Our Doctors

Marcus G Brown, DVM

Dr Marcus G Brown, DVMDr. Brown knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian at age 5.  He was fortunate to be able to work with his father, a veterinarian and became passionate about helping animals.

Dr. Brown is the founder NOVA Cat Clinic and he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986 from the University of Illinois. Initially Dr. Brown worked at several mixed practices and an equine practice before finding his true passion was in the care and treatment of feline patients. Prior to opening NOVA Cat Clinic, he co-founded the Capital Cat Clinic.

He was on the task force for the establishment of the Cat Friendly Practices. The goal is for our feline friends to have the same level of veterinary care as their canine counterparts.  Dr. Brown has committed himself to see this become a reality.

He is an active supporter in local, state and national feline organizations. Dr. Brown is the President of the  American Association of Feline Practitioners.  He was one of the authors of new wellness guidelines for feline practitioners. Dr. Brown is the AAFP  delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates.  He is the medical director for Alley Cat Allies.

Dr. Brown lives locally in Arlington with his cat Bootie. In his free time, Dr. Brown enjoys traveling, reading, and running. He has completed numerous marathons and triathlons over the past couple of years.

Erica R. Barron, DVM, CVA

Dr Erica R. Barron, DVM, CVA Dr. Barron originally hails from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Buckeye through and through attending The Ohio State University for both undergraduate and veterinary school.

After vet school, Dr. Barron witnessed how acupuncture could help a variety of medical concerns, ranging from arthritis, to pain management, to kidney disease. It also enhanced the quality of life for longer periods of time for many patients. With a dedication to helping pets in any way possible, she attended the Chi Institute in Florida for her acupuncture certification. Dr. Barron truly enjoys helping animals and feels the best possible care comes from integrating Eastern and Western medicines.

She is very active in the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine, serving as member of the board for the past two years and is a participant in writing and changing the National Boards examination process. In her free time, Dr. Barron enjoys rooting for the Buckeyes with her husband Matt and traveling. Her non human companions include two cats, Cosmo and Cleopatra, and a box turtle named Magellan.

Jessica Wootton, DVM

Sr Jessica WootonDr. Wootton is originally from Blackstone, VA. She  grew up working on a beef farm and in the family restaurant. She attended Hollins University, George Mason University, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA.

Dr. Wootton worked as a veterinary assistant at two feline-exclusive hospitals (including Capital Cat Clinic!) prior to attending veterinary school. Her professional interests include geriatric medicine and working with patients with challenging demeanors.

When she’s not working, she enjoys travel, cooking, reading, sports (especially Hokie football), and trying new restaurants with friends. Dr. Wootton lives in Arlington with a spirited tortie named Lucy.

Shannon Heath, DVM

Dr. Heath was raised in Wyoming.  She was riding a horse and helping care for the animals practically before she could walk.  She always wanted to be a veterinarian.  Her ideal practice would be horses and cats.  She has met most of ideal with an all feline practice.  Her interests are dentistry and preventative medicine.

Dr. Heath attended the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University.  She went on to practice in multiple areas; large animal, companion animal, shelters, food inspection and even some emergency.  These practices were Wyoming, Idaho and Washington.

In her free time, Dr. Heath spends time with her family; two daughters, a high school junior and a UVA graduate, her mother and their cats.  She is also actively involved in the Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Club, and  is the club’s current President.

Tyler Anderson, DVM

Dr. Anderson was born in San Diego, CA but he has lived in Arlington, VA since attending Yorktown High School. He wanted to be a veterinarian at an early age and worked at McLean Animal Hospital as a kennel assistant to gain experience in the field. His interests include ultrasound, cardiology, and rehabilitation.

Dr. Anderson attended Marist College and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA. He came back to practice at McLean Animal Hospital upon graduation. He developed a special interest in imaging and now practices as a traveling sonographer for MiVU. Dr. Anderson works here at NOVA Cat Clinic only on Saturdays.

Dr. Anderson continues to live in Arlington with his four pets, a labrador/boxer mix named Leo, a golden retriever named Ryder, and his cats Mr. Boo and Charlie . During his free time, Dr. Anderson enjoys hiking with his dogs, cooking, and snowboarding.

Our Dedicated Staff

Ellen Carozza, LVT – Licensed Veterinary Technician

ellenkittensEllen graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1996. She worked as a primate bio hazard technician until moving to small animal medicine.

Ellen has been a member of the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians since 1999 and is also a member of AAHA, NAVTA. She served as Vice President in the 2002/2003 terms of VALVT. Ellen is also certified as a veterinary dental technician through the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. Some of Ellen’s many skills include anesthesia, dentistry, surgical nursing, geriatric care and neonatal kitten care.

She currently resides with her own special needs cat, a tolerant husband, her 9 year old daughter, Olivia, a few reptiles, and birds. In her spare time, Ellen’s hobbies include cooking and spending time with her family. She is a human hospice volunteer with VITAS and their Pet Therapy Program with her Umbrella Cockatoo friend, Star.

Ellen is also a talented photographer and captures many of the pictures that we use on our website.

She also performs our grooming procedures including: Bathes, Brush-outs, Clown Cuts, and Lion Cuts. If you have questions about our grooming services, please call and ask to speak with Ellen. She can be found at the NOVA Cat Clinic Monday through Friday doing what she loves to do, working with cats.

Chrissy – Practice Manager

Chrissy started her career in the feline veterinary field at another DC area feline-only clinic in 2007 after managing the Tower Records location in Tyson’s Corner for several years. When the Tower chain sadly went out of business she decided to make a huge change and work with the other passion in her life other than music: CATS!

Chrissy’s parents’ jobs in the foreign service took her to Ankara, Turkey as a child (Mexico and Portugal, too!) where she fell in love with and cared for many of the street cats in her neighborhood during those years. She has been hooked on kitties ever since!

Chrissy lives in Arlington and is owned by a big apple-headed Siamese rescue cat named Stanley. She also helps care for her roommate’s Chihuahua mix, Taco. Outside of work she loves to catch live music as much as she can and tries to stay hip to the latest and greatest in music and pop culture.

Patrick – Veterinary Assistant

Patrick came to NOVA Cat Clinic from another veterinary facility in the area and has a little over a year working with animals professionally. He has 3 Jack Russell Terriers, an albino corn snake, more than 30 tarantulas (and countng!) and one purrfectly princess-like miniature feline named Isabel.

Patrick came to the clinic to gain more experience working with cats and to maintain (relatively) stress-free employment while he finishes the last few credits of his BS in Biology from James Madison University.

Outside work, he enjoys relaxing at home, building campfires, live music, contemplating existence, and enjoying tasty red wines with friends.

He is currently living in McLean with his two roommates, whom he affectionately calls Mom and Dad.

Our Clinic Cats

Emme

EmmeEmme came to us from our wonderful friend, Dr. Laura Holland in Pennsylvania. In the past Dr. Holland worked at NOVA Cat Clinic periodically when one of our staff veterinarians was on vacation or at a conference. We only wish that she lived closer, so she could join the NCC team on a full time basis.

Likes: Supervising the front desk, playing with the label maker, climbing on cat carriers, toy mice, eating, kittens, and greeting clients

Dislikes: Spring allergies, missing breakfast, and delivery drivers

Buddy

 Likes: Treats, chin scratches, and catnip mats

Dislikes:  Not getting treats, kittens, manicures, and strangers