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 is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

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 one cat named Jules and two dogs, Marla Pooch and Darbie. In her spare time, she 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 joined us in 2016 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.

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.  In 2019, Dr. Maasen reached the highest level of certification and is now an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional. 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 fiancé, CJ, and their four cats - Dane, Skoshi, Freddy, and River. In her spare time, Dr. Maasen is an avid follower of her Auburn Tigers.

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.

Dawn, RVT

Dawn is the backbone of nursing care at our practice. A registered veterinary technician (RVT) with over 25 years of experience, Dawn is the veterinary equivalent of an RN. 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! She has now completed Level 2 of the Fear Free certification program.

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, a good wine, 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, swimming, playing tennis, and snowboarding. Elise shares her home with her three cats.  Elise is a Fear Free Certified Professional.

 

Cheryl Murphy, CVPM- Hospital Administrator

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 and she is now a Fear Free Certified Professional. Cheryl spends her time away from work with her husband, 5 cats, and dog. Between them they also have 6 children ranging in ages from 12-21 that keeps things exciting!  Her special interests outside of work are gardening and cooking.

Kate, Veterinary Assistant

Kate joined us in 2019. She is a graduate of Chesapeake College's Veterinary Assistant Training Program and a Fear Free Certified Professional. Prior to falling in love with veterinary nursing, she earned BA and MA degrees in English literature, worked in arts administration, and served as the Director of Marketing/Finance Manager for The Humane Society of Kent County. She is thrilled to be a part of MACH's feline-centered team after working in mixed species practices. She plans to pursue her RVT license and lives in Chestertown with her cats, Bella (small, black, & angry) and Rigel (round, orange, & tail-less).   

Carly, Head Caretaker

Carly has been with MACH since September of 2015. She has a special interest in connecting with high anxiety patients as well as hospice and end of life care. Carly has pursued advanced training in these areas by going on to become a Fear Free Certified Professional in 2019 as well as completing the AAHA Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Certificate Program in 2018. Carly works hard to make sure our boarding patients all receive the exceptional care and love that they need while they are with us. She also helps in many areas of the hospital. You may also see her smiling face at the front desk from time to time or assisting in rooms.  When she isn't working at MACH, she enjoys spending time with her cat, Hitch, and also hiking. 

Sierra, Caretaker 

Bio coming soon!

Natalie, Reception

Natalie is one of the friendly faces you will see when you visit MACH!  She and her husband along with their daughter, Sophia share their home with a golden retriever mix named, Gracie and 3 cats. Natalie loves to garden and kayak in her spare time along with a special interest in photography.  She also enjoys being a mom and watching her little one grow!