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14th Street location: (202) 232-PAWS (7297), Uptown location: (202) 810-PAWS (7297)

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Meet The Staff at our 14th Street Location

14th Street Veterinarians

Dr. Sarah Bowman
Owner

Sarah Bowman

Dr. Bowman knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of 4. When she was in kindergarten, she asked her Dad to write to the American Veterinary Medical Association and get a listing of veterinary schools. Later, she used that list to help her decide where to apply to college. While she had other interests throughout childhood like photography and basic science, she kept coming back to her love of animals and curiosity about veterinary medicine.

Dr. Bowman is now living her dream of becoming a veterinarian and really enjoys seeing patients, working up challenging medical cases, and the fun of new puppy/kitten appointments. She enjoys building long lasting client relationships and using that to help improve her patients care. Dr. Bowman loves that every animal is individual and has completely different needs than the other patients she sees each day. No two appointments are ever the same; every day is a new and exciting day. Dr. Bowman is a native Washingtonian. She first attended the Maret School and later received her B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She remained at the University of Pennsylvania for her V.M.D. Following school, she worked at a small animal practice in the East Village of New York City for one year and then returned to the DC area in 2001. In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her family: her husband Jolyon and her two kids Zoe and Zac. They enjoy bike riding, swimming and traveling. She is also an avid Washington Redskins and DC United fan. Dr. Bowman and her family have 2 wonderful dogs, Estrella and Kensington.  Essie is a sato rescued from Vieques, Puerto Rico.  Kensie is a big lovable English lab.

Dr. Wendy Knight
Owner

Wendy  Knight

For as long as Dr. Knight can remember, she has wanted to be a veterinarian. Her love for animals started the moment her parents came home with their first dog, Tinker, and continued through the years as her family cared for a vast array of pets from dogs and cats to baby ducks, whichever needed medical care, fostering, or just a warm home and TLC.

Dr. Knight started on her veterinary path at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received an undergraduate degree in Biology. She spent the summers in Greensboro working as a veterinary assistant and riding horses. A native of Tennessee and die-hard Vols football fan, Dr. Knight went home where she attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she completed summer internships, worked at a local emergency clinic and volunteered with Remote Area Medical, an organization that provides veterinary services to rural areas including the Navaho Reservation. In 1998, Dr. Knight graduated as a member of Phi Zeta Honor Society with a D.V.M. and moved to the Washington, DC area to start her career.Dr. Knight worked as a senior associate at a small animal hospital in McLean, Virginia for almost 8 years before making the decision to open CityPaws Animal Hospital. She loved being a veterinarian but wanted more direct opportunities to get to know her patients, develop relationships with her clients, and connect with her pet-loving community.Dr. Knight enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Jim, their two children, Ella and Jack, their Boxers: Cooper & Beau and cat Racecar. If she is not spending time on the water at the Eastern Shore, she is usually working on a new home improvement project, going to Nationals games, running or following college football.

Dr. Beth Durney
Medical Director

Beth Durney

Becoming a veterinarian came to Dr. Beth Durney after college when she was working on a farm and riding horses professionally. When one of the horses became incredibly ill, a team of veterinarians came in to care for the horse. Observing this close bond between the vets and the animal helped her to realize that she wanted to experience the journey of those relationships herself.

Dr. Durney did her undergraduate work at Washington and Lee University, followed by veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Afterward, she did her internship at The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Being a Washington, DC native, she returned there to practice veterinary medicine at CityPaws.Dr. Durney enjoys the challenge and pace of Emergency Room care for pets as well as surgery and dentals. She really appreciates the ability in general practice to develop long term and close connections to all of her patients and their families.  Dr. Durney enjoys spending time with her family and children and getting outdoors.

Dr. Meg Hamilton

Meg Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia, Pa. and graduated from the Honors Program at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, where she majored in International Studies.
She moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation where she worked for the US Department of Justice as a paralegal and thoroughly enjoyed the life of a twenty-something in our Nation's Capital.

Dr. Hamilton has always loved animals. She grew up with a house full of animals including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, mice and crawfish, not necessarily all at once. She had her own neighborhood pet-sitting service, and volunteered for various animal shelters over the years. Although she enjoyed her work for the government, she decided that Veterinary Medicine was the career she wished to pursue so she moved back to Philadelphia where she earned a post-baccalaureate premedical certificate from West Chester University in 2003. Dr. Hamilton graduated from Veterinary School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and from the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in June 2016.  Dr. Hamilton loves being able to help her patients with both Eastern and Western Medicine and has been practicing Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine at CityPaws since April 2016.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking/baking, reading, anything beach or water related and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Hamilton's current furry crew includes a sweet and silly Shepard-mix named Hurley aka Dr. Woobs, and a darling and delightful tabby cat named Ms. Mommies.

Dr. Christine Haisfield

Christine Haisfield

Dr. Christine Haisfield grew up in Maryland just outside of DC and received her undergraduate degree from The University of Maryland in Biology and Psychology.  She worked in research at the University of Maryland prior to moving to Athens, Georgia, to pursue her veterinary degree.  After graduating from The University of Georgia in 2011, she was excited to move back to DC to start her veterinary career.  She practiced in northern Virginia for 3 years before joining the team at City Paws in 2015.  Dr. Haisfield has a special interest in internal medicine and preventative care.  She has two dogs Loki and Tanner, both rescued while in Georgia.  In her free time she enjoys exploring DC with her friends and family, travelling, and spending time outdoors.
 

Dr. Holly Lui

Holly Lui

Dr. Holly Lui is a graduate of the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech), class of 2013.  After graduation, she completed a small animal emergency medicine and surgery internship at VCA SouthPaws in Fairfax, Virginia.  She practiced medicine in Virginia for another year before she finally decided to cross the river and move into the city.  She is happy to have found her home at CityPaws!  She loves the pace of general practice and enjoys being able to form personal, long-term relationships with her new patients and clients!

Dr. Lui was born and raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Being an only child, she turned to animals for companionship and her love of animals and desire to be a veterinarian took hold at an early age.  Dr. Lui attended the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland (go Terps!), where she majored in Animal Sciences before attending veterinary school.  Her professional interests include preventative care, dentistry and emergency medicine. 

Dr. Lui moved into DC in 2015 and is a big Redskins and Nats fan.  She enjoys trying new restaurants, attending sporting events, traveling (especially internationally) and exploring all that the city has to offer with her rampunctious little pomeranian, Mochi.

Dr. Alan Power

Alan  Power

Growing up in a small town in Ireland, Alan’s childhood memories are peppered with days spent catching birds and tadpoles, collecting rocks, invading tide pools and hedgerows, and building dams, usually accompanied by his faithful German Shepherd, Sheba.

His fascination with the natural world led to bachelors and PhD degrees in marine zoology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a ten-year career as a marine biologist with the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service in Savannah, Georgia. He developed a deep appreciation for hands-on public service and outreach as he developed and implemented community-based programs on water quality, invasive species, and habitat restoration. Pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia, he served as class president for four years. Particularly interested in animal behavior, he implemented a volunteer program with the local zoo assisting with behavior modification of exotic animals. He was personally responsible for training three American black bears, called Athena, Yonah and DJ. He founded the Athens Pet Food Bank, a community partnership providing a pet food support system for the homeless and those undergoing financial difficulties. He graduated as a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. Completing a small animal medical and surgical rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals, he decided to stay in Washington, D.C., and pursue general practice at City Paws Animal Hospital. His home life is ruled by a deviously adorable geriatric dog, Jack. Though he dearly misses his old Volvo every day, he admits life is much better in D.C. as a pedestrian. In his free time he enjoys hiking, running, R&B, traveling to new places, exploring the area’s museums, spending time at the ocean, eating (especially shrimp), cheering the Capitals, and appreciating bourbon, wine, photography, space, architecture, and history.

Dr. Suzy Schaff

Suzy Schaff

Dr. Suzy Schaff grew up in Silver Spring, MD and while she has always been an animal lover she took the long road to becoming a veterinarian. She received her Undergraduate degree in Biology from Boston University and started out her career in Public Health working for the US Navy on research for a traveler’s diarrhea vaccine. She received her Masters of Public Health from UC Berkeley where she spent 2 summers working in Managua, Nicaragua on Dengue and Influenza research. After obtaining her MPH she worked for the CDC and the State of Texas as an Epidemiologist on the US/Mexico Border in El Paso, TX, working on Binational Health initiatives and Zoonosis control. It was working with local veterinarians on zoonosis control where she fell in love with Veterinary Medicine. She attended Vet school at Colorado State University and afte rearning her DVM she returned to El Paso, TX where she was an Associate Veterinarian at Crossroads Animal Hospital.

She loves general practice and getting to know her clients and patients. She is excited to be back home in the DC area and to be part of the CityPaws team. In her spare time she enjoys camping and hiking and spending time with her husband, son, 2 dogs and 3 cats.

Dr. Alexandra Solli

Alexandra Solli

Dr. Solli is a Maryland native, growing up in Timonium, about 20 minutes outside of Baltimore. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland. Dr. Solli then headed south to warmer weather for veterinary school at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Solli moved to the DC area and completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals. Dr. Solli’s passion for practicing quality veterinary medicine while building strong relationships with her clients and patients led her to joining the CityPaws family.

When not in the hospital, Dr. Solli enjoys being outside with her Aussie named Cooper and Golden named Riley, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Solli is excited to be staying in the city and continuing to explore all that DC has to offer!

Dr. Alyssa White

Alyssa White

Dr. White developed her passion for animals growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, caring for sheep, goats, lamas, chickens, cats, and dogs. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science at American University where she also played varsity field hockey ( Go Eagles!). Upon graduation she quickly realized she was much happier working with animals and started her veterinary career working as a veterinary technician at Friendship Hospital for Animals. She later traveled to Blacksburg Virginia to attend veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Following graduation Dr. White returned to D.C. to complete a one year rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals.

Dr. White's professional interest include, dentistry, emergency medicine, gastrointestinal disease and providing low stress veterinary care. Dr. White completed the Low Stress Handling Silver Certification course in 2017 to better facilitate an enjoyable veterinary experience for all her patients.

In her free time, she enjoys working out, cooking, and napping or biking around town with Linus, the 2016 D.C. Weiner dog 500 race Champion.

Dr. Dasha Perry

Dasha  Perry

Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Perry graduated from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2016. She received her Bachelors of Arts in human development from the University of Chicago in 2008 and worked as a paralegal and then as an Associate Program Director for a local SAT preparation company in D.C., before finding her passion for veterinary medicine and joining City Paws Animal Hospital at its original 14th Street location as a veterinary assistant/technician. She relocated to the Boston area shortly after getting married in 2012 to start veterinary school at Tufts and stayed in the Boston area for two years after graduation, practicing at several different general practice clinics and shelters. She is excited to be coming back to D.C. and to the practice where her career began.

Dr. Perry has experience working both in private practice and shelter
settings. She is passionate about nurturing the human-animal bond through open and honest conversation with clients and providing low stress and compassionate care for her patients. Her interests include soft-tissue surgery and preventative care. When not in the clinic, Dr. Perry, enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Adam, and corgi, Garbanzo. She and her husband are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child in late July!

14th Street Staff

Stephanie Emmert
Practice Director

Stephanie  Emmert

Stephanie’s passion for high quality medicine combined with an exceptional client experience is what brought her to CityPaws Animal Hospital.  Stephanie Brings with her over 20 years of experience in customer/ client service,administrative, and management/leadership experience in both the veterinary and hospitality fields. You will see Stephanie walking the halls of CityPaws Animal Hospital to ensure every client and their pet are having an exceptional experience. If at any time you don’t see Stephanie, just ask the front desk, she would love to meet you and your furry companions!

Stephanie is an active member of the VHMA, (Veterinary Hospital Management Association), and AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association). Stephanie’s hobbies are anything “animals” and her passion is animal advocacy.