Our Veterinarians

Our Veterinarians 2017-09-25T15:36:25+00:00

Meet Our Veterinarians

Name Department
Anesthesiology
Director
Associate Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Associate Veterinarian
Emergency and Critical Care
Emergency and Critical Care
Internal Medicine
Ophthalmology
Emergency and Critical Care
Emergency and Critical Care
Emergency and Critical Care
Director
Oncology
Emergency and Critical Care
Surgery
Integrative Medicine
Emergency and Critical Care
Emergency and Critical Care

Mariana Crumley

Medical Director, Anesthesiology

DVM, MS, DACVAA

Dr. Mariana Crumley graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a one year internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Ocala, Florida. In 2011, Dr. Crumley completed her residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia, while receiving a master’s degree at Kansas State University. Soon after, she joined the anesthesia, emergency, and critical care team at the University of Pennsylvania as a boarded anesthesiologist. Her main interests include patients with pulmonary and cardiac disease, as well as intra and post operative pain management. When not at work Dr. Crumley loves spending time with her family and riding her horse.

Keith Sobel

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Melissa Bean

Associate Veterinarian

DVM

Erin Black

Associate Veterinarian

DVM

Ann Bolek

Associate Veterinarian

DVM

Danielle Brown

Associate Veterinarian

DVM

Dr. Danielle Brown grew up in Howard County, Maryland. She has always had a love for animals, so her youthful desire to become a veterinarian seemed a natural choice. She persevered and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and subsequently, her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated valedictorian of her class.

Dr. Brown practiced small animal medicine and surgery as a general practitioner in Glenwood, MD for a year after graduating from vet school. Several years ago, she developed a special interest in veterinary cardiology and has decided to pursue this career path.

In her free time, Dr. Brown enjoys being with her family and friends including her two love-bug cats, Alice and Meeko. Additionally, Danielle stays fit playing soccer; takes pleasure from traveling to new places and relaxes by watching Disney movies.

Kelly McMullin

Associate Veterinarian

DVM, CVSMT

Armita Sarcon

Emergency and Critical Care

DVM

Dr. Armita Sarcon grew up in Southern California, the ”land of milk and honey”. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science/pre-veterinary, with a minor in microbiology, from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Prior to attending veterinary school, Armita spent several years working as a veterinary assistant. She earned her doctorate degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine then completed an internship in internal medicine and surgery at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Irvine, California. Dr. Sarcon also finished one year of clinical training at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Before she joined VCA VRA, Dr. Sarcon practiced at an emergency clinic in Northern Virginia. She is especially interested in the fields of zoonotic/infectious diseases, sepsis, trauma and cardiopulmonary diseases. When not hard at work, Armita relaxes by traveling, discovering new restaurants in the greater DC area, running, drawing/painting and especially, spending time with her mischievous cats Tuxedo and Moushi.

Margaret Thies

Emergency and Critical Care

DVM, Practice Limited to Emergency/Critical Care

Dr. Margaret Thies has worked in small animal veterinary hospitals since the year 2000. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, completed a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center in Seattle, Washington and followed up by pursuing a second internship in emergency and critical care at the Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital. Dr. Thies then began a residency in her chosen specialty, at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. In 2016, after completing this very impressive list of educational challenges, Maggie returned to the state of Maryland: the place she grew up.

Dr. Thies’ areas of special interest include mechanical ventilation, toxicities, pain management and trauma.  When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her “motley crew” of rescued animals (including dogs, cats, and Petey the Parakeet). She loves to read and treasures her time outdoors, hiking and biking.

Tina Conway

Internal Medicine

DVM, MA, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Tina Conway has been an integral part of our internal medicine department since 2001. Dr. Conway graduated from New York University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with honors. She then went on to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1991. She attended Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she received her DVM with honors in 1995. She did an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City and a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Michigan State University, 1996-1999. Dr. Conway became board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1999.

Dr. Conway manages the radio-iodine program, at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, for treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats. This is the most common hormone disorder of older cats and radioactive-iodine therapy is considered the treatment of choice by the American Association of Feline Practioners. Additional medical interests of Dr. Conway include management of other endocrine problems, endoscopy for evaluation of GI problems, and urinary disorders in cats and dogs.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Conway enjoys spending time with her family and hopefully, totally relaxing while riding her bicycle for hours on the weekends. She has two children, a whippet and a black cat at home.

Bill Crumley

Ophthalmology

DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Bill Crumley graduated from Colorado State University in 2007 with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He spent the next year in a post-graduate internship at Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, Florida.

In 2011, Dr. Crumley finished his three-year residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology and received his Masters degree in Biomedical Science from Kansas State University. At the conclusion of his residency, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and joined the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital, where he served as the Head of Clinical Ophthalmology.

Dr. Crumley relocated to the greater DC area in 2015 to join VCA Veterinary Referral Associates. His special clinical interests include cataract surgery, corneal disease, and glaucoma.

If you are in need of Dr. Crumley’s services, you will find him highly skilled yet extremely approachable. He will definitely be tuned in to you and your pet’s needs and engender your confidence in his abilities.

Adam Daniell

Staff Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care

DVM

Dr. Adam Daniell is a Maryland native who grew up in Columbia. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, he assisted in research at the Human and Molecular Genetics lab of the Medical College of Wisconsin until he decided to relocate to Los Angeles to attend Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. After obtaining his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Daniell practiced both general and emergency medicine in the Los Angeles area. In 2015 he moved to Denver, Colorado and completed a rotating internship.

Finding emergency medicine both fast-paced and cerebral in nature, Adam has returned home to Maryland to pursue his chosen career path. His special ER interests include polytrama, end-points of fluid resuscitation, endocrine emergencies and coagulopathies

When not at the hospital, Adam particularly enjoys being outdoors and partaking in almost any associated pastime: including bike riding, running and swimming. Being surrounded by family is another wonderful source of satisfaction for Dr. Adam Daniell.

 

Amelia Espina

Staff Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care

DVM

Amelia is a Gaithersburg native. She attended Wootton High School (Go WHS Patriots!) in Rockville, MD. Amelia obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. In her free time, Amelia enjoys running, playing volleyball, and baking delicious treats. She lives in Gaithersburg with her husband and their four cats; Vera, Moby, Tater, and Snickers.

Nikhil Joshi

Staff Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care

VMD

Dr. Nikhil Joshi is a New Jersey native who has happily resettled in the DC metro area. He attended the University of Maryland (Go Terrapins!) for his undergraduate studies and after graduation worked as a consultant in systems and management. Having a lifelong passion for animals and hoping to help the people who love them, he decided to abandon his career, applied and was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school. He earned his degree, as well as a certificate in veterinary public health, while simultaneously captaining the UPENN ice hockey team. Dr. Joshi subsequently completed an internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (NJ).

In his free time, Dr. Joshi enjoys golfing at the local courses and traveling to unique places around the world. Additionally, he is eagerly awaiting a call from the staff of “Jeopardy”, where he looks forward to putting his knowledge of trivia to excellent use. “A man of many talents.”

Aimee Kidder

Director of Emergency Services

DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Aimee Kidder is a Louisiana native who fittingly obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 2001 (Geaux Tigers!). She went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University in 2002 and following a year in general practice and emergency medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, decided to pursue residency training in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Kansas State University. After a very rewarding ten-year career as an internal medicine specialist, Dr. Kidder stepped into an exciting new role as an emergency veterinarian at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates bringing with her a vast medical knowledge, an effervescent personality and an enviable sense of humor.

In her time away from the hospital, Aimee enjoys spending time with her husband Oleg and their pack of Pekingese. She channels her creative energy into refinishing furniture, satisfies her desire for adventure by traveling and sates her appetite by discovering new restaurants in the greater Washington DC area. We are so lucky to have her on our staff.

Bobbi McQuown

Oncology

DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Bobbi McQuown is originally from Ohio. She attended the University of Central Florida for her undergraduate degree. Following this, she spent five years in the Army. After completing her service obligation, she changed career paths to veterinary medicine. Dr. McQuown graduated from North Carolina State University in 2011. She then completed a one year internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center/VCA Shoreline in Connecticut. After her internship she completed a residency in small animal medical oncology at Tufts University. While at Tufts, she conducted research regarding lymphoma and IGF-1, anal sac adenocarcinoma, and heart base tumors.

Dr. McQuown relocated to the DC area to reunite with her husband, their Boxer dog Alabama and cat Nemo.

Elizabeth Mongol-Gunter

Staff Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care

VMD

Dr. Mongol-Gunter earned her undergraduate and veterinary medicine degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete a one year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at The Hope Center in Northern Virginia. Originally from Maryland, she is happy to back in the area. Outside of work, Dr. Mongol-Gunter enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and Silky Terrier Rudie.

Eileen Snakard

Surgery

DVM, DACVS

Dr. Eileen Snakard graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She headed south to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and graduated magna cum laude in 1996. She completed a general internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, NY in 1997 followed by a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Texas. In 2001, she completed a three year residency in small animal surgery at Texas A&M University and relocated to the greater DC area to begin her career as a veterinary surgeon. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Although she enjoys all aspects of veterinary surgery, her special interests are minimally invasive thoracic and abdominal surgery and plastic and reconstructive soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Snakard has lived in the Washington DC area since 2001. She enjoys running, spending time with her family and the extensive dining experiences the area has to offer.

H. Steven Steinberg

Integrative Medicine, Rehabilitation

VMD, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT, CVA

Dr. Steve Steinberg conceived of and opened one of the first totally referral based private specialty veterinary hospitals in the United States in 1977. That hospital has evolved into VCA Veterinary Referral Associates where Dr. Steinberg was appointed Chief of Staff in 2011.

Dr. Steinberg received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from the Pennsylvania State University, College Park, Pennsylvania. He went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, 1973 and was boarded in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1980.

In 1994, Dr. H. Steven Steinberg realized a long-time creative dream with the advent of his international web-based registry of veterinary brain tumors. In 2001, the site was incorporated into the Vet Cancer Registry that flourishes today with Dr. Steinberg as coordinator.

Dr. Steinberg has a keen interest in the management and long-term goals of his patients. Consequently, he has become active in the canine rehabilitation community and has successfully completed the available courses at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Wellington, Florida. He is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist, and is currently teaching an advanced course on the rehabilitation of canine neurological patients at CRI.

Steve is an avid nature enthusiast and does sea kayaking, bicycling, backpacking, camping, fishing and cross-country skiing in his down time. He also built his own home, by the lake, including carpentry, masonry, electrical and plumbing work.

Lindsay Vega

Staff Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care

DVM

Dr. Lindsay Vega was raised in the small town of Smithsburg, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Animal and Poultry Science at Virginia Tech in 2012 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015. Dr. Vega is a valued member of our Emergency and Critical Care Department and may ultimately consider doing a residency in this very important specialty.

On her days off, Lindsay actively participates in the transport of animals from high kill shelters to rescues. In fact, she led and continues to be integrally involved in the effort to change the life of our in-house foster dog.  Do consult the VCA VRA Facebook page for more exciting information about Olympia’s exciting transformation.

Dr. Vega lives with her Tree Walking Coonhound, Jillian, a foster failure whom she adopted while in veterinary school.  When she is not concentrated on animal medicine and rescue efforts, Lindsay enjoys hiking, other outdoor pastimes and being with her family.

Trevor Williams

Staff Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care

DVM, MS, DACVECC

Dr. Trevor Williams was born in New Jersey and moved to southeastern Connecticut when he was 12 years old. He obtained an undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia Tech followed by a master’s degree in molecular virology at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for one year he returned to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine for veterinary school, graduating in 2006.

Dr. Williams returned to Connecticut and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT. After that time, Dr. Williams worked as an emergency clinician for referral hospitals in New Hampshire and Rhode Island. In July 2011, he joined the VCA VRA as a resident in emergency and critical care.

Dr. Williams’s professional interests include pain management, trauma, sepsis and pulmonary disease in critical care.