VA-MD Vet Med Alumni Society Constitution
Constitution, amended April 20, 2006
Dr. Adam Henderson '11
Adam Henderson grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. He returned to Hampton Roads after graduation and is currently practicing in Virginia Beach as a small animal clinician.
His interests outside of work include working on his old 1969 Ford Bronco, playing golf, and working around the yard. He is married to Katherine Henderson, who also is a veterinarian. After completing veterinary school at the University of Georgia, she completed a small animal internship at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. They share their house with their Labrador, Captain Morgan.
Dr. Jesper Lorentzen '04
Jesper Lorentzen started working at Hanover Green Veterinary Clinic as a relief doctor in 2013. Quickly growing to love the hospital as well as the staff, he purchased the hospital in February 2014.
Prior to owning Hanover Green, Jesper spent eight years at Virginia Tech, where he obtained his doctor of veterinary medicine degree, and worked in emergency medicine for 10 years. During that time, he met his wife Ashlea and started a family.
Jesper has four daughters. He also has an Airedale terrier named Bruce, a cavalier named Shelby, and a miniature dachshund named Cooper.
Dr. Lisa Carter '87
Lisa Carter was born and raised in Chuckatuck, Virginia. She received a bachelor’s degree in animal acience from the University of Georgia in 1983 and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She is currently a partner at Augusta Valley Animal Hospital, a four-doctor small animal general practice in Staunton, Virginia. She does endoscopy for the hospital and has a special interest in gastrointestinal diseases.
Miller is a past president of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) and currently serves as the Virginia delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates. She was the recipient of the 2008 Virginia Distinguished Veterinarian award from the VVMA, and recently began serving on the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors.
When she is not working, Miller enjoys music and currently plays guitar and sings for a local blues band. She also has three dogs named Meg, E, and Chicane.
Dr. Jeff Alexander '98
Dr. Alexander grew up in Mechanicsville, and after High School attended Virginia Tech. He received his undergraduate degree in 1994 (B.S., Biochemistry and Nutrition) and then his DVM from VMRCVM in 1998. After seven years in private practice in the Richmond area, he furthered his training at Virginia Commonwealth University's medical school while receiving a Master of Public Health in 2008. Dr. Alexander then followed up with a PhD in Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (Veterinary Medical Informatics, Advisor - Dr. Jeff Wilcke) from VMCVM in 2015 where he received several awards for his work related to Veterinary Information Systems and Public Health research. After a two-year fellowship at VCU, Dr. Alexander joined the team at The Oncology Service - Advanced Radiation Treatment Center in Richmond. Dr. Alexander's clinical interests include adopting and integrating innovative technologies to advance veterinary diagnoses and treatments.
In his spare time, Dr. Alexander enjoys spending time with his wife and 2-year-old, as well as playing goalie for his rec-level ice hockey team. In addition, he is an avid Virginia Tech football and basketball fan. Go Hokies!
Dr. Geoff Campbell '93
Geoff Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Virginia Tech and received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He returned home to Virginia Beach to practice as an associate DVM in small animal practice after graduating. In 2006, he opened his own practice, Edinburgh Animal Hospital, in Chesapeake, Virginia. He has strong interests in orthopedic surgery and dermatology.
Outside of practice, he is an avid Hokie football fan and enjoys returning to the school for football games and being a mentor in the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association mentor program. He also enjoys boating, fishing, hunting and watching his two kids, Mason and Chelsea, play soccer. He and his wife, Debbie, love to travel and visit our national parks and historic sites. Together, they have two dogs: Sidney, a corgi, and Maisey, a border collie mix.
Dr. Melinda Cep
Dr. Melinda Cep is a senior director of the World Wildlife Fund Markets and Food Team. She identifies new issues, trends and opportunities that affect sustainability within the food sector, sets short and long-term policy goals, communicates policy objectives, and develops partnerships with both individuals and institutions to achieve WWF's conservation objectives.
Before joining WWF, Melinda served as the deputy chief of staff at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where she managed the department's policy and regulatory work and served as policy liaison with the White House and other federal agencies. While at USDA, Dr. Cep also served in other roles, coordinating farm bill implementation, managing the Department's work for the White House's Pollinator Health Task Force, and leading policy work on research, natural resource, rural development and public health issues. Before joining USDA, Melinda worked for a Member of Congress as a policy advisor on health and agriculture issues.
Dr. Justin Ganjei '11
Justin Ganjei received his B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2002. After a brief stent at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), he returned to Blacksburg for veterinary school and received his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Following veterinary school he went on to complete a 1-year small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He then completed a 1-year surgical internship followed by a 3-year surgical residency with Veterinary Surgical Centers in Vienna, VA, which he completed in 2016. Dr. Ganjei became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal in early 2017.
He is currently working at Veterinary Surgical Centers in Vienna, VA. Dr. Ganjei has a special interest in thoracoscopic and laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Noon Kampani '08
Kampani has considered Washington, D.C. home since 1999. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and business management from Cornell University, her graduate degree from Georgetown University, and her doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
Kampani has been practicing veterinary medicine in the D.C. area since 2008. She currently serves on the board of the D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine and the D.C. Veterinary Medical Association. She also volunteers one Sunday a month at the Washington Humane Society.
Prior to attending veterinary school, Kampani gave tours at the National Zoo as part of the FONZ (Friend’s of the National Zoo) program. Her professional interests include pain management, geriatric care, dermatology and internal medicine. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, golf, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Hobbs.
Dr. Tanya LeRoith '99
Dr. LeRoith earned a bachelor degree from the University of Maryland in 1994 and a DVM from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She is a veterinary pathologist and director of Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services at VMCVM. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and has a PhD in veterinary science from Washington State University. Her research interests include viral immunology and immunopathology.
Dr. LeRoith enjoys cycling, riding, running, competing in triathlons, and skiing with her two sons. She has two dogs, two cats, and a horse.
Dr. Gina Robinson '93
Gina Robinson completed her bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech and her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She currently resides in Abingdon, Virginia where she has been an associate veterinarian at VCA Highlands Animal Hospital for 20 years.
Robinson has a strong interest in dentistry, small animal internal medicine, endocrinology, and avian and exotic animal medicine and surgery. She is active in her local Virginia Veterinary Medical Association chapter and enjoys mentoring students in the veterinary and science fields. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, pets, and gardening.
Dr. Steve Shipley '97
Steve Shipley grew up in Carroll County, Maryland. He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and then his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.
After a few years in small animal practice and five years in emergency medicine in the Baltimore, Maryland area, he accepted a faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), where he has practiced academic/laboratory animal medicine since 2003. He is currently the Chief of Veterinary Medicine in the Comparative Medicine Program at UMSOM. His professional interests include advancing animal welfare and research in the areas of infectious disease and transplantation.
Outside of work, Shipley enjoys salt water fishing, hunting, cycling, and participating in the occasional triathlon. He lives in Westminster, Maryland with his wife Laura (DVM ’97)), their two daughters Zoe and Taylor, a dog, four cats, and (currently) nine gerbils.
Dr. David Stephenson '01
David Stevenson received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech in 1997 and his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Currently, he practices small animal medicine in his hometown of Bel Air, Maryland.
Outside of practice, Stevenson is a Virginia Tech fan and avid runner, having completed over 50 marathons.