Laurel Boyd-Portell, Department Lead
Laurel was born in Virginia and was raised surrounded by animals. At one point her parents shared their home with more than 20 pets. She was raised with a strong sense of compassion and the worth of all beings. Laurel is a licensed cosmetologist. After receiving her license in 2012 and initially pursuing a career in cosmetology she decided to follow her true passion in medicine.
She joined the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2015 as a front office coordinator where she has been cross trained as a veterinary assistant and patient care coordinator. She now serves as the department lead. Laurel is a strong advocate for blood donation and enjoys spending her free time with friends, as well as crafting and reading.
Laurel shares her home with Jared, her other half, and their two kitties named Fiona and Hazel, a Russian Tortoise named Leon, many different species of fish, shrimp, and a snail. Most recently she added a Kitten named Poe to their little family that her coworker Katie found stuck in her truck bumper. Poe was only seven weeks old.
Jessi Bacon, Lead LVT
Jessi graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2011. She has been working at the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia since January 2000. She began as a veterinary assistant and worked her way through school.
She is married to a wonderful man, Jon and has three children—Felicity, Kaylee, and Landon. They share their home with four furry rescue children—two cats named Chi-Chi and Nugget and two dogs named Otis and Nelson. Jessi enjoys spending her free time attending different sporting activities for her children and spending time outdoors.
Katie Peddle, LVT
Katie began volunteering at an animal shelter after graduating from high school. She joined the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2012 for an internship while pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduating from Blue Ridge Community College in 2013, she joined the practice as a licensed veterinary technician.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Bobby and her two cats named Squeakers and Turtle.
Nicole Griffin, LVT
Nicole began working as a veterinary assistant in 2009. After working in the field for a few years she decided to go to school to make her passion a career. She graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in the spring of 2015 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and passed her boards the same semester. After graduation she continued working as a licensed technician at a general small animal practice before joining the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in the fall of 2016.
She and her husband share their home with their two laid-back cats and two ball/toy-obsessed dogs. In her free time Nicole enjoys binge watching shows on Hulu, hiking, and photography.
Charles Bryant, Veterinary Assistant
Charles joined the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in the spring of 2005. His various roles have included custodian, file clerk, front office coordinator, and veterinary assistant. In 2011 Charles took on a larger role as a veterinary assistant with a special interest in small animal nutrition.
Charles and his wife Katrina have one son, Parker, and a cat named Annie. Annie was rescued in 2012 and is named after Dr. Anne Chiapella.
In his free time Charles loves spending time with his wife and son outdoors. He is currently helping to manage a tapas-style restaurant in Old Town Manassas.
Maryanne Wampler, Veterinary Assistant
Maryanne began working in the veterinary field in 2001. Her experience includes emergency medicine, holistic medicine, and internal medicine. She joined the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2013.
In her free time Maryanne enjoys outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, and kayaking. Maryanne has two sons, one foster dog named Kaidence, and two cats named Marshall and Samantha.
Yazlin Chirino, Veterinary Assistant
Yazlin has always had a love for animals. She has been working as an assistant in the veterinary field for four years. Her experience includes general practice, emergency care, and internal medicine. Prior to entering the veterinary field, Yazlin worked at a dog daycare for three years. She is hoping to finish school and earn her veterinary technician license during the next few years.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful baby girl.
Bryan Matott, Veterinary Assistant
Bryan graduated from college with a degree in design. He pursued a career in graphic design for a number of years before returning home to Virginia. Bryan is new to the veterinary field. He has been with the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia since 2017.
In his free time Bryan enjoys hiking and travelling and is very involved with art and music. He plans to continue expanding his knowledge of veterinary medicine.
Kristin Lanctot, Front Office Coordinator
Kristin was born and raised in Malone, New York. While living there she worked with the elderly for five years and then followed her sister to Northern Virginia. Kristin always had pets growing up and after her role in human healthcare she decided to pursue her love for animals. She joined the Internal Medicine Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2013. Kristin has worked as both a veterinary assistant and front office coordinator for the Internal Medicine Division. In addition, she has worked as a front office coordinator with the Emergency Division.
She has a playful little Chihuahua named Wrecker. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading, being on the water, concerts, and walking Wrecker.
Ana Castillo, Hospital Maintenance
Ana has been working at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia for almost three years. She is originally from a small village called San Pablo Tacachico in El Salvador. As the oldest daughter in a family of 22 siblings, Ana needed to work at home and on their farm and, therefore, was unable to attend school.
A resident of the United States for almost 30 years, Ana has cleaned homes and offices and provided childcare.
She has a son, two daughters, and six grandchildren.