Meet Our Team

John Lonam, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Lonam grew up in Otis Orchards, WA, a then somewhat rural community east of Spokane, where his family lived on a small farm with the requisite assortment of livestock, barn cats, and family dogs. He briefly entertained a career in the priesthood during high school and attended seminary for two years. Upon high school graduation, he joined the Navy and served for three years during the Vietnam War, part of that time on the aircraft carrier, Enterprise. After his Navy stint, Dr. Lonam enrolled at Washington State University and began studying to fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He received his B.S. in Bacteriology and Public Health in 1974 and his DVM degree in 1978.

Dr. Lonam’s veterinary career was launched in the shadows of Glacier National Park as a large animal vet in NW Montana and subsequently in the Spokane and Yakima Valley areas of Washington State, where he worked as both a large and small animal veterinarian. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1983 and worked as an associate for a small animal medical practice and as a relief veterinarian. He and his wife, Anne, purchased Village Veterinary Clinic in 1987 and have since nurtured it into a well-established and highly respected practice. In addition to his veterinary interests, Dr. Lonam is an avid skier. He also enjoys camping, fishing, playing guitar, attending cultural events, reading, and spending time with his large extended family. He also holds a 2nd-degree black belt in Judo.

Cate Adsit, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

RETIRED, Dec 4, 2022

We sadly announce the retirement of our friend and beloved Veterinarian. Our pet parents will miss her gentle nature and genuine concern for their pet’s wellbeing.

Join us in thanking her for over 30 years of commitment to animal health and wishing her an enjoyable and peaceful retirement!

Anne Lonam

Clinic Administrator, Owner

When Anne and her husband, Dr. Lonam, purchased Village Vet in 1987, she intended to help get the practice organized and on its way, then continue on her career path in landscape design. She soon found herself deeply entrenched in the practice, and the business challenges were more daunting than they first realized.

Working at the clinic allowed Anne to meld her biology background (Colgate University, 1978) with her previous business experience in other areas. She loved meeting new people and developing relationships with clients and their families and has always had a soft spot for animals. “It’s a stimulating environment and one that provides constant learning opportunities.” After serving as the practice manager for over 35 years at Village Vet, she still derives great satisfaction from helping clients and their pets.

The Lonams have one adult son, Matthew, and a menagerie of pets, including cats, dogs, a bird, and reptiles. Anne enjoys community service projects, including participation in several international veterinary mission trips to Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Leisure activities include gardening, traveling, performing arts, museums, skiing, kayaking, swimming, cycling, hiking, and simply spending time with friends and family.

Patient Care

Michelle G.

Veterinary Assistant

Native to northern Virginia, Michelle entered the veterinary industry simply by responding to our “help wanted” sign. She didn’t know then that she would find a deep and lasting passion in her service to animals in need, both companions and wildlife. Michelle has a special affection for her work family and is an excellent trainer to new staff. She finds great reward in giving loving care to animals and building relationships with their owners. She soon celebrates 18 years with Village Vet.

Michelle and her husband, Daniel, live close to the clinic. She and her family, especially her older siblings, Steven and Iva, relishes in pride over their mother being a breast cancer survivor. Like most Aunties, she embraces her nephews as her own. Rico, a Border Collie/Chow rescue from Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in Fairlakes, is her furry love and hiking companion. She also enjoys camping, fishing, movies, painting, and latch hooks.

Jake D.

Veterinary Assistant

The son of a US Air Force fighter pilot, Jake was born in Arizona and raised in Fairfax Station after his father retired as a pilot and then went to work for the Pentagon. Jake has worked full-time as a Licensed Radiology Technologist at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center since 2002 and part-time at Village Vet for the past 15 years. He sought his Veterinary Assistant position after learning that the clinic extended care to not only companion animals but also to wildlife and particularly birds of prey.

Jake and his wife Ashley live in Centreville with their Ginn, a Chihuahua/Schnauzer, adopted from Fairfax Animal Shelter. He enjoys hiking, fishing, and fossil hunting in his free time.

Ana G.

Veterinary Assistant

Ana is a northern Virginia native who has always known that she wanted to work with animals. Like most of the Village Vet staff, she appreciates that every day is unique. She can go from a check-up for a kitten to a police dog with a foreign body ingestion and then to a hawk with a broken wing in one day. Her favorite time of the year is Christmas when Dr. Lonam plays Santa for pets who visit the annual holiday party.

Along with her husband Scott, she’s got a lot more weight to move at home with Kaya, a Rottweiler and Escobar, a Mastiff, and ferrets, Gino and Gia, and continuing down the scale, they are beekeepers! They both root for hometown teams, The Commanders and Capitals. Ana enjoys exploring local breweries and gardening and has an impressive indoor plant collection.

Client Care

Dalsie P.

Client Care Specialist 

Dalsie is a native Washingtonian who has always been passionate about working with people and animals—starting as an LPN and then transitioning to service to pets and their owners. She spent 15 years at Annandale Animal Hospital and joined Village Vet in 2009. She loves her work because no two days are the same, and the love and kindness people extend to animals especially touches her. She fondly remembers Polecat, a very sick, year-old German Shepherd, adopted despite being on costly medication. Dalsie is truly an icon of warm and attentive service.

Dalsie has a menagerie of pets at home; there’s Clod Hopper the cat, with buddies, Sam, an African Gray parrot, Benny, a Macaw, and a proud collection of Cichlids. She is open to a relaxing camp trip or just walking and enjoys reading and time spent with her grandchildren.

Sheila A.

Client Care Specialist 

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Sheila is native to the west coast and Hawaiian isles. Her Hawaiian name is Leimomi, meaning “wreath or daughter of pearls.” She graduated from the Hawaii School of History and Culture and is designated Virginia Extension Master Gardener, granted by Virginia Polytechnic State University.

Sheila started in the veterinary industry in 1979 and has been a Village Vet family member for nine years. She says that she learns something new each day and enjoys watching the love and care clients extend to their pet companions. At home, she enjoys cat chatting with YouTube star “Miss Lucy Jean,” her ten-year-old Siamese. Sheila is a proud matriarch of three children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Katie M.

Client Care Specialist

Katie is native to the Northern Virginia area and has had the unique experience of living internationally for fifteen years in Germany. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a B.S. degree in Music. A former client for many years, Katie came to Village Vet to work in client care after her previous employer closed the company. She enjoys interacting with clients and their pets. Katie especially loves Fisher, Village Vet’s official mascot. She marvels at Fisher’s ability to calm our cat patients. Katie laughs, thinking about the day Fisher commandeered the lower basket of a client’s baby stroller.

At home, pet love is filled to the brim. There is Pork Chop, a rescued dog from Mississippi; Kona, a rescued dog from Korea; Daisey, a cat; and BunBun, the rabbit.

Jen K.

Client Care Specialist

Jen is originally from the northeast, born in Newburgh, a suburban town outside of New York City, then on to the Boston area for twenty years. Jen has the academic distinction of having earned a master’s degree in Secondary Science Education. Before, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Marine Science with a career goal of practicing Veterinary medicine.

After teaching and motherhood, Jen settled into a position she sought at Village Veterinary Clinic in June 2021. She enjoys the encounters with clients and their pets and especially appreciates the camaraderie of her work family. An admitted “dog person,” she goes home to her cats, brothers Oreo, a snuggler, and Buster, the rambunctious one.

Kennel Management

Kate M.

Kennel Assistant

Kate is a Fairfax County native. She felt an affinity toward animals, so while attending Lake Braddock High School, she joined the Veterinary Science Program at Edison Academy. Students participate in Virginia Youth Apprenticeships for the trades, student internships, industry tours, field experiences, and job shadows to further enhance their career awareness and knowledge. This experience fortified her interest in the Veterinary industry. She is currently enrolled at George Mason University.

Kate has recently joined the Village Veterinary Clinic family as Kennel Assistant, facilitating the management of our kennels. She has two lively Labs, Parker and Olive.

Kevin L.

Kennel Assistant

A native of Springfield, Kevin has been a part of the team since June of 2022. He is a Junior at West Springfield High School, participating in many choral activities. His new job at Village Vet has brought him challenges, like working with his Dad to tune up a used bike for his six-mile trek to and from work, and delight, like watching cat boarders, Zorro and Leo, vie for his attention.

Kevin especially appreciates the opportunity to grow his independence while caring for pets, as he is a natural animal lover. The work doesn’t stop at Village Vet; at home, he has dogs, Cappuccino and Jag, cats, Honey Suckle and Thestral, and a kitten, Wicket. He and his family also regularly foster kittens.

Michael Tisler

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!