Our Veterinarians

Kathleen Dougherty, DVM

Veterinarians of Kenwood Animal HospitalDr. Kathleen Dougherty is a Kensington native and attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science. Following her undergraduate studies, she was admitted to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1982.

Throughout her university career Dr. Dougherty received awards for her academic achievements. At the University of Maryland she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Freshman Honor Society, Biology Honor Society, made Dean's List and graduated summa cum laude. At the University of Florida she was inducted into the National Veterinary Honor Society.

Dr. Dougherty maintains membership in several veterinary organizations, including the DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the DC Veterinary Medical Association. With professional interests in endocrinology and dermatology, she is a past diplomate and member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. As a USDA-accredited veterinarian, she is licensed to issue international veterinary health certificates.

Dr. Dougherty is a veterinarian and the owner of Kenwood Animal Hospital. Her husband, Thomas, is an attorney for the federal government, and together they have three sons: Ryan, Patrick and Kevin. The Dougherty family also has a cat named Simba and a rescued hound named Ruby.

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Sandra Laden, DVM, CVA

Veterinarians of Kenwood Animal HospitalSandra Laden is one of Kenwood Animal Hospital's general practitioners. She joined our team in March 2008.

Dr. Laden attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate work, where she was a George H. Cook Honors Scholar. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, and has lived and worked in Montgomery County since 1991. She is Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, and her professional interests include chronic pain management, acupuncture, geriatrics and general veterinary medicine.

Dr. Laden is a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, the American Association for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Laden shares a household with her husband (a native of our area), two children and a rabbit named Twilight.

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Jennifer Bitman, VMD

Veterinarians of Kenwood Animal HospitalJennifer Bitman has been a DC resident since 2008 and has worked at Kenwood Animal Hospital almost that long. She moved here from New York City where she practiced veterinary medicine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for almost 10 years.

Jennifer graduated from Yale University with a major in Art History and, having completed the pre-med program, graduated in 1984. After a stint as a decorative painter in New York, she went back to school, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She later participated in the relief effort after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, tending to the dogs working "the stack" in search of survivors.

Jennifer loves puppies! She is a strong believer that her job is to fortify the bond between human and animal, owner and pet. She is a huge fan of preventative medicine, and she enjoys showing owners how to keep their pets healthy and happy. She likes having a job where she learns something new every day.

In her free time, Jennifer practices yoga, gardens, and watches more TV than she would care to admit. She and her husband, Adam Liptak, also enjoy the DC music scene. Jennifer has a 17-year-old terrier mix named Rocket who remains the cutest dog in the world. Anyone would agree.

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Cathleen Ciampa, VMD

Veterinarians of Kenwood Animal HospitalDr. Cathleen Ciampa, a Maryland native, graduated in 2005 from Georgetown University with a degree in psychology and biology. She received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and continued on to complete a rotating small animal internal medicine and surgery internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City. She spent time as an emergency and primary care practitioner in New York before returning to her hometown and joining Kenwood Animal Hospital in June of 2014.

Dr. Ciampa is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. While she enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, her special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine. During her free time, she enjoys baking, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors. She lives in Silver Spring with her husband, son, and their rambunctious cat Louie.

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D'Wayne Hines, DVM

Veterinarians of Kenwood Animal HospitalD'Wayne Hines joined our practice in 2015. He graduated from Xavier University and went on to the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, earing his degree in 2005. Dr. Hines practiced in the DC area from 2005 to 2011 in a general practice before returning south to practice as an emergency and shelter specialist in Houston.

Dr. Hines' professional interests include surgery, particularly dental surgery, shelter animal care, and pain management. Dr. Hines' empathy for animals is evident in his work with the Washington Humane Society, his care for his two cats, and the enthusiasm and attention he brings to every patient he sees. Hailing from Kansas City, Dr. Hines is a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals fan.

Dr. D'Wayne Hines says, "I originally toured Kenwood as a client and was immediately impressed with the facilities and staff, particularly the boarding and daycare facilities. Kenwood immediately became my top choice as a veterinarian."

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Kendra Talbott, DVM

Veterinarians of Kenwood Animal HospitalKendra grew up in Denver, Colorado. There, she spent her childhood volunteering at an animal shelter and rescuing animals that were mistreated, abandoned or unable to get adopted. Watching her mother care for these animals inspired her to pursue becoming a veterinarian.

She graduated Philadelphia University for her BS in Biology in 2007 with honors. After, she worked as a laboratory technician at the University of Pennsylvania. She then traveled to the University of Tennessee (College of Veterinary Medicine) from 2012-2016. There, she received the following awards: The Honor Society of Phi Zeta, Merck Manuals Academic Award and The American College of Veterinary Radiology Senior Student Award. After completing her studies, Dr. Talbott completed a rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC from 2016-2017.

Dr. Talbott is especially interested in General Medicine, as well as Radiology, Oncology, and Dermatology. She enjoys establishing relationships with her patients and clients, and the role this plays in helping to strengthen the human-animal bond. Greeting every day in this profession as an opportunity to learn something new and valuable, she brings dedication and compassion to every patient she sees.

Dr. Talbott has two rescue cats: Stella and Newo, who are both seven years-old. She also has a two-year-old Lab/Plot Hound mix named Opie and a red-eared slider turtle! During her free time, Dr. Talbott loves to stay active by biking, hiking, camping and skiing. She also enjoys visiting museums, reading and crocheting.

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