Lisa Miller, Medical Coordinator and Lead LVT
Lisa wanted to become a veterinarian since she was a small child. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Her plans to go to veterinary school changed when she decided to have children. She went back to school and became a licensed veterinary technician in 1998. After working in a general practice for 17 years she wanted to try something different. In 2004 she joined the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia. There is always something new and different to learn working in emergency medicine and Lisa enjoys the challenge. She especially enjoys working with neonates.
When she’s not working Lisa enjoys spending time with her children, walking, playing soccer, and baking. Her multiple pets also keep her very busy.
Diane Arnold, Veterinary Assistant
Diane has been with the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia since 2006. She came to us as a former paramedic with extensive medical knowledge and a well-established passion for providing excellent care for her patients. Although she has lived in Virginia for over 27 years, she is a native of Pennsylvania.
In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her seven-year-old hound mix named Beckett.
Samantha Gritz , Veterinary Assistant
Samantha has more than 18 years of experience in the veterinary field. In 2005 she graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined the team at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2006.
Her special interests include soft-tissue surgeries and anesthesia.
When she is not hard at work for our Emergency Service Division Sam is snowboarding, wakeboarding, or training off-track thoroughbred horses for their second careers. Sam’s interest in both large and small animals is apparent in her pets—she has three horses of her own, three barn kitties to keep them company, and four Great Danes to complete the pack.
Jennifer Miller, LVT
Jennifer grew up in veterinary offices. Her Mom, who is also an LVT at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia, brought her to work on occasion. She learned how to foster puppies and kittens by helping her mother when a litter needed care. Her love for animals remained from a very young age and fueled her desire to become an LVT like her Mom.
In 2016 she graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and another degree in General Studies. Soon after graduation she was licensed.
Jennifer began her career at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia as a volunteer during high school and was employed as an assistant in 2013. Currently she is attending George Mason University and pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a minor in English.
She enjoys the outdoors. Jennifer can be found playing soccer on the weekends and some weeknights when her schedule allows. In addition, she enjoys gaming with her friends, creative writing, singing, and playing piano. She lives with her old Golden Retriever and three cats.
Min Begley, LVT
Min has been with the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia since April of 2015. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology from George Mason University, she realized her real passion was working with animals in the veterinary field. Min changed her career path and completed the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2016.
A native of Northern Virginia, she was born and raised in Fairfax. When she is not caring for our patients she enjoys spending time with her husband Drew and fur children Lola and Pepperoni.
Matt Snyder, Veterinary Technician
Matt graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Before joining the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2015 he was part of a field research team in South Carolina and worked in collections management at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC and in Maryland.
Ally Velandria, Veterinary Assistant
A Northern Virginia native, Ally has been working in the veterinary field for four years. Ally joined the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2015. She has experience with treatment and boarding, as well as at the front desk.
Ally enjoys spending her free time with her daughter Lily. Together they cater to a Cockatiel named Beaker, a dog named Monti, and a kitten named Lieu that was rescued here at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia.
In the future Ally hopes to apply her experience with the Emergency Division and Associates in Criminal Justice to a job with the Police Department focusing on cases that pertain specifically to abused animals.
Greg Bodmer, Veterinary Assistant
Greg began as a volunteer Veterinary Assistant with the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia after he adopted his first Weimaraner and worked with the DC Weimaraner Rescue. Subsequently he joined the Emergency Services Division as a part-time employee. Greg has been part of our team for more than five years. He derives a strong sense of personal job satisfaction knowing that we provide the best possible care to our patients and their owners. He believes that there is no greater feeling of accomplishment than seeing our patients leave with their tails wagging.
Greg has three dogs of his own—Weimaraners named Grayson and Duke and a Chocolate Lab named Bear. In addition, Greg has served as a foster for several more Weimaraners until a forever home could be found for them. Greg works full-time for the Federal government but always ensures he has time to give back to those that need our help the most.
Shilo Martin, Veterinary Assistant
Shilo has had animals since she was young and has been in the veterinary field for many years now. Currently she works full time at another hospital and part time at the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia where she is obtaining significant emergency medical experience.
In addition, she is enrolled full time in the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. When she is not at work or school she is spending time with her dogs or going to the mall or hiking.
Elizabeth Dennis, Front Office Coordinator
Elizabeth has worked in the veterinary field for 12 years. She joined the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia Team in 2013. Working with animals has always been a passion of hers. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Biological Sciences. Elizabeth enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two girls, and her cat named Ember.
Shawn Egan, Front Office Coordinator
Shawn has been working in the veterinary field for more than 15 years both in primary care and referral/specialist facilities. She is passionate about rescuing animals and has a wonderful American Bully named Stacks. When she is not providing excellent care for our clients as a Front Office Coordinator she is at home experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and spending time with her children, Isaiah and Taliyah.
April Quinn, Front Office Coordinator
After attending Old Dominion University from 2008 to 2012 April moved back to her hometown of Woodbridge, Virginia to pursue her passion for taking care of both large and small animals. April has worked in the veterinary field since 2010 and in the pet care/dog daycare business since 2004. She joined the Emergency Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2016.
April has always been an animal lover. Currently she has two cats, Queso and Minion, a German Shepherd named Copper, a fish, a bearded dragon, and two turtles. She looks forward to furthering her experience in the veterinary field.