Dr. Maria KennyDr. Maria Kenny ("Dr. Maria") is the Chief of Staff at Sanford Animal Hospital. Dr. Maria hails from Minnesota, where she has worked as a radiation therapist in a radiation oncology clinic until 2000, when she decided that it was not too late to pursue her dream to become a veterinarian. After returning to school, She graduated from the University of   Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.

Dr. Maria enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special passion for surgery, animal behavior and internal medicine.

Before moving to North Carolina, she was an active member in her local dog clubs teaching agility, obedience and puppy kindergarten. Dr. Maria currently has two Pembroke Welsh Corgis that she shows in obedience and agility. When you come to the hospital, there is a good chance that you'll get to meet Joey, as he is usually our honorary receptionist!

Dr. John ShontzDr. John Shontz ("Dr. John"), was raised in a suburb on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio known as Mayfield. What, you've heard that name somewhere before? That's right, the very same town as Beaver Cleaver! His college education began in electrical engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He figured out pretty quickly that engineering was not for him and transferred to The Ohio State University into the College of Agriculture where he studied Animal Science and Nutrition. He then gained entrance into their College of Veterinary Medicine receiving his degree in 1978. Dr. John candidly admits that the best thing to come out of his years spent in Columbus was meeting Katherine Settle, first a classmate now his wife! Shortly after graduating, they got married and spent a year working in a private practice in the St. Petersburg – Tampa area of Florida.

Katherine Settle-Shontz, DVMDr. Katherine Settle-Shontz ("Dr. Katherine") began working with her dad at the age of five, helping care for their personal pets as well as those in his animal hospital. She received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology degree from the University of North Carolina. Since North Carolina State was not yet an accredited veterinary school, Dr. Katherine attended and later graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1978, where she met her husband. In their early years of practice, she and her husband began their career at a small practice in Florida.

Jessica Potosky, DVM with DogDr. Jessica Potosky (Dr. P), a recent graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, joined the Sanford Animal Hospital team in May 2016. She was born in Indiana, but moved to North Carolina at a young age and was raised outside of Charlotte.

Her veterinary interest include: surgery, rehabilitation, reproduction and internal medicine. However, she is excited to start her career and welcomes everything that walks through the door!

Dr. P is a die-hard Duke basketball fan (don't let NC State know!) and Carolina Panthers fan, but she enjoys watching pretty much any sport. She currently resides in Cary with her beloved Plott Hound, Ike, her Russian Blue cat, Eli, and her newest crazy Pit Bull Mix, Roo.

Jessica Vasquez, DVM with KittenDr. Jessica Vasquez joined the Sanford Animal Hospital family in June 2018 after graduating from North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. She has had a passion for animals and science since a young age, and after taking time to explore options she found that veterinary medicine was the best of both worlds. Her veterinary interests include preventive medicine and surgery.

Dr. Vasquez loves following her beloved NCSU Wolfpack in any sporting event. She has two dogs, Athena (10-year-old Hound mix) and Penny (5-year-old Lab mix), which she spends most of her free time with. You can find them curled up watching a good murder mystery or out on a walk.