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.

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 and her dog, Winnie. She is excited to make Northern Virginia her new home! Dr. Liutkus is licensed in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

Lexi Grossnickle D.V.M.

Dr. Grossnickle is a 2019 graduate of Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and starts mid-June, 2019. Dr. Grossnickle grew up on her families' dairy farm in Frederick County Maryland. 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Kelly Michau - Kelly is a veterinary assistant who is also studying to be a Licensed Veterinary Technician and works primarily in our Round Hill location.

Lillian Forney - Lillian is a experienced veterinary assistant who primary works in our Winchester and Round Hill and Berryville locations.

Samantha Davis - is a veterinary assistant who works on the mobile side and also in the Round Hill location.

Hannah McNeely - Hannah is a experienced 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. Molly also assists with mobile calls.

Bridget Colina - Bridget is a veterinary assistant, in her final year of her Bachelor Program 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.

Venessa McCorkle - handles reception for House Paws mobile and is the backup to Danielle Wilson in the mobile area.

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.