Meet Our Team

Dr. Hillary Cook, DVM, CVA, CCRP, CVMMP

Owner and Veterinarian, Dr. Hillary Cook graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary College in 1999 and now owns Animal Wellness Center in Crozet, Virginia, which is an integrative practice providing both western medicine and surgery along with complimentary services. Dr. Cook is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Canine Rehabilitation, and Veterinary Spinal Manipulation.  Dr. Cook has a special interest in holistic therapies, including Chinese and Western herbal therapies, as well. She is dedicated to improving the life quality of the geriatric and terminal patient.


She lives in Crozet with her husband Rees and two children, Hailey and Pearl; three dogs, Alice, Louie, and Josie; two cats, Blossom and Monster and eight pet chickens.

Dr. Janice Raab, DVM, CVA

Dr. Raab is originally from the colorful state of Colorado. In 1986 she went to The College of William and Mary for her undergraduate work, she then went to veterinary school at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Raab started in an exclusively exotic animal practice, then moved on to incorporate dogs and cats to her repertoire. She has her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, has studied Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, and food therapy, as well as laser therapy, and essential oil therapy. 

She lives in Albemarle County with her husband Ron, daughters Natalie and Leah, two dogs, Amazon parrots, chickens, and Gus the duck. Janice also keeps one horse that she rides whenever possible. 

Dr. Jayme Bosley, DVM

Dr. Jayme Bosley was born and raised in West Virginia, but is now happy to call Charlottesville her home. She graduated from West Virginia University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, and went on receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Her professional interests include internal medicine, pain management, and palliative care. 

In her free time, Jayme enjoys hiking, traveling, and fostering rescue animals. She lives in Charlottesville with her fiance, their three dogs: Jasper, Cheddar, and Ted, and their two cats Pearl and Chuey.

Dr. Ashely Rethemeyer, DVM

Ashley graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation she worked in Northern Virginia at Town and Country Animal Hospital for 3 years before relocating to Lake Monticello. From 2010 until 2019 she was an associate veterinarian at Fork Union Animal Clinic. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include abdominal ultrasound and rehabilitation. Ashley is currently undergoing certification for canine rehabilitation through The University of Tennessee and hopes to be completed in December of 2019. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and reading. 

Lesley Bell

Office Manager

Lesley was born and raised in Albemarle County and attended Albemarle High School. After graduating with a BS in psychology from Longwood University in 1996, she moved to Free Union. She still resides in Free Union with her husband, Rich, daughter Lillian, son Phin, 3 dogs, Ruby, Pearl and Munch.

Leah Clark

Inventory Manager

Leah was born and raised in the White Hall/Crozet area and has had a life long passion for animals and nature. Leah received her associates degree in Eco-tourism and Adventure Travel from Hocking College in 2008. After graduating from Hocking College, Leah attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor's degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation.

Leah lives in White Hall with her two dogs, Duke, and Casey, four cats Turbo, Tigey-Bruce, Buxton, and Frisco.

Shara Seals


Shara was born and raised in Mechanicsville, Va. She has always had a passion for helping humans and animals. She started her medical career volunteering as an EMT with her local rescue squad and at a vet hospital when she was 15. After graduating high school, she went to Virginia beach to start working with animals at the Virginia Aquarium. She then went to the New York Aquarium and the Aquarium of the Pacific in California where she met her husband Jay. They moved to Charlottesville in 2015.  Shara is also a licensed Massage Therapist. Her specialties include CranioaSacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage. 

Outside of work, Shara enjoys traveling, scuba diving, hiking, camping tennis, yoga and seeing live music. She has a cat named Flora and a dog named Pearl. 

Danielle LaRue

Head Veterinary Assistant

Danielle was born and raised in Earlysville, Virginia. At a young age, she developed a strong passion for animal welfare. She is currently majoring in biology with plans to continue her career in veterinary medicine.  

Outside of the hospital, Danielle enjoys skiing, camping, and hiking with her dogs Sunny and Luna.

Sido Shira

Veterinary Assistant

Sido was born and raised in Churchville, Va on a hobby farm. She attended Virginia Tech and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's of science in Animal and Poultry Sciences. She hopes to continue her studies in Veterinary Medicine and become a Small Animal Veterinarian.


In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and playing Frisbee with her Border Collie, Finn. 

Abby Hirschi

Veterinary Assistant

Abby graduated from Western Albemarle High School in 2011. After high school she attended Concord University for sports medicine and physical therapy. She hopes to pursue her dreams of becoming an Equine Vet and owning a farm full of rescues! 

Abby lives near Crozet with her daughter Lyla, 4 dogs, Barron, Clay, Alfalfa, and Nala. She also owns 2 horses, TG, Bellabee.  In her spare time she volunteers at a local horse rescue. 

Megan Sharp

Veterinary Assistant

Megan was born in Glen Allen, VA, and moved with her family to Montpelier, VA in 2014. She then attended J Sargeant Reynolds Community College and majored in Social Science. After school, Megan worked in equine medicine at Woodside Equine Clinic as a Veterinary Assistant for over 2.5 years. In 2018 Megan moved to Albemarle County and made the switch to small animal medicine. 

Megan lives in Charlottesville with her boyfriend, Preston. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with her black lab Mallard, cat Baylor and Bandit her horse. 

Gabriella Scerbo

Veterinary Assistant

Gabby was born in Pennsylvania, but moved to the Scottsville area in 2006. She graduated from Monticello High School after receiving her Nursing Assistant Certification from CATEC, and she hopes to become a volunteer EMT in the near future. Gabby grew up riding horses, and still enjoys volunteering at a local horse rescue in her free time. Gabby has always had a passion for helping people and animals, which is what drew her to veterinary medicine. Gabby still lives in the Scottsville area with her daughter, Ryleigh, one dog, and four cats.

Maureen "Moe" Ewing


Moe is originally from Rome, Georgia but considers herself a transplant local. She recently decided to change her career and work with animals which has always been a long-term passion of hers. In her spare time Moe works as a pyrotechnician and has helped put on the 4th of July firework show in cville for the past 14 years. 

Moe has 2 pit mixes, Emma and Luna. She also has one cat named Dat because he acts more like a dog than a cat. 

Katie Larsen

Veterinary Assistant

Katie is from Yorktown, Virginia but lives in Charlottesville as she attends the University of Virginia (GO HOOS!) She is pursuing a degree in Biology and hopes to attend veterinary school after she graduates. At UVA, Katie serves as the president of the Pre-Veterinary Society, as well as the Outreach Coordinator of the Human-Animal Support Services Club. Additionally, she conducts research with anole lizards in a university lab.


Katie lives with her cat adopted from AWC, Millie. When she isn’t studying or working, Katie enjoys hiking, scuba diving, skiing, and winning the 2019 NCAA National Championship.

Page Smith


Page is our receptionist who joined the AWC team in 2013. She is originally from Norfolk, Virginia and relocated to the Charlottesville area in 2006.

Page is a retired Licensed Practical Nurse living in Crozet with her husband, Bud, and their three rescued pups, Benny, Pixie and Stella. Other than spending time with family, friends, and her dogs, Page enjoys horseback riding, garden design, and reading.

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