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Dr. Allen is a Virginia native who grew up in the suburbs of Richmond. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Lynchburg College in 1988, she attended the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her veterinary studies in 1991, and was awarded her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Immediately following veterinary school, Dr. Allen was selected for a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. From 1992-1995, Dr. Allen practiced emergency medicine before pursuing a three year residency in emergency / critical care medicine at the Animal Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. She joined the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital in June of 2002, as a member of the critical care team. Dr. Allen is married and has two cats, Hansel and Taz, and a dog, Kirin.
Tara Kellmel is our Hospital Manager. She has been a member of our family since 2003 and has worked a variety of positions here as a Veterinary Assistant, a Client Services Coordinator, a Supervisor and now as the Hospital Manager. She enjoys cooking, cleaning and spending time with her family and friends. During her rare down time, she enjoys scrapbooking her favorite memories and reading a good book. She also has an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts. She lives in the Bellehaven area with her husband, daughter and pit bull named Skylar.