Our Staff


Tonya White, DVM

Practice owner and Randolph County native, Dr. Tonya White, is a 1996 graduate of Elkins High School.  She graduated from WVU with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science in 2000 and received her Doctorate from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.  After serving internships at three different veterinary practices in Ohio, she returned to Elkins with her husband, Jeff.  They opened The Animal Care Center in July of 2004.  Their practice experienced rapid growth and they formed the Appalachian Animal Hospital and built a new 6,000 square foot facility, which opened in September of 2014.

Dr. White's compassion for animals developed after getting her first pony at the age of 8.  As a youth, she showed Quarter Horses and jumpers all over the East Coast, receiving countless awards and scholarships. Living on a farm, she was surrounded with numerous dogs and cats and was solely responsible for their care.  She knew by the age of 10 that she wanted to spend the rest of her life caring for animals.

The White's are the proud parents of four children; Ashton, Alyssa, Ava, and Aspen.  They share their home with a Boxer named Iris.  In her spare time, Dr. White enjoys gardening with her family, reading, baking and participating in sports with her children.

Dr. White


Amanda Haddix, DVM

Dr. Amanda Haddix is a 2004 graduate of Philip Barbour High School.  She graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.  Upon graduation, she joined the staff at Appalachian Animal Hospital in June 2012.  She enjoys working with behavior problems of dogs and cats.

Dr. Haddix lives in Elkins, where she shares her home with her fiance, Kelly Godwin, and their canine family -- a Doberman Pinscher, two Belgian Malinois, and a German Shepherd.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading and training and competing with her dogs in Schutzhund.


 Dr. Haddix


Practice Manager

Micky Messer

Practice Manager Micky Messer began her career in the veterinary field in January of 1992.  Starting out as a Receptionist, and later a Client Care Coordinator, she joined the staff of Appalachian Animal Hospital in April of 2011. A life-long love of all types of animals and a passion for helping people has made working in a veterinary hospital a rewarding choice for her.

Micky is the proud mother of two daughters and is also a grandmother. She shares her home with a feline friend named Freckles, and enjoys spending time with family, reading, cooking, planting flowers, riding motorcycles, camping, taking long walks. and anything that has to do with music. She is an active member of Rivers of Living Water Ministries where she sings with the Living Water Worship praise team, teaches kid's church, and co-directs Rivers Victory Group.



Lead Receptionist

Shannon Wilfong      

Lead Receptionist Shannon was a welcome addition to the Appalachian Animal Hospital team in late summer of 2011.  An Elkins High School graduate and Randolph County native, Shannon is married to Patrick Wilfong. They are the proud parents of son Aiden and daughter Annaleigh.  The Wilfong family shares their home with canine companions Earl and Ben, and a feline friend named Hallie.

Shannon loves being a wife and mother, and that is top priority in her life.  In 2014, she formed A Journey for Jack, which is a support group for parents who have lost children. Shannon is a people person, and she says that her favorite part of working at our hospital is the one-on-one interaction with our clients and  their pets.                                                                                           


Reception Staff 

Tessa Murphy

Receptionist Tessa Murphy is a Randolph County native, attended Randolph County schools through middle school, and graduated in 2002 from Fauquier High School in Warrenton, Virginia. 

Tessa received her certifications in Medical Administration, Pharmacy Technician and Administrative Veterinary Assistant from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and joined the staff of Appalachian Animal Hospital in July of 2012.

A former All American cheerleader, she loves gymnastics and enjoys keeping up with competitive gymnastics on the local, state and national level.  She is also an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.  An animal lover from an early age, she has enjoyed the companionship of several pets over the years.  In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, attending concerts, and hanging out with her friends; as well as spending time with her niece and nephew.  Tessa makes her home in Elkins.


PJ Moore

Randolph County native PJ Moore joined our reception staff in August of 2013.  A graduate of Coalton 12 Year School, she received her certification in Business Administration from the Randolph County Vocational Technical Center and an Administrative Medical Assistant certification from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

PJ lives in Elkins with her husband Ron, and two children, Meghan and Andrew.  They share their home with a dog named Halo. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.  PJ's poise and professionalism make her a valued addition to our staff, and she says that her favorite part of her job is working with a great team of people, as well as getting to see and interact with so many awesome animals!



Veterinary Technician

Brandi Hedrick

Brandi began her veterinary experience through the Randolph County Vocational Technical Center's Diversified Cooperative Training Program in 2006.  A 2009 graduate of Elkins High School, she is a 2014 graduate of Pierpont Community Technical College with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  Brandi joined our team for some of her Preceptorship hours in early 2014, and became a full time employee upon her graduation in May.

Brandi and her husband, Justin, make their home in Red Creek with their cat Askstyr and multiple cows.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and hunting.



Lead Veterinary Assistant

Jenny Simmons

Jenny has been a part of the Appalachian Animal Hospital staff since February 2005, and is our Lead Veterinary Assistant. 

Family is important to Jenny, and she loves spending time with her husband, Jimmy, and two children, Austin and Kendall. The Simmons family includes a cat named Butter Boo, and a bird named Blue. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys activities with her family, which includes dirt track racing and attending her son's sporting events.

What Jenny enjoys most about her job is talking with clients, and helping to make their pets happy.



Veterinary Assistant Staff

Jen McCoy

The Appalachian Animal hospital welcomed Veterinary Assistant Jen to our staff in October of 2011. A 2006 graduate of Elkins High School, Jen majored in Biology at Alderson-Broaddus College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2010. 

Jen is an Elkins native, and shares her home with 2 dogs, Honey and Mia. She also has a cat named Loki. An integral part of our pet care team, Jen loves assisting the doctors with exams and interacting with our clients. She has recently started training as a pet groomer.


Natasha Zirkle

Natasha started at Appalachian Animal Hospital as a volunteer in June 2009 and then was hired as a veterinary assistant. A 2010 graduate of Tygarts Valley High school, she is now attending Davis and Elkins College and will graduate in May with a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies.


Natasha is the proud owner of a Chocolate Lab/Elkhoud mix named Shelby, three Saint Bernards, Zeus, Yadier and Hercules; Jackson, a Great Dane; Laskin, a Yorkipoo; and a miniature Schi Tzu named Ruger.  Natasha's pets and family mean the world to her, and she enjoys spending time with them whenever she can.  In her spare time she loves to hang out with family and friends, going to dirt bike and ATV races.


Alaina Bolton

Alaina first came to Appalachian Animal Hospital as a high school student, participating in the Diversified Cooperative Training program.  In 2006 she was hired as a part-time veterinary assistant and upon her graduation from Elkins High School in 2009, she attended Fairmont State University and was employed by Dr. Ebert from 2009-2012.  Alaina is continuing her Veterinary Technician studies through Penn Foster and returned to Elkins and joined the Appalachian Animal Hospital staff as a receptionist in February 2012, and then moved on to the veterinary assistant staff in August of 2012.

Alaina shares her home with two cats, Bubbles and Roxie and her dogs, Sabin and Milo. She is engaged to Jason Beeson, and is planning a wedding for August of 2015.  In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors in the sunshine, spending time with her family and friends, and shopping.


 April Manolidis

April Manolidis joined us in October of 2011 as a veterinary assistant, and has also served as a receptionist at our hospital. She is currently assisting our doctors as our surgical technician. An Elkins native, she is a 2006 graduate of Elkins High School. April's attention to detail and organizational skills make her an asset to our hospital staff.

A life-long animal lover, April provides a loving home for several cats and dogs, as well as a ferret. In her spare time she enjoys reading, working puzzles, listening to music, fishing, outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her fiance Jimmy, and with her niece, Madilee.





Kennel Staff

Madisyn McDaniel

Kennel Attendant Madisyn McDaniel joined our staff in March of 2015.  Madisyn is a Junior at Elkins High School, a member of the Art Club, and is on track to complete the CNA program at the Randolph Technical Center.  She will graduate with the class of 2016 and plans to further her studies by attending college in pursuit of a career in nursing.

Madisyn and her family share their home with 4 dogs.  In her spare time, she enjoys art, playing music, and doing science projects for her Advanced Science classes.  Because she loves animals, she feels that working in a veterinary hospital will help her to gain good employment experience.


Grooming Staff

Toni Fargo

Toni joined the staff of Appalachian Animal Hospital in August of 2012 as a Veterinary Assistant and, after a few months of training with our former groomer, made the transition to our grooming department in February of 2013. A 2001 graduate of Falconer High School in Falconer, New York, Toni received her Administrative Medical Assistant certification from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Toni resides in Elkins with her fiance Chris, and they share their home with dogs Pug, Princess and Tiger.  They also have a cat named Paisley.

In her spare time, Toni enjoys riding 4-wheelers, swimming and hanging out with her family and friends.



Appalachian Animal Hospital
204 Martin Street
Elkins, WV 26241


Hours of Operation

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday  8:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - Noon

For after hours emergency care:

North Central WV Emergency Clinic
(304) 363-2227

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