Meet the Greenbriar Team
Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital Staff is second to none.
Jessica Finnegan, Director
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Jessica Finnegan, Director Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort, obtained a Pennsylvania real estate license and worked in property management for a large real estate company. There she was a property manager for a 180-unit condominium complex in Pittsburgh for 2 years before moving to Virginia Beach, VA and becoming the Assistant Director of Group Services at Al-Anon World Headquarters.
After spending 3 years abroad in Sigonella Sicily, Italy, Jessica moved to Maryland and joined C. Enterprises, a group of privately owned learning centers for children 6 weeks to 12 years. There she was the Program Director for an individual center before being promoted Regional Director of Operations, overseeing operations for 8 locations, assisting in searching for new site locations, working with the build outs and permits, staffing, marketing, policies and procedures and implementing structure to help support the rapid growth of the company. By the time Jessica left in 2007, Celebree had grown to 20 locations in Maryland and Delaware. Jessica joined the Greenbriar Veterinarian Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort as the Director in November of 2007.
Dr. Hooman A. Pooya, DVM
Dr. Pooya joined the Greenbriar team in 2005. He graduated from the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine as a member of Phi Zeta (the National Veterinary Honor Society) in 1999, he then completed a small animal internship at Cornell University’s Hospital for Animals and a one-year surgical internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, FL.
He has authored numerous publications in various veterinary journals, many of which have been presented at international surgical conferences. The bulk of this work stemmed from the orthopedic fellowship he completed at the J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Laboratory at U.C. Davis in CA. Dr. Pooya obtained his surgical residency training at U.C. Davis once a week and a large, specialty, referral practice in nearby San Leandro, CA. Veterinarians in MD, DC, VA & PA refer orthopedic surgical procedures to Dr. Pooya for his excellent surgical skills and reasonable prices.
Dr. Karen Pearson, DVM
Dr. Pearson joined our practice in 2014. She graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2000 and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2004.
Since 2004, Dr. Pearson has been a general practitioner with special interests in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. In 2016 she completed her training in Canine Rehabilitation Certification from the University of Tennessee. She is available to work with trainers/handlers of police dogs, working dogs or competition dogs looking for conditioning programs to maintain endurance or prepare for competition. Our Rehabilitation Department features our underwater therapy and conditioning treadmill, 2 Class IV Cold Lasers, Massage Therapy, Physical Therapy Programs, Tens Units, and core strengthening tools such as balance boards and therapy balls. Dr. Pearson feels it is important to have an open line of communication with clients about their pets and to answer any questions they may have.
Dr. Melinda Spaar, DVM
Dr. Spaar is the latest addition to our practice, joining us in 2015. Her undergraduate studies were in Animal Science at University of Maryland-College Park, leading to a Bachelors of Science degree. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008.
After seven years of working in a very busy small animal practice, Dr. Spaar has developed a strong background in preventive healthcare for pets of all ages, complete pet nutrition, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Spaar feels it is important to partner with clients and their pets to ensure long, happy, and healthy lives.
Our lead technicians have years of experience and the technical knowledge to take care of your pet during your visit. They lead a team of technicians dedicated to practicing the very best in veterinary medicine. Their passion and love for animals is one of the many things that makes us your ONE stop for all your pet’s veterinary care.
Our lead receptionists are here to assist you and your pet during your visit. They lead a team of receptionists that have the knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have. They are here to assist you with all your scheduling and billing needs. Please call us or stop in today to see what a difference we can make for you.