Our Staff

Jack Sexton, D.V.M.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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

Education:  Auburn University

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

Education:  Virginia Tech for Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Dana Hardison is a Northern Virginia native and has been apart of our team of doctors since June of 2016. She finished her undergrad at Clemson, and graduated from Virginia Tech for Veterinary Medicine. She loves to hike and fish in her spare time. She recently got married in May of 2017 to her husband Curt, and they live with their 14 year old Chocolate Lab named Coco.

Susan Claflin

Practice Manager

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


Danielle Kinsey, L.V.T.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

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.


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!

Bethany Jones, L.V.T.


Bethany has been with us since July of 2017. She graduated from Pierpoint Community and Technical College in May of 2015 and she has been practicing as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for three years. Her special interests are in wildlife and exotics, which lines up with her goal to open a wildlife and rehabilitation center. In her free time she likes to volunteer with animal welfare societies and fostering geriatric and critical care animals.

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).

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.

Piers Jensen

Client Service Representative

Piers has been with us since October of 2016. He recently adopted a Pitbull/Corgi mix named Cheese. He loves working at McLean Animal Hospital because he genuinely loves helping people. In his free time he is a model painter, digital artist, and plays video games.

Bekah Matthew

Client Service Representative

Bekah has been with us since April of 2017. Originally she is from Tucson, Arizona and moved to Northern Virginia in 2016. Bekah has always had a huge heart for animals and loves being around them (and their humans). Her goal is to become a Practice Manager of a busy animal hospital. She has two cats, Mochi and Iddy, and enjoys spending her free time reading, playing video ga,es, and exploring the outdoors.

Greg Grossman

Client Service Representative

Greg has been with us since June of 2017. He is originally from and still lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his two dogs, Sam and Josie. In his free time he likes to do competitive paint balling and he plays rugby. He has worked with children in the past and made his way over to working with dogs and cats.

Jacky Cartmell

Client Service Representative

Jacky has been with us since July of 2017. She is originally from São Paulo, Brazil and moved to the States when she was 3 years old. She has a bunny named Bucky and a chameleon named Frankie. She currently attends Northern Virginia Community College for Psychology. In her free time she watches movies, writes short stories, and eats all the Chipotle she can get her hands on.

Tori Miles

Client Service Representative

Tori has been with us since August of 2017. She has a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and has been working in the veterinary field for six years. Her ideal career is studying whale sharks, and she’s already been on two shark dives! She has two cats, Chess and Jumanji, and in her free time she likes to teach them cute tricks like high fives and jazz hands.

Tracy Hewitt

Professional Groomer
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


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


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


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


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


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.

Jackie Deane


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.

Chris Albrant


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.

Megan Farstad


Megan began working at an animal hospital at the age of 17 after rescuing a dog diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 2. She accepted a position at McLean Animal Hospital in December 2013. After leaving for 8 months to pursue experience in monitoring surgery and emergency medicine, she returned to McLean in May of 2017. To her, McLean offers the ideal balance between wellness care, including regular boarders that she has bonded with, and a variety of hospitalized patients that she enjoys nursing in their time of need. Megan currently owns a rescue Boston Terrier and a cat found on the street that thinks she is part dog. When not at work, she enjoys reading, watching documentaries curled up with her pets, and is easing back into her old hobby of analogue photography with the hopes of one day building her own darkroom. Her future plans also include attending NOVA next year for a degree in social work that she will complete at George Mason University but plans to continue working as a Veterinary Assistant throughout school.

Allison Kirch


Allison has been with us since July of 2017. She has a BA in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Since she was young, she wanted to work with animals and has just recently started doing what she loves! She loves photography, baking, and reading comic books. Her goal is to go to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, but since she is passionate about photography, her dream is to become an animal photographer.

Mike Chew


Mike has been with us since July of 2017, but has worked with animals for over 20 years. Originally he went to culinary school and still loves cooking in his free time, but working with animals is what he loves. He is originally from Massachusetts, but has lived in Northern Virginia since 1980.

Edwin Contreras

Kennel Manager

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

Olympia Garcia


Ten years ago, Olimpia adopted “Claire”, a mixed breed with a beautiful coat of light tan hair. Ever since then, “Claire” has been a loyal and loving part of her family. At that time, she was working as a personal assistant to a blind woman living alone in McLean. She would take her seeing eye dog to McLean Animal Hospital regularly where she got to know the doctors and staff. Five years ago, the woman retired and Olimpia was offered a job to join the kennel staff at McLean Animal Hospital. She is now the day shift supervisor and enjoys working with the people and animals here. Olimpia loves spending time with your companions and strives to give them the same kind of love and attention that you do.