Dr. Gellasch received her DVM at Michigan State University, where she graduated with honors, then traveled to the other MSU, Mississippi State University for an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. Back up north at the University of Wisconsin Dr. Gellasch did her surgical training. She received her board certification in surgery and a few years later received credentialing in pain management. She spent eight years practicing in Ohio at a multispecialty clinic before re-locating to Maryland to start CARE Veterinary Center.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, their four labradorables (Finn, Lilly, Haley, Bailey) and two cats (Abby and TJ) and training for her next race.
Dr. Gellasch is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Academy of Integrated Pain Management, Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.
DVM, DACVS, CCRP
Dr. Brenda Austin is a native of Maryland. She has over 10 years of small animal surgery experience and was previously a locum at Louisiana State University and Assistant Professor at Purdue University. Dr. Austin graduated with honors and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. and completed her small animal internship and surgery residency at Auburn University. She is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
In her free time, Dr. Austin likes to spend time with pets and garden. She loves to learn other languages, such as Hindi, to better communicate with people of different cultures.
Dr. Austin is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Society.
Dr. James McConnell has provided internal medicine referral services for dogs and cats for over 25 years. He obtained a DVM degree at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 and completed a small animal internal medicine residency at Tufts University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. In addition to practicing referral medicine at several multispecialty veterinary practices in the DC area, he was an owner and founding partner of a large, multispecialty veterinary center located in northern Virginia. Dr. McConnell has also been a consultant at the National Zoo in Washington DC, where he performed ultrasound and endoscopic procedures on cheetahs, tigers, primates, seals, and Pandas. He has a special interest in performing minimally-invasive diagnostic procedures used in the evaluation of gastrointestinal, liver, and other abdominal and systemic disorders.
When out of the office, Dr. McConnell spends most of his time with his wife, daughter, son, and cats. He also composes and plays music at his home studio, enjoys cooking and good wine, and religiously practices Tai Chi.
Dr. Felicia Dryburg is originally from Bluefield, West Virginia. She attended Shepherd College and received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2001. She earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University in 2006.
After graduation, she gained experience practicing medicine and general surgery in small animal hospitals and referral facilities in Maryland and West Virginia. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and a supporter of the Cornell Feline Health Center.
In her free time, Dr. Dryburg enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with her husband, two children and her feisty feline, Taz.
Dr. Dryburg is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, and Cornell Feline Health Center.
Dr. Kelly Hinkle is originally from Olney, Maryland. She attended the University of Delaware for her undergraduate studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences. She earned her veterinary degree from St. George’s University and completed her senior clinical year at the University of Tennessee.
Shortly after graduation, she took a position at a mixed animal emergency practice in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. She had the opportunity to work on variety of large animals, small animals, pocket pets, local wildlife, and exotics. She then worked as a general practitioner in Silver Spring, Maryland before coming to the CARE veterinary team.
In her free time, Dr. Hinkle enjoys hiking, swimming, skiing, reading, and spending time with family, especially her two dogs, Addie and Maizie.