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!).
Dr. 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!
Businees & Marketing Director
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 is 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), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and the American Business Women's Association. Stephanie’s hobbies are anything “animals” and her passion is animal advocacy.
For marketing and business inquires contact Stephanie Emmert.