Jon joined VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in March 2012. He recently got promoted to front office manager. He was previously a receptionist and a referral coordinator. Jon lives in Germantown with his beautiful wife Erin, and their young son Michael. Jon enjoys the diversity of the patients and the fast-pace of our ER department. In his spare time, Jon enjoys baseball, video games, and has a slight addiction to all things Batman.
Grace Chavez is one of our Referral Coordinators. She is likely the first person with whom you will interact, at VCA VRA, if you are seeking information about the departments of Oncology, Neurology, Physical Rehabilitation or Surgery. Rest assured you will be greeted by a woman with a wealth of knowledge, who exudes both kindness and compassion.
Grace has been working in the veterinary field for over ten years. She has always had empathy for animals but in her current position, she has found tremendous satisfaction talking to and building relationships with their owners. In fact, this has become the highlight of her job.
Gracie has two daughters, Brianna and Adrianna; one son, Mason and one stepson, Javion. With the addition of their orange feline fluff balls, named Phoebe and Oliver, the Chavez house is a pleasure place to return to at the end of a busy day. Although she remains constantly active with sports and spending time with her family, Gracie becomes revived after dancing the night away with her wonderful husband, Javier.
Rob Nicholson is Maintenance Supervisor with VCA Veterinary Referral Associates. Rob started his employment at VCA/VRA in August 2003 when it was still located in the world famous, 100 year old dairy barn. His office and shop were located in the loft of the barn so he earned the nickname Barn Owl. He’s still referred to as such by long-time employees of VCA/VRA. Rob trained under the building engineers at Federal Realty Investment Trust, an owner of many properties in the area. Although the veterinary hospital field was new to him at the time, Rob fit right in and never looked back. His job includes maintaining all aspects of building equipment such as lights, plumbing, heating/cooling and many other repairs. Basically, whatever it takes to keep the hospital running.
Rob has many interests outside of VCA/VRA. Some of which include hiking, biking and fishing. He also love to vacation at his mountain cabin in Virginia where he enjoys tubing, hiking and hunting for caves.
Rob is an animal lover and adopted two dogs from VCA/VRA. His handsome Jack Russell terrier named Broozer and his French-fry loving, beautiful Jack Russell/Beagle mix named Piper. Although he doesn’t work directly with the animals in the hospital, Rob does feel like he keeps the facility in a condition that allows for a healthy stay for the animals.
Clela has loved animals since she was a child. Growing up, her pets included Charlie, a Lab mix, an albino corn snake, she named Mr. Pinky, and Herm, a Russian tortoise. To continue working with animals, Clela joined the local Petco in Morgantown, WV as a part-time associate. She acquired her Basset Hound puppy, Buddy, during that time, fostered many cats (including several nursing litters), and rescued Clyde, a stray yellow tabby. After receiving her BA in Communication Studies from West Virginia University, Clela returned home to Frederick, MD, and transferred to Petco in Leesburg, VA. She became the General Manager of the Leesburg Petco in 2014 and developed a successful, well-run business.
Clela became interested in being more involved in the care of animals, and joined VCA VRA this spring, as the Communications Director. She is enjoying the challenge of working in a fast-paced, friendly environment where the focus is excellent service and quality animal care.
In her free time, Clela’s interests include motorcycling, experiencing many of the healthy and exotic restaurants in the area, and enjoying time spent with her friends and family (both two and four legged).
Mary Yonemura is the Referral Coordinator/Liaison for the Internal Medicine Department. She began working for VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in May 2007. She also compassionately cares for families coping with bereavement issues.
If you wish to schedule a consultation with one of the doctors in this department, she is available directly via telephone at 301-337-2311 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelica, better known since she was a cub by her nickname Angel, has been with VCA VRA since September of 2012. After trying other shifts, she is currently scheduled as our overnight receptionist. This affords her the challenge of working alone and gives her the opportunity to meet new and interesting clients and pets who come in during the late night and early morning hours.
Angel resides in North Potomac with her recently acquired Muppet-looking terrier mix P’nut (a.k.a. Creeper) and has hopes to soon add a Rottweiler/Pit Bull combo named Backup to her home.
Angel plans to return to school in the near future to study video editing, with the intention of one day creating trailers for the Hollywood movie industry. Angel’s hobbies include reading, making TV/movie-based music videos, adding to her extensive television/movie collection and researching any/all information available
concerning Michelle Rodriguez and Joss Whedon.
Barbara is a Receptionist Supervisor who has been a member of our Veterinary Referral Associates’ team since November 2011. She is a native of Montgomery County and graduated from Richard Montgomery High School. She went on to obtain a B.S. degree in Vertebrate Biology from Averett College in Danville, VA. Upon graduation from college, she moved back to Rockville and had various animal-related jobs, including horse farm manager and professional pet sitter until she found her way to Gaithersburg Animal Hospital, where she worked for 11 years. Seeking an opportunity to advance her career in a more diverse environment, she joined our staff at VRA in 2011.
Barbara makes her home currently in Washington County, MD. She is the proud owner of three German shepherd dogs, and a small herd of cats. She is an active volunteer with Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, and has fostered over 185 dogs in the last twelve years.
Bess is a Receptionist, who has been with VCA Veterinary Referral Associates since May 22, 2007. She enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets, especially ones that come in routinely for treatment.
In her free time, Bess enjoys spending time with her crazy/affectionate cats Nicky (10 yr orange tabby) and Eddie (6 yr black dsh). She enjoys sharing their antics with anyone who wants to listen, other staff or clients.
Moira is a technician in Veterinary Referral Associates’ Emergency department. She has been with our team since the beginning of 2011. Moira started her career in the early ’90s, working for several years at a few local veterinary practices in the area. After 10 years in regular practice, Moira’s thirst for knowledge took her to emergency medicine where she spent 4 years and loved every minute. After a brief foray into government contracting with the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Moira has found her niche here at VRA.
Moira is currently taking classes through Purdue University in Veterinary Technology with a goal toward certification in the field. Moira shares her life with Isabel, a wild and crazy Lab/Weimaraner cross and Widget, a sweet brown tabby DSH who likes to follow the dog on walks. She also enjoys cooking and is an avid movie buff.
Nancy is a Client Service Telephone Operator, who has been with Veterinary Referral Associates since Dec 7, 2010. In her free time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and also cooking. She has two wonderful dogs, Charlie, a five-year-old German Rottweiler and D’Ablo, a five-year-old Pit bull.