Our Team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.

Hospital Manager


Katy Gilray

Born and raised in Rockwall, Texas and attended college at Texas A&M University- Commerce where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Agriculture. She has worked in the veterinary profession since 2002 and has been involved with agricultural research. Katy moved to Beaufort in 2012 with her family and rejoined Sea Island Animal Hospital in August 2013. She raises Longhorns in Texas, enjoys fishing and spending time at the beach.

Veterinary Technician Team


Shannon Willis - Lead Technician

Born and raised in Beaufort, SC and has worked in the veterinary profession for over 15 years. She has been with Sea Island Animal Hospital since 2008. Shannon is our surgery coordinator and is currently going to school to be a Certified Veterinary Technician. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and attending her children’s activities.


Sherie Willard

Sherie Willard (Technician) - Born and raised in Beaufort, SC. Sherie is a certified Veterinary Assistant and also has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration. She has been in the veterinary profession for over 25 years and with Sea Island Animal Hospital for 21 years. She holds the title of our “cat whisperer” here at the hospital because our feline friends love her so much. Sherie’s interests include photography and gardening.


Trish Owens

Trish Owens (Technician) - Trish is from Kings Mountain, NC but was raised in Beaufort most of her life. She has been with Sea Island Animal Hospital for 14 years and is a Certified Veterinary Assistant. Trish is a trained dental and surgical assistant and loves educating our clients. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, dog and 3 cats.


Ashlyn Ellis

Born and raised in Beaufort, SC. Ashlyn knew as a small child that she wanted to work with animals. She joined Sea Island Animal Hospital in February 2013 and has already begun to cross train to become a Veterinary Assistant. Ashlyn is currently going to school to get her Veterinary Assisting Certificate and enjoys time with her family and friends.


Crystal Veliz

Crystal has been with Sea Island Animal Hospital since 2015 and interned with us prior to her joining the team. Crystal was born in Naples, Florida and has lived in Beaufort most of her life. She has attended Penn Foster and Trident Technical College and will soon be getting her Veterinary Technician Certification. Crystal has a passion for wellness care and educating our clients and is one of our bilingual team members. Crystal spends her free time with her family, including her son Jayden, doing anything outdoors. She loves animals and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and horse back riding.


Jenniey Weyl

Jenniey joined the Sea Island family in November 2015. She has a strong passion for animals and people and has been a true asset to our team. Jenniey is a Certified Dog Trainer and has an Associates degree in Psychology with a minor in Theatre. Jenniey has traveled the world growing up in a military family and has been involved in several acting venues. Her dream is to become a Certified Veterinary Technician and then pursue a career as a Veterinarian. When she is not working or going to school she enjoys acting, going to the gym and being with her animals, Autumn, Pumpkin, Chimera and Creature.


Anina Grant

Anina is from Sommerville, New Jersey and joined our team in 2016. Anina graduated from Bel Rea Institute in 2000 with an Associates in Veterinary Technician and also from College of St. Elizabeth’s with a bachelors in Biology in 2005. She joined the Army in 2005 and received an honorable discharge in 2015. Anina has worked as a Certified Vet Tech for 18 years and has a great deal of emergency medicine under her belt. In her spare time Anina enjoys hiking, reading, and good food.


Jaclyn Rideau

Jaclyn is from Sacramento, CA and came to our team in January 2017. Jaclyn attended Bel-Rae technical college for 2 years studying veterinary technology in Denver, CO. She has worked in hospitals in Texas and North Carolina and enjoys small animal medicine and specialty medicine. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and shopping. She has 3 dogs: Kona, Dosha and Bella and one cat, Peaches and Cream.



Cherae Cooper - Lead Receptionist

Cherae joined our team in August of 2014 as a client care specialist. She was born in Raleigh NC, but was raised here in Beaufort SC. She graduated from Battery Creek High School in 2008 and has worked in the veterinary profession for 10 years. Cherae worked with an animal rescue in Bluffton and is an artist. In her spare time, Cherae enjoys painting pet portraits with acrylics, being with her family, and spoiling her two dogs named King and Simoa.


Mandy Welch

Mandy is from Dover, Delaware and has been with Sea Island Animal Hospital since April 2015. She has worked as a medical receptionist since 2005 and has always dreamed of working with animals. Mandy is passionate about working closely with clients to make sure our patients receive the best care. She also enjoys volunteering at Tabby House when she can. Mandy and her husband, Matt, moved to Beaufort in 2012 and love being on the coast. Mandy and Matt have a new son, Bentley and a teenage son, Brandon. When Mandy is not working she is spoiling her family and her 3 dogs, Moose, Emma (pictured) and Kenzie.


Megan Roberts

Megan is from Virginia Beach, Virginia and joined our team in 2016. Megan has always had a passion for animals and has worked with them in some capacity for over 10 years. Megan came to us shortly after studying Professional Writing and Biology in college and has several years of customer service experience. She shares her time with the businesses/organizations that her family owns- including the local Community Bowling Center where she enjoys their pizza, bowling and laser tag. Megan is also a dancer and loves traveling.


Sarah Frantzen

Sarah is from California and joined our team in 2016. Animals have always been a huge part of her life and she has decided to continue her education to pursue a degree in large animal medicine. Sarah has worked as a dog trainer and volunteered with children’s programs. When Sarah is not working she enjoys being outdoors, riding horses, reading and painting. She also loves to spoil her 3 dogs.


Christian Segura

Christian came to us from North Carolina and has been with our hospital since 2017. She has over 3 years of experience working as a kennel tech and veterinary receptionist. Christian has a passion for all animals, especially marine life, so she loves living on the coast. While attending college she has earned a certification in dental assisting and wants to join the U.S. Navy to pursue a nursing degree. When Christian is not working she enjoys playing guitar, singing and traveling. She also has two Siberian Huskies, Bella and Malia.


Tisha Riley

Tisha is a Kentucky native that has been with Sea Island Animal Hospital since 2016. She has worked in customer service for almost 20 years and has a deep love for helping people. Tisha has 2 sons, a boxer named “Roxy” and one cat named “Mailey”. Tisha is a breast cancer survivor, a worship singer at Cross Community Church and an advocate for children with special needs.


Savana Barker

Savana is from Borger, Texas and joined our team in 2017. She grew up on a farm and has worked in the veterinary field since 2014. Savana will be starting school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician soon and loves being able to work in all areas of the hospital. When Savana is not working she loves to spend time with her family, two dogs and horse. She enjoys cooking, running, crafting and cheering for her daughter and son at their sporting events.

Kennel Technicians


Patti Wright - Lead Kennel Technician

Patti is an Ohio native that has lived in Beaufort for almost 40 years. She has served in the US Navy as well as given 25 years of service to the Beaufort County Animal Shelter and Sheriffs Office. After retirement, Patti decided she wanted to continue her work with animals and joined Sea Island Animal Hospital in 2012. She has a love for serving people and helping animals. She also brings our hospital years of experience and knowledge.

Sam Slater

Sam is from Topeka, Kansas and joined our team in 2015. She has many years experience in the human medical field and a Business Administration degree. Sam stays very busy with her first love, dance. She works as a dance teacher and choreographer for the Larew Dance Centre as well as teaches Zumba all over Beaufort. When Sam is not working she enjoys time with her husband and 4 American Bulldogs.


Joanna Kelnhofer

Joanna is a Beaufort native and joined our team in January of 2017. She has experience in customer service and home health care and loves pampering our patients and assisting in all areas of the hospital. Joanna enjoys going to school to learn and grow herself and plans on becoming a veterinary technician. When she is not working she spends time with her family that includes her four beautiful daughters, two dogs and two cats. She says her family is her greatest accomplishment.


Jeri Romer

Jeri was born and raised in San Diego, CA and joined our team in 2017. She developed her passion for animals early on from her grandfather and has been rescuing them ever since. Jeri has many years of customer service and also works with Noah’s Arks Rescue organization here locally working to rehabilitate and rehome abandoned and abused dogs. Jeri has opened her heart and home to many rescue pets including dogs, pigs and donkeys. When she is not working or volunteering she is spending time with her son and her animals.