Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Coastal Veterinary in Selbyville! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 302-524-8550 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Staruch


Dr. MaryHelen Staruch graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Dr. Staruch’s experience is broad and has been focused on companion animals. A more extensive bio is coming soon!

Dr. Richards


Dr. Renee Richards joined the Coastal Veterinary team in October 2017. After graduating from Shippensburg University in pre-veterinary medicine in 1991 and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, Dr. Richards practiced in Pennsylvania for the next 22 years. For 18 of those years, Dr. Richards was a practice owner. Her special areas of interest include internal medicine and dentistry.
A new resident to Delaware, Dr. Richards is enjoying exploring the beautiful beaches, often with her dogs Lulu, a Welsh Terrier/PBGV mix, and Angus, a Welsh terrier. When not working, Dr. Richards enjoys spending her free time traveling, biking, hiking and running.

Dr. Altares


Dr. Erin Altares grew up in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. She attended Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. Dr. Altares then moved south to attend the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN.

Since graduation, she has developed a special interest in soft tissue surgery, urgent care/ emergency medicine, dermatology, and in Fear Free Medicine. Dr. Altares has gone through Fear Free training and it is her goal to keep animals happy and free of fear or anxiety when they visit the veterinary hospital.

Dr. Altares and her cat Toulouse moved to the Lewes, Delaware area in 2019 and her extended family joined them in 2020. Dr. Altares started at Coastal Veterinary in July 2021 and is happy to serve the people and pets in the greater Selbyville area.

In her free time, Dr. Altares enjoys baking and gardening, reading murder mysteries, as well as spending time outdoors hiking.

Dr. Bielecki


Dr. Emily Bielecki grew up in Cordova, MD. She attended University of Maryland where she received her B.S. in Animal Science, then went on to earn her degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, spending her clinical year at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the CV team in July 2021. Dr. Bielecki's special interests include preventative medicine, geriatric care, and ophthalmology. She also enjoys her role in representing the veterinarians of Delaware as the state delegate in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, helping to vote on association policies and elect leaders within this organization.

Dr. Bielecki lives with her husband, Brian, weimaraners Minerva and Molly, chocolate lab Diesel, and MANY goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits, and peafowl on their farm in Georgetown.


Senior Veterinary Technician

Sherie began her career in the veterinary field in 2010, and in 2014 she graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Delaware Technical and Community College. She is passionate about providing compassionate care for every patient and providing education for all pet owners regarding the health and welfare of their beloved pets. As well as performing her technical duties in patient care, Sherie is also always available to answer client questions and concerns.

Born and raised in Brick, NJ, Sherie moved to Sussex County in 2009. When she is not taking care of patients, Sherie enjoys spending time with friends and family, learning about and completing home improvement projects, and crafting homemade toys for her furry children. Sherie is blessed with a beautiful family including her husband Jim, her three cats Peppy, Rafiki and Evee, her two chinchillas Penelope and Lilly, and an aquarium full of fish.


Office Manager

Bethany, is the Office manager & veterinary technician here at Coastal Veterinary. She has over 17 years veterinary technician experience at various other hospitals and has maintained management roles for 13 years. She started out volunteering for the DNR in Maryland, helping care for and rehab local wildlife, as well as working various kennel jobs. Bethany pursued a job as a technician assistant, where she then started acquiring the on the job skills as veterinary technician.

Bethany was born and raised in northern Maryland. After frequently vacationing here, her and her husband decided to move full time to Delaware in June of 2020. At home she enjoys spending time with family (husband and 2 young daughters). They thoroughly enjoy several outdoor activities. Hiking, frequenting the beach and local parks. Bethany and her husband are thrilled to watch their daughters develop a passion for animals as well. They have 2 cats (Revan, 15yr and Arya 11 yr).


Veterinary Technician

Chantal has known since her days in high school FFA that veterinary medicine was career for her. While she has been a veterinary technician for four years, her talents do not stop there. Chantal also serves our community as an NREMT and a working member for the Millsboro Fire Department.

Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, Chantal now calls Selbyville her home. Along with her family pets, Chantal has her own wild, energetic Australian Shepherd named Dancer.


Operations Specialist

Will became an integral part of Coastal Veterinary in 2016, contributing to the hospital's inception and growth. Starting out as a veterinary assistant, he advanced to become a veterinary technician, dedicating himself to diverse responsibilities for optimal patient care. His multifaceted support goes beyond clinical duties, significantly enhancing day-to-day operations, earning him the title of operations specialist.

With a comprehensive professional background, Will accrued 12 years of experience in the U.S. Air Force as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician and Information Management specialist. His tenure cultivated an extensive mechanical and IT knowledge base, proving instrumental in fortifying Coastal Veterinary's operational efficiency and elevating patient care standards.

Beyond his professional commitments, Will, with his wife Melissa, invests time in fostering cats and kittens, aligning with his passion for veterinary care. In leisure, he engages in photography, collaborative gaming, occasional camping, and continuous knowledge pursuits. Their family comprises Melissa, Will, and a delightful ensemble of 6 cats, 1 chinchilla, 1 Belgian Malinois, and, consistently, a rotating cast of foster babies.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Jenna is a valued member of the Coastal Veterinary team since 2017, where she serves as one of our senior technicians and oversees the operations of our surgical suite. Jenna is a graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at Delaware Tech, having successfully passed the national exam to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her unwavering dedication to the well-being of animals is evident in her passion for comprehensive care. Jenna harbors aspirations to continue her veterinary education, aspiring to earn the esteemed Veterinary Technician Specialty designation.

A Seaford, Delaware native, Jenna resides with her family, where her affectionate cat Pixie holds a special place in her heart. Beyond her dedication to veterinary care, Jenna finds solace in the world of literature. She loves to unwind by delving into a good book and cherishes the moments spent reading with Pixie, her furry reading companion.


Veterinary Technician

Drew is one of our highly skilled Senior veterinary technicians with over 17 years of experience in the veterinary field, beginning in 2006, including surgical monitoring and emergency triage. He has his certification in fear-free handling, animal CPR, and received awards for his research on memory and cognition in cattle while at university. He received his Bachelor’s of science degree in animal behavior and human psychology from the University of New England in Maine.

Drew was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and moved to Delaware in 2018 to enjoy our wonderful beaches and to be closer to family. When he’s not at work, Drew enjoys the great outdoors and photography. He lives here with his family of pets; his 2 wonderful kitties, Icarus and Edelweiss, and one amazing chinchilla named Tudy.


Veterinary Technician

Holly Hammond has cultivated a rich career as a Veterinary Technician since 2005, showcasing her expertise in a 24-hour Emergency Hospital before her pivotal role at Coastal Veterinary in 2021. Her dedication to excellence is evident in her Fear Free Certification, emphasizing a commitment to reducing patient anxiety and elevating medical care standards.

A proud Millsboro native, Holly and her husband, Brandon, passionately steward their 24-acre farmland, harmonizing care for their home with a broader commitment to wildlife preservation. Holly extends her love for animals into the realm of dog show competitions, showcasing the unique talents of her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Barrett.

With a compassionate touch, Holly seamlessly integrates her three rescue kitties into a harmonious home, fostering a space where both dogs and cats find cherished places. Her commitment to animal well-being shines through every aspect of her work.

Beyond veterinary endeavors, Holly's vibrant spirit extends to her love of music, dedication to fitness, hiking, and the tranquil beauty of the beach. Rooted in a profound love for animals, Holly embodies the highest standards of compassion and expertise in the field of veterinary care.


Licensed Veterinary Technician

Gabrielle joined Coastal Veterinary in 2021. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2008. In 2012, she graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from Delaware Technical Community College. She then went on to pass the national exam and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT).

Gabrielle is a Sussex County native. She lives with her husband and two daughters, along with their dogs, sugar gliders, and fish aquariums. Some of her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking/backpacking in the mountains, and reading books.


Veterinary Technician

Formerly a vet assistant in the glamorous world of 'Catnip and Carrots' in Queens, because who wouldn't want to work at a place with such a fancy name? Spent 7 years skillfully navigating animal emergencies like a superhero at Savannah Animal Hospital, and now, proudly known as the official cat whisperer at Coastal Veterinary.– where Tootie, the hospital cat, holds the real power. When not charming felines, she's hanging out with her three cats: Buffy, Girlfriend (Fred), and Anya – named after her undying love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On her days off, catch her swinging bats and playing softball or, you know, just being a regular cat superhero.


Queen of the Hospital

Tootie, the regal tortoiseshell cat, elegantly patrols the veterinary hospital, captivating all with her confident presence and soothing demeanor. From the reception desk to the cozy corners of exam rooms, Tootie presides over consultations, offering comfort through purrs and gentle nuzzles. Her royal naptimes and calming aura make her a beloved figure, turning the hospital into a sanctuary where both pets and owners find solace.

Tootie's exquisite taste extends to Churu, a delicacy fit for her stature. The mere sound of a Churu packet excites her, and the staff ensures her royal stash is well-stocked, turning snack time into a grand event. Tootie's love for Churu has become legendary, solidifying her status as the benevolent ruler whose contentment is the key to a harmonious veterinary realm.


Veterinary Technician

Meagan Moore has had a heartfelt connection with animals since a young age. Starting her journey as a vet tech in 2014 until 2018, she expanded her love for animals by delving into the intricate world of cremation. In 2021, while anticipating the arrival of her daughter Natalie, Meagan became part of the Coastal Veterinary Clinic. She lives in Delmar with her husband, and alongside their cherished pets – Jolene and Preston, the "needy" canine companions, and Cassidy, the sweetest cat. She finds joy in life's simple pleasures, including summer crabbing and tending to her garden.

Meagan's veterinary journey centers around a passion for critical care, the extra attention required for hospitalized patients, and a compassionate approach to end-of-life care. She specializes in crematory services and believes in supporting pet owners through difficult decisions like euthanasia. Meagan approaches these sensitive moments with empathy for both pets and their owners. In every aspect of her work, she balances expertise with compassion, ensuring that each patient, furry or otherwise, receives the utmost care and respect throughout their entire journey.


Veterinary Technician

In 2013, Liz began her professional journey in the veterinary field as a veterinary assistant at an animal hospital in Baltimore County, MD. Through diligence, structured training, and unwavering determination, she achieved a promotion to the role of veterinary technician by 2015. During her tenure at the hospital, Liz excelled in laboratory diagnostics and small animal radiology, refining her skills until 2021, when she made the strategic decision to return to the Eastern Shore. Subsequently, she seamlessly integrated into our dedicated team at Coastal Veterinary.

A native of Worcester County, Liz boasts substantial familial connections to the Eastern Shore, contributing to her profound affinity for the region. Beyond her professional commitments, Liz pursues various interests and hobbies, including a notable penchant for photography, particularly in capturing the nuances of nature. Her appreciation for the great outdoors and the scenic beauty of our local beaches further underscores her commitment to a well-rounded and enriching lifestyle.

When not immersed in the art of capturing natural landscapes through her lens, Liz finds solace in the companionship of her beloved four-legged companions. As a devoted caregiver, she shares her life with two feline companions, Henry and Willow, embodying her commitment to fostering meaningful connections both within and beyond the veterinary profession.


Veterinary Technician

Colleen, a seasoned Veterinary Technician, joined Coastal Veterinary in February 2022, bringing a wealth of experience garnered over a decade at the Hartford Emergency Veterinary Referral Center, specializing in Critical Care and Emergency Room services. Before that, she dedicated four years to internal medicine at Townsend. Colleen's passion for working with animals took root during her high school years at a local kennel, paving the way for a lifelong career in veterinary care.

A Maryland native, Colleen, originally from the Baltimore area, made a seamless transition to the Eastern Shore in 2021. Outside of her professional endeavors, she finds solace in bird watching, particularly with a fondness for raptors. Colleen and her husband love spending time with their Swedish Vallhund, Fenris, who was born on Valentine's Day. A unique aspect of Colleen's background is her upbringing as the child of two nurses, providing insight into her inherent affinity for the medical profession.


Veterinary Technician

Julia has been an invaluable member of the Coastal Veterinary team since 2022, rising to the role of veterinary technician after starting her career in a local shelter. Her journey into veterinary medicine followed a distinguished service as an EMT in the U.S. Army, reflecting her dedication to healthcare.

Known for her gentle and loving approach, Julia excels in working with challenging animals, disarming them with ease. Her infectious optimism and ability to thrive in chaotic situations make her a standout team member. Committed to continuous learning, Julia aims to deepen her knowledge in the veterinary field for the benefit of her patients and clients. Outside of work, she enjoys quality time with her family, partaking in activities like kayaking and caring for her dogs, cats, chickens, and ducks. Julia's blend of professional expertise and warm personality exemplifies her as a crucial asset to Coastal Veterinary.


Veterinary Technician

Laura, a Maryland native, began her veterinary career in 2013 as a kennel technician in Hagerstown, MD, before returning to Montgomery County as a veterinary technician. In 2014, she moved to Portland, Oregon, thriving in a specialty surgery practice and developing a passion for anesthesia and surgery, particularly in soft tissue and orthopedics.

In 2017, Laura's life took a significant turn as she met her now-husband, Kyle. They shared a beautiful greenhouse wedding in November 2022. At the close of 2022, the couple relocated to the Eastern Shore, where Laura joined Coastal Veterinary in February 2023. Her love for giant breed dogs, sparked by her late Italian Mastiff, Leo, in 2013, remains a constant in her life.

Beyond veterinary medicine, Laura is a versatile individual with interests spanning movies, TV shows, live music, nostalgic retro games, video games, singing, karaoke, and a deep passion for travel. While she fondly reminisces about the Pacific Northwest, Laura eagerly embraces East Coast living, exploring local gems and festivals, adding vibrant layers to her professional and personal journey.



Jes joined Coastal Veterinary in the summer of 2023 as a Veterinary Kennel Technician and swiftly ascended to become a vital member of our Veterinary Technician team. With four years of prior experience at a senior dog-focused non-profit, where she served as the Lead Kennel Technician and Shelter Coordinator, Jes brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to her role.

Currently pursuing licensure as a Veterinary Technician, Jes seamlessly blends her formal education with hands-on experience. Hailing from Columbia, MD, she relocated to the eastern shore to be closer to family. Beyond her professional commitments, Jes is a skilled digital artist, specializing in animal and scenic illustrations. Her artistic prowess, coupled with interests in knitting and a dedication to her pets—two golden retrievers, Ozzy and Cooper, and two bunnies, Merlin and Butters—underscore her commitment to excellence in all facets of her life. Jes's versatile skills and passion for animal care make her an invaluable asset to our team.


Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey Walker, who joined Coastal in 2022, is fueled by her deep love for animals. Originally from Maryland, Kelsey is not just a devoted mom to her two children but also shares her home with Lucky, an affectionate dog, and Bandit, a mischievous cat. Juggling the responsibilities of family life, Kelsey's passion for working with animals led her to Coastal.

In her role at Coastal, Kelsey values the opportunity to learn from experienced technicians, drawing inspiration from their work. Her journey is grounded in a genuine affection for animals, with Lucky and Bandit serving as cherished members of her own furry family. With a calm and down-to-earth approach, Kelsey embodies a commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of the animals she cares for, both at work and at home.


Kennel Technician

Bio coming soon


Client Service Specialist

Upon relocating to Delaware from Southern New Jersey, Teresa brought with her a wealth of veterinary customer service experience, enriching the Coastal Veterinary team with her seasoned expertise. Motivated by the camaraderie, support, and unwavering dedication of the staff, she is fervently committed to delivering exceptional and compassionate service to every client.

Residing in Delaware, Teresa finds pleasure in various activities, including reading, spending quality time with her daughter, engaging in walks with her newfound neighbors, tending to pets entrusted to her care, and enjoying cycling excursions to the beach with her husband. Beyond her immediate family, Teresa cherishes the companionship of her daughter's cat, Kiwi, reflecting her dedication to fostering positive connections both personally and professionally.


Client Service Specialist

Bio coming soon

In Memoriam…

On a beautiful afternoon Saturday,  on August 17, 2019, we had said our final farewells.  After surpassing her life expectancy and beating the odds, our sweet little angel “Button” couldn’t continue battling her many medical issues. 

If you had met Button, you know she was the sweetest, most gentle cat you’d ever meet.  When Dr. MaryHelen first opened the hospital, Button was one of our first patients and has remained with us ever since.  Button was an intricate part of our hospital family, as we could not do some of the things we wanted to do, without Button’s help.  When we needed to demonstrate medical techniques for clients, or if a new kitten needed some mothering care, Button was there.  She will forever be missed by her family here.