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Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Faiz Ahmad

    Dr. Ahmad opened Hope Animal Hospital in 2012. He is a third generation Veterinarian graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has 15 years of experience specializing in small animal care.

  • Savannah Grimes
    Practice Manager

    Savannah joined the Hope team in April 2017. She is a pre-vet student at UMW pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology and a proud pescatarian. She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rats, and 1 leopard gecko. Dr. Ahmad has taken Savannah under his wing and is training her to be the best future DVM she can be!

  • Kathleen Kaelin
    Lead Receptionist

    Kathleen has been with us since November 2016. Her love for animals began in her childhood. She has had many furry (and scaly!) companions, including dogs, gerbils, fish, cats, and bearded dragons. One of Kathleen's first jobs was working in an animal hospital while she was in high school. She is a vegetarian, pet mom to 2 cats. She is warm, kind, and loving to our furry patients as well as our clients.

  • Barbara Rodgers

    Barbara just joined our team in April 2018. After retiring from a career in human medicine as a surgical coordinator, Barb went back to school to pursue her true passion in the veterinary field. She loves four-legged creatures of all kinds. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at the SPCA.

  • Alexa Yakabouski
    Veterinary Assistant

    Alexa is one of our part-time vet assistants. She joined the team in April 2017. She loves making a difference in the lives of not only her pet patients, but also their human families as well!

  • Tabatha Aylor
    Veterinary Assistant

    Tabatha started working at Hope in February 2018 and says she is loving it so far! She moved to Virginia 4 years ago from Connecticut and is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a veterinary technician. Ask her about her dogs, turtles, ducks, and Chinese Water Dragon!

  • Jennie Jenkins
    Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

    Jennie recently joined our team in February 2018. She graduated from Radford University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy, but she has decided to change career paths and pursue veterinary medicine. She has 2 big pups, Sheldon and Atticus, and 1 sweet cat, Keegan. Jennie strives to make a difference and be a voice for the animals. 

  • Alexis Frye
    Veterinary Assistant

    Meet our new team member Alexis! Alexis has been a certified veterinary assistant since 2015, after graduating with honors. She has 3 dogs, 3 cats, and some feathered friends. Alexis says emergency medicine is her passion, as well as providing 'pawspice' care to the older adoptees she has taken in. 

  • Rosie Brastrom
    Veterinary Assistant

    We welcomed Rosie to the team in April 2018. She moved to Virginia from England in 2013 and has loved animals since she was a child. She is passionate about rescuing animals and has 6 rescue dogs and 1 rescue kitten. Rosie says she hopes to start school to become a listened vet tech in the near future.


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