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 earned his Bachelor of Science degree at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon in 1992 with a pre-medical emphasis. He served in the United States Navy Reserves between 1988 and 1997 in an enlisted status. He obtained an active duty commission in the United States Army Reserves in 1997 where he served in a reserve status until entering active duty as a veterinarian in 2001. He continues his active duty service as a Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Chappell has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 1993. Prior to attending veterinary school in 1997, he worked as an animal care technician at multiple veterinary hospitals between 1992 and 1997, including ensuring preparation and successful completion of AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accreditation. Since graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, he has served in multiple areas of veterinary medicine including clinical medicine, preventive medicine, and ensuring animal welfare in research settings. As a clinical veterinarian for the US Army, he managed two major veterinary programs including two of two major military installation veterinary clinics, audits of civilian food producers, management of base and fleet subsistence teams, inspection commissary facilities, conducting of food and water vulnerability assessments for the military, and participation in international animal care operations and veterinary related presentations. He provided full service surgical and medical care for all species of service member owned pets as well as providing medical and emergency care for all breeds of military working dog.
He earned 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. In 2008, he successfully achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (DACVPM). In 2010, he completed the US Army Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency program at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease in Frederick Maryland. In 2011, he successfully reached Diplomate status in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM).
Dr. Chappell has 8 years of experience serving in various capacities of providing medical care and welfare for animals used in a research setting. His expertise lies in bio-containment and radiation with experience in all areas of animal welfare protection including serving as the attending veterinarian for a major military research facility, member of multiple IACUCs, preparing for and participating in AAALAC International site visits, as well as providing animal medical and surgical care to numerous species of exotic animals including nonhuman primates, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets and various other species.
Nancy Keller | DVM
Nancy J. Petro Keller, 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 University of Minnesota in 1996 with externships at the Minnesota Zoo and Gabbert Raptor Center, veterinary internship in Aquatic Animal Medicine and Research from Mystic Aquarium in 1999, and PhD 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 he currently serves on active duty in the rank of 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, and preventive medicine and public health. In his “down time”, Dr. Willens is lead singer for the rock cover band, Left-Over, and instructs and practices taekwondo with his son, Matthew, as a third degree black belt. His dancer and violinist daughter, Emily, also works at NVA.
Tiffany Fu | DVM
Dr. Tiffany Fu is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing since 2010. She enjoys all aspects of small animal general practice, from the healthy check-ups to emergency cases, and is especially fond of the first puppy/kitten visit and long talks about the care of elderly pets. Dr. Fu is passionate about preventative care for our animal family members and loves to start out every client relationship by addressing all questions about nutrition, exercise, vaccines, parasite control, and training/behavior issues. Her hope is to maximize the quality of life for every patient, from the beginning to end; Of course, tied closely to this is the quality of life of the humans who care for their animals!
Dr. Fu is a Wootton High School graduate who grew up in North Potomac and has been living in Clarksburg with her husband, Drew since 2015. They have two children – Elliott (3 years old and passionate about recycling) and Lydia (1 year old and loves to eat everything). Their two Catahoula Leopard dogs, Forrest and Bubba are well known around the neighborhood and love it when people stop to pet them on their long walks around Clarksburg Village and Arora Hills. Dr. Fu loves to cook for her family and friends, play outside with the kids, go on hikes with the dogs, and watch movies. She is very excited to be a part of the NVA team, as she is eager to get to know more of her neighbors and be involved in the community where her family will grow!
Holly Anderson | Manager
Holly Anderson has been working in the veterinary field for 15 years. As a native from Arlington, Virginia she launched her career with her love of horses and dogs. She is very close with her family and friends and enjoys spending time with them when she’s not directing Neighborhood Veterinary Associates. Her hobbies include kayaking, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding. Her favorite horse to ride is Dash, a handsome American Quarter Horse gelding. She has a mischievous 1 year old feline named Nacho, a 15 year old Blue Heeler named Dahlila who’s been by her side for 14 years, and a 6 year old Pitbull mix named Wyatt Earp who’s as sweet as they come. Holly’s ambition is to create long lasting relationships with NVA clients and their pets.
Katherine Nguyen | Technician/Receptionist
Katherine lives in Clarksburg, MD with her three cats, two geckos, and a cockatiel. She has years of experience with animals from working at a specialized feline only clinic and volunteering on a local farm. In her spare time she like to do free lance artwork and volunteer for local conventions.
Sarah Miller | Technician/Receptionist
Sarah has always been around animals. Growing up on a large farm in Charlottesville, VA, she was usually found in the barn with the horses or looking for obstacles that would make good jumps. She started showing horses at the age of 5 and by 15, was the captain of her interscholastic riding team, president of the local 4-H and an active member of pony club. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working with animals, with a focus on livestock and exotics. She currently resides in Dickerson Maryland with her husband and 2 girls along with 2 cats, Tang and Pepa and a goofy coonhound named Merlin. Sarah is a licensed LATg (Laboratory Animal Technologist).
Melissa Allingham | Licensed Veterinary Technician
Melissa has been working in the veterinary field since 2003. She graduated from Wilson College in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and is licensed in both Maryland and Virginia. Currently, Melissa works full time as an Internal Medicine technician at a specialty and ER hospital in Virginia, but is very excited to join NVA for her weekends. Melissa lives in Germantown with her two cats, Oscar and Henry, and her Jack Russell Terrier Lucy.
Andy Bonvillain | Technician
Andrew has over 25 years of professional experience working with animals. In addition to his position with The National Institutes of Health, His primary role there is anesthesia and diagnostic imaging support. He is currently employed by Veterinary Neighborhood Associates as a veterinary technician. He has worked with a wide range of animals, from lab animals, domestic pets, to agricultural and exotic species. He also has a strong background with more than 10 years in animal behavior, including training with positive reinforcement techniques during his time working with the United Stated Army.
Nicole Merson | Technician
Nicole Merson has been working as a Veterinary Technician for over 10 years. She is Register Veterinary Technician in North Carolina. She has worked in the ER as well as General Practice. She also obtained her BA in Animal Behavioral Sciences at West Virginia University. She currently has a rescued a Pitbull named Kane as well as an old hound dog named Annie Mae. She lives in Carroll County MD with her Husband.