Lisa Gibson, DVM

Gerbils, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and a pig…caring for all of these during her childhood inspired Dr. Lisa Gibson to become a veterinarian.

Growing up on seven acres in Manassas, Virginia gave Dr. Gibson the opportunity to act on her love of animals at an early age. During middle school, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, and upon graduation from high school, she began working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. After graduating with honors from Virginia Tech in 1982, she was accepted into the Virginia Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine at Blacksburg, Virginia. In 1986 she graduated with a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and married two weeks later.

Dr. Gibson worked for a little over three years as an associate in a small animal practice before opening Bealeton Veterinary House Call Service in 1989. After working as a house call and associate veterinarian for approximately 18 months, she and her husband Don – a business/finance major – opened Compassion Animal Hospital.

Dr. Gibson has a particular interest in surgery cases and does all the orthopedic surgery at Compassion. She also has a strong interest in ultrasound and enjoys the advantages it gives in diagnostic information without invasive procedures.

Along the way, she and her husband have been blessed with four beautiful children. They live in Catlett with two frogs and two wonderfully friendly cats.JuliaGibson2

Julia Gibson, DVM

Dr. Julia Gibson grew up in Catlett, VA with her parents, Don Gibson and Dr. Lisa Gibson.  She attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree and majored in Agriculture and Applied Economics. She continued her career at Virginia Tech at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at a busy mixed animal practice in West Virginia before joining our practices in May of 2015. She enjoys working on all species including dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and the occasional chicken. Her interests include hiking, reading, traveling, and working out.

Stacia Drape, DVM

Dr. Stacia Drape grew up in Northern California on a pear farm. She attended Colorado State University where she majored in Equine Science. She then continued her studies at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, she worked at busy mixed animal practices in California and Colorado. She also lived in Guam, France and most recently in Egypt where her husband served as an Air Force officer.
Dr. Drape specializes in small animals and lives on a small farm with her husband and children. Dr. Drape enjoys spending time with her family and loves to spend time outdoors, especially with her horses.


Kathleen Connor, DVM

Dr. Kathleen Connor began her career early in life. One of her family chickens was attacked by a dog and when they called the local vets, no one worked on chickens! So, at ten years old, Dr. Connor performed her first surgery. Things snowballed after that.

Dr. Connor graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1987 and from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. She has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 14 years. She grew up horse-obsessed and planned to become an equine veterinarian, but after becoming involved with a canine Search and Rescue (SAR) team in Harrisonburg in 1996, that quickly faded.

Currently, Dr. Connor is involved with Blue and Gray SAR Dogs, where she is the training director. She has also served as the president of the team and has had the opportunity to travel both nationally and internationally. She and her SAR dog, Finn, have gone to New Orleans after Katrina and to the jungles of Guyana, South America to search for a missing plane. Her extreme interest in SAR has caused her to become a more canine sports-oriented veterinarian.

Dr. Connor has been trained in Veterinary Acupuncture and plans to pursue training in Veterinary Chiropractics. At this time, she is owned by her five Labrador retrievers, two horses, and five cats.

Virginia Stilwell, DVM

Dr. Virginia Stilwell was raised in an Army family traveling around the world but calls the state of Virginia home. Growing up, she loved taking care of animals and reading the stories of James Herriot. A majority of her teenage years were spent at the barn and riding horses. She also helped out on her grandfather’s cattle farm in Brandy Station. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science and a minor in Biology. Then, she worked for a year at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Hospital in Leesburg as a night shift nurse. She spent the next four years at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. (War Eagle!)

Dr. Stilwell’s large animal interests include equine, small ruminants (goats, sheep, llamas, and alpacas), and bovine heard health/obstetrics. Her small animal interests include canine and feline medicine and surgery. Outside of work she enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her two dogs and one cat.

Mitch Mills, DVM

Dr. Mills grew up in semi-rural, area of Maryland, on a small hobby farm, which included horses, cats, dogs and a variety of other animal species.

Helping to take care of his animals, specifically the horses, was what first piqued his interest in veterinary medicine.  From a young age, he grew up riding horses and showing in 4-H,  while also participating in other 4-H clubs. In addition, he played many sports including lacrosse, baseball, golf and soccer. He remained active in 4-H, as an adult volunteer, and have a passion for teaching today’s youth.

He attended Frostburg State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry.  He then attend Virginia- Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine where he obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school he gained a strong interest in the food animal species. His large animal interests include food animal and equine reproduction, as well as equine podiatry work.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing and boating.

Dr. Abigail Beahm, DVM

Dr. Abbie Beahm was raised on a small hobby farm in eastern Iowa. Through the years, she raised goats, chickens, cattle, and horses. She also had some interesting pets growing up, including rabbits, salamanders, hamsters, and a raccoon! She has always had a special interest in exotic animals, and knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian.

Abbie received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a minor in Biology from Dordt College (now Dordt University). She then attended Iowa State University, earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During vet school, she made it a priority to learn more about Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She attended the Chi Institute in Florida, and obtained her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA). Abbie plans to further her education in TCVM by becoming certified in Veterinary Physical Manipulation (animal chiropractic) in the near future.

Abbie’s interests include exotics (reptiles, small mammals, and other “pocket pets”), canine, feline, small ruminant (goats and sheep), camelid (llamas and alpacas), bovine, and equine medicine/surgery and acupuncture. Her hobbies include horseback riding, hiking, and caring for her houseplants and critters. Abbie and her husband have a crested gecko, bearded dragon, ball python, two dachshunds, and horse.


Erin Iames, LVT

Erin Iames is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Blue Ridge Community College in 2013 with an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology. Erin is currently a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), and the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians.

Erin has had a variety of pets growing up. When she was six years old, she asked Santa for a snake. Much to her delight, Monty-the-snake was waiting there for her under the tree! She has been a client of Compassion Animal Hospital since 1990, after moving to Virginia from New Jersey. In 2005, Erin graduated from Liberty High School. Before attending BRCC, she initially went to school to become a Medical Transcriptionist. However, during her internship at Compassion Animal Hospital, she quickly discovered her true calling. In 2009, Erin began working at Compassion Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant, and continued throughout her schooling.

Erin is currently living in Bealeton with her nine cats (Groucho, Big Boy, Princess, Runt, Rolly, Rascal, Tigger, Salem, Patches) and Monty. In her free time, Erin enjoys painting pottery, playing sports, reading books, and most of all relaxing on the beach!

Cathryn Jacobs, LVT

Cathryn Jacobs, commonly known as Cassie, graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an A.A.S in Veterinary Technology. She began her college career at Lord Fairfax Community College to complete her general study requirements for the Veterinary Technology program. 

She has lived in Fauquier County since she was born. When Cassie graduated from Liberty High School, she had two different career choices in mind. She either wanted to teach English or work with animals. Her love of animals won. 

Cassie currently lives in Catlett with her two dogs (Gracie and Luke), four cats (Littlefoot, Petri, Panther, and Icee), and sugar glider (Vladimir). In her free time, Cassie enjoys spending time with her animals, reading, crafting, and learning to do new things.