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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Mae Wasson

Dr. Mae Wasson was born in Statesville, NC in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She was named Mary Margaret, but was soon nicknamed “Mae” by her slightly older sister Lou. According to her mother Ruby, Mae wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she first learned to talk. She attended UNC-CH and graduated summa cum laude from NCSU with a BS in Zoology. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1984.  

While on spring break in the Keys, she fell in love with the blue water and her future husband Mark. She moved to the Keys permanently in 1987. 

She worked with Dr. Bob Foley at the Upper Keys Veterinary Clinic for many years and became acquainted with Alan Litman and ORCAT at that time. 

The rest is history! ORCAT grew and evolved into the wonderful facility it is today, and “Dr. Mae” just keeps saying to everyone she meets that she has the best job in the world. 

Susan Hershey, Director

Susan was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey. Her first baby picture was of her propped up next to the family cat, Samantha.  

She wanted to work at a veterinary clinic from the time she was young. At the age of 16, Susan started working for a veterinary clinic. 

She attended Ramapo Community College in New Jersey. After college, she relocated to the Jersey Shore, and fell in love with the water. 

She had the opportunity to cruise the Intercoastal waterway several times before settling in the Keys. While working at the Upper Keys Veterinary Clinic, she met Alan Litman and was enthusiastic about his work with the cats at Ocean Reef. Susan started the program in 1995 and with all her hard work and dedication The Grayvik Center "Home of ORCAT" wouldn't be the same without her! 

Amy Slager – Veterinary Technician
Melissa Boyer – Animal Services Technician
Kayla Forsberg – Animal Services Technician 
Phyllis Gable – Animal Care Assistant 
Walter Dupeyron – 
Animal Care Assistant 
Hannah Voss – 
Animal Care Assistant 
Jill Alonge – Catwalk Coordinator
Debbie Santos – Groomer
Keila Palmer – Groomer