Scott J. Stahl - DVM, DABVP - Avian
Dr. Stahl graduated from University of Richmond with a BS in biology in 1985. He then earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He became board certified in avian medicine in 1996. Dr. Stahl is currently an adjunct professor of avian and exotic animal medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
In 2003, Dr. Stahl founded Stahl Exotic Animal Veterinary Services (SEAVS) in Vienna, Virginia, with a vision to establish one of the largest exclusive avian and exotic veterinary specialty practices in the world. He has always felt that avian and exotic pets deserve the same level of quality veterinary care as traditional pets, such as dogs and cats. In 2009, Dr. Stahl moved SEAVS to a new, state-of-the-art, 5000 square-foot facility in Fairfax City, Virginia to allow for the expansion of the practice.
Dr. Stahl has personally trained over 200 veterinary students during his almost 25 years of practice in the greater Washington, D.C. area. SEAVS has continued that tradition and aids in the training of both national and international veterinary students and interns who have a passion for avian and exotic animal medicine. SEAVS is an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) - approved avian residency facility and has trained and graduated three residents over the years. Currently both an avian resident and intern are training at SEAVS.
Dr. Stahl is an active academic contributor in the field of avian and exotic animal medicine. He is an internationally-renowned lecturer and has written over 150 scientific and popular papers and chapters on exotic animal medicine and surgery. His most recent areas of interest and research include endoscopy, endoscopic surgical techniques, ultrasound and reproductive medicine and surgery.
Dr. Stahl resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two daughters. Being a husband, proud father and the team leader to almost 20 (wonderful) employees at SEAVS keeps him quite busy. However, his attempts at hobbies include, trying to ride his bicycle fast, breeding lizards and snakes and learning to play the ukulele...
David A. Crum - Associate DVM
Dr. Crum received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2002. He is a former associate veterinarian at EEVC where he did an exotic animal internship with Dr. Stahl. In 2006, Dr. Crum completed his 2 year avian medicine residency here at SEAVS. He lectures for local avian and exotic interest groups and is a board member for the Mid-Atlantic Assn. of Avian Veterinarians.
Dr. Crum's professional interests include both avian and ferret medicine and surgery. At home he cares for 1 dog, a cat, 1 ferret, 2 birds, 3 frogs and 4 lizards.
Greg Costanzo - DVM, ABVP Resident
He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in 2009 and then completed an intense one-year small animal medicine and surgery internship at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. After his internship, Dr. Costanzo worked as an emergency veterinarian at South Arizona Veterinary Speciality and Emergency Center in Tucson, Arizona. In his time off, he volunteered at the Tucson Wildlife Center (TWC) and was one of the primary veterinarians responsible for treating over 100 animals weekly ranging from bobcats to javelinas to golden eagles. He still serves on the board of directors at TWC.
Dr. Costanzo is excited about continuing his residency in Avian Medicine and Surgery at SEAVS and exploring what the DC Metro area has to offer. He shares his house with his dog,two cats, a sulcata tortoise, a snapping turtle, a hawk-headed parrot, and a spiny-tailed iguana.
Shoshana Sommer - DVM
Dr. Sommer received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2013, and is thrilled to be pursuing her veterinary internship at SEAVS. She has worked with exotic animals in private practice, zoo, and conservation settings, most recently completing a veterinary student preceptorship at the National Zoo in D.C. during her clinical year.
In addition to avian and exotic animal medicine, Dr. Sommer's professional interests include international veterinary medicine, policy and government, and science writing. She has had a variety of animal family members throughout the years, which currently includes two Siberian huskies, an African Grey Parrot, a Hahn's Mini-Macaw, and a Red-Eared Slider.
Jen Hutchins, LVT - Practice Manager
Jennifer graduated from the NVCC veterinary technology program in 1994. She did an externship with Dr. Stahl prior to graduation and has worked with him and exotic animals ever since. Jennifer has been practice manager here at SEAVS since we opened in 2003.
At home, she cares for three dogs, a macaw, a ball python, a milk snake, a king snake, two tortoises, three tarantulas, five scorpions, a leopard gecko, a beta, chickens, 2 kids and a husband.
Alissa Pritchard, LVT
Alissa started as a veterinary assistant in 2002. She graduated from the NVCC veterinary technology program in 2004 and has been working as a licensed technician ever since. Alissa has a lifetime of experience with animals from her vast array of pets.
Alissa has always taken in sick and neglected animals and currently lives with a canary, two crested geckos, a uromastyx, a bearded dragon, three rats, two monitor lizards, a leopard gecko and two cats. She is affectionately known as “Rat Girl” reflecting her strong interest in rat cuddling, husbandry and rehabilitation.
Anibal Armendaris, LVT - Media Coordinator
Exotic Animal Veterinary Technician is Anibal's second career. He used to work in international affairs, conflict resolution, diplomacy and national security for several years. Wanting more fulfilment out of his day to day, he decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Anibal graduated from the NVCC veterinary technology program in May 2007. He has been interested in exotic animals most of his life and has worked with them professionally since he started working at SEAVS in 2005. Throughout his life he has had the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world. His particular interest includes invertebrate medicine
Anibal lives with a collection of pythons, boas, scorpions and tarantulas. Oh and we can't forget Sunflower - his domestic medium hair cat which at the moment is most likely destroying his house.
Stephanie Shawler, LVT
Stephanie has always had a great love for animals, which guided her to work for a small animal practice. She worked as an assistant for 5 years, primarily with dogs and cats, while in school. As her interest grew in exotic animals, she conducted her externship at SEAVS. Stephanie graduated from the Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technician Program in 2011.
Stephanie lives at home with Raven, a 12-year old black labrador, Neo, a 7-year old Netherland dwarf rabbit, Grissom, a 3-year old bearded dragon, Emmitt, a 2 year old handicapped parrotlett, Gordon Gecko, a 3-year old crested gecko, and two budgies Princess Buttercup and Shamrock O'Connor. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, taking care of her new house, and watching football and Capitals hockey.
Mary Bradley - LVT
Mary started working with exotic animals over ten years ago and was fortunate to spend the majority of that time employed as a technician with a board certified avian veterinarian. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2007 with a degree in veterinary technology. Shortly after she moved to northern Virginia and worked for another prominent exotic animal veterinary practice for almost five years.
Mary was extremely excited to join the SEAVS team in 2013. Currently, she is working towards her specialty certification in Exotic Companion Animals under the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice.
Alison Smith, RN - Technician
Alison began working as a veterinary technician in 1994. She has worked with many kinds of animals through the years but has a special place in her heart for exotics. Alison also volunteered with the Marine Animal Rescue Team at the National Aquarium in Baltimore from 1995-1997 where she helped rehabilitate many seals, dolphins and sea turtles. She graduated from Frederick Community College nursing school in 2003 but enjoyed veterinary medicine too much to leave.
She currently lives with 3 cats, Streaks, Isabella and Macy, a Cuban rock iguana named Ethel and a Scarlet macaw, Sunshine. She also has two children, Madison and Gavin.
Kathy Burrier - Technician
Currently, Kathy is pursuing her technician's license with Penn Foster College. Kathy graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006 with a B.S. in Animal Science. She did an internship at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and at the USDA/BARC in Beltsville, MD. Kathy worked as a veterinary technician for 6 years at a small animal practice before coming to SEAVS in November of 2006. She has also worked on an educational farm and nature center giving livestock and wildlife presentations to the public.
Kathy currently resides with her husband, an American Bulldog, a special needs Lesser Sulfur Crested Cockatoo, a Senegal Parrot, a special needs Quaker Parrot, a Greek Tortoise, a Crested gecko, two daughters and a husband (which as we all know makes 3 children).
Zack Romeo - Technician
Zack worked with Dr. Stahl and Jen at EEVC and joined us here at SEAVS in 2008. He is a great 'people person' and loves to teach clients how to care for their exotic pets. He has been working with exotic animals since he started as a veterinary assistant in 2001, and then worked his way up to exotic animal technician in 2003. During this time, he received his General Studies degree at NVCC. Zack received his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in the Spring of 2013.
Zack shares his home with his two cats, Sushi and Buddha.
Nadja Obradovich - Technician
Nadja worked for over 5 years at a large pet store and came to SEAVS because of a life long passion of caring for animals. She started as a vet assistant and now is a full-time technician, on the path to becoming licensed.
Nadja graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Graphic Design from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and loves art, but plans to continue work with animals. She is currently in the Northern Virginia Community College veterinary technician program. She lives with a jenday conure, a red tegu, a crested gecko, two White's tree frogs, a Russian tortoise, and a betta fish.
Natalie Claunch - Technician Assistant
Natalie has worked as a technician assistant for 3 years during her breaks from school, but is now working full-time having recently graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University. She has had various opportunities to observe exotic animals worldwide, including studying abroad in Australia and caring for koalas, kangaroos, and gliders at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. She aspires to earn a master's degree and/or PhD researching herpetological conservation topics.
Natalie shares her home with a ball python, two leopard geckos, two crested geckos, a Tokay gecko, veiled chameleon, russian tortoise, tree frog, salamander and two cats.
Mario Reyes - Technician Assistant
Mario graduated from George Mason University earning a B.S. in Biology with a focus in environmental science in 2012. With his affinity for wildlife conservation Mario has contributed to various studies including, monitoring population distributions of black-tailed rattlesnakes for the AMNH Southwestern Research Station in southern Arizona and Bubonic plague data collection on black-tailed prairie dogs and black footed ferrets for the USGS in South Dakota. Wishing to learn more about the diseases and treatments of exotic animals Mario began working at SEAVS in January 2013. At present Mario lives with a ball python, panther chameleon, a crested gecko, a pair of ring-necked doves and Chloe, an adopted female pit bull terrier.
Sarah Almeida - Technician Assistant
Sarah always pursued jobs that let her work with animals of all types. She came to SEAVS looking to help exotic animals. She joined the team in the summer of 2013. Currently, Sarah is attending Penn Foster College to earn her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology.
At home she lives with her cat Kitty and two betta fish, Electra and Popeye. She hopes to care for some reptiles and birds as pets soon.
Danya Mandery - Reception Manager
Danya has been working in small animal veterinary medicine since 1997. In 2005 she began working here at SEAVS in order to fulfill her lifelong desire to work with exotic animals. She has been a huge asset to us here at SEAVS and currently works as our reception manager.
At home, Danya lives with her American bulldog, cat, special-needs red foot tortoise, sand boa, hognose snake, leopard gecko, crested gecko, hamster, and a flame leg tarantula.
Arialle Hence - Reception
Arialle is part of our reception team and started working at SEAVS in 2008. Occasionally assisting the technicians in our treatment area, Arialle has a strong affinity for all exotic animals. Her work with exotic creatures is not limited to here at the clinic, she lives at home with a Husband, two children and a dog.
Angela Kummel - Reception
Angela comes to SEAVS with over 15 years of experience as a receptionist at an emergency veterinary practice. She is working with us part-time, expanding her experience and indulging her passion for exotic animals.
At home she lives with her family of dogs, cats, chinchillas, birds and reptiles. She is heavily involved in Greyhound Pets of America, placing retired racing greyhounds in Northern Virginia and attends many associated events with her greyhounds.
Mina Khatun - Reception
Mina is currently a student at George Mason University, pursuing a B.S. in Biology. She has a strong background in various concentrations within the discipline. When she is not busy studying, she works part-time at SEAVS as part of our reception staff.
At home she lives with a guinea pig, hamster, a cat, and her husband.