Our Doctors


Thomas Ryan, DVM, ABVP

Dr. Ryan a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners boarded in Avian Medicine is a 1983 graduate of the Veterinary program at the University of Parma in Italy and studied also in Paris London and New York.

Being on a farm in Ireland and living in various countries drew Dr. Ryan to work with a variety of species. As a child, he raised all types of birds, reptiles, dogs, cats and rabbits, fostering his love of animals.

Thirty-two years ago, Dr. Ryan came to Maryland to work with a large, multi-person veterinary practice in Reisterstown. But an urge to strike out on his own brought him to Carroll County and his current location.

He chose to locate his office in Westminster to remain close to many of his clients and patients from Baltimore, Littlestown, Gettysburg, and Frederick, as well as Carroll County. In addition to being one of few Carroll County veterinary hospitals to work with exotic animals, his is the only county facility to use state-of-the-art intensive care unit cages to treat exotic animals. Dr. Ryan is an adviser to various group that rescues and rehabilitates wildlife which includes injured waterfowl and Raptors.


Desi Kelleher, DVM

Desi is originally from Horseheads, New York where she grew up. Desi obtained her undergraduate degree in Zoology at the New York State University at Oswego. She followed that with a Master’s Degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and a Veterinary Medicine Degree from Oklahoma State in 2002. Once she graduated veterinary school she spent her first year completing an equine internship at Fox Run Equine Center in Pennsylvania. Her first two years were spent at her mother’s clinic who is also a veterinarian in mixed Equine/small animal practice. She then moved to Tennessee with her husband who was serving in the military and practiced for two years in a mixed animal practice before moving to Maryland nine years ago. She then worked at a small animal clinic in Reisterstown for eight years before working for Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital in Frederick as the Medical Director.

She and her husband Ryan met while they were both students at Oklahoma State. Desi and Ryan have two children their daughter Rory, is eleven years old, her favorite activities are playing piano, dance, and musical theatre. Their son, Holden is six years old and has been active in soccer, t-ball, basketball, and karate. Both children are very active in the 4-H program in Carroll County. Their home is on three and a half acres and they have a small barn which houses their horses along with their dogs, cats, chickens, and bunnies.

Desi’s hobbies include horseback riding, gardening and she is an avid fitness enthusiast and runs in local 5K races. She is very involved in her community and teaches Sunday school for her church, volunteers for the PTO and helps with the Carroll County 4-H program.


Our Staff

Pics and bios coming soon


Mary Fisher

I have been working for Feathers, Scales, and Tails for 22+ years. During those years, I have worked as a kennel technician, was promoted to the assistant office manager, and also work as a technician. I am a very big cat advocate and have worked with a feline rescue for 39+ by myself and with Carroll County Humane Society. My husband and I have 17 cats that are all rescues and have 2 birds as well.


Jesseca King

Jesseca grew up in Laurel, Maryland with interests in the Veterinary field. She moved to Westminster and graduated from C.C.C.C. with a degree in Animal Medicine. She has worked since 1999 in the Veterinary field. In 2003, she was hired by Dr. Ryan at Feathers Scales and Tails as a receptionist. She quickly moved to lead veterinary technician with her abilities in phlebotomy and her ability to remember patients needs and medical history. She now currently holds the position of Office Manager under Dr. Kelleher at Feathers Scales and Tails Veterinary Hospital. She is fluent in American Sign Language, extremely outgoing personality, and willingness to help the clients and their pets in any way she can. She currently resides in P.A. with her husband and two sons. She has two boys ages 22 and 12. She also is the proud owner of “Tasha” (Boxer mix), “Tova” (Calico), and “Pinkerton” (Moluccan Cockatoo) whom most clients know and adore as much as she does. She looks forward to meeting you and your pets, always.


Kelsey Downing

Kelsey has been living in Carroll County her whole life, she grew up on a thoroughbred racing farm when her fascination with animals began. She currently resides in Westminster, where she has two furry children. A 12-year-old Golden Retriever named Casie, and 3 year old Beagle named Cooper. Kelsey was recently hired at FST after serving 6 years at an emergency facility as a Vet Tech. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends and family, riding horses whenever she can and spending quality time with her doggies. Her future plans consist of having her own little farmette with horses, cows, chickens, goats, dogs, one cat and maybe, a pig or two.


Amanda Wagner

Amanda is a receptionist with Feather, Scales and Tails. She looks after, coordinates, and leads a team, providing all aspects of customer service. She has spent two years enjoying her place of work and team. Before joining Feathers, Scales and Tails in 2017, she worked as a nursing aide for four years. As she worked and cared very deeply for the elderly residents, she decided it was time to move on, spending her time in the field of her true passion, the environment of animals!

Amanda has had a love for animals starting at a very young age. It all started with spending time on her family’s farm outside of Taneytown, where they owned cows, pigs, goats, horses, chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, dogs, reptiles, rodents, and plenty of cats. Amanda was born in Carroll County, but moved around a lot as a child. Amanda currently resides in Manchester, with her boyfriend Steven, their 6 month old son Silas, their five cats (Mister, Chewy, Java, Girly Girl, and Ryanne) and beta fish (James Pond). Her goal is to buy their home, and raise their son in the county he was born, near friends and family. She is looking forward to her future as a Mom to both her two and four legged children, and is excited to be a part of Feathers, Scales and Tails with all her wonderful teammates and clients.


Vicki Wright


Shatana Fletcher

Shatana Fletcher is from New Windsor, Maryland and currently resides in Sykesville, Maryland. She has had animals all her life and currently has a domestic medium haired cat named Leona, and a bearded dragon named Molly. She has been employed at Feathers, Scales, and Tails for 2 years, starting as a kennel technician but is now a Veterinary Assistant. Her love for veterinary medicine sparked when she got her first cat and took him to his first vet appointment, where the environment felt like something she wanted to be a part of. Her future plans include going back to school to become a registered veterinary technician. She is very excited about the growth of FST, and can’t wait to see where the future takes her and the rest of the team!


Lexi Juico

Lexi Juico is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She now lives in Finksburg, Maryland. Lexi graduated from Westminster High School in 2017 and will be graduating from Carroll Community College in May 2019 with her General Associates Degree. She is planning to continue her education at Penn Foster, striving for her certification as a Veterinary Technician. While Lexi was in high school, she attended the CASE- Animal Science program and excelled greatly. Lexi has been working for Feathers, Scales, and Tails for a year and a half. She started as a kennel technician and was recently promoted to Veterinary Technician Assistant. Lexi has had animals all of her life, which lead her to want to be in the field of veterinary medicine. Lexi is the proud owner of a 3-year-old Samoyed named Colten, and an 11-year-old domestic long haired cat named Tristan. Lexi loves working with all of her co-workers. She is excited about the new changes coming to the hospital, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for the clinic, the team, and for herself.


Amy Miller

I have been married for 37 lessons learned years and am the proud mom to my son, daughter in law and 3 grandboys. I am caretaker of 7 cats and a Goffin cockatoo. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the islands of the lower shore with my husband and taking bike rides on fall days. Originally from the Woodlawn/Catonsville area, I spent 20 years on the eastern shore fine tuning animal husbandry skills and striving to run a comfy, cozy, stress-free kennel. My experience is “hands-on”; “on the job”; and “life experiences”. Starting out in the shelter world, I studied animal psychology and behaviors under Ceaser Millan and Sue Stromberg through webinars and seminars. This knowledge helps me provide ideal care for your pet. Here at Feathers, Scales, and Tails, our kennel is calm and quiet. From cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters to birds, turtles, lizards, and snakes, we offer a safe, clean and stress-free space for your pet to stay while you have to be away!


Jennifer Zirbel

With a background in customer service and a deep love for all animals, Jen recently joined Feather, Scales & Tails. A Westminster native now living in New Windsor, Jen and her family recently purchased a home with lots of land for all the future animals her husband will tolerate. Jen currently has two boys, a cat, a turtle, and two fish. She has hopes to one day also have chickens, goats, a pig and lots and lots of barn cats.


Trish St Michel

Trish St. Michel joined the front desk staff at Feathers, Scales, and Tails in April 2019. She has a background in marketing and enjoys interacting with the customers and their humans. Originally from North Carolina, she has been in Maryland since 2003 and lives in Taylorsville with her two dogs, one husband, and two children.