Meet The Staff at our Uptown Location
Dr. 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. 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. 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. Heidi Heller
Dr. Heller's interest in animals started when she was very young and she decided to become a veterinarian when she was 8 years old. She was lucky enough to begin shadowing a family friend who was a vet starting at 10 years of age. The experience helped shape what would be her lifelong dream of helping pets and their families.
Dr. Heller spent most of her life in the DC area, growing up in Montgomery County, attending high school in McLean (The Madeira School) and college at the University of Maryland in College park where she earned a B.S. in Animal Science. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VaTech) in 2004. Later, she studied and became certified in canine physical rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional focus is on internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and pain management.
Dr. Heller joined CityPaws Uptown when it opened in February 2016. She is thrilled to be working in the city, helping so many neighborhood pets!
You're likely to see her out and about hiking or running local trails with her dogs, Kermit & Chicken, or out with friends at local restaurants and music venues.
Dr. Erin Zepp
Dr. Zepp grew up in the Washington, DC area surrounded by animals of every kind. She appointed herself the rescuer of every stray that entered the neighborhood, bringing them home to the safety of her fenced backyard until their family could be found.
She knew from the earliest age that veterinary medicine was her calling, and she worked diligently toward that goal. She opened her own pet-sitting business, caring for neighbors’ dogs and cats, and volunteered at local animal hospitals during her summer vacations. Her love of science developed while attending high school at Stone Ridge. There, she took a special interest in medical genetics and went on to earn her B.S. in Genetics with a minor in Animal and Veterinary Science from Clemson University. She graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery from Cornell University. Her professional interests include cardiology, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Zepp is very excited to be back in the DC area and join the CityPaws team. When she is not at work, she enjoys running, swimming, traveling, cooking, and hiking with her black and tan mix, Riese. She also is an avid Clemson fan (Go Tigers!).
I am thrilled to be joining the amazing City Paws team as the new Practice Director for the Uptown location. From my humble professional beginnings in the U.S. Navy (right here in Washington DC) to my many years working in Veterinary medicine, I am eager to bring my unique blend of experiences to City Paws. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to serve in many roles. No matter the role, I have always been in awe and inspired by my teammates, clients and the pets that I have been fortunate to have meet on my journey thus far.
On a personal note, my husband and I recently returned back to the wonderful area - DC is where we started our life together 25 years ago. We share our home with our little Chihuahua puppy Lincoln (you might see him around the office as he is never far from my side) and the best cat in the universe, the one and only Mr. Higgins!
Our daughter Elizabeth is currently living in Austin, TX pursuing her
teaching degree while her fiancé is completing his law degree at the University of Texas law school. When not at work you'll find me enjoying my free time with my family, cycling, hiking, and running with my husband of 24 years.
Kate grew up on a dairy farm in Herkimer, New York, where she and her family raised cows, pigs, and chickens. There were also plenty of barn cats and dogs, so caring for animals has always come natural to her!
Kate has an extensive background in business, having worked as an executive assistant at a major healthcare company, managing an international software firm, and supporting an educational nonprofit organization. While those experiences were challenging and fulfilling for her, she longed for something more. In 2003, she was given the opportunity to work in the veterinary field and felt perfectly at home! Kate was Hospital Manager of CityPaws from 2009 to 2017 and now as the hospital has grown, Kate has taken on a new roll within the organization to take on the bookkeeping for both hospitals as well as the Payroll & Benefits Manager.
Kate has two wonderful children at home, both love coming to the hospital with their mom to see all the animals. Kate also shares her home with a chocolate lab mix named Freya and a Chihuahua /Italian greyhound mix, Santi . Away from work Kate loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. She loves baseball season (Go Red Sox), live music and trying all the amazing restaurants throughout the DC area. Painting and photography help her find her zen space throughout her busy life.