Our Team

  • Dr. Richard P. Suess, Jr.

    DVM, ACVS Diplomate
  • Dr. Roy F. Barnes

    DVM, ACVS Diplomate
  • Dr. Sevima Aktay

    VMD, ACVS Diplomate
  • Dr. Todd Hamilton

    VMD, ACVS Diplomate
  • Dr. Alex Padron

    DVM, Surgery Resident
  • Dr. Jessica Giannetto

    DVM, Surgery Resident
  • Dr. Elena Sweazy

    DVM
  • Dr. Amy Gifford

    DVM

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Each Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) has graduated from a Veterinary Technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. They have passed state and national board exams to receive a license to practice as a veterinary technician in the state of Virginia.  At VVSA, our technicians are the anesthetists and primary nursing care providers for your pet during hospitalization. They will explain the post-operative care and discharge instructions as well as answer any questions you may have about your pet’s surgery and after-care.

  • Jessica Bettis

    LVT
  • Rebekah Booth

    LVT
  • Ariana Frazier

    LVT
  • Whitney Glover

    LVT
  • Jennifer Horwath

    LVT
  • Megan Jensen

    LVT
  • Mary Riopedre

    LVT
  • Amy Rollins

    Lead Vet Tech

Veterinary Assistants

Our Surgery Assistants scrub in with and assist the doctors during surgery. All of our assistants help with appointments, the nursing care of your pet, and are responsible for the cleanliness and organization of our department and equipment. Most often, they will be the ones who retrieve your pet for admission.

  • Marika Beale

    Surgery Assistant
  • Jamie Hart

    Veterinary Assistant
  • Spencer Hawthorne

    Veterinary Assistant
  • Katie McAnelly

    Surgery Assistant
  • Kelli Nowland

    Surgery Assistant
  • Samantha Skelton

    Surgery Assistant
  • Stephanie Walton

    Lead Surgery Assistant

Client Service Coordinators and Support Staff

Our Client Services Coordinators coordinate patient appointments and requests from primary care veterinarians, welcome and register you when you visit, assist you with payment options, and maintain our patients’ medical records.

  • Shannon Banks

    Lead Client Service Coordinator
  • Victoria Bellflower

    Client Service Coordinator
  • Meagan Corbin

    Office Manager
  • Angela Graves

    Client Service Coordinator
  • Kalynn Groppo

    Client Service Coordinator
  • Millie Travers

    Client Service Coordinator
  • Lindsey Windett

    Client Service Coordinator