Dr. Jeanette Schacher moved to the Hampton Roads area in 2010. She was born in Long Island, New York, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in upstate NY at SUNY New Paltz. She traveled all the way from the Big Apple to the Little Apple- Manhattan Kansas, where she received her Veterinary Degree in 2009 at Kansas State University. After veterinary school, Dr. Schacher did a 1-year rotating internship at South Paws Emergency Referral Hospital in Northern Virginia. She has previously worked in small animal day practice as well as a local emergency hospital. Dr. Schacher joined Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice in 2015. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2018, certified in veterinary food therapy in 2020, and is in the process of completing her certification in veterinary herbal medicine. In January 2021 she was accepted into the master’s program at Chi University and is currently pursuing her master’s in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She is excited to bring the benefits of these therapies to her patients.
Dr. Schacher enjoys spending time and going on adventures with her family. She has a 2-legged child, named Amelia and a 4-legged child, an English Bulldog named Rambo. She loves to spend a lot of time outside, especially growing fruits and vegetables. One day she hopes to have a small farm in Hampton Roads and possibly open a small “farm to table” restaurant. Dr. Schacher enjoys any physical activity and has been a loyal Onelife Fitness member since moving to Hampton Roads.
Dr. Jeanette Schacher has been asked many times “How did you decide to focus on veterinary hospice care?”
Dr. Schacher: “Our pet babies are very special members of the family. They give us unconditional love and support, and throughout the years we make a lot of very beautiful memories together. As our pets reach their senior years, their body and mind begin to change, making their daily life more challenging. I feel it is important that those golden years are as special, as the years prior. I feel honored that pet families entrust me with their 4-legged children’s care. The days, weeks, and months, leading up to those final moments, should be comfortable and stress-free. I treat every pet as if they were my own, with the respect and dignity they deserve.”
Dr. Theresa Economos, a Virginia Beach native, graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She is a proud Hokie, having also graduated from Virginia Tech prior to vet school.
After vet school, Dr. Economos moved to Northern Virginia where she worked in a small animal practice, spending some time doing rescue work and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the north. In 2017 she moved back home to the beach and began working in a local private practice. Dr. E has always enjoyed hospice care and joined Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice in 2018.
Dr. Economos has two loves, Ellie (aka Angel Face) and Axel (aka Love Muffin). Ellie is a lazy Great Pyrenees she rescued during vet school and Axel is a feisty Ragdoll/Savannah cat rescued while in Northern Virginia. She adores spending time with them but also loves to travel, and enjoys cooking and trying new foods.
While working in emergency medicine, Dr. Tyler Carmack witnessed many pet owners struggling with difficult decisions regarding their beloved pet’s end-of-life care. These medical decisions are very personal, emotional, and confusing for pet owners and their families. When returning to Virginia Beach in 2011, Dr. Carmack formed Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice to offer a more compassionate and personalized service to assist pet owners throughout the end-of-life process and to provide ongoing support after the loss of a loved one. She also founded the Hampton Roads Pet Loss Support Group in January of 2012 to be able to provide a safe, supportive network for those individuals and families requiring additional support as they grieve for their lost friend.
Dr. Tyler Carmack grew up in Virginia Beach and attended Frank W. Cox High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from N.C. State University and is a graduate of N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC and an ophthalmology internship in New York. She has also worked as an emergency clinician at Palm Beach Veterinary Specialists in West Palm Beach. Dr. Carmack currently holds certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese food therapy, and animal hospice and palliative care.
Outside of work, Dr. Carmack enjoys sailing, paddle-boarding, reading, and spending time with her husband, two kids, and extended family. She also loves traveling and has worked with dolphins in Mexico, elephants in Thailand, and a variety of wild animals in South Africa.
Dr. Sharon Cubelo was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Hampton Roads in 2017 to begin her veterinary career. She attended Rutgers University to earn her bachelor’s degree and Ross University for veterinary school.
While in veterinary school, she was the adoption coordinator for a rescue organization called SAFE St. Kitts. During that time, she rescued her coconut retriever, Copper. Shortly after his rescue, a previous trauma required a leg to be amputated. His journey taught Dr. Cubelo about the amazing capabilities of acupuncture and rehabilitation, motivating her to share their power. In 2017, she earned her certification for companion animal rehabilitation with the University of Tennessee CCRP program. A few months later, she completed her traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture training at Chi University. In 2020, Dr. Cubelo completed her Certification in Veterinary Medical Manipulation (CVMM) through the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute.
While practicing in at a small animal practice, these tools were invaluable for the senior pets whose owners wanted a bit more quality time. These clients and stories have led her to find her niche in hospice and palliative care. She finds that supporting these pets and their loved ones during this time to be an honor that she holds dearly.
Along with Copper, she also has two kitties, Pepperoni and Meatball, who were both foster failures. When Dr. Cubelo isn’t working, you can find her in the yoga studio where she teaches or at the beach!
Kady was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Chesapeake when she was 5 years old. Her passion has always been animals and she was lucky enough to have parents that allowed her to have everything from horses, dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and rats! She met her husband Eric when they were both seniors in high school and got married in 2012. Kady currently has four dogs of her own. Piper the Pit Bull mix, Sako, Barrett, & Kimber, all American Staffordshire Terriers. She also has a Ragdoll cat, Brody, who thinks he’s one of the dogs.
Kady is very active in the dog world and shows in AKC & UKC conformation shows, as well as various other dog sports. Kady is also a fabulous pet photographer and loves capturing peoples pet at their best. She’s worked with various shelters and rescues over the years and has photographed over 1,000 adoptable dogs to help them find great homes.
Mike has recently moved to Hampton Roads and has found it very rewarding to begin petsitting for clients in their homes. Throughout his life, he has had many pets and rescue animals. Mike finds it rewarding to know he has helped provide a new home for a pet and has given them a new opportunity in life. Mike is also a musician and has previously worked in furniture restoration for many years. As south Texas native, Jessica grew up with a love for all animals. Even as a toddler, Jessica has been a die-hard Steve Irwin fan and her parents often found her running around the neighborhood catching lizards and spiders- just to set them free like her idol. Jessica is currently working towards her lifelong dream to work with animals and feels her work at Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice fuels that passion. Jessica is going to school to get her veterinary assistant certification and finish her degree in Biology. Her passion for wildlife and conservation can only be matched by her love for her puppy dog. Jessica has a one-year old pupdaughter who her and her amazing husband adore. She is an Alaskan Malamute/Labrador mix (aka Maladore) named Snow. Jessica and her husband very much enjoy being active with Snow- swimming, running and hiking as a family. But, their favorite pastime is being couch potatoes with lots of snacks while binge watching their favorite tv series- NCIS!
Welcome to Hampton Roads Veterinary Hospice!
We provide end-of-life and aftercare options for your pet. During the toughest of times, we’ll be there every step of the way.(on call for emergencies after normal hours)
(weekend and after-hour fees apply)
Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
(by appointment only)
4740 Baxter Rd. Ste 105
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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