Janice Scheibe and Dr. David Molinas petting a small brown dog

AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE

and lots of love

Meet Our Veterinarians and LVTs

Our Veterinarians

Courtney Bowers, DVM
Lead Veterinarian

Dr. Bowers with her dog Luke

A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Bowers joined the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital staff in April of 2016. An equine internship brought Dr. Bowers to the Richmond area. She soon began donating her time and skills to the Richmond SPCA, and eventually joined the team.

When she is not helping patients, Dr. Bowers spends time with her husband and their pets: dogs Luke and Violet, cat Junior, horse Pedro, and three chickens named Rose, Blanch, and Dorothy.

Jennifer Cooke, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Cooke with her cat
King Henry VI

Dr. Cooke earned her veterinary license at the University of Florida and completed an externship with the Richmond SPCA. Through this experience, Dr. Cooke graduated with a Maddie’s Professional Certificate in Shelter Medicine.

Dr. Cooke worked in private practice after graduation, then relocated to Richmond to join the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital. Her passion for animal welfare and access to affordable care drove this decision.

When Dr. Cooke isn’t working, she enjoys ballroom dancing and spending time with her cat, King Henry VI.

David Molinas, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Molinas with Duke Silver, a cat whose life we saved and who benefited from a surgery Dr. Molinas performed on him

Dr. Molinas is a 2012 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine who began his career at a private practice in Denver, Colorado.

After realizing a passion to offer accessible care to all pet guardians, Dr. Molinas transitioned to Pet Aid, a hospital providing services to clients with limited means in the Denver area. After four years, Dr. Molinas relocated to join the team of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, bringing this valuable experience.

When not performing intensive surgeries, Dr. Molinas enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, their two children, and dogs Yeti and Hank.

Angela Ivey, DVM
Director of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ivey with Jupiter, an infant kitten in our care

Dr. Ivey is a Kentucky native who joined the Richmond SPCA in 2004. An alumnus of the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Louisville, she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. Dr. Ivey worked in private practice for nearly 20 years, opening both a successful clinic in Colonial Heights and a satellite clinic in Chester.

As Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Richmond SPCA, Dr. Ivey oversees the provision of all professional veterinary services. This includes services delivered to pets in the care of the Richmond SPCA awaiting adoption, as well as patients of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

Our Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Heather Johnson, LVT

Heather with her dog Badger

Heather joined the Richmond SPCA in December 2008, after working as a kennel technician and graduating with honors from Blue Ridge Community College. As a Licensed Veterinary Technician at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital, Heather’s primary focus is surgical assistance and anesthesia, as well as dental disease treatments.

When she isn’t helping to ensure our surgical suite runs smoothly, Heather can be found spending time with her four long-haired dachshunds.

Mary Riopedre, LVT

Mary with Piper, a dog in our care

Mary joined the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital team in 2017, with an invaluable fifteen years of specialty surgery experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Animal Science, Mary enrolled in the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. There, she earned her License of Veterinary Technology.

When Mary is not working to ensure the safety of both shelter and hospital patients while they are under anesthesia, she enjoys spending time with her son and running.

Jessie Graham, LVT

Jessie with Lupine, a dog in our care

Jessie is a recent graduate from Lincoln Memorial University with a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology. She started volunteering at a young age with an animal shelter and developed a passion for helping animals in need. Jessie joined the Richmond SPCA’s Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital team in early 2019.

Jessie comes to us most recently from a high-volume spay and neuter clinic in Northern Virginia, and she is excited to continue enhancing the relationship between animals and their guardians. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, finding doughnut shops and new places to explore.

Our Hospital Administrative Staff

Lindsay Brockman, LVT
Director of the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital
804-521-1302 | email Lindsay

Gina Russell
Coordinator of Client Services
804-521-1339 | email Gina

Janice Scheibe
Coordinator of Patient Services
804-521-1304 | email Janice

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