Meet the Team

Bonnie J. Hileman, DVM, Practice Owner
My family moved to Monrovia in 1968 and I still live in Frederick County while most of my family currently resides in Florida. I graduated summa cum laude from Loyola College, Baltimore in 1984 with a BS in biology. I graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and am a member of Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society and Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. I knew in eighth grade that I wanted to be a veterinarian and have loved every minute of my career. My favorite part of veterinary medicine is being able to tell someone who thinks they are going to lose their friend that we can help them and they shouldn't have to lose their friend now. The hardest part is helping someone say goodbye to the pet they love, especially since that pet has often touched my heart. I have a special interest in managing the multiple problems that affect an older pet's quality of life. We also work very hard to diagnose, treat, and manage urinary problems in our patients. Since many of the animals that end up with a rescue group were given up because of a urinary problem, we don't want our clients to feel they have no option for dealing with their pet's urinary problem except to give him up. I adopted Poppet and Birch from Friends of Montgomery County Animals. My horse Rose only sees me occasionally. Fortunately she is a very lazy Appaloosa and would rather not work. I also enjoy reading, cross stitching, crocheting, and gardening.

Steven Rapp, DVM
My family and I have a long history with GVC. In the '70s, my uncle worked as a technician under the founding owner. In the '80s, my dad took his sick cat to GVC after being told by other area clinics there was nothing they could do, and GVC nursed his cat back to good health! Throughout the '90s and '00s I went with my dad to Sunset's (our family cat) regular check-ups at GVC. I began volunteering here at the clinic in 2005 at just 13 years of age and was hired in 2007 shortly after turning 15. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2018. I became a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Medical Honor Society in 2017. Currently I have 2 cats: Carmen (retired clinic cat) and Ivy. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, biking, and watching long-running shows such as One Piece.

Virginia Smith, DVM
Dr. Ginny Smith graduated from the Virginia Tech in 1993 with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science and then went on to pursue her passion for animals by graduating from Iowa State Veterinary School in 1997. She joined the staff at Gaithersburg Veterinary Clinic in December, 2011. Dr. Smith sees appointments at Gaithersburg Veterinary Clinic on Wednesdays. Dr. Smith was born and raised in Irwin, PA and currently resides in Urbana with her family, a dog named Daisy, a cat named Pickles, and two horses named Honey and Bit-O-Honey.

Kimberly Acton, Office Manager
Hi, I'm Kim. I graduated with honors from Towson State University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. I have held a variety of positions in finance, yet none as wonderful as working here at GVC. I have owned, trained and showed many animals in my lifetime, including dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, hamsters, and goats. I look forward to meeting you and your pets.

Lori Lonergan, Remote Administrator
My name is Lori. I originally hail from New Jersey, but moved to Maryland in 2007. I've had a variety of pets over the years, including dogs, cats,mice, guinea pigs, fish, and birds. Pictured with me is Mooshie the Maine Coon, the best cat ever. I love working with the staff at GVC, and especially enjoy interacting with the puppies and kittens I meet here.

Suzie Moore, Veterinary Nurse
Hi everyone, my name is Suzie. I originally was born in South Korea, but currently reside in Montgomery County. I joined the Gaithersburg Veterinary Clinic team in July 2012 and I'm loving every minute of it! I'm a proud owner of two dogs (Jake and Petey), two cats (Baby and Rocco), and a horse named Callie. I've grown up around animals and I know that any career I have will be centered around them. I live an active life which includes many hobbies like surfing, snowboarding, and horseback riding.

Jenny Searles, Veterinary Nurse
Hello! My name is Jenny Searles, and I joined the Gaithersburg Veterinary Clinic staff in January, 2016. I am a homeschooled high school student taking classes at Montgomery College through dual enrollment and looking forward to graduating in the summer of 2017 where I plan to go on to a 4-year University and earn a bachelor’s degree in biology. I have been a Montgomery County 4-H’er for nearly 10 years, where I have competed in many public speaking competitions and attended National competitions in Hippology and Horse Bowl. Through over 200 volunteer hours, I became a lifetime member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, where I was selected as the 2015 Fair Queen. I volunteer on the Junior Committee with the Washington International Horse Show, where I plan activities for this international equestrian event held in DC every October.

I have a 9-year-old quarter horse/paint gelding named Samson and a 6-year-old off-the-track thoroughbred mare named Ginger who I compete in the hunter/jumper discipline. I also have two dogs (Remington and Cricket), and a cat (Ferdinand). I can't wait to meet your furry family!

Lyndsey Wilkes, Veterinary Nurse
Hi! My name is Lyndsey. I started at GVC as an intern in July of 2017 and recently became a full time employee. I just graduated from Northwest High School. I'm attending Montgomery College in the fall, where I will start my schooling with a major in Biology. I have a sassy little dog at home named Roxy. I can't wait to meet you all!

Jennifer Huang, Veterinary Nurse
Hello, my name is Jennifer. I was born in Taiwan but raised in Montgomery County. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor's in Animal Science. I joined the GVC team in May 2018. I'm excited to meet all your fluffy babies!

Omitola Fowler, Receptionist
Hi, I'm Omi. I have been with GVC since September 2017. I have graduated from client to employee. It is my pleasure to greet and assist clients daily. Look forward to seeing you soon.