Professional. Capable. Caring.
Our veterinarians are committed to making sure your pets receive the best care possible. As pet owners themselves, they understand that your pets are a part of your family. It is their mission to help your pets live as well as possible for as long as possible. They communicate closely with each client regarding his or her pet’s care, whether to treat an illness; oversee broader health issues and dietary maintenance; or for general health and wellness.
Our vets are assisted by an able team of veterinary technicians and administrative support staff. These staff members have many years of education, training, and animal experience and are equally dedicated to the Riverside Veterinary Care philosophy.
Carol Gifford, DVM, DABVP
Veterinarian / Owner
Dr. Gifford's Bio
Dr. Gifford holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Dr. Gifford has also attained advanced credentials in the form of board certification in canine and feline medicine from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. This certification involves a rigorous examination process, as well as multiple case reports, professional experience, and references. Her family’s pets include a dog named Monte, two cats, and a horse. Her special professional interests include internal medicine and cardiology.
Emily Sullivan, DVM
Veterinarian / Owner
Dr. Sullivan's Bio
Dr. Sullivan has a Border Collie/ Aussie mix named Keirin. When she isn’t helping pets and their people, she enjoys mountain biking, Nordic, downhill skiing, backcountry skiing, and anything else outdoors!
What is Dr. Sullivan’s favorite about working at Riverside?
“Forming long-lasting relationships with clients and their pets and working in a friendly, fun, caring environment.”
Kristin Patterson, DVM
Dr. Patterson's Bio
Kristin Patterson, DVM is a Rutland native who relocated back to Vermont from Massachusetts. Dr. Patterson has been practicing veterinary medicine for 14 years. She received her veterinary medical degree from Ross University. Her special interests include dentistry and preventative medicine. Dr. Patterson’s objective is to provide excellent, compassionate veterinary care catering to the needs of each client and patient. She has a Bassett Hound named Flash!
Heidi Crane, DVM
Dr. Crane's Bio
As a veterinarian, she loves working with owners to keep their pets healthy and enjoys the variety of day-to-day veterinary practice – you never know what you’re going to see, diagnose and treat on any given day! While she thrives on the challenges of veterinary medicine, Dr. Crane also cherishes the relationships she makes with owners and their pets through their care.
Outside of work, two children keep Dr. Crane and her husband busy, and they enjoy skiing, swimming, and exercising their Australian Shepherd, Masha. They also have a cat named Weezie, and thanks to the kids, a hamster, 1 beta fish, and 3 guppies!
Dr. Sandi Jex, DVM
Dr. Sandi Jex's Bio
When Dr. Jex isn’t helping pets and their people, she enjoys gardening, reading, skiing, and cooking.
What is Dr. Jex’s favorite thing about working at Riverside?
Alycia graduated from Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon, VT in 2016. She was a dual-enrolled student at Stafford Technical Center in Rutland in the Health Careers program both her Junior and Senior year. It was through that program she was able to become a Licensed Nursing Assistant. Soon after becoming a LNA, Alycia realized that it wasn’t the job for her. She still wanted a career in the medical field though. So, she tried out veterinary medicine- here she is 8 years later!
Alycia has 2 dogs and 4 cats. Fig is a Shih Tzu/Corgi cross. Lui is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi- Fig’s half brother! Jonas is a random, but handsome, longhair cat that she adopted from Homeward Bound in Middlebury in July 2018. Juniper is a Siamese mix that was brought into the clinic in rough shape. She was run over and had extensive injuries. She needed a lot of nursing care, and being her main nurse she quickly won over Alycia’s heart, so she made sure to call dibs! Julian is an orange tiger kitten. Last but not least, Mikey is an almost 12 year old long haired Siamese.
When Alycia isn’t helping pets and their people, she enjoys being outdoors., camping, kayaking, swimming, hiking, you name it. She also enjoys baking and cooking for her family and friends. Alycia grew up and resides in Brandon.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Lynn has an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Vermont Technical College, and is a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2013. She worked as a kennel assistant in a boarding facility and animal clinic starting in 2009 while she earned her degree and certification.
Lynn has 2 domestic shorthair cats, Ziggy and Tuckie; and a draft cross horse named Rudy.
In Lynn’s free time, she enjoys horseback riding, walking in the woods, and playing the piano.
What is Lynn’s favorite thing about working at Riverside? “All the really friendly patients!”
Purchasing Manager & Receptionist
Renee has a 7-year-old lab/beagle mix named Rocco. In her free time, she enjoys cooking family dinners and fishing.
What is Renee’s favorite thing about working at Riverside? “My favorite thing is all the great people I have met over the last 17 years, past/present employees and clients.”
Shauntel was raised in Rutland VT and joined the Riverside team in 2022.
She has an Associates Degree in Environmental Science from CCV. Most of her work experience has been in the customer services field. Shauntel volunteered for The Feline Connection for 5 years, where she was a foster home and intake coordinator, and served as a board member 2021-2022.
Shauntel has 3 cats; Kitty Kitty, Mr. Biggles and Awilda. She also has a beta fish named Strawberry.
In her free time, you can usually find Shauntel in the kitchen either cooking or baking or tending to her growing collection of house plants.
What is Shauntel’s favorite thing about working at Riverside? “My favorite thing about working at Riverside is the environment. We have all developed very close relationships and it’s generally a very happy and upbeat place. How can it not be with all the adorable dogs and cats we see! I enjoy coming in to work everyday to see my coworkers, the clients, and the patients. I also look forward to all the knowledge and experience I get while at work, and have learned so much in just a short period of time”.
Bekah has three cats; a male tiger striped domestic long hair named Sassafras; a female tiger striped domestic shorthair named Fernando; and a female white and gray domestic medium hair named Penny. She also has a black female mystery breed dog named Lady Bug.
In her free time, Bekah enjoys spending time with her husband and son; she also enjoys crocheting.
What is Bekah’s favorite thing about working at Riverside? “Getting to meet all of the different types of animals and having amazing coworkers who enjoy being at work every day.”
Maranda has 2 pitbull mixes named Bongo and Mufasa, who are brother and sister. She also has a kitten named Igor; a 6.5′ long rainbow boa named Onyx; and 8 rats named Nala, Little Lady, Lyla, Beadie, Gus Gus, Peeps, Bo, and Gray Skies. Maranda has also had 3 horses, Jack, Bear, and Blazer. May they rest in peace.
In her free time, Maranda enjoys spending time with her girlfriend and their son. They spend time with family and friends, or have movie nights or video game days.
What is Maranda’s favorite thing about working at Riverside? “That they really care about the clients, patients and their employees. They understand life happens. They understand the patients are the clients’ children and do whatever we can with whatever resources we have to help!”
Deirdre has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Cal Poly Humboldt class of 2017. She also has 10 years of animal medical care and reception in a myriad of clinics and shelters.
Deirdre’s pets include: Puffin (@puffin_the_puffalump on Instagram), dachshund/min-pin mix, Willie Nelson German Shepard/ Border collie mix; and 5 cats named Janis, Stevie Nicks, Jason, Rowdy, and Iris.
In her free time, Deirdre and her husband love to hike with their dogs and search for wildlife and signs of wildlife along the way. She also loves to craft and has a small business (@wildonesiwc on Instagram) where she sells some of the things she makes.
What is Deirdre’s favorite thing about working at Riverside?
“I love animals (of all kinds) and enjoy helping to make their vet experience a good one! I love getting to know all of our clients and patients and watch them grow together.”
Liz K's Bio
When Liz isn’t helping pets and their people, she and her fiance enjoy taking their dogs to the family cabin in Arlington, VT and hiking/exploring nature with them. She enjoys antiquing with her partner, refurbishing furniture & thrifting. Liz loves anything interior design. She’s also a big plant parent and incorporates any plant she can find to brighten up her home!
What is Liz’s favorite thing about working at Riverside?
“My favorite thing about working here is being able to be a part of our patients’ lives, and being able to provide the best care to them as if they were my own pets. I love the bonds I’m able to build with the clients and the trust they give me to care for their best friends. It’s a great feeling to come in to care for all of the amazing pets that come here, through all of their ups and downs, I’m happy knowing I was there to help.”
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Michelle (Kennel Manager)