Tara 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 bachelors 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 cornsnake and Cobra Commander a w. hognose snake, add an eclectic mix to the household!
Amy 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 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 pursing 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!).
Krista Heaney, Client Care 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 Care 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!
Rachel Kelly, Client Care 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.
Leslie Lane, Client Care 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 name Wendy who is 3 years old.
Emily Goodman, Client Care Representative
Emily loves animals, so even after earning her degree in Criminal Justice from Stevenson University, she needed to be around all of the furry creatures she could! Her animal knowledge and love comes from her previous four years spent as a dog walker and pet-sitter through a local provider as well as kennel technician and trainer at a canine training center. Her future goals include becoming an RVT and traveling the world to experience different cultures. She has two spoiled cats at home – Steve and Stella.
Becca Kotschenreuther, Client Care Representative
You’ll see Becca’s smiling face when you walk through the doors at PHAH. Becca has a varied animal background, which includes her time as a zoo-keeper at Plumpton Park Zoo as well as her experience as an animal care taker at BARCS and a local boarding facility. She earned her AA from Hartford Community College and her BS in Animal Behavior from Towson University. Becca’s future aspiration is to establish a pitbull rescue or sanctuary – and to take pictures of all of these furry beauties since she has a passion for photography. Her crew includes her cats, Oreo and Jack, Kinsley a “pocket” pitbull and Smokey, her dwarf rabbit.
Jaci Stempniak, Client Care Representative
Jaci has moved back east after spending time in California and Arizona. Originally from VA, she grew up riding horses and learned a lot from her mother who was a riding instructor. Spending so much time on a farm with horses and other animals solidified Jaci’s love for animals and she is happy to be working in the veterinary field once again. She brings with her, many years of client service, as well as veterinary client service and enjoys both the client and patient interaction. She has a 10-month old kitten named Rocky who is keeping her busy at home!
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.
Katie Sullivan, RVT
Katie started her career in veterinary medicine in 2006 and has been with PHAH since 2014. She holds a BA from Villanova University and in 2017 obtained her A.S. in Veterinary Technology, passing the VTNE to become a registered veterinary nurse. Her professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and feline medicine/ behavior. She is passionate about advocating for her patients to ensure their experience at PHAH is as comfortable and pain free as possible. In her spare time Katie enjoys volunteering at the Harford County Humane Society, taking horseback riding lessons and being outdoors. She has a small zoo at home, including her dog Mona, her cats Big Kenny and Stitch, as well as Sniffles the free-range rabbit and three chickens to round out the family!
Stephanie Pearce, RVT
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!
Maggie Lent, Veterinary Technician
Maggie is currently pursuing her passion for veterinary medicine and is enrolled in CCBC’s Veterinary Technician program with an expected graduation date of 2019. She has made an immediate impact on our team at PHAH and is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid. She is a volunteer at the SPCA and her special interests include animal behavior. Maggie is happy to be in a place where she can get some specialized attention for her two dogs, Lucy, a terrier mix, and her pitbull, Arya.
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!
Abby Callahan, Veterinary Assistant
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!
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.