Meet Our Team

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of The Small Animal Clinic at Piedmont Equine in The Plains. We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Hours
Monday -Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday-8:00am – 12:30pm
Sunday-Closed

Veterinarians

Renee Nolan

DVM, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Like a lot of veterinarians, Renee grew up crazy for animals. This love was nurtured by her tolerant and dog loving parents who endured a parade of foundlings, fosters, and orphans in their home. At age sixteen her little girl horse obsession was sealed with an unbroken Appaloosa filly that grew to be a winning competitive trail and endurance trail horse.
Her first job, to support said horse, was kennel help/chief poop scooper.

Continued interest in veterinary medicine led to becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. Continued horse obsession led to a job as an exercise rider and groom for the master of the Old Dominion Hounds. Eventually, veterinary medicine won, resulting in a newlywed husband, John Nolan, and graduation from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Good friends and colleagues Paul Anikis, Monica Chapman, Pam Thayer, and Joe Davis all hail from “the best class ever” of 1991.

After John’s internships was a happy return to Virginia and settling down to part time homesteading, gardening, raising two sons, and working as a small animal veterinarian. Renee’s passion remains with veterinary medicine, with a focus of continued education and individualized care.

Monica Chapman

DVM, CVIT

From a very young age, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Monica always answered that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She still wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Her father, a WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Veteran was a general surgeon in the Army and then had a second career as staff physician at the University of Maryland. Monica fondly remembers removing lumps from the very patient and obedient family dog, Brunhilda with her father teaching her local anesthetic administration, suture patterns and instrument handling techniques on the couch in the rec room.

Monica graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in the “illustrious and acclaimed” class of 1991, alongside colleagues Dr.s Renee and John Nolan, Paul Anikis, Pamela Thayer, and Joe Davis. She worked in small animal practices throughout Virginia in Waynesboro, Amherst, Lynchburg, and Roanoke before landing in Clarke County with her husband, Kimber, and joining the Middleburg Animal Hospital in 1996. Once their son, Oliver, was born, in 1999, Monica left private practice to enter public practice at the Fauquier SPCA where she spent 15 years as Veterinarian-In-Charge, practicing medicine and surgery, caring for the shelter animals and providing high quality, low cost spay/neuter services for the general community. Dr. Monica, CVIT, joined her classmates at The Small Animal Clinic at Piedmont Equine in 2017 and is enjoying sharing her integrative approach to Veterinary Medicine with clients and patients.

Monica has always been interested in herbal medicine and began her formal training in 2012, studying under Teresa Boardwine, RH(AHG) in Sperryville, VA, completed certification courses in Foundations of Western Herbal Medicine and Apothecary (medicine making) in 2013, and worked as an intern with Geo Derick Giordano, MSc, RH(AHG). In early 2017, she completed a Graduate Degree in Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine at the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT), studying under Dr. Barbara Fougere, a world leader in integrative veterinary medicine. She has also joined the faculty of CIVT and now mentors and helps teach classes educating Veterinarians all over the world about veterinary western herbal medicine.

Monica’s passion is using western herbs in an integrative approach to optimize health and wellness, and she established Mojo Medicinals, LLC in early 2017 in Paris, VA to bring the healing power of our plant allies to our 4-legged community. Dr. Monica is also a licensed hemp grower and producer and makes a whole plant hemp extract to provide this important green medicine to her patients.

Katy Wilson

DVM

Dr. Katy Wilson grew up in Colorado, exploring the Rocky Mountains on the back of her horse and showing Paint Horses while in high school. Her family helped forge a passion for caring for animals.

In 1992 she graduated from the Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and worked the following two years as an equine practitioner before transitioning to exclusively small animal practice. She enjoys helping clients develop a loving bond with their pet and values the relationship formed with the clients in the process.

Dr. Wilson and her husband Dr. Dave Johnson, another CSU grad moved to northern Virginia in 1998 (many of you may know Dr. Johnson as the Piedmont Equine dental practitioner). They live in White Post with daughter Reagan, seven horses, two dogs, two cats and four chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding and painting.

Pamela Thayer Davis

DVM

Dr. Thayer is the product of a military/foreign service upbringing. She was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Sydney, Australia. Her family moved to the United States where they settled in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Thayer attended Radford College, graduating with a degree in Speech and language therapy. After being tenured in this first profession, she applied to veterinary school and was accepted to the Va Md Regional College of Veterinary medicine. She graduated in 1991 along with her husband Joe Davis and fellow classmates Rene and John Nolan, Monica Chapman and Paul Anikis.

She and her husband Joe, live on a farm in Marshall, surrounded by Golden Retrievers and horses. Their home was built in 1802 and keeps them busy as all farms and old houses do! She is an avid rider, competing in horse trials with her favorite horse, Whole Lotta Lovin. She and her husband are active members of the Old Dominion Hunt. Dr. Thayer also raises Golden Retrievers. The kennel name is Winterset's Golden retrievers. Her girls named Merlot, Willow and Maple are always happy to greet anyone who comes to visit.

Pam and Joe have two daughters, Hayley and Kristina. Both have graduated from College and Joe and her are beginning their life as empty nesters. The family enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake Bay on Joe's boat the Orianna, riding horses together and hiking whenever possible. She hopes that there will be more travel in their future.

Dr. Jodie Potts

DVM

Dr. Jodie Potts is a 2010 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Potts is devoted to providing excellence in Wellness and preventative care for dogs and cats. She firmly believes in the benefits of dental health and enjoys performing dental procedures as well as sharpening her skills in ophthalmology.

Growing up in middle Tennessee, a passion of hers has always been horses. She currently owns five: Comet, Fever, Tesla, Max, and Byrd.

She is married to Josh Potts and enjoys reading, hiking, and walking when not busy with the horses.

Technicians

Tracy Mazurkiewicz

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Tracy was born in Pittsburgh, PA but moved to Warrenton, VA at the age of 8 and has lived in the area ever since. She started riding horses at the age of 10 and has been blessed with a great horse named Gold Cup, who just celebrated his 31st birthday. Tracy is also kept busy by her animal loving son Logan, dogs Oreo, Toby and Hudson, and a guinea pig named Violet. Her interests in all animals led her to graduate from NOVA veterinary technician program May 2000. Over the last 20years she has enjoyed working with small animals in both general and emergency practices as an LVT. In her free time she loves fostering puppies for Middleburg Humane Foundation.

Crystal Brown

LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN

Even as a little girl, Crystal has loved animals and said she would be a veterinarian when she grew up. At age 15, she landed her first job as a veterinary assistant, took stock of the role of the veterinarian versus the role of the veterinary technician and never looked back.

She fell in love with the nursing care and the technical skills required of the vet tech. She went to Northern Virginia Community College and has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician since 2003. The majority of her practice has been in emergency medicine, but has been with The Small Animal Practice since 2020. She brings with her exceptional skills and her signature sassy style.

When she is not at work she is busy at home raising her two beautiful daughters and enjoying her two little dogs and gorgeous cats.

Veterinary Assistants

Brianna Kelly

VETERINARY ASSISTANT AND PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

Brianna Kelly was raised in Fauquier County and attended Fauquier High School. She started riding when she was seven as she grew up in a sales barn and was put on any type of horse or pony. Brianna did the hunter/ jumper circuit and also went fox hunting. After high school she decided she loved breaking and training horses more than showing and started working for others helping them with their horses. She attended Lord Fairfax Community College, and then worked in a small animal/ equine practice for 6 years before coming to Piedmont Equine Practice. Brianna takes pride in her patient care abilities, and she has tremendous love for all animals. Brianna is Floor Supervisor at Piedmont Small Animal and handles everything from employee scheduling, ordering and tracking inventory as well as helping appointments and surgeries run smoothly. In her spare time Brianna enjoys pheasant hunting with her English lab named Lanii Salami. Another of her passions is cooking and she loves to share meals with her family and friends. Brianna lives in The Plains.

Ouida Ward

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Ouida Ward was born and raised in Culpeper, Virginia. She grew up raising animals ranging from reptiles, chickens, cats/dogs, and horses. Prior to working at SAC at PEP, Ouida worked as a kennel assistant/trainer at a local dog rescue then worked as a equine vet assistant at a local chiropractic/acupuncture clinic.
Ouida has 2 horses(Hayley and Monty), 2 dogs(Remi and Hank), and
2 cats(Kit Kat and Bunny). Her hobbies include horse showing, hiking, and doing anything outdoorsy.

Hannah Bauer

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Hannah was born and raised in the farmlands of Loudoun County, and her dearest memories have always been shared with animals. From her first love “Goldie” the goldfish, to now at 23 years old, she is grateful to share her life with two ponies, a dog, a bird, and a one-eared rabbit.

She vividly recalls the farm visits from Piedmont Equine Practice at a young age and being excited to hear their vehicles drive up the farm driveway. It was those hours spent holding horses and talking with the vets and technicians while growing up that she nurtured her interest in veterinary medicine. She is proud to work amongst a staff that she trusted long before employment.

She is currently studying for her Vet Technician License at Northern Virginia Community College. She spends her free time on the river kayaking or rafting in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and at the barn every day in between."

Hannah Fikac

VETERINARY ASSISTANT

Hannah grew up in Bluemont Va, and has been working in the field of small animal care since she was 16, starting out as a kennel attendant and then moving up to be a vet assistant. She went to school at Blue Ridge Community College in Harrisonburg and graduated with a veterinary technology degree on May 8th, 2021. Hannah enjoys caring for animals and giving them what they need.She loves spending time with her family, as well fishing and swimming. She has a beagle/schnauzer mix named Daisy Mae. Hannah and her boyfriend recently bought a house in Winchester.

Reception

Joannie Thompson

Reception and Front Office Supervisor

Joannie is originally from New York and moved to Virginia in 1993 after living in Boston for 13 years.She has loved horses for as long as she can remember, and did some showing and eventing, but now enjoys riding western on her horse Hickory. Her favorite place to visit is Jackson Hole, WY where she and her son have gone and have stayed at The R Lazy S Ranch. Joannie lives in Castleton, VA with her dogs, cats, and horse. She is a certified EMT and in her free time, she runs with the Castleton Community Fire and Rescue.Her son, Taylor, is currently living in DC with his fiance, Angela, and their bulldog Frank.

Kristina Wilson

Reception

Kristina was born in Germany, but has been in Virginia most of her life. She has had a love of animals since a very young age and currently owns two dogs- Zeus and Diesel. She joined Piedmont in August of 2021 as a receptionist, and is proud of her ability to communicate with clients. She’s interested in becoming a vet assistant. Kristina currently lives in Strasburg with her fiancé, and enjoys traveling to new destinations, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley and going to local farmer’s markets.

Courtney Kockler

Reception and Special Projects Supervisor

Courtney has long been a client at Piedmont Equine Practice, and decided after working as a Clinical Technician at Fairfax Hospital for 4 years that it was time for a change of pace. She is now a receptionist at the Small Animal Clinic front desk because she has been passionate about animals, and has always loved our approach to medicine and animal care.

Courtney grew up in Aldie on her family’s Stepping Stone Farm and went to Sweet Briar College. She has a Great Dane named Daisy, 4 cats and 3 dogs.

Liz de Chanvel Pellier

Reception

Liz grew up in a small village near Windsor, Buckinghamshire, England. She achieved a BA in languages from Manchester College, Oxford. She moved to New York in the 1970s where she was hired to make bilingual announcements for British Airways and Air Canada at JFK. She was there for 30 years and ended her career there as a Duty Manager in the Engineering Department.

She has lived in VA since 2005 and worked as a veterinary assistant in two general practice clinics in The Plains and Warrenton as well as in a surgery specialist veterinary clinic in Manassas prior to coming to Piedmont.

Liz lives in Warrenton with her 7 dogs. two cats. a parrot. a hedgehog, a rabbit and a horse Timmy. Her interests include crafts (quilting, sewing, clay models), baking and riding.