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. Dr. Schildt is licensed in Virginia, West Virgina and Maryland.

Lexi Grossnickle D.V.M.

Dr. Grossnickle is a 2019 graduate of Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up on her families' dairy farm in Frederick County Maryland and will always hold a special place in her heart for cattle, both dairy and beef. She majored in Dairy Science for her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech, worked for a year as assistant herdsman on a large dairy operation, and took several cattle specialized courses during her time in vet school. Dr. Grossnickle looks forward to the opportunity to grow this side of the practice in the future.

However, her original interest in veterinary medicine stemmed from her love of dogs and cats and she is excited to be at a practice where she can work with all species, both large and small! She lives in Winchester with her cat, Matilda. She is currently licensed in Virginia and will soon be licensed in Maryland and West Virginia as well. We are very pleased to have Dr. Grossnickle joining the House Paws team and adding to the doctors that will see both large and small animals via house and farm calls and in the hospitals

Veronica Kiely D.V.M.

Dr. Kiely is a 2019 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in the Bayshore region of New Jersey and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA.

 Dr. Kiely loves working with all pets, large and small! However, while pursuing her undergraduate degree she found a passion for small ruminants and other companion farm animals and has experience working with sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, cows, pigs, and horses.

Dr. Kiely is excited to be living Northern Virginia working with the House Paws family. She can be seen at their stationary hospitals and mobile practice. Dr. Kiely is currently licensed in Virginia and will soon be licensed in West Virginia and Maryland. 


John Ebersold - Co-Owner and Business Manager, 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 growing and managing 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 and is an experienced veterinary assistant as well.

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 and Winchester 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.

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. Amanda is studying for her Licensed Veterinary Technician certification.

Leslie Foster - has made a career change from the restaurant industry where she was a general manager for many years. Leslie was the practice manager and head receptionist for the Round Hill office and brought a wealth of experience to the position. Leslie has moved to Florida and continues to support reception remotely and assist with back office projects and currently functions as HR director and General Manager.

Darlene Hajduk - Darlene is a very experienced Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) who primarily work in our Lovettsville office. Darlene has returned to us part-time after taking time off time raise her very young childen. Darlene is deaf but communicates with the hearing very well.

Bridget Colina - Bridget is a veterinary assistant, who has completed her bachleors degress and aspires to become a veterinaian. Bridget works in our Lovettsville and Round Hill locations.

"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.

Julia Meisch an experienced veterinary assistant.

Rachel Ault an experienced veterinary assistant

Lia Carfagno reception in Lovettsville and Round Hill