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Dr. Brett VanLear is originally from Elon, Virginia. He received a B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech and a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. After working in mixed animal practice for two years outside of Roanoke, he moved to a family farm in Fishersville, VA where he has an Angus cow/calf operation. He practiced small animal medicine for three years there prior to accepting a teaching position with the Veterinary Technology program at Blue Ridge Community College. In addition to teaching, he currently does relief work.
Dr. VanLear enjoys many outdoor activities including running, mountain biking, boating and VT athletics.
Dr. Maureen Noftsinger grew up in Alexandria, VA. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in psychology and received a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She stayed in the area following veterinary school and started at the Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke as an associate in 2001. She now serves there as the Medical Director and CEO.
Dr. Noftsinger serves as the Roanoke Valley's director to the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. She also serves on the Veterinary Memorial Fund committee. Dr. Noftsinger shares her life with two young children, two dogs, a bird and numerous fish. She also enjoys swimming, biking, running, competing in triathalons, reading, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Dr. Scott Pleasant is a 1980 graduate of Virginia Tech and a member of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine’s charter class of 1984. He spent the first four years of his career in private practice in eastern Virginia, followed by a three-year large animal surgery residency and M.S. degree program at the University of Illinois. In 1991, he joined the faculty of VA-MD Vet Med as an assistant professor and Equine Field Service clinician. He became a member of the college’s Large Animal Surgery section in 1993, was promoted to associate professor in 1997, and served as Chief of Large Animal Surgery from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, he rejoined the college’s Equine Field Service and was appointed as the college’s equine extension specialist. In this position he provides equine outreach throughout the state, teaches undergraduate and veterinary students, performs clinical research, and participates as a clinician in the college’s Equine Field Service.
Dr. Pleasant is board certified in veterinary surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His clinical and research interests include equine lameness, nutrition and podiatry. In 2005, he received the National Teaching Excellence Award – Clinical Sciences, from the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has authored or co-authored over 75 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. He has given more than 100 presentations to professional and lay groups in Virginia as well as other states and internationally.
Dr. Pleasant resides in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Kelly. They have two sons, Nash and Troy.
Dr. Virginia Buechner-Maxwell earned her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She is a professor of clinical services, medicine, and equine and production management medicine in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at VA-MD Vet Med.
Prior to joining the faculty of the college in 1995, she was an instructor of equine internal medicine and a NIH postdoctoral research fellow for the division of pulmonary medicine in the Internal Medicine Department at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Buechner-Maxwell is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Her research interests include evaluation of equine lymphocyte function, regulation of lymphocyte mediated pulmonary inflammation, and the nutritional support of critically ill neonatal foals and adult horses.
She is member of several professional organizations including the American Thoracic Society, the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American Veterinarian Medical Association, Phi Zeta Society, and Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Dr. Lisa Glasscock Miller was born and raised in Chuckatuck, Virginia. She received a B.S. in Agriculture, Animal Science from the University of Georgia in 1983 and a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional 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.
Dr. Miller is a past-president of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association 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.
Dr. Miller enjoys music and currently plays guitar and sings for a local blues band. She has three dogs named Meg, E, and Chicane.
Dr. Sharon Kaschenbach completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola College and earned her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. She currently serves as an associate at the Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital in Carroll County, Maryland. She also performs spays and neuters for the Maryland SPCA and other non-profit spay/neuter groups and performs some relief work at the Central Carroll Animal Emergency Hospital.
Dr. Kaschenbach's special interests include controlling the pet population with affordable spay and neuter programs and working with ferals. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, softball, and caring for her 19 cats and two dogs.
Dr. Wynne DiGrassie is a native of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She earned her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and completed her master’s degree and theriogenology residency at VA-MD Vet Med. She then performed a one-year instructorship at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. DiGrassie and her husband, Dr. Reiners, opened Mountain View Equine Hospital in Steeles Tavern, Virginia in 2003. Her special areas of interest include stallion management, semen freezing, and neonatal medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine her interests are competing in AQHA Halter, competing in Hunter/Jumper events, hiking and biking.
Dr. Reed Hall graduated from West Virginia University in 1992 and VA-MD Vet Med in 1996. He currently practices small animal medicine in Northern Virginia. He is active in Christian Veterinary Mission and his local church.
He lives in Chantilly Virginia with his wife, Amy, and two children, Davis and Hope.
Dr. Steve Shipley grew up in Carroll County, MD. After high school he came to Blacksburg where he received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech and then his DVM from VA-MD Vet Med in 1997. After a few years in small animal practice and 5 years in emergency medicine (all in the Baltimore, MD area) he accepted a faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, 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, Dr. Shipley enjoys salt water fishing, hunting, cycling, and participating in the occasional triathlon. He lives in Westminster, MD with his wife Laura (a VA-MD Vet Med Class of 1997 classmate), their two daughters Zoe and Taylor, a dog, four cats, and (currently) 9 gerbils.
Dr. Matthew Uzzle graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 with honors. After graduation, he practiced in the Northern Virginia area for nine years before being recruited by Dr. Bush to develop and manage Bush Advanced Veterinary Imaging at The Life Centre in Leesburg, Va.
Over the past 4 years, Dr. Uzzle has worked with universities as well as specialists in radiology, neurology, oncology, internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, dentistry, and cardiology to refine imaging techniques. In this time, he has also seen Bush Advanced Veterinary Imaging go from a single site to being the leader for advanced imaging in the Mid-Atlantic Region with additional MRI imaging being provided at Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Va. and Dogwood Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center in Richmond, Va.
Dr. Uzzle is passionate about making advanced imaging available to local practitioners as well as educating practitioners on the benefits advanced imaging can provide to their patients.
Dr. Matthew Nicholson received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. He continued with his academic studies completing a one-year internship and a three-year small animal surgical residency with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He achieved diplomate status as a board certified surgeon with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004.
Following his time with the university, he spent two years as an associate surgeon with a veterinary referral practice in New Jersey and four years as an associate surgeon with the Veterinary Surgical Center in Northern Virginia. Dr. Nicholson joined VA-MD Vet Med as clinical associate professor of surgery in 2009.
Dr. Michael Watts grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland and a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He also holds a graduate certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University.
Dr. Watts opened Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care in Culpeper County, Virginia in 2005. Prior to starting his own practice, he was Hospital Director of Centreville Animal Hospital in Fairfax County. He has been active with the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the VA-MD Vet Med Alumni Society. He also serves as president for the Advisory Council of Epiphany Catholic School in Culpeper.
Dr. Watts, his wife, Maureen, and their three daughters share their home with two dogs, two cats, a snake, and a rotating array of smaller critters. He enjoys coaching his daughters' softball teams and attending Terrapin games.
Dr. Kendall Taney is a 2002 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed internships in both general medicine and surgery, and specialized surgery before completing a three-year residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
Dr. Taney is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. She is a partner at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her special interests include maxillofacial reconstruction and oral cancer surgery.
Dr. Taney lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and son.
Dr. Megan Giebel is from Darnestown Maryland. She received a B.S. in psychology from Virginia Tech in 2001 and a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.
Dr. Giebel continued her studies as a small animal intern in surgery and emergency/critical care at VCA/Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland from 2005 to 2007. Following her internships, she worked at Seven Locks Animal Hospital in Potomac, Maryland. She currently works with her father, Dr. Larry Giebel, and two fellow VA-MD Vet Med alumni at Quince Orchard Veterinary Hospital in North Potomac, Maryland.