Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Kathleen Dougherty, DVM & Owner Fear Free

Kathleen Dougherty, DVM & Owner

Dr. 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, 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.

Cathleen Ciampa, DVM, Medical Director Fear Free

Cathleen Ciampa, DVM, Medical Director

Medical Director

Dr. 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. In 2021 Dr. Ciampa was elevated to the position of Medical Director at Kenwood Animal Hospital. She leads the medical team and the staff of associate veterinarians as they strive to provide world-class veterinary care to the patients and clients of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase community. 

Dr. Ciampa is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine. While she enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, her special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine. She lives in North Chevy Chase with her husband, two sons, energetic rescue lab Penny Lane and geriatric Philly street cat Louie.  

Kendra Talbott, DVM

Kendra Talbott, DVM

Kendra grew up in Denver, Colorado and moved east to earn her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Philadelphia University in 2007. After college, she worked as a technician studying DNA-based vaccines in an immunology lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Inspired to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian, she then traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee and received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. 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 and her fiancé live in Rockville, MD and have filled their home with adorable rescue animals – a red-eared slider turtle (Donna), two cats (Stella and Newo), and three dogs (Opie, George, and Tilly). During her free time, Dr. Talbott loves to stay active by biking, hiking, camping, and skiing as well as enjoys traveling and exploring new places.  

Rachel Croen, VMD

Rachel Croen, VMD

Dr. Rachel Croen originally hails from Milwaukee, WI. She traveled east to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University, and her veterinary medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.

Dr. Croen loves being a family veterinarian because it allows her to provide personalized, compassionate care to patients in all stages of their life journey. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, and behavior.

When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Croen enjoys running and hiking, exploring new places and cuisines, and spending time at home in Chevy Chase with her husband, two children, and their very spoiled rescue pets—a self-assured tabby cat named Louis XIV and a demure beagle mix named Jean Louise Finch, a.k.a. Scout.

Kimberly Schultz, DVM Fear Free

Kimberly Schultz, DVM

Dr. Kimberly Schultz resided in California, New York City, Ohio and finally Vermont prior to attending College as well as Veterinary School in New York State. She first became interested in Veterinary Medicine after working in a small animal hospital outside of Burlington, Vermont while attending High School. She went on to graduate from Cornell University with honors and distinction, having completed a research project on FIV virus in exotic cats. She remained in Ithaca to attend the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with distinction.

Dr. Schultz and her husband loved the Finger Lakes region but decided to leave the long New York winters behind and moved to Northern Virginia after her graduation. Dr. Schultz practiced in Northern Virginia for several years, focusing on general practice, dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. She more recently practiced in Northwest DC, focusing on urgent care and general practice. Dr. Schultz is looking forward to continuing her practice in Maryland.

She lives in Vienna, VA with her husband, son, and daughter. When not at work, she enjoys running, yoga, travel, hiking and taking up an increasing number of new sports with her family.

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