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.
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!”
Darcy has always had cats, ever since begging her parents for one as a child. She moved here from Washington state and joined us in October, 2015 as a technician, with prior experience in another feline veterinary hospital. She is currently working on completing her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Darcy is married with two teenage daughters, and shares her home with two dogs (Lizzie and Bailey) and two cats (Nutmeg and Pepper). She loves how much happier the cats are here at A Cat Clinic without any dogs around! Her favorite cat quote is “Dogs have masters, cats have staff.”
Leena joined A Cat Clinic in the fall of 2016 as a receptionist. She works hard to make sure all clients and their furry family members are well cared for here at the clinic, whether on the phone or in person. Her calm personality is definitely a plus when things get busy here! Leena is currently working on completing her bachelor’s degree, and her hobbies include reading, listening to music, and taking walks. She has a cat named Sasha and a dog named Diva to keep her company at home. She grew up with cats, and says they were all so cute that she has loved cats ever since!
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.
Sofie is also a high school student who is working part time as an assistant, and is also doing an internship for credit. She has loved animals all her life, but when she got her cat, Kovu, she knew she wanted to spend more time with cats. Sofie loves how much personality Kovu has, always giving kisses and following her around. Her favorite quote is “One cat changes my house to my home.” Sofie loves seeing all the different cats at A Cat Clinic, and appreciates that everyone here understands that each cat is unique and always treats them accordingly. She also has two fish at home, and her hobbies include riding horses and drawing.
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.
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.
Stephanie wears many hats. She started as an assistant but is now a receptionist or technician, whichever is needed! Stephanie graduated from the University of Maryland and plans to work with children in a medical setting. She has two dogs at home, Elsa and Sadie, and two cats named Kappa and Piper. Both were rescue kitties!