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Cristal

Office Manager, LVT Student
Cristal, our Office Manager, is attending school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician and hopes to utilize her experience at ADC in achieving that goal. Always an avid animal lover, she studied zoology before working in the infant section of a local zoo. She studied Rufus Naped Tamarins for two years while living in Panama with her husband, a soldier. For more than 30 years Cristal has worked with numerous horse breeds but especially enjoys Miniature Horses. She currently owns five that she hopes to show in breed registry shows. She has been competing in Miniature Horse shows since 1988 and has spoken on the topic many times. She is also a carded judge for the World Class Miniature Horse Registry and helps new owners by leading training seminars and one-on-one training sessions.

Cristal, her husband, and two children are originally from NY but have moved around the country during his military career. In addition to her horses – Danny, Brittany, Sneakers, Sarge, and Goldie – she shares her home with her dogs Ella, Chewie, and Finley and her cats Doughal and Sweetpea.


Kourtney

LVT
Kourtney is our Licensed Veterinary Technician. She always knew that she wanted to work in Veterinary Medicine even as a young girl. Her favorite part of this field isn’t just the animals, but the fact that she can help people give their pets the best lives possible. Kourtney has a BS in Biology with a Minor in Equestrian Studies from Houghton University as well as an associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Northern Virginia Community College. She has been in the Veterinary field for 7 years and earned her license as a Veterinary Technician three years ago. She has a special interest in client education, animal dentistry, and anesthesia. She hopes to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry in the future. In her free time, Kourtney enjoys hiking, video gaming, and just hanging out with her husband, Jimmy, and their Corgi mix, Reagan.


Antel

Senior Animal Assistant, LVT Student
Antel has been working in the field of veterinary medicine for the past 15 years, since graduating from Tuskegee University with a B.S. in Animal Science. She was led to this field by her passion to care for pets when their pet-parents are unable to. More than half of her career was spent in emergency medicine where she worked in the intensive care unit. After getting married and starting a family 6 years ago, Antel needed a slightly slower pace and returned to general practice. When she’s not caring for pets at work, she can be found enjoying the outdoors with her 2 fur-babies, husband, and 3-year old son.


Selena

Animal Assistant
Selena, our animal assistant, has been passionate about animal care and veterinary medicine from a young age. In 2018, she received a B.S. in Biology from American University and will continue her education with aspirations of becoming a Veterinarian. Selena worked as a veterinary assistant in general practice in Arlington for three years before joining our team. When not at work, Selena enjoys hiking, crafting, videogames, and the company of her Holland Lop rabbit named “Abbott.”


Everly

Receptionist and Animal Assistant

Everly is a graduate of Bridgewater College in English and Theatre. They grew up on a pre-Civil War beef cattle farm in Winchester, VA, which kindled their love of animals from an extremely young age. As a young person, Everly, helped their grandparents manage the antique farm consisting of black Angus cattle, a small garden, and 30 barnyard cats (that had been dropped off on the property over the years). After college, they became a dog bather and continued caring for animals as a career, both in grooming and pet sitting. Everly and their husband, Brian, live in Fairfax and currently only have four pets, a cat, Zack, a chinchilla, Carmen SanDiego, a ferret, Percival, and a Golden Retriever, Baxter.


Melanie

Receptionist and Animal Assistant

Melanie has a bachelors degree in wildlife conservation and management with a minor in marine biology. Growing up her family always had lots of pets and she volunteered with the aspca and at a veterinarian clinic. After graduation she moved to Florida and worked as an aquarist at Seaworld Orlando for 10 years. After marrying her military husband, his duties brought them to Virginia where Melanie joined the animal dental clinic in October 2021. In her free time you’ll find her hanging out with her husband Alex and their dog Dixie and three cats Rajah, Nala and Oliver.


Stephanie

Receptionist

Stephanie was born in Colombia, South America and moved to the US in 2018. She loves animals, travelling, going on hikes, playing table top games, and going to conventions. Stephanie and her husband Arthur live in Reston and are excited to get a dog in the near future.