Meet Our LHPH Family
Meet Our LHPH Family
Dr. Sharon Kensek moved around quite a bit from upstate New York, to Iowa, to finally settling in Virginia in the 1980’s. She graduated from VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and opened Lee’s Hill Pet Hospital in 1999.
Practicing medicine and helping furry family members to stay healthy and happy is still a passion for Dr. Kensek. Every patient is unique with care tailored to their specific needs. From deciding which vaccines they need (or not need), to helping with puppy/kitten training, to discussing geriatric care, she offers guidance throughout all life stages. She describes the practicing of medicine as an art form, even more so now with rapid medical advancements and likewise the cost. From the history gathering and the pet’s examination, a diagnostic and treatment plan develops, the owner’s finances and philosophy then starts the actual medical care. Written information is always sent home since worried minds cannot remember everything from the office to home. The end goal is to help the client make an informed medical decision from ‘human quality best medicine’ down to comfort care in a nonjudgmental way.
Dr. Kensek can be found hiking with her 2 dogs or chilling with her 2 cats when not in the office. From bicycling and rollercoasters to yoga practice and reading there is time for being active and a time for peace. She is hoping to get back to completing her book and take up a paintbrush again.
She looks forward to practicing medicine her entire life with ‘retirement’ doing more volunteer services for homeless animals and wildlife.
Dr. John Bond has been with us since September 2013. He is a native of Auburn, Alabama, is a graduate of Auburn University (BS, Botany; DVM) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD, Toxicology). He has a special interest in veterinary pathology, toxicology, and wound management. He and his wife, Connie, have lived in Charlottesville since 2001. They have two children, David and Katie, and two cats, Sherman and Sheldon.
Karen Fassler is excited to have joined the Lee’s Hill Pet Hospital family in September 2022. She is passionate about high quality veterinary care and has a strong desire to help the staff to always learn more to through continuing education, “Lunch & Learns,” and hands on training.
After graduating college from Winthrop University, Karen has worked at several local animal hospitals during the past 2 decades. Initially starting as a receptionist/CSR (Customer Service Representative), to a veterinary assistant, to enrolling in Cedar Valley College’s online LVT program which furthered her education and skills in veterinary medicine. She spent the near past decade at the College of American Pathologists and is thrilled to be back in veterinary medicine.
Karen is also an avid cat lover and advocate. After volunteering for animal rescues and being the Vice President for 5 years, in 2015 she co-founded Purrs & Whiskers, Inc. Cat Rescue based in Stafford, VA where she serves as President and Medical Director. When she is not at LHPH you will find her working with the rescue kitties and helping them find their fur-ever loving homes. In addition to helping cats in the community, Karen also is a member of the Stafford Dog Club and helps with social & educational event planning and social media. When not volunteering with animals, Karen enjoys relaxing with her husband and their fur-babies: 6 cats, 1 dog, and a peaceful 300 gallon aquarium filled with many beautiful saltwater fish & anemones.
Cindy joined LHPH in January 2000 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2018. She grew up with large and small animals and has always wanted to devote her life to helping pets live longer healthier lives through preventative medicine. Cindy enjoys dentistry and client education with a special interest in alternative therapies. She was born and raised in Spotsylvania County. When not at work she can be found hanging out with family both two and four legged! Her fur-family include Gonzo, an Australian Cattle Dog, and two miniature horses, Prince and Belle.
Danielle became a veterinary assistant in 2021. She enjoys learning solutions to ongoing problems and educating owners about their pets’ health. In her spare time she enjoys camping and hiking in the outdoors with her husband and Aussie, named Sadie. She grew a love for animals from a young age at an equine boarding facility owned by her parents in Idaho. Danielle is interested in furthering her knowledge in small animal medicine and wishes to transfer to large animal medicine in the future.
Dale has been in the veterinary field for 2 years working as a receptionist and as a veterinary assistant. He began this career by going to an online veterinary assistant program and aspires to go back to school to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. His areas of interest include nutrition, laboratory, animal care, and zoological medicine. He currently resides in Ladysmith, Virginia but is native to Ohio. While not working at the hospital he spends his free time volunteering with animal shelters, rescues and enjoys playing board games with a local gaming group.
Victoria joined our team in May 2021 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician Associate Degree with professional interests in internal medicine, pathology, and behavior. While not caring for your furry friends at Lee’s Hill, she can be found nose-deep in a book, traveling, and spending time with her pets.
Katie joined our family in July of 2022 and is cross-trained as both a vet assistant and receptionist, so you will see her all around. She has 5 years experience in the animal care world and is currently in college for Biology and to get her Veterinary Technician degree. Katie’s love for helping animals started when she was young with her own pets. Currently she has a Miniature potbelly pig named Stella, a hedgehog named Lettie, and a Cockapoo named Maggie. When Katie is not working you can find her painting or going on adventures with Maggie.
Emily is one of our receptionists here at LHPH! She takes the time to greet all of clients and fur baby patients as well as scheduling them for any needs they may have. Emily’s love for all pets started at an early age. She use to work as a veterinary assistant for 2 years and has now moved to reception to further her knowledge in all fields of our hospital. Emily has her own fur baby, Elliot who is a Bichon Frise. Emily spends her free time playing and being with her two children. Being a mother is without a doubt her greatest accomplishment in life! Seeing all kitties and puppies and making a difference in their daily lives will forever be the reason and inspiration she has for her passion working at our LHPH family.
Emily B started originally started her animal care career with us as an intern in 2020. She then enthusiastically decided to join the team as a veterinary assistant in 2021. Like many of our staff, she is currently enrolled in veterinary technician school. Emily has gained a lot of valuable experience and has grown substantially since starting her career.