Owner and Medical Director

Leah Knode V.M.D.

Dr. Knode is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Dr. Knode has many years of experience in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and has worked in many of the leading 24 hour veterinary emergency hospitals in our area. Dr. Knode has developed a very practical approach to veterinary medicine to the benefit of the pet and client. Dr. Knode is passionate that old age is not a disease and that senior pets can do very well if their people are willing to help.

Dr. Knode is member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Dr. Knode is also a member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. Dr. Knode obtained her BS and MS at Shippensburg University. Some of the work on the MS degree was done at Johns Hopkins while working for the Chief of Surgery in his research laboratory.

Dr. Knode sees small and large animals. Dr. Knode is particularly excellent with cats, loves Big White Dogs, has (too) many cats, sheep, goats and horses. Dr. Knode lives with her husband and Practice Manager John Ebersold near Purcellville, VA. Dr. Knode is licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Samantha Schildt D.V.M.

Dr. Schildt is a 2018 graduate from Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She found her passion for veterinary medicine while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV and received her Bachelors of Science in 2013. Dr. Schildt is very excited to be with House Paws and can be seen at the stationary hospitals as well as the mobile practice. She lives in Winchester, VA with her husband, two Labrador Retrievers, and two cats.

Katherine Liutkus D.V.M.

Dr. Liutkus is a 2018 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton. 

During her time in veterinary medical school, she volunteered at Heartland Farm Sanctuary, a local farm animal rescue dedicated to the lifelong care of rescued farm animals. It is there where she developed a passion for companion farm animals and their care into geriatric life. She has experience at sanctuaries across the United States working with all types of animals including cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, and ducks. She has an interest in all companion animals, large and small.

Dr. Liutkus shares her home with her rabbit, Pikachu, her cat, Tigger, and her dog, Winnie. She is excited to make Northern Virginia her new home!

Ashley Pacheco D.V.M.

Dr. Pacheco is a 2016 graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Pacheco grew up in the smallest town in the smallest state of Rhode Island. Her parents were born in Portugal, and she is 100% Portuguese. She grew up with many cats and dogs and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 12 years old. She received her Bachelors in biology with a minor in natural history from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She left the cold to attend veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school she completed a small animal specialty rotating internship at VCA Southpaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Pacheco moved to California to practice at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital last year where she worked on dogs, cats, and exotics including an anaconda. She is very excited to work with dogs, cats, and farm animals at House Paws Animal Hospital and to be back in the rolling green hills of Virginia. 

She has a special interest in wildlife and conservation medicine. Her favorite animal is the Orca. Dr. Pacheco has two dogs Odin, an Australian shepherd, and Carochinha, a chihuahua/yorkshire terrier mix. She enjoys soccer, hiking, singing, dancing, traveling, and any outdoor activities


John Ebersold - Business Manager, Manager, Veterinary Assistant, Technology Support, etc. John has over twenty years of experience in the corporate world as a computer programmer, consultant, consulting manager and project manager in a diverse set of industries and government locations. John has been helping to grow and manage House Paws and House Paws Animal Hospitals since 2000. John manages his farm in his "spare" time. John has learned much about veterinary medicine from Dr. Knode and his own on-going study.

Danielle Wilson - Reception and Operations Manager, In-Home Service, Client Communication and Office Support. Danielle handles the phones and email and schedules the mobile appointments, and does medication refills for the mobile clients. Danielle also staffs the Berryville office for reception

Marie Stevenson - Reception and Operations Manager at House Paws Animal Hospital Lovettsville, Client Communication and Office Support. Marie has been with House Paws, Lovettsville since the opening in 2015. She came to us with more than seven years of veterinary experience from working in private practice to emergency medicine. Marie oversees the flow of the hospital including scheduling appointments, client communication and patient advocate.  She is a mentor to other employees. When Marie is not at work she enjoys home time with her three cats, day trips and weekend get-aways with her grandchildren. In her spare time, Marie enjoys creating jewelry, clothing accessories and reading mystery novels.

Heather Prosperi - Reception House Paws Round Hill. Heather has two dogs, a pit/hound mix named Jake, and a silver lab named Stella. She grew up in Tampa, Florida working at local barns riding, training, showing and assisting in health care for horses and alpaca.  She is a certified alpaca trainer and handler, and has a passion for working with large animals. She moved to West Virginia in the fall of 2015 and managed an alpaca farm and mill in Maryland. She took interest in doing reception work and came to us with the background of working reception for small animal emergency and an internal medicine practice.

Amanda Gray - a veterinary assistant who helps in every way with the medical care. Amanda works in all of our locations. Amanda and her husband live in Clarke County, raise farm animals and she volunteers time with pet rescue organizations.

Leslie Foster -has made a career change from the restaurant industry where she was a general manager for many years. Leslie is the practice manager and head receptionist for the Round Hill office and bring a wealth of experience to the position.

Jennifer Brill - A Licensed Veterinary Technician with long experience in emergency medicine who brings a wealth of knowlege to our hospitals.

Crystal Kolakowski - Crystal is an assistant and works in our Round Hill, Berryville and Winchester hospitals. Crystal is enrolled in the Penn Foster accredited Licensed Veterinary technician program.

Tomi Todaro - a professional groomer and also a veterinary assistant when not groomer. Tomi is available to groom at all of our offices.

Hannah McNeely - Hannah is a receptionist at our Round Hill location.

Jessica Stanley - Jessica is a receptionist at our Round Hill and Lovettsville locations.

Molly Gentry - Molly is a veterinary assistant primarily at our Lovettsville and Round Hill offices.

Bridget Colina - Bridget is a veterinary assistant, in her final year of her Bachelor Program and aspires to become a veterinaian.

Kelsey Mullen - Kelsey is a veterinary assistant at our Lovettsville and Round Hill offices and also does mobile calls.

Gemma Davimes - Gemma is a receptionist at our Berryville office.

"Chelle" a.k.a. Lorraine Procaccino - provides invaluable pet management and training, nursing assistance, office support, clerical tasks and a variety of logistical assistance. Chelle has many years of animal training assistance and has three dogs of her own.

Hannah Coogan - Veterinary Assistant, House Paws In-Home Veterinary Care

Pedro Reyes

Pedro has many years in the construction industry and also the resturant industry. Pedro provides all manner of facilities support.