Our dedicated team of veterinary professionals want to provide you with peace of mind while helping your pet to live the happiest, healthiest life possible. We care as much as you as a pet owner as we do about your pet. With state of the art equipment and highly trained doctors and staff, Ashby Animal Clinic will provide quality treatment and the best possible preventative care program to maintain your pet's health based on your pet's individual needs.
Meet the Vets at Ashby Animal Clinic
Dr. Tara Bell, D.V.M., is from Williamsburg, VA. She completed her undergraduate program at VA Tech- Animal Science and received her BS degree in 2001, then received her DVM from VA Tech in 2007. In 2007, Dr. Bell met her husband, Dave, in Farrier school, located in Colorado, where she served as a small and equine animal vet.
Dr. Bell and her husband have two sons, Jackson and Troy. She has an interest in sports, hiking, fishing, and the civil war; and she enjoys raising her family and working within the community of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley!
Dr. James G. Simmons, D.V.M.; M.S., Associate Veterinarian, grew up in Bridgewater, Virginia. He received his B.S. in General Science from Bridgewater College. He attended Virginia Tech and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. While at Georgia he was elected to membership in the honorary societies of Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Zeta and served two sessions on the Honor Court of the Veterinary School.
He received an M.S. in Surgery from the University of Virginia Medical School. Before returning to the area, he was employed in small animal practices in Baltimore, Maryland and Charlottesville, VA and was employed at the University of Virginia Medical School as Assistant Director of the Vivarium and Assistant Professor of Surgery.
Dr. Simmons opened Ashby Animal Clinic in October of 1974 and has been continuously employed as a Small Animal Clinician since opening the practice.
Dr. Simmons is married, the father of two daughters and grandfather of 6 children and stepchildren. He has served in many capacities in the community and in the veterinary profession through memberships in VVMA, AVMA, Blue Ridge Veterinary Medical Association, D. C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Harrisonburg, and as an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Sarah Whitman, D.V.M., M.S., Associate Veterinarian, has been working at Ashby Animal Clinic since July of 1991. Dr. Whitman received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech in 1989 and her Masters in Bovine Reproduction from Virginia Tech in 1984. Dr. Whitman enjoys the medicine side of small animal practice. She works part-time at Ashby Animal Clinic and part-time at Ashby Herd Health Services in embryo transfer services.
Dr. Whitman and her husband, Dr. Dan Hadacek, and their two sons live on a farm in Augusta County and raise beef cattle and sheep. Dr. Whitman enjoys spending time with her family, horse-back riding and gardening.
Dr. Lisa May Moran, D.V.M., Associate Veterinarian, has returned to Ashby Animal Clinic as an Associate Veterinarian. Dr. May, who goes by her maiden name professionally, is a graduate of Virginia Tech. She received her veterinary degree from Purdue University Veterinary School in Indiana. Dr. May practiced large animal medicine as well as small animal medicine at Ashby Animal Clinic beginning in 1987.
She is returning to AAC with an emphasis on small animal medicine. Dr. May is a native of Broadway. She resides in Rockingham County with her husband, Chris, and 3 sons. Her animal family includes a Boston Terrier, Pudge, and Ginger, a tabby cat. Outdoor animals vary with her son’s projects and include heifers, lambs, chickens and geese.
Dr. Emma Inman, D.V.M., Associate Veterinarian, is originally from a small town in upstate New York. She completed her undergraduate requirements at SUNY Oneonta and then traveled to Missouri with her husband, Brian, where she completed her DVM from the University of Missouri in 2013. Dr. Inman and her husband make the final trip back east to settle in Weyers Cave where she began working at Ashby Animal Clinic and her husband returned to the family dairy farm in Mount Crawford. She is looking forward to meeting all of the clients and their pets at AAC.
Dr. Inman and her husband have one child – Tymer, a black lab/australian shepherd mix! In her free time, Dr. Inman enjoys being outside, scrapbooking, baking, and spending time with her family.