr. 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
After 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
Dr. 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.
Lauren Incorvaia, DVM
Dr. Incorvaia originally hails from the great state of New Jersey. She earned her undergraduate degree in animal behavior and Italian from Franklin and Marshall College. After spending a few years traveling and doing ornithological research, she went on to veterinary school at Cornell University. She then completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists and accepted a position as a staff emergency clinician. Her professional interests include neurology, trauma, and pediatric medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Incorvaia enjoys reading, cooking breakfast for dinner, getting lost in the woods, and spoiling her rescue mutt, Dottie, and saucy feline, Lizzard.
Ann Klocke, VMD
Dr. 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.
Taylor LaFountain, DVM
Dr. LaFountain grew up in Massachusetts. She earned her undergraduate degree in veterinary science and veterinary technology from Becker College in Worcester, MA. She then went on to explore the world and received her veterinary degree from Ross University. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists and stayed on as an emergency clinician. Her professional interests include toxicities, respiratory disease and communication.
In her free time, Dr. LaFountain enjoys reading, painting, outdoor yoga and spending time with her family. She has 2 cats, Granger and Luna, and a dog, Pixie.
Emily Manriquez, DVM
Dr. Manriquez is originally from Connecticut and completed her undergraduated degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She then earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists and stayed on as an emergency clinician.
In her free time, Dr. Manriquez enjoys art, antiquing and hiking with her dog Riley and fiancé Mike.
Nicholas Medeiros, DVM
Lindsey Miller, DVM
Dr. 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
Dr. 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
Dr. 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.
Kristi Thomas, DVM
Hailing 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, DVM
Dr. Van Loon originally hails from Michigan. She received a bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school Dr. Van Loon went on to complete a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. Dr. Van Loon enjoyed her time on the east coast and joined OSVS and BSVES on early 2014. Her professional interests include trauma and emergency medicine.
When she is not working, Dr. Van Loon enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, bad movies, and travelling. She loves living near the ocean and shares her home with her best friend, the amazing dog Teddy.
Kristin Vyhnal, DVM
Dr. Kristin Vyhnal grew up in Northern California, then moved east to Ithaca, New York to study at Cornell University for her bachelors and veterinary medicine degrees. She completed a rotating internship here at Ocean State, then held a variety of positions in emergency and general practice in Chicago, Colorado, and Ontario Canada. She is thrilled to be back at Ocean State, working with specialists and outstanding emergency clinicians, as she prepares to return to school for a residency in veterinary pathology. Dr. Vyhnal's clinical interests include exotics, behavior, and immune-mediated diseases. When not at work, she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, bird watching, and running with Miss Bossy, her pit bull terrier.
Jennifer Washburn, DVM
Dr. Washburn is originally from Rhode Island. She graduated from St. Matthew's University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Following graduation, Dr. Washburn completed an emergency only internship at the University of Georgia. She has a special interest in canine rehabilitation and is currently working on becoming certified by the University of Tennessee.
In her free time, Dr. Washburn enjoys spending time with her mixed breed dog, Raisin, and her two cats, Shadow and Sheldon. She also enjoys spending time outside and traveling.
Devon Young, DVM
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.