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Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun: Ashburn Farm

Animal Medical Centers of Loudoun: Ashburn Farm

43330 Junction Plaza Blvd #172 | Ashburn, VA 20147

Call 571-293-8160
Monday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 1:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Individualized Medical Treatment
  • Caring Professional Staff
  • Modern Diagnostics on Site
  • Holistic Veterinarian on Staff
  • Stress Free Approach to care
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
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“We Are Your Other Family Doctor”

We genuinely believe in the bond between a person and their pet. Our doctors and staff dedicate their time to understand you and your pet’s individuality which allows us to customize your pet’s health and wellness needs.

Please read our staff biographies to learn more about our passion for what we do. We are here for you and your pet, call to set up an appointment today.

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Dr. Klimavicz
Dr. Klimavicz

Dr. Klimavicz opened Ashburn Farm Animal Hospital in December 2002. Along with his business partner, Dr. Hemmer, he currently co-owns and operates four animal hospitals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

He attended Virginia Tech both as an undergraduate and for veterinary school. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Klimavicz regularly attends the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine, is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is USDA Accredited.

Dr. Klimavicz chose veterinary medicine as a career because he enjoys the interpretive approach to the medical sciences and adores animals. Soon after he began practicing medicine, he also realized his entrepreneurial tendencies. His desire to run a business of his own became a reality when he purchased his first clinic in 1992.

As a veterinarian and business owner, Dr. Klimavicz�s mission is to provide high quality medicine while educating clients to be responsible pet owners. In addition to providing routine preventative care and working up tough medical cases, Dr. Klimavicz is also a skilled and confident surgeon. Dr. Klimavicz often comes in on his day off, just to help his associates with tough medical decisions and emergency surgeries.

Dr. Klimavicz shares his home with Manfred, the Basset Hound. Manfred is sweet and gentle unless you are trying to trim his nails � that�s a different story!

In his spare time, Dr. Klimavicz enjoys spending time with his wife and children, crafting new business ideas into realities, practicing martial arts, going to the gym, and reading non-fiction.

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Dr. Grasso,
Dr. Grasso,

Imagine a veterinarian that is a skilled medical practitioner that utilizes cutting-edge diagnostics and medical treatments, but also offers a more subtle, holistic treatment choice - someone who understands that your lifestyle choices carry over into the way you care for your pet. The ability to mesh Western and Eastern medical approaches is highly unusual, but certainly welcome in today’s veterinary community. If you are looking for a veterinarian that offers this unique ability, then we have the doctor for you. Dr. Pamela Grasso balances “the best of both medical worlds.”

Having earned a reputation as a kind-hearted spirit with a natural Accu2sense of compassion and a special touch for healing, Dr. Grasso’s clients offer a continuous stream of new patient referrals. It is interesting to see a trained Western medical practitioner embrace holistic medicine so easily. When asked how she progressed from modern medicine to the ancient Chinese practices, Dr Grasso explains, “I referred some of my arthritic patients to a veterinary acupuncturist because they either couldn’t tolerate pain medications or were not responding to treatment. The pet owners began raving about acupuncture and how great their dogs felt after just a few visits.”

Dr. Grasso attended Bucknell University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology (and a minor in Chemistry) in 1983. She continued her education at Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Master's Degree in Veterinary Science in 1987. She became a veterinarian in 1991, after obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the North Carolina State University. After practicing Western veterinary medicine for several years, she decided to learn a new approach. She received her Certification of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2000. In 2002, she attended a comprehensive course in Western Herbal Medicine. In 2004, she completed all modules the I.V.A.S. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine training. Most recently, in 2007, she has completed the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy with Richard H. Pitcairn, D.V.M..

Dr. Grasso shares her home with four Irish Wolfhounds (Shen, Rue, Greta, and Grungeon) and six cats (Sterling, Moon, Jimmy, Saffron, Blion, and Elara Peach). She is actively involved in Irish Wolfhound rescue; in fact, Shen and Rue are rescues. In her spare time, she enjoys the craft of stained and hot glass. When the weather permits, she loves to be outdoors hiking, gardening, camping, or kayaking.

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Dr. DeSantis
Dr. DeSantis

Dr. DeSantis joined the AFAH team in August 2006. Since then, she has gained a reputation in the Ashburn community for her detail-oriented nature and special attention to client education.

A Pennsylvanian from the heart, Dr. DeSantis graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor, PA, and later earned her Bachelor of Science (Biology) from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Dr. DeSantis obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She is currently a member of the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine, the American Veterinary Medical Association and is USDA Accredited. She has additional training in ultrasonography from Sound Technologies. Remaining true to her desire to educate clients, she received the 2003 award for excellence in client communication from the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.

All of her life Dr. DeSantis has had a connection with animals. She views her pets as family members and treats her clients pets as if they are her own. Dr. DeSantis has admitted, “Veterinary medicine is a compassionate career; as a veterinarian I have a duty to provide high quality care for my patients as well as educating my clients to be better pet caregivers.” Her special interests include animal behavior, feline medicine, and soft tissue surgery.

Currently, Dr. DeSantis shares her home with two dogs and two cats. Both of her dogs are rescues with long, difficult histories. Saggitarius, an 11-year-old Female English Pointer, and Ilsa, a 10-year-old Chow/Shepherd, are very lucky to have been found and cared for. The two Siamese kitties, Mickey and Josie are accustomed to the dogs, and like to talk all about it!

In her spare time, Dr. DeSantis enjoys a variety of activities with her husband and family. She is community oriented, working with many animal rescue groups including Siamese Rescue, Golden Retriever Rescue, and Doberman Rescue. Her two favorite pastimes are long walks with her dogs and reading.

We are very thankful that Dr. DeSantis joined our team! She never misses a detail! She is a true diagnostician, researching every angle until the case comes together. Interesting fact: Dr. DeSantis could probably win a handwriting award – her handwriting is unlike any doctors – so neat that it appears type written! Your pets are in capable and compassionate hands when they are treated by Dr. DeSantis!

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Dr. Melberger
Dr. Melberger

Dr. Melberger joined the AMCL team in August 2008 at the Ashburn Farm location. He is a thorough and experienced veterinarian who enjoys helping animals and their people.

Dr. Melberger earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from University of Virginia in 1995 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1999. Directly out of vet school, Dr. Melberger completed an extensive year-long veterinary internship program at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. He has been working in clinic ever since. While working, Dr. Melberger received additional training from Virginia Tech in ultrasonography (2001) and endoscopy (2002). His special interests include soft tissue surgery and endocrinology. He is currently a member of the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine, American Veterinary Medical Association and is USDA Accredited.

Dr. Melberger can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to help animals. Growing up with pets, he has always wanted to be a veterinarian. With years of hard work and education, Dr. Melberger’s dream was realized. He further helps animals in need by sharing his home with all rescued pets. He views all these animals as family members and can’t imagine a life without them.

In his spare time, Dr. Melberger enjoys a variety of activities. His ideal day includes a long walk with his wife and dogs, a successful home improvement project, followed by a Redskins game and a cook out. Dr. Melberger also enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking.

We are very thankful that Dr. Melberger joined our team! Dr. Melberger’s coworkers and clients describe him as a mild-mannered, thorough, kind-hearted doctor with a genuine compassion for his patients. He is excellent at establishing connections with his patients as well as their caregivers. When asked how he gets through a difficult day, Dr. Melberger replies “Truly loving what you do makes every stressful moment worth it!”

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Dr. Courtney
Dr. Courtney

Dr. Cyndie Johnson became Dr. Cyndie Courtney after her marriage in May of 2013.

A northern Virginia native, Dr. Cyndie Courtney grew up in Herndon and graduated from Oakton High in Vienna. She continued her education at The College of William and Mary, earning Bachelors of Science with a double major in Biology and Marketing. A true achiever, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. She became a veterinarian after obtaining her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, graduating again with top honors as a Phi Zeta inductee. Dr. Courtney is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (A.A.F.P), American Veterinary Medical Association (A.V.M.A.) and American Animal Hospital Association (A.A.H.A.). She has a special interest in feline medicine, dentistry, dermatology, and behavioral medicine.

As a child, Dr. Courtney fell in love with the special relationship people have with their pets and the impact that this connection has on their lives. She firmly believes that the human-animal bond enhances the quality of life for families and pets. Her goal as a veterinarian is to improve the lives of people by improving their relationship with their pets. She loves learning those little things that make each pet unique.

Currently, Dr. Courtney shares her home with her super sweet brindle dog Quinny. In addition to caring for your pets, Dr. Courtney enjoys a variety of activities including swing dancing, reading, and making jewelry. When the weather permits, she loves to be outdoors hiking or biking.

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Dr. Taylor
Dr. Taylor

Dr. Taylor joined our affiliate, Waldorf Animal Clinic, in June of 1996 and moved to our Brambleton location in September of 2009.

He received his Bachelors of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. He is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Taylor chose veterinary medicine as a career because he grew up with an understanding of the human-animal bond. Having pets from an early age, he always had the desire to nurture this unique connection. He currently shares his home with his cat, a Shiloh Shepherd, and several saltwater fish and marine creatures.

In his spare time, Dr. Taylor is busy enjoying anything related to the ocean. He is a true water lover, prophesying to be an avid marine aquarist and wake boarder. He is also is the “Performer” of Animal Medical Centers, having played the drums in a band for many years.

Dr. Taylor’s clients have only nice things to say. He has a gentle, yet professional, nature that enables client and patient connections that are meaningful and lasting. The many thank you notes and comments from our clients are constant reminders of why we are so lucky to have Dr. Taylor here to care for our patients.


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Dr. Bancroft-Hunt
Dr. Bancroft-Hunt

We are thrilled to have Dr. James Bancroft-Hunt on our team. Dr. Hunt is an accomplished veterinarian and all around super nice guy. He has a quiet calm approach to animals, which puts both animals and clients at ease. He has sincere empathy for his clients and is very effective at ensuring a good understanding of the treatment and possible outcomes. He is laid back, a team-player, and truly enjoys working with the support staff and colleagues within the practice. He always maintains a fun and positive outlook.

Dr. Hunt has always had a love for animals. From cats and dogs to turtles and ferrets, his family always had animals around. At a young age, Dr. Hunt fell in love with the literary works of a fellow Englishman, veterinarian and author, James Herriot (Alfred Wight). When asked why he has chosen to be a vet Dr. Hunt said, “James Herriot sold me on the idea in his book All Creatures Great and Small. He made it sound like an awful lot of fun. There were triumphs and disasters. I liked how he said that ‘If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.” Dr. Hunt’s grandparents moved to the countryside when he was about 8 years old. There he spent many holidays around cows, horses, and other farm animals. This brings him to recall another favorite James Herriot quote, “There is more to be learned up a cow’s arse than in many an encyclopedia”. It’s no wonder that our Dr. Hunt is intrigued by large animal medicine too.

Dr. Hunt attended Sparsholt College in Hampshire, UK and earned a B.T.E.C. National Diploma in Agriculture in 1995. He continued his education at The University of Reading in Reading, UK, obtaining an Honours Degree in Animal Science in 2000. He obtained his Bachelor in Veterinary Science (Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine) in 2009 from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. In 2010, his case study “Necrotising fasciitis in a bull due to infection with Arcanobacterium haemolyticum” was published in the New Zealand Veterinary Journal. In hopes of moving abroad, he completed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (N.A.V.L.E.) in 2009. After living and practicing veterinary medicine in England for a few years, Dr. Hunt decided to make his move across the big pond. We were so lucky to have him join our team just a few short weeks later in May of 2013.

In his spare time, Dr. Hunt is an avid photographer and advanced scuba diver. He enjoys walking, fishing, and generally being outdoors. He believes himself to be a lager beer expert and can be found sampling on Sundays while watching his favorite sport, Formula One Grand Prix Racing.

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