Turn the clock back to the golden age of the silver screen, and the vintage 1930s. Our Melissa embodies not only the glamour and grace of those times but has also adopted the popular sport of that bygone era: Roller Derby! A jammer for The Spitfires, she’s a devoted executive to the league, and not a week goes by that doesn’t involve playing on ramps or skating the trails. Donning her trademark Boston Terrier tights, she’s a force to be reckoned with in the rink! In the comfort of home, however, her cats, Polly Esther, Axolotl, Soapy, and husband, Josh, benefit first-hand from her gentle nature and grace. More than a veterinary assistant, Melissa’s cherished gift to all of us at Valley is her connection to those who are going through the most difficult times with their pet. The empathy and humanity that comes naturally to her has only been strengthened by her studies in pet loss and grief counseling.