Dr. Stephanie Shane remembers spending nearly every day of her childhood in Culpeper, Virginia surrounded by animals. It was that consistent proximity that inspired her devotion to animals – along with the passion she inherited from her father. “He really showed me what a responsibility it was to care for something and to treat them like you would a family member,” Dr. Shane says. “Our pets (and every orphan he brought home) were loved and treated with respect; that’s what made me want to work with animals every day and help foster that kind of bond between people and the animals they love.”
Our veterinarian earned her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Virginia Tech and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Shane’s professional interests include preventive medicine, dentistry and pain management.
Opening the animal hospital in Dale City represents the fulfillment of her desire to bring the highest-quality veterinary medicine and exceptional customer service to area pets and their owners, while also upholding a cost-conscious approach to care.
“I love talking with clients about their pets,” Dr. Shane says. “Whether it’s choosing the right vaccines for their new family member or reviewing options for pain management for their senior pet, I want my clients to walk out of the exam room knowing they made an informed decision. And of course, all the puppy and kitten smooches help!”
Dr. Shane and her husband Michael have two grown daughters, Kayla and Kelsey. Although both have left home, she’s kept busy by the family’s five pets: a cat named Shady and four dogs, Buddy, Lola, Roxie and Ellie. Dr. Shane also enjoys yoga, cooking and supporting local high school athletics and several rescue organizations.
Dr. Wagner has always been an avid animal lover and knew early on that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Wagner is a native Texan where she was born and raised in the suburbs of Dallas. For her undergraduate studies, she majored in Animal Sciences at Texas A&M University and later where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, ultrasound, and pathology.
Dr. Wagner is also an Army spouse, which has taken her from Texas to North Carolina, and now to Virginia. She loves the experience of living in various parts of the country and meeting new people. Dr. Wagner and her husband live in Quantico, and share their house with Nymeria, a German Shepherd and Kenzie, their elderly cat who inspired Dr. Wagner to pursue Veterinary Medicine. They love traveling and the outdoors, and have a goal to visit every National Park in the U.S. Other passions include playing her flute, horse riding, and spending time with family and friends.
Jenny Askin, DVM
Since she was a young girl, Dr. Jenny Askin knew she was destined to become a veterinarian. She was always an animal lover but when she was 12 years old, she spent the summer volunteering at a close family friend’s veterinary hospital. This experience opened her eyes to the profession and to the many interesting facets of veterinary medicine. Dr. Askin is a native of Northern Virginia, having grown up in the Springfield area. For her undergraduate studies she attended The Ohio State University and majored in Biology. After graduation, Dr. Askin had the great privilege to work for President Bush at the White House for several years.
Dr. Askin received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University, completing her senior year of clinical rotations at her Alma mater, Ohio State. In veterinary school, Dr. Askin was heavily involved with and was the president of the Veterinary Business Management Association. Dr. Askin graduated with highest honors and was inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary medicine honor society.
Her professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound, surgery and preventative medicine. She is a strong advocate of Fear Free Medicine and hopes to foster long lasting relationships with both her patients and their families.
Dr. Askin is an avid sports fan and loves to cheer on our local teams as well as her beloved Buckeyes. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, gardening, interior design, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Dr. Askin and her husband live in Bristow and share their home with their fur babies Cooper and Mittens.
Jessie Consolvo, DVM
As a young child, Dr. Jessie Consolvo decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Her passion for helping others is matched only by her love of animals. She grew up in the Northern Virginia Area and met Dr. Stephanie and Michael Shane, the owners of Staples Mill Animal hospital, when she was little. Spending time with them and shadowing Dr. Shane at the hospital further cemented her desire to become a veterinarian.
Dr. Consolvo received her undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences with a minor in Biology at Virginia Tech. While completing her junior and senior year, she was involved in stem cell research. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Ross University. She finished her clinical rotations at The University of Illinois where she decided to pursue a career as a small animal general practitioner.
While she enjoys the variety of cases she sees, Dr. Consolvo’s professional interests are in cardiology, pain management, and preventative medicine. She understands how much her clients love their pets and aims to bring a high level of care into each appointment to ensure both owners and animals feel taken care of. Her interests outside of work include hiking, cooking, live music, and cheering on the Hokies.
I learned at a very young age that I was going to be in the veterinary field. Growing up on my family farm, I surrounded myself with lots of animals such as horses, goats, chickens, ducks, cats, cockatoos, and dogs. Learning to care for different animals in both sickness and in health along with the hardship of the short circle of life drives my passion and love of every animal I meet along the way.
Not only did I grow up a farm girl, but my mom was also in the veterinary field and was a huge influence on me. She introduced me to my first job during high school at a Veterinary Referral Center. Learning internal medicine, orthopedics, and emergency critical care procedures from 14 years old until I was 26 years old. My love for veterinary medicine only kept growing as the years went on. I finally decided that it was time for me to join the Shane’s and their team here at Staples Mill Animal Hospital in 2015.
When not at Staples Mill Animal Hospital, you can find me seeking outdoor adventures such as hiking with my dog Bear, glamping, and trail riding my horses. I also enjoy spending time with my two amazing children Austin and Julianna.
I grew up in upstate New York and at the age of 7, began to ride horses, from there I knew I wanted to work in veterinary medicine and loved working with animals. I continued my riding till this day. Along the way I managed some equine facilities, worked in a veterinary pathology lab, worked in small animal practice, and started to go to school for my LVT. I worked for many years with horses rehabbing them from injuries and surgeries as well. In 2018, I decided to make the move with my horse and dog to Virginia, where I continued to manage a few more equine facilities and do medical care within the horse world. After a year of being in Virginia I decided I wanted to go back to small animal to learn more and continue on with my schooling to finish my LVT and earn my certificate in equine massage. I love working with horses as well as small animals, and most of my own animals are rescues. Growing up with horses, has shaped me to be the person I am today. In my spare time, most can find me at the barn spending time with my horse, hiking with my dogs, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends.
I graduated in 2016 with a major in Environmental Geoscience from West Virginia University. Shortly after graduating, I found my passion for working with Dogs as a trainer at Canine Dimensions for 3 years. Joining Staples Mill Team in late 2021, I’ve been able utilize my skills and knowledge in Behavior Management while learning new Fear Free techniques. Making this transition from trainer to veterinary assistant has been rewarding in many ways. It’s safe to say that I found my new career in veterinary health and will continue my education in the veterinary field.
In my spare time you can find me taking my 2 dogs, Dixie (Lab/ Pitbull Mix) and Diesel (Pitbull Mix) on Jeep ride adventures. I never miss a family game night or the opportunity eating out at my favorite Mexican spot.
Sarah Chendid, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
From an early age, my mother and grandfather could tell that I have a love for animals that goes beyond just our own. Back in 2006, I began working in the veterinary field to help other animals in need while I was in high school. Soon after graduation I knew I wanted nothing more than to gain as much knowledge in veterinary health as I possibly can. I was accepted to the Veterinary Technology Program at NVCC where I obtained my degree as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. I joined the Staples Mill Team in July 2020.
On top of my veterinary passion, I also help my husband, Sidi, with his business. We share three fur babies together: Sassy (cat), Dino (Chihuahua), and Cailee (Pitbull Terrier).
Julianne Middle, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Julianne Middle joined Staples Mill Animal Hospital in 2020. She has had a passion for all animals since a young age. She likes to combine her love for animals and art which has resulted in colorful paintings and close-up photography. Julianne began volunteering in 2014 at the local ASPCA as a caretaker and photographer which is when her interest in veterinary medicine developed.
From there she chose to major in veterinary technology and graduated on the Dean’s list in 2020 with her degree and license as a Veterinary Technician. Since the beginning of her journey with the Staples Mill Team, she has loved spreading her knowledge with her teammates on anesthesia and quality patient care. Helping not only family pets but also wildlife is something she finds very rewarding. In her free time volunteers for the local wildlife center.
Julianne’s hobbies include traveling in her RV with her 2 doodles, Lucy and Newman. She enjoys hiking trails, photographing landscapes or wildlife, and spending quality time with her family.
Being in the veterinary field since 2007 has allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help many furry friends. I turned my love of animals into my lifelong career by graduating with my degree from NVCC Veterinary Technology Program in 2013. I joined Staples Mill in 2018 to pursue my passion in veterinary medicine. I find that surgery, emergency medicine, customer care services, and animal nutrition are most rewarding to me.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, Andrew, and our son, Asher. Our 3 dogs, Koop (Black Lab), Kali (Chocolate Lab), and Isabelle (Jack Russell Terrier) love to join us on our traveling adventures.
Despite growing up in Maryland, I spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s farm in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. My love of animals came from my grandmother who had not only dogs and cats, but also a lot of birds. I started working in the veterinary field in 2010 as a receptionist and my continued growth in veterinary health brought me to join Staples Mill in 2021. Being an animal advocate, I strongly believe that those of us serving in the veterinary field can be our patient’s voice and educate their owners to the best of our ability.
When I’m not at Staples Mill, I love to spend time with loved ones and playing with my two Sphynx cats. I enjoy camping, traveling to new places, reading James Patterson mysteries, and trying new coffee shops.
My love of animals brought me to the veterinary field in 1997. Learning the many different aspects of the veterinary field has made my passion grow. My dedication to veterinary health brought my ability to be educational to our clients not only as a receptionist but also gaining veterinary assistant skills and knowledge along the way. I joined Staples Mill in 2017 and meeting all the new clients along with having the pleasure to serve my previous clients that also made the transition to Staples Mill has been very rewarding.
Outside of work I enjoy crafting, volunteering at a local animal sanctuary, and spending time with my husband, Mike, and daughter Cassidy. We have 2 Boston Terriers, Mason and Buddy, who love to keep my family busy.
Patty Zaepfel, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
I graduated from NOVA Vet Tech Program in 2009 and have been working as a Licensed Veterinary Technician ever since. After joining Staples Mill Animal Hospital in 2020 I was able to utilize my Fear Free techniques and share my knowledge with those around me. Ultrasound, Surgery, Dentistry, and Pain Management are what I find myself most passionate about. Being an advocate for my patients and caring for each of them as if they were my own is very rewarding.
I also enjoy cooking, sewing, making soap and other organic body products when outside of work. I’m very outdoorsy and participate in various activities like hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. I have one cat named Delia who is 14 years young with special needs.
Kerryn Kyriakides, LVT
Licensed Veterinary Technician
I began my adventure in the veterinary field in 2013 after graduating from Virginia Tech. In high school, I realized during an elective animal science class that I was destined for the veterinary field. During my time at Virginia Tech working toward my degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences, I gained experiences in all aspects of small and large animal medicine. In 2013, I began working at a small animal practice as an assistant. I was inspired by my peers to continue my education and advance my career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, which I did in 2018. In 2021 I joined the Staples Mill Team where I am driven to provide high quality care to patients and promote preventative medicine.
When I’m not working, I play in an adult soccer league and enjoy hiking with my husband, Michael and our golden retriever, Mia. Her favorite activities are swimming, couch cuddles, and eating peanut butter.
Amanda’s love and passion for animals started when she was younger. As a young girl, she aspired to be a zookeeper and a veterinarian. She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years and has only grown to love it more every day. Her favorite part of her job is giving lots of love and comfort to the pets. She enjoys helping them to feel better when they are not feeling well or recovering from surgery. Since starting at SMAH, she has become Fear Free Certified and is always eager for the challenge of a scared, anxious pet. She is also known at work as the “puppy selfie queen.” Anytime a new puppy visits the hospital, Amanda chases teammates down to make sure she can get a selfie to add to her collection! She is always interested in learning, increasing her skill level in any way and hopes to pursue her education in becoming a Licensed Vet Tech.
In her off time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, crafting, baking, pet sitting and occasionally working her restaurant job. She is married with a young son and is also a dog mom to Miller. Miller is her “bestest girl” and is the best big puppy sister to her human brother! She wishes she could bring home every pet and aspires to someday have a large home so she can rescue ALL of the animals.
Suzanne Marple, LVT
Staff Supervisor & Quality Assurance Manager
Suzanne has been in the Veterinary Field since 1996, starting out in a mixed animal practice, with her love of animals fueling her motivation to attend Vet Tech School. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the NVCC Veterinary Technology Program in 1999, she has worked in multiple practices, with her main interests being in Surgery, Dentistry, and Pain Management. She joined the Staples Mill team in October 2016, excited to be a part of a growing AAHA and Fear Free practice. She is currently our Staff Supervisor and Quality Assurance Manager and enjoys all the opportunities to help our pet parents and animals with their needs.
When Suzanne is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 2 children, Dylan and Lauren, and her husband Brian, hiking, snowboarding, running, and anything else outdoors. They all love to travel and try to do so as much as possible. She shares her home with her 2 dogs, Obi and Radar whose senior ages have not slowed them down!
I was born in California and raised around horses, cows, ducks, pigs, rabbits, and everything in between to peacocks! This is the foundation as to why I love working in the veterinary field, and I love it when I get to give cuddles to the fur-babies! My 23 years of medical administration focuses on “quality customer service” and always do what I can to make each owner and patient feel comfortable.
My passions outside of work are playing or just relaxing with Junior, my black and white tuxedo cat, caring for Skippy, my tortoise, my snake, 4Months, and spending time with family and volunteering transport for injured wildlife to a wildlife rescue group. I enjoy working around animals, as this passion is what drives me to learn new ways of making a difference in our patient’s lives.
I’ve had a pet in my life for as long as I can remember! My parents bought me a Poodle as a toddler who we had for many years, now we have a Yorkie who is 12 years old. Both these dogs have taught me many life skills as it pertains to how to take care of animals, how to troubleshoot taking care of them when their sick, and what they require for overall wellness and happiness. I also have many friends with various breeds of dogs and cats that I’ve spent much time with.
I began my work experience in this field in 2019 as a Kennel Technician and later had an opportunity to work more hands on as a Clinical Assistant. I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity here at Staples Mill Animal Hospital where I am also enrolled in the Vet Tech Program to continue my educationand become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Kristen knew she was meant to be in the veterinary field as soon as she could talk. From performing “surgeries” on her stuffed animals, to watching Animal ER on tv every day, she continued to pursue being in this field. She began at an introductory kennel position and worked her way up to being an experienced Veterinary Assistant. She is a native of Northern Virginia, but now resides in Colorado with her husband, young son Kaleb, senior dog Riley, and cat Veyron. In her down time, she enjoys working on her car, exploring Colorado, walking trails, and spending time with her son.
Hiede first became a veterinary receptionist in 2005 when she joined Montclair Animal Hospital. She has always loved animals and when the opportunity arrived to work with them, she jumped at it. Now working with Staples Mill since September 2018, she loves helping clients take care of their furry babies.
Hiede, originally from England, lives with her husband John and their two dachshunds Dee and Belle. Their youngest son William still lives at home with his Mixed Terrier Minnie. Her oldest son Carl, is a drill sergeant at Ft. Benning, GA.
When not working Hiede likes reading, crafts, jigsaw puzzles and traveling with family and friends. She also takes any chance she can to spoil her 2 grandchildren, Ryan and Evelyn.
I have been fortunate enough to grow with the Shane’s in the veterinary field since 2005 and seeing Staples Mill start from the ground up. Along this journey, I have learned many aspects of the business from kennel assistant, receptionist, veterinary assistant, to finally now learning the management roll. My most recent milestone was graduating from Northern Virginia Community College Vet Tech Program in 2019 while on the Dean’s List throughout. I am very passionate about client education and enjoy discussing various animal health topics and helping them through every stage of their pets’ lives. Building these bonds with my patients and their owners drive my career and love of the veterinary field. My areas of interest are Puppy/Kitten Management, Pet Nutrition, Dermatology and Behavioral Management. Being able to reference my own experiences with my own animals on these topics helps me relate to my clients on an even more personal level.
During my off time you may find me working on house projects, spending time with my little herd of animals or spending time on my parents’ little farm. Currently I have 3 dogs Noah (Maltese), Mika (Cockapoo), and Oliver (Australian Shepherd), two cats Cali and Precious. My most recent addition is my Holland Lop bunny named Rye.
Veterinary Assistant Heather Pemberton has worked in the veterinary field for 24 years since leaving the human medical field to pursue her passion of working with animals. It was at this time that she first met Dr. Shane and has been working with/for her ever since. Her interests are dental health and animal behavior. She is certified in dental radiology as well as companion animal laser therapy. In her spare time, she enjoys being a grandmother and working in her gardens.
“I love working with my Staples Mill family as they are genuinely compassionate individuals and truly understand the needs of our clients and the importance of stress-free animal care.”