Carole Richards, DVM Co-Owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Ashburn

Dr. Richards, Co-Owner, is a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York.  Originally from Illinois, she has a degree in Biology from Eureka College, the Alma Mater of President Ronald Reagan.  Dr. Richards has been practicing in the Northern Virginia area since graduation from veterinary school and has interests in soft tissue surgery, dentistry and shelter medicine.  She is active in the animal care community, serving as medical director for a non-profit in West Virginia.  In her free time, Dr. Richards and her husband enjoy running.  They share their home with 1 dog (Roofus) and 3 cats (Bump, Wishbone, and Pickles).

Dr. Rouse

Christina Piola Rouse, DVM, Medical Director of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Ashburn

Dr. Piola Rouse, Medical Director, graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and has been treating the pets of Northern Virginia ever since.  She grew up in Connecticut and received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Fairfield University before heading south to pursue her veterinary career.  Her current interests include care of senior pets, preventative medicine, and internal medicine.  Dr. Rouse and her husband, Devin, spend most of their time chasing after their daughter, Morgan; they also share their home with two dogs, Mozart and Summer, and two cats, Reeses and Ripken.  In her spare time, Dr. Rouse enjoys reading, cooking, music, and cheering on the Hokies.


John Bruzzese, DVM

Dr. Bruzzese, associate veterinarian, is a 1990 graduate of the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  After practicing in New York for two years, Dr. Bruzzese returned to his native Washington, DC to continue private practice in Northern Virginia through 1996.  Following his passion for animal welfare, he served as Medical Director for the better part of the next decade for two of the most prominent and progressive no-kill humane organizations, The Washington Animal Rescue League & Medical Center and the Richmond SPCA.  He returned to private practice in 2006 joining the Caring Hands family, dividing his time between the Arlington and Bristow branches while building this new location.  His interests include internal medicine, preventative medicine and infectious disease.  He and his wife Cindy are kept on their toes by their two toddler sons, Jack and Nick, as well as their dog Willie and Peg, their Amazon parrot.

IMG_2105-2Lindsay Kraut, DVM

Dr. Kraut, associate veterinarian, was born and raised in Fairfax, VA.  She graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.  Her medical interests include emergency and surgery.  She loves to watch movies, and although she doesn’t own one, she loves everything about French Bulldogs.  She shares her home with two cats, Ryu and Juno.  She is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” and loves anything to do with cats.  She also loves to ice skate.  She skated for about 5 years, and she doesn’t get to the rink too often anymore, but still loves the sport, and goes when she can.

Destiny Coleman, DVM

Dr. Coleman, associate veterinarian, graduated from University Of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and has practiced in Northern Virginia since. She grew up in Northern New Jersey, went to the University of Maryland for undergraduate studies in Animal Science and now lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and 2 dogs-Rex and Padfoot. Dr. Coleman enjoys new puppies and geriatric care, as well as keeping up with the newest medical treatments being developed at the universities.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring the Virginia wineries and breweries.

Steven E. Velling, DVM

Dr. Velling, associate veterinarian, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology (1988) and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (1992) from the University of California at Davis.  After he graduated, he joined the Peace Corps, where he worked with the government in Morocco to help eradicate rabies.  When he returned to the United States, he ran his own practice in Ashburn from 1998 to 2013 and then became the lead veterinarian for the State Department’s overseas Explosive Detection Dog program.  Dr. Velling is excited to join Caring Hands after living for 2 years in Texas as a consultant.  His professional interests include surgery, behavior, and working with exotic animals.  In his free time, he enjoys travel, cooking, sports, and spending time with his wife, 2 girls, rescue dog Boone and rescue cat Jill.

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