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! She is also certified in Acupuncture and Healing Food Therapy and provides these servces to our patients.  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 and Groot adopted the family and is enjoying all of the exciting Phillips' adventures.


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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 18 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.  Wanda's professional interests include patient care, fear free culture, client relations and business management. She is a Canine Massage Therapist and is offering this much needed service to our furry friends.  Wanda is also a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional, which is helpful to people in the veterinary healthcare industry.

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, relaxing on the beach, music, martial arts, Capitals hockey, enjoying wine and food pairings, walks in nature, and reading.

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Mara Doss, DVM - Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Doss grew up in southern Virginia and moved to the area after finishing school. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology at Virginia Tech and is a Hokie through and through. She then moved to Tennessee and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Doss loves feline medicine, preventative and wellness care, behavior, and surgery. She is proud to be Fear Free Certified and a Cat Friendly Veterinarian.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband (Ryan), daughter (Sophie), 3 cats (Jack, Louie, and Jill) and 2 border collies (Finn and Isla). She also enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and traveling

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Emari Yokota, DVM - Relief Veterinarian

From before the time she could remember Dr. Yokota has had a passion to heal animals and knew veterinary medicine was her calling.  After completing her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech, Dr. Yokota enrolled at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine because of their high quality and diverse medical training program. While enrolled in vet school, she studied and received her certification in veterinary acupuncture to widen her abilities to treat her patients.  Soon after, she earned her Advanced Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Dr. Yokota has been practicing in the Northern Virginia area for over 10 years within general small animal hospitals as well as emergency rooms. She completed a competitive and rigorous small animal rotating
internship at VCA Southpaws to develop a deeper understanding of how to treat and care for her patients. In order to ensure a better experience for her patients, Dr. Yokota has expanded her knowledge in gentle patient handling as a Fear Free Certified Practitioner. Dr. Yokota has been recognized as a Northern Virginia Magazine Best Veterinarian in 2020 and 2023. Her passion in medicine is optimizing the health and wellness of her patients from birth and into their twilight years.


Caroline, Veterinary Assistant

Caroline is a long time Herndon resident who has an adorable dog, Rue, and two loving cats, Bron and Baby Cat.  She started working at Franklin Farm Veterinary Clinic 9 years ago, 3 years with the previous owner and the remaining 6 years with us, 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.

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Liliana, 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.


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Ashley, Veterinary Assistant

Ashley has been in the field of veterinary medicine for 8 years. She is currently studying veterinary technology to become a licensed veterinary technician. Ashley came to us from a veterinary hospital in Georgia.  She also spent her weekends there with Georgia Humane Society and Dog Rock Rescue.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, daughter and chihuahua name Koko.

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Camila, Veterinary Assistant

Growing up Camila always loved animals, but it wasn’t until her childhood dog, a cute, stubborn westiepoo named Cookie wandered into her life that she found her passion. She has been in the veterinary field for about 4 years as a veterinary assistant and is now in school to become a technician. Her goal in life is to be licensed so she can travel the world and help stray animals. During her free time, she loves to watch horror movies, eat hot pot, and hangout with her main squeeze, Juice. Camila's favorite thing about coming to work is the endless learning opportunities. There’s nothing that brightens up her day more than meeting every single one of your pets when walking through those doors.

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Kaela, Veterinary Assistant

Kaela is currently a senior at Oakton High School and is enrolled in the Chantilly Academy
Veterinary Science program. Kaela works with us during the summer and in the afternoons
during the school year. Kaela also does pet sitting for dogs, cats, and a variety of small and
exotic animals. She loves animals and has had an interest in pursuing veterinary medicine from
a very young age. Kaela hopes to continue her education in vet med and study Animal Sciences
at a university next year.

In her free time, Kaela enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, hiking, reading, and spending
time with family and friends. Kaela also loves playing with her dog Pip and her guinea pig

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Megan, Seasonal Veterinary Assistant

Megan Turner graduated with a degree in biology from UVA.  She is interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. 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, Winnie.  Megan enjoys spending time with Winnie and teaches her new tricks, takes her on walks, and gives her 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.

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Alaura, Veterinary Assistant

Alaura has been in the veterinary field for over 5 years, after having transferred from human medicine.  She has always loved animals; growing up with every type from dogs and cats to reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, and other small mammals. She loves being around animals and helping them whenever she can. She has also worked with feline and canine rescues. She is currently enrolled in the veterinary technician program with Penn Foster.

In her free time, she enjoys the beach, hiking, camping, and spending time with family. She also enjoys wine, music, and watching the Nationals and Capitols.

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Erin, Veterinary Assistant

Erin was born and raised in Fairfax County and started working for a veterinarian when she was 15 years old.  After graduating high school, she moved out to Manhattan, KS to start the pre-veterinary program at Kansas State University. There she started working for the graduate school on multiple nutrition studies in dairy cattle. After graduating with her Bachelors of Animal Science – Pre-vet, she moved back to northern Virginia to continue working in veterinary medicine with small animals, moving from general practice to rehabilitation and back to general practice. She is currently working on getting her veterinary technician license. Her main areas of interest in veterinary medicine are behavior, surgery, and dentistry.

She has a Great Pyrenees named Grizz. They enjoy camping, kayaking, going to Bethany Beach, and swimming anywhere there’s water!

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Miranda, Seasonal 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 is attending Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine.  While at University of TN, 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.

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Kerry, Seasonal Veterinary Assistant

Kerry is currently enrolled in vet school at Lincoln Memorial University in TN and joins us for holiday and summer breaks. She has been in the veterinary field for 7 years and has had experience working with and caring for all kinds of species including small animals, large animals, and zoological species. On her path to vet school, she explored alternative opportunities that included working as an in vitro Biologist, but discovered that nothing filled her heart like small animal medicine.

Kerry loves getting to know our patients and clients, and hearing funny stories about their pets. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and spending time with her two kitties, Basel and Tiger Lily.

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