15Dr. Jeffrey D. Whall

Dr. Whall received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Zoology from the University of Maryland in 1975. In 1976, he entered the Graduate School program at Texas A&M University , while working as a veterinary technician in private practice.

From Texas A & M, Dr. Whall earned a B.S. degree in Veterinary Science in 1980, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, and completed his Thesis for a Master’s degree in Veterinary Toxicology in 1982, all from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

In 1983 he returned to Maryland where he practiced Veterinary Medicine in the suburbs of Baltimore until 1989. In August of that year he and his wife Maggie purchased Fairland Animal Hospital. This was also the year they became the proud parents of their triplets; Daniel, Kelly Ann, and Thomas. Many of you may have met them at the hospital, as they are now old enough to help out in what has evolved into a true family business.

A member of numerous veterinary associations, he is also an active member of several civic and business associations. Fairland Animal Hospital has been cited as one of the best veterinary practices in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area in the last two publications of Washingtonian Magazine and Consumers’ Checkbook Magazine.

Dr. Whall attributes his success to a dedicated staff that is all committed to the well-being of the animals and to the service of the owners. Many of the staff has been part of the “family” for numerous years providing our clients with the finest veterinary care in the area.

17Shawnne J. Spencer, D.V.M.

Dr. Spencer joined the Fairland team in May, 2014. He attended the University of Pittsburgh for his undergrad and then attended Virginia Tech for his doctoral degree where he graduated in 2003. Following his graduation, he moved back to his home state of Maryland and began working at a local veterinary hospital. He currently has a female Doberman Pinscher named Indie, who loves to run around. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Dr. Sabrina Ngwira

Dr. Sabrina Ngwira joined the FAH team in August 2019. She is a 2017 graduate of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (at Virginia Tech). Dr. Ngwira is originally from Hampton, Virginia and is used to living by the beach. She decided to move to Maryland with her husband after her graduation. Her areas of interest include feline medicine, preventative care, and dermatology. In her spare time, Dr. Ngwira can be found in a Cross fit gym lifting heavy weights. She has been a cross fit athlete since in 2017 and has competed in a few competitions, discovering her second passion next to veterinary medicine. She also loves to read, cook, and spend time with her husband. She currently has 3 rescue cats named Casper, Nalia, and Moonpie who all have very different and interesting personalities.

Melissa Reidy, D.V.M.

Dr. Reidy joined the Fairland team in March, 2016. Growing up in a military family, she moved all over the United States before her family finally settled in Maryland. After obtaining her BS in Zoology from the University of Maryland College Park in 1999, she was lucky enough to pursue her dreams in Dublin, Ireland, where she obtained her degree in veterinary medicine in 2004 at the University College Dublin.

After graduating, she returned home to Maryland, where she worked in several small animal clinics in Southern Maryland before moving to Anne Arundel County. She is known for her strong interest in internal medicine and her feline patients. In her free time, Dr. Reidy enjoys running, hiking, and travel. She and her husband currently share their home with two beautiful Shih Tzu’s and their four obnoxious cats.


Hospital Administrator

Nick came to Fairland in June of 2017 with a ton of experience. He is working towards becoming a Registered Vet Tech. He has a passion for anesthesia and emergency medicine. When not working at Fairland, he works part-time at an emergency hospital. He has two cats named Millie and Milo, a Chihuahua named Mashed Potato and a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Nellie.


Veterinary Technician

Anthony joined the Fairland team in April of 2014. He is a graduate of Paint Branch HS. He loves animals but he also has an extreme passion for fish. He has two freshwater tanks at home along with two dogs Charlotte and Lucy. His plans are to return to school to study to be either a veterinarian or a marine biologist.


Veterinary Technician

Kelly joined the Fairland team in May, 2015. She loves all animals! However, she has a soft spot for her male Pit bull named Odin, and her female Australian Cattle Dog/Husky mix named Bailee. In her spare time, when she is not house/pet sitting or walking dogs, she enjoys spending time outdoors at the river fishing and hiking, and going to the gym or out with her girlfriends. She thoroughly enjoys listening, singing, and dancing to all types of music, but country is her favorite!


Veterinary Technician

Iggy joined the Fairland team in May, 2018. He is currently attending school to become a nurse in the medical field. He has a love for animals and currently has two cats, Franchesca and Hulk. Outside of work and school, Iggy enjoys spending time with his family and friends.



Receptionist/Veterinary Technician

Gretchen joined the Fairland team in September 2017. Her passion for animals and science lead her to complete her B.S. in Biology. She is a 2017 graduate of Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. She enjoys working in all aspects of the veterinary field and looks forward to increasing her knowledge as a veterinary technician. When she is not at work, Gretchen’s favorite place to be is on the beach, enjoying the sun, surf, and sand! She has future plans to eventually adopt a puppy of her own.


Vicky joined the Fairland team in December, 2019. She has been an animal lover since she was very young. She grew up with dogs, cats, reptiles, and parrots. Her passion led her to pursue a Bachelor’s in Poultry Science at the University of Georgia with the intention to go to vet school. She has a 14-year-old Shepherd/Husky mix named Dakota, a “domesticated” feral cat named Coon, and a mini lop bunny named Twix. Vicky enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and hiking in her free time.


Veterinary Technician

Brittany joined the Fairland team in January 2014. Brittany works at an elementary school and at Fairland part-time. She loves both her jobs! She has always been an animal lover and thinks a household isn’t complete unless there is a fur baby running around. While she adores all animals, she has a special weakness for big dogs. She couldn’t imagine her life without her English Mastiff, Gus Gus. She refers to him as “my little pony” and takes him wherever she goes. He is truly a gentle giant who adores his mom! When Brittany isn’t working, she is taking Gus swimming, hiking, or out to visit friends. Brittany is always on the go and enjoys helping and meeting new people.


Veterinary Technician

Pharece joined Fairland in January 2018. She has been a Technician for over 17 years and has a great love for animals. She has three adorable pit bulls named Aries, Sasha, and Dakota. When not working, you can find her spending time with her family, swimming, playing video games, or just relaxing.


Practice Manager

Catherine joined the Fairland team in July, 2018. She comes to us with close to 30 years in the animal field. During her career, she has had the privilege to work with various species and types of animals. These range from insects, arachnids, reptiles, amphibians, marsupials, avian, all types of felines, as well as many types of larger wildlife including alligators, giraffes, rhinos, and elephants. She has a love and passion for all animals big and small. She moved back to Maryland with her husband after 10 years of managing a veterinary hospital in Virginia. While in Virginia, she started a community /state emergency animal response team that is nationally known. In her spare time, she enjoys with husband, restoring their circa 1742 home, antique shopping, bingo, spending time with family, and volunteering in her local community.



Carolyn joined the Fairland team in November, 2017 and comes to us with more than
ten years of client service experience, five of which are in the veterinary field. She was born and raised in D.C. and is a mom to a young son and an older Cairn terrier named Ponki. When Carolyn is not at work, she spends her time outdoors running, biking, hiking, and with her family. She hopes to meet Beyonce’ one day too!



Teresa joined the Fairland team in April, 2019. She has always had a passion to work with animals and has been a veterinary receptionist for seven years. She is considering going back to school to become a veterinary technician. Currently, she has a Chihuahua named Tito; a little aquatic turtle named Rosalinda, and just recently adopted a sweet orange tabby named Booker. When she is not working, she is spending time with her daughter and pets.



Ria joined the Fairland team in September 2017. Her experience ranges from working in the hospitality industry to being a veterinary receptionist and an accredited professional groomer for over 10 years. She has a lifelong passion and love for animals that is truly undeniable. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband and son, and going to the beach.



Leslie joined the Fairland team in January 2019. She is a 2011 graduate from Springbrook HS and comes to us with more than five years experience in the veterinary field as a receptionist. Leslie has a love for animals and currently has a German Shepherd named Kobe. When she is not at work or at home, you can find her outdoors or in the gym. She also loves taking trips to the beach.




Sarah joined Fairland in January of 2018 and works at an elementary school and at Fairland part-time. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in conservation and wildlife biology. After graduating she interned at two wildlife clinics working with bears, bobcats, birds of prey, deer, squirrels, opossums, and reptiles. From there she completed two internships at National Zoo training 10 species of exotic birds and a Southern-two toed sloth. In her free time, she is training for a half marathon or taking care of her 6 pets at home!



Megan joined the Fairland family in September 2019. She comes to us with 6 years of client service experience and animal care experience, almost 2 years of that being in the veterinary field. She currently has 2 large dogs, Hermès and Lily, along with 4 cats that were rescued. Megan has always had a passion for animal care, and is currently going back to school to be a veterinary technician. In her free time, she likes to practice her painting and doing various outdoor activities with her pups.



Paper Weight

Albert is our resident ‘teenager’. He was found as a stray when he was only 2 months old by a client. He was very small and had ulcers all over his mouth. With a lot of care by our team he was healed and began eating again! He is now our official greeter and has run of the hospital. He can often be found up on the front desk waiting to greet you and your pets!