Our Veterinarians

Kathleen Dougherty, DVM

<? echo $title; ?>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, 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

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Dr. Sandra Laden has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in Montgomery County for more than 25 years, and has been an integral part of the Kenwood Animal Hospital team since 2008. Dr. Laden studied Animal Science at Rutgers University, where she was a George H. Cook Honors Scholar, and earned her veterinary degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Laden is also certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, having studied at The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She practices all aspects of veterinary medicine, and uses medical acupuncture along with western medicine to improve her patients’ quality of life. Her professional interests include veterinary internal medicine, chronic pain management, acupuncture, and geriatrics. She especially enjoys working with families to develop strategies designed to enhance the bond with their four-legged family members.

Dr. Laden is a USDA accredited veterinarian. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and the American Association for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

A passionate environmentalist, Dr. Laden currently volunteers as the vice president of Friends of Cabin John Creek and as a project manager of a serpentine grassland restoration effort in Harford County. 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

<? echo $title; ?>Jennifer 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

<? echo $title; ?>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.

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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Kendra Talbott, DVM

<? echo $title; ?>Kendra 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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Robert Mueller, DVM

<? echo $title; ?>Growing up in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Robert M. Mueller fell in love with animals at an early age. Paired with his interest in science and biology, a career in veterinary medicine seemed like the perfect career choice. Once he began working at a local veterinary practice in high school, it further cemented his determination to pursue an education in the field of veterinary medicine.

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Mueller attended the University of Maryland, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences. He received several awards and special recognitions for his efforts, encouraging him to continue on to obtain a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 1979.

Following graduation, Dr. Mueller met the love of his life, Astrid, when she brought one of her (9!) cats to see him. They have been married for over 35 years now, and have two children and one grandchild together. Dr. and Mrs. Mueller also notably ran their own veterinary practice for over 3 decades- the former highly acclaimed Hampden Lane Veterinary Office.

Dr. Mueller has worked with numerous organizations dedicated to benefiting the lives of animals and their human companions, including Seeing Eye Dogs of America, Dogs for the Deaf, Montgomery County MD Humane Society, the Maryland State Police K9 Unit, and many other service dog groups.

In his spare time, Dr. Mueller enjoys going golfing, visiting the beach, spending time with family, swimming, cooking, barbecuing, a nice cigar with a glass of wine, and of course… watching our long-beleaguered Washington Redskins.

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Diego Recinos, DVM

<? echo $title; ?>Dr. Diego Recinos joined the Kenwood Animal Hospital team in January of 2018. Dr. Recinos graduated from the University of Florida with an Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and Animal Biology. He went on to further his education at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2015.

Having grown up in Miami, Florida, Dr. Recinos realized he wanted to become a veterinarian early on in life. “I have worked in a veterinary hospital since I was 16 years old” Dr. Recinos says. “I started off in the kennel providing the important day to day care of our patients which really helped form my roots in order to become the veterinarian I am today.”

Dr. Recinos is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and has professional interests in soft tissue surgeries and diagnostic imaging.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Recinos enjoys spending his time outdoors, including doing activities like running, hiking, kayaking, and reading. He also loves to look after his pets. Brody, his Rottweiler mix, was adopted in Alachua County, Florida while in his undergraduate studies. His cat, Coconut, joined the family after her previous owner was no longer able to care for her, allowing for Dr. Recinos to take on that responsibility.

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