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The Chesapeake Animal Clinic Team

Elita Emerson-McClain, Practice ManagerElita has seen herself in the veterinary field since she was 5 years old. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in animal medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and has put it to use as the practice manager at Chesapeake Animal Clinic (CAC). Elita joined CAC in May of 2011 and enjoys helping people by helping those they hold close in their hearts — their pets. Her interest is in care and compassion for all pets, especially senior pets.

Elita also enjoys spending time with her family, both two-legged and four-legged. She has two dogs (Kody and Pola) and two turtles. In her spare time, you can find her scrapbooking, hanging with family, or helping out underprivileged youth.

Wanda Behrens, Client Care SpecialistWanda has been in the Veterinary field on and off for over 30 years and is currently a client care specialist. She was born in Chicago and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Wanda prides herself on being a HUGE Baltimore Ravens fan.

Her interests include reading, traveling and scrapbooking. Wanda enjoys spending time with all of her family: husband, Steve; three daughters (Andrea, Lauren, and Kirsten); and three grandbabies (Ryan, Shayne, and McKayla). She loves her four-legged extended family as well — five dogs (Snuggles, Lady, Sarge, Rikki and Tiki), one cat (Apache) and Sharkie the goldfish.

Mary Russell, Client Care SpecialistMary is a client care specialist and has worked at Chesapeake Animal Clinic for over 17 years. She was born in Washington, DC, but currently lives in Dunkirk, Maryland with her loving husband, beautiful daughter, four miracle dogs (Lady, Dieter, Brody and Puppy) and two independent cats (Tony and Tribal). Mary enjoys anything to do with caring for and helping pets and people. She has a way of making people and pets feel like you are her long lost friend.

Mary is usually caught spending time with animals, whether she is on the beach, hanging with family, helping a friend or at work. She has a heart of gold.

Chantel Cagle, Veterinary TechnicianChantel was born and raised in Prince Frederick, Maryland. She has been a veterinary technician at Chesapeake Animal Clinic since 2011. Her interests include animal behavior, wound treatment and animal rehabilitation.

On her days off, Chantel just likes to sit on the beach or run with her dogs — Duke, Caesar and Bella. She also has a cat Niko that she rescued from the shelter and who has been a love bug ever since. Chantel is currently in school to be a certified veterinary technician.


Francine Pessagno, Veterinary TechnicianFrancine (Fran) is one of the most dedicated veterinary technicians at Chesapeake Animal Clinic. Fran is surrounded by individuals who love her. She is a family woman with a husband who keeps her entertained, two loving daughters, five neat grandchildren, three dogs, two cats, one cockatiel and four backyard chickens. Fran has worked at Chesapeake Animal Clinic for 18 years and loves animals and helping clients take care of them.

Although Fran very rarely gets spare time between family and CAC, when she can find a moment she can be found outside, gardening or doing stained glass. Her main drive at the practice is educating clients to aid in providing better lives for their pets.

Veterinary Technician Maurice (Mo) AlvaradoMaurice (Mo) has been working in the veterinary field since 2005, and has been working at Chesapeake Animal Clinic since 2014. He currently resides in Washington, DC. Mo has a love for all animals, but the care and comfort of geriatric pets hold a special place in his heart. He is a hard guy to keep down.

Outside of work, Mo plays in a band, practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai and is taking classes to further his education. But, when he does have down time, he can be caught relaxing with his buddy, Wallace the Cat.


Veterinary Technician Paul White Jr.Paul (PJ) comes to us from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has been a veterinary technician at Chesapeake Animal Clinic since March of 2012, but has been in the veterinary medicine field since 1998. His special interests include pit bulls and animal behavior.

Outside of the practice, PJ can be found listening to music, or cooking many culinary delights that are, we must say, delicious. But he takes time out to root for his favorite sports team, the Washington Redskins, with his four-legged loves, Pepper and Aja.


Veterinary Technician Kimberly ThomasKimberly was born in Prince George's County and raised in Calvert County. She loves working and being around animals. Kim horseback rides, has an affinity for cars, loves to travel, but most importantly LOVES her babies — Bacardi (beagle), Asti (American bulldog), Baily and Kahluah (chinchillas). Kim also enjoys to work. She doubles as both a receptionist and a technician at Chesapeake Animal Clinic. And we have Kim to thank for our wonderful Facebook page.

The quote that Kim holds tight to is "A dog doesn't care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his." ~ Marley and Me by John Grogan