Maria Kenny, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. 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 or Frannie as they are usually our honorary receptionists!
Jessica Potosky, DVM, CVA
Dr. Jessica Potosky (Dr. P) graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016 and has been with Sanford Animal Hospital ever since. She was raised in a suburb of Charlotte and went to undergrad at Mars Hill University in the mountains of NC.
Her veterinary interests include: surgery, preventative care and holistic medicine. Dr. P is certified in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute. She loves integrating eastern medicine into her western practice and plans to continue expanding her knowledge in this growing area of vet medicine.
Dr. P is a DIE HARD Duke basketball fan (don't tell NCSU) and a Carolina Panthers fan, but she enjoys all sports. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and traveling. She currently lives in Fuquay-Varina with her three dogs- her beloved Plott Hound, Ike, crazy pit bull mix, Roo, and her three-legged mix breed, Ty, and their Russian Blue cat brother, Eli Moses.
Jessica Romanet, DVM, PhD
Dr. Jessica Romanet (Dr. J) grew up in Delran, New Jersey and currently resides in Apex, North Carolina. She received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and earned her DVM degree from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Her special interests include behavior and dermatology.
Outside of work, Dr. Romanet enjoys being a mother to two young boys, cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers, and trying to get some exercise in on her spin bike.
Dr. Romanet's favorite aspect of being a veterinarian is being able to help people by helping their pet! She has four pets of her own-- two long-haired Chihuahuas, one Shepherd Mix, and one amazing silver tabby cat.
Kaitlyn Walsh, DVM
Dr. Kaitlyn Walsh grew up in Cary, North Carolina and currently resides in Apex, North Carolina. She received both her undergraduate and DVM degrees from North Carolina University. Prior to joining the Sanford Animal Hospital team, Dr. Walsh practiced in Washington State, Mississippi, and various North Carolina locations. She has a special interest in ophthalmology, ultrasound, acupuncture, and fear free practices.
Outside of work, Dr. Walsh enjoys running, traveling, and horses. She also has two dogs and two cats.
John Shontz, DVM
Dr. 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, DVM
Dr. 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.