Our Veterinarians

Dr. Alex

Alexandra DeLorenzo, D.V.M.

Dr. Alex is a native New Yorker, born on Long Island and raised in Suffern, New York. She received her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University, where she met her future husband, Dr. Kenny. After spending three years in a graduate program at Cornell, Dr. Alex spent four great years living in Auburn, Alabama, receiving her D.V.M. Degree from Tuskegee University in 1997. In August of 1997, Dr. Alex began her career at Acredale. She loves being a veterinarian, especially the human/animal bond. Drs. Alex and Kenny live in Great Bridge and have three active sons: Sammy, Noah and Nate. They enjoy skiing, hiking, and exploring National Parks together.  The DeLorenzo family also includes rescued former racer Mia, the greyhound and Mini Mew, the Siamese cat. Dr. Alex is active in local Cornell alumni affairs, and enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and tennis (doubles only!). 

Dr. Kenny Delorenzo

Kenneth DeLorenzo, D.V.M.

Dr. Kenny was born and raised in New Jersey and grew up with horses, goats, pigs and multiple dogs and cats. He decided to become a veterinarian at the age of four, and never looked back. He received his B.S. in Animal Science, Economics, and his D.V.M. degree all from Cornell University. He completed an internship in Emergency and Critical Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and spent the first 10 years of his career working in emergency medicine. Eight years ago, he transitioned to daytime practice so he could have more quality time with his family. While he still enjoys many aspects of general veterinary medicine, he has developed a strong interest in veterinary dentistry. Dr. Kenny's interests include traveling, fishing, gardening, energy conservation, and solving the world's issues as he is mowing the lawn.


Courtney Evans, D.V.M.

Dr. Courtney is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She received a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992.  After working in both public and news/talk radio for several years, she decided to go back to school and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian.  She graduated in 2009 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and as part of her clinical training, spent a year at the Ohio State University.  After an internship with Affiliated Animal Care in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, Dr. Courtney spent 2 years as a local relief veterinarian.  She has a very special interest in ophthalmology and completed an externship in Melbourne, Australia where she got to work with interesting creatures  such as the tawny frogmouth (a bird the looks like an owl), and an echidna (spiny anteater).  Her interests outside of work include reading, horses, music, movies, baking the most amazing fruit tarts, and exploring the Hampton Roads area.  Dr. Courtney's family includes Oscar, a terrier mix, Timber, a yellow lab, and Newfy the Newfoundland.

Dr. Meador

Sarah Meador, D.V.M.

Dr. Meador grew up all along the eastern coast, spending most of her time in Virginia and Georgia.  She attended Virginia Tech for both her undergraduate and veterinary studies, receiving a dual B.S. degree in Biology and Wildlife Science in 2005 followed by her D.V.M. in 2009.  Her professional interests include dentistry, ultrasound and internal medicine.  Her philosophy is to treat her patients with compassion and use client education to strengthen the human-animal bond.  Outside of veterinary medicine, her hobbies include watching Hokie sports, yoga, bicycling, and hiking.  Dr. Meador moved to Norfolk in 2012 and has two fur-kids:  Jasper, a three-legged border collie mix and Eva, a sato rescued from Puerto Rico.

Dr. Gershon

Aveetal Gershon, D.V.M.

Dr. Gershon was born in Nahariya, Israel, and moved to Virginia Beach when she was six years old.  She attended Princess Anne High School, Tidewater Community College, and Virginia Tech, graduating in 2008 with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science.  Dr. Gershon received her D.V.M. from Virginia Tech in 2013.   She started her veterinary career at Acredale Animal Hospital in May of 2013.  Her professional interests include radiology, ultrasound, surgery, and internal medicine.  Outside of work, she enjoys reading, watching Hokie football, exercising, snowboarding, wake-boarding, and going to the beach with her husband, Sean and her daughter, Natalie.  Her furry family includes Mush the cat, Matoe-key, a long haired chihuahua, Buck, the hound mix and Gingy the cat.  

Aline Sevigny, D.V.M.

Aline Sevigny, D.V.M.

Dr. Sevigny is French Canadian and studied veterinary medicine in Quebec at Universite de Montreal, graduating in 2002. On the weekend after graduation, she and her three cats drove down to Newport News... in a hurry to get to a warmer climate! Her family includes 6 cats. Puce is the oldest, an all black, very petite, grouchy female. Guizmo is second in line, all white. They both “speak” fluent French and English. The four others are from Hampton Roads. Joey was found on the side of the road after being thrown out of a moving car. He spends his days slapping the fish tanks in order to catch his dinner - he’s a great cat but a terrible fisherman.  When Lichee was born her third eyelids never came down so she was blind. After corrective surgery she now has 60% vision and is a cuddle bug! Winston, named after John Winston Lennon, is a yellow tabby who thinks he is a dog! The newest cat, Marylin, was named since she has a tiny black dot on her lip. The canaries, Yesterday and Strawberry Fields Forever, and two large fish tanks complete her household. Prior to working at Acredale, Dr. Sevigny was at a Banfield and VCA practice, and a relief veterinarian at the Norfolk and Virginia Beach SPCA. 

Dr. Elliot

David Elliot, D.V.M.

Dr. Elliot was born and raised in North Carolina.  He attended N.C. State University in the animal science department and graduated from the college of veterinary medicine in 1988.  During his first two years after graduation, he worked in a mixed animal practice in Lenior, N.C. treating companion pets as well as farm animals.  He then moved to the Charlotte area where he worked in an emergency practice for 22 years. He also volunteered some of his free time doing relief work at local veterinary hospitals.  In 2015, Dr. Elliot moved to Virginia Beach to join his wife, Olga and their daughter, Katherine.  His family also includes a cat named Meowly and several fish.  His professional interests include Emergency Medicine, Dentistry and Orthopedics.  When not working, Dr. Elliot enjoys exercising, jogging,cycling, hiking and traveling. 

Dr. Elliot

Garrett Compton, D.V.M

 Dr. Compton was born and raised here in Virginia Beach, VA. He attended Princess Anne High School and then Virginia Tech in 2012 with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences. He then attended Virginia Tech for veterinary school and received his DVM in 2016. His professional interests include ultrasound, internal medicine, and behavior. His two pets include a young brown tabby girl named Arya, whom he originally found as a kitten on his college apartment's couch during veterinary school, as well as an older orange boy tabby named Milo who he adopted during his last year in school. His personal interests include in being lazy with his cats, video editing, jogging, and going to the beach. 


Laurie Giles, D.V.M.

Dr. Giles was born and raised in Norfolk and graduated from Maury High School.  She attended Virginia Tech, earning a B.S. in Biology and went on the earn her D.V.M from Ohio State University.  Her interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery.  Dr. Giles shares her home with August, a young and rambunctious golden retriever whom thinks his name is actually "No Siree Bob" most of the time.   Dr. Giles has two daughters that have made her extremely proud:  Kristen has a degree in biomedical engineering and currently works as a technology consultant in D.C. and Rachel who is currently pursuing an Industrial engineering degree at the University of Florida.  Kristen catnapped Dr. Giles' cat Lynx when she graduated college but still brings her home for visits on a regular basis where she resumes her self- appointed role as Queen of the house.  In her spare time, Dr. Giles enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, traveling and going to the beach.  Her daughters like to broaden her horizons with things like skiing, horseback riding, concerts and painting classes when she should be doing yard work and home improvement projects instead. 

Dr. Seymour

Kristen Seymour, D.V.M

Dr. Seymour was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. She received a BS in Animal Science and her DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from Michigan State University (MSU). During her time at MSU, she completed a fellowship in Emergency & Critical Care Medicine and started working as an Emergency Veterinarian in Saginaw, MI after graduation. She and her husband decided to move to Virginia Beach for some warm weather and “beach lifestyle” after getting married last year. Dr. Seymour still loves Emergency Medicine, but is also enjoying getting a chance to see healthier patients and develop relationships with her clients as a General Practice Veterinarian. She also has a strong interest in Soft Tissue Surgery and Ultrasound. Her two pets include a 2 year old Golden Retriever named “Humphrey” and a 5 year old guinea pig named “MoMo.” She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband Anthony, who is a TV News Reporter. Outside of work she enjoys lounging with her dog, going to the beach, SCUBA diving, and singing in the car with her husband (they met in an acapella singing group at MSU).


Katelyn Danielson, DVM

Dr. Katelyn Danielson grew up in Texas, Colorado and Florida before settling in Virginia Beach in 2017.  She received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2010 followed by her D.V.M from Washington State University in 2017. Her professional interests are focused on dentistry and oral care.  Her pride and joy is a sweet shepherd mix named Mia Hambone. 

Dr. Emma Winstead

Emma Winstead, DVM

Dr. Emma Winstead was born in Northern Virginia but raised around the world as the daughter of a US diplomat. She found her way home to Virginia for her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UVA (Wahoowa!).  She worked a corporate consulting job near Washington D.C. for a few years before cheerfully abandoning her cubicle for veterinary school. She received her DVM in 2019 from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Largely thanks to Gracie, the 14 year old Weimeraner she had in veterinary school, Dr. Winstead is passionate about caring for our geriatric pets. Her professional interests also include clinical pathology and ultrasound. Outside of Acredale, she maintains a love for wildlife, horses, and her 4 year old cattle dog (the current light of her life) Roo. She joined her boyfriend in Norfolk, promptly bought a surf board, and is excited to explore all the area has to offer!

Dr. Ellis

Dr. Katherine Sunderland

Dr. Sunderland was born and raised in Southern Maryland. She grew up on a small farm near the Chesapeake Bay and graduated from Towson University in 2014 with a B.S. in biology. She went on to attend veterinary school at Virginia Tech and graduated with her DVM in 2019. Dr. Sunderland enjoys working with all kinds of animals but has a special interest in geriatric patients and has an affinity for the feline varieties. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, and internal medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys sprucing up the house, planting in the garden, and riding her horses. Dr. Sunderland was an active eventing rider throughout high school and college and competed at the international level. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her husband and her little “farm” which includes two horses (Kaylah and Wendy), three cats (Shadow, Meera and Joy) and two dogs (Riley and Lady Bug).

Dr. Ellis

Christian Lapp, DVM

Dr. Christian Lapp was raised in a small town in North Dakota before moving to Greensboro, GA for high school. He attended the University of Georgia and received his B.S. Animal Health in 2014 followed by his D.V.M. in 2017. After graduation, he completed a small animal rotating internship at Iowa State University. Throughout his training, he developed a deep love of surgery and decided to further hone his skills by completing a surgical internship in Dallas, Texas. He is extremely excited to expand the number of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries offered to our clients at Acredale. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, kayaking, playing cornhole, watching college football (Go Dawgs!!!), and going for walks on the beach with his mini Aussie rescue named Lazer.


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