MEET THE SURGEONS

Tibor Lazar, DVM

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Reston, Virginia
703-880-8613
info@lazarveterinarysurgery.com

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
703-880-8613
info@lazarveterinarysurgery.com

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.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

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.

Kate Ackermann, LVT

Surgery Manager

Kate is a Northern Virginia native who has always had a passion for animals. Over the last 6 ½ years she has learned that veterinary medicine is where she wanted to spend her career and started going to school online to earn her degree in Veterinary Technology while working in a small animal practice. Within the general practice, she learned that surgery was her real area of interest and was thrilled to join the Lazar Veterinary Surgery team in August 2017. After graduating and becoming an LVT, Kate plans to continue taking classes and become certified in surgery and anesthesia. Currently Kate has no pets that live with her but enjoys spending time with all the family dogs and cats, and is looking forward to the day when she can adopt another Dachshand and hopefully one day have a little farm of her own.  

MEET OUR TECHNICIANS

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.

Courtney Hook

Surgery Assistant

Courtney has been in the veterinary field for several years, as a Veterinary Assistant and volunteer at various rescues and organizations. Her love of nature and wildlife came from her beloved home state, Maine. She moved to Virginia in 1994, but spent every break and vacation in Maine visiting her family. When not working, Courtney can be found spending a quiet day with her two cats or hiking up in the mountains and taking photos. 

MacKenzie Cripe

Surgery Assistant

MacKenzie has been an animal lover her whole life, and knew she was destined to workin veterinary medicine. She has worked in general practice for four years, and also in an emergency setting, before joining Lazar Veterinary Surgery. She is currently in school working towards obtaining her license as an veterinary technician, and also works part time at one of our referring clinics. She has six dogs in her family ranging from six months of age to sixteen years old.