Dr. John Lonam DVM, Practice Owner
Dr. Lonam grew up in Otis Orchards, WA, a then somewhat rural community east of Spokane, where his family lived on a small farm with the requisite assortment of livestock, barn cats, and family dogs. He briefly entertained a career in the priesthood during high school and attended seminary for 2 years. Upon high school graduation, he joined the Navy and served for three years during the Vietnam War, part of that time spent on the aircraft carrier, Enterprise. After his Navy stint, Dr. Lonam enrolled at Washington State University and embarked on studies to fulfill his dream of becoming a veterinarian. He received his B.S. in Bacteriology and Public Health in 1974 and his DVM degree in 1978.
Dr. Lonam’s veterinary career was launched in the shadows of Glacier National Park as a large animal vet in NW Montana, and subsequently in the Spokane and Yakima Valley areas of Washington State, where he worked as both a large and small animal veterinarian. He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1983 and worked both as an associate for a small animal medical practice, and as a relief veterinarian. He and his wife, Anne, purchased Village Veterinary Clinic in 1987 and have since nurtured it into a well-established and highly respected practice. In addition to his veterinary interests, Dr. Lonam is an avid skier. He also enjoys camping, fishing, playing guitar, attending cultural events, reading and spending time with his very large, extended family. He is also holds a 2nd-degree black belt in Judo.
Dr. Jeonghwa Kim DVM, Associate
Dr. Kim received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Chonbuk National University, Seoul, South Korea in 1994. After practicing in Korea for several years, she enrolled at the Royal Veterinary Academy in London, England and obtained a Master’s degree in Wildlife and Zoo Animal Medicine. In 2004, Dr. Kim emigrated to the U.S. and received her U.S. license in the spring of 2006 after completing a year’s accreditation program at the University of Oklahoma. She joined the Village Vet staff in November 2007. She and husband, Trace, have two beautiful daughters, Mahri (born in 2010) and Serin (born in January 2012). They are also joined by felines Gurumji and Sundungi and the family cockatiel. Dr. Kim and her family enjoy outdoor activities, attending cultural events and traveling.
Dr. Traci Sandberg, DVM
Dr. Traci Sandberg graduated from Long Island University Southampton with a degree in Marine Biology in 1992. In 1997 she graduated from vet school at Tufts University in Massachusetts. After vet school, she worked in emergency practice for one year and mixed animal practice for five years in Massachusetts before moving with her family to Virginia in 2003. In Virginia, she has been concentrating primarily on small animal practice. She currently resides in Nokesville, VA with her husband, two teenage daughters, five horses, five cats and three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her horses and helping her daughters compete in hunter jumper competitions and pony club.
Dr. Lynne Thibodeau, DVM
Dr. Lynne Thibodeau was born in California but raised in Northern Virginia. She attended Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and received her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in 1983, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She worked as a licensed veterinary technician for several years prior to attending veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1992 she received her DVM degree, graduating sixth in her class, and was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. She received several academic scholarships while attending vet school. After graduation, she returned to Northern Virginia to practice small animal medicine. She was also an adjunct professor in parasitology for NOVA’s veterinary technician program. Dr. Thibodeau lives with her husband, four children, three cats and dog in Centreville, VA. She currently serves as a relief veterinarian for several practices in Northern Virginia and has been practicing at Village Vet Clinic since 2014. She has a special interest in internal medicine and the care of geriatric pets.
When not practicing medicine, Dr. Thibodeau enthusiastically supports her 4 children in their athletic careers and attends their many sporting events. Her daughter plays collegiate softball, her son collegiate basketball and 2 youngest daughters are involved with high school and travel softball and basketball. She considers herself an accomplished cook and political junkie as well!
Dr. Thibodeau is available on Wednesdays for general appointments.