Dr. Jessi Steere 

Emergency Veterinarian

Jessi Steere graduated from St. George's University in 2010 after completing her clinical year at Louisiana State University. She is a part-time/relief emergency clinician.  She enjoys managing toxicities and critical care cases.  Jessi is a four time Ironman and ultramarathoner. She loves to spend time in the woods. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.  

Dr. Kendra Baker  

Emergency Veterinarian

Kendra Baker is a graduate of St. George's University class of 2015. She is currently pursuing board certification in zoo and wildlife medicine, and works relief shifts at EVC in addition to her full time job at National Aquarium. She enjoys surgery and internal medicine, but her favorite thing is ensuring a healthy, happy animal goes home with their family. When not at work she can be found cycling, reading, and cuddling her sassy feline Billi. 

Kris Klock

Practice Manager


Kris Klock has worked in both general practice and ER fulfilling roles in veterinary nursing and management.  In addition she helped develop and was the managing partner of a doggie daycare for five years. Kris is a registered veterinary technician (RVT) and maintains her license by attending continuing education events related to issues that may affect the physical and mental health of pets as well as practice management. She has a Bachelor's degree from Towson University and is currently pursuing an MBA. When time permits her favorite way to vacation is by volunteering with World Vets, an organization that provides veterinary aid to animals in many countries throughout the world.  

Dr. Angelyn Givens 

Medical Director

Angelyn Givens came to EVC from Purdue veterinary school in 2003. She is the current medical director. She enjoys critical surgical and trauma cases. When she's not managing a busy ER or helping sick pets and their families, she is doing yoga, swimming, boxing or traveling. She lives in Hyattsville with her family, two naughty cats and one giant German shepherd. 

Dr. Cheryl Gruver 

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Gruver graduated from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech...go Hokies) in 2002. She joined EVC in 2004 following completion of an internship with Garden State Veterinary Specialists. Special interests include endocrine emergencies, hematology,  and managing ICU cases. Outside interests are gardening, reading, and generally learning about just about anything. 

Dr. Sharon Stemley 

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Stemley has worked in the veterinary field for almost 30 years- first as a receptionist, then as a technician, and then as a doctor since 1993.  After completing her B.S. from Purdue University, Dr. Stemley attended graduate school at New York University and completed her DVM degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. 

Veterinary Staff

Dr. Ann Hickson 

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Hickson, a Virginia native, graduated from VMRCVM in 1987 and has practiced in Maryland since receiving her degree.  When not at work, she enjoys gardening and playing her mandolin.  

Dr. Kristen Brennan  

Emergency Veterinarian

Compassionate care

Dr. Lauren Peterson

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Lauren Peterson is a graduate of Louisiana state university school of veterinary medicine. She enjoys anesthesia, soft tissue surgery and radiology.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking , reading and bar trivia. She has cats, horses, chickens and turkeys at home.  

Dr. Megan Strobel

Emergency Veterinarian

Megan Strobel currently works full time at the National Aquarium, but enjoys returning to emergency medicine every once in awhile as a relief vet, having practiced in ER's in Vancouver, Canada and Washington, DC. She loves to explore nature and the city with her two dogs, Ellie and Ferdinand.

Dr. Amanda Duggan 

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Amanda Duggan graduated from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She worked a few years in general practice prior to finding her passion in emergency medicine. She enjoys the unpredictable nature of emergency medicine, collaborating with her colleagues and helping pets and their owners through difficult times. Her veterinary interests include feline medicine and emergency management of cases. In her spare time she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and traveling.

Dr. Mina Young

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Mina Young was born and raised in Japan, moved when 15 to pursue Vet Med in the states. Went to Univ of Illinois for vet school, graduated in 2019, moved to DC area for husband's job. Interests are exotics including non-human primates, internal medicine (esp endocrine), soft tissue surgery, and ER. Hobbies are going to the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and just relaxing with my 3 dogs and 1 cat.