Meet Our Team

Tara Klimovitz, DVM, CCRT

taraDr. Klimovitz assumes the ownership responsibilities and full-time veterinarian position at Perry Hall Animal Hospital. Dr. K was born and raised in Baltimore and received her BS in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland. She attended Ross University, in St. Kitts where she earned her DVM in 2006. She brings with her a compassion and enthusiasm for veterinary medicine as well as innovative care and services such as stem cell and laser therapy. Dr. Klimovitz earned her certificate in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy and provides rehab therapy for many conditions such as post-operative, neurological, and orthopedic conditions.

Her two dogs, Bernie, a Shih-tzu mix rescue and Jackson (Mr. Wrinkles), an American Bulldog keep Dr. K busy outside of the hospital. Her cat, Mini-Cat, now has 3 brothers, Apple Pie and Chase, and newest family member, Popeye, to help keep her company at home during the day.


Ashleigh Baer, DVM

ashleighDr. Ashleigh Baer is very excited to be working with the residents and animals of Perry Hall and is thrilled to be working north of the city once again, as she grew up in Fallston and currently resides in Bel Air. She obtained her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland in 2007.

Dr. Baer’s main interests include surgery, wound management and internal medicine. She believes that strong client relationships and client education are the foundations to happy and healthy pets. Dr. Baer spends her free time with her two dogs — Koda and Copper (Keeshond and hound mix respectively). She enjoys traveling, cooking, sailing and is an avid Baltimore Ravens, Orioles and Maryland Terrapins fan.


Stacey Hicks, DVM

amyDr. Stacey Hicks is originally from Huntington, West Virginia and has been working as a veterinarian and living in the Baltimore area for the past several years. Dr. Hicks graduated from Marshall University with a bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Chemistry and then went on to obtain her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hicks has a strong interest in ophthalmology, as well as advanced training in dentistry, so the pets of Perry Hall will be seeing better and giving cleaner kisses with her help! Her focus is on client education and building a lasting rapport with her clients and patients to ensure a comfortable and informative visit.

She brings a great love for pets (and horses) from her upbringing, and her boxer/boston terrier/pittbull mix, Miles helps to keep her skills sharp while she’s at home! Hiking and being outdoors with Miles, making stained glass and exploring the city are where Dr. Hicks enjoys spending her time outside of work.


Amy Brazil, VMD

amyDr. Amy Brazil is happy to be back in her old neighborhood once again! She was born in Baltimore and has called Perry Hall home since the 8th grade. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Cognitive Science and a minor in Spanish.

Dr. Brazil graduated in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania with her Veterinary Medical Doctorate degree and has been practicing in the Baltimore area for 4 years. The animals of Perry Hall have yet another wonderful doctor with a broad range of knowledge and compassion who will provide exceptional medical care to them!

Dr. Brazil earned her masters degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is combining her expertise in both fields by working in the government sector for the FDA. She will remain a part-time veterinarian here at PHAH, working one Saturday a month.


Elizabeth Arthur, DVM

Dr. Elizabeth Arthur, with Mobile Veterinary Surgery, performs advanced surgical procedures for PHAH patients on an as needed schedule. Perry Hall Animal Hospital offers Dr. Arthur's services to our clients and patients in-house. This enables our patients and clients the familiarity and consistency of the same facility, staff and doctors overseeing the care of their pet both pre and post surgery as an alternative to a specialty surgical center.

Dr. Arthur graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and pursued extensive surgical training during the subsequent five years. She accomplished one-year internships in both general medicine & surgery and small animal surgery at two distinguished hospitals, The Animal Medical Center and Gulf Coast Veterinary Surgery, before moving to Maryland in 2005. Following completion of her three year residency in small animal surgery with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Dr. Arthur spent two years in Gaithersburg as a member of the surgical team at Veterinary Referral Associates.

Her areas of interest include general orthopedics and soft tissue surgery, with specific focus on oncologic surgery as well as treatment of cruciate ligament injuries and other disorders of the knee. Dr. Arthur’s meticulous surgical skill is complemented by a longstanding emphasis on pain management, and she has been a member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management since 2005.


Michele Deschu, Practice Manager

MicheleMichele shares the ownership responsibilities with Dr. Klimovitz and handles all of the daily business aspects of keeping Perry Hall Animal Hospital running smoothly and efficiently. A background in teaching has taught her how to maintain order and focus so that we can continually meet the needs of our patients and clients, as well as educate them about the veterinary care of their pets. From human resources to marketing and finances, to building maintenance, Michele is responsible for the complex inner workings of the practice.

Michele graduated with her bachelor's degree in physical education in 2001, and a Master’s Degree in Health Physiology in 2003 from Salisbury University. She was also a 4 year member of the women's basketball team and now brings a team-oriented approach to all facets of the hospital.


Krista Heaney, Client Care Representative

kristaKrista has almost 3 years of veterinary experience both in regular and emergency veterinary medicine. She contributes a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the veterinary world as well as a great compassion for pets and their people. She is currently studying Environmental Science at Towson University and has future aspirations to study habitats and their species as an Environmental Biologist. Krista also has a crew at home that includes her 3 dogs (Sophie, Maya and Hunter), 3 cats (Smokey, Sasha, and Dexter), some tortoises and bearded dragons, an iguana, crested gecko, ball python, Harvey the Hedgehog and a partridge in a pear tree.


Erin McManus, Client Care Representative

ErinMcMannusErin loves pets and people so much that she has been working in the veterinary industry as a receptionist for over six years as her secondary job! Erin has a BA in English Communications from Lebanon Valley college and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Humanities from Towson University, which she plans to utilize in her future as a college professor. She has a running and hiking buddy, Buster, who is her 4 year old lab mix.


Kristin Curtin, Client Care Representative

KristinCurtinKristin has been a great addition to our team from the start and has over four years of experience in the animal and veterinary field. She has worked as a handler and personnel leader at a local boarding facility and also as a receptionist in a busy emergency clinic. She absolutely loves animals and is excited to continue her career working with them here at PHAH. Kristin always has a smile on and is happy to help make your visit here the best it can be. Her 2 year-old Shepherd Mix, Lilly is a great hiking and snuggling companion!


Brooke Fromm, Client Care Representative

KristinCurtinBrooke brings over 8 years of veterinary experience to our team at PHAH, with a variety of positions including technician services, client care services and specialty dermatology services that have given her a thorough understanding of veterinary medicine. She has educational experience in the medical field and has potential plans of pursuing a veterinary technician degree in the future. Brooke is always eager to attend to all of our patients’ and clients’ needs and is a great asset to our Client Services Team. Her furry family includes Hayden, a Terrier Mix and her two cats, Winston and Wyatt. From time to time her “kids” have some foster brothers and sisters that stay with them as well!


Ariana Tucciarello-Booth, Client Care Representative

VictoriaJohnsonAriana has been an advocate for clients and their pets while working in the veterinary field for over 10 years! Her experience at a busy and progressive small animal hospital has allowed her to fit right in here at PHAH. Her passion and knowledge in the field is evident, and she will be a great support for our clients, patients and our team. Ariana’s kids include her dogs Masn (Doberman mix) and Talia (2 ½ year old rescue) as well as 4 cats, Tucci, Fudge, Sheldon and Nola.


Tara Harrison, Client Care Representative

Tara joined our PHAH team and brings experience of over 12+ years working as a receptionist at a busy veterinary hospital in Baltimore. She has made the veterinary field her career of choice and plans to stay here, continuing to learn and build upon her experiences to not only help her own pets, but all the pets that come through the PHAH doors. Tara loves to interact with people and their pets and provides a wealth of knowledge and information from her extensive background in the vet field. She gets a lot of animal health practice at home as well, with her “special needs” dog, Emma, a Boston Terrier, Nike a Maltese, Parker, a Chihuahua mix, her Shepherd Miley and finally Pappi her newest adoptee. Salem rounds out the family tree as the sole feline representative!


Stephanie Pearce, Lead Registered Veterinary Technician

SNPStephanie is a Parkville HS alumni who received her A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology from CCBC. She became a registered technician in 2012 and has been working in both emergency and private practice veterinary hospitals for over 7 years. Her professional interests include volunteering with World Vets where she has traveled to Ecuador and the Cheetah conservation in Nambia, Africa. Stephanie heads up our surgery department and ensures that all of our surgical patients are carefully attended to, before, during and after surgery. She excels in anesthesia protocols and monitoring, pain management and the continued education of our technical staff. She is a mom to Lilly (pictured), a lab/great pyrenees mix, Buck, a black lab, and her newest rescue, Rick, a 9 year old golden and her 2 cats, William and Billy.


Katie Sullivan, Veterinary Technician

katieKatie is a great asset to PHAH and has been working in the veterinary field for over 10 years! Her compassionate and calming personality help to make all of our patients feel at ease, which is really important when those sharp needles are needed! Katie has recently returned to school to pursue her goal of becoming a registered technician and to earn her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology at CCBC.

Katie has a small zoo at home including her dogs, Brydie and Mona, her cats Kenny and Stitch, and some chickens to round out the family!


Michelle Tompkins, Veterinary Technician

MichelleTompkinsMichelle's specialties and interests include small animal dentistry and canine behavior training. She joins the PHAH team after spending over 5 years as a technician in general practice and one year as a lead dental technician in a specialty practice. She has training in force-free, positive method dog psychology and behavior training and would like to become a certified dog trainer. Michelle is working on obtaining her degree in veterinary technology to reach her goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys building relationships with the clients and pets, as well as promoting good health habits through client education.

Michelle's home crew includes Murphy, a nervous little cuddle bug of a boxer, and Calvin her adorable, lovable orange tabby who became her foster FAIL! He is one lucky little kitty and will be forever grateful that she gave him a chance!


Meagan Duck, Registered Veterinary Technician

MeganDuckMeagan received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008. She followed her true calling of working in the veterinary field and has recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at CCBC, earning her A.S degree in Veterinary Technology. She achieved her goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in June and we are so excited to have her on board through her all of her advancements! Meagan has over three years of experience as veterinary assistant and her future goals in the vet field include advance schooling for her doctorate degree or specialty certifications.

Daisy is her "baby" a lab/pit mix who shares the house with Zeppelin and Terp, the kitties, as well as her goldfish of 1 year :)


Abby Hurdle, Veterinary Technician

AbbyHurdleAbby is a client turned employee who just LOVES to be here with all of our patients! She graduated from Perry Hall HS and is currently pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology at CCBC, to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Abby has a true passion for the field and wants only the best for any creature that passes through our doors. Although this is her first endeavor in the animal field, her future aspirations include continuing her education to become a Veterinarian. She shares her house with Rhiley, her black lab, Ruben, an English Springer Spaniel, and Schnapper, her gray tabby.


Kayla Murphy, Veterinary Assistant

AbbyHurdleKayla is a Perry Hall native, who graduated from Perry Hall High School and is excited to finally be working in the field she loves, in order to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Kayla adores all animals and isn’t afraid to get down and dirty which comes from her years of working on a farm. She has a calming presence around our patients and is quickly becoming an integral part of our team at PHAH. She has two dogs: Jetta, a 1 year old pit mix and Buck, an 8 year old Beagle.


Anthony Feret, Veterinary Assistant

AbbyHurdleAnthony is currently fulfilling his goal of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician and is attending CCBC for his required coursework. Anthony joins our team after completing 6 years of active duty in the United States Air Force. We are very fortunate to have Anthony’s quick thinking and composure at PHAH as well as his increasing veterinary and handling skills. He has a crew at home, which includes Heidi, a 5 year old German Shepherd/Rotti mix, Conan a 3 year old Lab/Collie mix and his newest chimney rescue, Xena (a cat of course!).


Justine Kahl, Veterinary Assistant

Justine is stepping into the veterinary world after just graduating from Perry Hall High School! Her professionalism, responsibility and teamwork have already proven to be an asset to our team, our patients and our clients. Justine’s long-term goals include going to school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Morgan (a 4 year old shepherd mix) and her Papillion, Shilioh, are excited to have a technician in the family now!

Mugsy Badcat

mugsyMugsy is the longest standing full-time staff member at Perry Hall Animal Hospital. His responsibilities include supervising building security, shedding and laying on keyboards. He is on the board of directors and makes important management and staffing decisions for the hospital. He enjoys eating, playing catch, thumb wrestling and massages. You'll often see him "freshly shaved", which has now become a highly sought after style in the feline community. We now offer "The Mugsy Cut" for your feline - just ask for it. (along with being fashionable, it also helps with hairballs and skin issues) .

See more gorgeous pictures of me on Facebook! Want the "Mugsy" Cut for your cat? Just ask for it - we can do it!

9022 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD, 21236, United States
(410) 256-4888
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