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Dr. Leverenz joined the Merrifield Animal Hospital team in 2011. She is a native of St. Louis, and graduated from Fontbonne University with a Bachelor of Science. She earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, where she received awards in multiple disciplines including parasitology, radiology, companion animal medicine and research involving insulin treatments in cats.

She went on to complete a challenging internship in companion animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, a specialty practice in Southern Florida. Dr. Leverenz then gained tremendous experience at Park East Animal Hospital in Manhattan prior to moving to Northern Virginia.

Dr. Leverenz loves general practice and the pleasure of helping families strengthen and maintain the bonds with their pets. She believes that clear communication is the key to good veterinary care and is eager to take on challenging cases in various areas, especially internal medicine, geriatric care, behavior and dermatology. When not at work, Dr. Leverenz enjoys time with her family, reading, exercising and spending time outdoors.