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.

Dr. Knode can be requested to be seen in any of our facilties and our mobile practice.

Lexi Grossnickle DVM

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 licensed in Virginia,Maryland and West Virginia as well. We are very pleased to have Dr. Grossnickle is part of 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.

Dr. Grossnickle primarily can be seen via our mobile practice and in our Lovettsville office

Veronica Kiely DVM

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 in Northern Virginia working with the House Paws family. Dr. Kiely is licensed in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. 

Dr Kiely primarily can be seen in our Lovettsville and mobile practices.

Jordan Shealey BVMS MRCVS

Dr. Shealey completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Mary Washington and went on to earn her veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. She then completed a 1 year internship with an emphasis on emergency medicine at a local Specialty/referral hospital. Dr. Shealey, when not working, enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family, her husband Jake, and their border collie, Huckleberry. Dr. Shealey is licensed in Virginia

Dr. Shealey is the primary veterinarian at our Round Hill office.

Krystal Schmid DVM

Dr. Krystal Schmid is a 2011 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Schmid grew up in Dewy Rose, Georgia and currently resides in Martinsburg, West Virginia. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Her special interests include geriatric care, arthritis management, alternative medicine, laser therapy, and sports medicine. Dr. Schmid is licensed in Virginia and West Virginia

Dr. Schmid is the primary veterinarian at our Winchester and Berryville offices.


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.

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.

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.