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, Aria the Rottweiler, Buck and Sir Allister the French Bulldogs, 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, as she has a major role in our team. Gemma is a phenomenal mentor for students and technicians in training because she has a talent for teaching with her soft-spoken voice and constructive 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. She is also a mother to a very outgoing golden retriever named Dixie Mae. Their cat Holly Jolly runs the house and keeps the dog in order. If Crystal 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 an auntie to an Australian Kelpie mix named 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.



Amanda received her Bachelor's Degree in Science at ODU before beginning her LVT journey at Blue Ridge Community College from 2015 to 2018. Amanda began working for Beach Pet Hospital February of 2020, and has been a great asset to our team. She says, “The most important role being a technician is bringing the animals a voice when they cannot help themselves”. Amanda has quite a pack at home including 2 pit bulls named Bruiser and Tank, 2 Chihuahuas named Pickles and Pinto, and 2 kitty cats named Lady and Smudgie, and 3 goldfish named Squishy, Mr. Bubbles, and Goldie.

Amanda’s hobbies outside of work include fishing, floating in her pool, sunbathing at the beach, napping, going to the gym, and going on any sort of weekend adventures! Her idea of a perfect day is floating in her pool with her 2 chihuahuas with the sun blazing while she sips on a Pina Colada. An interesting fact about Amanda is that she is actually a twin!



Chloe started her Beach Pet journey as an assistant in 2017. She received her Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology at Tidewater Community College. Chloe passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), obtaining her license in 2021. We are happy to have her on board as an LVT. She enjoys attending music festivals, sun bathing at the beach with her pups, eating sushi, and drinking wine. Her favorite part about being a tech is getting grump chihuahuas to like her, drawing blood, and reading lab samples.

Chloe has 2 sweet kitties named Oliver and Scarlett, but they go by “mister man” and “loaf”. Mister man will knock over anything you place on a table or surface, so don’t set your glass of red wine down around him! Sweet Loaf can be found eating your chicken sandwich when you turn your head. Chloe is also a mom to 2 chihuahuas named Frijoles and Flea (named after the Red Hot Chili Peppers). Frijoles, also known as Bean, can be found snoozing in his favorite jammies. Flea is a naughty little pup who likes to growl at everyone as they walk by...but she is the sweetest to her family!

Chloe does all of our social media and website work for Beach Pet. You may be asking, “who is writing this then?” That’s right, It’s me! I hope you enjoy getting to know us through our site.



Kyanne began studying Veterinary Technology at Muscatine Community College in Iowa, then became a licensed Vet Tech in 2019. She joined our team in August of 2018 and also gained great experience at an emergency veterinary hospital in Suffolk. When asked why she loves veterinary medicine, she says “I love vet med because it is constantly changing and evolving. We are always continuing our education which better helps each animal, and it's amazing! Learning is a beautiful thing.”

Kyanne spent her young adult life in Georgia, and her favorite thing to do there was go on family boat rides while enjoying views. She has 3 cats named Jax, Leo, and Trip. Trip is a 3 legged kitty cat that she rescued, and he is soooo cute! Kyanne’s hobbies include working out at the gym, going to the beach, hiking, and spending quality time with her mom while exploring North Carolina. Kyanne’s favorite NFL team is the Atlanta Falcons.

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