Meet the Team

Dr. Sara V. Salmon

Dr Salmon is originally from Lynchburg Va though she was raised in the great northern state of Michigan. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1988 with a Liberal Arts degree majoring in English literature. After several years of preparatory work, she entered the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Va-Md Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg,Va and was awarded her DVM degree in 1998.

She soon discovered her passion for emergency and critical care medicine, and has worked in this sub-specialty for 15 years. After moving to Charlottesville, she joined the team at VETSS and has not departed, except for a year to complete further training in an internship program in emergency and critical care at the renowned Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee, WI in 2006.

Dr Salmon was awarded the Young Achiever award in 2005 by the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, as well as the Virginia Veterinarian of the Year Award in 2007. She served as the President of the Alumni Society of the Va-Md Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008-9, and continues to serve her profession with participation on the local and state level.

As the Medical Director of VETSS, she functions in dual roles of clinician and administrator to guide the future of the practice and provide compassionate, knowledgeable care for her clients and patients. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, time with her critters, and juggling.


Dr. C. Ryan McKenna

Dr. Ryan McKenna is originally from Charlottesville, Virginia.  He attended Virginia Tech and received a bachelors degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences. Ryan grew up on a horse and cattle farm training horses and Australian shepherds for herding. He knew at an early age that he wanted to become a veterinarian and work with animals throughout his life. During high school and throughout his undergraduate studies, Ryan worked as an assistant at several local veterinarians. He also assisted in studies in reproductive physiology at Virginia Tech. After undergrad, Ryan worked in research studying how breast and prostate cancer spreads to bone in the Endocrinology Department at the University of Virginia. After several years of research, Ryan decided to continue on his dream to become a veterinarian.  He attended the St. George’s University for veterinary school finishing his final clinical year at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. During his breaks in veterinary school, Ryan worked for VETSS as an assistant and later as a technician. Ryan has always loved the Charlottesville area and is very excited to be back home. Ryan loves the fast pace and variety that emergency medicine offers every day. His special interests in veterinary include radiology and canine medicine.

Ryan lives in Earlysville with his wife Jenna,  a beloved akita named Rogue, a Belgian shepherd named Houston, his boerboel named Nala, and two cats. He still works on the family farm helping his father manage his sheep, horses, and chickens in his free time. In what’s left of his free time, Ryan is an avid hiker and outdoorsman. He also enjoys playing billiards.


Dr. Courtney Jagger

A local gal, Dr. Jagger started her veterinary career as a volunteer at a clinic in Crozet during high school. While completing her Bachelor’s of Science in biology at Virginia Tech, she worked in the immunology and entomology departments. The summer after graduation, Dr. Jagger participated in a West Nile Virus surveillance program in Southwest Virginia and discovered a species of mosquito, a known carrier of the virus, that was not known to inhabit the area. During her senior year of vet school at Kansas State University, Dr. Jagger had the opportunity to do a rotation in emergency medicine and go to Baton Rouge to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was there, helping the critically ill pets, that she developed a true passion for emergency work. After graduating in 2006, Dr. Jagger came home to Charlottesville where she worked in general practice for six months before finally obtaining a position at VETSS. After a two year break from emergency medicine to start a family, Dr. Jagger realized that her passion was in the ER and returned to VETSS in December of 2014.  Dr. Jagger enjoys the variety and intensity of cases seen in the ER but is also interested in ultrasound technology, pain management, and geriatric care/hospice. She hopes to obtain her acupuncture certification in the near future.

Dr. Jagger lives in Crozet with her husband, Matt, and 2 1/2 year old son. They share their home with Jax, a one year old Golden Retriever, and 4 cats (Mani, Neiko, Georgie, and Simi). In her free time, Dr. Jagger enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and drinking lots, and lots of coffee.



Dr. Anna Munsey

Dr. Anna Munsey is originally from Bluefield, Virginia. She received her Bachelors in Biology from the University of Virginia then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include infectious diseases, ophthalmology, surgery, and anesthesiology.

In her free time she enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with her dog Rudy, a loving Pitbull mix.




Dr. Brad DiCarlo

Dr. Brad DiCarlo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and then completed his veterinary training at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. He has experience treating all types of companion animals, from dogs and cats to birds and reptiles. He is experienced in medical and surgical treatments as well as emergency and critical care. Dr. DiCarlo is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. DiCarlo’s practice philosophy is one of bringing compassion and understanding to his highly skilled medical and surgical care. He believes that helping his clients understand all their options is the best way to ensure that his patients will receive the best course of treatment possible.

When not treating your loved ones, Dr. DiCarlo enjoys spending time at home with his wife, two children, and three dogs.



Kim Benda, LVT, Lead Technician

Kim Benda, a licensed technician. Earned Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Animal and Nutritional Sciences (minor in equine management) from West Virginia University in 2010. Went on to earn Associates of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Colorado Mountain College in May 2012. Kim is from Vancouver Island, B.C. but now resides in Charlottesville.

Kim enjoys the outdoors, running, photography, baking and spending as much time as she can with family and friends. Kim has one dog named Whimsey, a pitbull mix.

Jessica Stevens, LVT

Jessica Stevens, a licensed technician, has worked in veterinary medicine for more that twenty years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and provides wonderful care for the patients at VETSS.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with family, sledding, and trips to Florida! She has one beautiful daughter who she adores. She has two beautiful Chihauhuas and one very handsome iguana.

Marthe Thomas, LVT

Marthe Thomas is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated from Blue Ridge Community College’s veterinary technology program in 2010. She is a member of the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She has a background in general practice, with special interests in anesthesia and dentistry.

Marthe is originally from Auburn, New York, but now resides in Orange with her new husband, their Akita named Tatsuo, a rottie/pitbull/husky mix named Poet, an American Staffordshire Terrier named  Lazarus,  2 cats named Sushi and Pizza, an incredibly sweet rabbit named Frosti,  and a cockatiel named Tsume.  Marthe enjoys drawing, gardening, attending concerts and music festivals and spending time with her two and four-legged family!



Charlie Armentrout, Technician/Assistant

Charlie is an experienced veterinary assistant with over 8 ½ years in the field. He began his vet career with a large emergency hospital in New Orleans, LA. From there, he worked in several small general practice clinics in VA Beach, Natural Bridge and Charlottesville, VA before joining the VETSS crew in March of 2013. Although he enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and husbandry, he has special interest in both exotic pets and wildlife care.

Raised in Natural Bridge, VA Charlie moved to Charlottesville in November of 2011. He is currently working toward an undergraduate degree in biology and plans to focus the remainder of his studies on wildlife biology and zoology. When not busy with schoolwork or helping pets that come into VETSS, Charlie enjoys cooking, table-top gaming, and binge watching Netflix. He lives with his 3 cats, Ender, Tut (a hairless sphynx,) and Mara Jade plus a Mexican black kingsnake named Nathan.


Kate Beaver, Technician/Assistant

Kate is originally from West Virginia, now residing in Crozet. She is in her junior year at Mary Baldwin College, studying for a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Kate has hopes of applying to veterinary school after finishing her Bachelor’s degree.

Kate shares her home with her two dogs – Cooper and Nelli. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, fishing, hiking, biking, and spending time with her friends.


Debbie Blosser, Office Manager

Debbie is a native Virginian, and has lived in the Charlottesville area for 17 years. Animals have always been her passion, and after a 12 year career in real estate, she enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to join the VETSS Emergency team several years ago as a receptionist.

Debbie and her husband Rob have two grown children, and currently share their home with three dogs – Gunner, Pippen, & Zigfried, three barn cats – Sam, Luke & Han, and a Thoroughbred mare named Magic. Spending time with family is a priority, and Debbie takes advantage of every opportunity to enjoy family gatherings.  Debbie and Rob enjoy the outdoors and while a large animal family makes it difficult to get away too often, they occasionally enjoy short trips to favorite spots like Nags Head, NC, or anywhere in the mountains.


Kristina Johnson, Practice Manager

Kristina joined the VETSS team in May of 2012 soon after graduating from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Animal Science. Kristina’s passion for animals started at a very young age. She had always dreamed of working with animals in some capacity. She started out as a Veterinary Assistant and worked her way up to Practice Manager.

Kristina currently lives in Charlottesville and enjoys spending her free time with her miniature dachshund, Ace (pictured), Miniature Pinscher/Chihuahua mix, Ricky, as well as her loved ones. She also loves any kind of crafting, biking, and being outdoors


Cherish Walters, Assistant

Cherish is a Veterinary Technician student, born and raised in Palmyra VA.  She has always had a passion for animals, and early in life knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field.  She started her education by working at an animal hospital in Scottsville VA, in 2012. She has attended community colleges in Central Virginia working on her pre-requisites, in order to attend the Veterinary technician Program at Blue Ridge Community College.  She hopes to attend the program in the fall of this year. Cherish took a year off of school to live in South Lake Tahoe, California, in 2014. She has since moved back to Virginia in 2015 and joined the VETSS team last February.  She also works with Dr. Hay at Airport Animal Clinic.

She lives with her Golden Retriever “Dylan,” and together they love to explore the outdoors. She also enjoys traveling, reading, drawing, and hanging out with friends.



Molly Brown, Reception

Molly Lang Brown was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. She lived on a small farm in the Shadwell area while growing up. She had a strong passion for working with animals, and spent many weekends visiting the SPCA and local farms with her father. She attended VCU where she studied Special Education and the arts. In 1976 she moved to Florida where she met her husband and worked in the county school system. She ran her very own seafood business for 20 years. Molly returned to Virginia to be closer to her family. She started working as a receptionist for VETSS in 2012.

Molly enjoys reception because it allows her to help people and animals. She loves talking to all the VETSS clients and getting to know their pets. She also enjoys outdoor adventures, scuba diving, and spending time with family and friends. Molly has three dogs and two wonderful cats. She also enjoys traveling back to Florida when she has vacation time!

Trista Kirtley, Reception

Trista joined the VETSS family in May of 2015. A Charlottesville native, Trista has lived in Dyke, VA for the past five years with her life partner. Trista has both her CNA and medical technician licenses. She has always been involved in healthcare and loves being able to blend her love of animals with helping people and their pets.

Trista has seven beautiful, energetic children. She also has one cat, two turtles, many fish, chickens, a pig, and looks forward to getting a puppy shortly. In her free time, she manages the farm and attends her kids various events. She really enjoys eating out, hiking, bike riding, and time with her wonderful family.

Part Time Staff:

Austi Davies, Assistant

Austi is a vet school student from Earlysville, Va. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in organismal biology from Christopher Newport University in May, 2015. She has been volunteering at vet clinics around Charlottesville since she was 11 years old. While in college, she interned with Legacy Mustang Preservation and worked as a vet assistant at a small animal clinic. After graduation she spent the summer working at the St. Louis Zoo until she started here at VETSS. Austi has also been accepted to vet school by the University of Sydney, Australia and will be attending in February, 2017.


Lauren Corbin, Assistant


Kelly Jordan, Assistant


Vivian Hofler, LVT




Vanessa Priarone, Veterinary Assistant/Technician/Veterinary Student


Fiona and Isabelle, Team Feline Blood Donor

Fiona and Isabelle live at VETSS. They patrol the entire top floor and are often heard tearing around on missions. They are ready and willing to provide life saving blood for critical patients at any time of day!! When not on patrol, Isabelle prefers to stake out the couch in the staff lounge while Fiona prefers window sills and high perches.


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