Kathleen Phillips, DVM and Owner
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 and Owner
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 15 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 cat Boomer, relaxing on the beach, music, martial arts, Capitals hockey, walks in nature, and reading.
Esther (Hee Young) Eng, DVM
Dr. Esther (Hee Young) Eng graduated from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She has completed a rotating small animal internship with the Hope Advanced Veterinary Center in Vienna, VA and is Fear Free certified. Dr. Eng has a special interest in veterinary behavior and is very excited to join the Franklin Farm family! During down time, she likes to relax on her big, squishy couch while watching Netflix with her husband (Curtis) and fur babies (Bella - a diabetic Lab mix, and Chance - a tiny Silky Terrier).
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 (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.
Liliana Vasquez, Veterinary Assistant
Lili is originally from New York and moved to Virginia when she was eight years old. Lili realized her passion for animals when she got her first puppy, Dori, a Cairn Terrier. Lili trained Dori and Dori stole her heart. Lili grew up pet sitting and dog walking for family and friends. Lili's studies are geared to pre-veterinarian at NVCC, with plans of transitioning into the Veterinary Technology program to become a licensed veterinary technician.
In her free time, Lili enjoys spending time with her two sisters and her large family, reading, listening to music, and learning how to play the acoustic guitar. Maybe one day, she will serenade us with her talent.
Miranda McBride, Veterinary Assistant
Miranda graduated from 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. While at school, she loved giving tours as a campus ambassador and was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi. She was also the secretary of the pre-veterinarian club and worked in the dean's office in the college of Agriculture. In addition, she enjoyed performing in campus musical theater productions.
She joined the Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic team in 2018 and enjoys learning new things each day. Every shift shows her that this is truly what she wants to do for the rest of her life. She also worked at Frying Pan Farm Park as a farmer. There, she cared for and worked 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.
Brianna Nix, Veterinary Assistant
Brianna is a current student at Oakton High School and has interest in biological sciences and veterinary medicine. Brianna hopes to major in biological engineering and eventually attend veterinary school. She has carried a passion for animals for as long as she can remember and has always dreamed of working with animals. In her free time, Brianna enjoys painting, playing the clarinet, participating in school sports, and of course, hanging out with her two cats, Sherlock and Oliver.
Selma Siekert, Veterinary Assistant
Selma Siekert graduated from the University of Vermont in 2019 with a BS in Animal Science. She is fascinated by animal behavior and loves working in a fear-free practice. She hopes to become certified as a veterinary technician, and is applying to programs for the Spring. Selma loves going to the dog park with her big dog Daisy Mae and spending time outside in the sunshine.
Susan Tolchin, Veterinary Assistant
Susan has been working with animals since she was a teenager, predominantly at stables and veterinary clinics with shorter stints at a zoo and at Frying Pan Farm Park. With a strong interest in learning theory and fear free training, she has trained her horse to use a medical inhaler and her cat to walk into his carrier, and she and her dog are members of Susan Garrett’s online dog training course, Recallers. Her interests include drawing, reading, hiking and Mindfulness meditation, and her latest is a foray into dog Nosework. She shares her home with her cat Azeezely and her dog Tenzin.
Charlotte Peterkin, Seasonal Veterinary Assistant
Charlotte Peterkin is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in pre-veterinary animal sciences at Purdue University. Her previous animal experiences include handling animals during adoption events, shadowing small animal veterinarians at local clinics, attending animal science programs at Virginia Tech and Atlantic Veterinary College at University of Prince Edward Island, and working as an animal attendant. Charlotte loves caring for animals and provided compassionate hospice care for her pup, Lily. Charlotte loves spending time with her new pups, Bo and Lacy.
Megan Turner, Seasonal Veterinary Assistant
Megan Turner is currently pursuing a degree in biology from UVA. She loves animals, medicine and helping others. Her most treasured activities are volunteering at a local animal 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.