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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Mark Finkler

Practice Owner

 VVMA Veterinarian of the Year 2017

  • Owner of Roanoke Animal Hospital
  • President of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (2013)
  • DVM, The Ohio State University
  • Bachelor of Science, in Zoology, The Ohio State University
  • Teaches part-time at Va-Md Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation – Veterinary Advisor, Charter Board Member, Past President
  • Hospital Director, American Animal Hospital Association
  • Member of many local, state and national veterinary organizations
  • Special interests – dogs, cats, ferrets and mini-mammals

 


Dr. Thomas Blaszak

Veterinarian

 

As a Blacksburg High School graduate, Dr. Thomas Blaszak didn’t travel far to become a 1st generation Hokie, attending Virginia Tech, where he played baseball and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2005. He immediately went on from his undergraduate degree to Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated in 2009 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, he completed a small animal internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Wanting to return home, he eventually joined Roanoke Animal Hospital in 2011.

Dr. Blaszak is PennHip certified, performs abdominal ultrasounds, basic echocardiograms, and root canal therapies. His interests include advanced dentistry, ultrasonography, and canine and feline medicine and surgery.

Dr. Blaszak is married to Whitney, who he first met in high school. They have four beautiful daughters, Sophia, who was adopted from Ethiopia, Sydney, Kaylee, and Taylor, although, his first baby is his dog Bailey. He is a follower of Christ. Outside of spending time with his children, Dr. Blaszak enjoys any competitive activities and sports, exercising, hiking, and movie nights with his family.


Dr. Tyson Brummer

Veterinarian

Dr. Brummer is a 2013 graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  He also received a Master of Science in Biomedical and Veterinary Science from Virginia Tech in 2007 and a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004.  He spends most of his veterinary career interested in internal medicine with particular focus in endocrinology and cardiology. Dr. Brummer also completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery before joining our practice.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 children. 

 

 

 

 


Dr. Hannah Hart

Veterinarian

Dr. Hart is a 2016 DVM graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from King College in Bristol, TN in 2012, where she spent her 4 years playing on the Women’s Soccer team.

Areas of special interest:

Canine and Feline Soft Tissue Surgery

Hobbies include: Exercising, Beach and Camping trips with friends and family, Hiking with her dogs, and any competitive sport. She attends Blue Ridge Church and enjoys church activities, veterinary mission trips, and her small group.  

Dr. Hart enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew and their 2 dogs, Maverick and Sammi.



Dr. Sara Taetzsch

Veterinarian

Dr. Sara is a 2004 graduate of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.  She has a special interest in dermatology, endocrinology, pathology, and public health and is currently pursuing higher education in public health.  In her free time she enjoys walking her 2 dogs, running, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

 

 


Technicians


Anna

Head LVT

Anna is a 2013 Graduate of St. Petersburg College where she earned her A.S. Degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has worked as a veterinary assistant for both horses and small animals since 2010.  She has a long standing love for horses and cats and currently has 3 cats.  Anna is also currently attending  St. Petersburg College with intentions of receiving her Baccalaureate in Veterinary Technology and Hospital Management with hopes to someday be a practice manager.



Jessica

LVT

Jess has always had a passion for animals and has grown up with a variety of pets. She got her start at pet shops, and began her venture into the world of animal medicine as an assistant in 2008. She came to Roanoke Animal Hospital in early 2010, and decided to further her knowledge and become a veterinary technician. Jess graduated at the top of her class and achieved her license in 2015. Jess loves all creatures great and small, but she has a special place in her heart for dogs and pocket pets. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities like kayaking, and of course hiking with her dog Lilah. She hopes to pursue a long happy career in the veterinary field.



Susan

LVT, Inventory Manager

I graduated from the Veterinary Technology Program at Blue Ridge Community College in 1979. I have worked at Roanoke Animal Hospital, as a Licensed Veterinary Technician, for over 30 years and I am also the Inventory Manager. My weekend adventures include hiking and caving among other outdoor activities. At home I enjoy tending to my water gardens and flower gardens. Currently I only have 2 dogs.


Patty

LVT

Patty is a graduate of Blue Ridge Community College and has worked with Roanoke Animal Hospital since 1990.  In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her husband and two miniature poodles Rudy and Reggie.


Emily

LVT

Emily was born and raised in a small town in upstate NY (about an hour from Canada). She attended the State University of New York at Delhi and graduated in December 2009. I obtained my license in early 2010 and spent the next 7 years working in a mixed practice near home. She has a special passion for emergency medicine and would someday like to specialize in Emergency and Critical Care. Emily moved to Roanoke and joined the Roanoke Animal Hospital team in late June 2017. She has a sweet rescue pit bull named Spencer and a crazy kitty named Gertrude. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, and hanging out with my family & friends.


Holly

LVT

Holly is a Licensed Veterinary Technician who graduated with her Baccalaureate in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College in 2006. She became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant thru the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2010. Holly enjoys making dogs tails wag and smile in any way possible. She has two dogs at home,  Avocado and Brisket, that she is only mildly successful with. When she is not at work, she is out with the dogs on the trail, swimming with the dogs in the river, or having a blast with her coworkers. 


Caitlin

Head Veterinary Assistant

Caitlin is from Franklin County, VA and has been working with Roanoke Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant since 2013.  She graduated from Ferrum College in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture and Animal Sciences.  It is very likely that if you see her outside of work that she will be accompanied by her 4-legged fur child “Gunner”.  Gunner and Caitlin spend most of their free time going hiking and trying fun new adventures. Her goal as the head vet assistant is to treat every pet with the same compassion and love as she treats her own animals and to encourage others to do the same.   Caitlin is also currently attending St. Petersburg College Veterinary Technician Program.