Dr. Katie Bardales earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Avian Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park then went on to receive her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Midwestern University in Arizona. She is a Maryland native who loves traveling, horseback riding, hiking and reading in her spare time. Dr. Bardales lives in Silver Spring with her adorable, but mischievous Chihuahua mix named Lexi.
Genia grew up in Baltimore, MD but headed north to New York to earn her undergraduate degree in Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University. She then went on to earn her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Genia enjoys spending time with her cat, Remi, who she adopted from the animal shelter where she worked during her time in veterinary school.
Dr. Corinne Mayer received both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Virginia Tech. Her career interests include exotic, aquatic, and zoo veterinary medicine. Although she is originally from New Jersey, Dr. Mayer has spent most of her life in the DC area and now resides in Columbia with her rambunctious puppy, Linc. Outside of work Corinne enjoys traveling (especially anywhere with a beach), visiting craft breweries and vineyards, and, of course, Hokie and Philadelphia football!
Erika is a Maryland native who earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland where she double majored in Biology and Chinese Language. She went on to earn her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Midwestern University in Arizona. Dr. Olney has one perfect Siamese cat named Remy who she adopted from the spay/neuter program during veterinary school. Outside of work, Dr. Olney enjoys traveling in search of great hikes and even better coffee.
VMD, MS, DACVR
Dr. Clerc-Renaud completed his Bachelor of Science majoring in Physiology at McGill University then went on to receive his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing both a rotating and a specialized oncology internship, Dr. Clerc-Renaud finished his residency in radiation oncology at Colorado State University where he also earned a master’s degree. His professional interests include new and alternative ways to treat cancer with cutting edge technology such as stereotactic radiation therapy (SRT) and using liquid fiducial markers to identify tumors. In his free time, Dr. Clerc-Renaud loves tennis, traveling, and spending time with his cat, Miles.
Dr. Sara Fritz of Philadelphia joins VRA as a doctor of Small Animal Veterinary Oncology. Dr. Fritz completed her Bachelor of Animal Bioscience with a minor in Veterinary Medicine at Pennsylvania State University where she also competed on the Division I Women’s Water Polo team. She went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Mississippi State University and completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Kansas State University. She finished her small animal oncology residency at University of Minnesota where she served as chief resident her final year. During her residency, Dr. Fritz lectured nationally on a spectrum of tumor types and was awarded a research certificate on osteosarcoma.
Dr. Witsil completed her veterinary degree at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech). Before pursuing advanced training in emergency and critical care, she worked as an ER clinician in private practice. Dr. Witsil then completed an emergency/critical care specialty internship at Colorado State University (CSU) followed by a residency in private practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been actively engaged in the field of emergency and critical care medicine through her work on the clinic floor, providing continuing education lectures at regional and national conferences, as well as contributing and reviewing for the Journal of Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Witsil has advanced training in mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, endoscopic foreign body removal, and emergent soft tissue surgery. She enjoys the challenge and diversity of emergency and critical care medicine and is excited to join the team at Veterinary Referral Associates.
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.
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 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.
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 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. Dr. Conway collaborates in research with veterinarians at VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine to improve the treatment of hyperthyroid cats and is the Key Opinion Leader with IDEXX Laboratories where she teach other veterinarians how to improve their care of hyperthyroid cats. 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 teenagers, a whippet and two cats at home.
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 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.
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.
Dr. Nikhil Joshi is a New Jersey native who has happily resettled in the DC metro area. He attended the University of Maryland 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 shifted gears and attended the University of Pennsylvania for veterinary school. In addition to his veterinary degree, he earned a certificate in veterinary public health while at Penn. 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.
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 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.
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 be back in the area. Outside of work, Dr. Mongol-Gunter enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends and dogs Rudie and Blu.
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.
VMD, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRT, CVA
Dr. Steve Steinberg conceived of and opened one of the first totally referral-based private specialty hospitals in the country in 1977. That hospital has evolved into the world renowned Veterinary Referral Associates of today.
Always the innovator, Steve has brought numerous firsts to private practice from the first subspecialties such as radiology, cardiology, and oncology as well as bringing the first hemodialysis to the area. At VRA under Steve’s guidance we have trained specialists from all over the world as well as a continuing intern class.
Having treated tens of thousands of neurology cases, it was always clear that there were avenues yet to be travelled for the best for his patients. About 15 years ago, Steve started studying rehabilitation therapy as an adjunct to his every day practice. Certainly once a client is evaluated or has surgery, there has to be greater emphasis on the recovery components as is common to human medicine. Diving into the area of animal rehabilitation led Steve to become certified, then an instructor at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Wellington, Florida. It was natural that Steve’s success in the world of veterinary practice led him not only to teach neurology but also the successful business practices of running a veterinary hospital. Steve continues to teach business courses all over the world even today.
Always pushing the envelope. Steve decided that acupuncture was a natural extension of the treatment of neurologic disease and Steve became certified in that field as well. Taking advanced courses has led Steve to not only treat cases with acupuncture but also the broad gamut of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including herbal therapy.
Steve has decreased his practice time to just two days per week where he works with a fabulous rehabilitation team and practices his acupuncture.
Steve today, has started raising Katahdin sheep and has started attending courses dealing with small ruminant veterinary medicine.
Steve and his team are always there to help your favorite furry friend receive the best care available.
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 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.
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 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.