Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital

201 Grange Hall Rd.
Queenstown, MD 21658

(410)827-7788

www.midatlanticcathospital.com

Your Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital Team

Renee Rucinsky, DVM, Dipl., ABVP (Feline Specialty)

Our fearless leader Dr. Renee Rucinsky, aka "Dr. R", earned her DVM degree from the University of Missouri and went on to spend several extra years becoming board certified in feline medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners so she could offer a higher level of care to her patients and clients. She now participates in the approval process for other veterinarians hoping to earn feline specialist diplomate status, and contributed to the guidelines for hyperthyroid and nursing care for the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and diabetes care and fluid care for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Dr. R loves getting to know our clients and patients and it's not unusual at all to hear laughter emanating from our exam rooms during her appointments. She's owned by two wonderful cats named Truman and Crunch, and enjoys hiking, biking, and visiting local breweries. 

Dr. R also believes that no home should be without an orange cat.

Meghan Maasen, DVM

Dr. Meghan Maasen joins us after relocating from Atlanta, Georgia. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but also called Alabama home for many years. She is a graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine earning her DVM in 2010. Prior to veterinary school, she earned her B.S. in Zoology also from Auburn University. Since a young age, Dr. Maasen has had a special love for cats (despite her allergy to them!) and always dreamt of becoming a feline veterinarian. Upon graduation, she was able to fulfill her dream and joins us having worked exclusively with cats since graduating from vet school in 2010.

Dr. Maasen’s special interests include feline behavior and environmental enrichment, anesthesia and pain management, abdominal ultrasonography, and internal and geriatric medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Maasen became a Fear Free Certified Professional by completing a comprehensive 8-part educational course and exam. Fear Free is a training and certification program that helps veterinarians modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to reduce stress and anxiety for pets (and their owners) and help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need.  Dr. Maasen has also attended several continuing education conferences focusing specifically on feline behavior. She is happy to offer both in-clinic behavioral consultations as well as in-home consults for issues such as aggression, house-soiling (out of box urination or defecation), inappropriate scratching or marking, and strategies for enriching your cat’s environment. Dr. Maasen is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She is currently pursuing board certification in the feline medicine specialty through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).

Dr. Maasen shares her home with her three male cats – Dane, Darby, and Skoshi.

At Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital, we're proud and honored to include two credentialed veterinary technicians among our team:
Dawn and Elise. 

A credentialed technician must have either an associate's degree or a four-year degree from a college program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, and must pass a written examination given by the state in order to become certified. Like veterinarians and nurses, credentialed technicians must take continuing education for as long as they wish to work in their field. 

To learn more about the crucial role of registered veterinary technicians in a veterinary practice, click here.

Cheryl Lewis, CVPM

Cheryl started her veterinary career in 1990. Her career includes assistant, technician, and receptionist positions at companion animal practices, followed by management positions in companion, mixed and referral/specialty practices. In 2010, Cheryl became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) through the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA). She has taught at Chesapeake College, lecturing on resume preparation and interviewing skills, and also with Boehringer Ingleheim teaching other veterinary professionals about inventory management. Cheryl joined us in September 2017 and was very excited to focus her efforts on a feline only practice. Cheryl spends her time away from work with her significant other, 6 cats, and 2 dogs. Between them they also have 6 children ranging in ages from 10-20 that keeps things exciting!

Dawn, RVT

Dawn is the backbone of nursing care at our practice. A registered veterinary technician (RVT) with over 20 years of experience, Dawn is the veterinary equivalent of an RN, working alongside Dr. R and using her skills to allow Dr. R time to focus on being a doctor. Dawn helped to design the guidelines for feline nursing care for The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP).  Dawn's commitment to our patients comfort is further demonstrated by her continuing her education and knowledge and being our very first technician to be Fear Free certified!  

Dawn is a complete, well, smitten kitten when it comes to our patients. Her love for cats shines through her work in her gentle touch, her endearing "cat voice" she uses to talk to them, and her ability to read and understand their body language. Dawn and her husband Rob cohabitate with three darling felines and enjoy travel, birding, learning Italian, and just about anything that takes them outdoors. 

Elise, RVT

Elise studied veterinary technology at Miller-Motte College in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she recently graduated with distinction. Her previous educational background is in sociology, but she has always dreamed of working at a feline specialty hospital - this combination of studies has lead her to be especially interested the human-animal bond and feline behavior. She has a huge soft spot for senior cats and calicoes!

Elise spends most of her free time reading, playing video games, and costuming - she's a common sight at the Renaissance Faire in the fall. She also enjoys hiking with her dog, playing tennis, and snowboarding. Elise shares her home with her three cats.

Callie, Veterinary Assistant

Callie is an invaluable asset to MACH as a veterinary assistant. Helping to care for hospitalized patients, assisting clients on the phone, running appointments in the exam room – these are just a few of the duties she juggles on any given day. Veterinary assistants perform necessary tasks as delegated by veterinarians and technicians – in our case, Dr. R, Dr. M, Dawn, and Elise. Callie is their "right-hand woman"!

Quick to make you laugh, determined and busy, Callie works another job besides MACH and attends college full-time. Her goal is to be a veterinarian, and we have no doubt she'll achieve it!

Carly, Caretaker

Stay tuned for Carly's bio! 

JT, Caretaker and Reception

JT is always helpful and friendly wherever you find him! JT spends most of his time assisting clients and patients alike with whatever needs come his way. If JT isn't helping clients and answering phones then his is back with our boarders in our wonderful Camp MACH boarding program playing and caring for all the delightful cats that we have the pleasure of meeting. After going to college for a year, JT moved into working at the local shelter where he learned to care for a wide array of animals including cats, dogs, ferrets, bearded dragons, birds, farm animals, and more! JT is an avid video gamer and a huge horror movie buff. 

Natalie, Caretaker

Stay tuned for Natalie's bio!