Stephanie Patterson, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVPP
Dr. Patterson is originally from New Jersey. She studied Biology with a specialization in Marine Sciences and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in 2000. She then went on to receive her veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her internship was in Emergency/Critical Care and Internal Medicine. She also received special training in diagnostic ultrasound, physical therapy, veterinary acupuncture, and pain management.
Dr. Patterson is certified in veterinary acupuncture by The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and veterinary rehabilitation medicine by The Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She is also certified in veterinary pain management by the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management. When not working, you can find Dr. Patterson on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach or walking along the beach with her husband Scott, her son, and their two energetic dogs.
Blair Hollowell, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Hollowell has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine since 1998 when she graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to Virginia Beach in 2004 to be closer to family and met her husband Todd, a native of this area.
Dr. Hollowell has special interest in surgery, dentistry, and rehabilitative medicine. She became certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy in 2009 and works with PAWS for Rehabilitation to assist patients in recovering from injuries or improving the quality of life for many of our area’s four legged friends.
Dr. Hollowell has served in veterinary leadership roles since her graduation from veterinary school and she enjoys volunteering her time in roles to improve the quality of life for veterinarians, clients, and their pets. She is a member of the AVMA, AAHA, VVMA, SHRVMA, American Feline Practitioners Association, and the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management.
In her personal time, Dr. Hollowell can be found riding horses, sewing, reading, or boating with her family and three children. Her family also includes two horses, a cat, a dog, a rabbit, and a tortoise.
Jeff Ladd, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Ladd is a veteran of the US Navy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. He has held various positions in private clinical practice ranging form associate veterinarian to practice/business owner. Dr. Ladd has been actively involved in Sled Dog Medicine since 1990. He worked as a trail vet on the Iditarod, Beargrease, UP-200, and Empire 130. He served multiple years as chief vet for the Beargrease, UP-200, Empire 130, and Copperdog 150. He served as chairman of the research committee for the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association. He served as the president of the Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association in Duluth, MN while he lived there. Most recently, Dr. Ladd served as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University where he also served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. In this capacity, her reviewed research proposals in regards to animal welfare and served as the Veterinarian of Record for the university’s Animal Care Facility.
Aimee Walker, LVT, CCRVN
Technical Manager & Therapy Assistant
Aimee has been a member of the PAWS team since 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Old Dominion University and her Veterinary Technician Certification from Blue Ridge Community College. She became a Canine Certified Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse in 2017 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Canine Rehabilitation has become a passion for Aimee and she has completed the following continuing education: Fear Free Certification, Nutritional Case Management Certification, Canine Massage Fundamentals and Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, teenage daughter and performing in Scentwork and Flyball with her dogs.
Maria Maddox, LVT, CCRP, AMCP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)
Maria has lived in multiple states and countries but considers herself an East-Coaster. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute and has been a credentialed veterinary technician since 2003. She was certified in Canine Rehabilitation by the University of Tennessee in 2006. She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Physical Rehabilitation in 2017. She is Membership Chair of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) and lectures online and in person about veterinary rehab. She holds a Level 1 certification in Reiki; her other certifications are in Veterinary Nutrition, Animal Massage and Care Provider, and Fear Free.
When Maria is not at PAWS, her time is filled caring for her two children, her husband, and her cerebellar hypoplastic cat. She loves to grow her own food, practice ikebana, and really misses playing rugby, rowing and dragon boat paddling.
Chelsea has happily been a part of the PAWS family since 2016. Originally from California, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego in 2009. In 2012 she began her profession as an Administrator and Financial Specialist. She has a passion for traveling, alongside her husband, and has had the opportunity to live in various areas around the country. Additionally, she has enjoyed traveling abroad to destinations such as New Zealand and Ireland. In her personal time, you can find Chelsea hiking, practicing yoga, or spending time with her husband and their two fur babies.
Patient Coordinator & Therapy Assistant
Doreen is originally from Massachusetts but has lived in Virginia Beach since 1961. Her professional background is in Family Medicine as well as working with children with autism. When the opportunity arose to come to work at PAWS, she jumped at the chance. In her own words, “Having been part of the PAWS family as a client, I felt this would be the dream job working with dogs and their awesome owners.”. When she is not at PAWS, she enjoys gardening, biking, baking, and hanging out with her husband Steven.
Krickett Kopas, LPTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Krickett is a Physical Therapy Assistant primarily working at Thrive Proactive Health at Market Square, Virginia Beach. She has been a licensed PTA for 11 years in an orthopedic out-patient setting. With a combination of classes, amazing mentors and gifted hands, she has learned how to perform myofascial release and other manual therapy techniques to improve function and relieve pain not only for people, but for pets too! In her spare time, Krickett loves to surf, garden and stay involved in her church community.