Dr. Thomas K. Chin VMD

Dr. Chin received his VMD in 1984 from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also received his BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

After graduation, he and his wife, Sue, wanted to return to New England. He started his veterinary career at Cheshire Veterinary Hospital and continued to practice there for 20 years.  In 2006, he started Sandbank Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Chin and his wife, Sue, have 2 children, a lab named Brody, and a cat named Emma.

Rhonda Pelletier (CVT) 
Rhonda has worked as a veterinary technician for 21 years (all those with Dr. Chin).  She graduated from Mt. Ida College with a veterinary technician degree. Rhonda has a Chihuahua named George.

Ashley P. (Technician)
Ashley joined Sandbank Veterinary Hospital in May 2016. She is currently finishing her last semester at Penn Foster College to become a veterinary technician. Ashley also teaches a wide variety of dance classes at a Newington dance studio.

She shares a special place in her heart for her dog, Bert; her cat, Caroline; and her rabbit, Damon. In Ashley's spare time, she enjoys going hiking with her dog, Bert.

Lisa Bissonnette (CVT)

Lisa has been a veterinary technician for 18 years.  She graduated from Becker Junior College’s veterinary technician program.

Lisa lives with her husband, Jim, and her dog, Hannah and her cat, Phoebe.

Dr. Sheila Clancy DVM

Dr. Clancy grew up in Buffalo, NY then moved to North Carolina to avoid the snow.  While there, she graduated from Duke University, worked for IBM for several years and obtained her DVM from North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is, therefore, a die-hard Buffalo Bills and Duke Basketball fan.

Dr. Clancy worked at several animal hospitals before relocating to Connecticut.  She is currently owned by several dogs and cats, including a rescued German Shepard and a Siamese cat.

Dr. Stephen J. Donnelly

Dr. Dr. Donnelly joined Sandbank Veterinary Hospital in October 2011.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, he completed a 1 year internship in Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC in 2001. He then practiced at Cheshire Veterinary Hospital for 10 years before joining Sandbank.

He resides in Cheshire with his wife Karen and their 3 children: Keira, Michaela, and Noah. The Donnellys share their home with 2 dogs, 4 cats, a ferret, and a turtle.

Michelle Gibbs (CVT)

Michelle has been a veterinary technician for 25 years.  She obtained her technician certification in 1989. Michelle and her husband, Bill, have 2 lovely daughters, 2 dogs, Lou and Shelby; 4 cats, Asland, Fabio, Smokey, and Boy; and 2 chinchilla, Fritter and Leo.

Dr. Lori Barringer DVM

Dr. Barringer grew up in a Navy family and lived along the East Coast, along the Gulf, and Overseas. After working for small animal veterinarians for 12 years, she decided to pursue her DVM.

Dr. Barringer attended the University of Georgia for her BA in Biological Sciences before graduating with her DVM in 2005.

Dr. Barringer and her husband, David, and her son Joseph returned to CT in 2005. They have 2 cats and a Boston Terrier.

Kelly Rutledge (CVT)

Kelly has been a veterinary technician for 11 years.  She graduated from Middlesex Community College.

Besides being a certified technician, Kelly also has her own business providing massage, physical therapy, and medical care for horses (

Kelly has 4 cats, Hannah, Simmy, Rosie, and Tasha, and a horse named Astro.

Jessica L. (Reception/Technician)
Jessica has been in the veterinary field as a technician for 19 years. She lives in Terryville with her husband, Todd; daughter, Ashley; her 3 labs, Dale, Daisy, and Rex; and several rescue cats.

Dana. (Reception/Technician)
Dana joined Sandbank in October, 2016. She has been in the veterinary field as a receptionist for the past 25 years. Dana resides in Meriden with her husband, Ron. They share their home with their 9 rescue cats (one which is blind).

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