Our Team

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.

The Petvacx Family

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Dr. Rachel Wiley

Dr. Rachel Wiley DVM

Veterinarian/Practice Owner

About:

Dr. Wiley grew up in Montgomery County and attended Montgomery Blair High School. She studied veterinary medicine in California at UC Davis. Dr. Wiley has three children and a small farm in Mt. Airy with a variety of animals including dairy goats, horses, dogs, cats and chickens. Dr. Wiley is passionate about the human-animal bond and working with owners to find the right approach for them and their pet, believing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to any problem. She has a special interest in feline medicine and behavior.

Hobbies & Interests:

​​​​​​​Dr. Wiley enjoys spending time with her family, pets and livestock. She loves time spent outdoors, gardening and especially watching the sunrise. She is involved in advocacy for LGBTQIA+ youth and is a proud PFLAG parent.

Dr. Samantha Hudgins

Dr. Samantha Hudgins DVM

Veterinarian/Practice Owner

About:
Dr. Hudgins 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 two children and two cats, Getty and Jim Bob. At home Dixon and Samantha speak mostly Spanish.

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

Dr. Anna Jacob

Dr. Anna Jacob DVM cVMA

Veterinarian

About:
Dr. Jacob grew up in Rockville and remembers visiting Petvacx with her family pets as a child! She attended Holy Cross High School in Rockville and earned her veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She met her husband in 5th grade (although they didn’t start dating then!) and they are pet parents to two Bernese Mountain dogs, Emma and Kepler, and a mustang, Zephyr, who Dr. Jacob gentled. Dr. Jacob is certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and is pursuing certification in rehabilitation and pain management.

Hobbies & Interests:
Dr. Jacob enjoys trail riding and hiking and also cooking–the Petvacx staff is more than happy to devour her culinary creations!

Shelly Paniagua

Shelly Paniagua

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 & 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.

Gigi

Gigi Vasconez

Reception Manager/ Social Media Coordinator

About:
Gigi is a Maryland native, she is of Guatemalan and Ecuadorian heritage. Gigi loves exploring new towns and villages in Guatemala. She has a 15-year-old Calico cat named Hailey and two brand new sibling kittens named Khaleesi and King Khal who are the joy of the household. In May 2019, Gigi graduated with her B.S. in Child/Adolescent Studies. She has over 9 years of working in customer service and greatly enjoys being the creative lens for Petvacx, check out our Facebook and Instagram posts! Gigi is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests:​​​​​​​ Gigi loves cooking new recipes, spending time with her family especially her newborn baby, and traveling to new destinations every year!

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Eve Perez

Reception Manager/ Lead Client Care Specialist

About:
Eve was born in Bolivia and came to the United States when she was 1 year old. She has lived in Maryland all her life and calls it home! As a child Eve grew up with pets, her first pet being a lovable St. Bernard named Tyson. She graduated from Magruder High School in 2004 and continued her education at Montgomery College. Eve strives to ensure all family members leave the hospital with a positive experience! She is fluent in English and Spanish. Eve shares her home with husband Oscar, 2 children and new puppy named Kilo.

Hobbies & Interests:
Eve enjoys propagating plants, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.​​​​​​​



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Julienne Perez

Client Care Specialist

About:
Julienne grew up in Montgomery County but has lived in other states across the U.S. Both of her parents are of Guatemalan heritage. She attended Northwest High School and Montgomery College. She lives at home with her husband Josue and their two mixed breed pups named Cleo and Summer. She has a huge love for animals and helping out pet parents as she has been working in this field for quite some time!

Hobbies & Interests:​​​​​​​
Julienne enjoys spending time with her doggos, eating good food, and making others laugh!

Tania Sanchez

Client Care Specialist

About:

Bio coming soon!

Leslie Merino

Leslie Merino

Lead 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.

Laura Floreno

Laura Floreno

Veterinary Technician

About:
Laura has lived internationally but now calls Maryland her home. Her dad is originally from Italy and her mom from Ecuador. 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.

Paige

Paige Twigg

Veterinary Technician/ Kennel Manager

About:
Bio coming soon!

Doris

Doris Lainez

Veterinary Technician

About:
Doris grew up in Silver Spring, MD but her family is originally from El Salvador. She graduated from Northwood High School in 2014. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician degree at Penn Foster College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and loves helping all our Spanish-speaking clients care for their fur babies! She has a dachshund named Bailey, a chihuahua mix named Maggie, and a new kitten named Canelo! Can you tell she has a love for animals?!

Hobbies & Interests:
Doris enjoys cooking, traveling, watching sports, and LOVES going to concerts!

AJ

AJ Feldbauer

Veterinary Assistant

About:
AJ recently moved to the Silver Spring, MD area in Feb 2020 from State College, PA. He has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and previously worked as a corrections officer. Always having a love for animals, AJ decided to follow his passion and move into the veterinary field! He lives at home with his wife and 2 dogs, Ragnar and Rollo.

Hobbies & Interests:
In his spare time, AJ is an NSO for Roller Derby bouts where his wife plays. He also likes to cook, play video games, and get tattoos. He has a passion for comic books and loves Thor so much that he has a tattoo of him on his leg! Now thats a real passion!

Jonathan Coreas

Veterinary Technician

About:
Jonathan has always called Maryland his home but his family is from El Salvador and Guatemala. He is fluent in both Spanish and English and enjoys helping both our pet parents and furry friends either inside the exam room as your friendly vet technician or over the phone as a client care specialist, he is a jack of all trades here at Petvacx! He joined our team back in 2020 but had experience in the dental field prior to working with us. After seeing doggies every day at work he couldn't resist and recently welcomed his forever friend- Helios, check out that cute baby golden retriever!

Hobbies & Interests:

Jonathan likes teaching his dog new tricks, spending time with his dog, and relaxing with his dog (pretty much anything to do with his dog...) He also likes to play soccer and video games in his spare time.

Carolina Rivas

Carolina Rivas

Veterinary Assistant

About:
Carolina grew up in Montgomery County but her family is South American, her parents are from Peru and Chile. Since a young age, she's always wanted to work with animals and is fascinated by all species including reptiles! She hopes to own a millipede one day! She aspires to continue her education and become a Zoologist. At home, she spends her time with her two babies, her Sheepadoodle named Mochi and a black cat named Carl.

Hobbies & Interests:

Carolina loves to crochet, draw with charcoal, and get tattoos! (Most importantly, dedicate her tattoo art to her pets!)

Veronica Caramantin

Veterinary Assistant

About:
Veronica has lived in Rockville, MD her entire life but her family is originally from Peru. She is a first generation Latino college student and is pursuing her studies in the veterinary field. Veronica has a 14 year old cat named Maccu along with two sibling cat brothers Luno and Nikko who were both strays. Along with all these felines, she has a dog named Lola!

Hobbies:
Veronica likes dancing, going to the gym, and playing volleyball. She also loves food and traveling, she can't wait to try cuisine from all over the world. She hopes to visit Egypt, Japan and Dubai some day!

Luis

Luis Prada

Kennel Assistant

About:
Luis was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Since a young age Luis has always loved animals, especially dogs! He has been working in the veterinary field for more than 30 years and studied veterinary medicine in his country of Venezuela. His best friend for many years was his dog Riki who was his childhood pet. He currently has a Golden Retriever named Aphrodite, and three Pinchers named Achilles, Venus, and Hercules.

Hobbies:
Luis likes to go to the beach in his free time, travel, experience new restaurants/cuisines (especially Italian and German food!) and he loves dancing salsa.

Julia Zhang

Kennel Assistant

About:
Julia is one of the newest members to our team, she graduated from Reservoir High School in Fulton, MD and is currently attending Towson University. She is studying Biology as her major with a concentration in functional Biology of animals. Julia has a Bichon name Lucky who brings her so much joy! Julia hopes to become a veterinarian because she loves working with animals on a daily basis and loves working in the medical field as well.

Kelsey

Kelsey

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.

Paco and Pancho

Rose

Prowler of the Front Desk, Lover of Belly Rubs
About:
Rose was found hiding in the ceiling of a church in Baltimore nursing four kittens. She was then brought to a rescue that we volunteer to host adoption cats with. While up for adoption, we noticed that she has some type of trauma to her face (she was likely a hit by a car) that caused damage to her jaw and paralyzed the left side of her face. As a result, Rose winks instead of blinks and has a crooked tooth/underbite. With unknown future implications, the rescue allowed us to adopt her. She is now happy and getting a lot of love, but we still have hope that she may find the right family for her one day.

Hobbies & Interests:
Eating, sleeping, walking all over the computer keyboards, and playing with her toy mouse.

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