Our Veterinarians

The vets at FirstVet know that you love your furry family member and want the very best care, day or night. Each of our vets has years of clinical experience and is trained to help you make informed decisions about your pet’s illness or injury.

FirstVet can help you and your pet avoid unnecessary trips to the vet. During your video call, your FirstVet vet will provide expert advice, simple homecare recommendations, and even referral to a local veterinary clinic or emergency facility if urgent care is needed.

Dr. Shawna Garner

Dr. Shawna Garner

Dr. Shawna Garner graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduation she landed in Indianapolis, IN where she worked in Emergency & Critical care for 7 years. In 2008 she moved back to her hometown in IL to open her own veterinary clinic where she sees companion animals, exotics and farm animals. Dr. Garner has been in the virtual care industry since 2017 and has extensive knowledge in teletriage. Her hobbies include cycling, running, hiking, reading, and spending quality time with her son and family (along with her 4 dogs, 3 cats, 3 turtles, 4 turkeys and 16 chickens!) Dr. Garner joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Sheena Haney

Dr. Sheena Haney

Dr. Sheena Haney earned her veterinary degree in 2010 from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. After completing veterinary school, she moved to SE Idaho where she worked as a small animal veterinarian for 5 years. During this time, she enjoyed building relationships with her patients and their humans. After the birth of her second child, she and her husband decided it was time to move their family back to their hometown in Southern Oregon. Since then, Dr. Haney has worked as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian. Her professional interests include dentistry, wound management, and geriatric care. Dr. Haney is a Fear Free Certified Practitioner and a member of the OVMA and AVMA. When not at the clinic, she enjoys brief moments of quiet reading, writing, and finding new ways to wear out her two young children and a three-legged Border Collie. Dr. Haney joined FirstVet in 2020 and looks forward to helping families take an active role in their pet’s healthcare.

Dr. Diane Givler

Dr. Diane Givler

Dr. Diane Givler received her veterinary degree from Ross University in 2008 and spent her clinical year at LSU (Geaux Tigers!). She is originally from Pennsylvania, and has practiced small animal medicine in Rochester, NY, Columbia, SC, and Southport, NC. Dr. Givler has worked in small private-owned hospitals, large corporate hospitals, and on a non-profit surgically-equipped spay/neuter RV. Most recently she has been self-employed as a relief veterinarian and is currently living on a 58 foot sailboat with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. Dr. Givler joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Tina Pilgram

Dr. Tina Pilgram

Dr. Tina Pilgram graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Since then, she has worked in the Houston, Texas area as a small animal and exotics veterinarian in private practice. Dr. Pilgram especially enjoys working with ferrets, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles and chelonian species. She has a special interest in educating owners about the importance of diet and husbandry practices for their exotic pets. Dr. Pilgram’s other passion includes helping pet families care for their senior cats and dogs, emphasizing health and quality of life. In her spare time, Dr. Pilgram enjoys scuba diving, reading, gardening, various art projects, and traveling with her boyfriend. She currently has 2 cats, a red-footed tortoise, and a high energy dog! Dr. Pilgram joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Eve Cohen

Dr. Eve Cohen

Dr. Eve Cohen received her veterinary degree from St. Matthew's University in Grand Cayman in 2014 and spent her clinical year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City. Dr. Cohen has been a small animal general practitioner in NYC, Long Island, and Bluffton, SC. Her special interests include anesthesia and pain management, geriatric care, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Dr. Cohen is a classically trained violinist and violist and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Skidmore College. She lives in Bluffton, SC with her fiance, 3 rescued cats and a toy poodle - all named after musical references. Dr. Cohen joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Fiona Strange

Dr. Fiona Strange

Dr. Fiona Strange graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2000 and started work in a small animal practice. In 2003 Dr. Strange bought the practice and then opened another in 2005. As the practices grew, she hired five more vets and work kept her very busy! Dr. Strange loves to meet people and their pets, and while many have passed through the practice doors and she has experienced a lot in general practice, she is most passionate about ophthalmology. In 2018 Dr. Strange completed the rigorous requirements to be recognized as an Advanced Practitioner in Ophthalmology by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London. Then, in 2019 she relocated to California after selling her practices. Though heartbreaking to leave, she was ready for the next adventure, and currently works as a relief vet! When her 3 children permit any spare time, she enjoys swimming, riding horses, and mountain biking. Dr. Strange joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Deb Welsh

Dr. Deb Welsh

Dr. Deb Welsh graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 after working as a pediatric RN for 8 years. Since then, she has absolutely loved working with cats, dogs and their families in a variety of small animal practices throughout the US. Dr. Welsh has special interests in feline medicine, behavioral issues, and general nutrition. She is Fear Free Certified and a member of the AVMA. She’s a mom to four awesome kids, a sweet Golden Retriever and three very privileged and personable cats. When not working, Dr. Welsh loves spending time with family and friends, working on their fixer upper house, gardening, hiking and looking at cat pictures on the internet. Her husband loves that about her! Dr. Welsh joined FirstVet in 2020 and is very excited and honored to be part of the team. She most looks forward to helping owners ensure that their pets are living their best lives.

Dr. Grace Gore

Dr. Grace Gore

Dr. Grace Gore graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She has since practiced in both small animal general practice as well as emergency medicine. In particular, she enjoys working with geriatric patients, and has an interest in dermatology. Dr. Gore currently works in general practice, as well as teaching at a local college. She spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her family and pets. Her family is completed by her beloved four-legged members Maebie (great dane), Hans (maine coon) and Cassio (mustang). Dr. Gore joined FirstVet in 2020.

Dr. Denise Michanowicz

Dr. Denise Michanowicz

Dr. Denise Michanowicz graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After 26 years of practicing as a small animal veterinarian, Dr. Michanowicz’s wide range of veterinary expertise includes everything from new puppy/kitten visits to emergency & sick patients. She has been a practice owner and currently works as a locum veterinarian on a small island in Denmark. More than anything, she enjoys promoting the human animal bond between pets and their families. Dr. Michanowicz lives with her husband, 3 teenagers, and 3 cats - Moodie, Garfield, and Domino. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, outdoor activities, and gardening. While English is her first language, she is fluent in Italian, along with an intermediate ability in Danish. Dr. Michanowicz joined FirstVet in September 2020 and is excited to be part of an additional method to help families with their pets’ veterinary needs.

Dr. Julie Napier

Dr. Julie Napier

Dr. Julie Napier graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She started work in a small animal, exotics, and emergency practice, with the intent of becoming a zoo and wildlife veterinarian. She spent almost 20 years in a variety of zoological institutions and did field work around the world including South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar, and Belize. Dr. Napier has a passion for animal welfare and conservation. Although she is no longer practicing in the wildlife field, she continues to be involved, writing book chapters and journal articles. She takes in senior dogs (over the years she has rescued 19 to date), has remained active in small animal medicine, and continues to consult in exotic pet and wildlife medicine. Dr. Napier joined FirstVet in September 2020.