DR. EARL WILLIS
Dr. Willis is a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. In veterinary school, Dr. Willis was a member of the student chapter of The Emergency and Critical Care Society and The Honor Society of Phi Zeta and continues to be a member of both as a professional. He is also a member of The Biltmore Who’s Who. Dr. Willis began his veterinary career practicing emergency medicine at the Veterinary Emergency Center and has a special interest in internal medicine and surgery. In 2009 Dr. Willis made the move to a full service veterinary practice when he opened Winterfield Veterinary Hospital with his partner Dr. Sara White.
In his spare time, Dr. Willis enjoys fly fishing, golf, being outdoors and playing lacrosse. Dr. Willis and his two children, Parker and Anne McKinley, reside in the Near West End. Their four legged children include three Japanese Chins, Jellybean, Dickens, and Dudley.
DR. SARA WHITE
Dr. Sara White was born in Colchester, England where she lived for 10 years and became an avid fan of James Herriot. She spent the rest of her childhood in Mclean, Virginia. After completing a bachelor of science degree from James Madison University in 1992 she attended Virginia Tech Veterinary School and graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She spent the first five years as a veterinarian in a small animal practice in Arlington, Virginia. During this time she volunteered at the D.C. humane society and helped start a mobile spay-neuter service. She moved to Richmond in 2000 and worked at West End Veterinary Hospital. After the birth of her first daughter she decided to become a relief veterinarian and practiced all over the Richmond metropolitan area up until the opening of Winterfield Veterinary Hospital. Her interests include internal medicine, pain management and geriatric care.
Dr. White has been married to her husband Gary since 2001. She and Gary reside in the West End with their three daughters, Lily, Sophie, and Addison. Their four legged children include a Labrador, a Newfoundland, and two cats. Her interests include running, skiing, dining out and traveling.
DR. APRIL RICE
Dr. April Rice was born and raised in Panama City, Florida, where her love and compassion for animals blossomed while working as an assistant in a small animal clinic and a zookeeper at a local zoo. She went on to attend veterinary school at the University of Florida, specializing in avian and exotic animal medicine. While in veterinary school she worked at several zoological parks including Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Kansas City Zoo. She moved to Richmond in 2005 after graduating with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing exotic and companion animal internal medicine and surgery in the Richmond area ever since.
Dr. Rice and her husband Brandon reside in Midlothian with their two sons Ethan and Cayman. Their animal children include two dogs; Farley and Scampie, three cats; Blue, Monekat and Slinky, numerous fish, and Cornflake the corn snake. Her interests include spending time with her family, hiking, water sports and traveling.
DR. DAVID BOYD
DR. LEAH KERNER
DR. CATHY BLANCHONG
Dr. Cathleen Blanchong is a graduate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Blanchong has a diverse veterinary experience, which includes small animal medicine and surgery, equine medicine and surgery, emergency medicine and critical care, as well as integrative medicine (combining traditional Western and Chinese medicines), practicing acupuncture and herbal medicine. She will be completing veterinary chiropractic studies this year. She joined the Winterfield team in the Fall of 2013 to provide holistic, chiropractic, and acupuncture treatments for our patients. She is currently available for appointments on Wednesdays to treat patients.
OUR SUPPORT STAFF
HILLARY HESS, LVT
Hillary is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 2000, she began her career in veterinary medicine as an assistant, but soon began classes at Cedar Valley College to become a licensed technician. She moved to Richmond in 2003 and joined a small animal practice where she remained for the next six years, while also continuing her veterinary technology education. She graduated and earned her license in 2007. Hillary has a special interest in surgery and internal medicine aspects of animal nursing and hopes to specialize in veterinary anesthesia in the near future.
Hillary and her husband, Ryan, live in the West End with their two daughters, Bristol & Luca. When not working, she enjoys running, reading, vacations to the Outer Banks, and occasionally tries to learn golf
SARAH LEAHY, LVT
Sarah was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, living for a few years in Utah and North Carolina. She attended Lynchburg College for Environmental Science and Biology before deciding to pursue her childhood dream of working in the veterinary field. Her childhood experiences of having worked as a kennel assistant and volunteer for rescue organizations in her youth is what started her down the path of working in the veterinary field. She began working at Winterfield in 2012 while beingf enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program. In 2015 she graduated Summa Cum Laude and obtained her license. Her favorite aspects of being an LVT include caring for hospitalized patients and anesthesiology.
Sarah is currently living in the South Side with her dog, Tato, and enjoys reading, camping, hiking, and running during her free time.
LINDSEY BROWN, MANAGER
Lindsey grew up in the Richmond area and has been involved with animals her entire life. She began working in the veterinary industry while in high school as a kennel assistant and through on the job training began working as a veterinary assistant. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal & Poultry Sciences with a minor in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech in 2008 she moved back to Richmond to continue working as a veterinary assistant while deciding the next step. Wanting to stay in the veterinary field, but not follow down the path of DVM or LVT, Lindsey decided to go back to school to earn a degree in business and in 2013 she received her Masters in Business from Averett University. Her next goal is to earn her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) designation.
Lindsey and her husband, Chris, live in the Lakeside area with their Yorkie Sophie and Beta Fish Bryan. When not working, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, vacations with her family, cooking, and gardening.
Winterfield has many support staff that help to keep us up and running, without them the hospital would not run as smoothly as it does!