Our Veterinarians

Kathleen Dougherty, DVM

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.


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Medical Director

Cathleen Ciampa, VMD

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. 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

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

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 Football Team.


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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 Bethesda with her husband, daughter, 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.


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Elda Kwong, DVM

Dr. Kwong grew up in Rockville, Maryland and has lived there her entire life, apart from when she moved for veterinary school.  She received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) and graduated as a DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful campus of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!).  After vet school, she completed a one year small-animal rotating internship at VCA Southpaws in Fairfax, Virginia where she was trained in emergency medicine and spent time rotating through various specialty departments.  Outside of her passion for veterinary medicine, her favorite activities are cooking (and eating!) and practicing yoga.  She also enjoys finding new trails to hike with her senior Labrador Retriever mix, Winnie, who has been with her since Winnie was 2 months old.  She is very much looking forward to growing with Kenwood Animal Hospital and excited for what the future holds!


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