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Who We Are

Meet Our Administration

Kieran Mara, Hospital Director

Kieran Mara

Hospital Director

I joined the Friendship family in January of 2000, after several years outside of the veterinary world in corporate management. My original plan was to stay for just a few months while I decided my next career move. Months turned into years because I fell in love with the hospital. In my role, I oversee hospital operations, and budget and strategic planning. I also work in conjunction with the managers on various projects and recruit all of the talented veterinarians we have on our team. I enjoy being able to make a difference every day in the lives of our patients, our clients, and our team members.

In the Fall of 2001, I met my wife, Caitie, at Friendship, so it even further cemented how special this place is to me. We were married in 2007 in Toronto (the first of three weddings to each other!). We live in Frederick, MD, and have three wonderful and energetic children – a son, Cormac, born in 2010, and twins, Brigid and Eamon, born in 2011. In my spare time, I love to play with the kids (building endless Lego sets) and watch bad reality TV with my wife.

We also have three wonderful dogs, Lola, a Chihuahua whose owner no longer wanted her, Stella, a Jack Russell Terrier who was abandoned at the hospital and Crosby a Golden Retriever. We have three cats, all adopted domestic short hairs, Mittens, Spirochete and Yoshimi, two guinea pigs, Duncan and Donut, and fish.

Tanya Boris-Cass, RVT

Specialty/ER Practice Manager

I was born and raised in a small town on the Jersey Shore. I attended the University of South Carolina, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology. In my time away from Friendship, I enjoy spending time with my husband Larry and daughter Madeline, competing in triathlons, and eating great food.  We are currently without pets, but are searching for that perfect little puppy.

Working at Friendship has been a great experience. I have been here since May of 2003.  I came to FHA a year after moving to the DC area in hopes of gaining experience for my vet school application. I started as an ICU technician. I then had the opportunity to work in internal medicine, oncology, surgery, dentistry, and in various management roles.  Unfortunately, vet school didn’t work out, but my work as a veterinary technician has been very fulfilling.

Deb Coverley

Specialty Services Supervisor

Cardiology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Neurology

I was born in Rockville, Maryland, but spent a number of years living in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, a small island in the West Indies, where my parents are originally from. Growing up in the Caribbean is where my love of animals first began. Although it wasn’t common for people to have cats and dogs as domestic animals, I remember having a desire to take care of them and to always feed and nurture them. This has always been a passion of mine.

I joined the Friendship team in 2011 and since then my love and animals has only blossomed. I have held several roles in time here at Friendship, from Client Care Technician, Veterinary Assistant, Internal Medicine Coordinator, and now Specialty Services Supervisor for the past three years. In my free time, I like to spend time with my family and with my fur babies, Zapphara, my 12 year old cat, and Suki, my 10 year old Shih Tzu.

Sara Crosman

Communications Manager

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs where I was always surrounded by pets.  Dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs – you name it!  A career in the veterinary world almost seemed inevitable.

I graduated from Penn State (We are!) where I received my degree in Public Relations and Advertising, with a minor in Sociology.  After graduation, I spent 3 years at an interactive marketing agency in New York, where my clients ranged from HBO, Miramax, and The Weinstein Company, to Penguin Group and Dewars.  In 2009 I relocated to the DC area and joined Friendship the following year. I have enjoyed learning the veterinary industry and working closely with our Hospital Director, as well as my fellow administration colleagues.  I’ve been extremely fortunate to have found my niche in the veterinary community.

In my spare time I can be found trying to relax with my husband while also keeping up with the energy of our two boys.  We share our home with a high-maintenance orange tabby named Sir Paul McCatney and a sweet lady kitty named George.

Scott holding his dog Watson

Scott Fairley

HR Manager

I grew up in Carroll County, and have spent most of my life living in Maryland. I graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in English and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. I enjoyed being a teacher in Montgomery County before transitioning into management and eventually Human Resources. I am passionate about supporting organizations and the staff members that make them successful. To be part of a team that supports families in the local community is an honor.

I currently live in Frederick, MD with my wife Chelsea who is an archivist with the Library of Congress. I have two pets. A Chihuhua/Beagle mix who lives for cuddles named Ginny and her bashful cat brother Shaggy. I enjoy spending my free time traveling, visiting amusement parks, relaxing with my wife, and rooting for the Capitals, Ravens, and Orioles.

Patti Garra

Patti Garra, LVT

Patient Care Supervisor

I was born in Germany (military family) and lived in Kansas and Florida before settling in Northern Virginia when I was 7 years old.  I grew up loving animals and was probably 4 years old when I decided I wanted to work with animals when I grew up.  I spent several summers working at my uncles Veterinary Practice in Tennessee.  I attended George Mason University and earned my bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Upon graduation, I immediately started working for a small Primary Care Clinic in Northern Virginia.  I worked there until I joined the Friendship Family in May of 2011.  I started as an emergency technician and became a Patient Care Supervisor in December of 2013.  Emergency medicine is one of my greatest passions within Vet med.  Helping patients and their people when they need it most is incredibly rewarding and I love that it is constantly evolving and I am therefore, constantly learning.

When I am not working, I like to spend time with my husband, Chris and our 3 kids, Hattie, Maddie and Kyle.  I love everything Disney, and one day would love to work with the animals there.  I am an avid reader, and if I am not at Disney, you can find me at the beach.  My husband and I also enjoy spending time with our two pups, Holly and Dodger.

Jessie Hamilton

Client Care Supervisor

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia where my love for animals began. I attended Marietta College in Ohio, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. I initially planned to go return to school to become a Physician’s Assistant but my love for animals steered me in a different direction. I began working in the veterinary field in 2013 as a veterinary technician.

I moved to the DMV area in 2016 where I continued in the veterinary field and joined the Friendship Family in 2018, becoming a Client Care Supervisor in 2019. My passion is to help provide the best care I can for each and every pet that comes through our doors while simultaneously providing the best client care experience for each of their humans!

When I’m not at work I can be found at my home in VA with my fiancé Joe and our 4 furry children: our senior pitty Poptart, and our 3 cats Tommy Taco, Dawn, and Dakota.

Kiana Johnson, LVT

Patient Care Supervisor

I was Born and raised in the DMV area. After high school I ventured off to South Carolina State University and majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry Pre-Health. During my tenure I sought out a part time job as a receptionist at an Animal Clinic. Little did I know that my career in Veterinary Medicine would flourish.

I originally came to Friendship in 2013 and departed to Charlotte, NC to work on my Nursing Degree. Of course Friendship is home to me so I returned in 2015 and then  returned back to Charlotte in 2016 (I know I move a lot). Well third times a charm, I returned again in 2019 as Patient Care Technician and now I have the Privilege of being a Patient Care Supervisor.

During my downtime I enjoy crafting, bike riding, shopping, traveling and spending time with my husband Devon and our daughters Lola and Nori. Our four legged fur babies are Diamond, Bruno and Cat.

Amy Dahlstedt

Amy Killion

Compliance Manager

Since joining FHA in 2007, I have held many positions within the hospital, ranging from ER/CC Technician, Oncology Technician, Technical Supervisor, ER/CC Veterinary Assistant, Patient Care Manager and Training & Development Manager. I recently transitioned into the role of Compliance Manager and I look forward to continue providing support to management, doctors, technicians, client care technicians and our clients in order to maintain Friendship values.

I currently live in Mechanicsville, MD with my giant puppy, Bowser and queen of the house, my orange lady cat, Hank! In my downtime, I enjoy cooking, watching food network, drinking coffee and taking a million pictures of my pets being cute.

Kathy Leef

Veterinary Relations Manager

I have signed on to Friendship in the newly created role of Veterinary Relations Manager.  I was the key representative from Henry Schein Animal Health and had Friendship as an account for the last 15 years.

look forward to my work at FHA and creating good will between our referring veterinarians and our specialty services.

Gail McCree, LVT

Patient Care Supervisor

With my increasing love for animals, I joined the Friendship family in 2012. I’m originally from Trinidad but moved to the DMV area as a kid. Growing up around many different animals helped bond me to them forever. I have a degree in Social Work and love helping people and animals alike. I am the mom of a massive Presa Canario named Leo that is the sweetest, drool machine you will ever meet! I have over 20 years of veterinary technician experience ranging from primary care to emergency/critical care. The fast pace life of the ICU and caring for animals with complicated disease processes is my favorite cases. Currently I am a supervisor of the ICU/PCU areas of the hospital and I love training and mentoring new up and coming technicians.

Juan Nolasco

Juan Nolasco

Primary Care Supervisor

Growing up I always was around animals- cats, dogs, birds, and farm animals! I would spend my summers at the family farm taking care of many different sizes of pets!

I joined the Friendship family in September 2014 and have held many positions within the hospital, ranging from Client Care technician, Vet Assistant, Rehabilitation Assistant, and currently Primary Care supervisor.

I currently reside in VA with my two cats, Roxy Hart and Billy Flynn, and a bossy Terrier mix named Luca.

Mickey Sigsbee

Facilities Manager

I grew up in Lake George, NY but moved to Maryland for high school and college, graduating from Rockville High and Garrett College where I studied Forestry.

I ran a printing press for a couple decades and then moved into building maintenance.

I live in Kensington, MD with my wife and our 20 year old son.  I enjoy cooking, ping pong, darts, reading, boating, fishing, and fixing things. At this point in time we have just one cat, Mo, who is hopelessly devoted to me.

Sophia Stoute

Sophia Stoute

Primary Care Manager

I am originally from Baltimore and moved to DC after attending the University of Maryland at College Park. After graduating with a degree in Sociology, I ended up here at Friendship! Since being here I went from pet-less to having a plethora of pets! I currently have 2 dogs: Niko, and Apple as well as one cat: Bacon.

Since joining FHA, I have held many positions within the hospital, ranging from the client care department, Vet Assistant, Primary Care Supervisor and now as the Primary Care Manager.

William Tavolacci, LVT, CCRP

Speciality Services Supervisor

Anesthesiology, Orthopedic & Specialty Surgery, Rehabilitation

I am a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Originally from New York City, I moved to DC and joined the Friendship team in February 2019.

Prior to joining FHA, I practiced as a Rehabilitation Technician at the Animal Medical Center in New York. Beforehand, I was the Manager of Surgical Nursing and led multiple speciality veterinary teams in addition to administrative duties.

I received a BS in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College and began working as a veterinary assistant in 1995 and LVT in 1999.

I am grateful to have worked with many great people and to have enjoyed many professional veterinary experiences in wildlife, equine, exotics, education, emergency, speciality and general practice. With a respect for many perspectives, I have an integrative approach to management and medicine and I support the NAVTA Veterinary Nurse Initiative.

Shawntaye Thomas-Dalton, LVT

Patient Care Supervisor

Born in Prince George’s County, MD, but moved to Southwest Louisiana at the age of 11. I’ve always loved animals. My animal health experience started as a young teen working for the Calcasieu Parish Animal Control. In college as an animal science major, I gained experience in large animal medicine studying swine and sheep production. Also, I volunteered at a mixed practice called Bayou South Animal hospital.

I was a pageant queen, coach, and judge. Danced for a semi-pro football team. Modeled and worked for a fashion designer. And, I had been speaking publicly since I could remember. There’s no surprise that at the age of 18 I became a FM on-air personality. I worked in radio for 8 years at Townsquare Media hosting concerts, charity events, entertainment conferences, voiceover and more. I started practicing yoga and meditation in 2010. I became a 200 hour registered yoga teacher in spring 2020.

In 2014 I moved to Houston, Tx to pursue vet tech school. My career started in general practice/reproduction at Brittmoore Animal Hospital. I finally made my way back to the east coast to pursue emergency medicine at Friendship hospital for Animals in 2017. My current interests include mentoring team members and improving my patient care/advanced skills. I hope to become a specialist and/or teach CE in the future.

Kyle Trainer

Inventory and Laboratory Manager

I started at Friendship on November 19, 2004.  I have worked here as an Animal Care Specialist, an Inventory Assistant and at my current position Inventory Manager.

Dorie Tyson

Dorie Tyson

Client Care Supervisor

I am originally from Christiansted, St.Croix, but moved to the DVM area as a kid and have been here since. In 2016 I joining the Friendship team as a Client Care Technician and moved into my current role, Client Care Supervisor in 2017. I am a freelancer photographer and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and my dog, Sir Kenji, a miniature Schnauzer.
Kathy Waite

Kathy Waite, LVT

Patient Care Manager

After graduating from the University of Maryland-College Park with a degree in Wildlife Conservation and Resource Management, I spent nine years working with small animals and exotics. Eventually I returned to school to further my education as a veterinary technician, graduating and earning my license in 2008. I joined Friendship in 2012 to expand my horizons and dive into the world of emergency and critical care, which is both challenging and deeply rewarding. When not working, I enjoy hiking, amusement parks, and embarking on adventures around the DC area and hanging out with my dog Gretchen. While I love working with all the wonderful veterinarians, technicians and support staff at Friendship, my dream is to rescue and care for sloths in Costa Rica.

Stacie Ward

Accounting & Benefits Manager

A D.C. native, I joined FHA in 2004 after spending several years working in accounting and restaurant management. I currently live in Ellicott City, MD with my son Robby and daughter Grace. I have a Beagle mix named Rocky, a Whoodle named Lucy, and I love football season (Go Skins!!).

Meg Yagatich, LVT

Talent Development Manager

Being part of a military family, I moved a lot as kid. The one constant, no matter where we lived, was our pets. My parents always made every effort to show me how we can care for animals of all sorts, which I credit for my commitment to veterinary care today. I took my passion for animals to North Carolina State University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Environmental Science. Shortly after graduation, I moved to Maryland and began my vet med journey.

I spent a few years at Banfield and joined  the FHA family in 2013. When I started as a veterinary technician and immediately felt at home. I took every opportunity to learn more and develop my skills for patient care and became a licensed tech in 2015. Trusted with more responsibility as a supervisor, I pushed myself and everyone around me to live up to Friendship’s mission of providing the best patient care possible. I am grateful to continue that work in my current position as Talent Development Manager, where I strive to provide the support each department and employee needs to do their best work while fostering Friendship’s core values.

I currently live in Germantown with my husband, William, and two kids, Brody and Griffin. We share our home, beds and hearts with our fur family, two dogs, Drifter and Tiny, and two cats, Sena and Splotch. In my downtime, I enjoy crafting, running and outdoor adventuring with family and friends.

Friendship provides state of the art, comprehensive services for our clients and patients. But, more than that, we provide a caring team who understands the unique human-animal bond. View Our Services