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Meet Our Veterinarians

Great Falls Animal Hospital is staffed by a dedicated and professional group of people who love animals and respect the needs of clients.

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Laurie Cook, D.V.M. (Lead Veterinarian)

I am a 1984 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and have been working at GFAH since 1986.  I grew up in Potomac, Maryland and did undergraduate work at the University of Maryland and the University of Massachusetts.

I have previously owned a Basset Hound, English Springer Spaniels, and rescue league Boxers.  But after discovering Wirehaired Pointing Griffons, I am hooked on these muppet-like dogs, and it is unlikely I will ever have any other breed.

My household includes my husband (Randy), 2 cats who were adopted from GFAH (Neo and Flute), and three Wirehaired Pointing Griffons (Gator, Hattie, and Tessie).  My son Tyler graduated with a degree in computer science from VCU in Richmond.

I am an avid Red Sox fan, having married into the “faith” in 1982.  To quote Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) from the movie Bull Durham, “I believe in the church of baseball.”  I watch just about every game and read about the state of the Nation daily.  My husband and I have also followed our boys around the country, and we hope to eventually visit every major league ballpark.  Our first Springer was named Fenway.

Now that we are empty nesters, my husband and I spend a great deal of time enjoying our dogs.  Every weekend we can be found either training or competing, both locally and nationally, in rally, agility, obedience, and hunt tests. I love to talk to people about dog training, both for problem solving and teaching your dog to get ready to enter competition events.

The rest of my free time involves reading sci-fi, doing crosswords or logic puzzles, watching the Redskins and Patriots, and enjoying our area’s many fine restaurants.

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Elizabeth Sochurek, D.V.M (Lead Veterinarian)

I have been at Great Falls Animal Hospital since 2007. I started off life in Virginia Beach and being a Navy brat, got to travel to the Philippines and New Zealand. My family has always had pets: dogs, gerbils, guinea pigs, but having to care for my own horse made me realize my aspirations to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I did my undergraduate degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech and then decided to seek a Master’s degree in Laboratory Animal Science at MCP Hanhemann University in Philadelphia. I worked with small ruminants for a year after graduate school and then went back to Blacksburg for vet school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Luckily my husband, Greg, and I share a passion for Hokie Football because the national championship game led to our meeting and eventual marriage.

We reside in Leesburg with our two awesome children, two dogs Sugar and Macho, and our four guinea pigs, Poppy, Branch, Borgelorp and Burfder. In my spare time I enjoy reading, running, heading to the gym, watching Hokie sports, and chasing around my kiddos. I love working with cats, dogs, and small mammals.

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D. Anne Garrood, D.V.M.

I was born in Cambridge, England.  I went to the University of East Anglia form my bachelor’s degree in biology and then studied nursing (human!) in Sheffield.  After several years working at a pharmaceutical company in Nottingham running clinical trials of new drugs, I decided I wasted to see the United States.  I came to Pine Bluff, Arkansas on a one year nursing contract.  I was so taken by the country that at the end of my contract I returned home, sold my house, and returned immediately, this time to Gulfport, Mississippi.  Here I practiced nursing and went to the local community college to prepare for veterinary school.  I had always dreamed of being a veterinarian but had blown my examinations back in England because I was young and foolish (not anymore, unfortunately!).  Now I could realize my dream.  I entered the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and graduated in 1991.  1991 was a good year for me because I also became a United States citizen that year in Oxford, MS.

I have been working in the Northern Virginia area since I graduated and have been at GFAH since 1999.  I live with my cats (Zelda, Shelby, and Roughy) and my Longhaired Dachshund Tilly.  I enjoy taking Tilly to agility classes which she loves (or is it the hot dogs she loves?).  I live in Ashburn with my partner.  We both enjoy geocaching and each have over 750 caches in the U.S., Canada, England, and Scotland.  I am also learning how to play the piano.

I enjoy seeing small mammals, reptiles, birds etc. in addition to dogs and cats.  I am very interested in “alternative” or complementary medicine.  I took the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) course in 1997 and have been practicing ever since with very encouraging results.  I am also studying homeopathy.

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Kimberly Cleland, D.V.M.

I am a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Williams College undergrad (go Ephs!).  I live with my husband, son and daughter, and three fabulously friendly over sized cats.  I joined GFAH in 2003.  I am particularly interested in pain management (I am a member of the International Veterinary Pain Management Association), anesthesia, and caring for older pets.  Cats and dogs make up the majority of patients I treat but I also enjoy seeing exotics.  I feel very lucky to have a job where I can help animals (and by extension, their people) feel better.  I am fluent in French, and can get by in Mandarin, which was one of my majors.  In my spare time I like to read (especially science fiction and fantasy), write letters, and ballroom dance.

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Dr. Leanne Kalinsky, D.V.M.

Dr. Leanne Kalinsky just joined our Great Falls Animal Hospital team and we are very excited to have her! She has been named one of Northern Virginia’s Top Veterinarians by Northern Virginia Magazine in both 2017 and 2018. Dr. Kalinsky comes to us with 15+ years of experience in small animal medicine. Dr. Kalinsky is Fear Free Certified (taking the pet out of petrified!). She believes very strongly that eliminating fear, anxiety and stress pets encounter while receiving veterinary care is of utmost importance for their long-term health. Dr. Kalinsky’s other interests are in preventive medicine, internal medicine and geriatric medicine as well as soft tissue surgery. During her off hours Dr. Kalinsky loves to exercise and enjoys running, long walks and yoga. She lives in Leesburg with her husband David and their furry family, Monty their toy poodle and Mr. Ribdee their 17 ½ year old orange tabby.

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Dr. Crystal Bowman, DVM, MS, DACVIM-LA

Dr. Bowman is originally from the Jersey Shore, and has followed a path from New York to Massachusetts to Florida before ending up in Virginia. She is a 2010 graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Following 4 years in equine practice, including a residency in internal medicine, she decided to make the transition to small animal practice and has not looked back since. Her areas of particular interest include internal medicine and geriatric care.

Dr. Bowman currently lives in Lovettsville with her husband David,  daughter Emma, four amazing dogs – Miss Pants, Fea, Loki and Nola, two cats – Leicester and Weston, and their hedgehog – General Tso. In her spare time she enjoys running marathons, riding her horse Hugo, and hiking. She loves working with dogs and cats, and has a particular soft spot for giant breed dogs since owning their Irish Wolfhound.