Exceptional. Compassionate. Detail-Oriented. The team at Just Cats Clinic cares deeply about providing your precious feline with the best medical care possible.


Elizabeth Chapman

Medical Director

Dr. Elizabeth graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to becoming a veterinarian she received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Wellesley College. Prior to starting her own practice, she spent four years working with Dr. Marcus Brown at NOVA Cat Clinic (formerly known as Capital Cat Clinic). She is grateful for his extraordinary mentorship and for the excellent staff that taught her about all things cat. She founded Just Cats Clinic in 2013.

Dr.Elizabeth has a special interest in geriatric feline medicine, feline dentistry and pathology.

She presently resides in Herndon, VA with her children Everett, Darin and Daphne, and her cat Simon. In her free time she enjoys trying new recipes, reading and spending time with her family.

Dr. Elizabeth is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Association of Feline Practitioners
The CATalyst Council
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Veterinary Information Network
National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps
Fairfax County Medical Reserves Corps – celebrating 8 years of service in 2019!

Laura Golden

Associate Veterinarian , Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture

Dr. Golden was born in Hampton, VA. She was raised in the Navy and has lived in Florida, Italy, Virginia, and Washington. She has been an associate at Just Cats since October 2014.

Dr. Laura got her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech in 2004 and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduation, she moved to Washington state and practiced there in Vancouver at a feline-only practice for 6 years.

Her professional interests include neurology, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Laura completed her certification with The Chi Institute and is now offering acupuncture appointments and Chinese herbal therapy.

Dr. Laura lives in Herndon with her cat Duncan. In her free time, she enjoys reading (especially science fiction/fantasy), video games, running, making jewelry, and helping her mother run her cat toy business.

Dr. Laura is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Association of Feline Practitioners
American Veterinary Medical Association
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary Information Network

Amanda Smith

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Amanda Smith grew up near Baltimore, Maryland with furry friends all around. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Science from Washington College. Afterward she received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one year internship in emergency and specialty medicine in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She then practiced as an associate veterinarian in Northern Virginia, caring for dogs and cats.

Dr. Smith’s special interests include preventive medicine, mobile animal healthcare, infectious diseases and internal medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Currently, Dr. Smith resides in Oakton with her husband and two young children, and their two cats, Howie and Peaches. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Smith is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Information Network
American Animal Hospital Association
American Association of Feline Practitioners

Sarah Tew

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sarah Tew proudly hails from the Midwest with roots in Missouri and Iowa. In 2006, she graduated with her DVM degree from the University of Missouri. Since then, she has practiced in both Kansas City and Northern Virginia. Dr. Tew’s practice interests are preventive medicine, internal medicine, and geriatric medicine.

Dr. Tew lives in Leesburg with her partner Adam, their dogs Stewart and Seeker, and their senior tabby cat, Emmitt. In her free time, she likes to read, garden, cook, and visit local restaurants and wineries with friends and family.

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”


Care Team


Client Care Specialist

Mary spent 10 years working as a full time nanny, but always had a passion for animals. Mary worked as a receptionist/vet assistant at Cacapon Veterinary Medical Center where she gained lots of experience and knowledge in the ever so busy veterinary world. When Mary moved back to Northern Virginia she started working at Just Cats Clinic as a full time Client Care Specialist. Mary’s love for cats is an obvious one, as she has many of her own. When Mary is not working at the clinic she likes to spend time spoiling her cats, pet sitting, watching a good mystery, and visiting with friends.


Client Care Specialist

Rob loves animals of all shapes and sizes and is thrilled to still be using the skills he learned running a moderately successful stuffed animal zoo at the age of 5.

Rob grew up in the D.C. area and is a recent graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in theatre. He is passionate about human connection and could not be more excited to be part of the client care team at Just Cats Clinic.

Outside of work, Rob is an active member of the D.C. theatrical community and spends most of his evenings in rehearsals for various shows. In his free time, he also loves sculpting, painting, reading, and hiking. When he’s not enjoying the company of the cats at the clinic, Rob is always on the look out for cool new animals to befriend.


Patient Care Specialist

Anna studied Biology and Drawing at George Mason University. She has always loved animals and has two cats, Adam and Misty and one dog, Peaches. She is very excited about working with Dr Elizabeth and the team at Just Cats Clinic. Anna attended The Chi Institute in 2016 to train as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine technician to better assist Dr. Laura with acupuncture.


Patient Care Specialist

Cindy came to Just Cats Clinic with 17 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is happy to a part of a growing team at Just Cats and to have the opportunity to teach others about stress free and calming handling techniques. Cindy is excited to further hone her “cat whispering skills” and to learn ‘all things cat’!

Born and raised in Texas, she moved to Virginia in 1994 after completing high school and getting married to her junior high school sweetheart. After working in retail for 5 years, she decided to make animal care her full-time career – following a lifelong passion of helping animals.

In her down time she loves to run and has competed in many races including two marathons. She hopes to one day run the Boston Marathon. Cindy’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and their two cats, Carbon and Landice and enjoys a great cup of coffee. She’s also known to bake a “mean” carrot cake!


Patient Care Specialist

Heaton started working in the veterinary field in 2018 and absolutely loves it. Before getting into veterinary science he worked internationally as a photographer for over 10 years. He speaks basic French, fluent Spanish and was certified as an animal control officer in 2014.

Heaton has transitioned to Just Cats from a mixed practice, one that had dogs and cats, and is learning all the things that make a cat only practice unique. He especially loves large long-haired cats and hairless cats.

When not at work, he spends his time cooking, taking photographs, playing video games and living with his 3 fur babies.


Patient Care Specialist

Ivor has been working with animals in and out of the veterinary field since 2015. Prior to working at Just Cats Clinic, she worked at Stahl’s Exotic Animal Veterinary Services for two years and was also a pet sitter.

Although her main passion is working with felines, she tends to her own mini zoo at home, ranging from her own two cats, two birds, reptiles, and amphibians, all the way down to insects. In her free time she enjoys playing video games, gardening, hiking, and spending time with all of her pets.


Licensed Vet Tech

Having toured Just Cats Clinic at its opening, Cara was immediately impressed with the facility and its standards of veterinary excellence. Four years later, she was excited to join Dr. Elizabeth and her team. Her passions include pain management, low stress handling and strengthening the human-feline bond.

Cara graduated from the Northern Va Community College Veterinary Technologist Program in 2010 and has never looked back. Her background is primarily in small animal medicine, though she has worked with wildlife and exotic pets as well. Having spent the last 10 years in Reston, Cara is proud to live, work and play in this diverse community.

She currently shares her heart and home with her husband Jesse, 2 cats and a miniature poodle. You may see them walking the paths, kayaking the lakes or at one of the many farmers markets.


Licensed Vet Tech

Megan started working in the veterinary field in 2008 and has always had a lifelong love of cats. She attended the veterinary technology program at Northern Virginia Community College, graduating in 2011 to become an LVT. Since then she has worked in multiple hospitals and departments, including emergency and internal medicine.

Megan has always practiced stress free handling. After a lifetime of owning cats she has a good sense of how her patients are feeling and has been called a “cat whisperer” everywhere she has worked.

Outside of work, she spends her time hiking, playing games, enjoying live music, and spending time with her own cats, Butters and Popcorn.


Client Care & Boarding Manager

Channing has worked in the veterinary field for over a decade. He has been with Just Cats Clinic since 2014 and now manages the Client Care and Boarding departments. He has a Bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science from George Mason University.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, running, playing video games, and spending time with his two cats, Misty and Mar.


Patient Care Manager

Erin moved to Virginia from Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2015 where she worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician for 10 years. She received her Veterinary Technology degree from The Minnesota School of Business/Globe College in 2007. She currently lives Fairfax with her husband Thom, and their cat Milo.

Erin worked in a small animal mixed practices for more than a decade but has always had a special place in her heart for cats. Erin has continued expanding her feline knowledge at Just Cats Clinic and has special interests in dentistry and kitten care. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster.

Erin and Thom regularly foster cats and kittens through Fairfax County Shelter in their “cat room” at home. She also likes to volunteer at TNR clinics to help reduce the feral cat population. Erin enjoys yoga, hiking, playing board games, and traveling in her spare time.


Practice Manager

Genevieve grew up in Northern Virginia in a family where animals often outnumbered humans. She earned her master’s degree in cultural anthropology from The George Washington University, assisted by her handsome orange tabby Recon.

She worked at a Virginia State Park for over ten years teaching visitors about local history, the awesomeness of nature and the importance of conservation.

Genevieve joined the Just Cats Clinic team in 2014 as a Client Care Specialist and was promoted to Practice Manager in 2020. Outside of work, Genevieve is passionate in her mission to save the bees and butterflies by gardening with native plants. Her other interests include dancing, baking, reading, camping, and gaming. Joining her in her adventures are her husband Chris and two cats, Oliver and Lillian.