Carytown veterinarian moves into much larger space, near Diamond

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jan 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-19 17:23:32-05

Helping Hands’ Jackie Morasco (left) and Lori Pasternak are moving their vet practice out of Carytown. Photos by Michael Thompson.

RICHMOND, Va. — To kick off its fifth year in business, a Carytown veterinarian is rolling over toward the Diamond.

Helping Hands Veterinary Surgery and Dental Care will relocate this summer from its original home at 3402 W. Cary St. to a space about three times larger at 1605 Rhoadmiller St. in the Hermitage Road Warehouse Historic District.

Lori Pasternak, who co-owns the practice with Jackie Morasco, said the business has outgrown its 2,100-square-foot Carytown space.

“We had no idea if anyone would show up, and here we are five years later and have to triple our size,” Pasternak said “We’d rather go big than go small in case we ever need to grow again.”

The pair formed an entity to buy their practice’s new 12,800-square-foot building for $635,000 in June. It was previously owned by MCV Associated Physicians.

In addition to owning their own building, the move will also allow the vets to become landlords. They plan to occupy half of the building and lease out the other half, Pasternak said.

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