Steven Rosenthal, DVM joined CVCA in 1994. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Dr. Rosenthal went on to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed both his small animal internship and cardiology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York, after which he was a staff cardiologist for one year. Dr. Rosenthal is the cardiology consultant for the Smithsonian Institute National Zoo in Washington DC, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, and the National Aquarium and has been part of a number of cardiac publications in reference to zoo animal cardiac disease.
He has lectured on numerous occasions to students and colleagues alike. Dr. Rosenthal has been involved in the training of numerous veterinary students, interns and cardiology residents. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology and has been recognized professionally for various research projects. His interests include the use of biomarker testing in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, clinical use of new cardiac medications, comparative cardiology within animal species and catheterization techniques for treatment of congenital heart disease. Dr. Rosenthal has been active in the ACVIM College of Cardiology and has served as chairman of the examination, forum, and residency training committees. He is an avid University of Maryland sports fan and enjoys golfing and skiing. Dr. Rosenthal sees patients primarily in our office located inside of the Pet E.R. in Towson, MD.
Dr. Jacob joined CVCA in 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. She completed both her small animal internship and her cardiology residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York. She then became part of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota as an assistant clinical professor. While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Jacob developed a busy clinical cardiology service and stressed the importance of client education and addressing all of the patient’s needs to her students. Dr. Jacob has lectured on a variety of topics to students, veterinary technicians and colleagues.
She has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine since 1998. Her involvement in numerous research projects has led to the publication of several articles in scientific journals. Her interests include pacemaker therapy, medical therapy of congestive heart failure and feline cardiomyopathies. Dr. Jacob understands the importance of communication and emphasizes education and deciding with the clients what the best treatment options are for their pet and their family. Dr. Jacob loves spending her spare time at home with her husband and two school age sons. She also enjoys exercising, mainly triathlons. Occasionally, they find time to travel as well!
Dr. Jacob sees patients primarily in our offices located inside Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Columbia, MD and BluePearl Veterinary Partners pet hospital in Rockville, MD.
Dr Rick Cober joined CVCA in the Fall of 2011. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 2001 followed by his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2006. He then went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery back at Cornell before starting a residency and masters degree program in cardiology at The Ohio State University (OSU). Upon completion of his residency and master’s degree, he remained on faculty at OSU for one year as a Clinical Instructor with Cardiology and Interventional Medicine service. During his time at OSU, Dr. Cober was involved in clinical teaching and lecturing to all levels of veterinary students, participating in continuing education for local practitioner’s, and authoring several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Dr. Cober has been a Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine in cardiology since July 2010. His main interests include diagnosis and treatment of congenital cardiac disease, interventional medicine, pacemaker therapy, and development of novel therapeutics for treatment of cardiac disease. Born and raised in the Annapolis area, Dr. Cober enjoys spending time with his wife – Julie, daughter – Caroline, Bouvier, – Coel and cat – Finn. In his off time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, any type of water related activity, exercising, lacrosse, reading, and traveling.
Dr. Cober primarily sees patients in our office located inside of the Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Annapolis, MD.
Tim Cain received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His small animal medicine and surgery internship at University of Illinois was followed by a cardiology residency at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston.
Board certification as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Medicine in Cardiology was achieved in 1995. Dr Cain has been practicing veterinary cardiology in the DC area for 13 years. His interests include feline cardiomyopathy, and long-term follow-up of patients with chronic heart disease. Dr. Cain primarily sees patients at the Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD and BluePearl Veterinary Partners pet hospital in Rockville, MD.
Dr. Hickey earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2005, where a few excellent physiology courses got him interested in cardiology. He received a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. He then completed a rotating internship at the Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine in Vienna.
In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants with his wife, Katie, planning for future travel, following the Maryland Terps and DC United, and spending time with his 2 mixed breed dogs, Mia and Mosley.
Dr. Hickey see patients primarily in our offices located in BluePearl Veterinary Partners pet hospital in Rockville, MD and Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center in Annapolis, MD.
Dr. Kacie Schmitt Felber was born and raised in Cumberland, MD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from North Carolina State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She continued her education at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Schmitt Felber completed a one-year comprehensive medical and surgical internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. She continued training as a cardiology resident with CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets and achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2013. During each phase of her training, Dr. Schmitt Felber enjoyed being involved in various research projects and looks forward to future projects.
Her interests include management of congestive heart failure, interventional cardiology, the use of cardiac biomarkers in the emergency setting, and the use of cardiac biomarkers in the management and prognosis of congestive heart failure. Realizing that every patient and family is unique, Dr. Schmitt Felber strives to promote open communication between CVCA, the primary care veterinarian, and clients (“the triad of care”) as well as emotional and financial considerations when developing an optimal treatment plan for each case.
In her free time, Dr. Schmitt Felber enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her horse, Solo, and French Bulldog, Maxine, as well as traveling. She is an avid NC State football fan – GO PACK!
Dr. Schmitt Felber sees patients primarily inside our office at the Pet E.R. in Towson, MD.
Dr. Shih received her Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from Tufts University in 2006 and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She then completed a small animal rotating medical and surgical internship at Oradell Animal Hospital. After practicing emergency medicine for one year, she returned to Oradell Animal Hospital to pursue a residency in cardiology, and she achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in July 2015. She spent two years as a veterinary cardiologist in Philadelphia before moving to Maryland to join CVCA.
Julia’s interests include the pathophysiology and medical management of acute and chronic congestive heart failure, management of thromboembolic complications, identification and management of congenital heart disease, and management of pulmonary arterial hypertension. She strongly believes in the importance of educating her clients so that together, they can devise the best treatment plan for their pet and their family.
Dr. Shih lives with her husband, their dachshund mix (“Wiley,” a.k.a “Longbody”) and their cat/pseudo-dog (“Miles”). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, loves trying new restaurants and enjoys traveling. She is an avid Red Sox fan and looks forward to rooting for the Sox when they face the Orioles at Camden Field.
Kendra LaFauci, graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She worked in various medical environments including the New England Aquarium, a small veterinary private practice and a large human medical hospital in Boston. After a few years, she was fortunate enough to be able to return to Tufts veterinary school where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she went on to complete a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Alameda East in Denver, CO.
Dr. LaFauci’s interests include hiking, traveling and trying new restaurants and breweries. She loves spending time with family and friends and is the proud best friend of a grumpy orange cat named TRex, stepmom to an oversized lap dog named Vince and sibling to a Newfoundland puppy named Seamus.
Matthew graduated from Auburn University with both his undergraduate and veterinary school degree. After obtaining his DVM, he completed a one-year rotating internship at a practice in Atlanta, GA. He then went on and participated in a pediatric cardiology fellowship and research program at the University of Florida before working as an associate veterinarian at a small animal hospital in Ocala, FL. His cardiology interests include pulmonary hypertension, the role of nutrition in various heart diseases, and the management of canine/feline cardiomyopathies.
Dr. Booth’s interests include playing soccer, reading, playing the guitar, traveling with his wife Hannah, SEC football, and paddle boarding. And, he enjoys any activity (hiking, etc.) with his dogs, Fox McCloud and Laney, as well as spending (mostly) quality time with his cats Obi, Kiesel, and Zaza. He is very excited to begin his residency with CVCA and to live north of Atlanta for this first time in his life!