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!
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.
Jessica Potosky, DVM
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 interest include: surgery, preventative care and holistic medicine. Dr. P is in the process of becoming certified in veterinary acupuncture and plans to have her certification finished by spring 2019. She loves integrating eastern medicine into her western practice and plans to continue to expand 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 Sanford 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 Vasquez, DVM
Dr. 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.