Virginia Ellsworth, DVM
Dr. Ellsworth joined EDVC in 2005. She is originally from Louisiana but is happy to be in Texas. She received a B.S. in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. She continued her education at LSU where she received a second B.S. in Animal Science, then received her DVM at LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Ellsworth belongs to the Dallas County, Texas and American Veterinary Medical Associations.
Dr. Ellsworth started her career with a multi-doctor clinic in Houston where she was named one of the best Veterinarians in Houston. She moved to Dallas to make it possible for her husband, Sam, to attend Baylor Dental School. Dr. Sam Ellsworth now practices at Lakewood Periodontics.
Dr. Ellsworth purchased EDVC from Dr. Cantrell in 2008.
Dr. Ellsworth can be found on most weekends during college football season cheering for LSU. She is an avid fan! GO TIGERS!!!
She and her husband enjoy being in the great outdoors and can often be found camping, hiking, biking and boating. Dr. Ellsworth has 3 children and a wonderful French Bulldog named Napoleon and 2 feisty cats named Carrot and Sweetie.
Ken Cantrell, DVM
Dr. Cantrell started East Dallas Veterinary Clinic in October, 1972. It began in a small office space in a multi-tenant shopping center. He has practiced at the same intersection of Lakeland and Ferguson since that date. The current clinic was relocated in 1982 to a new facility built next door to the old location and the Clinic has enjoyed two physical expansions since then.
In January of 2008 Dr. Cantrell sold the practice to Dr. Ellsworth. He is looking forward to spending more time with his family and pursuing his many hobbies, in particular fly fishing.
After serving in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp from 1969-1971, he worked in group practice in South Oak Cliff prior to establishing his East Dallas Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Cantrell graduated from Texas A&M University with B.S. and DVM degree in 1969.
He has been a career-long member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Texas Veterinary Association (TVMA) and Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association (DCVMA). He served on the Board of Directors of the TVMA for six years, and has served as President and in various other capacities of the DCVMA. He has also been a member of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice since its inception 25 years ago. To maintain membership in the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice, 50 hours of approved continuing education per year are required. Dr. Cantrell also serves on the Development Council at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University. Dr. Cantrell is also licensed in New Mexico.
In addition to his many professional affiliations, Dr. Cantrell serves on the Board of Directors for the Ferguson Road Initiative. This is a neighborhood group established to promote the revitalization of the Ferguson Road corridor in East Dallas and has been very active in working for the betterment of this beautiful East Dallas thoroughfare.
Dr. Cantrell is an avid fly-fisherman and ties his own flies. He is currently owned by his wife and his 2 wonderful dogs, Scout and Titus, who make fantastic fishing buddies.
Shannon Holland, DVM
Dr. Holland grew up in the Dallas area. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M in 2008 and her DVM in 2014 from Texas A&M. During her undergraduate career, she was a technician at a clinic in Richardson during the summers. She returned to the area after graduation and practiced in North Dallas before coming to EDVC in June 2016.
Dr. Holland is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). She enjoys dentistry, preventative medicine and pocket pets, with a special interest in fancy rats.
Dr. Holland enjoys running and racing, camping and reading. She always enjoys spending time with her husband, their daughter, their Australian Shepherd, Vixen, and their three rats.
Lisa Molidor, DVM
Dr. Molidor graduated from Texas A&M in 1981 with a BS in Biomedical Science, followed by her DVM degree in 1985. Following graduation, she and her husband (a Navy pilot), moved to Virginia where she started her career and family of two daughters. For the next 22 years, being a military spouse, Dr. Molidor was able to practice veterinary Medicine in different regions of the country: California, Virginia, and Washington D.C. This enabled her to gain experience in various aspects of veterinary medicine, such as dentistry, surgery, and dermatology.
When her husband retired from the Navy, they moved back home to Texas to be closer to family. Dr. Molidor practiced as a relief veterinarian in the Plano area, including the Emergency Animal Clinic of Collin County. She became an associate at Custer McDermott Animal Hospital in 2004, but continued with relief work part time.
In February 2014, being empty nesters, Dr. Molidor and her husband moved to East Dallas to enjoy the White Rock Lake area. On April 1, she became an associate at East Dallas Veterinary Clinic.
Dr. Molidor has volunteered for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Canine Companions for Independence, The Turning Point (Collin County Rape Crisis), the Plano Clarinet Choir, Frisco Orchestra, New Life Symphony Orchestra, the Plano Community Band, and Prince of Peace Catholic Community. She has two dogs (Wally and Moby) and two cats (Lumpy and Muffin).
Katherine Mueller, DVM
Dr. Mueller grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Studio Art from Providence College in Rhode Island in 2006. During undergrad, Dr. Mueller ran varsity Cross Country and Track and was a scholar athlete. After graduating, Dr. Mueller began a marketing career in Chicago. After getting her golden retriever puppy, Lincoln, Dr. Mueller quickly realized that veterinary medicine was her true calling and enrolled at Loyola University of Chicago to complete her required course work for veterinary school. Graduating from The Ohio State University and becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine has been her proudest accomplishment.
Dr. Mueller continuously strives to expand her knowledge in all fields of small animal veterinary medicine, and has a particular interest in surgery, dermatology and preventive medicine. Strongly valuing the human-animal bond, Dr. Mueller loves caring for furry family members and looks forward to forming lifelong relationships with her clients and patients here at East Dallas Veterinary Clinic.
In her free time, Dr. Mueller enjoys running, painting, reading, live music, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends. In addition, she loves traveling when possible, especially to the National Parks. She recently moved to Dallas with her golden retriever, Lincoln, and they are very excited to explore their new city!
Fran Meredith, Practice Manager
Fran has been reunited with EDVC since 2013. She originally joined us as a Relief Veterinary Assistant in 2008. Shortly after, she married her amazing husband, Franklin, moved to Delaware for 4 years and has since returned to Dallas. Fran has been in the Veterinary field since 1999 and finds great joy in caring for animals as well as educating their owners.
When Fran is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 2 amazing children, trying new restaurants with her awesome husband and working in the community.
Louise Southworth, Business Manager
Louise has been with our Clinic since 1998. Prior to that she served as the Firm Administrator for a large local CPA firm for more than 20 years. She majored in Business Management at UT Arlington.
Over the years, Louise has owned Salukis, Greyhounds and Afghan Hounds. She has competed with her hounds in Obedience and Performance events (lure coursing and amateur straight and oval racing) as well as the conformation ring. She has put titles from the show ring, obedience ring and performance event venues on several hounds as well as receiving national recognition for their abilities. Currently she has two juvenile Salukis (boy and girl) who will be going into competition soon.
Louise is very supportive of the efforts of breed rescue groups and has been involved with Saluki Rescue as well as helping with Greyhound and Afghan Hound Rescue.
Amanda McDaniel, LVT – Licensed Veterinary Technician
Amanda began at our clinic in 1998 working Saturdays while she was completing high school. She then went through the Veterinary Technology program at Cedar Valley College and graduated in 2002.
Amanda has a Papillon mix named Emmitt that was adopted from the Dallas Animal Shelter as a pup in 2005. She also has a Chiweenie named Crosby that she rescued as a pup that has a rare skin condition. Amanda does individual mixed breed rescue work and has personally rescued over 30 cats and dogs and has placed them in forever homes.
Amanda’s husband, Michael, also works as our Animal Care Manager. They welcomed their first “human baby,” a boy in October 2010. She loves bringing her son to the Dallas Zoo to feed the Giraffes. She and her family are actively involved with their church through volunteer work.
Ashley Lopez, Veterinary Assistant
Ashley has been with our clinic since 2007 and is currently our Rescue Coordinator. Ashley got married and in 2010 and currently shares 2 furry children.
In her spare time, Ashley and her husband Ricky are actively involved with their church through volunteer work, and also manage to find time to go fishing together.
Laura Shinsato, Veterinary Assistant
Laura has worked at East Dallas Vet Clinic since 1998.
Rottweilers have been in her life since 1990. She has shown several of her Rotties to AKC, UKC and International Championships in both the breed conformation and Obedience venues. Laura has also taught Obedience classes and occasionally takes board-and-train clients at her home.
Mahriah Chandler, Veterinary Assistant
Mahriah grew up on a farm in Washington State, so animals have always been second nature to her. She moved to Dallas to start a new life for herself and her 3 amazing children. Mahriah feels lucky to have found East Dallas Vet Clinic.
Since joining EDVC, Mahriah has added three new additions to her family including 2 cats, Axel and Jetta, and Abby their tiny tot pup. There is never a dull moment in the Chandler house and they wouldn’t have it any other way. Mahriah is excited to see what EDVC has in store for her future.
Lauryn Fitzgerald, Veterinary Assistant
Lauryn joined EDVC in November 2015 as a part-time kennel technician while finishing high school. Her goal is to become a licensed veterinary technician.
Lauryn’s love of animals stems from her connection to her best friend Kona, her adorable Chocolate Lab. Away from the clinic, Lauryn enjoys camping, reading, and spending downtime with family and friends. In addition, Lauryn is actively involved with her church (Kingdom Hall) through volunteer work that includes learning a foreign language (Khmer).
Essence Cheffin, Veterinary Assistant
Essence was born in Winnsboro, Louisiana. She was always around dogs because her Granny loved them. Her Grandaddy had a farm, so she is familiar with both small and large animals.
Essence moved to Texas in 2004 and graduated from Townview Magnet Center High School of Health Professions Vet Assisting Cluster in 2013. She received her Associate’s Degree in Science in 2016. Essence is currently in Veterinary Technician school at Cedar Valley to become a certified technician. She hopes to pursue her long-term dream to become a veterinarian.
Essence has a guinea pig named Winter that she rescued; Winter loves to eat, poop, sleep and repeat. Animals have always been something Essence has interest in and EDVC is happy to have her!
ANIMAL CARE ATTENDANT
Michael McDaniel, Animal Care Manager
Michael has been working at EDVC since 2004 after moving from Nashville, Tennessee.
Michael and his beautiful wife have 2 sweet dogs and a precious little boy named Noah. Noah is his world and light in the night. He is very active in his community and in his local Kingdom Hall (church). Michael loves helping people, fishing, cooking and spending time with his family. Some of his favorite scriptures are Acts 20:35: ‘There’s more happiness in giving than receiving’ and Philippians 4:11: ‘I have learned in whatever circumstances to be content and see the positive.’ These verses have made Michael the man that he is today. He is blessed with a big family and parents that gave him so much to be appreciative for.
Elise Marshall, Animal Care Assistant
Elise started working at East Dallas Veterinary Clinic in June of 2017. She is currently finishing high school and plans to become an equine veterinarian.
Elise enjoys horseback riding, photography, and track and field. She has enjoyed working with animals her entire life.
Jayd Taylor, Animal Care Assistant
Jayd was born and raised in Texas and is one of East Dallas Veterinary Clinic’s Animal Care Assistants. She attends school at Keiser University for medical assisting and hopes to later attend to be a veterinarian.
Jayd has a Siberian Husky, Ace, and a Tabby cat, Blossom, that she adopted in 2014. Jayd has a love for animals that is never ending and she enjoys taking care of them.
Her goal at EDVC is to ensure that every pet and client is being well taken care of and updated regularly.
Bre’Orria Coulter, Animal Care Assistant
Bre’Orria has been working at EDVC since January of 2017. She is currently attending Cedar Valley College to become a licensed equine veterinarian and hopes to own her own practice one day.
Bre’Orria’s hobbies include riding and training quarter horses, rodeos (pony express), and trying new foods. She has 2 dogs – Hercules, a Pitbull, and Hershey, a Chocolate Pitbull Mix, that she loves and adores. In addition to her dogs, she also has her rodeo partner, Detroit, a 16.2 quarter horse, and her wonderful parents that support everything she does.
Bre’Orria is happy to be part of the EDVC family!
Lisa New, Pet Stylist
Lisa has been professionally grooming for over 20 years. She participates in grooming workshops and educational seminars to improve her skills and keep up with the latest styling trends. Lisa is certified in canine and feline CPR and first aid.
Her hobbies include putting conformation titles and obedience titles on her dogs.
She is owned by three dogs – Emmitt, a Field Spaniel, Harley (Fancypants), a Chinese Crested, and Harley (Nerd), a Yorkshire Terrier.
Lisa is a new resident of Texas, is married and lives in Terrell.
Rachel Sebastian, Receptionist
Rachel joined our team in September 2011. You will recognize Rachel by her friendly smile and bubbly personality. As one of our outstanding receptionists, Rachel holds a positive attitude due to her love of social interaction and pet care.
Rachel is a proud mother of a Yorkshire Terrier named Dudley, a Boxer Mix named Penny and a Labrador Mix named Buddy. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, trying new recipes, reading and listening to music.
Rachel Helms, PR & Social Media Manager / Receptionist
Rachel joined the EDVC staff in June of 2014 as their Social Media Manager. In January 2015, she moved up to the front desk as a receptionist. You will often find her, phone in hand, taking pictures of the pets that come through our doors!
Rachel was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas. She attended Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas where she graduated in December 2013 with a degree in English and Public Relations. Animals have always been a part of her life since having dogs as a child.
She is the proud owner of a Black Lab Mix (which she adopted from EDVC!) named Bojangles and a Terrier Mix named Quinn. When she isn’t at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking, and being involved in her church.
Chelsea Wilford, Receptionist
Joining the practice in June 2015, Chelsea is a proud East Dallas native and is really happy to be part of the EDVC family. She is passionate about animals, food, music, books, and people.
Her life is filled with love from her 4 dogs and wonderful fiancé, who take up most of her free time. She also enjoys travelling, attending concerts, and continuing her education as a receptionist and learning all she can about veterinary medicine.