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.
For over 30 years, it’s been our goal to to practice individualized patient care for your cats and provide exceptional client service. Come visit our clinic today! Whether you’re from Germantown, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Clarksburg, or any of the surrounding areas in Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond, we’re proud to be an important member of your cat health team.
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. A Montgomery County native (and B-CC graduate), Dr. Rubenstein earned her BA in Biology from Oberlin College and her DVM from Purdue University. She currently serves as Feline Regent for the American Board of Veterinary Practices (ABVP) and is one of only 80 board-certified feline specialists in the US. Dr. Rubenstein is a member of multiple local and national veterinary and feline organizations, particularly supporting the Cornell Feline Health Center and WINN Feline foundation.
In addition to participating in Career Days at local schools, A Cat Clinic has been mentoring interns from Northwest and Seneca Valley High Schools since 2009. Dr. Rubenstein and A Cat Clinic also started the Aurora’s Angels Fund to help support cats in the Germantown/Boyds area with needed veterinary care.
Senior cat care is Dr. Rubenstein’s special interest, but she can never resist new kittens! She has two grown children living in Chicago, and she and her husband enjoy hiking and travel.
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 Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg 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.
Dr. Mustillo shares her home with 4 cats (JoJo, Tater, Miss Lilly, and Sampson), 1 dog (Logan), and her husband. 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 behavioral issues. She is in the process of getting certified in veterinary acupuncture and looks forward to offering this technique to our patients.
In her free time, Dr. De Bernardis enjoys writing and traveling. 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.
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!”
Alondra has a passion for all living creatures. She graduated from high school in June, 2017. 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 now working full time 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 is mainly at the front desk, but will occasionally help out with the patients. 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!
Shelby joined our group in September, 2017 as a receptionist. You will see her smiling face at the front desk or hear her cheerful voice when you call. Her previous experience with cats includes her own two Maine Coon cats, Bulma and Gotenks. From them, she developed her passion for working with cats. In her free time, Shelby loves playing all sorts of games–video games, card games, board games, etc. She also enjoys reading. Her favorite quote comes from Neil Gaiman, “I would like to see anyone, prophet, king, or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.”
Najwa is also a receptionist who may greet you when you first call or arrive at the clinic. Since starting here in December, 2017, she says she enjoys working with our wonderful staff members and awesome kitties. She loves how everyone here treats all our patients with such care. Najwa has a degree in Psychology from Liberty University, and shares her free time with her young son. She says her passion from cats runs in the family, as her mother is also a cat-lover!
Amanda started here at the clinic in December, 2017 as a veterinary assistant. Growing up, she has always had cats, and currently lives with two dogs and one cat at home. She is excited about working at A Cat Clinic because she thinks “cats are awesome!”, and likes that we see nothing but cats. Amanda’s hobbies include reading and yoga. Her favorite cat quote is “Cats are not the pets, humans are.”
Since October, 2017, Natalie has been busy helping keep everything organized in the back of the hospital as an assistant. She graduated from Northwest High School in 2013, and enjoys participating in any kind of animal care, as well as anything art-related. A lover of all animals, she has shared various pets at with her family growing up, but her current personal pets include a snake, gecko, two guinea pigs, and her kitty, Bubby. Natalie says working at A Cat Clinic allows her to work around her favorite animals with co-workers who share the same passion. Her favorite cat quote is from Michael Showalter, who said “I’m not sure why I like cats so much. I mean, they’re really cute obviously. They are both wild and domestic at the same time.”
Gabby is our intern from Northwest High School in the fall of 2017, but she also started training as a part time assistant during the summer of 2017. She is a senior in school this fall. Gabby has two cats, one dog, and a horse. Hobbies include riding horses and play soccer. She is excited to learn more about veterinary medicine while interning here. Her favorite cat quote is “Dogs think they’re human, cats know they are!”
Originally signed on in March, 2018 as in intern from Montgomery College, Kirsten is now an assistant. She heard Dr. Rubenstein and Dr. De Bernardis speak on feline-friendly handling techniques in her Veterinary Assistant class, and she contacted us about wanting to learn more about what we do here to care for cats in a fear- and stress-free environment. After a short while, we could feel her passion for humane treatment for all animals, and this pairs perfectly with our practice philosophy. In the past, Kirsten has volunteered with the SPCA and Animal Welfare League. Her personal pets include a dog, two rats and two kitties.
Sehba participated in the Montgomery County Summer R.I.S.E (Real Interesting Summer Experience) program in 2017 and was placed here at A Cat Clinic. Although she had no prior animal experience at all, she enjoyed her time here so much that she has joined our team as a part time assistant. She is currently interested in pursuing a career in science or technology. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, reading books, exploring nature, and volunteering. Her favorite things about being here at the clinic are her co-workers and working with the cats!
Waleed worked at A Cat Clinic as an assistant before leaving for college, and now is back part time while working on his Master’s degree. We are excited to have him back with us, even if just for a temporary basis!
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, 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!
Currently in college at University of Maryland, College Park, Maryann started here at A Cat Clinic in August, 2016 as an assistant. She will help us out when she is home during her college breaks. 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.