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Meet Our Staff

  • Dr. Paul Stewart, DVM
    Veterinarian

    Dr. Paul Stewart opened the Avian and Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke in 2010 to provide emergency/after-hours veterinary care as well as daytime therapeutic and preventative care to all birds and exotic pets in an environment suitable for their healing.

    Dr. Stewart obtained his DVM at Kansas State University in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Virginia Tech in 1990. For 22 years, Dr. Stewart’s special interests include avian and exotic pet medicine, surgery, ultrasound, endoscopy, radiosurgery, dentistry, and geriatric medicine. He had been the primary care provider for birds and exotic pets in two veterinary practices for 14 years prior to opening this clinic.

    Dr. Stewart has been a guest lecturer at the Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, The Southwest Virginia Bird Club meetings and Annual Bird Fair, as well as the Roanoke Valley Bird Club. He completed externships at the Topeka Zoo, the National Wildlife Health Lab and has appeared on Animal Planet’s “Wildlife Emergency”. He is also Veterinarian-in-Charge at Mill Mountain Zoo.

    In Dr. Stewart’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, antique car restoration, camping, canoeing, fly fishing, mountain biking, playing drums and guitar, and drawing wildlife. His family pets include tiny dog Tetley (a Chiweenie), Carris the cat, and Casper the “ghost” boa.


  • Chrystie Stewart
    Practice Manager

    Chrystie was raised in a small town called Indian Head, MD. She attended college with a focus on Biology/Nursing in Maryland and later moved to New Jersey where she attended a Business School.

    She has worked in the veterinary administrative field off and on since 1996. She began working in medical administrative and accounting offices, but her true calling was more on the “Wild side”. In 1999, she and her husband moved from Maryland to the “Star City” where she stayed home to raise her two wonderful children. In 2010, she and Dr. Stewart opened the Avian and Exotic Pet Clinic of Roanoke.

     “We felt Southwest Virginia needed a place that, almost exclusively, served and cared for the veterinary needs of birds, reptiles, and small mammals”.

    Her favorite part of the job is working alongside a spectacular team and witnessing the confidence and devotion of each of them while caring for and working with the amazing critters that come through the clinic’s doors.

    Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her sidekick, Tetley, a 6 lb Chiweenie. She is a proud mama of two amazing people, Jacob and Sara. Keeping up with these two and running a business keeps her especially busy. She has a great family and friends whom she loves to spend time with. Her hobbies include reading, painting, cooking, travel and outdoor recreation. Her family has owned many pets throughout the years. Currently, along with their dog, Tetley, they have a cat named Carris and an albino red boa snake named Casper.

  • Whitney Dorman, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Whitney Dorman, LVT, was born and raised in the beautiful Roanoke Valley. She joined our team in May 2011 as a veterinary assistant. Shortly after, she graduated from Hollins University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

    She also obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology at Blue Ridge Community College in 2015, as well as becoming licensed the same year. Being in the veterinary field for 7 years, her favorite part is never knowing what kind of animals she may encounter and help. “I love caring for each and every animal as if they were my own and putting my whole heart and passion into what I do!”

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 2 Huskies, hanging out and cruising on the motorcycle with her husband, and loves and has a big heart for people with special needs. At home, she used to have a mini zoo (Chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, a hedgehog, and a glofish!). Currently, she has 2 Siberian huskies named Zoey Renee and Thor Alexander.


  • Caterina Calo, LVT
    Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Cat joined our team in April 2015 as a licensed veterinary technician. She grew up in Long Island, New York, but has been in Virginia for the last 14 years.

    She started out as a veterinary assistant/kennel attendant in a cat/dog general practice before obtaining her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Penn Foster College in 2014. In the Spring of 2019, she will obtain her Bachelor of Biology from Arizona State University. Her future goal is to earn her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Exotics. After getting licensed, she spent some time working overnights at an emergency veterinary hospital before finding an opportunity to work with exotics.

    Being in the veterinary field for 11 years, her favorite part would be getting to know the patients personally and being a part of the reason they are feeling better and recovering. “My life is being a nurse for animals. They need people like us to have their back when life gets scary and confusing”. In her spare time, she enjoys road trips with her husband, experimenting with art media, and spending time outdoors. She has 4 dogs (Shadow, Iwok, Ruger, and Dakota), 2 cats (Binx and Gouda), and a ferret named Simon.


  • Donna Mays
    Veterinary Assistant

    Donna is one of our amazing veterinary assistants who started working here in August 2010. She was born and raised in Clifton Forge, Virginia and has been in Roanoke since 1973. She first met Dr. Stewart 15 years ago with her first bird. Donna has plenty of emergency experience both in human medicine and veterinary medicine.

    She graduated in 1974 from Dabney S. Lancaster CC with an Associate Degree in Applied Science Nursing, becoming a certified medical assistant. As a certified medical assistant in the human world, she is able to apply her skills in the veterinary world during hours of emergency and during the weekend for our clinic.

    Her favorite part of working with animals is spoiling them when they are under our care whether it be with toys, treats, or extra love. In Donna’s spare time, she enjoys photography, especially of animals. She’s always had animals growing up, such as birds, cats, dogs, fish, salamanders, a turtle, and tadpoles. Showing horses was also a hobby of hers for a couple of years. Currently, she has a “herd” of guinea pigs, 2 hamsters, and 1 rabbit. Her favorite quote is, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”. – Anatole France


  • Sierra Wheeler
    Veterinary Assistant

    Sierra Wheeler joined our team in July 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She grew up in Franklin County and has been in Roanoke, VA since 2007. Sierra has been working in the veterinary field since 2015 and is currently on her journey to become a licensed veterinary technician.

    She is definitely a compassionate and hard-working member of our team! Her long-term goal is to work in Wildlife Conservation and Zoological medicine. What she loves most about her job is the rewarding feeling you have when a patient overcomes a great obstacle- it makes everything worthwhile!

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with nature and her pets, going to musical events, and amusement parks. She has 6 pets; a husky, tabby cat, 2 bearded dragons, a Borneo python, and a tarantula!


  • Annie
    Receptionist

    Annie has been with our team as a receptionist since 2014. She was born, raised, and attended college in the Carolinas. Her favorite part about her field is working with Mill Mountain Zoo. In her spare time, she enjoys trail riding, hiking, reading, and archery. She has a sugar glider, as pictured, named Mayling.

    She’s had her since she was a joey out of pouch 8 years ago. She is very energetic and travels with her whenever she can!