Administrative

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.


 

Gary Washburn, BS

Operations Specialist

Gary graduated from the University of Maine in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  After moving to the NY Metro area Gary had a successful 23-year career in the Financial Services sector as well as owning a small business.

In January 2006 Gary and his partner Jeff became first-time pet owners when they brought home Baci, a 3-month-old yellow Labrador Retriever.  Gary didn’t realize that with Baci coming into his life, his personal and career journey, going forward, would change dramatically. 

In October 2011, Baci was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his right hind leg.  From that diagnosis Gary, Jeff, and Baci began a 7-month journey with the doctors and staff of The Veterinary Cancer Center.  VCC provided the highest levels of expertise, knowledge, and compassion to Baci and his owners. 

Many people strive to find a passion in life and although the journey for Baci did end in May 2012, a new journey for Gary began. For Gary, the journey with Baci developed into that passion; a passion for the research, the care, and the well-being of those animals afflicted with cancer.  In November of 2012, Gary was given the privilege to pursue his passion by joining the team of VCC as a Technician Assistant and has since moved into the position of Operations Specialist. Meanwhile, Gary and Jeff enjoy their life at home with their new love Enzo, another yellow Lab Retriever.


Kristy Morrell, BS

Client Services Representative

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! 


Jerrold Williams, BA

Referral Coordinator

Jerrold graduated from Norwich University, located in Northfield, VT, in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Jerrold has a passion for helping those in need. He began his career in social services working with the mentally disabled population in a group home setting for five years. Jerrold’s love for animals eased his transition into working with animals. He began his career in veterinary medicine as a Patient Care Coordinator with The Veterinary Cancer Center in 2013. Jerrold enjoys fishing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. Jerrold lives with his wife Michelle and their two rescue dogs Nino and Nala.

 


Amber Ashman, BA

Client Services Representative

Amber joined our team in October of 2015. Amber graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has a strong passion for helping others, she began pet-sitting at the age of 15 and has been in love with furry friends ever since. She is very excited at the opportunity to help elevate the quality of care at The Veterinary Cancer Center while being able to utilize both her passion for pets and people. She lives with her elderly father, older brother and her eight-year-old pit-bull Diamond. She enjoys traveling, long walks with Diamond and spending time with her family and friends.