LeAnna Chupp – Office Manager

My name is LeAnna Chupp. I have been the Practice Manager at Eastridge Animal Hospital since it opened in September 1998. I started working in the veterinary field in 1989 as a kennel assistant when I was fifteen years old because of my love for animals. I live with my husband Jess and our two children Kendall and Rylan. We have several pets which include two dogs Carley and Piper, a guinea pig named Cookie, and 3 goats Lucky Girl, Smith and Wesson. In my spare time I like to read and spend time with my family.

Cindy Freiberger – Vet Technician

My name is Cindy Freiberger. I have worked as a veterinarian technician at Eastridge Animal Hospital since 1998. My areas of interest include surgery, lab and critical care. I live in Clover, SC with my husband Lewis. We have two dogs, Pearl and Rose, and a horse named Kruise. In my spare time I enjoy reading and trips to the mountains.

Shannon Branham – Receptionist

My name is Shannon Branham. I have been working at Eastridge since 2004. I am cross-trained to work in all areas of the hospital. My love for animal rescue and fostering medical/special needs pets led to my job here. I live in Gastonia with my husband, Shawn. We have 2 children Colton and Marah. We have 4 dogs Annie, Maggie, Dottie and Ellie . Also cats named Annabelle, Boo Mac and Munchkin. In my free time aside from my pets, I enjoy attending my daughters travel softball games, RV camping anywhere there is water or mountains, and recently have started learning how to garden.

Samantha Starcher –

Vet Technician

My name is Samantha Starcher. I graduated from Gaston College in the spring of 2015 from the Veterinarian Technology Program. I have worked in the veterinarian field for several years. I have a horse Freckles, 3 cats Batman, Nala and Kali, along with a guinea pig named Cocoa Chanel. My hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, and horseback riding.

Mickie Nelson

My name is Mickie Nelson. I have worked at Eastridge Animal Hospital as a veterinarian assistant for several years. When not caring for my pets, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my grandchildren, and having an active role in my church. 

                                                                             Kirah Gupta

My name is Kirah Gupta.  I have worked at Eastridge Animal Hospital as a  veterinarian assistant for 2 years.  I live in Belmont with my husband Raja and a son named Nolan.  I have 3 dogs Zena, Daisy and Blue.  My hobbies are spending time with my family, reading and I enjoying being outdoors.

                                                  Courtney Williamson

My name is Courtney Williamson.  I recently started working at Eastridge Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant. I have a german shepard named Cooper and a cat named Nala.

                                                      Wanda Zahnow

My name is Wanda Zahnow.  I have also recently started working at Eastridge Animal Hospital as a receptionist.  I live in Gastonia with my husband Rene' and my son Joshua.  I have six cats named Tootsie, Possum, Holly, Sammie, Fluffy and Sugar.  My hobbies include reading, swimming and enjoying time with my family. 


  • Talia Noble
    'I love coming to work everyday! Ever since I started working here at Anderson Vet Clinic I have been reading and learning as much as I can about pet health and well being. Now my pets and I are living a healthier life and can pass my knowledge and experience to other families so they too can discover wellness!'
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  • Marina Mason
    'When I made the decision that I wanted to join the Anderson Vet Clinic team, Dr. Anderson really took me under his wing and helped me invest myself wholeheartedly. Since then, I've been helping pet owners make healthier choices and living a healthier life with their pets.'
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