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

Coryn Castellanos

Coryn grew up in Baltimore, MD, and currently resides in Hampstead, MD. Coryn was hired at FST in 2019 and has over 20 years of experience with small animal veterinary medicine. She is currently the Office Manager. She has a passion for all animals large and small.

She shares her home with her toy poodle Gumdrop, her cat Skaddle, two bunnies Chunk, and Romeo, along with her ball python Joey.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Phil, fishing, gardening, reading, and spending time with family.

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.

Lexi Juico

Lexi Juico is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She now lives in Finksburg, Maryland. Lexi graduated from Westminster High School in 2017 and graduated from Carroll Community College in May 2019 with her General Associates Degree. She is continuing 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 since February of 2018. She started as a kennel technician and was quickly promoted to a veterinary technician. 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 6-year-old Samoyed named Colten, and a 13-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.

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.

Leanne Cole

Hello, my name is Leanne. My birthday is in May. I have always loved animals my whole life and I’ve had the amazing privilege of working with the incredible doctors and vet techs here at Feathers, Scales and Tails clinic since April 2019, as a Kennel Technician. I have worked several years in the animal field being a vet technician, kennel assistant, and dog and cat behaviorist learning everything I can about animals that I can get my hands on. Hopefully, with some more education and determination, I will go back to school and complete my bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and Human bacteriology and microbiology.

I love medicine and enjoy learning and watching the technicians during surgery however animals; mainly cats are my true passion. At home I have two feline friends: Scrummer is a seventeen-year-old Tortie and my beloved, dearest baby is Lolly a 7-year-old grey tiger-striped kitty cat. She is my best friend and is very, very close to my heart. Although cats are my favorite, other animals prowl in my house.

I have one, eight-year-old Male Netherland Dwarf rabbit whose name is Bon-Lon. I would love to add another feline to my heart and home but needs to be a very special case. I look forward to meeting you and your beloved fur babies when you bring them in for boarding, a grooming session or a check-up here at FS&T! Where we take care of your pets just as if they were our own.

Bridget Ward

Bridget Ward has lived in Carroll County all her life. Her love of animals she inherited from her grandmother who wanted to be a veterinarian all her life and could never turn a stray away. Bridget has three plus years of front desk experience within the veterinary field. Bridget and her husband have two pit bulls together and enjoy working on and restoring classic cars together in their free time.

Melody Schudel

Melody is originally from upstate New York and relocated to Westminster as a child, where she currently resides with her husband and 2 teenage children. Melody has had a lifelong love for animals. Although her full-time job is working for the Community Foundation of Carroll County, when an opportunity arose to work part-time at Feathers Scales and Tails, she jumped on it. She has been a long term client and truly believes in the services we provide for our clients. Currently, she has a cat named Mr. Kitty who showed up one day and made herself comfortable; Dr. Evil, a kitten that was brought in as a rescue; Wendy, a stray kitten that her daughter found in a gutter, and 2 dogs named Sasha and Raven. They are the loves of her life. Melody is also a soon-to-be Corgi mom!

Jazzmyne Bosley

I was born and raised in York Pa. I have always been an animal lover I have always had dogs and cats my whole life. I went to school for a veterinary technician at YTI York and recently graduated this summer I am waiting to take the VTNE to become a CVT. I did my externship here at feathers scales and tails and fell in love with working with the exotics. I later plan on moving down south and furthering my career into zoological medicine to work with larger exotic animals.

Kerry Anderson

Kerry has lived in Maryland her whole life. She is a mother of 3 and has a true love for all animals.

She has been working as a receptionist and loves interacting with all the humans and animals that we see!

She has 2 dogs, 2 cats and a horse as part of her family at home.

Amelia Halvorsen

Amelia has always had a love and passion for animals. She started out managing horse farms and has groomed for an upper-level event rider, and has ridden and trained professionally. Amelia has worked with both small animal and equine veterinarians. She enjoys the rehab side of veterinary medicine and believes it is a useful tool in helping keep animals comfortable for as long as possible.

Amelia has 2 Dobermans, Torque (11) and Rae (4), and an Off Track Thoroughbred, Butters (5). In her free time, she enjoys training and competing in obedience, agility, and conformation with Rae and eventing with Butters.

Crystal Gardner

Crystal was raised in Westminster, MD on a horse farm. Currently living in Littlestown, PA with 1 Siberian husky, 2 cats, horses, cows, and chickens. She always had a love for animals, and that is what led her career in veterinary medicine. Starting as a veterinary assistant for an equine vet, Crystal has 13 years of experience with large animal and small animal veterinary medicine. She is very excited to start gaining experience with exotic animals at Feathers, Scales & Tails.