Our Team

Our team is here to help. At Appalachian Veterinary Services, we treat you and your pets like our family. Get to know our awesome team below!

Our Doctors

Dr. Alexandru Pop, DVM

President, Veterinarian

About Dr. Pop

Dr. Pop is a 2019 graduate from North Carolina State University and joined Appalachian Veterinary Services after practicing mixed, large animal medicine on the coast near Wilmington, NC. Dr. Pop’s family originally immigrated from Romania and settled down permanently in Fancy Gap, VA.

Dr. Pop’s interests within the medical field revolve around small ruminants and bovine medicine, focusing on start-up sustainable farming, and helping anyone feel confident in the world of animal husbandry. Dr. Pop is a car enthusiast in his free time and enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time traveling and exploring new places with his girlfriend Mary and their pup Cali.

Learn more about Dr. Pop and his transition into Appalachian Veterinary Services in this letter to our clients!

Dr. Ashley Roberts, DVM

Senior Associate Veterinarian

About Dr. Roberts

Dr. Roberts grew up locally on a small farm in McCoy, Virginia, where her family had a small herd of commercial beef cattle and a private horse boarding facility. She was very active in both 4-H and FFA where she competed at local, state, and national events in livestock judging, horse judging, and Stockman’s contests. She also enjoyed exhibiting beef heifers and market lambs and caring for a variety of horses. Dr. Roberts completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Virginia Tech in animal & poultry sciences in 2011. She also received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.

Dr. Roberts enjoys working with pleasure horses, beef cattle, and small ruminants. She enjoys taking the extra time to educate clients to better the care and health of her patients. In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, Border Collies, and her Quarter Horse named Henry.

Dr. Sally Suttenfield, DVM, CCRP

Senior Associate Veterinarian, Rehabilitation Specialist

About Dr. Suttenfield

Dr. Suttenfield is a 1991 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and is a certified canine rehabilitationist and career small animal veterinarian. Dr. Suttenfield offers wellness exams, vaccinations, routine lab work, and ‘sick’ patient exams, as well as arthritis, chronic pain, and nutritional management, electrical stimulation for pain control, heat and cold therapy, therapeutic exercise programs to aid in recovery, neurological and post-surgical rehabilitation, therapeutic ultrasound, and water therapy with our state-of-the-art underwater treadmill.

Dr. Suttenfield also works with Sports Dog Assessment and Conditioning as well as Managing the Handicapped Dog.

Dr. Noah Bianco, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

About Dr. Bianco

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Noah Bianco grew up on a small farm in Hillsborough, just outside of Chapel Hill, where he was involved with a variety of equine activities from a very young age. He earned his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, with English and business concentrations. After leaving the coast, Dr. Bianco completed a Masters Degree in physiology at North Carolina State University and then received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following graduation, he moved to Louisiana to pursue Thoroughbred racetrack practice. Dr. Bianco joined Appalachian Veterinary Services in July 2019 as an ambulatory associate who is passionate about preventative and sport-horse medicine and the equine foot.

In his leisure time, Dr. Bianco enjoys spending time outdoors in southwest Virginia’s mountains, hiking, fishing, hunting, home improvement projects, and spending time with his other half, Molly, and their three dogs.

Dr. Mara Jones, DVM

Associate Veterinarian, Joining Summer, 2021

About Dr. Jones

Enthusiasm, positivity, and a dedication to excellence are what Dr. Mara Jones brings to Appalachian. Dr. Jones completed her Bachelor’s Degree in animal and veterinary sciences at Clemson University in 2017 and went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University in 2021 with a mixed animal focus.

Dr. Jones’s passion for veterinary medicine stems from a lifelong desire to problem solve and a passion for communication and engaging others in learning. She enjoys all aspects of large animal field medicine and is excited to provide a high-quality, trustworthy service to all members of the community.

In her free time, Dr. Jones enjoys painting and drawing, cooking, playing outside with her dog Sunny, and working cattle with her husband Darius.

Our Support Staff

Kathy VanDyke

Front Office Manager

About Kathy

Kathy is a Virginia Tech graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry & wildlife management. Her professional career took a turn after graduation when she joined her family business and spent her professional career overseeing the operations of a high tech manufacturing company. After several years of retirement, Kathy joined the Appalachian Veterinary Services team in 2011, and the rest is history!

When not at the clinic, Kathy enjoys life with family on a 20-acre horse farm with her Paint & Quarter Horses and Belted Galloway cow named Ellie, Akitas, Sookie & Magnum. She also enjoys bike riding with family and making stained glass for friends.

Chelsea Lang

Veterinary Technician

About Chelsea

Chelsea joins the Appalachian team from Bristol, Virginia, and now resides in Belspring, VA, with her boyfriend Cody, their three cats (Zim, Wolfie, Poe), and blue heeler, Hopper. When Chelsea isn’t at work, you can find her hiking on a local trail or kayaking the New River.

Chelsea has worked with animals for almost two years, bringing her experience working in small animal emergency medicine in Blountville, TN. She has assisted in everything from surgeries to basic inpatient care and will be the cheerful smile that greets all of our patients and clients. Chelsea has always been on her toes regarding the health and well-being of animals. She can not wait to further develop her career here with us at Appalachian Veterinary Services.

Hailey Ferguson

Front Desk Reception

About Hailey

Hailey has been a local of the New River Valley area since the day she was born, and is more than excited to lend a helping hand to Appalachian’s community of furry loved ones. Hailey studied at Roanoke college, as well as Virginia Western community college, obtaining her degree in business. She has competed in horseback riding in her younger days and also fostered dogs for local shelters for animals that were not healthy enough to be there. She loves having a hand in our community and helping your furry friends any way she can.

When out of the clinic, she is more than likely painting/crafting something while indulging in Netflix. Hailey also enjoys getting out of the house by being out on the water (jet skis, kayaks, boats) or in the mountains (mountain biking, hiking) with her fiancé Justin.