VSC Medical Team


Anke Langenbach
Dr.med.vet, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ECVS
Chief of Surgery

image Dr. Anke Langenbach, owner and Chief Surgeon, is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. She earned her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, College of Veterinary Medicine in Germany. Dr. Langenbach was awarded a scholarship allowing her a combined American and German education. She spent most of her third year of veterinary school at Kansas State University and part of her fourth year at the Ohio State University, Cornell University, and Animal Medical Center of New York. After receiving her veterinary degree, she continued her studies with a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. After completion of her residency, she stayed with the University accepting a lecturing position. Dr. Langenbach achieved Diplomate status as a board certified surgeon in 1998. Following her extensive academic career, Dr. Langenbach moved to Northern Virginia to work in private referral practice. Since her time at the University, Dr. Langenbach has published several articles, authored a book chapter, and has presented at many regional and local meetings, as well as national meetings held by the College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is currently participating in clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania involving neoplasia in feline patients and a clinical trial for Cisplatin Bead efficacy in both canine and feline patients. Dr. Langenbach was also featured in the book “In Their Shoes” by Debbie Reiber. She presented at the 2007 Annual Surgeons Summit and the European Surgeons Summit in Basel, Switzerland in July 2008. Her other areas of research interest relate to bone and joint diseases and injuries of the canine patient. Dr. Langenbach lives with her husband, two sons, two dogs, and three cats in Vienna, VA.
Location: Vienna, VA

Dirsko J.F. von Pfeil
Dr.med.vet, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ECVS
Adjunct Professor: Small Animal Surgery, Michigan State University
VSC Staff Surgeon

After graduation from the University of Berlin in 2001, Dr. von Pfeil obtained the American DVM, was accepted for a 1-year internship at Kansas State University (KSU), followed by a 3-year surgical residency, and 1-year surgical fellowship at Michigan State University (MSU). Supported by an international scholarship he completed his dissertation in orthopedic implant biomechanics. He became double-board-certified in 2008. After returning to KSU as assistant professor, teaching orthopedic, soft- tissue, oncologic- and neurosurgery, he worked for 5 years at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska. He joined VSC in 2014.

His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, fluoroscopically guided fracture repairs, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy), tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), sports medicine, growth plate injuries, comminuted fractures, joint replacements, salivary gland-, laryngeal-, reconstructive- and oncologic surgery.

Dr. von Pfeil authored many scientific publications and book chapters, edited books, speaks at national and international conferences and is involved in teaching surgical CE-classes. He serves as adjunct professor at MSU, volunteers on the board of referees for multiple peer-reviewed journals and is member of several Veterinary Medical Associations (AAHA, ACVS, ECVS, VOS, AVORE, VES, ESVOT, ISDVMA, DAAD, DTB). Some of his academic achievements include research resulting in the development of the I-LOC (interlocking nail), an orthopedic implant used for fracture repairs in minimally-invasive manner, and descriptions of modified approaches for TPLO- , laryngeal paralysis- and salivary gland surgeries. As race veterinarian in Alaska he investigated orthopedic injuries and genetics of congenital laryngeal paralysis in sled dogs.

Dr. von Pfeil was elected resident of the year from the MSU class of 2006 and honored to receive the prestigious Golden Stethoscope Award during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2013.

In his free time he enjoys triathlons, photography, music and languages. The von Pfeils live with their 2 children in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
Location:
Vienna, VA

Julia Hawthorne, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
VSC Staff Surgeon


A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Dr. Hawthorne received her Bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and her veterinary degree in 1994 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  She continued her academic studies completing a 1-year rotating internship at Mississippi State Univeristy and a 1-year surgical internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Winter Park, Florida.  After finishing a 3-year surgical residency at Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, she stayed with the University accepting a clinical instructorship position.  Dr. Hawthorne achieved Diplomate status as a board-certified surgeon in 2001.  Following her time with the University, Dr. Hawthorne spent over seven years as an associate surgeon with a veterinary referral practice outside Richmond, Virginia.  A native of Northern Virginia, she returned to this area and joined VSC.  Her areas of interest include soft tissue and emergency surgery.  Dr. Hawthorne lives with her husband, three children, and Bernese Mountain Dog in Falls Church, Virginia.
Location:
Vienna, VA

Jim Taylor, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
VSC Staff Surgeon

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Jim Taylor, DVM received his veterinary degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. He began his professional career working for two years in small animal private practice in Oklahoma City. Following his time in private practice, he continued his academic studies by completing a 1-year small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey. In July of 2007, Dr. Taylor joined VSC and completed a 1-year surgical internship and remained to complete his 3-year surgical residency, becoming VSC's first Resident.  Dr. Taylor became Board Certified in February 2012 and will now be our primary surgeon in our Winchester, VA location.  Dr. Taylor presented at the annual ACVS surgery summit in San Diego, CA in October 2008.  He lives with his wife, two dogs, and three cats in Vienna, VA and his hobbies include various outdoor activities and watching Oklahoma football.
Location:
Leesburg, VA

Andrew Scott Levien, 
BVSc (hons), PGCertVS, MANZCVSc

 

A native of Australia, Dr. Andrew Levien earned his Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at the University of Sydney, graduating with first-class honors and receiving numerous academic awards. For the first three years of his professional career, he worked in a small animal practice in Australia while completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies from Murdoch University. In 2009, he began a one-year rotating internship at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and, in 2010, accepted a position at Louisiana State University, where he completed a surgery internship. In 2011, he commenced a three-year surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center, New York. He has been published in a number of veterinary journals, including breakthrough research on transjugular liver biopsy in dogs, which appeared in the Journal of Veterinary Medicine. After passing his surgical examination, he became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2013.
             
His clinical interests include complex orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries. In particular, he is interested in the orthopedic disciplines of total joint replacement, fracture repair, and cruciate ligament disease.

In his free time, Dr. Levien enjoys the outdoors, including hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Location:
Vienna, VA

Katherine Crook, DVM, DACVIM
VSC Staff Neurologist/Neurosurgeon 


Dr. Katherine Crook graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She completed a one-year rotating internship in medicine and surgery, followed by a one-year neurology internship at a private practice in Connecticut. Dr. Crook then went on to pursue a three-year residency in Neurology/Neurosurgery at North Carolina State University. During her residency she was involved in and published research aimed at improving the current therapy for inflammatory brain and spinal cord disease. She also developed an interest in neurosurgical procedures, where she gained training in spinal decompression procedures and craniotomies.

Dr. Crook was a member of her undergraduate tennis team, and is still very active playing tennis, running and hiking in her free time. She also enjoys spending time with her three-legged cats, Punky and Newman.
Location:
Vienna, VA

Heather Mossman, DVM
Resident in Surgery


Dr. Mossman graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics. She completed her veterinary degree at Massey University in New Zealand in 2008. Dr. Mossman worked in private practice, first in Traverse City, Michigan, then in Lowestoft, England, before completing her small animal rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2012. Dr. Mossman is thrilled to be continuing her academic training at VSC with a three year surgical residency. She currently lives in Fairfax, VA with her cat, Maggie G, and is looking forward to her husband joining her from England.

Justin Ganjei, DVM
Resident in Surgery


Dr. Justin Ganjei received his bachelors degree in biology from Virginia Tech. He then went on to work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a short time before returning back to Blacksburg, VA where he received his DVM from the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Justin completed a 1-year small animal rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. Justin currently lives in Maryland with his two Great Danes, Dante and Sparta.

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA
Rehabilitation Department


Dr. Wentzel grew up in Annapolis, MD and graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Forestry and Wildlife in 1998. Dr. Wentzel graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 where she pursued interests in both wildlife medicine and small animal emergency medicine. After graduation, she completed a small animal emergency medicine internship at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, MD where she remained on staff for another 7 years. Her family moved to Leesburg, VA where she has spent the past 2 years working at Animal Emergency and Critical Care. She completed her Certified Veterinary Acupuncture courses in 2013 and is currently working on her Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Veterinary Pain Practitioner certifications. She is passionate about treating acute and chronic pain to improve her patients' life and assist in their return to a more active lifestyle. In her free time, Dr. Wentzel enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and three cats. She also enjoys gardening, birdwatching, volleyball, and running.
Location:
Vienna, VA

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