Emma Backus, Veterinary Assistant
Emma is a graduate from the college of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in Religious studies. During her gap year she shadowed at a veterinary clinic and quickly discovered what her true passion was. She is now taking the prerequisites she will need to apply to veterinary school within the next few years. Emma enjoys spending her free time volunteering at a local equine rescue that focuses on the rehabilitation of neglected horses. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs and her rescue cat. We are ecstatic to have her quirky personality in our office.
Cymri Herndon, Veterinary Nurse
Cymri Herndon was born in Fairfax VA and moved to Leesburg VA when she was 2 years old. She grew up idolizing Jane Goodall and even got to meet her once. She spent 10 years living in Eastern Tennessee where she received her bachelor's degree in biology and worked on her master's degree in developmental anatomy. During that time she worked at her first vet clinic and hasn't looked back since. Cymri lives in Leesburg with her crazy dog Winnie and her 5 cats (yes 5 cats) Henry, Hallie, Spook, Aura, and Leia.
Denise Corder, Practice Manager
Denise has been with Hoof & Paw since 1996 and has been working in the veterinary profession since 1993. She grew up in Loudoun County and enjoyed riding English in 4-H and Pony Club. Her family moved to Arizona her Junior year where she started riding in the High School Rodeo and fell in love with the Quarter Horse. Missing Virginia, Denise moved back to Loudoun County and married a childhood friend, Dennis, and they have 3 sons, Jeremy, Joey and Jarod. Denise is a proud Mom of 2 active duty Marines and is very active in the Young Marine Program with her youngest son, Jarod. she is currently the Unit Commander of the Shenandoah Valley young Marines Unit in Winchester, VA. When not off with the Young Marines, she enjoys riding in team penning and sorting competitions, taking motorcycle trips with her husband and spending time in the mountains with her family. The family is complete with 3 horses, 3 cats and 2 dogs.
Rachael Dunn DVM
Dr. Dunn is a 2014 graduate from Virginia-Maryland regional college of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. Her primary interests include small animal pain management & hospice care, integrative medicine, and rescue work. She spends a large portion of her free time working for Loudoun community cat coalition by running their spay/neuter program, and educating the community about population control. When not working, you can find her cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies during football season. She currently resides in Lovettsville with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
Theresa Brown, BSc, BVMS
Dr. Theresa Brown started her veterinary career at the age of 14 when she began working as a kennel hand and then over the following 15 years, moved on to become a veterinary assistant, licensed veterinary technician and finally a Veterinarian. She was an honors graduate of Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Biomedical Science, Australia.
Dr. Brown was working as an equine vetrinarian in a stud/racetrack practice in Western Australia when she met and married Dr. James Brown (equine surgeon at Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA.). Her husband whisked her away to America where they worked for 3 years in California before moving to Virginia in 2007.
Her first child was born shortly after moving to California at which time Dr. Brown turned to small animal work which she enjoys immensely. She loves challenging internal medicine cases, ultrasonography and doing lots and lots of surgery!
Dr. Brown lives on a farm in Waterford with her husband and their three young boys. Her spare time is taken up with looking after the numerous animals on the farm, riding with her boys, fishing and watching her cowboys compete in rodeos!
Allyson Mitchell, Office Assistant/Equine
Allyson has had an obsession with animals since a young age. It started with dogs, cats, hamsters, and rabbits. She learned quickly to keep the hamsters and cats and the dogs and rabbits separated. Around age eight, she started with her first pony and Pony Club. As she got older she stepped up her horse competition and started competing in Team Penning and Sorting. She joined the Tri State Team Penning Association and has competed in various competitions in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Allyson and her team took youth team penning champions one year at the State Fair of Virginia. She was also recognized by the United States Team Penning Association as one of the top five regional youth team penners. Allyson describes herself as a bit of a wild child. She is constantly fooling around on her horses and you will always find the occasional photo of Allyson standing on her saddle on top of a horse. She spends most of her time on the farm with her three horses, two cats, and dog.
Paula A. Horne, DVM
Dr. Paula A. Horne, a 1984 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has served the equine community with her expertise, compassion and dedication. Dr. Horne resides in Purcellville. With six horses, three dogs and two cats, it is obvious she is dedicated to the care and welfare of animals. She is active in the local pony club, has hosted events at her farm and has bred many nice foals through the years.
Dr. Horne has worked hard building her ambulatory equine practice. Along with her experience in lameness, purchase exams and reproduction, she offers complete health care packages.
Dr. Horne also teaches equine dentistry to recent veterinary graduates through the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
With the relocation of her practice, we hope to meet many new people in the small animal clinic as well as new equine clients in the Winchester area. We encourage everyone to stop by and see our new facility.
211 South 20th St. Purcellville, VA 20132
Jessica Belch, Receptionist
Jessica is a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School. She has always loved animals and started working at veterinary offices in 2012. She eventually joined the staff of Hoof & Paw as a receptionist in 2014. She loves spending time with her rescue dog Chumlee (in photo) in the future she hopes to rescue many more dogs and cats. Jessica says she is grateful for all the wonderful people she gets to work with (clients, patients and staff) at Hoof & Paw. She would also like to say she appreciates all the hard work and help that Hoof & Paw has provided to Chumlee.
Amy Martin, LVT
My family moved to a small farm in Loudoun County in 1976. This move allowed me to own many pets, including horses. After attending the Washington Business School in Vienna, Virginia, I worked as a medical secretary for local doctors. My appreciation and love for animals lead me to attend the Veterinary Technician Program at NOVA Community College. Now I am combining my medical, office background and nursing skills at Hoof & Paw. I enjoy helping horses, dogs and cats and their owners. Sometimes helping includes a kind word or hug; other times monitoring anesthesia. But whatever the task, I am rewarded in the knowledge that they are receiving the best veterinary and nursing care at Hoof & Paw.
Meg Jobson, LVT
Meg Jobson has been in the veterinary field since 1987 and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 1994. She graduated from Mary Washington College with a degree in Biology in 1992 and went on to earn her degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College. Originally from Oakton, VA, Meg has lived in Montana, Texas and Pennsylvania. She now lives in Stephens City, Va, with her husband, 2 sons and a herd of rescued animals. She enjoys spending her spare time with her horse, Roanie, and cruising on motorcycles. She has been a team member at Hoof & Paw since 2001!
Shannon DeArmas, DVM
Shannon DeArmas, DVM, is a 1998 graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. For twelve years she was an associate of Coddle Creek Animal Hospital in Concord, North Carolina. Her special interests are in ophthalmology, internal medicine and reproduction.
Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. DeArmas trained and cared for exotic animals including the training of an elephant. Before that she was an assistant trainer at November Hill Farm, Keswick, VA. She studied with numerous dressage trainers including Gerd Zuther of Va., Ulrich Schmitz of Arizona and Major Andres Lindgren of Sweden. She continued her interest and expertise in Dressage over the years and has trained through Grand Prix.
Her hobbies include photography and she loves to travel. She has a son named Ryan and shares her home with cats.