Michael Robinson, DVM Medical Director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Arlington
Dr. Robinson, associate veterinarian, grew up in London, England but moved to this country as a teenager. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology & Animal Science from Cornell University. For two years after graduation, he worked with non-profit organizations caring for endangered wolves, lions, tigers, bears and domestic wildlife. After two years in the field, he returned to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to complete his doctorate degree. He joined Caring Hands in 2013 and brought with him, his interests in nutrition, dentistry, surgery, and clinical pathology. In his spare time, he likes to make ceramics, paint, play soccer, and cook. He currently lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife Kat, 6-year-old Peruvian yellow lab Sophie, and cat Frenchie, who he found on the streets of Detroit.
Jeffery Newman, DVM Co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Arlington
Dr. Newman, Co-Owner, is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1992. He has practiced veterinary medicine in Georgia, Nevada, and in Virginia. His interests include emergency medicine, surgery, and shelter medicine. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children: a daughter, Virginia, and twins, Elisabeth and Jack. His extended family consists of two dogs: Honeysuckle and Daisy May; three cats: Three, Tangerine, and Kip; two Guinea pigs: Nonie and Milkshake; and bird: Spencer; and a horse: Charlie.
Dr. Newman is the immediate past president of the VVMA, an advisor for the NOVA Veterinary Technician Program, Vice President of the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition, board member of the Friends of Loudoun County Animal Services, and President of CHASE (Caring Hands Animal Support and Education).
Jessica Garcia, DVM
Dr. Garcia, associate veterinarian, graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts. She spent one year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in clinical training with a concentration in small animal medicine. Her interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and preventative health care. She currently lives in Fairfax with her husband Chris, their sons CJ and Jaden, their pit bull Lola, their cat Dewey whom she found while at school on the island of St. Kitts.
Katie Dennehy, DVM
Dr. Dennehy, associate veterinarian, is a graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She lived in Arlington, Virginia after obtaining her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and is very excited to be back in the area. Her interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasound, and physical therapy. In her free time, she enjoys fitness, reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors with her dog. She currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with her black lab mix, Maddie.
Stacy Shults, DVM
Dr. Shults, associate veterinarian, graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She then completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Shults has been practicing in the Northern Virginia area several years, 5 of which were at a feline-only practice. Her interests include dentistry and senior health care. In her free time, Dr. Shults enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities with her husband Chuck, who works for Fairfax County Public Schools, and their two sons Spencer and Barrett. Their animal kingdom also includes Dude the orange tabby, a snake; Silent a Ball Python, and a tank of tropical fish.
Dianna Thornton, DVM
Dr. Thornton, associate veterinarian, graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from the Northern Virginia area, she has returned to be closer to friends and family. She got her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and remains a diehard Hokie fan. Her special interests include ultrasound and internal medicine. Outside of work she enjoys watching movies, reading, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Thornton currently lives in Arlington with her dog, Casey.
Stephanie Harris, DVM
Dr. Harris, associate veterinarian, earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Biology from Cornell University in 2013. She loved Ithaca and Cornell so much that she stayed, earning her DVM from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Dr. Harris grew up in Merritt Island, Florida and, after spending 8 years in snowy upstate New York, is excited to be in Virginia. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and preventative health care. In her free time, she loves traveling, baking, and playing just about any board game (Settlers of Catan and Pandemic are her favorites). She lives in Arlington with her betta fish, Perth, and trapdoor snail, Wellington.
Andrea Deoudes, DVM
Dr. Deoudes, associate veterinarian, graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed a small animal emergency and rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. Her interests include neurology, emergency medicine, and preventative health care. Outside of work, Andrea enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking with her 3 rescue mutts (General, Sergeant, and Scout), playing soccer, and watching sports, especially football. She is very passionate about animal rescue work, and much of her free time is spent volunteering as the medical director and a foster for a small non-profit rescue group.