Dr. Michael Lynch
Dr. Lynch graduated from the University of Georgia in 1968. Shortly thereafter, in April of 1970 he purchased Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital on Sweet Air Road, in Phoenix, MD. In 2004, the practice was moved to its present location on Jarrettsville Pike. Dr. Lynch is well known in this community.His kind and gentle manner has served pets and people for more than 45 years. Dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket-pets have all found comfort in his caring hands. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, music, gardening, splitting wood, and being outdoors.
Dr. Michele Burk
Dr. Burk has been with Jacksonville Vet since 1995 and has a dedicated and loyal following who appreciate her meticulous attention to detail and her caring and kind touch. Dr. Burk graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 and also holds a BA in Animal Science and a Degree with Distinction in Immunology. Dr. Burk is married and has two children who share her love of animals. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities like hiking and running as well as gardening and cooking.
Dr. Melissa Thai
Since she joined Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital in 2002, Dr. Thai's warmth and cheerful demeanor, combined with her expertise, have made her invaluable to the practice. Dr. Thai is a native of Maryland and grew up in Gaithersburg. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA in 2001. Dr. Thai likes spending time with her husband and children, and loves being by the water. Pictured with Melissa is one of her kittens, Cinnamon.
Dr. Mary Schmitt Kablis
Dr. Kablis graduated from Virginia-Maryland regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and has since been practicing small animal medicine in Maryland. She joined our staff in 2014 and enjoys caring for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs and other pocket pets. When Dr. Kablis is not treating animals, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their two little girls and their Golden Retriever, Maple. They enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping. Dr. Kablis also loves all things Disney, and scrapbooking when her busy schedule allows.
Dr. Andy Gough
Dr. Gough started at Jacksonville Veterinary Hospital in 2010 as a volunteer. He transitioned to a veterinary technician while he earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Towson University. He graduated from veterinary school from the University of Georgia in 2019. His professional interests include surgery, ophthalmology and nutrition. In his free time, Dr. Gough likes to work out, bake, and spend time with his Cavalier King Charles, Poe!
Holly started her career as a veterinary technician in 2003 and first joined the JVH team in 2008. After earning her B.S. in Biology in 2013, she left JVH to pursue an opportunity at the National Aquarium. She worked full time caring for the animals in both the Rainforest and Australian exhibits and taught the public about the importance of Biodiversity and conservation. In January of 2014, she was invited to join JVH as the Hospital’s new Practice Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family her family, hiking, kayaking, photography, and snowboarding. Pictured with Holly are her dogs Roxy, a Siberian Husky, and Jager, a lab mix.
Erin has been a part of our team since 2010. She studied Biology in College and now works to give each patient the individualized care that they need. As a part of our team’s veterinary technicians, she uses her interpersonal skills to give each pet’s family comfortable during their time our hospital. When she is out of the office Erin enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs. Pictured with Erin is one of our patients, Wyatt.
Alanna started as a veterinary technician with our hospital in 2016 after gaining one year of experience at her local small animal hospital. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree at Towson University and plans on pursuing a career in animal medicine. Alanna enjoys getting to meet our clients and their furry loved ones. Outside of work she loves traveling, spending time with family and friends, including her orange tabby, Simon and her Pekingese puppy, Pepe. Pictured with Alanna is one of our employee’s foster puppies.
Stacey has been a vet tech for 7 years. She studied biology & forensic science, and graduated from University of Maryland in 2017. She is currently pursuing courses focusing on private investigation, and aspires to do investigations relating to animals. Outside of work, she is a car enthusiast along with her husband. She likes to travel, play video games and hang out with her cat, Godiva.
Laura has been with us since 2006 and is a familiar face to most of our clients when they greet us at the front desk. She knows most of clients and their pets by name. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dogs and her husband, taking the polar bear plunge every year for charity, and watching the Ravens games during football season. Pictured with Laura is her rescued pit bull, Lugnut.
Mary joined our receptionist team in 2013 after working as a technician in the veterinary field. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland in 1986 and has an interest in animal behavior and training. Mary is an excellent educator and demonstrates empathy and compassion with the animals and their family members here in our hospital, as well as at home. She is involved in dog rescue as well as competing her dogs in confirmation, obedience, rally and tracking. She has four dogs, three cats and lots of poultry on her farm. Pictured with Mary is her Doberman Pinscher, Viktor.
Rita joined our team in 2012 after gaining her experience in the equine veterinary field as a surgery technician for 25 years. She helped rescue, rehabilitate and find new homes for racehorses. Having rescued three dogs Rita knows how important pets are to their families. Here at JVH, she is a friendly face to each client and pet as they enter our hospital and helps ensure that each visit runs smoothly and effectively. When Rita is away from work, she enjoys gardening, riding her horse “Indio”, fox hunting and playing polo with her husband. Pictured with Rita is her miniature schnauzer mix, Zenyatta.
Tina joined the JVH team in August of 2016 as one of the front desk receptionists, where she brings a lot of positive energy. She has five children, six grandchildren and three dogs. Pictured with Tina are her two rescued dogs, Olive and Sydney who live with her and her husband, Bryan. her background is in pharmacy technology and early childhood development. She is looking forward to furthering her education in our veterinary practice. In her downtime, Tina helps with House of Hope Dog Rescue, loves camping and spending time with family and friends.
Jen started her journey with JVH as a receptionist and veterinary assistant in 1993 upon graduating high school. She volunteers with rescue organizations taking in orphaned newborn kittens. Jen has four daughters and a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, geckos and an axolotl. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and pets, photography, crafting, hiking, camping and cooking, Jen is pictured with her dog, daisy.
Steven began as a volunteer helping around the building from a young age and started as a member of our animal caretaker team in 2013. He is currently majoring in Health at Harford Community College and enjoys learning about all the various dog species that come into our pet hotel to vacation with us. Outside of work and his college courses, he enjoys spending time with friends, family, pets and playing bass guitar. Pictured with Steven is his five-month-old Pit-Bull mix, Orlatith.