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.
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. We want to do everything we can to make a sick patient feel better as soon as possible.
Since 1986, it’s been our mission 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. 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 5 cats (JoJo, Tater, Miss Lilly, and two “new” senior kitties Sonny and Sinbad), 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 certified in veterinary acupuncture, and is excited to offer this technique to our patients.
In her free time, Dr. De Bernardis enjoys writing and traveling. She recently moved back to Maryland in 2017 with her husband and their three cats – Sherlock Holmes, John Watson (pictured), and Maxwell’s Equations. She enjoys getting involved in the community to promote feline care.
Dr. Dale Rubenstein, ABVP (Retired April, 2020)
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 Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School graduate), Dr. Rubenstein earned her BA in Biology from Oberlin College and her DVM from Purdue University. She is one of only 80 board-certified feline specialists in the U.S., and is a member of multiple local and national veterinary and feline organizations.
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. She currently has one cat at home, Athena.
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 a husband, two wonderful children and two dogs at home.
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 four cats at home (Juno, Canary, Rufio and Fry), 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!”
Christina became a member of the A Cat Clinic team in March, 2017. She is mainly at the front desk, but will also 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 peNext page›t 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. She shares her home with one kitty, Chompers, as well.
Sarah joined our team in August, 2018 as a receptionist. A Montgomery County native, she graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring. However, she has traveled extensively, and spent time living abroad (her husband is from England and her mother from Thailand). Sarah’s previous animal work experiences involved caring for dogs, at a dog daycare and at a large boarding facility. She has also volunteered to foster dogs with three local dog rescues. Yet she has become a “converted cat person”. She said one day in her adult life, “the light in my head suddenly switched on!” Now Sarah feels strongly that everyone should have a cat, at least once in their life. She shares her home with a black cat named Iggy, who she adopted in 2017. He came from a feral colony outside of Baltimore, although he had likely been someone’s pet. In her free time Sarah enjoys music and piano, and traveling.
Sam graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013, and works with us mostly as a Veterinary Technician. She is looking to fulfill her goal of becoming a wildlife or exotic animal veterinarian. Prior to joining our team, Sam interned at a small animal veterinary hospital, assisted an equine veterinarian, and volunteered at a wild animal sanctuary. 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.
We are so fortunate that Alex has brought her five years experience at a cat hospital in California with her as a Veterinary Technician! Alex joined our team in November, 2018. Her background is varied, receiving an Associate’s Degree in Cosmetology from Montgomery College before she became a veterinary technician. She has had cats in her household all her life, so it was an easy switch over to veterinary medicine. Alex especially enjoys assisting with surgeries and doing dental cleanings for our feline patients, and loves that her job allows her to help cats stay healthy. She also enjoys learning more about cat health every day. Currently, she shares her home with one cat, Salem, who was found by a former staff member stranded out in a storm! And she also has one dog, Renly, a 5 year old terrier mix. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, and traveling to new places.
Joining the A Cat Clinic team in September, 2019 as a full time assistant, Lindsey is busy making sure all the cats are well cared for and the clinic is in good order!
Zach has a degree in Culinary Management, so he’s an example that cat lovers come from many different directions! Zach started with A Cat Clinic in December, 2019, joining our Reception team. He’s excited to be here because he loves being able to help others who love cats as much as he does. He and his family have always shared their home with at least one cat, his current cat being Winston. Zach says his first cat was very timid, but he worked hard to gain her trust until they became bonded for life. In his free time, he enjoys reading, baking, and sewing. He is very passionate about saving the environment and our fragile ecosystems, and he tries to do everything he can to help in various ways.
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.