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.

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.

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.

Carmen, Clinic Cat
I've been called many things, but my name is Carmen. In my sojourning I have enjoyed many adventures. Initially, I was a house kitty. Then I became a barn cat. Finally, in 2007 I interviewed for a position at GVC as the official clinic cat, and I've been lording it over the staff and doctors ever since! I enjoy taking naps on computer monitors and laps, gazing wistfully out windows, walking across keyboards, and hiding when it's time to go to bed.

Throughout my tenure as GVC's Good Will Ambassador I've had the opportunity to develop a formidable repertoire of medical lore by observing the superlative techniques of Dr. Hileman and her dedicated staff. Fortified with this background, I was inspired to pursue even loftier goals in the medical field. Recently I realized a dream of mine when I was accepted to Veterinary School in Wisconsin as part of the class of 2018! While I will miss all of the good buddies, warm laps, and sunny spots at the Clinic, I will be returning during my school vacations, and of course, summering in Gaithersburg as well. Even better, the Student Life Department at the University of Wisconsin is allowing me to bring my pet veterinary technician and best buddy, Steven Rapp, with me! I'm looking forward to having Steven help transcribe notes, get me to classes and football games on time, join me in burning the midnight oil studying, and of course, he'll find me new sunny nooks to nap in, and keep me well-stocked with OM diet food and clean litter! Wish us well on our new adventure!

Steven Rapp, Veterinary Nurse
Hi I'm Steven! 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. After graduating high school in 2010, I went on to get two degrees from Virginia Tech: a BS in Biology and a BS in Dairy Science, graduating Summa Cum Laude in December 2013. With my undergraduate years behind me, I moved forward to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and can't wait to become a veterinarian in 2018!

At the clinic, I am gaining knowledge in all facets of veterinary practice including patient care in my role as technician; business management in my role assisting the office manager and the bookkeeper with tax forms, insurance reports, and end of year record keeping; client relations in my role of receptionist; and medical equipment usage in my role of equipment maintenance and procurement. All of these roles prepare me to be a better veterinarian. I also provide moral support and lap time for Carmen when things get hectic at the clinic (see picture!). In my spare time I enjoy writing computer programs and even wrote the program to view lab results that we use here at GVC.

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 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.

Ashley Lefever, Veterinary Nurse
Hey everyone! I'm Ashley. I graduated with honors from the Pima Medical Institute in Chula Vista, California, as a Veterinary Assistant. In the twelve years since then I've been working in the veterinary field and I've loved working with animals, especially those who need extra tender loving care and attention. While I've had dogs and cats in the past, right now I have a six year-old son that keeps me very busy! Can't wait to see you all at the clinic!

Madeline Cruz, Veterinary Nurse
Hello! I’m Madeline. I joined the GVC team in June 2016 shortly after moving from Palm Harbor, FL. I love the challenges of being a veterinary nurse – I’m learning new things every day! I live with my husband, my two cats Mini and TyTy, and my dog Captain Jack. My hobbies are playing with my pets, crocheting, reading novels and going to the beach. I look forward to meeting you and your furbabies!

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!