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Beach Pet Hospital Virginia Beach, VA Dr. Dennis Vrooman

Dr. Vrooman, who grew up in Clymer, New York, has owned Beach Pet Hospital since 1987. He received his undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University and is a member of AVMA and the VVMA. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, particularly surgery, internal medicine and endocrinology.

He and his wife, Chris, have four grown children, three sons-in-law and five grand babies: Kaegan, Owen, Quinn, Noel and Curran. They enjoy spending time at their mountain farm in the Blue Ridge where they have a small flock of sheep and tending their vineyard, Ankida Ridge. Chris keeps a blog of the adventure at They have a Maremma guard dog, Bella that protects the flock, as well as their family dogs, Guppy, Jack and Boomer.

Together with their son Nathan, they are devoting "spare time" to the wine business.


Beach Pet Hospital Virginia Beach, VA Dr. Sean Back

Dr. Back has been with us since July, 2000. He brings with him a broad expertise in many areas of veterinary medicine. In addition to a complete medical/surgical background in dogs and cats, he also has had many years' experience in the areas of exotics, emergency medicine and small animal geriatrics.

Dr. Back attended the University of Maryland, College Park. He obtained his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1989 and has been a Virginia Beach resident since that time, enjoying beach time, surfing and soccer. He and his wife, Karen, have three children, Roan, Seamus and Anderson. They have two turtles- Trudy and Mary, three dogs- Jake, Lilly and Frijoles.


Dr Upchurch

Dr. Upchurch, a native of Memphis, TN and graduate of Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama, has worked at Beach Pet for fourteen years. She is a member of the AVMA, VVMA, American Ferret Association and the American Veterinary Dental Society.

She has two cats, Fannie and Crusher, two dogs Kaki and Carly. Her interests include reading mysteries, adventure and science fiction, bicycling, kayaking, and downhill and cross-country skiing, and she is a member of the Junior League.


Dr Gagnon

Dr. Gagnon is originally from New Hampshire, but was raised in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake. She received her undergraduate and veterinary degree from Virginia Tech, and then joined the Beach Pet staff as a new graduate in 1993. Dr. Gagnon is a member of the AVMA, VVMA, and the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Russ, have two children, Thea and Paul, and three cats Dunkin, Marinella and Monte. In her spare time she enjoys reading, vegetarian cooking, and as a movie buff likes watching Turner classics and attending films at the Naro theater in Norfolk.


Beach Pet Hospital Virginia Beach, VA Dr. Battaglia

Dr. Battaglia is from Virginia Beach and received her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Virginia Tech in 1990 and 1994. After living and practicing in Newport News, she returned to the beach and joined Beach Pet Hospital in 2005. She and her husband, Greg, have a son Hayden, two dogs named Jack & Beau, and Sam- a cat who thinks he is a dog. Dr. Battaglia enjoys running, skiing and spending as much time as possible on the beach with friends and family.


Beach Pet Hospital Virginia Beach, VA Dr. Laurence

Dr. Laurence is a native of Virginia Beach. He attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate and Virginia Tech for his veterinary degree. He is a member of the AVMA and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He joined the Beach Pet team in September, 2009 after working in small animal emergency medicine for 6 years. Dr. Laurence has many interests in veterinary medicine, including soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and emergency medicine. He and his wife, Erin have one son, Brian and one cat named, Arlo, also a dog named Owen. Dr Laurence's interest outside of veterinary medicine include spending time with his family, running and following his favorite sport teams (particularly UVA athletics and the Boston Red Sox).

Dr Imrich





Dr. Golden  earned her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University. Prior to working on her veterinary degree, Dr. Golden graduated from the US Naval Academy and pursued a career in naval aviation. She is currently a Commander in the US Navy Reserves, serving over 17 years of military service as a naval flight officer in the E-2C Hawkeye. She shares a love of airplanes and animals, appreciating all creatures with a deep affection for rescue animals. Dr. Golden particularly enjoys veterinary preventive medicine, surgery and rehabilitation/acupuncture.  She resides in Norfolk, Virginia with her 3 rescue dogs named Daisy K, Winston and Anji-San and 3 ninja cats named Harley Hummer, EB and Wiley.

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