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.

veterinarians at Petvacx Animal Hospital

The Petvacx Family

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Dr. Rachel Wiley

Dr. Rachel Wiley

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

Dr. Samantha Hudgins

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:
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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.

Dr. Anna Jacob

Dr. Anna Jacob

Veterinarian

About:
Anna 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 stallion, Zephyr, who Anna gentled.

Hobbies & Interests:
Anna 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.

Jennifer Martinez

Jennifer Martinez

Front Desk Manager

About:
Jennifer was born and raised in New Orleans. She went to LSU where she met her husband and is a huge LSU Tigers, Saints, and Pelicans fan. She has two dogs: Marley and Millie and is obsessed with Basset Hound mixes and intends to rescue them for the rest of her life. Jennifer has been in the veterinary field for over 8 years.

Hobbies & Interests:
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Jennifer loves being outdoors, traveling to new places, watching YouTube, and cooking. She loves spicy food and puts hot sauces on almost everything she eats! She has traveled extensively, visiting the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia and hopes to visit a new country every year–next up are Santorini and Japan! She has never lived anywhere that has a true fall season, so she is incredibly excited to experience a real fall in Maryland–but she’s also terrified of her first winter here!

Jessica

Jess Heiser

Client Care Specialist/Veterinary Assistant

About:
Jess graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains with her B.S. in Biology. As an animal lover from an early age, Jess concentrated her studies in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation with a focus on studying Spotted Salamanders and other "herps" on SBC's huge 3200-acre campus. Jess met her husband Tony while interning at the Wintergreen Nature Foundation and the pair now lives in Frederick with their small "zoo" (Three cats--Beans, Vixen, and Veggie; an African Ball Python, Beebo; and a Veiled Chameleon, Nova). Jess is currently pursuing her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology.

Hobbies & Interests:
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Jess loves nature, science, and anything involving natural history. If she could be a professional student to satisfy her hunger for learning about the natural world, she would! She and her husband are often out hiking, birding, or spending time traveling.

Leticia

Leticia Vasconez

Client Care Specialist

About:
Leticia, also known as Gigi, is a Maryland native. She is of Guatemalan and Ecuadorian heritage. Leticia loves exploring new towns and villages in Guatemala. She has a 15-year-old Calico cat named Hailey who is the joy of the household. In May 2019, Leticia graduated with her B.S. in Child/Adolescent Studies. She has over 5 years of working in customer service and greatly enjoys helping pets and pet parents! Leticia is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Hobbies & Interests:​​​​​​​ Leticia loves cooking new recipes, practicing cosmetology, especially anything related to skincare, spending time with family and her fiance, and traveling to new destinations every year.

Stacey Glover

Stacey Glover

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

Leslie Merino

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

Lisseth Mora

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.

Jocelyn Coreas

Jocelyn Coreas

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:
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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.

Maxwell Fuentes

Maxwell Brooks

Veterinary Assistant​​​​​​​

About:

Max was born in El Salvador and has traveled all over Central America. He is studying to become a cyber-security specialist to help make the world a safer place. He also hopes to one day build a neighborhood where dogs can roam freely and people can come visit and adopt them! Max is fluent in both Spanish and English and is learning Catalan and Thai.

Hobbies & Interests:

Max loves to draw, especially animals, people, and famous structures. He enjoys exercising and playing soccer and baseball. He has had many pets in the past, including birds, dogs, a hamster, and guinea pigs. And he loves to eat–especially anything with noodles!

Laura Floreno

Laura Floreno

Veterinary Assistant

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.

Dixon Ordonez

Dixon Ordonez

Maintenance

Hobbies & Interests:
Dixon is fluent in both Spanish and English

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.

Butters

Butters

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.

Paco and Pancho

Paco and Pancho

Night Managers, Timothy Hay Enthusiasts
About:
Paco and Pancho were rescued by Dr. Hudgins and brought to live with us at the clinic.

Hobbies & Interests:
Eating and sleeping, especially in their Pigloo. That is all.


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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