Meet the Technicians

Christina Sims


Christina began her career at Beach Pet Hospital in 2006 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2008 and Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2013. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Veterinary Technicians, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Association of Canine Professionals and the AKC Canine Good Citizen Educator. Christina has also helped Beach Pet earn their Fear Free Veterinary Visit certification and Feline Friendly Veterinary Practice certification.

Her family includes her two sons Steven and Trevor, and their pets, Tank the rottweiler, Aria the rottweiler puppy, Buck the french bulldog, and Rosie the boa constrictor. Christina also likes to donate her time and talents to local wildlife rescue. Outside of Beach Pet Hospital, she enjoys boating, watching her oldest son race monster trucks and watching her youngest son race mud trucks. She is also a dedicated volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Gemma Gilera


Gemma is one of our most senior Licensed Veterinary Technicians, is a native of Virginia Beach and a graduate of the veterinary technology program at Blue Ridge Community College. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Veterinary Technicians and the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. She has been with Beach Pet Hospital since July 1997, and her favorite part about being a technician is performing dental radiographs and cleanings. Gemma has countless duties here at Beach Pet, one being in charge of inventory and ordering all products. Gemma is also a phenomenal mentor for students and technicians in training because she has a talent for teaching with her soft-spoken voice and constructional criticism. Her dog children include Stella, Ruby, and Charlotte, and one fabulous cat named Tito! Gemma enjoys scuba diving and watching her daughter play volleyball.

Crystal Copeland-Miller


Crystal is a Virginia Beach native who graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Blue Ridge Community College in 1999 and has been employed at Beach Pet Hospital since 2001. She is a member of the American Association of Veterinary Dental Technicians and the Virginia Association of Veterinary Technicians. She loves performing hands-on treatments such as wound treatments and placing catheters. Crystal also loves to educate clients on how to properly care for their furry friends. Crystal and her husband Brian enjoy watching their 4 children's sports events and school activities. Crystal is a Persian kitty lover! She is also a mother to a golden retriever named Dixie Mae, and a guinea pig named Harold. Their cats Holly and Pixie round out the family. If she has spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and jet skiing.

Ashley Parker


Ashley is a 2008 graduate of James Madison University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She continued her education at San Juan College and graduated as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2014. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians.

A Pennsylvania native, Ashley moved to VA Beach with her family in 2000 and has called Hampton Roads home ever since. Animals have always been Ashley’s first true love and so she easily found comfort being a part of the Beach Pet Hospital team. She is the proud momma of Simcoe, a very handsome beagle and auntie to Gus Gus and Wednesday. When not loving on the animals in her life Ashley can be found enjoying what the local food and craft beer scene has to offer. She is also an avid football fan and can be found cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers every week during the season.

Mollie Schattie


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