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. 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.


Dr. Jessie Miller

Originally from Charlottesville, Dr. Jessie Miller received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Russian History and the French language and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following this, she continued her studies, completing a one-year internship in shelter medicine and surgery at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado.

Moving East, Dr. Miller started at Anicira Veterinary Center in Harrisonburg, a non-profit offering high quality, low cost veterinary services to clients in need. At Anicira, she was able to complete thousands of surgeries and provide medical care for many patients who otherwise may have had none.

Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Miller worked at VETSS as an assistant and has long wanted to return to both Charlottesville and VETSS. Dr. Miller truly enjoys providing compassionate and comprehensive care to animals in critical need. She is so pleased to rejoin the VETSS team!

Dr. Miller’s clinical interests include veterinary behavior, pain management, exotics and veterinary forensics. In her free time, Dr. Miller enjoys hiking, drawing, eating cheese and reading alongside her partner, toddler and two cats.



Dr. Edie Oliver

Edie Oliver grew up in the small town of Eupora, MS.  She attended college at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS where she played 4 years of competitive softball and received her undergraduate dual degree in Biology/Chemistry.  During that time, she developed a love for animal care while volunteering at the community animal shelter and working at a veterinary clinic during breaks.  She then attended Mississippi State University where she received her DVM in 2014.  On completion of her DVM, Dr. Oliver moved to Huntsville, Al and began practicing emergency medicine full time.  Dr. Oliver moved to Virginia in the summer of 2016.

In her spare time, Dr. Oliver enjoys spending time outdoors with her dogs Lefty and Coach, cooking, gardening, playing sports, and traveling.  Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, wound care and laceration repair, and geriatric care.


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!



Holly Smith, LVT

Holly is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who originally hails from Virginia Beach. She relocated to Charlottesville in 2016 following her graduation from Blue Ridge Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Her love for animals started at a young age, although life circumstances steered her in the direction of human medicine. After being an EMT for five years she decided to finally make the switch to veterinary medicine.

She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians, and the Association of Zoo Veterinary Technicians. She has special interests in Emergency, Wildlife, and Zoo medicine. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and exploring Charlottesville with her dog Finnick, as well as coexisting with her cat Prim and her chronically ill betta fish, Haymitch.


Gabby Halpin, LVT

Gabby is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who originally hails from Churchville, VA. Her love for animals started at a young age, when she started working as a kennel attendant at the age of 16. She then began working as a receptionist/assistant and entered into a veterinary technician program in 2008. She relocated to Charlottesville in 2010 following her graduation from Blue Ridge Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  After being in general practice for over 6 years she decided to make the switch to emergency medicine. In her free time Gabby enjoys the local breweries of Charlottesville, gardening, pet sitting, and keeping up with her menagerie of critters: Two dogs named Kayli and Izzy, 3 cats named Jack, Biscuit, and Alfie, her ball python Fiona, and 7 chickens.



Charlie Armentrout, Technician

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.



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.



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:

Cara Bickers, Assistant/Reception

Cara joined the VETSS team in March of 2016. She has worked in the veterinary field off and on since 1999 in both day and emergency practice. She is a native of Charlottesville, Va. Cara shares her life with her 3 children, her husband of 18 years, a Great Dane, a Japanese Chin, a Sphynx, a Bearded Dragon, a Blue Tongue Skink, a Leopard Gecko, a Ball Python and a large tropical fish aquarium. Cara has a passion for her family and an extreme love for all animals. When not emerged in animal medical madness Cara and her family enjoy taking their dogs out and about. They love to go to the dog park, on hikes and even to local ball games. Her hobbies include just about anything with her family and pets.  Cara is a school bus driver by day and a receptionist and veterinary assistant by night/weekend.


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.

Samantha Crum, Assistant/Reception

Sam started working with VETSS in July of 2016 as an assistant and receptionist. She has always had quite a few pets while growing up, so naturally she became interested in the Veterinary field. Sam really enjoys helping the many varied types of pets and the wonderful people she meets working at VETSS. Sam plans to continue her education first as a veterinary technician and later hopes to become a veterinarian herself!


Jamie Stuckey, Assistant

Jamie graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, concentrating on equine studies. She moved to Virginia in May of 2014 and joined the VETSS team in September of 2016. While attending the University of Maine, Jamie worked at J.F. Witter farm, retraining standard bred horses for pleasure riding and schooling. Jamie enjoys horseback riding, skiing, attending concerts, and anything Star Wars. Of course, she also loves lobster. She has two pets of her own, a paint horse named Shorty and a lab mix named Rey.








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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