Meet Our Team

John Lonam, DVM

Practice 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 2 years. Upon high school graduation, he joined the Navy and served for three years during the Vietnam War, part of that time spent on the aircraft carrier, Enterprise. After his Navy stint, Dr. Lonam enrolled at Washington State University and embarked on studies 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 both 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 very large, extended family. He also holds a 2nd-degree black belt in Judo.

Cate Adsit, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Important Notice

To our Village Vet Family,

Effective July 1, 2022, Dr. Cate Adsit will be on extended medical leave. During her absence, we will need your kind patience and understanding as Dr. Lonam will be working as our only full-time Veterinarian, now covering both very substantial caseloads with limited relief. Our area has been exceptionally affected by a nationwide shortage of Veterinary professionals.

As we book a couple of weeks in advance, we request that you plan well ahead for routine visits, elective surgery, prescription refills, etc. Please prepare for possible delays in return calls and prescription requests. We have allowed time in our daily schedule to tend to emergencies and unforeseen issues; however, there may be times when we will need to refer you to a local veterinary emergency clinic.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this time.

Sincerely,

Anne Lonam

Dr. Cate Adsit is an Associate Veterinarian at Village Veterinary Clinic in Burke, VA. A native of upstate New York, Cate grew up on her family farm that had been handed down through generations. It was there that she, her 3 sisters, and two brothers, learned the value of hard work and family loyalty from their parents. Dr. Adsit’s love of taking care of animals, both large and small, began with her uncle, who had his own veterinary hospital on that family farm.

After receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University, and practicing in the scenic Niagara Falls area, Dr. Cate eventually moved to Albany, New York. It was in Albany where Dr. Cate decided to open her own practice following in the footsteps of her uncle. She ran a successful practice for over 20 years until her youngest sister convinced her to move to the National Capital Region.

Arriving here in 2007, Dr. Cate practiced as an associate, a Medical Director, a civilian Army veterinarian, and a relief veterinarian before finding a new home at Village Vet. During her rare free time, Dr. Adsit enjoys walking, woodworking, gardening, family time, movies, traveling, and cooking. She is known in her family as staying calm under pressure and a sister that they can always count on. Dr. Adsit currently resides in Springfield, Virginia with her two cats and dog.

Anne Lonam

Office Manager and Practice Co-Owner

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

Working at the clinic also gave Anne a chance to meld her biology background (Colgate University, 1978) with her business experience. She loved meeting new people and developing relationships with the 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 25 years in the business, she still derives a great deal of satisfaction from helping clients and their pets. Thanks to the wonderfully loyal client base that’s developed over the years, Anne and Dr. Lonam are still going strong and have been able to share their success with the community.

The Lonams have one son and a menagerie including cats, dogs, and birds. She is active with Matthew’s Boy Scout troop, enjoys community service projects, gardening, numerous outdoor activities, cultural events, visiting museums and traveling anywhere!

Dalsie Pullen

Receptionist 

After working at another veterinary practice for 15 years, Dalsie joined our staff in May 2009, following the retirement of her former boss. She found herself another veterinary family and says she really loves being part of the Village Vet staff. Her love of animals extends beyond Village Vet. She has a menagerie at home that includes an African Gray, a Gold Macaw, a cage full of finches, cats, a dog, several fish tanks, and aquatic turtles! The day starts early at Dalsie’s house, with so many mouths to feed. She spends a lot of her free time pet sitting as well. Otherwise, you can find her camping, walking, reading, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Michelle Gray

Veterinary Technician

Michelle is our most seasoned kennel staff member but currently devotes most of her time serving as a veterinary technician assistant. She joined the VVC staff in 2005 and spoils our pets rotten. ‘One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is taking care of the animals and becoming acquainted with their owners.’

Not only is she devoted to the health and well-being of our boarding and hospitalized pets, but she also does an excellent job of training new kennel staff and keeping the facilities spotless and tidy. Michelle enjoys hiking with her dog, Rico, and playing with her 3 young nephews, camping, fishing, movies, painting, and hatch hooks.

Ryan Kim

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Jake Dull

Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!

Ana Galarza

Veterinary Technician

Ana has been a dedicated member of the Village Vet staff since June 2002. Her big heart, gentle touch, and cheerful manner have endeared her to many a pet and owner over the years. She has a passion for really big, lovable dogs. Pictured here is Escobar, a 125 lb. Boerboel, with whom she spends a lot of time training.

Michael Tisler

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Sheila Allen

Receptionist

Bio coming soon!

Will Curry-Johnson

Seasonal Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!