We proudly support our military and their spouses. In fact, several of our staff members are military spouses. Please help us show our support and appreciation by thanking them for their service. Military spouse appreciation day is coming up this May!
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.
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, 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.”
Receptionist and Animal Assistant
Everly, our receptionist, 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 boyfriend, Brian, live in Fairfax and currently only have two pets, their cat, Zack, and their chinchilla, Carmen. but hope to expand the fuzzy family in the future.
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.
Tianna, our receptionist, attends the University of New Mexico to study nutrition and kinesiology. She grew up on a farm surrounded with animals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Even at a young age, she has had animals, sometimes as many as 10 dogs at once! She moved to Virginia a couple of years ago when her husband’s military duty brought them to the area. She joined the Animal Dental Clinic team in 2021. She currently shares two dogs, Luca (German Shepherd Dog and Rottweiler mix) and Luna (Labrador Retriever mix) with her husband. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking with the dogs, going to the gym, and traveling.