Hoof and Paw Veterinary Service, Inc.

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.

Meg Bennett, LVT

Meg Bennett 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 fiance, 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!

Kimi Suits, Veterinary Assistant

Kimi has lived around animals all her life and been in the veterinary field since 2013. She is currently attending school to earn her license as a veterinary technician. She has a heart for all types of animals big and small. Kimi would like to specialize in behavior modification, dentistry and radiology. Her family currently shares their home with several dogs, cats and horses. Her family runs a large and small animal rescue, so their pet count is constantly changing. We are delighted to have her energetic, fun loving personality in our practice.

Katy Wilson DVM

Dr. Wilson is a 1992 graduate from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She has had varied experience treating horses, llamas, alpacas, potbellied pigs, reptiles and exotic animals. Her primary interests are in companion animal medicine, surgery, ultrasound and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Wilson grew up in Colorado showing American Paint Horses and living the cowgirl lifestyle. She married Dr. Dave Johnson, an equine veterinarian. He introduced her to the sport of eventing which she has enjoyed participating in since moving to Virginia in 1998. She enjoys traveling with her daughter Reagan and tending to her extended family of two cats, two dogs, four chickens and seven horses.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Charlie Krebs, Veterinary Assistant


Charlie has lived in the Loudoun County area for over 8 years and has worked with Hoof and Paw since the spring of 2013. She’s always had a passion for animals and is learning so much from Hoof and Paw’s amazing staff with the hopes of becoming a licensed technician. In the past, Charlie worked several horse farms in the area, volunteered at the Loudoun County Animal Shelter, and has been a part of several 4-H clubs. Charlie has owned a variety of animals such as hedgehogs, snakes, rats, cats, dogs, chickens, sheep and goats. She currently owns her little prince Pedro the Chihuahua and Zelda the Basenji Mix, along with Rosebud the donkey and Jessie the mule. In her spare time, Charlie enjoys horseback riding, spending time with her pets, working various pet-sitting jobs and also her other part time job at VIP Boarding kennel over in Lovettsville.

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.

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.  

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

540-338-5888