Meet Our Team

Jatinder Gulani | BVSc & AH, PhD, DACLAM

Dr. Gulani completed his degree in veterinary medicine (BVSc & AH) in 2001 from Punjab Agricultural University (which is located about 200 miles north of Delhi in India). In 2002, Dr. Gulani moved to United States and joined Purdue University for pursuing a doctoral degree in Veterinary Immunology. At Purdue, he worked in a research laboratory (from 2002-2007) in department of veterinary pathobiology. His focus of research was developing new vaccines and diagnostic tests for Johne’s disease (bovine paratuberculosis) and transmissible gastroenteritis disease in swine. Dr. Gulani published his research work in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Gulani desire for higher education and love for chocolate led him to a two year residency program in Laboratory Animal Medicine at Hershey, PA (Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center). In the residency program, he gained in depth knowledge and training on nutrition, medicine, anesthesia, surgery and pathology while working with variety of animal species.

Dr. Gulani has more than 17 years of experience of working with Dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and rodents. He has held several positions in private practice, academia, pharma, department of defense and department of health and human services. Dr. Gulani is certified by Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates of American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 2009. Dr. Gulani became Diplomate of American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) in 2013. His areas of expertise are preventive medicine, immunology and endocrine diseases.

Dr. Gulani is a resident of Clarksburg since 2013. He lives only a block from the practice along with his wife and two beautiful daughters. He is on a look out for a perfect puppy dog for his daughters. In his spare time, Dr. Gulani likes to cook and spend time with his family and friends. Dr. Gulani also likes to visit his family and friends in India whenever he can.

Mark Chappell | DVM, MPH, DACLAM, DACVPM

Dr. Chappell has 30 years of experience serving in various capacities of veterinary medicine beginning as a kennel assistant, working as a technician and then as a clinical veterinarian beginning in 2001. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Oregon State University in 2001. He also earned a Masters of Public Health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 2008. He holds advanced veterinary board certifications in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (DACVPM) and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM). He is currently on active duty in the United States Army as a veterinarian running veterinary programs and providing animal care for the Department of Defense.

He has expertise in providing medical and surgical care to a broad variety of animals including exotics such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and ferrets as well as dogs and cats. His passion involves supporting the non-profit organization Happy Hubz, spending time with family and enjoying activities in nature.

Nancy Petro | DVM

Nancy J. Petro, DVM received her Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1993. She grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio with the goal of becoming a Veterinarian since age 8 after falling in love with horses. After graduation, she proceeded into the professional practice of veterinary medicine which included a multitude of different mammalian species such as dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, ostriches, emus, and pocket pets in rural Ohio.

She married a fellow veterinarian from Ohio who was in service of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and traveled the world broadening her practice experience to include novel animal species such as marine mammals (dolphins and seal lions) and non-human primates. Additionally, she is a highly skilled veterinary surgeon applying those skills to advancing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions against the world’s most deadly infectious diseases at USAMRIID, Ft Detrick. She is honored to be part of a team who are trying to save the world and contributing her talents towards something that is larger than all of us! She is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Reality (DACVR) – LOL with over 25 years of advanced private practice experience.

Her special interests are orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and equine and canine reproduction. Her hobbies are trail riding, various arts & crafts, golfing, and anything involving her kids. She has horses, dogs, and cats.

Scott Willens | DVM, PhD, DACVPM

Dr. Willens received his BS in Animal Science from Rutgers University in 1992, DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1996 with externships at the Minnesota Zoo and Gabbert Raptor Center, a veterinary internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research from Mystic Aquarium in 1999, and Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology) from North Carolina State University in 2005. Immediately after the events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Willens joined the Army Veterinary Corps and retired with 20 years of active-duty service in 2022 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He voluntarily deployed to Iraq in 2007 on an embedded provincial reconstruction team to assist agricultural communities in Babil Province and veterinarians at the Baghdad Zoo. In 2013, Dr. Willens became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM), and he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), and the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM). His expertise includes avian/exotic/aquatic animal medicine and surgery, pharmacology, toxicology, preventive medicine, and public health. In addition to his relief veterinary position at the National Aquarium, Dr. Willens holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and sings lead vocals for the rock cover bands Weird Science and Chasing Friday.

Adelia Chandan | Clinic Supervisor

Adelia enjoys working with all kinds of animals! Adelia started her journey working at Green Meadows Petting Farm in Urbana for a total of six years from the age of 14. She was a part of the FFA and served as an officer during three years of her high school. During high school she broadened her passion for her love of animals ranging from small rodents to large animals. She showed South African Boer goats during two years of high school. She loves to learn about all exotics, working with livestock, and of course cuddling with her dog and cats at her home. She is a past Maryland FFA State Treasurer where she served the term 2018-2019. Adelia has been able to travel to Alaska and South Africa due to her service with Maryland FFA. Adelia has recently been here at NVA since 2020 where she is now one of our clinic supervisors, where she started as a receptionist/veterinary assistant in 2020! As she grew with NVA she is now the Vice President of Marketing for the non-profit organization Happy Hubz, as well as continuing growing her small business “Love Like Ours Pet Services”. She loves to interact with all of our clients and patients and can not wait to love yours like her own!

Tammy Jaramillo | Technician Supervisor

Tammy Jaramillo has been in the veterinary field since the late 90s, and that’s when she discovered that there were veterinary technicians. She then decided that she would go to school and become a certified veterinary technician. She did her studies at St. Petersburg College in Florida. Tammy earned her certification and has been a licensed technician since 2004. Her experiences include assisting in surgeries, being a technician at animal ER’s, as well as, general practice for several years at a time. Tammy has a small menagerie of pets which includes her shih tzu named Minx, Alfie & Amp; Aries, the sphynx cats, and lastly Mr.B their bunny. Aside from her busy life as a lead technician here at NVA and spending quality time with her pets, Tammy enjoys her time with her military spouse of 18 years and their two boys. Tammy enjoys traveling to visit her family and friends, meeting her friend for brunches, game nights, craft nights, and the good Ol’ occasional girls trip. She has always loved animals and educating the community to have a better understanding of how to give the best quality of care for their pets…and can not wait to help you!Tammy Jaramillo has been in the veterinary field since the late 90s, and that’s when she discovered that there were veterinary technicians. She then decided that she would go to school and become a certified veterinary technician. She did her studies at St. Petersburg College in Florida. Tammy earned her certification and has been a licensed technician since 2004. Her experiences include assisting in surgeries, being a technician at animal ER’s, as well as, general practice for several years at a time. Tammy has a small menagerie of pets which includes her shih tzu named Minx, Alfie & Amp; Aries, the sphynx cats, and lastly Mr.B their bunny. Aside from her busy life as a lead technician here at NVA and spending quality time with her pets, Tammy enjoys her time with her military spouse of 18 years and their two boys. Tammy enjoys traveling to visit her family and friends, meeting her friend for brunches, game nights, craft nights, and the good Ol’ occasional girls trip. She has always loved animals and educating the community to have a better understanding of how to give the best quality of care for their pets…and can not wait to help you!

Cindy Jones | Receptionist

Cindy Jones is always true to her word. She takes her job so seriously there are times she will stay at the clinic till her tasks are all done. She has been in reception at Neighborhood Veterinary Associates for a couple years now and has been such a positive impact on our neighborhood family. She will always have you laughing and empathizes for each and everyone one of the clients and patients that enter our doors. Even on the phone she treats our new coming NVA clients like they have been a part of our neighborhood family since the beginning. Cindy is a mom of two and has a 2 year old beautiful granddaughter she spends her weekends off with. She loves each and every interaction she gets with our clients and their babies on a weekly basis.

Akela Lewis | Receptionist

Akela is a Maryland native, growing up in Bowie, before moving to Frederick, MD in 2013. She graduated from highschool 2 years early and got her first job in the Veterinary field at a 24 hour Animal ER as a Veterinary Assistant. From there, she worked and studied her way up to becoming a Veterinary Technician. She has worked as a Surgical/Emergency Veterinary Technician on and off for 7 years. During her years of experience she found her passion in the Animal Medicine Industry as a Client Care Representative! Akela loves all kinds of pets, from furry friends to not so furry friends! She is so excited for her future with her NVA family, our clientele, and most importantly their furry/not so furry pets!

Maddie Wyszynski | Receptionist

Bio Coming Soon!

Darcey Bowen | Veterinary Technician

Growing up in New York State, it was obvious at an early age that she focused on two things, animals and art. Always coloring and drawing creatures, or occasionally horrifying her supportive parents by walking up with bugs in her arms proclaiming “Look at my pets!” Her love of animals was as much a part of her as her eye color or heartbeat.

In her first real-world work experience at the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton, NY she cared for everything from bears, wolves, exotic cats to alligators, pythons, and wildlife.

Dacey passed her National Veterinary Technicians Exam in 2015 and has focused her career on exotics and wildlife rehabilitation. She is also our resident artist and draws/paints amazing portraits and custom artwork. Darcey and her wife of 11 years have a small zoo at home consisting of a 40-year-old yellow-naped Amazon, 3 chinchillas, a cat who thinks she is a dog, a few turtles, skinks, and a very moody dogface pufferfish.

Savannah Boyd | Veterinary Technician

Savannah was born and raised in Oklahoma, where she earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. She moved to Maryland with her husband back in 2019. As she settled in she went to further her education at Frederick Community College where she completed their Veterinary Assistant program. Savannah graduated with Honors in her program in August 2020. Since then she has continued her passion for the Animal Medicine Industry. Her passion began at just 16 years old as she saved her own dog from Parvo! During Savannah’s childhood she grew up around all types of animals including horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, and even lizards. She has always shown such love and compassion for all kinds of animals. In Savannah’s spare time she loves traveling with her husband and going on her weekly hikes/trails with their two dogs. Savannah’s fur baby family consists of her two dogs Mini her Chocolate Labrador, Gohan her Shiba Inu, and lastly her two Guinea Pigs Lena and Brownie. Savannah’s future endeavors include enrolling in Penn Foster Registered Technician Program where she will then be a RVT(Registered Veterinary Technician).

Sara Queen | Veterinary Technician

Sara has been in the Animal Medicine Industry for about 8 years now where she began as an assistant technician to then continuing her career in becoming a Veterinary Technician here at NVA! Her passion for the industry began as she grew her love of animals not just at home but as a FFA Member in highschool. She did all types of competitions and even served as a chapter officer at Middletown High School. Sara’s biggest accomplishment is raising her son Jace who she loves dearly and shares her love of animals with!  She has tons of hobbies such as riding dirtbikes, shooting pool, fishing, hitting the gym, riding horses, and hiking! A cool fact about Sara is that she shot trap Nationally from the year 2015-2018. At home her son and her have three big fur babies; her black lab, Tucker, Maebh her black mouth cur, and lastly her biggest fur baby Tank her quarter horse.

Sofia | Veterinary Technician

Sofia has been in the Animal Medicine Industry for 5 years and has been a part of our team for over a year now, as Veterinary Technician. Sofia is a proud mom of her daughter and her fur baby Lola! Lola is a pitbull mix that she rescued from a backyard breeder about 7 years ago. She has a total of four dogs and two birds at home where she resides in Boyds Maryland. Sofia is AAEVT Certified and is currently working on her LVT Program through Peen Foster. She began her love of animals by growing up on her family farm and working at a dog training facility. She enjoys competing with her thoroughbred in local eventing trials. She loves all types of animals, especially her “pitties”!

Lloyd | Veterinary Technician

Lloyd is an individual driven by a deep passion for working with animals. With a well-seasoned background in canine behavioral modification and veterinary medicine, he has accumulated several years of experience in both general and emergency practice. Lloyd holds two associates degrees, one in general studies and the other in sociology and anthropology, reflecting his diverse interests and academic achievements.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Lloyd finds joy in the realm of music, with a particular fondness for EDM, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Madonna, and Queen Latifah. An avid nature enthusiast, he cherishes the tranquility of hiking trails, especially during the Fall season when the weather is just right – not too cold or too hot. Lloyd shares these outdoor adventures with his three beloved dogs, creating cherished moments surrounded by the beauty of nature. Whether it’s attending to animals in need or immersing himself in the world of music and outdoor activities, Lloyd’s life is marked by a harmonious blend of professional dedication and personal passions.

Tyler Fayard | Veterinary Technician

Tyler is a passionate aquarist with over 15 years of experience in the field. He has created stunning aquascapes and biotopes for various clients. He has a keen interest in both native and exotic fishes, and has successfully bred and maintained many different species.

Tyler has a background in biomedical research, having worked at the National Institute of Health for 10 years. There, he supervised the maintenance and expansion of a large zebra danio colony, which is a valuable model organism for studying human diseases. He also helped to establish the NIH’s first viable breeding colony of day geckos, for which he and his colleagues received a 2019 Director’s Award

Tyler now runs a small-scale fishery in his garage, where he breeds and sells fancy goldfish and native Shiners, Daces, and Darters. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion with other aquarists and biotope enthusiasts through his website and social media channels.

Will Webster | Veterinary Technician

He joins the team with 15 years of animal experience from King Cobras to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, he’s handled them all. Will is certified in fear free techniques and has applied what he has learned in zoos, aquariums, shelters, research, and personal pet training to everyday life. During his downtime you’ll probably find Will on/near the water or reading a good book.