Meet Our Veterinarians
Davis Hall, DVM
Dr. Davis Hall is the founder and patriarch of Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and Emergency Center, founded in 1974. Our actual roots were planted in 1974 when, after serving in the military, Dr. Hall acquired Town & Country Animal Hospital in Fairfax. The practice treated both large and small animals, as Northern Virginia was still richly rural.
Through the years, Dr. Hall organized and nurtured a growing staff of veterinary professionals, all embracing his philosophy of expert treatment delivered with compassion. He also serves as a touchstone for our veterinarians, as his wealth of knowledge and experience will always help to ensure the best outcomes.
Most of his clients consider him part of the family, having cared for generations of pets, some traveling many miles for wellness exams and treatment. Both hospitals have grown to include full-service kennels and grooming facilities with more than 150 staff members. Dr. Hall graduated from Texas A&M University in 1969.
Reed Hall, DVM
Dr. Reed Hall, son of Dr. Davis Hall, extends the family’s veterinary legacy. Dr. Hall displays enormous compassion for his patients and clients alike. His clients never leave their appointments without having been educated on topics related to either their pet’s health, treatment, or nutrition. He also has an affinity for surgery and animal dentistry. This is among many reasons he has been named one of NOVA Magazine’s “Top Vets.”
Dr. Hall and his family, including son Davis Hall V and daughter Hope, live in Clifton and are a part of the fellowship at Expectation Church. He supports and shares a Christian veterinarian philosophy with other veterinarians and veterinary students. He is a member of the C12 Group, a national Christian peer advisory organization and he is also active in the Christian Veterinary Mission.
He practices at both Town & Country Animal Hospital and Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and Emergency Center. Dr. Hall completed his undergraduate degree at West Virginia University and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Virginia Tech.
Heather Kirchart, VMD
Dr. Kirchart’s parents bred Saint Bernards, so growing up, she has had ample opportunity to see veterinarians at work. As a girl, she would tell any one interested that she was going to be a veterinarian. She worked at kennels as a teenager, and later as a vet assistant. She completed her undergraduate studies at Penn State University and received her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania. Columbia Pike Animal Hospital was her very first, (and last, she says) staff position. We have enjoyed her as a teammate since 2002. Dr. Kirchart enjoys all aspects of caring for animals but excels in the areas of soft tissue surgery and abdominal ultrasonography.
Her clients speak of her compassion and willingness to not end any appointment without answering every question and thoroughly explaining her treatment plan. She relishes her time with her family and friends at the beach, and enjoys world travel. When she is not with her family, husband John, children Jack and Reagan, and their Pug Lincoln, she enjoys a long jog and likes to catch up on the latest “tea,” `a la the Bravo Channel.
Matt Novarr, DVM
Dr. Novarr knew that he wanted to be a veterinarian early in life when at only nine, he cared for a neighbor’s horses in Connecticut, where he was born and raised. He has also had the opportunity to work with animals in South Africa and Australia before deciding to focus on cats and dogs in a small animal practice. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary care, including internal medicine and dermatology, as well as basic surgeries like spays, neuters, mass removals and dental work.
Dr. Novarr’s clients get the benefit of not only his practical skills but his willingness to educate and offer prompt communication. He avails himself via phone or email to answer questions or explain treatment. He appreciates and enjoys the opportunity to bond with his pet families long term.
He studied and earned his degrees at the University of Miami and Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. He lives in Falls Church with his wife Mandy and daughter Dani. They have a dog, Zody, and a cat named Kit-Cat.
Mary Clinton, DVM
The healing hands of Dr. Clinton served humans before they served our beloved pets, as she was once a Registered Nurse. Her love of animals led her down the path of veterinary medicine. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Her clients appreciate her thoroughness and honesty when treating their pets.
In her free time, Dr. Clinton enjoys climbing and yoga. She also practices krav maga, a form of self-defense, and rides her racing motorcycle. Her companion animal is an almost-40-year-old horse named Kong, who resides at Dr. Davis Hall’s farm.
Andrew D. Nguyen, DVM
As a senior year, undergraduate student majoring in Biology at George Mason University, Dr. Nguyen was still uncertain about his career path. Since he had a strong affection for animals, he announced to his parents, “I am going to be a Veterinarian.” As immigrants with very high career expectations for their son, they suggested he become either a “real” doctor or an attorney or computer engineer so that he could earn a lucrative salary. To further complicate matters, he then discovered acting and loved it. “This is it,” he thought, and shared the great news with his parents, who responded, “Why don’t you become a Veterinarian?”
Since earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University, Dr. Nguyen has excelled in his chosen career. He has expertise in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as dentistry. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and has volunteered for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, VA. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing, carpentry, painting, drawing, and playing guitar. He lives with his wife, Dr. Laura Fink, and their son in Springfield, VA.
Laura Fink, DVM
The plan was set very early. As a young girl, Dr. Fink would “play” veterinarian with her family dogs and cats with the extra medical supplies her dad (a physician) brought home from his practice. She is a relative native, having grown up in Silver Spring. She enjoys rock climbing, spending time outdoors with her dogs, and has an affinity for national parks. Indoors, you will find her reading, cooking, and practicing Spanish, which she hopes will be her second language.
Her clients especially appreciate the way she listens to all of their concerns, never making any assumptions until she has heard the whole story. Her patients seem to sense her calm energy, making exam time much less stressful.
Dr. Fink graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. As an undergraduate she studied abroad in Australia and spent two summers at a cattle ranch in Wyoming.
Molly Tango, DVM
Dr. Tango feels fortunate to be able to live a life where she can combine her interest in medicine and passion for animals. She delivers care from a wealth of knowledge and experience that her mother, a nurse, helped to build. Her clients are extremely loyal, because they feel her compassion and appreciate her confidence. She is a bit of a foodie that also enjoys travel, running, and CrossFit. She is active with Team RWB, enriching the lives of veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. She also volunteers at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
Dr. Tango earned her veterinary degree at Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI Canada. She has a special interest in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and shelter medicine.
Shauna Waite, DVM
Dr. Waite comes to us from warm places. She was born and raised in Southern California, earned her BS degrees at UC Davis, graduated from St. George’s University Veterinary School in Grenada, West Indies, and interned in Atlanta and practiced in Florida. From the time she was a young teenager, she has been passionate about working and volunteering for animals; both companion and those found in the Zoo. She has a special interest and talent in surgery. Dr. Waite has visited Thailand to develop after-school programs with Athletes in Action Christian Mission. She has worked with wildlife veterinarians in Africa to capture animals in need of relocation. She also offers extraordinary service to our local Humane Rescue Alliance, raising funds and volunteering medical services.
Dr. Waite travels extensively and enjoys almost any physical outdoor activity, including running, biking, surfing, and scuba. She and her husband James have recently rescued a dog, a victim of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, after volunteering. He joins the rest of the rescued family, including another dog, two cats, and a gecko.
Abraham Jonatan, DVM
Dr. Jonatan comes from a place “Down Under”–Australia, to be exact. Through the years, he has taken quite a lot of ribbing from his colleagues and clients for being the “kid” among the vets. The truth is that he has been practicing emergency veterinarian medicine for many years. In Australia, you go directly to vet school from high school. He enjoys every aspect of veterinary medicine but is particularly interested in dentistry and pain management.
His industry association memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, (VVMA), Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA), and the National and International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS / IVECCS).
Because of his overnight shift, you can find him in the sun during his time off – swinging from his hammock or riding his bike in the Shenandoah.
Candice Flynn, DVM
Watch Dr. Flynn engaging with any species of animal you know; she was born to be a Veterinarian. She shares this attribute with her husband, whom she met at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine where they both received their Veterinary Medicine Degrees. They are the very proud parents of seven-year-old Alexander and two-year-old Catherine. This family of four has extended their hearts and home no less than ten rescue animals – two dogs, one cat, three frogs and four lizards. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy Capitals games, dancing, world travel and they try to learn a new hobby each year.
Dr. Flynn is celebrating fifteen years at Columbia Pike Animal Hospital and is especially loved by her clients and patients alike. Her wealth of knowledge and infectious smile puts them at ease, knowing their pets are in the hands of one of the best. Dr. Flynn was recently recognized by NOVA Magazine as one of the area’s “Top Vets.”
Chad Nishi, DVM
Despite being raised on a farm with lots of animals, Dr. Nishi always wanted to have pets of his own. He was told by his parents, “If you want pets so badly, be a Veterinarian.” And so, he did. His real pets, Dinghy and Tugboat, are also his hiking companions. Besides hiking, he enjoys Kickball and Dodgeball.
As a practitioner, he engages his gentle nature with pets while working resourcefully with clients, ensuring the best outcome possible. After joining Columbia Pike Animal Hospital, he very quickly began to develop a loyal following. His effective decision making makes him one the hospital’s premier urgent care specialist.
Dr. Nishi attended Washington State University undergrad and earned his Veterinary Doctorate at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. He is a member of the American Veterinarian Medical Association.