Meet The Petvacx Team

Petvacx Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary facility, located in Rockville, Maryland. Our professional and knowledgeable staff at provides quality veterinary care in a compassionate, affordable and convenient way. We have excellent in-house diagnostics to get you accurate and quick results. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership through preventative health care as we partner with pet parents to empower them to be proactive about their pets’ health. 

Meet Our Doctors

The Petvacx Family

Dr. Rachel Wiley

Position: Veterinarian/Practice Owner

About: Rachel grew up in Montgomery County and attended Montgomery Blair High School. She studied veterinary medicine in California at UC Davis where she met her husband, Sean, a blacksmith and farrier. Sean and Rachel have three children and a small farm where they have a variety of animals including steers, dairy goats, horses, dogs, cats and chickens.

Hobbies & Interests: Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and pets. When she gets the chance, she enjoys horseback riding and gardening.

Dr. Samantha Hudgins

Position: Veterinarian/Practice Owner

About: Samantha grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but spent many vacations in the DC area visiting family. She studied veterinary medicine at Ohio State University where she met her husband Dixon, who is from Honduras. Samantha and Dixon have one daughter and two cats, Getty and Jim Bob. At home Dixon and Samantha speak mostly Spanish.

Hobbies & Interests: Samantha enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with friends and family. Samantha dabbles in soap making and textile crafts, and loves any form of dancing.

Meet Our Team

Shelly Paniagua

Position: Practice Manager

About: Shelly was born in Silver Spring, MD, and has lived in the area all her life. Her parents moved to the United States from Bolivia before she was born. Shelly graduated from Colonel Zadok Magruder High School and has since continued her education at Montgomery College. She has quickly become the bridge connecting the previous and new clients, during the new ownership transition. Shelly has been with Petvacx since 2007, and has dedicated herself to making everyone feel like they are family and they come first. Shelly is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Hobbies and Interests: Shelly enjoys riding her motorcycle, being outdoors, drawing and supporting her favorite football team, The Ravens. She also loves to travel and learn about other cultures

Laurie Qualey

Position: Social Media & Outreach Coordinator

About: Laurie has lived in Massachusetts, Maine, and now calls Maryland her home. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maine in 2017 where she focused her studies on the importance of the human-animal bond. Through her schooling and work with hospice, Laurie also has expertise in helping with end-of-life issues.  Laurie has worked extensively in the customer service field and also has a wide range of work and volunteer experience with animal nonprofits.

Hobbies and Interests: Laurie loves all things Star Wars and is a fan of pretty much anything geeky. She  moved to Maryland to be closer to her family and loves playing with her amazing 3-year-old niece. Laurie lives with her beloved chihuahua-mix, Princess Penelope and two cats, Merle Kitty and Lemmy Cat.

Stacey Glover

Position: Veterinary Technician

About: Stacey moved to Silver Spring with her wife Andi, who also works at Petvacx. Stacey is originally from Addison Pennsylvania, where she grew up on a dairy farm. She has worked in the veterinary medical field for over 11 years and is currently pursuing a veterinary technician license. She loves all animals. Some say Stacey has a gentle soul and brings a calming tone to the hospital. She has 7 cats: Sadie, Hawk, Kittwan, Grey, Ruby, James, and Vinny.

Hobbies & Interests: Stacey enjoys sports and being outdoors. Stacey loves traveling and looks forward to visiting Hawaii someday.

Leslie Merino

Position: Veterinary Technician

About: Leslie is originally from the DC area. She went to Rockville High school and Montgomery College. Leslie’s best friend is her dog named Don. Leslie enjoys the challenge of working in a veterinary clinic and appreciates the opportunity to meet new people every day. Leslie’s family is from Guatemala and El Salvador and she grew up speaking Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests: Leslie, enjoys cooking and enjoying the spoils of those cooking adventures. She also loves being outside and staying busy. She enjoys fishing, hiking, art, and cleaning. Seriously she enjoys cleaning.

Lisseth Mora

Position: Veterinary Technician

About: Lisseth was born in Nicaragua and now lives in the DC area. She went to Montgomery Blair High School and is currently a full-time college student.  She has two pomeranians named Chloe and Ranger, and her newest addition is a pitbull named Neveah. Lisseth grew up speaking Spanish at home, but is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Hobbies & Interests: In her limited spare time Lisseth enjoys drawing and spending time with friends and family. When she has the chance, Lisseth likes to pick up a bat and play a friendly game of baseball.

Elda Kwong

Position: Veterinary Technician

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Jocelyn Coreas

Position: Veterinary Assistant

About: Jocelyn grew up in Maryland, in the DC area. She grew up speaking Spanish at home, because her mother is from El Salvador and her father is from Honduras.  Now she enjoys the company of 7 kitties at home who are her pride and joy.  In her future, Jocelyn aspires to open an Animal Rescue some day Jocelyn is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests: Jocelyn enjoys reading, coloring, and putting together puzzles.  Jocelyn especially loves these projects while snuggling with her kitten herd.  However, her kittens only make those activities a greater challenge by lounging comfortably in the middle of her books and batting puzzle pieces around. 

Laura Floreno

Position: Veterinary Assistant

About:  Laura has lived internationally but now calls Maryland her home. Her dad was originally from Equator and her mom from Italy. She has three Bichon Frise pups–Benjamin, Noel, and Nero–who she loves taking to the dog park. Laura is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests:  Laura has lots of hobbies including traveling, art, photography, and playing sports. She also loves to EAT!  Her favorite cuisine is Asian, but she enjoys trying all sorts of foods. 

 

Dianna Vasquez

Position: Client Care Specialist

About: Dianna grew up in Maryland in the Silver Spring area. She has over four years experience in the animal care field. She is mom to 2-year-old twins who keep her VERY busy! Dianna is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests: Diana loves watching Marvel movies, everything about the Legend of Zelda, and playing with her kids. She is always one to make people laugh–and if no one gets her jokes, at least she is laughing! And she loves spending as much time possible cuddling Petvacx Housekitty, Kelsey

Darlene Guardado

Position: Client Care Specialist

 About:  Darlene grew up in Maryland and attends Montgomery College. She loves exploring new places and hopes to one day go scuba diving with sharks! Darlene is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests Darlene enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She loves cooking, doing nails, and home decorating. In her free time she enjoys honing her detective skills by watching CSI!

Andrea Glover

Position: Client Care Specialist

About: Andi is originally from Canton, Ohio; Chester, Virginia and most recently Western Pennsylvania. Her family moved around during her childhood because her father worked for the postal service. Andi has worked in the customer service industry for more than 15 years, and possesses skills across all facets of the administration field. Her favorite part of the day is getting lots of puppy and kitten kisses.

Hobbies & Interests: Andi enjoys shopping and spending time with friends and family. She sings whenever she can, and loves to dabble in cosmetology. She also loves spending time with her wife Stacey and 7 fur-babies: Sadie, Hawk, Kittwan, Grey, Ruby, James and Vinnie. She loves spontaneous traveling and just getting in the car and driving.

Dixon Ordonez

Position: Maintenance

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Kelsey

 Position: Kelsey does not work. Kelsey cuddles, that is all.

About: Kelsey’s previous owner found her outside as a stray kitten of about 12 weeks old in 2005. She has been taken care of by Petvacx’s Doctors her entire life, and has always been a sweet girl with just enough sass to make her stand out among our clientele. When her beloved owner passed away in 2009, Kelsey was once again an orphan with nowhere to go. After some consideration to whether she might be happy living here at the hospital as one of the Petvacx House Cats, it was decided that we would take her in. It took some time for her to transition from living in the quiet and calm home environment of a domestic cat to the hustle and bustle of a busy Animal Hospital. Needless to say, however, following her realization that she could be queen of the castle and get lots of love from all of the staff, she took to her role like an heir to the throne. Kelsey is the epitome of what a cat should be; she loves eating, napping, and hunting pretend prey… But mostly just eating and napping.

 

Hobbies & Interests: Kelsey loves lounging in the sunlight, ignoring Butters, maintaining her robustly girlish figure by eating everything in sight, being pampered, and cuddling up in any lap that allows it.

Butters

Position: Official Greeter & Petvacx Mascot

About:  Butters was brought into our hospital by the Montgomery County Police Department after being hit by a car. Although he was injured and scared, he was full of life and personality. While sweet and charming, he was VERY, very dirty. After assessing him, our Doctors found that he had some nerve damage in one of his front legs, which left him with a little limp, but otherwise he was in great shape and just needed a bath, a meal, and a home. Every staff member fell absolutely in love with him during his stay with us and we decided to give him a permanent place to live. Since Butters became a part of the Petvacx family he has made himself known to all staff and clients as the Personal Greeter. In the best of cat fashion he is completely self-absorbed and believes the world revolves strictly around him and loves being catered to. When Butters is not busy greeting clients and trying to get Kelsey’s attention he enjoys chasing lasers, practicing his adorable “Puss In Boots” eyes, distracting staff members from their work, and sniffing out trouble wherever he can.

Hobbies & Interests: Butters enjoys greeting clients, stalking & annoying Kelsey daily, making messes, chasing computer cursors, and always being absolutely adorable.

 

Hensley

Position: Guardian of the Vet office

About: Newest Petvacx kitty team member Hensley is a shy guy. His former owner needed to go into a nursing home and Hensley was bound for a shelter…knowing his personality might it hard for him to get adopted, Dr. Wiley and Dr. Hudgins decided he would join the Petvacx family.

Hobbies & Interests: Hensley, spent his first several weeks hiding under Dr. Wiley’s desk…but he has started getting a bit braver, to the point that the Petvacx staff now all know he is not just a figment of Dr. Wiley’s imagination.

 

Dexter

Position: Night Manager, Devourer of Strawberries

About: Dwarf hamster Dexter came to live at Petvacx after his well-meaning owner mentioned he was thinking of releasing Dexter “into the wild.” Luckily he came to live at the front desk at Petvacx instead. 

Hobbies & Interests:  Dexter is nocturnal so spends a lot of the work day snoozing. However, when he gets his favorite foods (blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon top the list!) he sometimes gets a boost of energy which he expends by speeding on his wheel or exploring his habitat.

 

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Experienced Doctors

We have an experienced and dedicated team of highly-skilled veterinarians.

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Professional & Friendly Staff

Our friendly veterinarians and staff are committed to providing your pets with the absolute best care.

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Spanish Speaking Staff

Many members of our staff speak spanish, allowing us to better serve the community.

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Same Day Appointments

Many times we are able to offer same day appointments.

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Walk-In's Accepted

Come check us out on walk-in Wednesdays 9 AM – noon.

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No Hidden Fees

There are never any hidden fees—our staff will discuss all of the details with you.

Phone

(301) 838-9506

Email

info@petvacx.com

Petvacx Animal Hospital Hours

(by appointment, please call 301-838-9506 or email info@petvacx.com)

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Walk-in-Wednesdays--No appointment needed! Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. every Wednesday morning

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