The Team

White Oak Animal Hospital is home to a team of skilled and compassionate veterinarians.

Proudly Serving Stafford County Pets

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Stacy Horner-Dunn, DVM, Co-Owner

Dr. Stacy Horner-Dunn opened White Oak Animal Hospital with her husband, Dr. Gary Dunn, in June 1996. Dr. Horner-Dunn grew up in Delran, New Jersey. Her motivation to become a veterinarian came from her family, particularly her father. He had a great love for the outdoors and animals, resulting in Dr. Horner-Dunn being exposed to animals ranging from turtles and fish to cats and dogs. She remembers visiting the local veterinarian who treated the family dog for heartworm disease and being completely captured by the entire process. Dr. Horner-Dunn's childhood motivation pushed her to volunteer at an animal hospital.

As an undergraduate at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Madison campus, Dr. Horner-Dunn studied biology and graduated magna cum laude in 1985. She attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. While at veterinary school, Dr. Horner-Dunn received the Clinical Proficiency Award.

Dr. Horner-Dunn is a member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Among many areas of professional interest, she has a special passion for dermatology.

"Each day at the hospital brings a new challenge," says Dr. Horner-Dunn. "Different medical issues and various clients makes the job interesting and rewarding." There are difficult parts to her job, particularly providing euthanasia, although she feels it's a gift to be able to end an animal's suffering and help clients through the sad experience. Ultimately, she says, "There's nothing more gratifying then returning a healthy pet to their owner."

At home, Dr. Horner-Dunn has three dogs: a golden retriever named Noah, a mix-breed named Levi and a small mixed breed terrier named Josephine. She also has three domestic shorthair cats named Warren, Bennett and Botetourt. Dr. Horner-Dunn enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and furniture restoration. She also supports the Stafford County Shelter by volunteering basic health care (e.g. heartworm checks, fecal checks, vaccines) and spaying and neutering.

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Gary B. Dunn, DVM, Co-Owner

Dr. Gary B. Dunn opened White Oak Animal Hospital along with his wife, Dr. Stacy Horner-Dunn, in June 1996. Dr. Dunn grew up in Daytona Beach, Fla., in a family with numerous pets. He and his brothers took care of dogs, rabbits, birds, turtles and fish. His parents, he realizes now, were very patient and tolerant. Before high school, he worked at a pet store, and during high school and college, he worked at different veterinary hospitals.

Dr. Dunn studied biology at Florida State University. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1984. He attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Dr. Dunn earned the Clinical Proficiency Award while at veterinary school and graduated with honors.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Dunn's main professional interest lies in surgery." The best part of being a veterinarian is seeing an injured or ailing pet get well and return to its family," he says. "An added bonus is that every day is challenging and different."

At home, Dr. Dunn and his wife have three dogs: a golden retriever named Noah, a mix-breed named Levi and a small mixed breed terrier named Josephine. They also have thre domestic shorthair cats named Warren, Bennet and Botetourt. In his free time, Dr. Dunn enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and cooking.

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Melanie Bell, DVM

Dr. Melanie Bell grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. She was motivated to become a veterinarian as a child when her pet became sick and her family had difficulty taking care of him. Before becoming a veterinarian, Dr. Bell volunteered at the Baltimore Zoo and a small animal veterinary hospital in Crownsville, Maryland.

Dr. Bell attended St. Mary's College of Maryland where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1986, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Bell attended Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After veterinary school, Dr. Bell interned at Mississippi State University.

As an associate veterinarian at White Oak Animal Hospital, Dr. Bell says her favorite part of being a veterinarian is providing service to the community that is different and challenging every day. "Everyday there is something new to learn," she says. "The people who I work with make life more fun."

Dr. Bell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine and wellness care.

Dr. Bell enjoys spending time with her pets, knitting, and her memories from traveling.

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Sandi Pepper, DVM

Dr. Sandi Pepper grew up in Fredericksburg, Va., with all kinds of animals, and knew from an early age that she wanted a career in the animal-care field. Before becoming a veterinarian, she volunteered for a large animal veterinarian and at a small zoo. She also worked at two veterinary hospitals and a state animal-health laboratory.

Dr. Pepper earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Randolph Macon College in 1996. Dr. Pepper earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and is professionally interested in internal medicine.

She says that the most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is the variety. "I never have the same day twice," Dr. Pepper says, "and I am still seeing things I have never seen before, 15+ years into this profession. It keeps the job fresh and interesting."

At home, Dr. Pepper has three dogs named Chewy, Oscar, and Agent May; three cats named Lennie, Squiggy and Roo; Nubian goats named Audrey,Opal and Eva; horses named Razzberry, Levi, EL, and Pippin; a mini donkey named Dr. Phil and multiple chickens. She and her husband Josh, a mathematician, have two children, Ruby and Wes. In her free time, Dr. Pepper enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and cheesemaking.

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Jennifer V. Skarbek, DVM

Dr. Jennifer V. Skarbek joined the practice at White Oak Animal Hospital in October 2012. She feels the most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is teaching pet owners how to have a rewarding human-animal bond. Dr. Skarbek is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include dermatology, wound management and geriatric care.

Dr. Skarbek studied biology and chemistry at University of Nebraska-Omaha on a Regents Scholarship. She graduated summa cum laude in 2007. Dr. Skarbek earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

At home, Dr. Skarbek and her husband, Kevin, have a mixed breed dog and three cats. Dr. Skarbek enjoys hiking, DIY home improvements, traveling, and spending time with her beautiful daughter, Teagan.

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Julia Wolfe, DVM

Dr. Julia Wolfe joined the White Oak Animal Hospital team in November of 2018 as a full time practitioner. Since 2013, she has been providing chiropractic services for our patients. Dr. Wolfe exhibits a professional interest in preventative medicine, sports medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. Wolfe is a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

What Dr. Wolfe finds most rewarding is being able to take an integrative approach to medicine and care. She especially enjoys helping older pets age gracefully by taking a multimodal approach to pain management and mobility. Dr. Wolfe received her undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor's in biology and a bachelor's in German. After graduating with honors awards and several science awards, Dr. Wolfe attained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2011, she completed a residency in sports medicine and field service at University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, she also completed animal chiropractic school at Parker University and became AVCA certified.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Wolfe likes to spend her free time with her family and in the gym, staying fit with weight-lifting and running. At home she owns a Dachshund named Andy, and a cat named Alby. She and her spouse, Gerardo, had their first baby boy and are enjoying the adventures of parenting.

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Shannon Baker, DVM

Dr. Shannon Baker joined the White Oak Animal Hospital team in 2020 as a Veterinarian. Growing up in Needham, MA, Dr. Baker was always drawn to animals and knew she wanted to be a Veterinarian at a young age. In high school she volunteered as a foster home with the German Shepherd Rescue of New England. In college, she served as a treasurer for the Animal Welfare Foster Program. She also worked and volunteered at multiple veterinary hospitals during high school and undergrad.

Dr. Baker graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 with a dual degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences, and Agricultural and Applied Economics with a small business emphasis. She graduated a University Honors Scholar and Magna Cum Laude. She then graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.

Her main professional interests are surgery and dentistry, and she has pursued additional training in a variety of surgical procedures. She also gets great satisfaction from educating and involving clients in a pet’s care to help that pet live a long, healthy life and address medical and behavioral concerns. “I love the variety of cases that I see in any given day, including routine care, new puppies or kittens, sick pets, exotic mammals, and behavioral issues. It’s great when impact how an animal is feeling and behaving.”

At home, Dr. Baker, her husband, and two sons have a boxer mix named Ellie and a Golden Retriever named Gus. They also have two cats named Dash and Violet. During her free time, Dr. Baker enjoys playing board games, cooking, reading, scrapbooking, and kid activities with her family. She also loves to travel, especially to the happiest place on earth, Disney World.

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Elysia-Marie, Associate Veterinarian

Elysia-Marie joined the team at White Oak Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian with us in August 2021, with interest in Internal Medicine, Animal Behavior, and Dermatology. Her responsibilities include client education, solving problematic cases, and helping pets and clients with everything from the moment a pet comes into their lives to senior care and more. Elysia-Marie has an undergraduate degree in biology and went to the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in 2012.

Elysia-Marie has worked both in an animal shelter as an undergraduate and a nonprofit low-income clinic at a DC shelter. With an extensive pastime of animal care, she was inspired to pursue a veterinary career first by her mother as a police K9 handler.

Elysia-Marie enjoys “providing care to pets from puppyhood to their senior years,” she says, along with “problem-solving tough cases and providing care to ensure high quality of life...” She also enjoys arts and crafts with her children, photography, books, and MARVEL movies in her spare time.

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