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Meet The Team

Dr. Michael Lynch
Dr. Lynch graduated from the University of Georgia in 1968. Shortly thereafter, in April of 1970 he purchased Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital on Sweet Air Road, in Phoenix, MD. In 2004, the practice was moved to its present location on Jarrettsville Pike. Dr. Lynch is well known in this community.His kind and gentle manner has served pets and people for more than 45 years. Dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket-pets have all found comfort in his caring hands. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, music, gardening, splitting wood, and being outdoors.
Dr. Michele Burk
Dr. Burk has been with Jacksonville Vet since 1995 and has a dedicated and loyal following who appreciate her meticulous attention to detail and her caring and kind touch. Dr. Burk graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and also holds a BA in Animal Science and a Degree with Distinction in Immunology. Dr. Burk is married and has two children who share her love of animals. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities like hiking and running as well as gardening and cooking.

Dr. Melissa Thai
Since she joined Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital in 2002, Dr. Thai's warmth and cheerful demeanor, combined with her expertise, have made her invaluable to the practice. Dr. Thai is a native of Maryland and grew up in Gaithersburg. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA in 2001. Dr. Thai likes spending time with her husband and children, and loves being by the water. Pictured with Melissa is one of her kittens, Cinnamon.

Dr. Mary Schmitt Kablis
Dr. Kablis graduated from Virginia-Maryland regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and has since been practicing small animal medicine in Maryland. She joined our staff in 2014 and enjoys caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and other pocket pets. When Dr. Kablis is not treating animals, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two little girls and their Golden Retriever, Maple. They enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping. Dr. Kablis also loves all things Disney, and scrapbooking when her busy schedule allows. 

Dr. Jenny Miller
Dr. Miller grew up in White Hall, MD and started working in the kennels here at JVH during high school and college breaks. Jenny completed her veterinary degree at Virginia – Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and has a BS in Dairy Science from Delaware Valley College. After more than two years practicing in the Hagerstown area she is happy to be returning to Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital. In her spare time Jenny enjoys being with her family and friends, working with dairy cows, and spending time with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Stanley (pictured).


Dr. Britta Larsson

Dr.Larsson was born in Sweden and came to the United States with her family at a young age. She graduated with her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University in 2015 and started with our practice in 2017. She regularly sees appointments Monday through Saturday, performs surgeries on Wednesdays and specializes in holistic medication, herbal remedies and acupuncture. We are so excited to be able to offer our clients a new treatment option! Dr. Larsson is pictured here with her pet, Zoey. Zoey has been benefitting greatly from acupuncture treatment for incontinence and arthritis.


Hospital Manager

Holly Marsiglia
Holly started her career as a veterinary technician in 2003 and first joined the JVH team in 2008. After earning her B.S. in Biology in 2013, she left JVH to pursue an opportunity at the National Aquarium. She worked full time caring for the animals in both the Rainforest and Australian exhibits, and taught the public about the importance of biodiversity and conservation. In January of 2014, she was invited to join JVH as the Hospital's new Practice Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking, photography, and snowboarding. Pictured with Holly are her dogs Roxy, a Siberian Husky, and Jager, a lab mix.
Technicians

Andy Gough
Andy started as a volunteer in 2010 and quickly transitioned into a veterinary technician. Andy  earned a B.S. in Biology with emphasis on Pre-veterinary Medicine from Towson University in 2014 and is currently studying to become a veterinarian at the University of Georgia. In his spare time, Andy enjoys working out, watching Netflix, cooking and baking. Pictured with Andy is Erin’s dog, Toby!
Erin Burke
Erin has been a part of our team since 2010. She studied Biology in College and now works to give each patient the individualized care that they need. As one of our team's veterinary technicians, she uses her interpersonal skills to give each pet's family comfort during their visit to our hospital. When she is away from the office, Erin enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. Pictured with Erin is one of our patients, Wyatt.
Jennifer “B” Wood
Jenn has been with Jacksonville Vet since we were in our old location, over 13 years ago. She started as a member of our receptionist team and showed the initiative to learn the skills needed to become a veterinary technician. Jenn continues to help not only our patients feel comfortable, but gives our clients piece of mind as they make decisions for their pets. Jenn enjoys spending time with her family and is an advocate for the Baltimore Bully Crew, a local pit bull rescue organization. Pictured with Jenn is her rescued Pit Bull, Kimber.

Alanna Main

Alanna started as a veterinary technician with our hospital in 2016 after gaining one year of experience at a local small animal hospital. She is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree at Towson University and plans on pursuing a career in animal medicine. Alanna enjoys getting to meet our clients and their furry loved ones. Outside of work, she loves traveling and spending time with friends and family, including her orange tabby, Simon, and her Pekingese puppy, Pepe. Pictured with Alanna is one of our employee's foster puppies.

Zachary Wagner
Zach became a part of our animal caretaker staff in June of 2014. He is currently majoring in Biology at Towson University and will be pursuing a veterinary doctorate after graduation. He finds great interest in the history and origins of the diverse breeds of dogs that come into our hospital for boarding and grooming. Zach takes a great deal of pride in his work and is compassionate with each of the animals, and is a talented and empathetic veterinary assistant. In his spare time, Zach enjoys playing piano, singing, skiing, snowboarding, playing roller and ice hockey and traveling.
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Dominic Mezzanotte

Dominic is currently a pre-veterinary student in his senior year at Towson University. He started volunteering for an equine veterinarian in 2015 and was referred to our practice to gain additional skills with small animals. He began volunteering with our veterinary technicians and after gaining hands on experience with our patients, he has earned a promotion to veterinary assistant. In his spare time, Dominic enjoys playing and coaching lacrosse and spending time with friends and family.


 Receptionists 
Laura Riley
Laura has been with us since 2006 and is a familiar face to most of our clients when they greet us at the front desk. She knows most of our clients and their pets by name. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dogs and her husband, taking the Polar Bear Plunge each year for charity, and watching the Ravens games during football season. Pictured with Laura is her rescued Pit Bull, Lugnut.
Mary Chrusciel
Mary joined our receptionist team in 2013 after working in the veterinary field for over two decades. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland in 1985 and has a strong interest in animal behavior and training. Mary is an excellent educator and demonstrates empathy and compassion with the animals and their family members here in our hospital, as well as in her spare time. Mary helps abandoned animals in her spare time, and is also very involved in AKC obedience, training, tracking, protection, and cares for a variety of animals on her farm. Pictured with Mary is her Doberman Pinscher, Hottie.
Rita McCausland
Rita joined our receptionist team in 2012 after gaining her experience in the equine veterinary field as a surgery technician for 25 years. She has rescued and rehabilitated race horses and found them loving homes. Having rescued three dogs, Rita knows how important pets are to their families. Here at JVH, she is a friendly face to each client and pet as they enter our hospitl, and helps ensure that each visit runs smoothly and efficiently. When Rita is away from work, she enjoys gardening, riding her horse, "Indio", and has fox hunted and played polo with her husband. Pictured with Rita is her miniature schnauzer mix, Zenyatta.
 

Tara Alban

Tara joined our receptionist team in 2016. She is currently in High school and plans on attending Auburn University as a veterinary student. Tara has been an avid horseback rider since she was 6 years old, and enjoys spending time with her retired thoroughbred from the track. Her love for animals has always been her top priority and continues to grow as she learns to work in the veterinary field.

 

Tina Marcinko

Tina joined the JVH team in August of 2016 as one of the front desk receptionists, to which she brings a lot of positive energy. She has 5 children, 6 grandchildren, and three dogs. Pictured with Tina are two of her rescued dogs, Oliver and Sydney who live with her and her husband, Bryan. Her background is in pharmacy technology and early childhood development. She is looking forward to furthering her education in our veterinary practice. In her down time, Tina helps out with the House of Hope Dog Rescue, loves camping, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Jen Lowe

Jen started her journey with Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist and veterinary assistant in 1993 upon graduating high school. She volunteers with rescue organizations taking in orphaned newborn kittens. Jen has four daughters and a menagerie of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, geckos, and an axolotl. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, photography, crafting, hiking, camping and cooking. Jen is pictured with her dog, Daisy.

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Mariah Maxwell

Mariah joined our team of receptionists in 2017. Her love for animals has influenced her decision to pursue two Bachelor's degrees in Biology and in Animal Behavior. She recently graduated in 2017 and hopes to attend grad school for a related subject. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, being outside, and spending time with friends and family.

Animal Caretakers


Jess Lynch

Jess has been with our practice since 2013. She started as an animal caretaker in the kennel and has worked as a receptionist in the veterinary hospital and most recently was promoted to our kennel manager. Jess graduated from the University of Baltimore in 2013 earning her degree in Business Administration. Outside of work she enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family and her dog, Wren.

Ryan Bollinger
Ryan has been a member of our Animal Care staff since 2006. He is a friendly, familiar face to each of the pets that come to stay at our Pet Hotel. Ryan makes certain that every animal is comfortable and clean, and given the proper attention and care during their visit. Ryan is always positive and willing to help around the Pet Hotel and the hospital. In his spare time, he enjoys watching professional sports, reading, and grilling. Pictured with Ryan his his Manchester terrier, Ali.
Steven Lynch
Steven began as a volunteer helping around the building from a young age, and started as a member of our Animal Care team in 2013. He is currently majoring in Health at Harford Community College and enjoys learning about all of the various dog species that come into our pet hotel to vacation with us. Outside of work and his college courses, he enjoys spending time with friends, family, pets, and playing bass guitar. Pictured with Steven is his 5 month old Pit Bull mix, Orlaith.
Certified Groomer,Pawlette’s Grooming
Paulette Georgopoulos
Paulette began bathing dogs and assisting the previous groomer at JVH in the Summer of 2006. She went on to study grooming at the Wizard of Paws school in Rehobeth Beach, DE where she received a National Certification Diploma in all dog breed grooming in 2009. She has continued to work under Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital’s roof as her own independent business, “Pawlette’s Grooming”, establishing a devoted clientele and continues to develop her grooming skills. Paulette owns a Pomeranian named Nelson and a mix named Koukla. She is pictured here with her newest pitbull mix rescue named Rayna.

Breanna Srock

Brie has been with the grooming staff as an assistant to Paulette, learning and practicing grooming techniques for about a year. She has had a passion for rescuing, fostering and caring for many animals, from babies to adults. She is currently working on her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Forensic Science at the University of Baltimore. Breanna will be grooming while Paulette is taking her maternity leave in the Fall.