Kathleen Phillips, DVM
Dr. Kathleen Phillips graduated from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Having practiced small animal medicine and surgery in the Springfield area since graduation, Dr. Phillips is extremely excited to share her experience and Fear Free approach to pet care with everyone at Franklin Farm! Dr. Phillips enjoys working with both dogs and cats, but has soft spots for ornery tuxedo cats and little dogs who snort. She is originally from Buffalo, New York, and loves to discuss the fortunes and misfortunes of her beloved Bills and Sabres. An avid Nationals fan, she can often be found sitting along the third baseline at Nationals Park with her husband Matt, her son Ethan, and anyone else who will tolerate her love of underrated third basemen and a good pitcher's duel. Her pup Scruffy just adopted the family and is enjoying all of the exciting Phillips' adventures.
Wanda Hudgins, LVT, CVPM
Wanda Hudgins is a certified veterinary practice manager and a licensed veterinary technician who has been working in and managing veterinary hospitals since 2000. She has worked with Dr. Phillips for more than 13 years. She is a graduate of V.M.I., Purdue's Veterinary Management Institute as well as AAHA's Veterinary Management School. She is also an active and long-standing member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, where she volunteers reviewing CVPM applications. Wanda's professional interests include patient care, fear free culture, client relations and business management. She is currently studying to become a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will be offering this much needed service to our furry friends.
She is originally from Wisconsin and enjoys cheese, brats and the Packers. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Jon, her dog Sweet Maple Moon, and cats, Little and Boomer, relaxing on the beach, music, martial arts, Capitals hockey, walks in nature, and reading.
Stacey Sparacino, LVT
Stacey Sparacino is a Licensed Veterinary Technician from Arizona. Stacey has been a veterinary technician since 2003. She originally started her career in general practice and soon moved onto specialty practice. She has worked in Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Surgery and Oncology. Stacey came to Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic to become part of a fear free patient culture. She believes that the fear free approach is one of the most important aspects of veterinary medicine. Stacey’s heart belongs to her son, Keegan. Stacey also enjoys her nights with her dog, Ari Gold Skeeter, and cats, Cheeto, Jett, Sneetch and Nessie, as well as her bunny, Nibbles (who all sleep in bed with her at night). In her spare time, she loves to explore Virginia, hike and binge watch shows on Netflix.
Caroline Webster, Veterinary Assistant
Caroline is a 28-year-old long time Herndon resident who has a dog, Snuffy, a cat, Bron, and a snake, Izzy. She has worked at Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic for 5 years and loves being a veterinary assistant. She plans on going back to school to become a licensed veterinary technician. She enjoys talking with the pet parents and loves the fear free techniques she incorporates into each pet visit.
In her free time, she enjoys being outside in nature, going to the gym, and shopping.
Philip Blake, Veterinary Assistant
Philip is a Northern Virginia native, growing up in Falls Church. He grew up around many different animals at home – dogs, birds, rabbits, horses, fish, frogs, and gerbils. He has been very interested in science since childhood, so when he started working in the veterinary field over 10 years ago, he knew he had found his career choice for life. He has continued to expand his skill and knowledge base, with particular interest in internal medicine. He first met Dr Phillips when they both worked together at a hospital in Springfield, and was very excited to join the team at Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic. Philip lives in Manassas with his fiancé, who is a licensed veterinary technician, their goofy dog Spunkerdoodle, and their princess kitty Amber Sophia. In his free time, he enjoys PC games, cooking, and spirited driving in his Mustang.
Alexa Vockley, Veterinary Assistant
Alexa Vockley has been in the veterinary industry for 13 years in emergency facilities, general practices, and animal shelters. Alexa has her Bachelor's degree in animal behavior with a minor in marine biology from The University of New England. During her bachelor's degree, Alexa had an internship at the Runs with Wolves Sanctuary in Limington, working with wild wolves to either rehabilitate the animal so it could be returned to the wild, or caring for the permanent residents that are too injured/sick to return back to their habitat. Through that program, Alexa has gained a special affinity with fearful animals and takes time to assess the patient to lessen the stress of veterinary visits. She believes in fear free techniques in order to associate veterinary visits as positive interactions to the patient.
Alexa is a certified personal trainer at Sport&Health Worldgate. During her free time, Alexa enjoys spending time with her rescue dog of 7 years, Tyson. He is a big, goofy Rottweiler mix that had several behavioral issues when she first adopted him. Through time and love, those have all disappeared. Alexa also enjoys hiking or running, as well as working out. She loves to travel, and tries to make it back to Maine -her one true love- as often as possible.
Charlotte Peterkin, Veterinary Assistant in Training
Charlotte Peterkin is currently a senior at Oakton High School in Vienna, Virginia. Her previous animal experiences include handling animals during adoption events at PetSmart, shadowing small animal veterinarians at Chantilly Animal Hospital and Signal Hill Animal Clinic, attending animal science programs at Virginia Tech and Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island, and working as an animal attendant at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital. She is going to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in pre-veterinary animal sciences. Charlotte loves to relax with her dog Lily, an adorable Maltese, in her free time. Lily has been sick for the past two years but with Charlotte’s constant love and care she runs around everyday with a wagging tail
Megan Turner, Veterinary Assistant in Training
Megan Turner is currently a senior at Oakton High School. She loves animals, medicine, and helping others, and plans on pursuing a degree in biology. Her most treasured activities are volunteering at Reston Hospital and spending time with her family, including her precious golden retriever, Lulu. Lulu has many special tricks, such as her signature high five and ability to “waltz.” Megan enjoys spending time with Lulu and her black lab best friend, Julep, by teaching them new tricks, going on walks, and by giving them lots of treats. Megan spent much of her childhood in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and loves to visit her grandparents and cousins there on the weekends.
Miranda McBride, Seasonal, Veterinary Assistant in Training
Miranda is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in animal science, while minoring in biology and, wildlife and fisheries studies. She hopes to become a veterinarian and will be applying to veterinary schools this summer. While at school, she loves giving tours as a campus ambassador and is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi. She is also the secretary of the pre-veterinarian club and works in the dean's office in the college of Agriculture. In addition, she enjoys performing in campus musical theater productions.
She joined the Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic team this summer and enjoys learning new things each day. Every shift shows her that this is truly want she wants to do for the rest of her life. She also works at Frying Pan Farm Park as a farmer. There, she cares for and works with all sorts of large animals. Miranda loves classic rock, the Washington Capitals and our National Parks. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, painting, being outside, and dancing.