Our Staff

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Team of Animal Medical Center of Cascades in Sterling, VA! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 571-434-0250 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Christa Hotle

Christa Hotle, LVT

Christa has been part of the AMC family since 2009 after moving to Northern Virginia from West Texas. She has over 12 years of experience working with companion animals, wildlife and zoo animals. Christa is particularly fond of working with senior pets and finds it both challenging and rewarding to help owners keep their older pets healthy and happy. Other interests include dentistry and emergency medicine. When not working, Christa enjoys walking on woodland trails, spending time with her nephews, and going to Zoos, Aquariums and Museums.

Sarah Taylor, LVT

Sarah Taylor, LVT

Sarah Taylor joined Animal Medical Center in July, 2019.  A native of Virginia, she grew up in Woodbridge and has resided in Centreville for the past 15 years.  She has been in the veterinary field for over 17 years.  Sarah began in a small animal mixed practice in high school and quickly realized her love for felines.  She spent the next four years at a feline only practice in Fairfax, where she started her Veterinary Technician degree at Northern Virginia Community College.  After graduating and obtaining her Veterinary Technician License in 2010, she began work with a veterinary dental specialist.  Over the 10 years working with the specialist, she received her Veterinary Technician Specialist (Dentistry) by passing the exam in June, 2016 and becoming one of 80 in the world to hold the specialty certificate.  In her spare time Sarah enjoys baking, backpacking, and spending time with her family.  She shares her home with her husband, 2 year old daughter, and favorite feline – “Kepler”.

Laura Zenker Animal Medical Center of Cascades

Laura Zenker, LVT

Laura has been part of the team since October of 2019. She grew up near Albany, NY, and although she always loved animals she couldn’t have pets due to allergies in her family. But whenever she got the chance, she would dote on her friend’s pets! It felt like a natural decision to enter a veterinary technology degree program. She graduated and passed her licensing boards in 2018. Laura then began working at an animal hospital in Albany that saw dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and more. In late 2019, Laura moved to Northern Virginia and joined the team at Animal Medical Center of Cascades. She loves to meet clients and their pets. She enjoys her work and doing tasks like running blood work and examining cytologies. In her free time, Laura loves going on roller coasters, getting together with friends, and watching movies at Alamo Drafthouse.

Outpatient Team

Madison VanVolkenburg

Ally Gallisa

Madison Van Volkenburg

Ally Gallisa

Animal Medical Center of Cascades

Animal Medical Center of Cascades
Animal Medical Center of Cascades

Charlotte Thoren

Bryan Geib

Peyton Conine

Kennel Staff

Rourke Amos

Cameron Crissold

Samantha Austin

Evelyn Campos

AMC Cascades Groomers

Carolyn, Groomer - AMCC


Hello! My name is Carolyn and I have been a professional groomer for over 20 years! My specialty is helping to keep your pet looking like itself… only neater! My clients appreciate my gentle process and how I make their pets feel comfortable with grooming. In fact, I am proud to say that one of my longest grooming clients has been with me for almost 20 years. I have been a groomer, salon manager and owner but have found that my true passion lies with making pets beautiful and customers happy. I can’t wait to meet you and your pets.

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As your pet stylist I have over 12 years of experience working in salons around the DMV. Through this journey I discovered my love for dogs and cats. My goal is to give you and your baby a wonderful experience and to have your pet so clean and looking so neat that you can’t help but to brag about our awesome service. I’m confident that you and your pet will love me as you pet stylist. There’s no greater tip than to see you happy. I hope to see you in the near future.


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Billie Jo Fake

Bio coming soon…