Dr. Small has worked her entire career in the Hampton Roads area, first as a veterinary technician, then practice manager, followed by becoming an emergency veterinarian, before tackling a residency in cardiology at NC State. She became a board-certified cardiac specialist in 2005. During her residency Dr. Small was acknowledged several times with awards. She was named outstanding resident by the students of the classes of 2003 and 2005, and received the Bedside Manner award from the faculty in 2005.
Also a true local, Dr. Small grew up in Norfolk, attended Old Dominion University, and is deeply embedded in the fabric of life in Hampton Roads. She has been a member of the viola section in Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach for over twenty years where they perform year-round.
In addition to the satisfaction Dr. Small receives serving the community where she calls home, she also enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband, son, and her pets of course.
Dr. Small currently serves on the following committees for ACVIM:
- Maintenance Credentials Committee
- Exam Rating Committee
Dr. Shelley Smith received her degree in veterinary medicine from Tufts University in 2007. She completed a one-year rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA, followed by a one-year emergency and critical care specialty internship and a three-year ERCC residency at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. She became board certified in 2012. Since then, Dr. Smith has been an integral part of the VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Shelton, CT until joining The COVE in 2015.
An accomplished criticalist and frequent lecturer, Dr. Smith has published in the areas of spontaneous pneumothorax and intra-abdominal pressure monitoring. Her interests include polytrauma, metabolic emergencies, and critical care monitoring. The wealth of knowledge and experience that she brings to our already highly skilled and compassionate team will allow us to provide our patients an even higher level of expertise for emergency and critical cases.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with husband, baby daughter, and collection of pets. She also enjoys relaxing with a good book and outdoor activities such as trail running.
A Virginia Beach native, Dr. Stallings received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. He then moved to Georgia to work on an Angus Cattle ranch. In pursuit of a veterinary education, Dr. Stallings subsequently took a job as a veterinary technician at the University of Georgia animal sciences department when he learned he was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine the following year. After completing his doctor of veterinary medicine degree and an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, Dr. Stallings worked as an emergency veterinarian for a year prior to entering a three-year surgical residency at the University of Florida. After his residency, Dr. Stallings moved his family to Maryland to work in a referral practice for a few years before returning to the Tidewater region where he initially established a mobile surgery service. His practice moved into a fixed location many years ago where he proudly offered pet owners and referring veterinarians the latest techniques in soft tissue, orthopedic, oncologic and neurologic surgical procedures.
As a founder and visionary for The COVE, Dr. Stallings has been encouraged to pursue this dream by his supportive family including his wife and two sons. Of course the dog is happy about it too – it’s a lab, she’s happy about everything!
Dr. Lindsey DeFalco is originally from Sanford, Florida. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Florida in 2015, and then completed a rotating veterinary internship at Blue Pearl in Tampa, Florida.
In addition to her studies and employment experience in small animal medicine, she loves working with species outside the ordinary from birds to rabbits and bearded dragons. She has completed externships and volunteered with New England Aquarium, Jacksonville Zoo, manatee health assessments, and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s Zoo Medicine Ward.
Dr. Thomas received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Tennessee in 2015. She completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery rotating internship at Texas A&M in June 2016. In addition to emergency medicine, she has special interests in oncology, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Thomas was born and raised in Midlothian, Virgina, and is excited to be living back in Virginia. She shares her home with Penni, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever, and Lily, a cat she hand-raised since its birth in 2008.
In her spare time Dr. Thomas enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
After earning her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Cornell University, Dr. Fox has called Virginia home since 1998. She developed a deep passion for veterinary dentistry when she discovered how dramatically a pet’s quality of life and longevity could be improved through proactive oral health protocols and advanced corrective and restorative procedures to treat infection and oral pain. She is highly proficient in employing leading-edge technologies, techniques, and materials used in veterinary dentistry.
Dr. Fox has traveled thousands of miles and devoted countless hours to steadily increase her dental knowledge and skills through continuing education and practice. Additionally, she is a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society and has limited her practice to dentistry as a DVM.
In recognition of her innovative veterinary practice as well as her service to the community, Dr. Fox was honored in 2012 as one of Inside Business magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40 in Hampton Roads.”
She looks forward to providing comprehensive dental services to pets in need, and educating pet owners and veterinarians about the importance of dental health.
Animals have always been an important part of Danielle’s life. And serving as the Hospital Manager of The COVE is the culmination of many years of experience caring for a variety of species. Her formal education began at North Carolina State University in 1998 where she obtained two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Chemistry and one in Biochemistry. In 2004, she added yet another degree, Associate in Science of Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Now, with nearly 20 years under her belt, Danielle has a unique understanding of referral medicine and the needs of primary care veterinarians, clients, and team members. She has honed her skills as both a licensed veterinary technician and practice manager, becoming adept in all aspects of running a busy practice with a 24/7 caseload. Danielle has served as a VSPN Board Moderator and Course Assistant, and is a sought after speaker for national conferences, including VSIPP, IVECCS, and WVC among others. Outside of work, you will find her tending to her horses and family pets at Brydelle Farm in Gloucester County.
Jennifer graduated from Kempsville High School with plans to pursue a degree in music though a summer job at a local veterinary hospital changed her mind quickly. Over the next 8 years, she soaked up the experience and knowledge and rose through the ranks from kennel help to receptionist to veterinary assistant to management. During this time, Jennifer was a founding member of the Great Dane Rescue of the Commonwealth and has remained an active member. She will be rejoining the Board of Directors again in June 2013. She participates in behavioral assessments, home visits and fundraising events. In 2012, Jennifer was part of the inaugural client liaison team at The Center of Veterinary Expertise. In early 2013, she joined the administrative team as Administrative Assistant & Inventory/Equipment Manager. When Jennifer is not at The COVE, you may find her playing the bassoon, piano or clarinet surrounded by her furry family, Amelia (Great Dane), Henri (Yorki) and Agatha (DSH rehabbed by Team COVE).
Julie's passion for animals was developed over time as she grew up in the countryside of Northern Virginia surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. After high school, Julie worked as a veterinary assistant in a general veterinary practice. During that time, she was enrolled in Blue Ridge Community College's distance veterinary technology program. She graduated in 2006 with her Associates in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology and became a licensed veterinary technician. In 2007, Julie became a LVT at a veterinary emergency clinic to expand her knowledge and skill set. She quickly established herself as a leader amongst her co-workers, an advocate for the patients and a source of comfort and confidence for their owners. Julie also spearheaded a local animal blood banking program at the emergency facility. In 2012, Julie was part of the inaugural veterinary technical team at The Center of Veterinary Expertise and as Co-Captain facilitated our successful opening. In early 2013, she became Co-Operations Manager, splitting her time between working on the floor as an ICU LVT and being part of our administrative team by developing protocols & procedures, facilitating and supervising the training and preparing the schedules for our team.
When Julie isn't at The COVE, you can find her feet in the sand of the beaches of Hatteras, NC and spending time with her friends, family and pets.