Heidi Brunk, DVMDr. Brunk is originally from Harrisonburg, Va and completed her undergraduate work at Bridgewater College. She helped pay for her college education by working part-time at a local stable giving horseback rides. After graduation, she moved to Southwest Virginia and pursued her veterinary education at Virginia Tech.
After graduating vet school in 2006, Dr. Brunk worked at various small animal practices before starting at EVS in January of 2012. At EVS, she has found a fast-paced environment valuing excellence in veterinary care and is grateful to be able to offer her critical patients 24-hour care.
Dr. Brunk lives with her husband, their three children, young dog (Titus) and old cat (Corriander). She highly values her faith, family and friends, and she spends her time outside of work homeschooling her kids, singing with the Blacksburg Master Chorale, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Dr. Brunk works most weekends, but is hopeful that someday she will be able to have more fall weekends free for Hokie football! Go Hokies!
Gal Cohen-Chivvis, DVMDr. Chivvis was born and raised in Israel and moved to the US at the age of 15. She completed high school and obtained her undergraduate degree in Massachusetts before moving to Iowa and obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 2011. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship at Iowa State prior to moving to Virginia and beginning employment at EVS of Roanoke.
When she is not working, she likes to spend quality time with her husband, 2 Pomeranians, and cat. She tries to stay active and alternates activities like swimming, pilates, and mixed martial arts and self-defense.
She enjoys being an emergency veterinarian and strives to provide the highest level of care for her patients as well as communicate effectively and honestly with, and support, their human families.
Dr. Chivvis is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, the Roanoke Valley Veterinary Medical Association and volunteers with the Community Animal Response Team.
Raeann Foster, DVM
Dr. Foster is a Virginia Native who grew up in the Roanoke/Salem area. After graduating from Hollins University in 2007, she attended Veterinary school at St. Matthew’s University, completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State University and graduated with her DVM in 2011. She joined Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke in March of 2013 but is no stranger as she has been part of the EVS family for several years now. Dr.Foster has been married to her husband, Jake, also a Roanoke/Salem native, since June 2007, and her family currently consists of 3 boxers, 1 blue heeler, 1 chocolate lab, 1 cat, 6 horses, and a small herd of cattle. She enjoys horseback riding in her spare time and enjoys spending time with her family. She looks forward to a long and growing career in the field of emergency medicine.
Maureen Noftsinger, DVMI grew up knowing I wanted to be a vet starting around age 4. In high school, I started working at Olde Towne School for Dogs in the retail store as well as to start dog training. I also started working for a professional dog handler and showing dogs and did that through college. In college, I briefly decided to be a clinical psychologist but ultimately decided that veterinary medicine is definitely where I needed to be. I started working at a vet’s office in college and worked in a general practice and an ER. I loved the ER work and knew that I would end up in the ER. I graduated in 2001 and never thought I would come out and practice ER right away but found it was the best fit for me. I had some wonderful doctors that I worked with that mentored me. I took over the management of the clinic in 2004. I have had multiple titles including medical director and now the CEO. I love all animals but love learning about unconditional love between dogs and their people. Animals are such a beautiful gift to us, and I am glad to give back to them in any way I can.
ER medicine can be challenging in many ways, and I believe my background in psychology has been a beautiful blessing.
I am married to the love of my life and blended our families and now live on a small farm. We all love spending time outdoors and with the animals. We have four dogs (the doodle brigade as I call them and a livestock guardian dog), a barn cat, goats, sheep, a horse and lots of chickens. We hope to spread the love of animals using the farm.
Emily Hampden-Smith, DVMDr. Hampden-Smith was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of 4 years old. Throughout her life, she helped on her uncle’s dairy farm in England, worked with numerous large and small animal veterinarians, and trained horses in dressage. She attended college just outside of Chicago, IL at Lake Forest College where she earned a BA in Biology and Spanish. She was also captain of the equestrian team throughout college. Also, she volunteered and worked at local kennels, zoos, and hospitals. Dr. Hampden-Smith earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2018. With love for hiking and the outdoors, she moved to Roanoke with her fiancé to work at EVS.
Dr. Hampden-Smith and her fiancé have two dogs, Chili and Donuts, a hedgehog, and five cats. When not at work, she enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, and anything outdoors with her fiancé and dogs. Dr. Hampden-Smith is excited to be joining the EVS team.
Taylor Tran, DVMBorn and raised in Roanoke, VA. Grew up with a multitude of animals, large and small and knew I wanted to be a veterinarian by middle school. Achieved my Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology at Virginia Tech in Fall of 2011. Worked as a vet assistant and pharmacy technician for a little over a year before moving to Columbia, MO, where I completed my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri CVM in May of 2017. Practiced as a mixed animal veterinarian in Missouri after graduation. Moved back to Roanoke, VA in May of 2018 to be closer to family and friends. My boyfriend and I have two beautiful cats, Minnie & Renley, a hound dog named Duke and a TWH horse named Sully. I enjoy trying new restaurants, the lake, traveling, game nights and any activity outdoors.
Sarah Haring, DVMDr. Sarah Haring grew up in Maryland on 10 acres where her family raised dairy goats and chickens. She knew she wanted to be a vet since about 4th grade and her first job was a kennel tech at the local vet practice. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a degree in environmental science, then traveled around the country farming, teaching, and organizing a community garden network. She was running a small market garden and working as a technician at the emergency animal hospital when she decided it was finally time to go to vet school. She earned her DVM from Virginia Tech in 2016, and is very happy to be living in Blacksburg with her family and cat.
Sarah EdwardsBio coming soon!
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Ken LeaveeKen has been associated with EVS since 2003. His interests include canine training, health, nutrition, and conditioning. He and his wife, Candace, participate in many canine performance activities including agility, obedience, herding, carting, and freestyle.
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Kimberly McGuireI’ve worked at EVS since moving from Baltimore to Salem in 2012. I love all animals and have worked at emergency vet hospitals for over 20 years and volunteered at a wildlife rescue for 9 years. In my free time, I enjoy shopping, photography, watching the Baltimore Orioles & Ravens, and spending time with my family & pets.
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Stephanie GreenStephanie was born and raised in Houston, Texas. From a very young age, she had a special relationship with animals, cats in particular. She used to crawl around with her cats and pretend she was one. She even “ate” with them at their food bowls! She may or may not have ingested cat food. It will forever remain a mystery…
When she was 20 years old she moved to Roanoke, Virginia to be closer to her family. Soon after moving to Roanoke, she got a job at an animal hospital in Salem, VA and stayed there for 11 years. In August of 2014, she decided to join the EVS family full time.
In her spare time, she enjoys watching stand up comedy, listening to podcasts, bottle feeding kittens, pet sitting and reading. She is a huge Aerosmith fan and has seen them 17 times live. She has met Steven Tyler as well! (photos available upon request!). She has 5 cats and a dog and is our resident “cat whisperer”!
Amy DodsonAmy was born and raised in Vinton, VA graduating from William Byrd High. She married her high school sweetheart in 2006 and they enjoy raising their 2 little girls. Amy has been an animal lover from the very beginning. She has worked in general practice for many years before coming to the EVS family in 2017. Amy has taken a special interest in bottle raising the newborn animals that occasionally end up orphaned here at EVS. In her spare time she enjoys camping and lake life with her family!
Dr. Matt EllisMay 1972-February 2016
Even though he is no longer with us, he will always be a part of our EVS family.
Chris RogersDecember 1974-April 2017
Even though he is no longer with us, he will always be a part of our EVS family.