Our Careteam

Hospital Floor Staff

Cherish Merryman

Office Manager

Cherish grew up in Annandale, Virginia, and lived there for 15 years before moving to Madison, Virginia. After that, her family moved all over the place, going as far as California, and now she’s back in Culpeper, Virginia. Cherish wanted to be part of the veterinary profession because she hates to see animals in pain and not be able to help them. She started at ODAHC as a Boarding Supervisor, moved to the hospital floor working as a nurse, and now she is the Office Manager.

With her experience, Cherish can help out wherever needed, from organizing reception to helping with dentals, x-rays, and lab work.

Cherish has 2 children, Bryce and Caden; 2 dogs, Dharma and Razor; 1 cat, Pita; and 1 horse, Moxley. She loves being outside working in the yard, riding Moxley, going mudding, 4-wheeling, and, most of all, playing with her girls.

 

Lorena Calani

Reception Manager

Lorena is from Potosi, Bolivia, and she moved to the USA 17 years ago. When she first started at ODAHC, she thought it would be a temporary job but shortly after, she realized how the staff had embraced her and treated her like family. This is the reason she’s stayed here for the last 17 years and counting! Lorena worked as a maintenance supervisor for a few years before getting a promotion to her current position as a receptionist. She loves her job because it is a great way to interact with other people and provide good customer service.

Lorena talks to clients by phone, sets up appointments, files documents, assists the doctors when needed, and makes sure the clients are always happy.

Lorena’s entire family is in Bolivia, but here in America it’s just she and her daughter, Geraldine. They also have a pet parakeet named Polly who was a rescue. Lorena’s daughter is working on graduating from Christopher Newport University and pursuing a career in computer engineering. Polly, on the other hand, enjoys honey treats. Lorena’s biggest goal is getting her daughter through college, and for herself – well, she hopes to achieve more opportunities to grow professionally in this career.

 

Carol_profile_1Carol Morrison

Receptionist

Carol was born in Chicago, Illinois. Because she enjoys working with the public and adores animals, she decided she wanted to do something special. Old Dominion Animal Health Center looked like a great place to work and she loves it here. As a receptionist, Carol has front desk contact with clients, provides customer service, makes sure clients get the best service and care for themselves and their pets. She multi-tasks, working with front desk duties as well as with our doctors and techs as part of the team. She really enjoys talking to our clients and making them feel special.

Carol comes from a family of artists: her son is a photographer and filmmaker; her brother is a master woodcarver; her sister is a multi-media artist; Carol enjoys doing Chinese brush painting; and her mother is a quilter. Carol also enjoys cooking and baking, biking and hiking, and music.

 

Paige Blackford

Receptionist

Paige grew up in McLean and graduated from McLean High School. One of her friends who works at ODAHC told her about the job opening and because she was actually interested in learning more about animals, she thought it would be a perfect fit. Paige had come in with a dog and had seen how everything worked, so she knew she wanted to be part of the team. As one of our receptionists, she works with the clients and files, and schedules appointments for veterinary care, grooming services and boarding.

Paige’s family includes a twin sister, 3 younger sisters, and her dad and mom. She also has a stepdad and mom, 3 dogs and a cat. Her dogs like sitting on the back of the family couch and barking at people who walk by, and her cat loves sitting up in his cat tower. Paige is interested in animals, and also possibly teaching one day.

 

Tiffany Zorotrian

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Tiffany grew up in Myersville, MD and then obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware.  After several years of working in Washington, D.C., she decided a career change was in order.  She began working at Old Dominion Animal Health Center as a boarding supervisor in February 2005, which piqued her interest in veterinary medicine. Tiffany received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College and her license to practice as a veterinary technician in January of 2012.

Tiffany has special interests in anesthesia, dentistry, and clinical pathology, and enjoys the opportunities that ODAHCenter provides for her to use her skills and knowledge to provide excellent patient and client care. Her husband, Tony, works for the Department of Defense, and his job gave them the opportunity to live in Bahrain for 3 years. This experience gave her the opportunity to expand her veterinary technician skills, as there is a huge variety of birds and other exotic species that are kept as pets in the Middle East.

Tiffany and Tony have two incredible, funny kids:  Brooke, who is 3 years old, and Nathan, who is almost 2 years old. They also have 2 pets; Brutus, a 7 year old Great Dane, and Sam, a 12 year old cat. The kids and pets keep her and her husband busy, but they enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, and traveling when the opportunities present themselves.

 

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Heather Barb

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Heather was born in Winchester, Virginia and has lived in Northern Virginia her whole life. She grew up with animals of all kinds. Her love for animals is what drew her to the veterinary field. Heather started working in Old Dominion’s boarding department when she was 16 years old. She became interested in the veterinary field, so she went to tech school to broaden her abilities to care for animals. Heather has been working at Old Dominion for 16 years and counting!

As a technician, Heather assists the doctors throughout the day in many ways; providing daily care of animals (medications, temperature, etc.); pre and post surgical care; performing dental cleanings and monitoring anesthesia; taking x-rays and performing blood draws – anything to make the doctors’ day go more smoothly.

Heather is married to her highschool sweetheart, Nick, who is a deputy sheriff. He enjoys working out, competing in CrossFit competitions, watching sports (Dallas), and any outdoor activity. Heather and Nick have two children, a 6 year-old boy named Landon and Savannah, aged 2.

They also have a 10 year-old German Shepherd, Trixie, and a 1 year Shepherd mix named Storm. When she’s not busy at work, Heather enjoys horseback riding, concerts, sports, going to the beach, and spending time with her family. She lists her greatest achievements as having graduated tech school, getting married, and having a beautiful family!

 

Ryan Gale

Nurse

Ryan was born in Toledo, Ohio but currently resides in Middletown, Maryland with his wife and kids. His wife Carrie works for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an Aeronautical Information Specialist. They have two beautiful children, a four year old son named Finn and a daughter, Hanna who is a year old! The Gale family also has a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Java.

Ryan started off in the field as a dog walker, which he remained for three years. It was during this time that he realized he wanted to work more with animals. He’s been at Old Dominion for 10 years and counting! Ryan’s specialties include: dentistry, radiology, laboratory work and blood draws. He plans to finish NVCC’s Veterinary Technology program in hopes of owning his own business in the future.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys fishing, swimming, visiting local craft breweries and participating in a bowling league!

 

Erin Atsaves

Nurse

Erin was born in Fairfax and has lived in Vienna most of her life. She started work at ODAH as an assistant at 16 just as she was beginning to study animal science at Chantilly High Schools academy. After graduating from Marshall High in 2011, she took off to the Midwest to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. During that time, she switched from her original love of small animals to working with dairy cattle doing nutrition research. When graduation time came, she put a hold on the farm life to come back home and rejoin the ODAH family as a nurse in 2015.

Until she goes back to school she wants to stay working in the field gaining experience. She has always loved dogs more than any other animal though. Sadly, her canine family is smaller now as she lost her two girls Boo 15 year old Lab/Shepherd and Remi 4 year old Border Collie/Dutch Shepherd within a year of each other. The third and smallest, Oliver, is her family’s 7 year old Shih Tzu who continues to keep their spirits up with his silly antics.

While she is not working, she is most likely still doing something involved with animals whether it’s playing with them or learning more about them; she also loves hiking, traveling, going to lakes off the Chesapeake Bay, spending time in Bethany Beach, photography and has a side interest in working on cars.

 

Boarding Staff

 

Nakia Anderson

Boarding Supervisor

Nakia grew up in Alexandria, Va and graduated from West Potomac High School. She started working with animals at the Alexandria Animal Shelter at the age of 16, it was there that she realized her passion for the field. Being around all the stray animals in the shelter, she saw firsthand the impact that a little love and patience can make in an animals life.

She loves animals so much that she has five at home! Her household contains two dogs, a 7 year old Mastiff/Rottweiler mix named Max and 5 year old Bichon Frise named Elmo. She also has two cats, an orange tabby named Jitter who is five and three year old calico tortoiseshell mix named Zuri. Her fifth pet is of the reptile variety, a 15 year old leopard gecko named Meeko! When she’s not at work she loves to listen to music, write poetry, and paint. Nakia is also a big fan of sports, Cowboys for life.

 

Travis Jackson

Boarding Supervisor

Travis was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Stafford County. He grew up with a Labrador, Kush and a Great Dane named King. That’s where he first discovered his love for animals. He attended College in North Carolina and received his Bachelors of Business Administration. After completing college, he worked for his local SPCA as a receptionist and swiftly moved up the ranks to Management.

Travis has a nine year old son named Tyson who loves animals and wants to be a vet when he gets older. Along with Tyson, he has a four year old Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix named Percy who won 2nd place in his county’s dog show in the Summer of 2016. He is our newest Boarding Supervisor as of Dec. 2016 and we’re glad to have another energetic and dedicated worker here at Old Dominion!

 

Brenda_profile_1Brenda Gray

Boarding Supervisor

Brenda chose the veterinary field because she has a big heart filled with love for animals. A friend suggested she work with animals because every time she would see an animal, she would melt, and the animal would try to run to her (true story). Brenda works in the boarding/bathing/grooming department. Aside from handling paperwork, her main objective is to make the owners and their pets feel comfortable and reassured with love and understanding.

As a pet owner, she know there is no place like home, but if you must board your pets, ODAHC is ideal, and the staff is the best.

Brenda’s family includes her baby long-haired Chihuahua, Chula. She proudly served in the United States Army and loves all sports, especially basketball and football. She also loves music, dance and theatre.

 

Hal_profile_1Hal Edmonds

Veterinary Assistant

Hal was born and raised in the District of Columbia, and now resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland. When he was seeking employment, he found the opportunity to be surrounded by the animals that he loves. In his daily duties, Hal gets to bathe, walk and provide playtime for dogs, clean cages, give medications and assist the staff as needed. He loves his job!

Hal has a wife, kids and grandkids, a dog, Dianna, and his Old Dominion family. These are his loved ones. His personal interest is doing his best at whatever is asked of him on any given day, even if it is just helping someone, or talking to someone. If it will help the team, then Hal is happy to do it. His greatest achievement is just knowing that he can do something that he loves to do and see his babies (the dogs).

 

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Assistant Boarding Supervisor

Vidalia chose the veterinary field because she grew up with animals as a child and wanted to continue having them in her life. Her job as Assistant Boarding Supervisor is to support the other supervisors with all aspects of running the boarding facility.