The TEVA Team

Dr. Jay Joyce

Dr. Jay Joyce, DVM

Dr. Jay Joyce has been practicing equine medicine and dentistry locally for since 2003. After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and serving 9 years on active duty, Jay graduated with Honors from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis (the #1 ranked vet school by US News and World Report). While in school, he received numerous awards and scholarships. He has spent time in Lexington, KY, at both the world renown Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital as a surgery extern and at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates as an internal medicine extern, and as a surgery and internal medicine at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) before joining Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates (BRVA) in 2004. In September 2010, Dr. Joyce spun-off the equine practice from BRVA to create Total Equine Veterinary Associates (TEVA). He holds a vision of superior horse care coupled with excellent customer service.



Dr. Sallie Hyman, VMD, DACVIM, CVA, MBA

Dr. Hyman has been practicing equine medicine and surgery nationally and internationally since 1996. She grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and began riding at the age of four when her parents made the mistake of putting her atop a horse at a local riding stable. She worked her way up through the pony divisions of Zone II, riding any and all ponies that were tossed her way. In her later junior years, Dr. Hyman competed in the Medal/Maclay equitation divisions on her mare Whisper Please.
Despite spending every free moment at the barn, Dr. Hyman completed high school in three years and headed off to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. There, she earned a B.S. in biology and minored in chemistry and German linguistics. While spending her junior year in Heidelberg, Germany, she worked for a young equine veterinarian named Dr. Kai-Wigand von Salmuth, who later went on to found one of the premier equine veterinary hospitals in Germany.



Dr. Elizabeth Coppelman, DVM, MS, CVA

Dr. Elizabeth Coppelman has been practicing equine surgery and medicine since 2013.  She grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and competed in the Northern Virginia hunter/jumper circuits.  Dr. Coppelman attended the University of Florida and obtained a degree in Animal Sciences, with emphasis in biology.  She achieved her doctorate in veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University in 2013.  Dr. Coppelman then completed a rotating internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California in 2014.  After her internship, Dr. Coppelman went to the University of Minnesota for a duel large animal surgery residency and Master’s Degree program.  Her research focused on osteoarthritis of the hock in older horses.  Dr. Coppelman stayed at UMN as a clinical instructor in large animal surgery and sports medicine this past year.  In addition to her western medical training, Dr. Coppelman is certified in equine acupuncture, and has completed both the basic and advanced courses at the Chi Institute.  In her spare time (which has been sparse), Dr. Coppelman enjoys riding her horse, Simon, and spending time outdoors with her three dogs- Brewski, Lily, and Griffon.  After 12 years, Dr. Coppelman could not be more excited to come back home to Northern Virginia and join the TEVA team.  She looks forward to using her advanced Western and Eastern medicine training to provide the TEVA clients with the best possible multimodal and individualized care.



Verna Yrure  |  Client Care Specialist

Verna enthusiastically accepted the Client Care Specialist role with TEVA! She is happy to be part of the team and returning to veterinary medicine after a year of exciting travel sales. While Verna enjoyed traveling for continuing education and training as a veterinary technician, an injury meant giving up the physical duties of animal nursing and travel. Verna passionately served as a veterinary technician for four years in a small animal general practice in Northern VA, and one year in specialty and emergency medicine at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC.
“Listening to the needs of people and their animal family is of utmost importance to this animal lover,” says Verna. She has worked on the front-end of customer-friendly businesses for over twenty years.
Verna volunteered with the Equine Rescue League in Lovettsville and spent time with a thoroughbred rescue in Maryland. An off-track Thoroughbred and two retired Greyhounds are a big part of her daily adventures, challenges, and relax time.
Verna’s ideal days are filled with family, friends, animals, the beautiful outdoors, antiquing with her husband, good food and music, motoring in her Mini Cooper, and mindful meditating. Verna is eager to hear from equine owners and getting to know everyone personally!
From Dr. Jay about Verna: “We’re really excited to have Verna on the team. Her experiences in both veterinary practice and the concierge travel industry make her uniquely qualified to ensure a great customer experience from your first call to TEVA to the follow-up. She is receptive and genuinely interested in making your time with TEVA outstanding. She’ll guarantee that your horse has the medical care and attention needed to help it thrive. Verna cares, and she welcomes the opportunity to get to know you.”


Emily Harragan  |  Client Care Specialist

Emily has been animal mad since her parents’ Labradors guarded her crib the first night home from the hospital. Riding since she could walk, she has a strong Pony Club background, belonging to both British and American clubs. Quickly falling in love with dressage, she focused on the Iberian breeds, and Spanish style riding disciplines. Emily was lucky enough to spend time in Spain, learning from the masters.

Now a fur-mom to a rescue mutt and a kill-lot Arab, she’s spent her working life wearing many hats; working as a stud farm groom, animal emergency CSR, and owner of a multi-species pet care services company. She volunteers with a reptile rescue in the limited spare time available. Emily is very excited to return to the equine industry, and is thrilled to join the TEVA team!

From the TEVA Team: “To find a new TEVA team member with client care skills combined with equestrian and veterinary office experience is not an easy task. We are delighted to add Emily to our team and we know she will be an asset to the company while ensuring your experience with Total Equine is positive and productive. Emily is ready to assist clients at every turn of the horse ownership and management journey. Welcome aboard!”


Christie Kimberlin  |  Office Manager

Christie joined TEVA’s team as the Office Manager in mid-July 2016. With a strong background in marketing, communications, and business development, Christie’s prior experience is sure to be an asset to our business moving forward. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Frostburg State University as well as Bachelors’ degrees in Agriculture & Applied Economics and Horticulture from Virginia Tech.
Christie was born and raised just outside Winchester, Virginia. Coming from a family of horse lovers, Christie’s mother was a champion barrel racer in her younger years, while her grandfather and uncle owned and trained thoroughbreds at Charles Town Race Track for several decades.
Growing up, she was extremely active in all things 4-H, FFA, and agriculture. Upon graduating from VA Tech, she managed a gourmet food processing facility, then later served as marketing manager for Valley Farm Credit. She then started her own business, Marketing, Etc., providing business consulting, marketing services, and graphic design to small and start-up businesses, farm markets and agritourism related businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
After living in Maryland for a brief period, her and her husband, Dennis, have recently settled in Loudoun County with their two horses (an OTTB gelding and an appendix mare), silver Labrador and Belgian Tervuren.
Christie is the proud mom to two stepsons. She loves spending time with her family and critters and enjoys movies, music, photography, and interior design.


Paula Joyce  |  Business Manager

Paula has been involved in the local community since 2005, and horses for more years than she will admit. She rides in several barns enjoying the benefits of learning different disciplines such as dressage and jumping. She enjoys trail riding and polo as well. She met Jay while doing a pre-purchase exam on her horse and has been together with Jay ever since.

Paula has a full-time corporate job with Time Warner Cable but works on all aspects of Total Equine with Dr. Jay. As an Economist and getting her MBA, Paula brings business expertise to the table and assists with business development, client relations and day-to-day “office” management. When time permits, she rides along with Dr. Jay on his farm calls. These are her favorite times because she cherishes caring for animals in need and the outdoors; not to mention quality time with her husband and kids. Assisting Jay on the farm calls also provides her with a different perspective of the business which she lends to her business development ideas.

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