Stephanie Taylor, LVT, Manager
After working in general practice for a number of years, Stephanie joined our staff in July 2013 as she wanted to expand into specialty medicine.
Stephanie attended George Mason University, and then transferred to Northern Virginia Community College for the Veterinary Technology Program. After becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician she has become a certified member of ASVDT for dentistry. Stephanie’s professional motto is “Do what you love and love what you do.” Veterinary medicine is that love. Stephanie’s special interests include pain management and critical care.
Stephanie, her husband Tom, and two sons live in Manassas. Stephanie has a Border Collie Aussie cross named Kira. Stephanie enjoys reading, gardening and crafting.
Lisa Decker, BS, Senior LVT
Lisa received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1980 from Virginia Tech. After spending time at the Veterinary School in Blacksburg with a friend who worked there, she decided to go back to school to get her Veterinary Technology Degree. She graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in May of 1986 and then passed her Veterinary Technology Boards. Lisa has been with Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia since January of 1986. She began doing her internship and then joined the team full time in June 1986 after graduation.
When Lisa first started with the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia there was one other LVT and Dr. Richard Bradley. The practice has certainly grown over the years!
When Lisa is not at work, she can be found competing in agility most weekends with her Jack Russell Terriers, Remi and Dexter. Her older Jack Russell Terrier Bindi is a retired multi-titled agility competitor. Lisa and her husband Scooter enjoy spending time with their dogs and occasionally taking a vacation without the dogs.
Michelle Gooden, LVT
A lifelong horse person, Michelle became a licensed veterinary technician in 1986, and spent many years working in the horse industry in a variety of jobs. She joined the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia staff in 2002 after serving as nursing director at the Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center for eight years. She has enjoyed her transition to small animal medicine.
Michelle lives on a small farm in Berryville where she breeds sheep. She shares the farm with the sheep, her horse and donkey, and her Swedish Vallhunds. They are very busy with agility, herding, rally obedience, conformation and therapy dog visits.
Michelle Vanderbilt, LVT
Michelle is a life-long Northern Virginia resident who has always had a love for animals.
Prior to becoming involved in the veterinary field, Michelle and her husband, Bill, owned and published a wedding planning magazine. The Wedding Pages served Washington, D.C. area brides for 18 years prior to being purchased by The Knot.
In 1998 Michelle began work as an assistant for a general veterinary practice in Warrenton, Virginia. In 2002 she decided to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Northern Virginia Community College in 2005. Michelle continued to work at the general veterinary practice in Warrenton until 2010 when she joined the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia
Michelle has lived in Warrenton since 1995. She and her husband share their home with three dogs and two cats.
Elise Welker, LVT
Elise graduated in 2013 with her degree in Veterinary Technology. After working in general practice for almost ten years, she joined the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2015. Her love for specialty medicine includes surgery and diagnostic imaging such as MRI, CT, radiology, and ultrasound. In 2016 Elise was trained as an MRI Technician and operates our in-house MRI machine.
She lives in Fairfax with her husband, Kenny, and their daughters Emilia and Evelynn. They are happily expecting their third child soon. Elise has two Bichons, Lola and Teebo, and Nya their Siamese cat. In her rare free time she enjoys reading, going to movies, and spending time outside.
Nicole Latane, LVT
Nicole was born and raised in Fauquier County where she enjoys rural living. Even as a small child Nicole loved animals of all kinds so she knew she would go into the animal profession someday. After graduating from high school, Nicole attended Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program. She graduated in 2014. Nicole worked part time in general practice beginning in 2012. She joined the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia full time in 2014. Nicole’s special interests include anesthesia and patient care.
Nicole shares her love with three rescue animals—an Aussie Border Collie cross named Walter, an active Dutch Shepherd cross named Eos, and a not-so-friendly cockatiel named Burt. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and being outside. She is an avid runner and competes locally.
Jessica Triggs, LVT
Jessica was born in Woodbridge, Virginia and currently resides in Warrenton. She graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College in 2013 with an Associate in Science degree and graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program in May of 2016.
She joined the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2016 and has been enjoying every aspect of her position. She was trained as an MRI Technician in 2016 and operates our in-house MRI machine.
Jessica is a huge cat lover and enjoys drawing, rock climbing, and camping in her free time.
Samantha Haar, LVT
Samantha was born and raised in Springfield, Virginia where her passion for animal health blossomed. After graduating from high school, she gained seven years of experience at Burke Animal Clinic. During her time with the small general practice, she discovered the position of an LVT and worked diligently to acquire the same set of skills. Samantha attended the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College and graduated in 2017. She continues to increase her knowledge as a member of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia’s Surgical Team.
In addition to working and going to school, Samantha modeled in the Washington, DC area for five years. She appeared in local magazines and worked as a runway model.
Samantha lives in Fairfax with Zachary, her boyfriend, and their two cats Tigger, a chubby, white and tabby mix, and Bear, a sleek solid grey with two different color eyes. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, watching anime, and playing the guitar and video games.
Carlie Morris, LVT
Carlie has always had a passion for animals. She began volunteering at the Fauquier SPCA when she was only 14 years old.
She graduated from Longwood University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Biology. Carlie began working in the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia and decided to become a licensed veterinary technician. She completed the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College in 2017. Currently she works for the Emergency Division.
Carlie lives in Warrenton with her husband Ethan, three children, two dogs, and two horses.
Lesly Molina, LVT
Lesly was born in Fairfax and currently resides in Springfield Virginia. She has always had a love for animals and nurtured and cared for them while growing up.
She earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Northern Virginia Community College. Lesly began her internship at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia during the summer of 2016 and completed the Veterinary Technology Program at Northern Virginia Community College in 2017.
In her spare time Lesly enjoys hiking, camping, and going to the beach. Currently she has a Yorkshire Terrier-Toy poodle mix named Peanut and a Pomeranian Husky mix named Ghost.
Michelle LeBlanc-Pate, Veterinary Assistant
Michelle joined the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in 2016. She has always had a love for animals and began her career in veterinary medicine in 2005.
She has worked in general practice, exotic, and emergency medicine over the years. Michelle has a special interest in behavior medicine and nutrition.
She and her husband share their love for animals. They have rescued dogs, many cats, a parrot, and even a few ferrets over the years. In her spare time Michelle enjoys photography, cooking, and spending time with her husband, their hound Autumn, and four cats named Ducky, Livia, Drusilla, Kaylee, and June Bug.
Elizabeth Zuponcic, Veterinary Assistant
Elizabeth grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she moved to Northern Virginia to pursue nursing. Elizabeth acquired her certification as a nursing assistant and worked in patient care.
In 2012, she started part time at a small general veterinary practice as a boarding assistant. She fell in love with veterinary medicine and received on-the- job training as an assistant and receptionist and was promoted to department management. Elizabeth always had an interest in veterinary surgery and decided to pursue this specialty by joining the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in August of 2016.
Elizabeth currently resides with her Boston terrier, Nibble, and two cats—Marlowe, a bengal, and one-eyed cat, Calypso. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, outdoor sports, and reading.
Brigitte Kurrus, Front Office Coordinator
Brigitte was born and raised in The Netherlands where she met her husband, Kris, who was stationed in The Netherlands as a Marine Security Guard at the American Embassy in The Hague. After spending two years working for The Netherlands Foreign Service at The Netherlands Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, Brigitte emigrated to the U.S. in the summer of 1993 to join her husband in Camp Pendleton, California where she lived for six years, moved to Okinawa, Japan for three years, then on to Jacksonville, North Carolina for eight years before finally ending up in Manassas, Virginia after her husband retired from the military.
Brigitte has held many clerical positions since graduating from business school in 1986, and decided to combine her work experience with her love for animals, first at a general veterinary practice and then at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia since January 2015.
When not at work, Brigitte spends time with her three cats Wally, Lucas, and Nancy, gardening, enjoying a good meal at different restaurants with her husband, and watching European detective series.
Lynn Pletch, Front Office Coordinator
Lynn, a long-time resident of Fauquier County, graduated from Fauquier High School in 1991. She and Eric, her husband of 25 years, have five children and four beautiful grandchildren. Lynn loves caring for her herd of rat terriers and three cats.
When she was growing up, Lynn’s family enjoyed caring for many different animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, goats, chickens, and calves. Her love of animals led her to a position working in a general veterinary practice in Warrenton as a front desk operator.
Lynn began working part time at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia as a receptionist in January of 2016 and became full time in March of 2016. In her free time she enjoys reading, music, spending time with her family, and going to the beach.
Kari Lodovico, Front Office Coordinator
Kari grew up in Manassas. She lives in Stafford with her husband Joe, dog Parker, and cat Sam.
Kari has worked in the veterinary field for the past six years. She joined the team at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in September 2016.
In her free time Kari enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Leann Brady, Front Office Coordinator
Leann was born and raised in California. She moved to San Antonio, Texas for seven years where she met her husband, Craig. They moved to Manassas, Virginia after her husband received a job opportunity with the Federal Government. Leann stayed at home for 20 years to raise their two children. In 2014 she returned to the work force. For two years she worked as an office assistant for an alpaca farm until the owners retired and sold all of the animals. She joined the Veterinarian Referral Center of Northern Virginia in August of 2017.
In her spare time Leann enjoys gardening, reading, and going to the gym. She has four cats at home—Simone, Twinkie, Orion, and Loki, as well as Scooby, the family dog.
Eligio Cardona, Hospital Maintenance
Eligio Cardona was born in the city of Jutiapa, Guatemala. He moved to the United States in 1989, and has worked in maintenance since 1993. Eligio lives with his wife and two children in Woodbridge. In his free time Eligio enjoys many activities including painting, writing poetry (he is a published author!), and lapidary.