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Meet Our Doctors
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 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 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.
Growing up in Nebraska and Ohio, Dr. Jenkins' childhood dream was to live and work on a farm, as she grew up, Veterinary Medicine seemed like the next best option. Dr. Jenkins is a 2004 graduate of Miami University of Ohio with a degree in zoology and a 2008 graduate of the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent her first three years of practice in Portland, Oregon at a busy small animal hospital. Her free time was spent skiing, climbing, and biking around the Pacific Northwest. After moving to Richmond in 2011 she worked at a companion animal hospital in Chester and did some relief work before joining the team at Winterfield Veterinary Hospital. She has also enjoyed volunteering her time at the Richmond Wildlife Center located on the second floor of Winterfield Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Jenkins and her husband Eric reside in the near west end and are enjoying everything Richmond has to offer; sunny days, the James, mountain bike trails, festivals, concerts, great restaurants, the list goes on. Their two cats Pia and Spatch also seem to be enjoying their time lounging on the porch.
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.