Who We Are

Talented. Thorough. Communicative. The team at Caring Hands Merrifield works together towards a singular cause: giving you the absolute best relationship with your pet possible.

Carole Richards

DVM

Carole Richards, DVM Co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Merrifield & 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. In her free time, Dr. Richards and her husband enjoy running. We now have 3 dogs (Zak, Roofus and Pig) and 3 cats (Bump, Squeaks and Pickles).

Karen Murphy

DVM

Karen Murphy, DVM Co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Bristow, Merrifield, Rockville, and Clarendon.

Dr. Murphy, Co-Owner, is a graduate of Auburn University. She did a post-graduate internship at Angel Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. She practiced in North Carolina’s Piedmont region for 5 years before joining Caring Hands Animal Hospital. She has been a part of the Caring Hands family for over 15 years beginning at our Centreville office for 5 years and then opening the Bristow location in 2005. Her interests in include preventative medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and ultrasound.

Michelle Vitulli

DVM

Michelle Vitulli, DVM Founder of Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Inc is the owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Inc in Centreville and co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Bristow, Merrifield, Rockville, and Clarendon.

Dr. Michelle Vitulli, founder, and owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Inc in Centreville, Virginia, is a 1991 graduate of Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Vitulli is a co-owner of 7 other Caring Hands locations, Arlington which opened in 2002, Bristow, which opened in 2005, Ashburn which opened in 2007, Alexandria, which opened in 2012, Merrifield, which opened in 2014, Rockville which opened in 2015, Clarendon which opened in 2016, and a location in Aventura, FL in 2017. She has interests in cardiology, internal medicine, and preventive care for senior pets. Dr. Vitulli, and her husband Bob have three children, Daniel, Julia and Anna, a dog named Harley, and three cats named Dewey, Little Bear, and Aslan.

Jeffery Newman

DVM

Jeffery Newman, DVM Co-owner of Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Merrifield, Rockville, and Clarendon.

Dr. Newman, Co-Owner, is a graduate from 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 has 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).

Patrick Hilson

DVM

Dr. Hilson, associate veterinarian, grew up in Los Angeles, CA before moving to Blacksburg, VA for undergraduate. He completed a degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences/Pre-Vet. He then attended Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2017. After graduation, he worked in Alexandria, VA for two years as an emergency veterinarian before joining Caring Hands in 2019. His special interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and neurology.

Dr. Hilson has an Australian shepherd named Jackson that he rescued in 2013. He enjoys playing board/video games and fishing in his spare time.

Kamryn Kurtz

DVM

Dr. Kurtz, associate veterinarian, grew up in Michigan and attended Michigan State University for both undergraduate and graduate school. Go Green! She received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and completed her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees concurrently. Additionally, Dr. Kurtz completed her Certification in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture from CuraCore. Her interests include dermatology, parasitology, internal medicine, nutrition, and integrative medicine. Dr. Kurtz is also passionate about public health, zoonotic disease education, and the concept of ‘One Medicine’.

In her free time, Dr. Kurtz enjoys caring for her hundreds of houseplants, watching football and hockey, playing tennis, and singing karaoke. She shares her home with three wonderful cats (Addison, Ted, and Eleanor) and a goofy Labrador retriever (Leonardo), all four of whom seem to enjoy living in a jungle.

Holly Loeffler

DVM

Dr. Loeffler, associate veterinarian, graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from a small town in Oklahoma, she attended the University of Oklahoma, where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology. Dr. Loeffler joined Caring Hands in 2020, and her professional interests include preventative health care, internal medicine, and geriatric care. Outside of work, Dr. Loeffler enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and spending time outdoors.

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What Your Neighbors Say…

We love Caring Hands Animal Hospital! Chai absolutely loves going to the vet because he knows he’s going to get a lot of attention, treats, and love! They’ve taken great care of him since starting seeing him as a puppy. We moved to Lake Ridge, and are still willing to make the drive to Falls Church for his visits because we trust them and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else! Thank you Caring Hands!

Leyda

I don’t often leave reviews, however, having recently lost our cat of 19 years, we were all impressively touched and appreciated the level of care we all (cat, and family) received while going through this difficult time. Dr. Richards and the entire staff at Caring Hands (Merrifield) were so knowledgeable and professional, while gentle and compassionate. I wish we would have found them sooner, but are truly grateful for the way they took care of everyone.

AB

I can attest that the Centreville and Merrifield VA centers are exceptional; they present flexible treatment protocols where needed; and finally, they possess wonderful user portals enabling seamless appointment scheduling, drug and script food orders, and receipts thus they are paperless operations. I’ve been adopting dogs and cats for decades. I drive from Maryland back to Merrifield because of the consistent continuity and excellent care of my pets.

Nichole

What Your Neighbors Say…

We love Caring Hands Animal Hospital! Chai absolutely loves going to the vet because he knows he’s going to get a lot of attention, treats, and love! They’ve taken great care of him since starting seeing him as a puppy. We moved to Lake Ridge, and are still willing to make the drive to Falls Church for his visits because we trust them and wouldn’t want to go anywhere else! Thank you Caring Hands!

Leyda

I don’t often leave reviews, however, having recently lost our cat of 19 years, we were all impressively touched and appreciated the level of care we all (cat, and family) received while going through this difficult time. Dr. Richards and the entire staff at Caring Hands (Merrifield) were so knowledgeable and professional, while gentle and compassionate. I wish we would have found them sooner, but are truly grateful for the way they took care of everyone.

AB

I can attest that the Centreville and Merrifield VA centers are exceptional; they present flexible treatment protocols where needed; and finally, they possess wonderful user portals enabling seamless appointment scheduling, drug and script food orders, and receipts thus they are paperless operations. I’ve been adopting dogs and cats for decades. I drive from Maryland back to Merrifield because of the consistent continuity and excellent care of my pets.

Nichole