iM_takomaparkAC_2.9.16.50_54We are extremely proud of our team here at Takoma Park Animal Clinic. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team.

Our team is highly educated and trained. It’s made up of animal lovers who are dedicated to their patients and the owners who care for them.

Here at Takoma Park Animal Clinic, we promote learning for our employees so our hospital is up to date with the latest medical advances. We want to give our patients the very best care.

Our team loves animals. We treat every pet that walks through the door like our own. They get lots of love and attention, no matter if they are healthy or ill. Our staff works with owners to keep pets healthy by discussing preventative care. However, when pets are not feeling well, we will do everything we can to ensure a quick recovery.

If you would like to speak to someone on our team, feel free to contact us today at (301) 270-4700.


Dr. Decker

Dr. Kyle Decker, DVM

Dr. Schuyler Malachi, DVM

Dr. Joanne

Dr. JoAnne Carey, DVM

Dr. JoAnne Carey, D.V.M., founder of Pet Hospice House Calls. I have been in the Washington Metropolitan area since I was in college. During my undergraduate years at Howard University, I published an abstract on my research on aging. This paved the way for my early interest in geriatrics and longevity. In 1979, I graduated from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama and was awarded an Internship in Medicine, Surgery and Radiology. After returning to this area, I worked at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington D.C. for seven years before opening Takoma Park Animal Clinic in 1988.

I started doing house calls while at Friendship Hospital and have continued to this day. I enjoy working with older pets and I have become more aware of their special needs through the years as well as the requirements of hospice patients. Even though I treat small animals, I have come to realize that their guardians need caregiving from me as well!

I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Veterinarians for the Humane Society of the United States, the Association of Feline Practitioners, the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management, the American Association of Human/Animal Bond Veterinarians, and the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care.

I love veterinary medicine. I am fortunate to have realized a dream that has allowed me to make a living at what I enjoy doing most; working with animals and their caregivers.

Dr. Patricia Kriemelmeyer, DVM

After graduation from Tuskegee Institute’s veterinary school in 1984, “Dr. K” returned to her native Maryland. She continued her work from Greyhound tracks and general practice in South Dakota by becoming a state veterinarian on the Standardbred racetracks. Dr. Kriemelmeyer and Dr. JoAnne Carey opened Takoma Park Animal Clinic in 1988, and have proudly served the needs of Washington area companion animals since then. Dr. Kriemelmeyer was one of the pioneers of animal laser surgery in the early 1990s and continues to perform many of the surgeries at the clinic. She has now added laser therapy for healing to her protocols. Dr. Kriemelmayer continues to love the practice of veterinary medicine, and also serves the animal community with hospice and house call euthanasia services.

Dr. Kriemelmeyer has served on the Board of Directors of both the Maryland Veterinary Foundation and the Maryland Saddle Association for over 10 years. Her pets include retired horses, dogs, cats, and doves. Her daughter, Kari, works in the horse show industry.



Lewis Johnson

Senior Technician
I have worked at Takoma Park Animal Clinic since 1989, bringing 35 years of working experience to the team as well as dedication. I started out working in 1979, receiving comprehensive hands-on training as an Assistant Technician. At Takoma Park Animal Clinic, I treat the client’s pets as my own – with compassion. My heartfelt care and attention given to the pets is noticeable.

I enjoy traveling with my wife, cooking on the grill, home improvement projects, my dog, and being with family and friends.


Sharon Hayes

As a life-long animal lover, Saron Hayes has happily devoted her career to the well-being of pets for over a decade. She entered the profession of animal care by pure happenstance.

During her career, Saron has apprenticed with hands-on training under five seasoned groomers.

As the proud guardian of Dolce, a 12-year-old German Shepherd dog and Papi, an 8-year-old Domestic Short Hair cat, she firmly believes that rescued animals are the most rewarding to care for.

Having worked as a Shelter Manager, Veterinary Technician, Animal Control Technician and groomer, all of her experiences with pet themselves and pet guardians have inspired her to live the life she leads today.

Adis Kefyalew

Veterinary Technician

Office Staff and Receptionists


Rachel Johnson

Office Manager
I joined the staff at Takoma Park Animal Clinic in the fall of 2008. I was hired as a part-time evening and weekend receptionist. I’ve always worked in the administrative and customer service field prior to working at the clinic. As a child, my dream was to work in healthcare on the human side; however, the opportunity was presented to work in the animal clinic in 2008 and I gladly accepted.

When I was about 5 years old, My family had several dogs. My grandmother was a lover of animals and kept them around for her grandchildren. As I grew into adolescence, my family acquired a German Shepherd, Princess. It was love at first sight. Princes and I grew such a bond that I never wanted to leave for school without her. Today, I have a dog, Rosco, and several fish that I love. I also have 5 children and 1 grandchild, Alyshia, Isaac, Anthony, Nicole, Nicholas, and Harmoni.

Currently, after 4 years as a receptionist, I am the Office Manager for the practice. It is a privilege and honor to be able to serve our patients, clients, and staff with compassion and respect. I really enjoy what I do at Takoma Park Animal Clinic. We have such a great team and it makes my job easier to be surrounded by such great people whom I respect.

We recently transitioned to a new software system at the clinic in which I have been responsible for ensuring that the staff is properly trained. Currently, I am working on updating inventory and pricing in our database. I am also working on making sure that TPAC is up-to-date in compliance with the help of the staff. I am always fulfilled because there is always something to do at TPAC. The staff keeps me busy!

My time away from work is spent with family and friends at my church. I enjoy taking walks in the park and spending time outdoors in nature. In addition, I enjoy listening to jazz and gospel music, eating out, and volunteering at the nursing home. My most fulfilling commission is making people smile.


Tanjii McCain

Lead Receptionist


Samantha Hopkins


Students/ Interns

Takoma Park Animal Clinic is a mentoring hospital. We are proud to say that all five of the students who have worked her through the years, were accepted in to the veterinary schools of their choosing. We have also sponsored three technician interns, who went on to become successful Veterinary Technicians.

In addition, we have shadowed numerous high school and upper elementary school students during their career field rotations. Drs. Carey and Kriemelmeyer reach out to schools and organizations to give lectures on veterinary medicine. TPAC has hosted the Takoma Park Baseball team for two decades.

We have been in Washingtonian’s “Best Of” column for Veterinary Hospital and Who’s Who for Veterinarians.