We are extremely proud of our dedicated team, and hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our family here at A Cat Clinic. Our veterinary team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at A Cat Clinic. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. We make it a goal to treat each patient like our own, and give all cats plenty of love and attention. Our staff is prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every cat can stay as healthy as possible. Our goal is to do everything we can to make a sick patient feel better as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (301) 540-7770.
Dr. Dale Rubenstein
Dr. Rubenstein opened the doors of A Cat Clinic, the first all-feline veterinary practice in Montgomery County, in 1986. Not long into her professional career, Dr. Rubenstein worked for an all-feline practice in Virginia and immediately knew it was for her.
A Montgomery County native, Dr. Rubenstein earned her BA in Biology from Oberlin College, her MS in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Maryland and her DVM from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She became board certified in feline practice, one of only 80 diplomats in the U.S., through the American Board of Veterinary Practices (ABVP) in 1996 and re-certified in 2006. Dr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), Cornell Feline Health Center and Montgomery County Veterinary Medicine Association. Community activities include membership in the Montgomery County Humane Society Feline Focus Committee, participating in Career Days at local schools, and speaking on cat health topics through the MCHS.
Dr. Rubenstein feels very fortunate to be able to work with our wonderful clients who take an interest in the long-term well-being of their cats. Her special interest is in senior (geriatric) internal medicine, but when a client gets a new cat she’s always delighted to welcome a new addition.
Dr. Rubenstein lives in Germantown with her husband and cat Athena.
Dr. Melissa Mustillo
Dr. Mustillo grew up in Buffalo, New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at Canisius College in NY, and received her DVM from The University of Tennessee. Following graduation, she moved to Maryland and joined the staff of VCA Veterinary Referral Associates to complete the hospital’s intense one year internship program in medicine and surgery. After her internship, she stayed on staff working with their Imaging department performing anesthesia for CT/MRI scans.
Dr. Mustillo always knew her true passion was feline medicine. She joined the team at A Cat Clinic following her internship. Dr. Mustillo has a strong interest in ultrasonography and dental health. She is currently pursuing board certification in feline medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).
Dr. Mustillo shares her home with 4 cats (JoJo, Tater, Miss Lilly, and Sampson), 1 dog (Logan), and her husband. She is a member of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In her spare time, Dr. Mustillo volunteers for a feline rescue group, The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.
Dr. Nikhita De Bernardis
Dr. De Bernardis learned of A Cat Clinic from her parents, who are clients and proud kitty parents. After she graduated from Wootton High School in Rockville,MD, Dr. De Bernardis attended Cornell University for college and veterinary school. She completed an internship at the University of Georgia, then spent another year at Cornell while her husband completed his post-doctoral work in physics.
Having always loved feline medicine, Dr. De Bernardis is especially interested in internal medicine and behavioral issues. She is in the process of getting certified in veterinary acupuncture and looks forward to offering this technique to our patients. We’ll write more about how acupuncture might be able to help our feline patients in a future post.
In her free time, Dr. De Bernardis enjoys writing and traveling. She tries to incorporate volunteering with animal care organizations into her travels. She recently moved back to Maryland with her husband and their three cats – Sherlock Holmes, John Watson (pictured above), and Maxwell’s Equations. She looks forward to getting involved in the community to promote feline care. She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Ann serves as our administrative assistant at A Cat Clinic. If you call our clinic and hear a lovely British accent, you’re speaking with Ann! She grew up with cats and loves seeing all the cats come though the clinic. Many of our boarders spend time keeping her company while she works. She has two wonderful children and two dogs at home.
Charlotte has been with A Cat Clinic since the fall of 2008. You will most likely see Charlotte in the reception area serving as our Client Care Coordinator, but she also can fill in as technician or assistant. Charlotte has extensive experience with in-home pet care and pet-sitting services. At home, Charlotte shares her house with numerous pets, all of whom she has rescued. Charlotte currently lives with her 3 rescue cats Zanzibar, Adamantium, and Valkyrie. She loves being able to learn each cat’s personality when they come in to visit.
Vicki is our Registered Veterinary Technician, having obtained her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Broadview University in Utah in 2013 and receiving her RVT registration in Maryland in 2014. She also was a professional pet groomer for 6 years. She moved to Maryland after graduating from Broadview, and we are so fortunate to have her with us at A Cat Clinic! Vicki has three cats at home (Juno, Canary and Rufio), and she loves working with our clients’ cats and getting to know their unique personalities. Her favorite quote is, “Dogs come when they’re called, cats take a message and get back to you later!”
Currently a high school senior, Alondra has a passion for all living creatures. She loves how the staff at A Cat Clinic treats everyone like family and goes out of their way to ensure that every cat is taken care of. She joined our team in January, 2017 as an assistant, but is also training to work at the front desk. Alondra has worked with horses since she was 14, and in her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and binge watching Netflix. She has one dog, Ginger, at home. Her most memorable cat experience was the first time a cat came up to her, nuzzled her and purred all on his own!
Christina became a member of the A Cat Clinic team in March, 2017. She will mainly be at the front desk, but will also learn about working with the doctors and technicians as an assistant. Her prior animal experience includes several years doing grooming. As a child, she was not allowed to have a cat, so that was the first pet she got when she became an adult. She says, “As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat!” Christina has three young children, and when she has a free moment enjoys reading. Sadly, she does not currently have any pets, so she’ll just have to get her fill here at the clinic!
Katherine is a part time assistant who joined us in June, 2016 and will be helping us keep the clinic spotless and organized. She is majoring in Chemistry in college and is working towards becoming a certified Veterinary Technician. She is the youngest of 3 in her family, and lives at home with 3 kittens, 2 leopard geckos, and a parrot. She has volunteered at a farm, and her passion for cats comes from caring for the barn cats that live there. She loves that the staff at A Cat Clinic “always does their best to care for our clients’ family members.”
A high school senior, Maryann started here at A Cat Clinic in August, 2016 as an assistant. At home she has three dogs and one turtle, and likes to foster dogs. She has also worked on a farm where one of the barn cats would always follow her around, and that helped foster her love of cats. She likes working at A Cat Clinic because she appreciates how all the staff truly cares about their feline patients.
Elizabeth joined A Cat Clinic in May, 2017 as an assistant. A real animal lover, Elizabeth has worked with horses and dogs as well as cats. But she says her first kitten, Midnight, started it all for her. She graduated from high school in 2008, and has been working with animals ever since. She shares her life with her Pit Bull mix, Mini, and her Lynx Point Siamese cat, Bub 2. One of her early cat memories was her grandmother’s cat meowing and purring every time she stepped into the room! In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys riding horses, training dogs, and all outdoor activities. She loves taking photographs of cats and tries to always capture each cat’s personality.
Heather started working as a part time assistant in May, 2017. She is currently a student at Montgomery College. She has a dog at home, as well as some more unusual pets–frogs, fish, and two lizards! In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing. Heather is quietly working behind the scenes to keep the clinic spotless. Her favorite thing about working here is all the cats!
Known around the clinic for being Sam’s younger brother, Sid is working as a part time assistant for now. A graduate of the University of Maryland in Studio Art, he will soon be attending culinary school. His sister’s love for cats has helped fuel his own, and he says working at A Cat Clinic is very interesting and never boring! His most memorable cat experience was rescuing a little kitten with Sam who they call “Baby Noah”. They found him on the road near their house, and now he’s a beloved part of their family. Free time for Sid revolves around music, art, and cooking, as well as the horses and cats on their farm.
Gabby will be our intern from Northwest High School this fall, but she will start training as a part time assistant this summer of 2017. She will be a senior in school this fall. Gabby has two cats, one dog, and a horse. Hobbies include riding and play soccer. She is excited to learn more about veterinary medicine while interning here. Her favorite cat quote is “Dogs think their human, cats know they are!”
Kristy is a Registered Veterinary Technician, earning her AAS from Essex Community College in 2006, as well as a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of MD, College Park in 2001. She started volunteering with A Cat Clinic in July, 2015 because she works at another job that does not allow her to utilize her veterinary skills, and she missed taking care of patients. So now she comes in when she can. She comes to us with several years experience working in the veterinary field, and a life-long passion for taking care of cats. As a child, she remembers her father taking apart part of the barn so he could rescue a kitten that was stuck in the rafters! Kristy shares her home with her husband, two children, and Jack Russel “Smokey” and cat “Mouser”. In her limited spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Stephanie wears many hats. She started as an assistant, moved into receptionist or technician duties, all while attending school full time. She now fills in occasionally when when needed and she is available. Stephanie graduated from the University of Maryland and works with children for her regular job. She has two dogs at home, Elsa and Sadie, and two cats named Kappa and Piper. Both were rescue kitties!
Sam graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013, and works with us as a Veterinary Technician when she is not in veterinary school at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is looking to fulfill her goal of becoming a wildlife or exotic animal veterinarian. Prior to joining our team, Sam had interned at a small animal veterinary hospital, assisted an equine veterinarian, and volunteered at a wild animal sanctuary. At home in the U.S., she lives on a farm with 6 horses, 2 dogs and several barn cats. She has a special affinity for working with cats, which she admits are her favorite.