Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake | Jay McDonnell, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM | Annapolis & Towson, MD

Meet the VNOC Administrative Staff


Cheryl, Practice Manager

Cheryl joined Veterinary Neurology and Imaging of the Chesapeake as the practice manager in 2014. Cheryl, who has 25 years of experience in the veterinary field, previously was the practice manager for a large companion animal and equine veterinary practice in Easton, Maryland for 15 years.


A native of the Eastern Shore, Cheryl has always been a "pet person." Her first job was cleaning kennels at a veterinary hospital. She worked as a veterinary assistant, practice receptionist, vet tech and office manager before becoming a certified veterinary practice manager.


Since starting on VNoC/VIoC, Cheryl says, "I'm really enjoying having the opportunity to manage two specialty practices, including one with two locations.The cases are fascinating, especially when we see the positive outcomes after surgery."


Home life is every bit as busy for Cheryl. She has three children: Thomas, age 18; Kelsey, age 16; and Andrew, age 12. "We're a big animal and sports family," explains Cheryl. "We have three cats and three dogs, including Goose, our chocolate lab; Ali, a lab who's just a puppy; and Shiloh, a 'Bug,' a Boston/Pug/Terrier mix. We rescued Goose on Christmas Eve two years ago. We joked he was our Christmas goose. As a supporter of DAAWGS—Delaware Alliance for Animal Welfare Groups, Inc.—rescue is important to me." Recently, the family has acquired ducks and chickens which have blended into the family just as the four- legged ones!


Brittany, Patient Care Coordinator

Since 2011, Baltimore native Brittany B. has typically been the first person callers speak to when contacting our practice.


"I used to work for a human neurologist," she explains, "and it's amazing how much is the same. I felt very comfortable here, right from the beginning."


A fitness buff, Brittany enjoys working out five days a week, and taking her American bulldog, Penny on long walk and hikes on the weekend. Summers the pair are often at the shore so Penny can swim in the bay.


"I'm hoping to go back to school for medical imaging," says Brittany. Whatever the future holds for Brittany, we're fortunate to have her welcoming and assisting new and returning clients.




Michele, Patient Care Coordinator

Michele joined the administrative staff at VNoC in July 2015. A native of Pasadena, Maryland, Michele says, "I've been and out of the emergency clinic here with my animals, so I was familiar with VNoC. When I learned about the opening, I jumped at the chance to work here."


While Michele previously worked in the medical field and in the automotive business, she's not worried about the move to veterinary care. "I'm like a sponge. I love to learn. I'm passionate about what I do—and I was gifted with the caring gene. Even though I've only been here a short time, I already feel like I've known everyone at VNoC forever. I'm excited that suggestions are welcome; I know I can make a difference here."


A lifelong animal lover, Michele and her roommate have two dogs, a turtle, a bird and three silky chickens. "I pet-sit for friends and I've even fostered a pig!"





Sonia, Patient Care Coordinator

Sonia may be a familiar face to those who've been to CVRC. She explains, "I used to work for the ophthalmology practice, which gave me the chance to get to know Dr. McDonnell and the VNoC staff. Neurology interests me, so deciding to make the move was easy."


Born in Poland, Sonia moved with her family to Maryland when she was small. Animals have always been a big part of her life. "I have a Bachelor's in Animal Science—I was originally on the track to go to vet school, but now becoming an Occupational Therapist is my long-term goal. At the moment I have an Off the Track Thoroughbred named Manny, a Great Pyrenees named Delilah, two cats, Oliver and Sylvester."

Focused and organized, Sonia rides 3-4 days a week, lifts weights 3 days a week, runs 3 days a week and is in training for a half marathon—in addition to working full-time.

"Working at VNoC is refreshing. It's a different schedule, and Dr. McDonnell is so involved with the staff and supportive of our education and learning. I'm really enjoying it!"


Board Certified Veterinary Neurologist Dr. Jay McDonnell | Annapolis & Towson, MD