Tibor Lazar, DVM

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Reston, Virginia

Dr. Lazar grew up in Fairfax County, graduated from Robinson High School in 1987, and received his BA in biology at the University of Virginia in 1991.

He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996 from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1997, he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Following a year of private practice in Manhattan, Dr. Lazar moved to Maitland, Florida, and spent four years in a small animal surgery internship and residency at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists. In 2003, he earned board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Since 2002, Dr. Lazar has focused on small animal specialty surgery in Northern Virginia. He lives in Reston with his wife, two sons and a plethora of pets including dogs, cats, birds, snakes and fish.

Sebastian Gordon, DVM

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Gordon graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Animal Science in 2001. After four years at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, he participated in a one-year small animal internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York.

Following a three-year small animal surgery residency at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada, he achieved Diplomate Status as a board-certified surgeon in 2010.

After four years in a small animal surgery practice outside Washington, DC, he and his family moved to Tasmania where he joined a small animal hospital and was the only specialist (surgical or otherwise) on the entire island.

Missing the oppressive mugginess of DC summers, the Gordons returned to their Bethesda home in 2016 and he joined Lazar Veterinary Surgery.

When not in surgery, Dr. Gordon tries to survive raising three sons. In rare moments of peace, he enjoys finding the perfect recipe, talking about outdoor activities, and subjecting innocent bystanders to his banjo playing.

Miriam Talaat, DVM

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons


Dr. Talaat received a BA in biology with a minor in dance from Franklin and Marshall College in
Lancaster, PA, in 1998. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State
University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.

Dr. Talaat went on to complete a one-year small animal internship at Purdue University in 2003,
followed by a small animal surgical residency at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary
Medicine and Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA, in 2006. Following residency she founded
the surgery department at Tufts University’s satellite veterinary specialty hospital, Tufts VETS, and
earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2008.

She has practiced small animal specialty surgery in the Northern Virginia area, Denver, Colorado, and
Toronto, Canada. When not working, Dr. Talaat enjoys time with her goofy Greater Swiss Mountain
Dog, Jonah, baking and traveling.


Hannah Schofield

Practice Manager

Hannah is a British native that emigrated to the US after college in 2003. She entered the veterinary field quite by accident when she took a Saturday job at a small clinic whilst studying for her Masters in Clinical Psychology. After quickly realizing she was pursuing the wrong dream, she shifted gears and started working at a Northern Virginia general practice in 2007. Developing an interest in surgery, she moved into specialty medicine and began studying for her degree in veterinary technology in the evenings. Hannah was staff supervisor for a large surgery group for three years before taking time off to start a family in 2012. She joined Lazar Veterinary Surgery the following year, working from home on her farm in Western Loudoun County that she shares with her horses, dogs, cat, chickens, fish, two beautiful daughters, and long suffering husband. Hannah spends most of her spare time training and competing her retired racehorse, Rigby, in local horse trials, and passing on the horse obsession to her girls.

Veronica Acosta Galicia, LVT


Veronica is a Northern Virginia native who has been an animal lover since her early years visiting family in her family's native country Mexico. She obtained her degree in Veterinary technology in 2004 from Northern Virginia Community College. After graduating, Veronica began working as a licensed veterinary technician at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in both the Washington DC and Front Royal, VA campuses where she worked for 11 years. More recently Veronica worked as the program specialist managing the Global Health Department for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National zoo. Veronica also has extensive experience working in various specialty practices and started with relief work for Lazar Veterinary Surgery before joining the team as Practice Manager in September 2021. Quality customer service and client education are some of Veronica’s primary interests. Veronica is also currently working on a Veterinary Practice Management certification through Penn Foster. In her spare time, Veronica has done volunteer work abroad in India, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico assisting in high volume spay/neuter and surgery clinics that teach veterinarians and veterinary students the fundamentals of veterinary medicine. Outside of work, Veronica loves spending time with her son and enjoying the outdoors. 

Courtney Hook

Assistant Manager

Courtney has been in the veterinary field for several years as a Veterinary Assistant and volunteer at various rescues and organizations. She developed an interest in surgery when she was trained to monitor anesthesia and strives to learn more about it. On her days off you can find her up in the mountains or hiking the miriad of trails in the DMV area. Her love of nature and wildlife came from her beloved home state of Maine. During her down time at home she can be found curled up with her cats, an expertly crafted cup of coffee and a good book.


Christian Salmeron

Surgery Assistant

Biography coming soon...

Sam Ku

Surgery Assistant

Sam has been in the veterinary field since 2013. He started in private practice, before joining Lazar Veterinary Surgery to further improve his skills. Originally from south Jersey, he moved to the northern Virginia area in 2004. He had a career change, and decided to follow his interest in veterinary medicine. He is happy to have found an amazing team of individuals who are passionate about delivering great quality of care for their patients. In his free time, Sam enjoys traveling, watching sports, and playing guitar. Sam also has an 8 year old bullmastiff mix who loves squeaky toys, sunbathing and short walks. He hopes one day to live on a farm with a wide range of different animals.