Support Staff

Terri
Office Manager

Terri began her medical career nearly 30 years ago.  Steve and Terri Escobar married in 1986 and spent their first years together in Blacksburg, Virginia as Steve attended The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

The 90’s were a decade of change for the Escobar’s; Richmond became home once more.  After 10 years in veterinary medicine, Terri and Steve began to pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavor.  The Springfield Veterinary Center opened it’s doors in 2000.

Terri has been an integral part of the Vet Center since it’s inception; managing the practice, establishing front desk protocols and engaging with clients.  The practice has grown significantly and so has the Escobar clan….Terri is mother to 3 children, 5 horses, 2 cats and 2 dogs.  When Terri is not working at the Vet Center you can find her busy managing the Escobar household and stables, www.springfieldfarmstables.com.

Gail
Administrative

gail1Gail completed her undergraduate work at Virginia Tech and moved to Richmond attaining a Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980.  Following years of social work, Gail started to become an active volunteer at a veterinary practice.  A love for animals and for “their people” led her to a position with Springfield Veterinary Center in June of 2001. Gail has served in several capacities since joining the Springfield team.

 

 

Andrea
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Andrea joined the Springfield Vet Center after graduating from Blue Ridge Community College where she earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and became licensed in 1997.  Andrea is very well versed in canine behavior and canine reproduction.  She specializes in educating new puppy owners.

Andrea and her husband Chris (also a veterinary technician) share their home with two cats (Skittles and Cruiser) and one dog (Flyer- a Bernese Mountain Dog).   Andrea is an active member of the Potomac Valley Bernese Mountain Dog Club, the BMD Club of Central Virginia, and the BMD Club of America.  During her spare time, Andrea enjoys preparing and showing her dogs at the American Kennel Club conformation dog shows and training them in obedience, carting (drafting), rally obedience, and agility.

Gina Louise
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Gina Louise graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors in Science and began her career with animals in 2001 as a volunteer for Operation Catnip. Gina Louise joined the Springfield Veterinary Center in the Fall of 2001.

Gina Louise attended the Blue Ridge Community College distance education program where she became a licensed veterinary technician in May of 2005. She became certified in the PennHip procedure in January of 2016.

Gina Louise spends her free time with her husband Mark and their children.  As a family, they enjoy the outdoors; sports events, running, and cycling.

 

Chrissie
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Chrissie started her career working with small animals and exotics in 1989 in Northern Virginia at the Companion Animal Hospital.  After graduating in 1997 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in English, she returned to a veterinary assistant position in Northern Virginia where she resided until moving to Richmond in 2000.

The next step in Chrissie’s veterinary career was with the Virginia Equine Clinic.  Although she enjoyed her experience with horses, Chrissie’s love for small animals motivated her to attend the Blue Ridge Community College distance education program where she became a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  Chrissie has been part of the Springfield Veterinary Center  team since 2003.

Outside of work, Chrissie likes to spend quality time with her husband, children, their dog Nita, and cat Cookie.

Laurence
Veterinary Assistant

A native of Richmond, Laurence spent 15 years working in the advertising industry.  In 2004 he began volunteering with the Richmond SPCA and soon converted his career from advertising to animals and now works as a veterinary assistant at Springfield Veterinary Center. Laurence enjoys seeing live music and cycling in his free time.

 

 

 

 

 Laura
Licensed Veterinary Technician
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Laura has worked in the veterinary field since 1997, joining the Springfield team in July, 2006 with prior experience as a veterinary assistant in Virginia and Colorado.  Laura graduated from Blue Ridge Community College where she earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and became licensed in May 2011.

Laura shares her life with her husband, dog and two cats. When she is not working, Laura enjoys live music and travel.

 

Christine
Veterinary Assistant

Christine has been a veterinary assistant at Springfield Veterinary Center since the summer of 2010.  She graduated with a major in Biology from the University of Mary Washington in 2008.  After completing a research internship at the Dolphin Research Center in the fall of 2008, Christine decided she wanted to get back into the veterinary field.  She loves assisting with abscess treatments and learning as much as she can about veterinary medicine.  Christine plans to attend veterinary school in the future.

In her free time, Christine loves mountain biking, running, and playing ultimate Frisbee when she’s not injured, as well as exploring Richmond, hiking, and attempting to find the best cup of coffee in RVa.

 

Chris
Veterinary Assistant

Chris started working at Springfield Veterinary Center in August of 2010 as a veterinary assistant.  Although this is his first job working with animals, he has grown up with them all his life.  In his free time, Chris enjoys hanging out with friends and snowboarding (weather permitting during the winter time).

 

 

 

Michelle
Administrative Assistant Supervisor

Michelle joined the Springfield team in June 2011.  She attended J. Sargeant Reynolds where she was in the Liberal Arts program.  She is very excited to be working in an environment where she can utilize her love of people and animals.  Michelle lives in Ashland with her husband Rich and son Nicholas.

 

 

 

 

 

Alana
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Alana was first introduced to Dr. Escobar and Dr. Scotti in 1997 while working on her LVT externship.  After graduating Blue Ridge Community College in 1998, she continued working as a licensed veterinary technician alongside both doctors at Broad Street Veterinary Hospital.

Most of Alana’s experience comes from small animal general practice while also learning some aspects of referral medicine in neurology.  When not working inside with animals, she spends time enjoying nature outside dog walking for clients and playing with her pet sitting pets on weekends.  She also enjoys any free time by being outdoors hiking or biking, enjoying the river with her two Rottweilers, and cuddling with one of her three cats.

 

Candace
Veterinary Assistant

Candace recently joined the Springfield team in November 2013 as a veterinary assistant. She attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia in 2001 before pursuing a nine year career at an equine reproductive facility.

In her free time she enjoys spending time on her farm with her husband, daughter, five American Foxhounds, two Boston Terriers, a Beagle and a small herd of goats.

 

 

 

Lauren
Veterinary Assistant

Lauren started working at Springfield Veterinary Center in May 2014 as a veterinary assistant. She graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2014, earning a BS in Animal and Poultry Sciences and Dairy Science. Although her passion is working with cattle, she loves working with small animals as well. Lauren is attending Lincoln Memorial University Veterinary School in the Fall of 2016 and hopes to become a food animal veterinarian in the future.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys horse-back riding, fishing and hiking with her Schnauzer mix, Bourbon and Red Bone Coonhound, Mable.

 

 

Kathleen
Veterinary Assistant

Kathleen graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May, 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She joined the Springfield team in the fall of 2015 first as a shadow and then as a veterinary assistant. Kathleen hopes to attend veterinary school in order to combine veterinary medicine with engineering techniques with a focus on conservation medicine. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Richmond Wildlife Center and loves spending time outside with her pups, Gigi and Cody.

 

 

 

Jessica
Veterinary Assistant

Jessica Ferguson, who is a native of Rustburg, Va, moved to Richmond in 2007 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University.  She graduated in May of 2012 with a degree in Psychology.  After graduation she joined the Department of Animal Resources at VCU as an animal care technician where she worked for three years.  Since then, she has completed the dog training/instructor program through Penn Foster career school.  She joined the Springfield Veterinary Center team in November of 2015 as a veterinary assistant.  She loves animals and turning her passion into a career has been a great experience.  Her goals are to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician specializing in dog training and behavior.  Hobbies include going to festivals, concerts, and the beach, and exploring the outdoors.

 

Cassie
 Administrative Assistant

Cassie joined the front desk team at Springfield in December of 2015. After graduating Radford University in 2010, a part-time summer job turned into a full-time career photographing preschool portraits, sports, children’s bunny and pony pictures. As an animal enthusiast, it was an easy transition joining the Springfield family. Outside of work, Cassie spends her time with her pup outdoors, at the beach or lake, boating or fishing, etc.(unless its winter, she’s probably hibernating with her dog and a good book or movie). Peek behind the counter and you might see her oh-so-handsome boy, Deacon!

 

 

Jennifer
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer, a native to Richmond, began working at Springfield in July 2016. She has an Associates in Applied Sciences from John Tyler Community College. She takes great pleasure in being able to work with pets and their owner’s as well. In her free time, Jennifer likes to read and cuddle with her kitty cats.

 

 

 

 

Libby
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Libby graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Tinley Park, IL in May 2016, and quickly thereafter joined the Springfield Veterinary Center family.

Born and raised just outside of Chicago, coming to Richmond was a big move for her. However, she settled in fast here and found her niche in the lab, working on the IDEXX blood machines or looking under microscope. She hopes to one day become specialized in veterinary clinical pathology.

Her family still lives back in Chicago along with her Black Lab (Maddy) and Coon Hound mix (Lainey). She misses them greatly but loves living in Richmond too much to move back.

On her days off she loves knitting while cheering on the Chicago Cubs or the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team.

 

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