Burke Animal Clinic has been providing comprehensive and progressive veterinary care in Northern Virginia since 1979. We practice integrative medicine by offering traditional veterinary services alongside alternative therapies. Our alternative therapies are complementary to traditional medicine, providing us more resources to help keep your pet healthy and to treat chronic conditions and provide drug-free alternatives to pain management.

Our compassionate and dedicated healthcare team is committed to providing very personal attention, working with you to understand and address the health needs of your pets.

Veterinarians

Dr. Angela Bakanas
Dr. Angela Bakanas
Veterinarian

Dr. Angela Bakanas grew up in Chicago and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Univerisity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been practicing in Northern Virginia since 2000. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine cases.
Dr. Bakanas and her husband have two daughters, two cats, two horses, and one dog. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, reading, and baking.

Seth Cohen, DVM
Seth Cohen, DVM
Veterinarian

Dr. Cohen has lived and worked in Northern Virginia since 2001. In 1996, he earned a BS in Zoology from NC State University, and in 2000, his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Dr. Cohen knew what he wanted to do after spending 6th grade career day with his family vet.
In his spare time, Dr. Cohen enjoys watching movies with his wife, Laura Jane, and their two kids, Sylvia and Lucas. He also enjoys working in the yard and playing with his two dogs Cassidy and Juni.

Elizabeth Johnson
Elizabeth Johnson
DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Johnson joined the Burke Animal Clinic Team in 2005 upon graduation from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson loves her job helping people and their furry family members live healthier, happier, longer lives together. She strives to be proactive in pet health care and makes individualized health care plans for patients who need them. She does her best to make all veterinary visits pleasant, positive experiences for her patients. She recently received her Fear Free certification.
Alex Colvin
Alex Colvin
DVM, Practice Owner

Dr. Colvin was raised in northern Virginia and graduated from Lake Braddock High School. He worked at Burke Animal Clinic while in high school until moving to Reston. He received his undergraduate degree in biology, summa cum laude, from Virginia Tech and DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Colvin began practicing in 2001 at Clocktower Animal Hospital. He rejoined Burke Animal Clinic in October 2009. Dr. Colvin and his wife, Dana, live in Ashburn with their daughter, son, two cats and a dog.

John Herrity
John Herrity
DVM, Practice Owner
Dr. Herrity has been caring for pets in Northern Virginia for over 25 years. He enjoys the diversity of veterinary medicine with a focus on ultrasound, internal medicine, and surgery. Over the years he has expanded his practice of medicine to include alternative and holistic therapies, including stem cell therapy, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, and cold laser therapy, and Bicom bioresonance therapy. He is continually exploring new and exciting ways to identify our pets’ health issues and determine the best treatments to meet their needs.

Veterinary Technicians

Regina, LVT
Regina, LVT
Veterinary Technician
Regina joined the clinic family in 1991. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Syracuse University. After joining the clinic and seeing the loving care we provide to our patients, she felt the need to contribute even more. She decided to earn an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from NVCC graduating Summa Cum Laude and was recognized by the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians as Virginia’s student technician of the year. She was also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges.
Faith Matthews, LVT
Faith Matthews, LVT
Veterinary Technician

Faith graduated from NOVA’s Veterinary Technology program and obtained her licensure in 2015. She has been in the veterinary field since 2011, starting out as a receptionist and working her way up to a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has volunteered for TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs for feral cats with CHASE (Caring Hands Animal Support and Education) and BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), in addition to Foal Watch with the EMC (Equine Medical Center).

Faith joined Burke Animal Clinic in 2018. She will be graduating in 2020 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Conservation Studies. Her aspiration is to combine her two passions in life, animals, and nature, by entering the conservation field. In her free time, Faith enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching movies with her lap cat, Stargazer.

Veterinary Assistants

Jean Koleszar
Jean Koleszar
Veterinary Assistant
Ryen Middleton
Ryen Middleton
Veterinary Assistant
Evelyn Mendoza
Evelyn Mendoza
Veterinary Assistant
Lianne Armstrong
Lianne Armstrong
Veterinary Assistant
Amia Crum
Amia Crum
Veterinary Assistant
Justin Keys
Justin Keys
Veterinary Assistant
Fabrizzio Silva Martinez
Fabrizzio Silva Martinez
Veterinary Assistant

Office Staff

Lynn Chiappane
Lynn Chiappane
Practice Manager

Lynn is the practice manager for Burke Animal Clinic. She started her career with a law firm in Washington DC working for a patent attorney. Eventually, she made her way into the veterinary field. In 2001, she took over as the hospital administrator at a local referral practice and was there for 19 years. Having a great combination of a tough businesswoman and a heart of gold, Lynn takes great pride in the physical facility, how people are treated, and the care we give, to each and every one of our patients. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her grandchildren, travel with her fiancé, and play with her new puppy, Crosby, a mini-doodle.

Scotti Kramer
Scotti Kramer
Office Staff
Olivia Hurlebaus
Olivia Hurlebaus
Office Staff
Lindsay Goodman
Lindsay Goodman
Office Staff
Kasey Fares
Kasey Fares
Office Staff
Casey McKaughan
Casey McKaughan
Office Staff
Emily Helms
Emily Helms
Office Staff
Rita Botting
Rita Botting
Office Staff
Catherine Bowman
Catherine Bowman
Office Staff
Ashley Kiesner
Ashley Kiesner
Office Staff