Sara Hogan - Practice Manager - Sara loves animals and couldn’t imagine a life without them! Growing up she relished in any opportunity to be around animals, including her dogs and horses. Sara volunteered in a therapeutic equestrian program teaching and aiding children with special needs about horses, as well as a translator and advocate for Leader Dogs for the Blind. She hails from the Midwest and after graduating from Oakland University with her bachelors in Biology she moved to Chicago where she worked as a veterinary nurse and stem cell laboratory director for several years. After relocating to the DC area in 2015 Sara couldn’t wait to jump back into the veterinary field. Sara is thrilled to be a part of the Clarendon Animal Care team! She lives in Arlington with her husband Patrick (who is just as big of an animal-lover as she is!) and their Pointer-Boxer mix, Peyton.
Passions/Interests: Animal rescue, volunteering, travel, cooking, and Dateline.
Ashley Gomez - Lead Veterinary Receptionist - Ashley grew up in Colombia, South America and came to the Northern VA area in 2001. While in high school she worked first as a kennel assistant and then as a receptionist at a small animal practice where she met Dr. Ungerer & Dr. Gloor. After high school, Ashley enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College, then transferred to George Mason University where she graduated with a bachelor's in psychology. She has two dogs that she wouldn't trade for the world.
Skills: fluent in Spanish, super nice!
Charnita Fox - Veterinary Receptionist - While born in Georgia, Charnita has been a DC resident since the age of 5. Following high school she had her mind set on becoming a registered nurse, but took a different path and became a Certified Veterinary Assistant and has been working in veterinary offices and animal welfare organizations (the Washington Humane Society and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington) ever since. She has known Drs Ungerer and Gloor for a few years and is happy to be working with them and the great team at Clarendon Animal Care. She has been the adopted mom of several wonderful animals over the years.
Notable attributes: Paw-sitive attitude!
Mike Fickling - Veterinary Receptionist/Office Goof-Ball - Although Mike's roots are in Buffalo NY, he grew up all around the Northern VA area. Since having his first dog at age 9, he has always maintained a bond with animals; at times even with animals of the not furry variety: turtles, frogs, lizards, etc... After high school Mike worked as a veterinary receptionist at another Northern Virginia clinic where he met and befriended Dr. Gloor & Leslie Carroll, LVT. As a receptionist he learned the importance of client and patient satisfaction and formed bonds with clients and patients alike. He is currently pursuing the educational and training requirements to become an American Sign Language interpreter. He has his own pup named Max, and spends time with plenty of other dogs as a sitter and walker.
Talents: Try to not smile while talking to him - seriously, try it....not possible. Damn good at American Sign Language, Pass-able in French, Meh in Spanish, and excels in positive attitude.
Mike ("MJ") Lopez-Guzman - Veterinary Receptionist - MJ joined CAC in October 2016. He was born and raised in Northern VA. He grew up with dogs and has 2 very sweet pups: Anubis & Onyx. MJ is very into personal fitness and likes to help people meet their health goals. He has an exceptional phone voice and is very friendly. His favorite show is The Office.
Elizabeth Baker - Veterinary Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant - Elizabeth joined CAC in August of 2017. She grew up locally in Northern Virginia and has loved animals since she was a child. She began working as a veterinary assistant upon graduating high school and can't imagine working in any other field. She enjoys working with animals of all different types and sizes, including exotics, wildlife, and large animals.
She hopes to further pursue schooling in some biological or animal-related field, having graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Mary Washington. Outside of her time at CAC, she loves to play soccer and remain active either running, hiking, or generally being outside.
Carly Hunley - Veterinary Receptionist - Carly grew up here in Northern VA and has always loved animals, especially large dogs. She is currently in school pursuing a career in the medical field, and has experience working as a dental receptionist. In her spare time, you can find Carly watching HGTV, hiking, hanging out with friends and family (including her sister Sam who is an LVT at Clarendon Animal Care!), and snuggling her terrier mix Nugget and bloodhound Gunner.
Amanda Butler - Amanda is originally from Sonoma County, California where she worked for a holistic integrative vet clinic for 4 years. She has also worked for a non-profit organization training service dogs for people with disabilities, and as an EMT. She moved to Virginia on Halloween 2018 because she wanted to try something new! She enjoys being outside (camping, rafting, hiking, etc.) and also enjoys photography and live music - especially reggae!
Matthew Landivar - Matthew grew up in Woodbridge, VA and is currently attending Marymount University pursuing a degree in Biology with a minor in Pre-veterinary studies. Matthew is a part of the Marymount cross country team, swim team, and track team. In his free time (wait, he has free time??) he enjoy playing video games or doing anything that involves running. He also has two Pomeranian dogs back home (Fancy and Faith) and a Bichon Frise (Jonah). He has enjoyed working with animals his whole life, from dogs and cats to turtles and snakes, which has guided hi pursuit of a career in the veterinary field.
Alyssa Straka - Alyssa is a Philadelphia native who moved to the District in late 2018. Alyssa comes from a pre-med background with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has recently decided to listen to her gut and transition into a career she’s dreamed of since a young age; one working with animals (sorry, humans)! During her spare time you can find her at the beach, traveling, volunteering with local rescues, and with friends and family. Alyssa has a rescue tabby named Willie whom she treasures dearly, and loves cats and dogs of all sizes!
Tommy Lee Jones - (a.k.a. "Tommy") - House cat/Office Manager - Tommy was adopted by Clarendon Animal Care from the Arlington Shelter in 2015. He enjoys sleeping, sitting in the front window after-hours, and letting dogs (and everyone else, for that matter) know his general disapproval of them.
Follow him on Instagram or Facebook for a good weekly chuckle @tommyleejonesthecat
Skills: Death stare, Ninja