Crossroads Animal Care Center is staffed with three veterinarians with over 30 years of combined experience to provide exceptional care for pet of Woodbridge and surrounding areas. If you have any questions about our doctors, feel free to contact us at (703) 497-7387.
Meet Our Veterinarians
Melani French, Lead Veterinarian
Dr. French knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since she was four years old and has worked in the veterinary field since 2005 as a veterinary assistant, receptionist, and then as a doctor! She graduated in the top ten of her class with her DVM degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM) at Virginia Tech after completing her undergraduate degree (Biological Sciences) at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.
Dr. French grew up in Manassas, VA and returned there post-graduation to serve as a small animal general practitioner as well as a relief surgeon before setting her sights on Woodbridge and joining Crossroads in November of 2016. Her professional interests include advanced diagnostic imaging such as radiology and ultrasound, surgery, and internal medicine. When she manages to have some free time, she enjoys spending time mentoring and coaching youth groups and hanging out with her family, friends, and her 2 shih-tzu mixes, Tanner and Jake! Dr. French will quickly admit that she has a soft spot for WFDs—white fluffy dogs—and she can’t wait to meet yours!
Kent Olson, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Kent Olson founded Crossroads Animal Care Center in 1998 and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Northern Virginia since 1986. As a young boy, he always had an interest in animals, behavior, and medicine, so becoming a veterinarian was a clear choice for him. He earned his DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech (VMRCVM).
His favorite part of working at Crossroads Animal Care Center is working with a team of doctors and staff who share his mission of helping pets stay healthy. As both our leading veterinarian and medical director, Dr. Olson has a special interest in ultrasound and has completed over 10 advanced courses, accumulating over 200 hours of continuing education in ultrasound. One of the most memorable experiences of his career was when he received a call from the State Department in which the caller said, “We have a situation here. The queen of Spain (Queen Sofia) is here, and her dog is ill.
Although he has accomplished a great deal in his veterinary career, his greatest accomplishment is his wonderful family. He is happily married to Delane and has four children. He also has a German Shorthaired Pointer named Charlie, a cat named Oscar, and a guinea pig named Koach. In his spare time, he likes to travel, go salt water fishing, scuba dive, and work on home improvement projects.
Christopher Neff, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Christopher Neff has been an associate veterinarian with us since March of 2011. A graduate of Clemson University, and he earned his DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990, where he stayed on as an associate professor prior to going into private practice. At Crossroads, he also serves as an adjunct professor for the Northern Virginia Community College and mentors past and current candidates of the school’s Licensed Veterinary Technician Program. He shares his home with his wife and two children as well as their two dogs, three cats, a bird, two fish, and a horse.
Nandita Fernandes, Associate Veterinarian
A resident of Northern Virginia, Dr. Fernandes earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, completed her clinical rotations at the University of Tennessee (go Vols!) and has been a general practitioner ever since.
Dr. Fernandes always knew from a very young age that she would be a Vet one day. Growing up, she volunteered at shelters, fostered innumerable four-legged friends and worked as a veterinary assistant throughout her undergraduate and graduate years, taking every chance she got to learn about the veterinary industry.
Dr. Fernandes’ interests lie in acupuncture and physical rehabilitation, the human-animal bond, wound management, internal & preventative medicine, and geriatric care. She is Fear Free certified and strives to decrease the fear, anxiety, and stress of her patients. She is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and is currently working towards her Canine Physical Rehabilitation certification. She feels lucky to be able to offer her patients the best medical care possible in addition to using complementary alternative medicine as a great adjunct to improve her patients’ quality of life.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs (Bristol and Louie) and 15-year-old diabetic cat (Snowflake), watching movies, funnel cake and baseball games, yoga and outdoor activities in the sun!