Meet the Sycamore Vet Team

Dr. Christina Martin

Dr. Christina Martin graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2002. Shortly afterwards she moved to Virginia with her husband and began working at Sycamore Veterinary Hospital. She is a huge Tennessee Vols and Titans fan and follows them every season. She enjoys Dermatology, Surgery, and Dentistry.  During her time off she enjoys the outdoors, playing softball, & spending time with her husband, 3 children and her Rescue Terrier mix Murphy and her 2 cats Penny and 3 legged Harvey. 

Years in Practice:17
Education: University of Tennessee
Special Interest: Dentistry, Ultrasonography

Dr. Susan Murphy

Dr. Murphy graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995, although her loyalty is with University of Virginia, where she did her undergrad. (Go Wahoo's) After graduation she practiced down in the Raleigh-Durham area for 1 1/2 years before relocating to Richmond with her husband.  She has been at Sycamore Veterinary Hospital since 1996, and loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but especially likes educating new puppy and kitten owners.  She spends her day's off with her 2 sons, her ponies Toby and Cowgirl, & her Labrador Retriever Emmett.

Years in Practice: 24
Education: University of Virginia & Va Regional Veterinary College- Va. Tech (undergrad)
Special Interest: Nutrition, Chronic Pain Management

Dr. Melanie Bolling

 Dr. Bolling received her DVM from Texas A&M in 2005.  Following graduation, she practiced as a relief veterinarian here in Richmond  (including SVH!) while her husband completed his medical training at VCU.  She then returned to Texas and joined the vet school faculty at Texas A&M, teaching primary care and general surgery for five years. She recently returned to RVA and is excited to be joining the team at Sycamore! Dr. Bolling has a special affinity for red tabby cats, and enjoys watching Duke basketball and chasing her four children.

Years in Practice: 14                                                                                                                           Education:  Texas A&M University, Duke University (undergrad)                                                            Interests:  soft tissue surgery, pain management, preventative medicine, and promoting the human-animal bond


Dr. Debbie Adwell

Although a 2006 graduate of Virginia Tech, Dr. Adwell will always be a Wahoo at heart! Dr. Adwell has undergraduate degrees from UVA and VCU and is proud to call herself a hometown girl. She currently resides in Hanover County with her husband, and her 2 children. They share their home with June a Lab Cross, and several cats. During her free time.  She also enjoys gardening, cooking and entertaining. Her favorite things about veterinary medicine are working with geriatric animals, pain management, client education and helping clients make the right decisions for their pets and their families.  

Years in Practice: 12
Education: Virginia Tech
Interests: Geriatric Medicine, Preventative Care

Dr. Kerry Dermady

Dr. Kerry Dermady joined the Sycamore Team in 2008.  Following her graduation from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, Dr. Dermady completed a thirteen month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital, close to her hometown in Northern New Jersey.  She had been practicing in South Florida for 10 years before she and her husband Dave made the move to Richmond. Having relocated to Richmond, the best things about Richmond are the change of season, the history, and most of all the people! She enjoys internal medicine, and enjoys going to continuing education classes to stay up to date on all the latest advances in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dermady and Dave share their home with their standard poodle "Monkey".

Years in Practice: 27
Education: Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Internal Medicine, Preventative Care

Dr. Alyssa Thompson

Dr. Thompson is a Virginia girl.  She moved to Northern Virginia when she was 5 years old, then spent her college years in Williamsburg at The College of William and Mary.  She moved to Blacksburg in 1993 to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech and upon graduation in 1998 moved to the beautiful city of Richmond.
Dr. Thompson’s practice interests are in internal medicine, geriatric care, and holistic therapies.
She spends her free time walking her 2 pit bulls, Silk and Leeta, through Carytown and the Fan or hiking them in the Appalachian trails. She also enjoys cooking and entertaining friends and family.  The rest of the Thompson zoo includes her 2 cats, Pablo and Isabel; 2 guinea pigs, Sunny & Stormy; and 2 horses, Gambler and Guess What.

Years in Practice: 21years
Education:  William & Mary, Virginia Tech Veterinary School
Interests: Integrated Medicine Including Acupuncture and Herbal Modalities 

Dr. Jacob Hiller

Dr. Jacob Hiller is our newest team member to join our growing family.  Dr. Hiller graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. He loves getting to know our clients and their pets, including the Southern Hospitality.  Dr, Hiller as has a special interest in surgery, and is enjoying all the mentorship and guidance he has been receiving from the staff.  It is like getting 2 doctors in one.  When not at work, Dr. Hiller spends time with his dog Toby, and checking out all of the cool parts of Richmond.

Years in Practice: 3
Education: Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary College
Interests: Surgery, Sports Medicine

Dr. Ellen Russell

Dr. Ellen Russell

Dr. Russell is originally from the Hampton Roads area and graduated from Virginia Tech, although her loyalties lie with the University of Virginia, where she completed her undergraduate degree. Her professional interests internal medicine and ophthalmology. Dr. Russell is thrilled to be a part of the Sycamore team and is looking forward to working with owners to help make the right decisions for their pets. In her free time, Dr. Russell enjoys traveling, hiking, exploring Richmond with her husband, and spending time with her handsome siamese cat, Henry. 

Years in Practice: 1
Education: Virginia-Maryland Regional Veterinary College
Interests: Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology

Licensed Veterinary Technicians

Taryn Singleton, LVT,  Special Interest- Human Animal Bond and Internal Medicine

April Lusk, LVT- Special Interest- Dentistry and Feline Medicine

Claire Herrera, LVT- Special Interest- Laser Therapy

Molly Riley, LVT- Special Interest- Human Animal Bond

Kim Meloy- Comer, LVT- Special Interest- Dentistry and Feline Medicine

Kristen DuBois, LVT- Special Interest- Internal and Emergency Medicine, and Behavior

Sydnee Baker, LVT- Special Interest- Feline Medicine, and Shelter Medicine

Paige Woodhouse, LVT- Special Interest- Internal Medicine

Kaylyn Jarrett, LVT- Special Interest -Ophthalmology

We could not do what we do without our wonderful technician assistant Kellie Jones


Veterinary Receptionists

Sue, Nicki, Natalie, Nicole, Jacqi, and Emily

Veterinary Assistants

Ryan, Stephanie, Lauren, Cellina, Emily, Maggie, Dana, and Kacie


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