Michael J. Watts, D.V.M.
A graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), Dr. Watts also holds a degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland and a graduate certificate from Purdue University. Prior to opening his own practice, Dr. Watts served as director of Centreville Animal Hospital, a six-doctor practice in Northern Virginia. Dr. Watts has served as an adjunct professor of the Northern Virginia Community College, a committee chairperson for the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, President of the VMRCVM Alumni Society, and a mentor for veterinary students. An award winning veterinarian, Dr. Watts is widely recognized in the veterinary community of both Virginia and Maryland. He lives in Culpeper with his wife, three daughters, two cats, two dogs, a pony, a snake, a rat, and a guinea pig. His weekly newspaper column can be read in the Culpeper Star-Exponent and Culpeper News every Sunday.
Betty Myers, D.V.M.
Dr. Myers grew up surrounded by animals. Her early love of horses blossomed into countless hours spent rising through Pony Club and competing in dressage and eventing. Her study of horses included in-depth first aid, which was what led her to a love of veterinary medicine. Dr. Myers attended Davidson College where she graduated with a degree in Fine Art and the courses necessary to apply for veterinary school. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, one year behind Dr. Watts. Before joining CCVC, Dr. Myers had extensive practice experience in Ruckersville, Culpeper, Sperryville, and Middleburg. Many of her loyal clients have followed her to our practice. Dr. Myers has clinical interests in surgery and accupuncture. She is also adept at integrating herbal and nutritional therapies into her patients’ treatment. Dr. Myers is a long-time resident of Rappahannock County, and enjoys hiking, gardening, writing, weight-lifting and martial arts in her free time. She delights in her family of 4 rescued cats and 2 beautiful yellow labs.
Hunter Dorman, D.V.M.
Dr. Dorman started working in veterinary medicine as a teenager and never looked back. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech. A big Hokie fan, Dr. Dorman stayed in Blacksburg to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dorman’s work experience includes over a decade at Centreville Animal Hospital, the same practice where Dr. Watts spent the early years of his career. Her hobbies include cooking and baking, going to the beach, VT football, and hiking with her dogs, a Great Dane named “Roman” and a Chocolate Lab named “Moose.” Dr. Dorman is a lifelong resident of Fairfax County.
Kristen James, D.V.M.
Dr. Kristen James is an experienced practitioner with a demonstrated commitment to the high level of patient care and client service that our practice represents. Dr. James is a 2001 graduate of Michigan State University. She also holds a degree in zoology from the same university. Prior to joining our practice, Dr. James spent much of her career in the Richmond and Fredericksburg areas, including experience in in AAHA-Accredited veterinary practices. In addition to her work as a clinical veterinarian, she spent over five years as Medical Director for VCA corporate practices. She has particular clinical interests in feline medicine and older pets. Asked why she chose to join CCVC, Dr. James replied, “I enjoy being able to pursue advanced diagnostics and being able to offer clients nothing but the best for their pets. I believe that client education is the core of attaining quality medical care for my patients. I’m also looking forward to being back in an AAHA-Accredited practice.” Dr. James lives in Wilderness with her husband and their dog “Banjo” – a bordercollie/chow mix who is a certified therapy dog, spreading love to everyone he meets.
Tosha Starke, DVM
Dr. Starke grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Brunswick County Virginia. She has always had a passion for caring for and healing animals. After receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech in 2004, she moved to Northern Virginia to practice Veterinary Medicine. For over the past decade, she has provided exceptional surgical and medical care to furry patients. Dr. Starke previously served as the Medical Director and Chief of Staff for high quality practices in Northern Virginia.
Tibor Lazar, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.S.
Dr. Lazar is a board-certified veterinary surgeon who performs orthopedic and complex soft tissue surgery in CCVC’s state of the art surgical suite. He earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Virginia and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed internships at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida, where he also completed his surgical residency. He achieved “Diplomate” status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2003. He lives in Fairfax County with his wife, two sons, and a plethora of pets including dogs, cats, birds, snakes, and fish.
Cheryl Dellinger, L.V.T.
Our Head Technician, Cheryl earned her degree in Veterinary Technology and passed her Virginia licensing boards in 2001. Before joining Clevengers Corner Veterinary Care, Cheryl headed the nursing staff at McLean Animal Hospital, a large AAHA accredited practice in Northern Virginia. She has special clinical interests in dentistry and animal behavior. Cheryl lives in Bealeton with her husband, son, daughter, four horses, two dogs, a cockatiel, guinea pig, lizard, chickens, and numerous cats.
Michelle Carhart, L.V.T.
Michelle brings strong technical skills and much experience to our practice. She and her dog Radar have known Dr. Watts since Michelle was in college and worked at Centreville Animal Hospital. After earning her degree and license in 2002, Michelle worked in several veterinary practices in the Northern Virginia region. In 2009, she moved to Warrenton and joined the CCVC team. We are proud to have two licensed technicians to provide your pets with the best possible nursing care.
Susan Ritenour, L.V.T.
Susan earned a degree in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. She brings years of experience in several small animal veterinary practices in the Shenandoah valley. She enjoys outdoor activities and playing music with her family. (Susan is our resident fiddler.) She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, son, two cats, two horses, and a dog.
Cailey Roeske, L.V.T.
Cailey is an enthusiastic Licensed Veterinary Technician who loves helping pets and the people who love them. Cailey’s first college degree was actually in art, but while working at a boarding facility she learned that she wanted to “work with pets forever.” She returned to college to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation, passing her board examination, and earning licensure, Cailey entered private practice. As an avid learner, Cailey always seeks to expand her knowledge and improve her clinical skills. That’s what brought her to CCVC: the opportunity to practice our advanced standard of nursing care. In her free time she loves to spend time outdoors going hiking and seeing new things. She lives in Remington with her rescue Border Collie Buzz.
Margaret Bolen, L.V.T.
Margaret has been working in the veterinary field for over 15 years. She earned a degree in Veterinary Technology through AAHA sponsored program at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster Texas as well as has a bachelors in Psychology and masters in Experimental Psychology. Margaret loves being an Licensed Technician because it offers a great combination of working with people, pets, nursing care, laboratory work and problem solving. On her free time she enjoys gardening, baking, camping, hiking, swimming and reading. Margaret resides with Mike and their son in Prince William County along with their border collie “Annie”.
Maria Brotten, L.V.T.
Maria graduated from Nova in 2003 with a AAS in Veterinary Technology. She then went further and graduated from St. Petersburg College in 2011 with a bachelors in Veterinary Technology. Maria has high interests in anesthesia, surgery, physical rehab and nursing care. She enjoys outside activity such as hiking and kayaking. She resides in Culpeper county with her family and her dog Reagan.
Diane Jersey, L.V.T.
Diane has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for seventeen years having graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. Diane also earned her Master degree in Education from Shenandoah University and her Bachelor degree from George Mason University. Diane enjoys client education. She believes that educating owners is an important part to ensuring that their pets stay happy and healthy. She is also fascinated by the human-animal bond and animal behavior. Diane’s outside interests is wildlife conservation. She is an active advocate for wolf conservation and other wildlife efforts. When not at work, you can usually find Diane at a baseball field watching her son play. Diane resides in Prince William County with her husband (Bill), son (Conor) and Max (their spoiled and much loved Siberian Husky).
Cristina Root, Practice Administrator
Cris is a graduate of Fauquier High School . She has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from George Mason University and a graduate certificate in Veterinary Hospital Administration from Purdue University . A former employee of a local dressage farm, Cris enjoys riding her horse, Jack. She also enjoys spending time with her son, her dogs- Gretchen, Oliver, Kelley, Edy, and Abbey, and cats- Tom, Kevin, Georjean, and Lexie.
Jessica is a certified phlebotomist. Her original intent was to enter human nursing, although we were able to convince her to work in veterinary medicine. She loves spending her free time reading and drawing. Jessica lives in Culpeper with her son and her dogs, Bridgette and Abbey.
Michelle’s professional background includes several small specialty retail establishments where she polished her exceptional customer service skills. She also brings remarkable patience and compassion from her experience working with elementary school children. Michelle claimed Culpeper as her home in 1982 where she currently resides with her husband and two children.
Julie is a graduate of Fauquier High School. She has also earned certification as a Veterinary Assistant through the Animal Behavior College. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses and assisting animal rescue causes. She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs- Pookie, Cletus, and Kerrigan.
Meghan is a graduate of Culpeper County High School and has career aspirations of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Prior to joining CCVC, Meghan worked for a dog training facility and rescue group. She is also a certified water safety instructor. Meghan lives in Culpeper with her family, including her daughter, three cats, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and an occasional foster pet.
Olivia is a lifelong animal lover. Prior to pursuing her passion for veterinary medicine, Olivia had an exciting lacrosse career. Her accomplishments as a player and coach spanned the country, from Virginia to California to Hawaii. Olivia graduated from Fauquier High School and Lord Fairfax Community College. She also attended Virginia Tech as an Animal Sciences major. Olivia is now attending Cedar Valley Community College. She is in the process of completing the LVT online program. She lives in Fauquier County with her son and her pitbull mix, “Dude.”
Cayla is a graduate from Culpeper County High School and has career aspirations of becoming a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the near future. In her free time Cayla enjoys swimming and spending time with her family and friends. She currently lives in Culpeper with her husband, grandma and “Ace” her pup.
Emily is originally from PA but now lives in Fauquier County where her love for animals started. She is always rescuing wild life animals and has a big passion of reptiles. Her current love of animals and extensive background in customer service is what led her to join our practice. Emily enjoys gardening, arts and crafts, exercising, yoga and being outside hiking and swimming and spending time with her dog “Indie” and her 2 cats.
Rachel lives a few foothills away from CCVC on ten acres with her parents, two sisters, and three of her five brothers. She is particularly fond of animals, and loves her family’s twenty-eight pets; Quinque, Megan, Ruby, Phoebe, Copper, Rascal, Merry, Bucky, S’more, Cookie, Freckles, Speckles, Silver, Sunny, Sally, Penny, Muffy, Wiggun, Big Graygun, Keet, Jed, Jarry, Josiah, Jeordie, Milly, Mabel, Chiquita, and Dave. She is currently a student at IUE, pursuing a BS in Mathematics.
Sir William Pi
Willie was just a kitten when he came to our clinic in 2008. He had no home and had a severe injury to his right eye. After two surgeries and lots of TLC, Willie has become a happy, healthy, one-eyed clinic mascot. He enjoys greeting our clients and likes to beg for food. Willie tries to become friends with our canine patients, but is frequently jealous of other cats.
We are first and foremost medical professionals. We are entrusted custodians of proud traditions developed by fellow medical providers through the centuries. The values of the Veterinary and Hippocratic Oaths govern our practice and our lives. Individually and collectively, we are professional, collegial, and ethical at all times. We depend upon each other for success. Each member of our practice is expected to actively promote a team atmosphere. With respect, consideration, and effective communication, we work to accomplish our shared goals. By treating our clients as essential members of the medical team, we help them achieve compliance with treatment plans.