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Meet Our Team

taraTara Klimovitz, DVM, CCRT

Dr. Klimovitz assumes the Managing DVM and full-time veterinarian position at Perry Hall Animal Hospital. Dr. K was born and raised in Baltimore and received her BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland. She attended Ross University, in St. Kitts where she earned her DVM in 2006. She brings with her a compassion and enthusiasm for veterinary medicine as well as innovative care and services such as stem cell and laser therapy. Dr. Klimovitz earned her certificate in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy and provides rehab therapy for many conditions such as post-operative, neurological, and orthopedic conditions.

Her two dogs, Bernie, a Shih-tzu mix rescue and Jackson (Mr. Wrinkles), an American Bulldog keep Dr. K busy outside of the hospital. Her cat, Mini-Cat, now has 3 brothers, Apple Pie, Number-3, and a one-eyed rescue, Popeye, help to keep her company at home during the day.


Ashleigh Baer, DVM

Dr. Ashleigh Baer has been an associate veterinarian here at PHAH since 2012. Dr. Baer is a Maryland native and grew up in Fallston, MD. She obtained her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland in 2007.

Dr. Baer’s main interests include surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine. She believes that strong client relationships and client education are the foundations to happy and healthy pets. Dr. Baer spends her free time with her husband, son, and two dogs, Eve and Edgar Brooks (Australian Shepherd and lab respectively). She enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and is an avid Baltimore Ravens, Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins fan.

Katherine Miller, DVM

Dr. Katherine Miller earned her bachelor's degree in Animal and Poultry Science from Virginia Tech and then went on to Ross University for her DVM while completing her clinical experience at Cornell University. Dr. Miller’s veterinary career started when she was 14 years old and she has worked in every position from kennel technician to receptionist and then four years working as a veterinary technician.

Her professional interests include neurology, ophthalmology, and internal medicine. She is certified in “Fear-Free” veterinary practice and she values the educational experience her clients receive as well as ensuring her patients encounter a positive experience during their visit. She enjoys being active outdoors, Hokie football, and being a mom to Oliver, her 6-year-old tabby cat that she’s had since he was 6-weeks old.

Kathy Hatzigiannakis, DVM

“Dr. H” recently joined the amazing PHAH doctor team and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board! She earned her DVM in 2014 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, VA, after receiving her BS from Towson University. Dr. H has been involved in all levels of veterinary medicine since her career started in 2001 as an assistant. She went on to earn her RVT and LVT licensure after graduating from CCBC in 2005 with an AA in Veterinary Technology, and worked as a registered technician for 10 years before taking the plunge into vet school! Dr. H has years of general practice small animal experience as well as time spent at Baltimore Humane Society as their Spay and Neuter Surgical Veterinarian.

Dr. H’s interests include diagnostic procedures such as cytologies and biopsies, radiograph and ultrasound imaging, as well as soft tissue surgery. Her future goals involve a focus on dentistry and perhaps becoming specialized in the areas of advanced procedures like restoration, orthodontics and endodontics. She has a “little” group at home, which include Veruca, Onion and Mishra – her team of Chihuahuas! Storm Shadow, a corn snake and Cobra Commander a w. hognose snake, add an eclectic mix to the household!

amyAmy Brazil, VMD

Dr. Amy Brazil was born in Baltimore and has called Perry Hall home since the 8th grade and has been working with our patients for the last 7 years, one Saturday each month. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Cognitive Science and a minor in Spanish, and then went on to earn her Veterinary Medical Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.

After practicing veterinary medicine full-time in Baltimore for 6 years, Dr. Brazil earned her masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and now combines her expertise in both fields by working in the government sector for the FDA as her full-time career.

Elizabeth Arthur, DVM DACVS-SA

Dr. Elizabeth Arthur is a board-certified surgeon with Mobile Veterinary Surgery. She performs advanced surgical procedures for PHAH patients on an as-needed schedule. Perry Hall Animal Hospital offers Dr. Arthur's services to our clients and patients in-house. This enables our patients and clients the familiarity and consistency of the same facility, staff, and doctors overseeing the care of their pet both pre and post-surgery as an alternative to a specialty surgical center.

Dr. Arthur graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and pursued extensive surgical training during the subsequent five years. She accomplished one-year internships in both general medicine & surgery and small animal surgery at two distinguished hospitals, The Animal Medical Center and Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery, before moving to Maryland in 2005. Following completion of her three-year residency in small animal surgery with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Dr. Arthur spent two years in Gaithersburg as a member of the surgical team at Veterinary Referral Associates.

Her areas of interest include general orthopedics and soft tissue surgery, with specific focus on oncologic surgery as well as treatment of cruciate ligament injuries and other disorders of the knee. Dr. Arthur’s meticulous surgical skill is complemented by a longstanding emphasis on pain management, and she has been a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management since 2005.

Michele Deschu,
Hospital Manager

Michele has held the Hospital Manager position since 2011 and handles all of the daily business aspects of keeping Perry Hall Animal Hospital running smoothly and efficiently. A background in teaching has taught her how to maintain order and focus so that we can continually meet the needs of our patients and clients, as well as educate them about the veterinary care of their pets. From human resources to marketing and finances, to building maintenance, Michele is responsible for the complex inner workings of the practice.

Michele graduated with her bachelor's degree in physical education in 2001, and a Master’s Degree in Health Physiology in 2003 from Salisbury University. She was also a 4-year member of the women's basketball team and now brings a team-oriented approach to all facets of the hospital.

Amanda Serafini,
RVT, Office Manager

Amanda finally decided to make the switch back to general practice after working in shelter medicine for the last 7 years. Her experience as the Veterinary, Training and Behavior Director at the Baltimore Humane Society has enabled Amanda to utilize her management and organizational skills here at PHAH, while also contributing on the veterinary side. Amanda has worked in several technical positions in general practice medicine and earned her AA degree in Veterinary Technology and certification in 2011.

One of Amanda’s passions is dog behavior and training. She has conducted training classes for PHAH in the past and is currently pursuing a certification in “Fear Free Handling”. A future goal is to obtain the Behavior Specialty Certification for RVTs. Her pets at home include Dobby, a poodle, and her main man, Crookshanks, a 10-year old Persian. (pictured!).

Rachel Kelly,
Lead Client Service Representative

Rachel has a true passion for the bond shared between animals and their humans. She has been a PHAHmily member for several years and offers our clients an exceptional experience with her enthusiastic and helpful approach to all things veterinary and pet related. She has worked in the veterinary field for over five years and has quite the crew at home which includes her pit-mix, Arlo, Boston Terrier, Pietry, and her 4 cats; Felix, Toadette, Voodoo and of course, Phil. Along with cuddling cats, Rachel’s true loves also involve exotics and reptiles.

Krista Tracey,
Client Service Representative

Krista has over 7 years of veterinary experience both in regular and emergency veterinary medicine. She contributes a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the veterinary world as well as a great compassion for pets and their people. She is currently studying Environmental Science at Towson University with an expected graduation date of December 2018 and has future aspirations to study habitats and their species as an Environmental Biologist. Krista also has a crew at home that includes her 4 dogs (Mardi, Sophie, Stella, and Copper), a cat Smokey, some tortoises and bearded dragons, Harvey the Hedgehog (and a partridge in a pear tree)!

Angel Yeagy,
Client Service Representative

Angel brings a warm smile and a compassionate experience to our patients and clients. Her professional background includes six years of client service and administrative responsibilities, while her personal experience includes parenting three large breed dogs, Baloo a Saint Bernard, and her Dalmatians, Ace and Ellie. These combined interests led Angel to a client-turned employee of PHAH! She strives to continue sharing the love and care that she encountered as a client and knows how important it is that our clients trust that their babies are in the best hands!

Leslie Lane,
Client Service Representative

Leslie has recently moved up the east coast from North Carolina to Baltimore and we couldn’t be happier with her decision to move here! Leslie has over two years of previous veterinary experience at a general practice in NC, and is committed to making our clients feel that they and their pets are in the best hands at PHAH! Leslie is gaining as much knowledge as she can to help in her quest to become an Exotic Veterinarian in the future. She currently has the cutest little Dachshund named Wendy who is 3 years old.

Carly Campbell,
Client Care Representative

Carly is a student of Towson University, studying for a degree in Biology with a focus on functional biology of Animals. A former employee of PHAH, her love of animals has brought her back to the PHAH-mily now that her school schedule allows. Her special interests include exotic pets and their habitats. Her small zoo at home which includes 2 cats, 1 dog, 1 rabbit, 3 guinea pigs, and a gerbil definitely keep her on her toes! We are so excited to have Carly return to our team, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and exemplary client care.

Michelle Tompkins,
RVT, Technician Supervisor

Michelle's specialties and interests include small animal dentistry and canine behavior training. She is responsible for the management of the technical and training division of PHAH to ensure we are meeting the needs of our patients and clients. She started her veterinary career in 2008, spending over 5 years in general practice. In 2013, she pursued advanced dental training, working and teaching in a dental specialty practice. Michelle has completed 2 internships with highly regarded force-free dog trainer, Pat Miller of Peaceable Paws, and has volunteered her dog training skills with the Baltimore Bully Crew. After 9 years in the field, she earned her A.A. in Veterinary Technology and passed the VTNE boards in 2017 becoming a registered veterinary nurse.

Outside of PHAH, Michelle enjoys hiking, kayaking and watching The Office on repeat! She shares her home with a handsome orange tabby named Calvin. She is pictured with her best pittie friend, “The Jammer”, aka Mona.

Stephanie Pearce,

Stephanie is a Parkville HS alumni who received her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from CCBC. She became a registered nurse in 2012 and has been working in both emergency and private practice veterinary hospitals for over 7 years. Stephanie has been a full-time technician here at PHAH for the past 5 years but has recently gone back to school and is advancing her career by pursuing a certification in radiology technology, to become an Ultrasonographer.

Her professional interests include volunteering with World Vets where she has traveled to Ecuador and the Cheetah conservation in Nambia, Africa. She excels in anesthesia protocols and monitoring, pain management and wound care. She is a mom to her amazing rescue, Rick, an 11-year old golden and her 2 cats, William and Billy.

Abby Hurdle,
Veterinary Technician

Abby is a client turned employee who just LOVES to be here with all of our patients! She graduated from Perry Hall HS and is currently pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology at CCBC, to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse, with a May 2018 graduation date! Abby has a true passion for the field and wants only the best for any creature that passes through our doors. She shares her house with Daisy, her 3-legged rescue, Ruben, an English Springer Spaniel, and Schnapper, her gray tabby.

Monique Brown,
Veterinary Technician

Monique brings with her, a varied veterinary background that helps in so many aspects of our hospital. She has worked in the veterinary industry for over 4 years and has experience in general small animal practice, emergency medicine, and neurology. Monique earned her Associates degree in Specialized Technology, from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, and plans to become a registered nurse in the near future. Monique brings a positive attitude and outlook to all situations and always has her patients’ best interests in mind. This “Jersey Girl” has a 2 year-old pitbull named Jade who is… well, just adorable!

Jenine Gangi,
Veterinary Technician

Jenine has rejoined our veterinary nursing team on a part-time basis! Yay! She brings over 10 years of veterinary experience in general practice and emergency medicine back to PHAH and we couldn't be more grateful. Jenine hopes to start her own rescue/sanctuary for senior animals in the future and enjoys biking and kayaking with her dogs in her spare time. She certainly has quite the crew of four legged furkids! Her dogs alone, include 13 year old Tank Girl, 10 year old Kayla, 8 year old Baby Girl, and 7 year old Sir Woody Johnson! Too many others to list here!

Abby Callahan,
Veterinary Technician

Abby has worked as a technician and Cattery Manager in shelter medicine and brings a true passion for the welfare and care of animals. She has made a great impact on our team at PHAH with her sensitive handling and rapport with her patients, as well as her willingness to do whatever is needed for the day. Abby also holds a BS from Frostburg State in Recreation and Parks Management. Dobby and Kreature are her 2 cats (that were of course adopted from Baltimore Humane Society) and get entirely too much cuddling and attention at home!

Justine Kahl,
Veterinary Assistant

Justine has been with PHAH for over 2 years and is a graduate from Perry Hall High School. Her professionalism, responsibility, and teamwork have already proven to be an asset to our team, our patients and our clients. Justine’s long-term goals include going to school to become a registered veterinary nurse. Justine is an active foster for BARCS and adorable litters of kittens can often be seen visiting PHAH while their foster mom is at work. Morgan (a 5-year-old shepherd mix), her Papillion Shilioh, and her pitbull Mia, along with 5 guinea pigs, are excited to have a technician in the family now!

Kayla Murphy,
Veterinary Assistant

Kayla is a Perry Hall native, who graduated from Perry Hall High School. She has been working in the animal care for over five years in both general practice as well as shelter medicine. Kayla adores all animals and isn’t afraid to get down and dirty which comes from her years of working on a farm. She has a calming presence around our patients and knows how to provide the support and care needed for all animal types. She has two dogs: Jetta, a 4-year old pit mix and Buck, a 10-year old Beagle!

Tess Enright,
Veterinary Assistant

Tess is currently pursuing her degree at Towson University in Biology and Deaf Studies. She has aspirations to use her degree towards becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. This is Tess’s first formal small animal veterinary experience, although she is quite familiar with equine veterinary medicine. She has been working with horses for six years including personal jumping competitions, and as a riding instructor. Her horse, Pops is an 18-year-old OTTB who she has had for years. Her four cats, Mr. Giggles, Spaceman, Secret Agent Inky and Milo run the house at home!

Brett Hughes, Veterinary Assistant

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Brett is the newest addition to our Veterinary Assistant team. Coming to PHAH with no previous experience, Brett has dove in, head first, quickly soaking up all of the training he is receiving. He is also a Perry Hall native, graduating from Perry Hall High School in 2016 and is currently taking classes at CCBC Essex for General Studies. Brett is an active guy who loves sports as well as hiking, but also will not pass up on a good book! He has aspirations to one day start a non-profit organization. Brett does not currently have any pets of his own, but gives the patients at PHAH all the love like they were his own!

Melissa Greenwood, Veterinary Assistant

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Melissa has been a great permanent addition to our PHAH team after she completed an internship with us while earning her Veterinary Assistant certification from CCBC. She plans to continue her education and training to become a veterinary technician and loves being able to work with animals. She currently shares her home with her cat, Blue and likes to read books and listen to music. We’re excited to have Melissa on the team, helping our patients receive the best care and accommodations possible!

Monty and Marge

Monty and Marge are our two amazing hospital cats that came to us from Baltimore County Animal Services in early 2017. They are senior cats (don’t tell them) and have been together most of their lives. We thought they would be a wonderful addition to our PHAHmily after we lost the one and only Mugsy, a short time ago, who had been with us for over 15 years! Monty and Marge had some pretty big (toes) to fill – (Mugsy had a few extra) and they have started to excel at their responsibilities of laying on keyboards and important paperwork, stealing food, and ensuring they are privy to ALL business decisions and conversations that take place throughout the day. Monty is quite the director while Marge provides emotional support and a team-oriented personality.

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