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Ann CarlsonAnn Carlson

I have been working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since it’s opening in March of 1999. I began working part-time in a veterinary hospital as a means of income during my college years and I found I enjoyed working with animals much more than the career I was pursuing. Although I did complete my education in radiology technology, I began working full-time for a veterinary clinic as soon as I graduated.

I have now been in the veterinary field for more than 20 years. In addition to my husband and children, I am also a mom to my cavalier king charles spaniel, Quincy and my two kitties, Duncan and Mogul. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking with Quinn and spending time with friends.


Nikki RuffnerNikki Ruffner

I have lived in Maryland all my life and ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved animals. We didn’t have pets for a while, so I used to sneak stray neighborhood cats into our apartment and hide them in my stuffed animal collection thinking my mom wouldn’t find out. But she was allergic to cats, so it didn’t take long for her to catch on! From then on, I knew animals would be a part of my life in one way or another.

After graduating Brunswick high school, I attended Frederick Community College for a year and a half, then transferred to the University of Maryland where I obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Science with a concentration in equine studies. When I graduated I thought I wanted to work in animal welfare and received an internship at the Humane Society of the United States where I worked with their Stop Puppy Mills Campaign. It was a great experience and I learned so much but when it was over, I found myself still unsure if that was the field I wanted to be in.

Fortunately, after applying to KAH in the spring of 2011, they were willing to give me an opportunity to work for them and see how I liked working in the medical field. And I have to say, I love the job and feel very fortunate to be apart of such a solid team that always looks out for each other.

Since working at KAH, I have obtained 2 gorgeous animals!  Rory is an orange tabby that was found as a stray roaming a nearby neighborhood.  He enjoys fishing in the fish tank, breaking our blinds and antagonizing the dog.  Malibu is a german shepherd mix we adopted from the Frederick County Animal Shelter after seeing him here at the hospital.  She enjoys playing fetch, catching butterflies and chasing the cat.


Tiffanie ThayerTiffanie Thayer, CMT

I have always had a love for all creatures and always knew I wanted to work with animals for as long as I can remember. I’m a military brat and have lived all over the world. I started officially working with animals in Yokosuka, Japan in 1999 where I volunteered as the Vice President of the local animal shelter and assisted local veterinarians at the Veterinary Treatment Facility.

I truly love my job, and live for what I do. I’ve taken a special interest in behavior, holistic modalities, rehabilitation and pain management. I am currently working on obtaining a degree as a registered veterinary technician and I’m also a certified canine massage therapist.

I currently have 2 dogs, Ethel and Hubert. Ethel is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix and Hubert is a boxer. I also have 4 cats (Carlisle, Pismo, Eliza, and Lil) and 5 sugar gliders (Remington, Beretta, Muppet, Sheldon, & Fern). In addition to my lovely pets I currently live with my husband, daughter, and son (Sean, Monika, and Bronson), who share the same love for animals as I do. My passion is spending time outdoors. In my spare time enjoy camping, hiking, bird watching, gardening and scuba diving. I love spending time with my family and friends.

I joined the Kingsbrook team in August of 2011 and feel very fortunate to be here. I’m proud to be a part of such a loving, compassionate group and look forward to years to come.


Heather KennedyHeather Kennedy

Animals and veterinary medicine are my greatest passions. For the last 16 years I have worked in multiple different areas of this wonderful and exciting field. I started out as a kennel assistant, playing with all the boarding animals, giving them love and attention while their owners were on vacation and worked my way up from there. I've since been in general practices, emergency and specialty hospitals, managed and trained technicians in different clinics and managed the emergency department for two seperate (and very busy!) animal hospitals in the DC/Metro area. I even raised dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind for 7 years!

Although my biggest love is emergency medicine and critical care, I joined the Kingsbrook team in 2015 and will never look back! I absolutely love it here! From the doctors and staff to the clients and patients, Kingsbrook has been a wonderful and rewarding shift in my career that I wouldn't change for the world.

I currently have five kitty cats at home- Peanut Butter, Sammich (Sammi for short), Mama, Ditto and Thelma. I hope to get a big, hairy dog again in the near future as I had a slobbery Bernese Mountain Dog, Maggie, for 12 long years. I currently live in Frederick with my husband, James. We have been together for almost 10 years now and are extremely blessed and pleased to announce that we are expecting our first child in February 2017.


Robin SorannoRobin Soranno

When I was eight years old, I was certain that I wanted to be a veterinarian. My family did a lot of work with rescuing retired racing greyhounds, so I got to spend a lot of time in veterinary clinics growing up. As soon as I was able, I started working for an animal hospital as a kennel technician. I was also fortunate enough to be able to begin learning the medical side of the practice, too, by helping with appointments and lab work. I attended Harford Technical High School, and graduated in 2003 as a certified Veterinary Assistant. I then majored in Biology, with a minor in Business Administration, at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. In 2007, I graduated from college and applied to veterinary school. After a few years without success, I realized veterinary school wasn't my dream anymore--but I knew I wanted to continue working with animals. After some soul searching, I decided to become a veterinary technician. I came back into the field in 2012, following several jobs in retail and in sales. I'm currently finishing up my final externship through Penn Foster College's Veterinary Technology program, and I plan on obtaining my license in 2017.

I've been working at Kingsbrook Animal Hospital since December 2015. I really enjoying working with Kingsbrook's fantastic doctors and amazing staff. It's so important to me to work for a clinic that practices quality medicine, but still focuses on building great relationships with our clients.

My wife and I have lived in Frederick since 2013 with our dog Jacoby and our two cats Widget and Dracula. Outside of work, I love to travel, scrapbook, and work on renovating our house. I'm also an avid reader and a huge Baltimore sports fan.


Ebony StreaterEbony Streater

I remember being five years old when family members, teachers and mentors would ask me- "what do you want to be when you grow up?" My answer was always the same, "a veterinarian" with a bright smile on my face. Over the last fifteen years that answer hasn't changed. I've always had a special interest in all animals. I wanted every cute pet I saw and wanted to help every animal that seemed to be in distress.

On August 20, 2015, I had my first day at KAH as an intern. From that day on, I fell in love with KAH. The staff are so kind, patient and willing to teach. I was blessed with the chance to learn from the best hospital as my first exposure to this awesome career field. Most people aren't that lucky. Over the upcoming weeks, the KAH staff saw my desire to work hard, learn and grow in the animal care world. On October 2, 2015 the KAH staff graciously hired me as KAH's first technician’s assistant! I was ecstatic!! That was one of the happiest moments of my life.

I am currently attending online classes through Ashworth Community College in Atlanta, Georgia for my Veterinary Assistant Certificate. After obtaining my certificate I want to work as an assistant for two years then go back to school to become a technologist. After four years of technology school, I would want to continue my education to become a veterinarian. Every person has a dream, Kingsbrook helps me to live mine on a daily basis and it's such an awesome feeling.

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