Meet Our Team

Stephanie Patterson, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVPP

Stephanie Patterson, DVM, CCRT, CVA, CVPP

Dr. Patterson is originally from New Jersey. She studied Biology with a specialization in Marine Sciences and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University in 2000. She then went on to receive her veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her internship was in Emergency/Critical Care and Internal Medicine. She also received special training in diagnostic ultrasound, physical therapy, veterinary acupuncture, and pain management.

Dr. Patterson is certified in veterinary acupuncture by The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and veterinary rehabilitation medicine by The Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She is also certified in veterinary pain management by the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management. When not working, you can find Dr. Patterson on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach or walking along the beach with her husband Scott, her son, and their two energetic dogs.

Blair Hollowell, DVM, CCRT

Blair Hollowell, DVM, CCRT

Dr. Hollowell has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine since 1998 when she graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to Virginia Beach in 2004 to be closer to family and met her husband Todd, a native of this area.

Dr. Hollowell has special interest in surgery, dentistry, and rehabilitative medicine. She became certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy in 2009 and works with PAWS for Rehabilitation to assist patients in recovering from injuries or improving the quality of life for many of our area’s four legged friends.

Dr. Hollowell has served in veterinary leadership roles since her graduation from veterinary school and she enjoys volunteering her time in roles to improve the quality of life for veterinarians, clients, and their pets. She is a member of the AVMA, AAHA, VVMA, SHRVMA, American Feline Practitioners Association, and the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management.

In her personal time, Dr. Hollowell can be found riding horses, sewing, reading, or boating with her family and three children. Her family also includes two horses, a cat, a dog, a rabbit, and a tortoise.

Maria Maddox, LVT, CCRP, AMCP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)

Maria Maddox, LVT, CCRP, AMCP, VTS (Physical Rehabilitation)

Technical Manager, Therapy Practitioner

Maria has lived in multiple states and countries but considers herself an East-Coaster. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute and has been a credentialed veterinary technician since 2003. She was certified in Canine Rehabilitation by the University of Tennessee in 2006. She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Physical Rehabilitation in 2017. She is Membership Chair of the Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians (APRVT) and lectures online and in person about veterinary rehab. She holds a Level 1 certification in Reiki; her other certifications are in Veterinary Nutrition, Animal Massage and Care Provider, and Fear Free.

When Maria is not at PAWS, her time is filled caring for her two children, her husband, and her cerebellar hypoplastic cat. She loves to grow her own food, practice ikebana, and really misses playing rugby, rowing and dragon boat paddling.

Rehabilitation Therapy Assistants


Hey I am Hannah, you can call me Hannah Banana! I am a Veterinary Canine Rehabilitation Assistant here at P.A.W.S. The reward of helping pets have the best quality of life possible is my favorite thing about my job. When I am not at work, you can find me at the beach! In my past life, I was most definitely a sea creature! Ever since I was little, I knew that I would be working with animals! I enjoy singing, art, and photography! If I were a super hero, I would totally have invisibility…or even fire power! My three pet peeves are feet, fork noises, and dirty hands…wash those hands people! If I were a pasta I would be a spiral! Most people don’t know this about me, but I was a gymnast back in the day! I absolutely love animals, especially aquatic creatures! My colleagues would describe me as the nicest person ever, and a good friend!


Howdy! My name is Lisa and I am a therapy assistant and veterinary assistant here at P.A.W.S.! I believe the formation of relationships with clients and patients is so important and rewarding! Seeing the same faces every week makes me smile! When I am not at work, you can find me drinking wine and browsing bookstores and vinyl shops. I have a pup named Otis and I love taking him on hikes! I am a super wiz at trivia ask me anything! I also enjoy annoying my husband in my free time! In my past life, I am pretty sure I was a Barista…or possibly a librarian. If I were a super hero, I’d definitely have the ability to control electricity. Ever since I was five years of age, I knew I would be working in Vet Med. I played competitive tennis for 12 years! I played in high school and in college. During happy hour you will catch me drinking a Moscow Mule. My teammates look at me as reliable and a busy bee! If I were a pasta, I would be a tortellini because beneath all these layers…there is cheesy goodness! Suicide prevention and student debt are very important to me and I am always looking for ways to support those causes. I love listening to alternative rock and emo music from the early 2000s.


Hi, my name is Bonnie. I am one of the Veterinary Therapy Assistants here at P.A.W.S. I’ve got one pupper named Dahlia and she is my bestie! Dahlia loves to accompany me at work! I typically am on the quieter side, but I do enjoy a good conversation. I absolutely love my Badass Coffee and burritos are my favorite food! The most rewarding thing about working here at P.A.W.s is watching my patients progress and improve with each appointment. My coworkers best describe me as the go-to gal. If they call me for help, I’ll be there! I have been working as a licensed vet technician for 12 years and I love every part of it. I love supporting my local animal shelters. I love listening to Pop punk music.

Veterinary Assistants


Greetings friends! My name is Grace but feel free to call me Gracie! I am one of the veterinarian assistants here at P.A.W.S. And I would have to say, I couldn’t have asked for a better job! I am currently in school to become a licensed Veterinary Technician and hope to specialize in reptile and/or aquatic animals. Eventually I may continue my studies afterwards to get a degree in Marine Biology! I am also known as a “Pupperlover”! Pet snuggles and kisses are a girl’s best friend as I say! I currently have two pups named Nelly and Gina, a fish tank, and two leopard Geckos named Labyrinth and Blizzard! It is so rewarding seeing my patients improve and my clients happy! Nothing is more rewarding than that! If I am not at work, you can catch me in the kitchen whipping up some goodies, lifting weights, or creating art! I definitely was priestess in my past life. Something many people do not know about me is that I sang competitively and performed all through grade school. When I was little, I wanted to have my own Animal Rehabilitation center and rescue animals and to pets all over the world! If I were a super hero, I would be like the Black Canary! During happy hour, you will catch me sipping on vodka crans. If I were a pasta, I would be a corkscrew because of my curly hair. One of my pet peeves is loud chewing and mouth noises. My teammates describe me as compassionate. I was adopted, so I am very passionate about Foster Children and the Foster Care system. I support a non-profit called Connect With a Wish that benefits the children of foster care in the Hampton roads area. You will catch me listening to alternative and indie music.


Patient Coordinators



Hi there! My name is Tina but you can call me Tinabelle! I am P.A.W.S.’s official Blueberry Fairy Unicorn Princess, and I’d have to say I am very good at that roll. When I am not at work, you can find me reading under at the beach, perusing the shopping malls, or cruising on my Harley! I am pretty sure I was a pirate in my past life! The best thing about my job here at P.A.W.S. Is seeing our patients improve! Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our patients rebound and get better! As I five year old girl, I thought I was going to be a princess and it turns out my dreams came true! If I were a pasta shape I would be a Campanelle the “little bells” because my nickname is Tinabelle. One of my many talents include singing “Shoop” by Salt N Peppa without looking at the lyrics! What you will catch me drinking during happy hour is a margarita! I love helping out my local children’s charities and animal shelters. The way to my heart is some gold ol 80s tunes, New Kids On the Block, and Pitbull!


Hello! My name is Melissa, M for short. I am one of the receptionists and patient coordinators here at P.A.W.S. The quality of life for our patients is so important to me. Seeing clients and patients alike happy is so rewarding! When not at work, you can catch me reading or making jewelry. I am like a cat. I love cat naps, hiss when I am annoyed and ignore my name when being called to do something I do not want to do. My coworkers would describe be as a kind soul. If I had a super power, it would include making things go “BOOM!”. In my past life, I think I was a story teller and/or a writer. If I were a pasta shape I would be a Cavatappi the “corkscrew” pasta…the name speaks for itself. My pet peeves are “their, they’re and there” and also chewing noises. I’d describe myself as loquacious. My teammates describe me as helpful! During happy hour, you will catch me drinking Red Death…I think it tastes like fruit punch! I love a variety of music including rock, metal, classical and pop.


Hi, my name is Rionna but please feel free to call me Onna! I am known as the “People Whisperer” I can talk to anyone anywhere! I am also a huge animal lover! I love interacting with my clients, patients, and working with my fellow staff members! When I am not working, you will catch me spending quality time with my daughter, Myla. She and I love to go on outdoor adventures together and explore the outdoors! As a child, I wasn’t sure what I was going to be as an adult, but I knew somehow, some way, I was going to be paid to talk. In my past life, I was definitely a history professor. My pet peeves include, loud noises, being late, and disorganization. One thing a lot of people do not know about me is that I wrote a book at the age of 11. During happy hour you will find me drink a nice cold glass of water with an extra juice lemon wedge on the side! My teammates would describe me as a master communicator and empathetic. I am a firm believer in mental health and self improvement. I listen to any and every genre of music; no discrimination here! If I were a super hero, I would have the trifecta of showing empathy, advice giving, and making anyone belly laugh when they are around me! I also enjoy a good girls day and gossip sesh over lunch!

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