Dr. Kristen Hitt, Owner
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Dr. Hitt has a strong interest in surgery and has completed multiple continuing education courses in ultrasound. She also believes in ‘giving back’ and started a feral cat program in Falls Church. She has traveled to Kentucky, and most recently to North Carolina, to perform surgeries on rescued puppy mill dogs and animals from low socio-economic areas and she has donated her time to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
While not busy being a Vet, Dr. Hitt enjoys spending time with her dogs, RB and Emmy, her barn cat, Daisy and her ‘mutt’ herd of horses, which includes three rescues. Of course, she also enjoys any time she has with her four children, but that time is dwindling as her nest is officially empty. In addition to vet medicine, Dr. Hitt loves traveling, scrapbooking, organizing, and diet coke. She resides in Arlington with her husband.
Dr. Caroline Chamarande
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Dr. C has an active interest in Internal medicine and Animal Behavior and Training. She is a longtime member of AAHA, VVMA, NVVMA, and D.C. Academy of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Chamarande is federally accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which authorizes her to perform evaluations and issue International Health Certificates for pet travel.
In her free time, Dr. C enjoys time with her husband, three children, and her furry pets. Currently the pet population at Dr. C’s household consists of Fancy (adopted Yorkie), Lazarus (a rescued Yorkie), Sophie (a rescued Dachshund mix from St. Croix), Chewy (a rescued Anatolian Shepherd), and Roxy (French Bulldog). That is about all the animals her poor allergic husband can tolerate at this time.
Dr. Kelly Vida (Dr. Kelly Grimes)
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Dr. Vida, previously Dr. Grimes, is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and received both her undergraduate and veterinary education at the University of Tennessee–Go Vols! She moved to Northern Virginia after graduation from veterinary school and has been practicing in the area since that time.
Dr. Vida has a strong interest in ophthalmology cases, ultrasound, and soft tissue surgery and has attended multiple continuing education courses on each of these topics. Over the past several years, she has worked with various rescue groups and gained a vast amount of experience in a variety of surgical procedures. Dr. Vida is an active member of the AVMA and the International Veterinary Ultrasound Society. She is also a USDA accredited veterinarian.
When she is not working, Dr. Vida enjoys taking barre classes, cooking, and trying different restaurants in the area. She and her husband also enjoy hiking, camping, and all the different outdoor activities available in the D.C. area. Dr. Vida currently lives at home with her husband and 3 cats (Java, Sydney, and Chloe).
Brittany, Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Liz, Veterinary Technician
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Liz is originally from the snowy tundra of Buffalo, NY, and yes, she actually loves the snow! She always knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals in any way that she could. Liz has not only been fulfilling that dream for the past 6 years but she has also been in the Army Reserves as an animal care specialist. She moved to the NOVA area a few years ago to further her military career. In her downtime, Liz loves hiking with her fiancé/dogs, reading, watching game of thrones and enjoying some wineries/breweries. She hopes to meet you soon!
Erin, Veterinary Assistant
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Erin has lived in Northern Virginia for most of her life. She went to Madison High School where she developed her interest in animals after taking an oceanography class. Erin went on to work at an animal daycare and training facility where she helped rehabilitate dogs with aggressive behaviors. She has always loved animals from a young age and as she gets older, Erin has found that working with animals is her calling. Erin is currently taking college courses and hopes to one day get a degree in either biology or zoology. Erin’s dream job (if Mainstay didn’t exist obviously) would be to work as a wildlife rehabilitator, specifically in Africa and Asia to work closely with the elephants and wildlife that inhabit those areas.
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Skeeter is owned and loved dearly by Erin. Erin was a foster fail from the beginning as she fell in love with Skeeter and his tiny size at a mere two-weeks-old. He was the runt of the litter, and we knew from the start that he was a little special in his own way. He’s a talkative little guy who loves to yell at his mom for everything from food to playing or just for attention. If you can’t find him in the house, all you need to do is call his name and he comes running. He loves to greet everyone that comes in, just like a dog would, which the house guests love about him. Skeeter loves to touch and play with everything, including his geriatric dog brother, Casper. When he isn’t terrorizing his family, you can catch him snoozing on his mom or staring out the windows watching everything and anything that passes by.
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Roo is Brittany’s Husky mix. She has the voice and mannerisms of a husky and the hunting instinct of a hound. She is always on squirrel patrol, but we think she really just wants to be friends with them. Being part husky, she always has a lot to say. She is very talkative and can be demanding when she wants something. She loves to give handshakes and high fives. Roo is Reese’s younger sister and they are best friends. You can often find them playing tug of war, cuddling or grooming each other. She always keeps us laughing. She loves to run and play but is also happy to cuddle on the bed at night. There is never a dull moment when Roo is around. She keeps life entertaining.