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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Redskins.
Diego Recinos, DVM
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.
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.
Jake Shaw, DVM
Dr. Jake Shaw joined the Kenwood team in August of 2020. He grew up in the Richmond, Virginia area where he developed an interest in caring for animals at an early age. He volunteered countless hours at the Richmond SPCA before high school, at which point he began a mentorship at a local veterinary practice that solidified his commitment to veterinary medicine. Intent on becoming a family veterinarian, Dr. Shaw made the long trek to “gorge-ous” Ithaca where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University.
Returning from upstate New York, Dr. Shaw obtained a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time in veterinary school, he was inducted into the OTS service fraternity, which allowed him to participate in events supporting local needs in the Blacksburg community. He was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society and awarded the Compassionate and Caring Award during his clinical year in veterinary school.
Dr. Shaw’s devotion to veterinary medicine includes a professional interest in dentistry and pathology. Outside of the veterinary clinic, he has spent years designing a board game as a passion project. Other interests of his include spending time with family, playing music with friends, creative writing, viniculture, and doting unlimited affection on his Bichon Frisé, Frisbee.