Medical Advisory Board

Early on, it was clear to the founders of FETCH that a medical advisory board would help build strong relationships with veterinarians committed to spreading the word to their clients about senior healthcare and early cancer detection.  The Medical Advisory Board is comprised of Virginia-based practitioners who provide advice and counsel to FETCH as we work toward our mission.

Medical Advisory Board members include:

Dr. Lori Elliott

Shady Grove Animal Clinic

Shady Grove Animal Clinic was opened in 2001, as a full service small animal veterinary clinic, by Dr. Jim DeBell and Dr. Lori Elliott. The clinic is fairly new, but the two doctors combined have a total of more than 40 years of veterinary expertise. They also have a respected working relationship with the veterinary specialists in the area. Dr. Lori Elliott is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Learning about new therapies for diseases, keeping geriatric pets happy and comfortable, and working with methods on how to acclimate new pets into their households, are among some of Dr. Elliott’s interests. When she is not in the office, she enjoys cooking, golfing, gardening and spending time with her family and friends (both 2 legged and 4 legged).

Dr. Angharad Waite

The Oncology Service

Dr. Waite graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and then attended the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School obtaining her degree (VMD) in 2008. She stayed on at Penn to complete a rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery followed by a residency in medical oncology at Cornell University. During the last year of her residency (2012) she received the Small Animal Resident of the Year Award from the fourth year class.

Dr. Catherine P. Dyer

Chenault Veterinary Hospital

I graduated from Tuskegee School of Vet Med in 1994. Went to private practice in Chester SC and opened my own practice in 1996. I relocated to VA in 2010 and did relief work until Oct of 2011 when I took a full time position with Chenault Vet Services.

Dr. Kimberly Kuhn

Cary Street Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Kimberly Kuhn graduated from the University of Missouri in May 1989. She has been practicing veterinary medicine in Virginia since graduation. Dr. Kuhn has found a special interest in older/geriatric dogs and cats. She enjoys helping them grow older gracefully and improving the quality of their lives through their silver and golden years. She has a strong interest in progressive medicine such as acupuncture and physical training which provides even more comfort and strength to older dogs and cats. Outside the office, Dr. Kuhn’s interests include hiking, camping, running, and biking…basically anything outside. She currently has 3 canine children, Chloe (Lab Mix) “Old Lady”, Rufus (Terrier Mix), and Roscoe (Terrier Mix). She has 3 feline children, Slinky Minky, who you may know and see at Cary Street Veterinary Hospital. Her other kitties are Rooster (Orange Tabby) and Sweet Old Levi (Buff Tabby) both of which live at her house.

Dr. Emily Skovira

Dogwood Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Skovira recently completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Masters of Science at Auburn University and is a 2008 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State. She has also completed a rotating small animal internship at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Dr. Skovira will be relocating to Richmond with her dog Tanner, cats Miles and Janis. Outside of work she enjoys running, hiking, camping, photography, reading and making jewelry.

Dr. Alison Rhoades

Midlothian Animal Clinic

An Associate of Midlothian Animal Clinic since 1998, Dr. Rhoades was born in Michigan but grew up in Northern Virginia with her parents, her sister and a house full of dogs. In 1993, she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins College with a B.A. in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and History. Dr. Rhoades then attended VA/MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1997 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. (GO HOKIES!!) She practiced in a mixed animal practice in North Carolina for a year before joining MAC. In addition to internal medicine Dr. Rhoades has a special interest in oncology. Dr. Rhoades lives with her daughter, Madeline, and their beloved Labrador, Cash. She enjoys playing soccer, swimming, horseback riding, traveling and baking in her spare time. Professionally, she is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Central Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Richmond Academy American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the American Animal Hospital Association. - See more at:

Dr. Sarah Sheafor

VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center

Dr. Sheafor is the medical director and chief of oncology for SouthPaws. Her areas of expertise include diagnostic and therapeutic medical oncology, pain management, maximizing quality of life for cancer patients, transfusion medicine, infectious diseases, hematology. Dr. Sheafor is a founding member of the Animal Cancer Institute/Animal Clinical Investigations performing clinical research in novel therapeutic agents. Lecturer for many local and regional veterinary societies, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students and is published in many veterinary journals. She earned a BS, Michigan State University, DVM, Michigan State University, Internship, North Carolina State University, Residency, Ohio State University, Medical Oncology & Internal Medicine. Dr. Sheafor is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – Oncology.

Dr. Nicola Williamson

Veterinary Dermatology of Richmond

Veterinary Dermatology of Richmond was established in March of 2003 by Dr. Nicola Williamson. Dr. Williamson is a board certified veterinary dermatologist specializing in diagnosing and treating a variety of specialized diseases. She specializes in allergies, skin diseases and ear diseases not only in dogs and cats, but pocket pets and horses as well.

Dr. Courtney Belden

Central Virginia Veterinary and Acupuncture

Dr. Belden created CVVA with one goal in mind: to provide the best care possible to both animals and the humans that love them and CVVA has been a wonderful avenue for achieving that goal. Dr. Belden opened CVVA in January 2011 after having worked in both private practice and academia. She graduated from St George's School of Veterinary Medicine in January 2006 and went on to complete internships in both equine ambulatory medicine/general practice and large animal surgery. Dr. Belden then worked as an associate for 1 year in equine practice followed by 2 years in small animal practice. During her internships, Dr. Belden was exposed to acupuncture as a treatment modality and was immediately impressed and determined to become certified. She completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture thru the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course in Ft Collins, CO in 2008. This course particularly appealed to Dr. Belden as it was based on the scientific (neuroanatomical/ neurophysiologic) principles of acupuncture and how they can be integrated into western medicine. Dr. Belden is a member of the medical advisory board for Fetch A Cure, and is a board member/Vice President for Mesa Vista Therapeutics. Her work with these non-profits is extremely rewarding and she values her time spent with both of these wonderful groups. Dr. Belden resides happily in Richmond, VA and is so happy to have ventured out on her own with CVVA. In her "spare" time, she enjoys the simpler things in life and spending time with her dog, her wonderfully patient and supportive boyfriend, and family and friends.

Dr. Kevin Stiffler

Virginia Veterinary Specialists

Dr. Kevin Stiffler is a Virginia native, having grown up in Williamsburg. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from North Carolina State University. Dr. Stiffler then went on to complete a general rotating internship at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine. Following his general internship, Dr. Stiffler completed a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical CEnter in Texas and then returned to the University of Georgia to complete a three year residency in small animal surgery. In 2004, Dr. Stiffler was honored as UGA’s resident of the year. That year he also received the national resident clinical presentation of the year award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for his research on urinary tract infections following spinal surgery. Dr. Stiffler has been practicing in Richmond, Virginia since 2004 and he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. Dr. Stiffler is married to Dr. Katie Stiffler (a graduate of UVA and UGA) who is a small animal veterinarian practicing at Wellesley Animal Hospital in the Short Pump area of Richmond. The Dr.’s Stiffler are the proud and busy parents of twins Charlie and Abby who were born in 2007. Dr. Stiffler has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery including arthroscopy and laparoscopy. He also has a strong interest in surgical correction of cranial cruciate ligament instability and fracture repair. Having always wanted to live in Charlottesville joined with a desire to work with other dedicated and compassionate specialists, he happily joined VVS in 2011.

Dr. Damon Leeder

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Dr. Damon Leeder originally hails from Australia where he received his veterinary degree with first-class honors at the University of Sydney. He completed a small animal medicine internship at the Veterinary Specialist Center in Sydney before moving to the U.S. to undertake a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Leeder remained at the University of Minnesota to complete a three-year residency in veterinary cardiology. At the completion of his residency Dr. Leeder successfully obtained board certification in the specialty of veterinary cardiology. His special interests include degenerative valve disease, congenital heart disease, interventional cardiology, and the management of congestive heart failure. Dr. Leeder enjoys many outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, running, and biking, as well as spending time with family and friends. Dr. Leeder works closely with you and your primary veterinarian to provide you with all the available information and treatment options for your pet’s condition.

Dr. Monika Jankowski

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center

Dr. Monika Jankowski is a native of Maryland. She completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Maryland in 1992, and went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1997. After being in the Midwest for 4 years, she headed back east to the Animal Medical Center in New York City for a small animal surgery and medicine rotating internship. After working in private practice, she went on to complete medical oncology residency training and receive a Master’s degree at Colorado State University. After finishing her residency, she practiced veterinary oncology in Arizona for 4 years before deciding to move back to the east coast. In her free time, Dr. Jankowski enjoys anything outdoor related from skiing to mountain biking.

Dr. Roy Barnes

Virginia Veterinary Surgical Associates

Dr. Roy F. Barnes attended Mary Washington College as an undergraduate and received his DVM from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. In the following two years, he completed both a general rotating-internship at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a surgical internship in a large referral surgical practice in Dallas, Texas. Following his internships, Dr. Barnes completed a three year surgical residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. After his residency, Dr. Barnes was a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Companion Animal Rehabilitation at the University of Illinois and became an ACVS Diplomate in 2006. He left the University of Illinois later that year to join VVSA.

Dr. Tim Withers

Midlothian Animal Clinic

Dr. Withers is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia. (Go Hoos!) He graduated from VA/MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. During his college years, Dr. Withers, who is also an Eagle Scout, earned numerous awards including being voted the “Most Outstanding Senior Veterinary Student” by his professors, and the “Kay Daugherty Spirit Award” as voted by his classmates. After graduation, Dr. Withers worked as an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Pennsylvania. He returned to Virginia and MAC in 2005. In addition to general veterinary medicine, he has special interests in dentistry, surgery and ultrasound Professionally, he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Dental Society, Richmond Academy and the American Animal Hospital Association. In 2011 the VVMA presented a plaque to Dr. Withers in recognition of his dedication and service to the Mentor Program for Veterinary students at the VA/Md. Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Withers and his wife Angela share their home with their children Isaiah and Isabella, and their kitty, Maya. In his spare time, Dr. Withers enjoys cooking, gardening, music, singing, golf, fishing and spending time with his family.

Dr. Ira Gordon

The Oncology Service

I am a native Californian and obtained my veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. I then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Ohio State University. I returned to UC Davis and completed a residency in radiation oncology and am board certified with the American College of Veterinary Radiology in the discipline of radiation oncology. Due to a strong interest in veterinary education and training, I stayed at UC Davis as an instructor in radiation oncology and founded VetPrep, a company dedicated to providing learning resources to veterinary students that has helped over 10,000 veterinarians prepare for and pass their licensing examination. In 2008, I moved to the Washington, DC area where I initiated advanced training as a postdoctoral fellow in the Radiation Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. My primary clinical interests include the use of advanced imaging and radiation delivery techniques to improve tumor control and patient quality of life. I have a special interest in tumors of the head and neck and in tumors of the central nervous system. My research interests include the identification and investigation of drugs that increase tumor responsiveness to radiation or improve the tolerance of normal tissues to radiotherapy. I have published primary research and review articles on these subjects and have spoken at national meetings on these topics. I have received multiple awards for my work as a clinician and clinician-scientist, including the George H. Hart Research Grant, Myrtle L. Oliver Memorial Resident Research Award, and the Gerald Ling Award for Small Animal Research. I live in Bethesda with my Dalmatian, Jezebel, and my wife, Tamara, a reporter for National Public Radio.

Dr. Ann Bosiack

Animal Eye Care of Richmond

Dr. Bosiack obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri in 2009, graduating summa cum laude. She then completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to the University of Missouri for a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology and concurrently obtained her Master's degree. Dr. Bosiack joined Animal Eye Care of Richmond in August of 2013.