Our Staff

Jack Sexton, D.V.M.

Doctor
Years in Practice: 37
Education: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jack Sexton is the director of McLean Animal Hospital. He and Dr. Stork purchased the practice from Dr. Charles Patton in 1993.

Dr. Sexton is a native of Northern Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Master of Science in Veterinary Science from the University of Maryland. He graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 and joined McLean Animal Hospital as an associate in 1979.

Dr. Sexton has served as president of both the Northern Virginia and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Associations. He has served as a member of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee and is a volunteer at that shelter. In addition, he has supported various rescue and humane groups in their efforts to further animal welfare.

The Sextons share their home with three dogs.


Stephen Stork, D.V.M.

Doctor
Years in Practice: 36
Education: Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Stephen Stork is the co-owner of McLean Animal Hospital.

Dr. Stork has been a resident of McLean since 1966. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech in 1986, joining McLean Animal Hospital as an associate after graduation.

His special interests include running, golfing, and skiing. He also thoroughly enjoys participating in his children’s school and after school activities. His wife, Ellen, is also a veterinarian. The Storks share their home with 1 cat and 2 dogs and one son and one daughter.


Kate Salkeld, D.V.M.

Doctor
Years in Practice: 14
Education: University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Kate Salkeld was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey but raised in Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Georgia and joined the McLean Animal Hospital after graduation in 2002.

She shares her home with 2 dogs named Maddy and Bug, 1 cat, Lily. In 2007, Dr. Salkeld began volunteering with Alley Cat Allies spay and neuter clinics.


Mary Ruth Norway, D.V.M.

Doctor
Years in Practice: 16
Education: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Norway joins us from Central Florida, having spent recent years practicing in the Orlando area.   She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

She and her husband, Rob, have two sons (one a Washington native) and a Border collie mix named Hula.  They are glad to be back in Northern Virginia with its many opportunities.


Grant Richards, D.V.M.

DOCTOR

Years in Practice: 9
Education: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Grant Richards joined the Mclean Animal Hospital staff in July of 2015.  After graduating from Florida State University in 2003 and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, he moved to northern Virginia, where he has practiced for the last 9 years.  His professional interests include dermatology and ultrasound.

Dr. Richards is a native New Orleanian and enjoys running/marathon training, skiing, reading, and live music.  He and his wife Carole (also a vet) live with 3 dogs and 2 cats.


Dr. Clark

Doctor
Years in Practice: 1
Education: Tufts’ School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. David Clark joined the practice in September of 2016, after relocating from San Francisco. He graduated from U.C. Davis in 2003, after doing his undergraduate training at Wesleyan University in Connecticut in 1996, and a Masters in Animals in Public policy through Tufts’ School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.

Upon graduating from Davis he worked at a wide variety of hospitals throughout the San Francisco area. He and his wife, Lindsay – have two children – Isadora – age 9, and Griffin age 5, as well as two cats – Icarus and Squig. Although they all miss California, they felt it was important to raise the two children closer to family – who live in Arlington, and are generally spread up and down the East Coast.

Outside of work, his interests including camping, hiking, running, as well as anything involving the beach – swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and laying in the sun!


Dr. Jeb Sexton

Doctor
Years in Practice: 1
Education:

Dr. Jeb Sexton joined McLean Animal Hospital as an associate in January 2017. A graduate of Auburn University (B.S. 2011, DVM 2015) he spent his first 18 months practicing in a small animal veterinary clinic in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Sexton is the eldest son of hospital director, Dr. Jack Sexton, who gave him his first job at Mclean Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in the summer of 2005 (what a smart hire!).  Dr. Sexton’s professional interests include sports medicine, soft tissue surgery, and internal medicine.

In his free time he enjoys the great outdoors including fishing, hunting, and hiking. He shares his home with his beloved rescue dog, Bo.


Dr. Dana Hardison

Doctor
Years in Practice: 1
Education:

Bio coming soon.


Susan Claflin

Practice Manager
Years in Practice: 22

Susan began working in the animal health care field in 1975 in northern California. In September of 1994 she began working at McLean Animal Hospital. She started as a receptionist, then office manager, and since 2005 as the practice manager.

Susan has a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from AAHA , Perdue University. She has 3 cats Eblis, Jackson, Maestro, and one Dachshund named Charlie.

Susan has one daughter and two granddaughters, one who lives in the area and one in Idaho.  Besides her love of animals and animal related causes she loves container gardening, cooking, movies, music, reading, and hopes to start doing a lot of traveling.


Shannon L. Dickey

Management

Cheryl Laughlin, L.V.T.

Treatment Manager
Years in Practice: 11

Cheryl is a Northern Virginia native who graduated from NOVA’s Veterinary Technology program in 2002.  She joined our team in March of 2005 and now runs our treatment area and manages our LVTs and Assistants.  Cheryl and her significant other Rick share their home with 2 dogs and 2 cats and an African Gray Parrot.


Marco Cifuentes, L.V.T

Licensed Veterinary Technician
Years in Practice: 7

Marco has been with McLean Animal Hospital since June of 2009.  He has over 16 years of experience in veterinary medicine. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S) in Veterinary Technology in May 2008.  Marco is our Treatment Supervisor and keeps things running smoothly day in and day out.  He just completed his training in February 2017 from Sound-Eklin Small Animal Veterinary Technician Ultrasound Imaging Program.   Marco and his wife, Stephanie have a spirited daughter named Caroline and a son named Sebastian. They share their home and hearts with their two dogs Turbo “Bo” and Louie.


Danielle Kinsey, L.V.T.

Licensed Veterinary Technician
Years in Practice: 8

Danielle joined our team in January 2008.  She has always loved animals and while working as an assistant went to school and graduated in 2014 from Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology Program.   Other than animals, her hobbies include scrapbooking and baking.  Danielle loves to bake and she is amazing at it!  She can make a cake that is too beautiful to eat and could rival the best on Food Network Challenge!  She needs to open a dog/cat bakery to fuse her two passions.  She has 2 cats, Baxter and Jasper.


Megersa Belda, L.V.T.

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Years in Practice:

Megersa joined the MAH family in July of 2012. He was born in Ethiopia and moved to the states with his family in 2003. He has more than two decades of professional experience in Veterinary Medical Sciences and Laboratory Medicine. He earned multiple degrees including A.A.S, BA and Masters of Public Health (MPH). Upon graduating from Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology Program in 2007, he worked at a wide variety of hospitals throughout Northern Virginia. He currently does not have any pets because his sons keep him pretty busy!


Elizabeth Furr, L.V.T.

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Years in Practice: 11

Elizabeth began working with animals at a young age. She is a graduate from The University of Maryland with a B.S. in Animal Science.  She began working at McLean Animal Hospital in May 2012 as an assistant and decided to go to veterinary technology school and graduated in 2016 from Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology program. Elizabeth has a beautiful Chocolate Labrador, Zoe, who she adopted from Lab Rescue in June 2011 and in 2016 she added black lab puppy name Maeve to the family.  She and her husband Douglas are expecting their first child in April.  Good luck Elizabeth!


Ashleigh Knee, L.V.T.

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Years in Practice:

Ashleigh joined our team in September of 2016.  She is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology Program in May of 2016.  She previously worked at an all cat clinic but wanted to expand on her canine skills.  Her interest includes working with scared cats, oncology and ophthalmology.  She would like to expand her knowledge more by becoming a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in the future, but at this time she is still trying to figure out which specialization to get.  She shares her home with her husband Patrick, their 7 year old son, Quentin and their 2 Siamese cats, Rian and Morgan.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, swimming, hiking, and cooking.


Hunter Martin, L.V.T.

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Years in Practice:

Hunter is our newest LVT addition! A native of Northern Virginia, he graduated from the Vet Tech Institute, Pittsburgh, PA in 2007. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2012. He has taken a different approach then most to get that degree. He wanted to expand his options in classes across several universities to get the knowledge from classes and professors from several universities that were relevant to what he wanted to learn that didn’t necessarily come from just one university. The Universities and Colleges included Northern Virginia Community College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; and finished at Miami University, Oxford, OH. In doing so he was able to work in different animal hospitals in four different states over the last 12 years that ranged from the very large to small. Learning from specialty veterinarians and getting hands on experiences in emergency care and exotic animal medicine he has learned as much as he can. Those experiences and technical skills that he has learned from those veterinary hospitals will continue to grow and stay with him as long as he continues in this field.

Hunter’s medical interests include dentistry and anesthesia and he hopes to eventually specialize in those areas. Animals aren’t the only passion he has in his life. He loves to travel and hopes to eventually begin a Vet Tech traveling program, so others who are in this field and enjoy the traveling aspects of life can also begin and start their own quests. He also absolutely loves technology! Computers and gaming systems have been a hobby of his since he learned to play Super Mario as a child. Currently he is engaged to his fiancé, Aaron, and share the love of 2 cats, a Pomeranian and a guinea pig.

We hope to have him for a few years before the itch to move hits him again.


Justin Martin

Client Service Representative

Justin has worked in the veterinary filed for many fortnight (since 2008). He is a jack of all trades and enjoys working on his truck. He lives with his girlfriend Sierra, who is also in the biz. In their free time, they  like to explore the great American outdoors. They share their home with three cats, Killian, DiNozzo, and Monkey, who enjoys watching Kitty TV (a hamster named Jack Skellington).


Lynette Aldorondo

Client Service Representative
Years in Practice: 2

Lynnette moved to Va from Florida in Oct. 2013.  Prior to working for McLean Animal Hospital Lynnette worked as a receptionist for three years at The Animal Hospital of Tampa.  Lynnette loves helping animals and people; she feels this is what she meant to do.  Her fur family consists of Cutote, a five year old domestic medium hair handsome boy, and Nacho, a four year old cute as a button Chihuahua.  In her free time Lynnette loves doing her nails and playing with makeup, anything related to beauty.  She also loves playing x-box and watching Netflix with her boyfriend Chris.  She is a huge Star Wars fan.


Bill Shoemaker

Client Service Representative

Genie LaRouche

Client Service Representative
Years in Practice: 25

Genie originally worked at McLean Animal Hospital in February 1991 to 1996.  She rejoined our regular full time staff in November 2008.


Tracy Hewitt

Professional Groomer
Years in Practice: 13
Interests: Grooming

Tracy Hewitt is a native of Northern Virginia and graduated from McLean High School. After leaving the area for some time, she recently returned and graduated from the Virginia School of Pet Grooming. She has been a wonderful addition to the staff at McLean Animal Hospital, joining us in November 2003. She enjoys working with animals, previously owning dogs, cats and horses. Tracy has a love of good food, good books, gardening and travel. She shares her home with her wonderful little rescue dog Soleil.


Islam Ensaad

Assistant
Years in Practice: 9

Islam joined our staff in June, 2007.  He is from Algeria and attended 1 year of veterinary school before he moved to the states.  He got into working with animals because he enjoys helping them and their humans at the same time.  He likes helping the animals to get better and enjoys the satisfaction of the owner when the animal goes home happy and healthy.  He enjoys swimming, camping, movies, traveling, trying new things, learning new languages.  He speaks English, Arabic and French.  He hopes one day to go back to school because he loves to learn.


Ryan Mannix

Assistant
Years in Practice: 8

Ryan has been working with cats and dogs since 2004, but his appreciation for animals goes back much further than that.  He grew up with a Chocolate Lab named “Coco” and throughout high school he routinely enrolled in various nature related elective courses. He began working in animal hospitals in 2008.  He especially enjoys working with scared or timid dogs, and building lasting bonds.  He spends much of his time outside of work in the outdoors, either backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains or mouton biking on local trails, and he share custody of a 25 lb mixed breed dog named “Marty” who was his inspiration for beginning his career with animals.


Shilo Martin

Assistant
Years in Practice: 3

Shilo has had animals ever since she was young and never had the idea of working with them until a family member suggested she try it.  She has loved her work ever since she started at McLean Animal hospital in August 2013.   Shilo has 2 dogs at home, Sadie and Pita.


Janna Robin Shoemaker

Assistant

Janna has been an assistant at McLean Animal Hospital since 2005.  She is very compassionate and takes wonderful care of all the animals in our care, especially the cats.  Janna shares her life and home with a couple of very adorable cats and husband Bill, who happens to also be a valued member of our staff here at McLean Animal Hospital.


Selina Gonzalez

Assistant

Selina has been with us since the summer of 2015.  She has been an animal lover all her life and grew up with Bedlington terriers.  She has enjoyed showing dogs all over the world since the age of 12.  Selina’s goal is to attend NOVA’s 2 year program to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She hopes to add a dog into her family soon to be a companion for her two young children Romeo and Leila so they can grow up loving dogs just like she did.


Liam Aclkeson

Assistant

Liam started working at McLean Animal Hospital as a receptionist.  He moved back to treatment and started his training as an assistant in October 2016.


Jackie Deane

Assistant

Jackie joined our team as an assistant in January of 2017.  She worked as a kennel assistant at another local animal hospital and as a doggie daycare attendant and floor manager.  Her goal is to pursue a career in veterinary technology.  She has a lab named Eli.


Chelsea Karsnick

Assistant

Chelsea joined our team February 2017. She moved to VA from MI due to her husband being in the military. She loves all animals.  She has 2 cats (Cleo and Felon) and a German Shepherd named Kilo. Chelsea graduated with her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and her career goal is to become a K9 Police Officer.


Chris Albrant

Assistant

Chris joined our team in February of 2017.  He was born in Russia and soon after his family moved to Arlington, Virginia, where he currently resides.   Chris realized he wanted to work with animals after taking a senior class in animal science.  When not at work Chris likes to spend his free time running, watching movies, playing video games, and sleeping. He would like to further his veterinary experience and go to school to become a licensed veterinary technician.


Edwin Contreras

Kennel
Years in Practice: 9

Edwin is our evening kennel supervisor, he has been with us since March of 2007. He is also a part time student at NOVA.