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 a dachshund named Pebbles, two boxers Carley and Gunner, a guinea pig named Cookie, a boer named goat Lucky Girl, a horse named Scarlett and 14 chickens. 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, my cat Tootie and horse 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 a poodle named Annie. Three boxers named Dottie, Ellie and Jesse. Also cats named Annabelle, Boo 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.

Kris Kenley – Receptionist

My name is Kris Kenley. I have worked in the veterinarian field for 22 years. As a receptionist I am able to interact with the pets and their owners. I live in Gastonia with my husband Mike and daughter Mabel. We have three dogs, Ruby, Max and Russell and two cats Baby Kitten and Sweetie Pie. My hobbies include shopping and spending time with friends.

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 2 years. I have a horse Freckles, a dog Rusty, 2 calico cats Nala and Kali, along with 2 guinea pigs Annie and Cocoa Chanel. My hobbies include reading, hiking, traveling, and horseback riding.

Hannah Englert

My name is Hannah Englert. I have worked at Eastridge Animal Hospital for a little over a year working as a veterinarian assistant. I have two dogs, Cooper and Marlee and enjoy hiking, reading and spending time on the lake.

Mickie Nelson

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

  • 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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  • "Went there for the first time today and could not have been more impressed by the level of care and love the entire staff showed my dog and me!! Dr. Melissa Chitu and her entire staff were fantastic, thorough and gentle. Thank you!!!"
    Anne-Bee M.

Featured Articles

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    Seasonal Care

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    Recognizing Illnesses

    Only a healthy pet is a happy companion. Assuring your pet's daily well-being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. The American Veterinary Medical Association therefore suggests that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs: * Abnormal ...

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    Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

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    Luxating Patella

    Luxating patella is a condition where the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal position. Luxating patella is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities of dogs, but it is only occasionally seen in cats. It may affect one or both of the knees. In some cases it moves (luxates) towards the inside ...

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    Liver Shunt

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  • Hypothyroidism

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    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

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