Meet Our Veterinarians
Alison Ladman, VMD
Dr. Alison Ladman has been a veterinarian at Wilmington Animal Hospital since graduation from veterinary school in 2005. She obtained a BS in Biology from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lehigh, she attended the University of Delaware where she earned a MS in Animal Science. Upon completion of her degree at UD, Dr. Ladman attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to practicing conventional medicine at WAH, Dr. Ladman has a passion for shelter medicine and has worked for Faithful Friends, Kent County SPCA, and currently assists at Delaware Humane Association. Her professional interests include high quality dentistry and compassionate end of life care.
Dr. Ladman lives with her husband, Brian, a University of Delaware Scientist and their daughter Catherine. Her family has three dogs – Frank and Gwen Ellis (rescued from high-kill shelters in the southern United States) and Arrow (rescued from the White Mountain Arizona Apache reservation). She enjoys camping with her family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and spending time at her family’s cabin in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Shelley R. Epstein, VMD
Dr. Shelley Epstein has been a veterinarian at Wilmington Animal Hospital since graduation from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1985. She has an undergraduate degree in Natural Science from Muhlenberg College and has been working in the veterinary field since she was 17 years old.
Dr. Epstein is credited with bringing an integrative approach to medicine to WAH through the addition of holistic medicine. While she most enjoys practicing homeopathy and providing nutritional consulting, she also practices conventional medicine at WAH and at Providence Animal Center, a local animal shelter where she does relief work.
Dr. Epstein has a cat named Aviva, adopted from Forgotten Cats, and a rescued dog named Trevor. Her hobbies include cycling, walking in the woods with Trevor, traveling, and lecturing around the world. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association.
Maria Werkiser, VMD
Dr. Maria Werkiser has been a veterinarian at Wilmington Animal Hospital since 1997. She has an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.
Prior to practicing small animal medicine, Dr. Werkiser was an equine veterinarian. She is now known for her thorough approach to canine and feline internal medicine cases and her tireless dedication to her patients.
Dr. Werkiser lives with her husband Dave and her dogs Eli and Monkey. When she is not caring for patients at WAH, she is training and caring for her horses, hiking, reading, and spending time with her three daughters when they return home for visits.
Lynne (Lexie) Hanna, VMD
Dr. Lexie Hanna has been a veterinarian at Wilmington Animal Hospital since her graduation from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Prior to veterinary school, she earned a BA from the University of Delaware in International Relations with a minor in French. She taught French and was a program director for placement of foreign students in boarding school programs.
Dr. Hanna has a certification in acupuncture from Colorado State University. She practices acupuncture at WAH and through Peaceful Pet, LLC in addition to conventional medicine relief work. She also teaches animal science to children at Tower Hill School and Centreville Layton School.
Dr. Hanna keeps busy with her family, her two dogs, Laval and Lucy (both Delaware Humane Association rescues), and her chickens. She enjoys yoga and traveling.
Kimberly DiTata, DVM
Dr. Kimberly DiTata joined Wilmington Animal Hospital in 2019. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. DiTata has many years of experience in emergency medicine. She completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York, as well as a surgical internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT.
Dr. DiTata has experience in emergency medicine and critical care and is excited to use that perspective in the practice of preventative medicine. She enjoys thorough medical work ups and tailoring best practices to the needs of the patient and the patient’s family. She likes the challenge of longer term follow up and the development of relationships with clients and patients that last longer than an emergency hospital visit.
In her free time, Dr. DiTata enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. She has a senior cat named Izzy who she rescued from a Remote Area Veterinary Services trip.