Our practice owner, Dr. Janette Ellison, grew up on a cattle farm in southern West Virginia where barn cats and calves were her pets. After ten years of general veterinary practice, she established The Cat Hospital of Fairfax, Inc. in 1991, in order to focus on feline care. In addition to cats and calves, Dr. Ellison has a passion for football, especially college football. West Virginia University and Purdue University, where she received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, receive her greatest fan loyalty.
Amanda Hampton, DVM
We are pleased to announce that a new associate veterinarian – Amanda Hampton, DVM – is joining our staff at The Cat Hospital of Fairfax, Inc.
Dr. Hampton completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana, and Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska, and a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Her research includes Effects of Music on Behavior and Physiological Stress Response of Domestic Cat in a Veterinary Clinic, published in the February 2019 issues of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Hampton’s special interests are feline behavior and integrative medicine including acupuncture. Her hobbies include teaching gymnastics (she was awarded Athletic All-American Gymnast 2007), playing the guitar and singing, and painting.
Heather Tsuffis, LVT
Heather Tsuffis, LVT joined The Cat Hospital of Fairfax in December of 2018. She has been working in veterinary practices for the past 10 years, and graduated from Northern Virginia Community College's Veterinary Technology program in May of 2017. She has a strong passion for working with cats and loves fostering as well. She is currently owned by her three cats Kolu, Jack Jack, and Cake, as well as her iguana Madeline.
Terri Kenley, LVT
Terri came to The Cat Hospital of Fairfax in December 2013. In the early 80's she studied and graduated from Harcum College in Pennsylvania where she majored in Animal Health Technology and minored in Laboratory Animal Science. Terri spent 7 years at a local veterinary surgical practice and, more recently, 10 years working at a local 6-doctor, dog/cat/exotics animal hospital. Her particular interests are in laboratory work and in imaging (radiology/ultrasound). She has held various board positions with the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians, including President, and in 1994 received the Virginia Veterinary Technician Of The Year Award.
Tracy Lopez, Receptionist
Tracy Lopez is a receptionist/vet assistant and a client of The Cat Hospital of Fairfax, Inc. for over 25 years. She is a former librarian from Georgetown University with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences from Catholic University of America. She’s originally from the Los Angeles, CA area and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts double-major in international relations and history from the University of Southern California. Tracy lives with her husband and sibling brown tabbies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Jolene Bertness, Receptionist
Jolene joined The Cat Hospital of Fairfax team in October 2017. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and holds a bachelor's degree in community health science and a master's degree in health education. Jolene has worked on research, policy, and practice initiatives in many settings and in collaboration with a variety of local, state, and national organizations; professional associations; and federal agencies. She enjoys learning and teaching, being outside, listening to music, and preparing food with family and friends.
Myrna Welter, Receptionist
Myrna Welter is a part-time receptionist and client of the Cat Hospital of Fairfax, Inc. She has a degree in Spanish from Virginia Tech and spent a semester in Madrid, Spain. Since Myrna’s husband was in the Navy, Myrna has had many jobs, from Spanish interpretation to cake decorating. When her husband was transferred to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, Myrna worked as a veterinary assistant at the clinic that took care of the Army mules and police dogs as well as USMA staff pets. Myrna and her husband have had feline family members for 35 years. She recently adopted a 4-year-old female brown tabby. Her daughter is continuing the tradition with her 2-year-old tortoise shell/tabby mix.
Hi! My name is Riley and I live at The Cat Hospital of Fairfax, Inc. You might see me sun bathing by the front door. I love to greet all of our guests when they come to visit! Dr. Ellison and my friends who work here take very good care of me, I especially love when they treat my arthritis with the soothing Laser Therapy machine (and I look fabulous in those goggles!) Ask them about this treatment, it really does wonders!