David Duchemin, BA

Hospital Director, Practice Co-Founder

David has been with The Veterinary Cancer Center (The VCC) as the Hospital Director/COO since 2003 and brings a diverse background in management, marketing, sales, office deployment and IT to the practice. He has worked as the National Marketing/Sales Director at Dignity Partners and an Account Support Consultant at MCI. He was one of the very first employees and was instrumental in the startup of InterNap Network services. He then went on to serve as Market Administrator, Regional Support Manager, and Senior Technical Services Engineer.

He developed a strong love for animals early in life and began training and showing dogs by age 10. By age 18, he also was involved in professional training and showing of horses – Western Pleasure, English Pleasure, Gymkhana, and Halter.

In July of 2009, he lost his beloved Rottweiler, Cody, to cancer. To honor her life, he co-founded the Riedel & Cod Fund. A fund whose primary mission is to provide financial support to qualified owners of pets with cancer, allowing them to give their pets the best possible cancer care and treatment. 

He is contributing writer for The Riedel & Cody Fund blog; a blog for Dr. Post Prescribes; a blog for Hope for Cure; sits on the Board of Directors of The Riedel & Cody Fund as treasures; and sits on the advisory board for Canine Cancer Diagnostics & Therapeutics, LLC.

David is also the CFO of Innogenics, inc., a startup company that provides gene expression analysis for companion animals.

Taja Malcolm-Lewin

Client Services Representative

Taja originally studied Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences at Western CT State University and previously worked as a Certified Professional Teller at a local bank before starting to work at The VCC back in 2016. She came to us with 10+ years’ experience in customer service but discovered that her true passion was her love of pets. Combining both her passion and her experience in customer service was the ultimate fit for her and she is excited to have joined our team.  

She is also the mother of twinsKhalee & Khaire; Shepherd and Rottweiler mix named Jada, German Shepherd named Porsha, and Yorkie named Skyler.

After going through cancer with her beloved Porsha her ability to connect with our clients and patients and her passion for her job has grown even more. She is very happy to report that Porsha is currently happy and healthy.


Laura Wilmink

Client Services Representative

Bio coming soon


Kristy Morrell, BS

Client Services Liaison

Kristy graduated from Northwestern State University with a BS in Psychology. She has known since she was very young that her passion is working with animals (and their families). From the time she was little, her parents instilled a strong love and respect for all animals and often brought home strays and wildlife in need of aid. In 2007, Kristy started getting involved in animal rescue, and in 2012 co-founded and is the Director of the 501©3 non-profit organization Project Precious Rescue, Inc. which is one of her proudest accomplishments. PPR often takes in medical/special needs cases that many others would not, as Kristy feels all animals deserve to have the best care possible!

Kristy has 8 years of experience in the veterinary field in general practice and specialty medicine and has held both technical/medical and client support roles. Kristy loves working directly with clients, and her goal is to ensure that every interaction is a positive one, while providing constant support for each family and their beloved pet. She believes that this is especially important at a facility like the VCC.

Kristy’s furry family includes four dogs named Wiley, Murphy, Charley, and Spanky, two cats named Spartacus and Kali, and a hedgehog named Herbert Milton (Herbie for short), as well as the occasional foster pet that stays with her until their forever home is found!