Dr. Beth Hood joined the Aldie Vet/Dulles South Veterinary Center team back in 2001. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hood has extensive training and experience in emergency and critical care medicine. When she is not caring for pets at Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral Hospital, she is caring for her horses, sheep, dogs and cats on her farm in Western Loudoun.
Beth Hood, DVM
Dr. Sheila Polyoka was born in Hamilton, Ontario and later moved with her family to Maryland. She grew up horseback riding and playing field hockey, and knew she always wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended the University of Maryland College Park and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences. She then moved to Scotland to obtain her Bachelor’s of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Glasgow and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
After graduation, Sheila completed a 1-year rotating small animal internship with a focus in emergency medicine at The Regional Veterinary and Referral Center before joining the team at Dulles South Animal Emergency & Referral Hospital. Sheila has a special interest in emergency medicine, trauma, and neurology. Sheila lives in Northern Virginia with her rescue German Shepherd, Arielle, and in her spare time she enjoys running, Crossfit, reading, and writing.
Sheila Polyoka, BVMS MRCVS
Dr. Sarah Gornall, born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, has always been passionate about caring for animals. She grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, and horses and was always excited to learn more about them during their own veterinary appointments. Determined to follow in the footsteps of the veterinarians that she admired growing up, Dr. Gornall attended Hollins…
…University in Roanoke, Virginia where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then attended Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her DVM. Her professional interests include internal medicine, critical care, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Gornall recently moved to Centreville, VA with her dog, Tucker. In her free time, she loves staying active, spending time outdoors hiking and jogging with Tucker, as well as going to some of the wonderful local wineries with friends and family.
Sarah Gornall, DVM
Dr. Courtney Conroy grew up in Chesapeake, VA, where she spent most of her time riding and showing hunter horses. Originally intending to pursue a degree in International Studies and Spanish, she went on to attend Virginia Tech. It wasn’t long before her heart pulled her back over to the agricultural college, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal and Poultry Sciences.
She then completed her DVM at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, concentrating on small animal medicine. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, nutrition, and behavior. Dr. Conroy recently moved to Warrenton, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, cat, pony, and mule on their small farm. In her free time she loves hiking, visiting local wineries, and cheering for the Hokies!
Courtney Conroy, DVM
Dr. Kelsey Clark was born in Long Island, NY and grew up in the veterinary world. Having two parents that are veterinarians, she spent much of her childhood in an animal hospital watching her parents work, fueling her own passion and love for animals. From a very young age, she knew she wanted to follow in the family footsteps and become a veterinarian as well.
Her journey started at the University of Maryland for her undergraduate career, but then was brought back to New York to attend Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Clark recently decided to make the move back down to the DC area and made her home in Reston, VA with her dog, cat, and chinchilla. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncology, and preventative medicine.
Dr. Clark likes to stay active during her spare time. She was a gymnast for over 20 years, which she continued competitively through college and veterinary school. While she recently stopped her gymnastics career, she now enjoys biking, traveling, hiking with her dog, and playing tennis.
Kelsey Clark, DVM
Even as a little girl, Dr. Caroline Pattie knew of her connection with animals and had always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Arlington, VA. She has been an associate with Aldie Vet Hospital/Dulles South Veterinary Center since August 2008. Dr. Pattie attended Bridgewater College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2002.
She went on to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Pattie’s professional interests include surgery, diagnostic imaging, and holistic medicine. She received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) from the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine. She understands the power of holistic therapies for health and healing and loves to introduce clients and their pets to integrating it into traditional Western practice. Dr. Pattie also speaks French, is a Tai Chi practitioner, and enjoys traveling, dancing, cooking and snow skiing. She has two cats (Poly and Lulu), two dogs (Jason and Coyo), and a guinea pig called Bacon in her home in Falls Church, VA.
Caroline Pattie, DVM, CVA
As an Army Brat, Dr. Brianna Creighton moved constantly growing up, but through all the changes, her love for animals remained constant. She cultivated her love for animals and healing through riding horses, caring for her family dog and volunteering at wildlife centers & zoos. In 2010 Dr. Creighton graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s in Biology and continued to work in cancer research for 4 years. After being accepted at University College of Dublin she graduated in 2018 and continued to Alvarado, Texas for a mixed animal internship working on cattle, goats, sheep, horses, cats, dogs & small exotics.
Dr. Creighton enjoys spending her free time with her dog Luna & remaining active rock-climbing, practicing yoga, swimming & gardening.
Brianna Creighton, MVB
Dr. Drew Luce knew he wanted to be a veterinarian since he was twelve years old. He has spent his life around animals by growing up on a small farm with dogs, cats, horses, and sheep. Dr. Luce attended Virginia Tech where he majored in Animal Science. Subsequently, he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.
Dr. Luce thinks progressively and is dedicated to improving veterinary options available to pets. He has special interests that are focused on breed-related diseases, ultrasound, emergency medicine, surgery, especially, orthopedic, and endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures.
Dr. Luce has been recognized, by his peers, as one of the Top Veterinarians in Northern Virginia and voted the Best Veterinarian in the DC Suburbs. In addition, he serves on the Animal Advisory Committee for Loudoun County Animal Services.
During his 17 years practicing in the Dulles South area, Dr. Luce saw a need for a free-standing building that was dedicated just to pets healthcare, especially pet emergencies. In 2015, a state-of-the-art facility, he named Dulles South Veterinary Center, opened. In addition, Dulles South Animal Emergency was established and is the only pet emergency hospital on the southeast side of Loudoun County.
When not busy keeping pets healthy, Dr. Luce is spending time with his wife, three kids, and Phebe, his dog.
Drew Luce, DVM
Dr. Riley Shugg grew up in the beach town of Flagler Beach, FL, where she spent most of her time enjoying nature and riding horses. She attended Auburn University for her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a minor in Fisheries. This led her to attend the University of Florida for her DVM degree where she completed a certificate in aquatic animal health.
Dr. Shugg has special interests in emergency medicine, exotics and wildlife, and neurology. She recently moved to Fairfax and is looking forward to spending her time exploring bike trails, breweries, and enjoying the cooler climate.