Veterinarians and Staff

Doctors

Dr. Karen Hoffmann
Medical Director

 Karen  Hoffmann

Prior to beginning her veterinary career, Dr. Karen S. Hoffmann received her MS from the University of Connecticut in biochemistry. She obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota in 1991. In veterinary school, Dr. Hoffmann focused on equine medicine, which she practiced for the first several years after graduation. Over the next few years, Dr. Hoffmann worked in several small practices throughout Maryland, transitioning to mixed practice and later exclusively small animal medicine.

Dr. Hoffmann joined Olney-Sandy Spring in the spring of 2000 and is OSSVH’s medical director. She has special interests in dentistry and behavior and takes a holistic approach to the wellness of all her patients. Certified to perform PennHIP studies, Dr. Hoffmann received formal training in the PennHIP Method of canine orthopedic evaluation from the University of Pennsylvania. She regularly attends local and national continuing education meetings.

In addition to her responsibilities at OSSVH, Dr. Hoffmann is an active member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, as well as the Maryland and American Veterinary Associations. As medical director and majority owner of the OSSVH practice, Dr. Hoffmann is also a member of a national veterinary study group that addresses business and management development.

Dr. Hoffmann is married to a professor of physics at the University of Maryland and the couple has three children. She spends her spare time running her farm, gardening, and breeding and obedience training her champion miniature schnauzers. She enjoys hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Dr. Joellen Gregory
Associate Veterinarian

Joellen  Gregory

Dr. Joellen Gregory is a 2005 graduate from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. During school, she was a two-time AKC veterinary scholarship recipient, thanks to her involvement with the dog fancy. She has shown otterhounds in conformation, obedience, agility, and tracking since the late 1990s. Dr. Gregory has a special interest in reproduction, genetics, and canine sports medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Theriogenology. In her free time, Dr. Gregory enjoys training and showing her dogs. When the dogs need a break, she enjoys traveling and music.

Dr. Jenny Krueger
Associate Veterinarian

Jenny  Krueger

Dr. Jenny Krueger, an Olney native, obtained her Bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park prior to beginning her veterinary career. She graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She practiced general medicine in the Gaithersburg and Westminster areas for six years before joining the Olney-Sandy Spring team in 2014. She looks forward to sharing her passion and offering her expertise in surgical dentistry, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, ultrasound imaging, and internal medicine.

Her background includes extensive experience repairing cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and luxating patellas as well as many specialty soft tissue surgical procedures. She has worked extensively with many rescue organizations including MCHS, FMCA, MAGDR and the D.C. Metro Transit Police dogs to provide affordable specialty surgeries as well as preventive care over the last several years. She received the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Montgomery County Humane Society in 2010 for her efforts.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association  (AVMA), the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association, and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.  In the last year, she took over as the new Alternate Delegate  for the state of Maryland to the AVMA. She attends twice yearly AVMA Legislative meetings around the country to discuss and create policy and programs on past and present issues affecting the veterinary industry at large. She looks forward to eventually pursuing a residency program through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners to become a specialist in canine and feline medicine and surgery.

Dr. Krueger resides in Olney, sharing her home with a vast menagerie that includes her husband, Josh - a history teacher at Sherwood High School, her spritely five year old daughter Arabella, her  one and half year old energetic son Bodhi, and her dog Apollo - a one-eyed chihuahua- as well as her two cats -Iza and Durc. In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her human and animal family, reading, gardening, skiing, mountain and road biking, and any activity that gets her outdoors.

Dr. Christy Shoup
Associate Veterinarian

Christy Shoup

Dr. Christy Shoup attended Moravian College in her native state of Pennsylvania, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in biology and experimental psychology in 1996.  She began her veterinary career at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and graduated in 2001. After graduation, she moved to Springfield, Virginia, where she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center.  She then spent a year in emergency medicine, helping to open the Emergency Animal Hospital in Catonsville, Maryland, before moving to private practice.

Dr. Shoup spent 5 & ½ years in private practice, during which time she treated exotic animals from macaws to pythons as well as dogs and cats.  In 2008 Dr. Shoup opened her own business as a traveling “relief” veterinarian, working in clinics all over the greater Baltimore-Annapolis metro area.  In November of 2018, she brought her relief veterinary skills to OSSVH and was happy to officially join the practice in June 2019. Dr. Shoup especially enjoys animal behavior and dentistry.

Dr. Shoup is a member of the American, Maryland, and Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Societies.  She is also a member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers). She has been working as a volunteer with Fidos For Freedom, a local non-profit organization that provides therapy dogs and raises and trains service dogs.  Her Dalmatian, Saoirse, is a therapy dog with Fidos and Dr. Shoup co-directed the Therapy Dog Department for 4 ½ years. She has raised two Fidos service puppies, Wrigley and Maya. In addition to Saoirse, Dr. Shoup lives with 3 parrots (Mango, Beaker & Adam West).  In her spare time, Dr. Shoup enjoys trick training with Saoirse, who has earned her AKC Advanced Trick Dog title. She also enjoys artistic pursuits such as photography, pet portrait painting, and making ceramic pottery.

Dr. Steven Rapp
Associate Veterinarian

Steven Rapp

Dr. Steven Rapp graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. He has been working in the veterinary field in one way or another since 2005. He joined OSSVH after practicing general medicine in Gaithersburg for two years. He is especially passionate about dermatology, dentistry, and preventive medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association, and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. He became a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Medical Honor Society in 2017.

Dr. Rapp grew up in Germantown and now lives in Montgomery Village with his wife Gwen and their two cats Carmen and Ivy. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys spending free time cooking, hiking, biking, writing computer programs, playing Pokemon (sometimes competitively), and watching various anime such as One Piece and Chihayafuru.

Dr. Laura D'Aurora
Associate Veterinarian

Laura D'Aurora

Dr. Laura D’Aurora is a 2014 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College, located in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Her four years of veterinary school included diverse interests and events, from serving as the President of the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association to volunteering at a sanctuary for injured and/or abandoned sloths, to traveling to Africa, where she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. After earning her degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. D’Aurora has worked in both general practice and emergency/critical care medicine, and is a member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She has a special interest in endocrine diseases, soft tissue surgery, and wound management. In her free time, she enjoys chasing after her two young children, spending time with her dogs, hiking, reading, playing piano, and training for her next (half) marathon.

Management

Denise Sharp
Practice Manager

Denise Sharp

Denise has worked in the veterinary field since she was old enough to get her first work permit. Throughout her career, she has worked in almost every capacity of veterinary hospital practice. She joined Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital as veterinary technician and later took over the management aspects of the facility, freeing the veterinarians to focus on patient care. Denise earned her bachelor’s in biological sciences from UMBC in 1992. In addition to her responsibilities at OSSVH, Denise serves as a training officer for NVRT (National Veterinary Response Team), a federal disaster relief team for animals. She was deployed to assist the veterinary community in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. She is a member of the Maryland State Animal Response Team (MD SART) and the Anne Arundel County Animal Response team. She enjoys competing in flyball as a member of Blue Ridge Blast Flyball Team with her Keeshonden, Casanova and Lego, currently the number 1 and 3 Keeshonds, respectively in the North American Flyball Association. She also shares her home with a Katrina rescue, Grady, believed to be a Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier.

Client Care Specialist

Desirée
Client Care Supervisor

Desirée

Desirée joined the OSSVH team in the fall of 2010. She is a native of Northeast Ohio and came to Maryland to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Policy, specializing in wildlife ecology and management in 2010. Prior to joining OSSVH, Desirée worked for the U.S. Army at their Veterinary Treatment Facility in Whidbey Island, Washington and a private practice in Virginia.

Desirée lives in Germantown with her husband, Mike, an animal keeper at the National Zoo, their Otterhound, Sprocket as well as a variety of reptiles including snakes, lizards and frogs. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with Mike & Sprocket, photography, traveling, cooking, and reading.

Liz
Assistant Client Care Supervisor

Liz

Liz grew up in Ashton, MD and her parents have been patients of Dr. Roskin since 1980. She attended Howard community college and joined the OSSVH team in 2001.  She started her career here in the kennel and then moved to the Client Care department in 2016. Liz has two dogs, Nori and Marlon, and when not at work or playing with her dogs She enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends at her vacation home in Deep Creek Lake.

Alyse
Client Care Specialist / Kennel Supervisor

Alyse

Alyse has always had a love for helping animals throughout her childhood, bringing home strays or trying to help little critters. She grew up in Cecil County and moved to Montgomery County in 2010. She joined the OSSVH family in September 2012.  In her free time she likes to spend time outdoors with her family, draw, paint and read a good book curled up on the couch with her Bengal cat Mancha. Alyse plans to continue her college education in the medical field.
 

Kathy
Client Care Specialist

Kathy

Kathy joined the OSSVH team in October 2017. She is a Montgomery County native and has had a love for animals since she was a child. Kathy has a strong background in customer service and started working for pet store chain in 2008.  She then moved into the veterinary field in 2011 as a receptionist. She loves working with clients and their pets.  You’ll recognize Kathy by her compassion for pets and their people and her bright sense of humor.  Kathy resides in Germantown with her two cats and three rats.  In her spare time, she likes to cook, hike, cross stich, crochet, and watch TV.

Marina
Client Care Specialist

Marina

Marina joined the OSSVH team in the Spring of 2019.  She was born in Maryland and has lived here her entire life. She is fairly new to the veterinary field and grew up loving animals despite not having any of her own. Working at OSSVH allows Marina to be surrounded around fun-loving animals; bringing her joy. Marina is currently enrolled in Montgomery College, still exploring her endless possibilities. She enjoys writing and spending her time outdoors with her friends and family. She hopes to one day travel across the world to become more knowledgeable of different cultures.  

Sha
Client Care Specialist

Sha

Technical

Jamie
Registered Veterinary Technician / Technician Supervisor

Jamie

Jamie joined the OSSVH team in May 2019. She is a Maryland native who has lived around the DMV her entire life. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern Virginia Community College in 2013 and has held her veterinary technician license ever since. Although she is newer to general practice, her specialty revolves around anesthesia, dentistry, and surgical nursing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.  When she is not working, Jaime enjoys spending time with her family and her two dogs, Archie and Cassie.

Emily
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Emily

Emily joined the OSSVH team in September 2019. Originally from Chester County, Pennsylvania, she moved to the area to attend the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences. She became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in April 2017. In May 2019, she earned her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology; soon after, she received her Certificate in Public Health. Her specialties include epidemiology, biostatistics, anesthesia, dentistry and surgical nursing. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with family, friends and 3 dogs, Boogie, Buck and Zeus. 

Alyssa
Veterinary Assistant / Assistant Technician Supervisor

Alyssa

Alyssa joined the OSSVH team in June of 2017.  She graduated from Carroll Community College in 2014 with Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Alyssa has a special interest in canine reproduction.  She shares her home with two dogs and two cats.  Alyssa spends her free time exercising and going to concerts.

Nicole
Veterinary Assistant

Nicole

Nicole moved from the Northern Virginia area recently and has been in the veterinary field for almost two years. She's always had a passion for animals and has been taking care of them her whole life. She grew up with dogs, a snake, and various rodents. She now has a boxer mix and two wonderful cats! In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and friends and plans on continuing her education in the medical field.

Devon
Veterinary Assistant

Devon

Devon joined the OSSVH team in 2018 as a Kennel Attendant and was promoted to Veterinary Assistant.  She has been around animals her entire life and grew up showing dogs in conformation, dabbling in pack dog titling, and doing sled dog racing with her Siberian Huskies.  She has also been pet sitting since she was old enough to care for animals.  She currently has one lead sled dog at home, her Siberian Damien, and her two cats, Mystique and Zoe. In her free time, In her free time, Devon enjoys going to music festivals and concerts, exploring nature, and spending time with her dogs.

Rachael "Rae"
Veterinary Assistant

Rachael

Rachael "Rae" joined the OSSVH team in April 2019. She is a Baltimore native and knew she wanted to be in veterinary medicine since she was four years old. She has a special interest in exotic pets and wildlife. Rae shares her home with her boyfriend, Troy, her dogs Dallas and Juliet, cat Aubrey and rabbits Edgar and Lilac.  She enjoys listening to music, dancing, camping & hiking, and photography. 

When she's not working, you can find her spending time with family around a fire, watching football or enjoying a good family dinner.

Alexis
Veterinary Assistant

Alexis

Alexis joined the OSSVH team in March 2020 after working in the Emergency Veterinary field for two years.  She has always had a love for animals and started working with animals at age 10 as a farmhand. She then went on to work with and manage the care of animals big and small, from domesticated animals to exotics, and even wildlife.  Alexis studied Fine Arts and Animal Science in college and intends to return to school for a degree in Zoology. She currently lives with her dog, cat, ferrets, and reptiles. When not at work, Alexis enjoys movies, hiking, camping, horseback riding, gaming, and fostering different animals. Her passion is animal rescue and rehabilitation. 

Ashley
Veterinary Assistant

Ashley

Ashley joined the OSSVH team in July of 2020. She has worked professionally with animals for 14 years and in the veterinary field for the last six years. She is particularly interested in reproductive medicine and preservation breeding. Ashley shares her home in Catonsville with her boyfriend Patrick and their three dogs- Layla, a pit bull; Waylon, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever; and Doc Holliday, a Great Dane. She is an active board member of the Great Dane Club of Maryland and can often be found ringside at a dog show on her time off.

Felicia
Veterinary Assistant

Felicia

Felicia joined the OSSVH team in July 2020. She has been a pet sitter and has worked in the veterinary field for eight years, but took a short break to work in real estate and law. Felicia is a Montgomery County native; she graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors in Psychology and is now pursuing her Masters in Legal Studies, aspiring to be a paralegal someday. Her special interests in the veterinary field are anesthesia, surgery, and phlebotomy. Felicia is a self-declared crazy, cat lady – she has four cuddly male cats of her own at home that she calls her Manzy Beans: Rigby, Casper, Cosmo, and Ollee. She also has two bearded dragons named Bert and Ernie. Aside from animals, Felicia thoroughly enjoys music festivals, live concerts, dancing, gardening, working out, yoga, clearing and charging her crystals, photography and most importantly, hula hooping.  Felicia has been hula hooping for eight years and calls herself a hooptress!

Kennel

Katherine
Kennel Attendant

Katherine

Katie was born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland. She  joined Olney-Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2016. Katie has always had a passion for caring for animals.  She is very quiet and calm and has a natural ability to connect with our boarding patients.    In her free time, she likes to play sports, hike, cook, travel and spend time with family and friends.

Jessica
Kennel Attendant

Jessica

Jessica joined the OSSVH staff in October 2019. This is her first position in the veterinary field. She is from Venezuela, and her husband is from Vietnam. Together, they share their house with Wonka, a Mastiff mix and Brizzy, a Chihuahua mix. In her spare time, she loves to travel and experience things outside of her comfort zone and spending time with her family. Coffee is a huge part of her life.

Sarah
Kennel Attendant

Sarah

Sarah joined the OSSVH team in 2019.  She was raised in Parkton, Maryland and grew up around lots of animals. From dogs and cats to bunnies and chinchillas, Sarah has loved all different kinds of animals from a young age. Currently, she owns Drummer, an Appendix Paint horse and Dovahkiin,  a husky mix. After working in the service industry for many years she needed a change in life and came to OSSVH as a Kennel Attendant. She likes to hike, play video games, and paint in her spare time.

Groomer

Christina
Groomer

Christina

Christina Joined OSSVH in May of 2018.  She has been grooming dogs and cats since 2005 and working with dogs since she was 12 years old. Christina grew up in Wheaton around many different dog breeds including Boston terriers, poodles, German shepherds, and Doberman pinschers. She believes in a gentle approach, that patience and love are key elements to grooming, and is committed to making your pet's experience comfortable, stress free, and safe. Christina lives in Gaithersburg with her family and when she isn't grooming pets, she enjoys going to the gym, listening to music, dancing, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family.