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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, Office 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!

Reception Staff

Heather Austin

Renee Bell

Faith Haraway

Bonnie Michael

Jillian Voss

Rhiannon Patton

Veterinary Assistants

Kelsey Kivikko

Emily Marx

Lydia Waldron - in LVT school