Meet The Team
Our team is dedicated to your pet.
We’re one big, happy family. Our DVM team is backed by over 75 years of veterinary medical expertise and we’re ready to use the knowledge picked up along the way to take the best care of your pet.
Dr. Blair Hollowell
Dr. Blair Hollowell has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine since 1998. In 2005 she moved to Virginia Beach to be near family and met her husband Todd. They have 3 year old twins Carli and Mason. Dr. Hollowell enjoys spending as much time as possible with them. After founding Strawbridge Animal Care, Dr. Hollowell became interested in rehabilitation medicine. She is certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy and works with PAWS for Rehabilitation to assist patients in recovering from injuries or improving the quality of life for many of our area’s four legged friends suffering with osteoarthritis. Her special practice interests include surgery and dentistry. Dr. Hollowell has been a member of the National Veterinary Response Team since 2002 and she was deployed to assist victims of Hurricanes Charlie, Dennis, Wilma and Katrina to name a few. Dr. Hollowell has served on the Board of Trustees for the American Veterinary Medical Association Group Health and Life Insurance Trust for the past 6 years and has previously served as a member of the Virginia Beach SPCA Board. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Feline Practitioners Association, and the International Association of Veterinary Pain Management. In her free time Dr. Hollowell can be found chasing her “fraidy” cat Stash or her two dogs, Frankie and Freddie. She enjoys sewing, reading and boating with her family.
Dr. Natalie Griffin
Dr. Natalie Griffin is a graduate of Auburn University and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced veterinary medicine for 14 years before coming to Strawbridge Animal Care. Dr. Griffin is experienced in both large and small animal health care as well as emergency and shelter medicine. Dr. Griffin is active in local community animal services and serves on the board of directors for both the Virginia Beach SPCA and Animal Welfare for the City of Virginia Beach, as well as being a member of the South Hampton Roads Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Griffin credits her love of animals to her early pony club years when she rode horses competitively in shows and events. Those experiences set her vision and vocational dream in place as she moved on to college and career preparation.
Dr. Griffin is a mother of three boys and the wife off a 13-year career United States Coast Guard officer. In addition her busy professional life, Dr. Griffin enjoys supporting her sons in sports and Boy Scout activities. Her family shares their home with an 11-year-old Basset Hound, their 7-year-old French Bulldog, June Bug and Buzz, the Guinea Pig.
Dr. Stevie Jones, Jr.
Dr. Stevie Jones, Jr. is from Danville, Virginia and has been practicing Veterinary Medicine since 2009. Dr. Jones is a graduate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and remains engaged and supportive of the university through his membership in the Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association. Dr. Jones is also actively involved in the local community of veterinary professionals and is a member of the South Hampton Roads Veterinary Medical Association as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Jones joined Strawbridge Animal Care in March 2015 and enjoys the relationships and bonds he’s developing with his clients. He believes that building and nurturing strong client relationships is an important part of delivering great medical care. Time away from work is devoted to family, his dog and his cat, and working out to stay healthy.
Dr. Cristi Salmon
Dr. Cristi Salmon is from Blacksburg, Virginia. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Salmon spent several exciting years in Texas where she managed an equine breeding and training facility. Returning to Virginia Tech, Dr. Salmon received her veterinary degree in 2005 and practiced equine medicine in Texas where she specialized in equine lameness and performance quarter horse breeding before moving back to the East coast to practice small animal medicine. In 2013 Dr. Salmon joined Strawbridge Animal Care and brings an appreciation for consistent preventive care and good client communications. Dr. Salmon and husband, Pat, have one adorable daughter and have recently moved to Chesapeake, VA. Spending time with her family is Dr. Salmon’s favorite thing to do when not working.
Dr. Robert Walker
Dr. Robert Walker graduated from North Carolina State with two bachelor’s degrees, one in zoology and the other in animal science. He then went on to the University of Illinois, where he earned his DVM in 2001 and has since developed a special interest in emergency medicine. He has worked with Strawbridge Animal Care in his off time from our local emergency hospital since 2002. Dr. Walker is the proud owner of five adorable pooches and one special kitty. When not working, you can find Dr. Walker spending time with his wife and daughter and playing flyball.
Dr. Amanda German
Dr. Amanda German has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2010 when she graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, the University of London for veterinary school. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree in biology and minor in psychology and chemistry. Dr. German completed an internship furthering her education 2010-2011. She has practiced as a small animal emergency veterinarian locally before joining our family in 2016. Her special interests include emergency medicine and endocrinology.
Dr. German grew up in the Virginia Beach area and when not working she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running, going to the beach, seeing live music, and traveling. She has a long-haired Dachshund named Bailey and a cat named Coby.
Trudy Jones, BS, MA, is the hospital practice manager at Strawbridge Animal Care. She joined the team after management careers with Sprint and IBM. A member of the staff since 2010, Trudy is a member of the Veterinary Hospital Practice Manager Association and has a master’s degree in human resources from Webster University, St Louis, Missouri, and an undergraduate degree in business management and administration. She is confident that the veterinarians and staff at Strawbridge Animal Care are the most compassionate, customer service-focused professionals she has ever known, and she is honored to work beside them every day, utilizing the most up-to-date technology and best practice patient care protocols. Trudy is an artist and gardener in her time off and is passionate about her rat terrier, OP.
Technical Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician
Jessica Spruill grew up in Virginia Beach and believes that veterinary medicine is her opportunity to help, love and support the pets that love and support us in so many wonderful ways. Jessica has over nine years of experience in veterinary medicine and is excited about the leadership opportunities that the Technical Manager position offers. Jessica says that being a part of a team that works closely together toward the common goal of providing the best medical care for pets is a wonderful place to be. Jessica and her husband Jim are the proud new parent of a lovely daughter. Jessica says that nothing is better than time with her wonderful family and Frisbee fun in the backyard with Wallaby their Australian cattle dog.
Licensed Veterinary Technicians
Licensed Veterinary Assistant
Christy Kent has over 17 years of experience in the veterinary field. Originally from New York, Christy completed her internship at the Buffalo Zoo where she had the pleasure of working in the gorilla house and the children’s zoo. Growing up Christy rode and showed horses and knew that the veterinary field was her career calling. She enjoys being an advocate for her patient’s health and wellbeing and the challenge of caring for pets who can’t speak for themselves. Christy and her husband Nick have three children and 5 dogs and she enjoys being a “soccer mom” in her spare time.