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Veterinarians

Dr. Tom Austin
Veterinarian

Tom Austin

Dr. Tom Austin has his roots in West Virginia. He was born in Charleston and raised in Ripley, where most of his immediate family still resides. He received his B.S. degree from West Virginia University and his DVM from Purdue University. Dr. Tom began his veterinary career in his hometown as a mixed animal practitioner. After this, he moved to Southern California, where he became co-owner of a multi-doctor small animal hospital. He worked in California for approximately 25 years prior to returning home to West Virginia and opening Grace Animal Hospital with his wife, Dr. Farrah Austin. Dr. Tom Austin has special interests in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, as well as surgical and non-surgical diagnostics such as ultrasound and endoscopy. He is a seasoned orthopedic surgeon regularly performing cruciate ligament repair including the TTA method, patellar luxation repair, and fracture repair with external fixation, and IM pinning. Dr. Tom is also a very skilled soft tissue surgeon and performs many corrective, intra-abdominal, thoracic, and oncologic surgeries.

Dr. Farrah Austin
Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Farrah Austin

Dr. Farrah Austin was born and raised on the western coast of Congo, Africa. She holds dual citizenship with the United States and Switzerland, however made the U.S. her permanent residence in 1986. She has a B.S. degree in animal science from California State Polytechnic University, and she received her DVM from the University of California, Davis in 2008, tracking in small animal medicine. Following her graduation, Dr. Farrah worked in a small animal practice in Southern California, until she and her husband relocated to West Virginia and began Grace Animal Hospital. Dr. Farrah Austin has special interests in internal medicine, ultrasound, and holistic medicine. She became credentialed in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2018, and is also a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. 

In their free time, Dr.'s Tom and Farrah enjoy spending time with their four dogs, Zoe, Crystal, Joy, and Abraham, and three cats, Jasper, Emily, and Liberty. Dr. Tom has two sons, Hunter and Miles, both of which are residing in California. Together, the Austin's enjoy cooking, gardening, traveling, cycling, and spending time with family.

Dr. Joe Conlin
Veterinarian

Joe Conlin

Dr. Joe Conlin grew up in rural Eastern Tennessee with his 2 brothers and 4 sisters. He received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science with a minor in anthropology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Following this, he relocated to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where he has been living for the past 23 years. Dr. Joe resides with his best friend and partner, Angie, and for the past 18 years has helped raised her two children. Sharing their home are four dogs and four cats, all who needed rescued at some time of their life. When not working, Dr. Joe enjoys cooking, hiking, canoeing, and fly fishing. He is also a back yard beekeeper, and loves American and pre-Columbian History.

Staff

Lisa Rhodes
Practice Manager

Lisa Rhodes

Originally from Mineral Wells, Lisa moved to Clarksburg in the year 2000. She has three children, Daniel, Mackenzie, and Olivia. In her free time, she enjoys searching for new recipes, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Lisa began working at Grace Animal Hospital as our client service manager since it first opened in 2011. Her caring personality and dedication to the practice have made her an integral part of the hospital family. She says the opportunity to interact with our clients and their furry family members is what she enjoys most about her work. Lisa has three dogs, Ebony, Karma, and Ava, five cats, Isabelle, Jasmine Akilah, Elliot, and Lance, and a horse named Jasper.

Amanda Folio
Operations Manager

Amanda Folio

Amanda was born and raised in Clarksburg, WV, where she graduated from Liberty High School in 2000. After receiving her Associates Degree in Medical Assisting and working in the medical profession for the past several years she decided to pursue her passion for animal care. In April of 2014 she joined the Grace Animal Hospital team of staff and finds everyday a blessing to be able to care for patients. Amanda is currently working towards her degree in veterinary technology. When not working, she enjoys the outdoors, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family and three dogs, Fuzzy, Rosco, and Rocky.

Tanya Stewart
Technician & Safety Manager

Tanya Stewart

Originally from East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Tanya now lives in Bridgeport with her husband, Derrick, and their two children, Alex and Addie. She also shares her home with three cats, Pia, Inka, and Hanzo, and two dogs, Draco and Dani. Tanya joined the Grace staff in May 2013 and enjoys helping with the care of our patients. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, sewing, and hiking.

Candice McKinley
Receptionist

Candice  McKinley

Originally from Lewis County, Candice now resides in Bridgeport with her two daughters, Cora and Leah. They share their home with two cats and a loyal dog named Bootsie. In her free time, Candice enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family. Candice has been part of the hospital family since September 2016 and feels blessed to be part of a team that cares so much about pets and their owners alike.

Denise Christafore
Receptionist

Denise Christafore

Denise was born and raised in the Clarksburg area where she continues to live happily with her husband, David. She is the mother to three sons, one adorable pug named Fei Fei, and a loving cat named Samantha. She started with Grace in the summer of 2018 after working in the human medical field for more than 20 years. She now says that coming to work and receiving puppy kisses is her favorite part of her day.

Martha Patton
R.V.T.

Martha Patton

Martha was born and raised in the Bridgeport area. She graduated from Fairmont State with her degree in Veterinary Technology, and subsequently became a registered veterinary technician in 1995. During her career, Martha worked with large and small animals, as well as some exotics. She joined Grace Animal Hospital when it first opened in May of 2011, and worked until her retirement in 2013. Although she is retired, Martha continues to work at Grace filling in when needed. She still lives in the Bridgeport area with her husband, Todd, two horses, two dogs, and a cat.

Ashlynn Carpenter
R.V.T.

Ashlynn Carpenter

Ashlynn was born and raised in the Clarksburg area. She has had a passion for animals ever since she can remember and has always wanted to pursue a career with them. She graduated from Pierpont Community and Technical College in 2018 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and then became a Registered Veterinary Technician. Ashlynn has two dogs, Kairi and Leia, and two cats, Tiger and Frisky. In her spare time, Ashlynn enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, gaming, hanging with family and friends, and fostering animals.

Mikey Wodnicki
Veterinary Assistant

Mikey Wodnicki

Mikey was born in Weirton, WV, and currently resides in Clarksburg. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in 2019 with her Associates degree in Animal Science. Her love for animals started at a very young age and has continued to grow. In her free time, Mikey enjoys singing, acting, spending time with her friends and family, and painting. She has one cat, named Howl.

Lucas Small-Johnston
Veterinary Assistant

Lucas Small-Johnston

Lucas was born and raised in the Clarksburg-Bridgeport area and graduated from Robert C. Byrd in 2008. He has had animals his whole life and would talk about working in an animal hospital when he was younger. Lucas joined Grace Animal Hospital in 2015 and couldn't be happier about the position and the team he gets to work alongside. He enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and camping. Lucas also enjoys hanging out with family, whether that is a movie with his mom, a sports game with his nephew, relaxing with his wife, or anything with anyone else.

Emily Hudak
Veterinary Assistant

Emily Hudak

Emily was born and raised in the Clarksburg area, where she graduated from Robert C. Byrd high school in 2015. She graduated from Pierpont Community and Technical College in 2021 with an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined the Grace Animal Hospital family in April of 2021, and loves being able to care for their animal patients. When not working, Emily spends time with her husband, Matthew, their dogs Olive and Asher, cat Salem, and guinea pigs Darci and Cleo. Emily also loves spending time with family, friends, working on crafts, or enjoying different outdoor activities. 

Savannah Preston
Veterinary Assistant

Savannah Preston

 Bio coming soon!

Amanda (Mandi) Neal
Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Amanda (Mandi) Neal

Mandi was born and raised in Kanawha County, WV until she moved to Morgantown, where she attended and graduated from WVU. She is married to her husband, Jacob, and together they rescued their dog, Marli Jo. Relocating to Taylor County, Mandi now enjoys spending her free time boating and fishing with her husband. One of her favorite hobbies is salt water fishing. 

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