Our Veterinarians

Our Veterinarians2018-10-04T15:32:35+00:00

Meet Our Veterinarians

Mariana Crumley
Kelly McMullin
Armita Sarcon
Margaret Thies
Tina Conway
Bill Crumley
Amelia Espina
Nikhil Joshi
Aimee Kidder
Elizabeth Mongol-Gunter
Eileen Snakard
H. Steven Steinberg
Lindsay Vega
Trevor Williams
Katie Bardales
Genia Bercovitz
Corinne Mayer
Erika Olney
Benoit Clerc-Renaud
Sara Fritz

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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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 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.

Katie Bardales

DVM

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 Bercovitz

VMD

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.

Corinne Mayer

DVM

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 Olney

DVM

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.

Benoit Clerc-Renaud

Radiation Oncology

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.

Sara Fritz

Oncologist, Residency Trained

DVM

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.