Meet the Veterinarians & Professionals of Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital
Winner of Frederick’s Best Vet—2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011!
Karen Miller, DVM, Owner of Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Miller graduated from both Michigan State University (BS/BA, 1976) and The Ohio State University (DVM, 1980). Her interest in veterinary medicine was initially fueled by spending her childhood summers and holidays with her cousins on the family farms in Iowa.
In the fall of 1980, Dr. Miller met her future husband, Terry Sewell, over a Rottweiler puppy that was sick with parvovirus. The puppy lived, and they were married one year later. Terry had been breeding and showing champion Alaskan Malamutes for years, and this new exposure for Dr. Miller to practical canine reproduction and neonate care spurred a truly passionate interest in all things related to the care, well-being, medicine, surgery, and training of dogs. Terry’s business experience and knowledge of management and government forms were invaluable in the establishment of Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital in 1990.
On April 1, 1990, the hospital opened full time with only Dr. Miller, a technician, and two part-time kennel helpers. In the years since, the practice has grown to the multi-doctor, full-service practice it is now. Dr. Miller is also the owner and driving force behind the introduction of rehabilitation therapy at Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital. Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital’s philosophy will always remain the same: provide the best care for our patients as our first priority, but with respect and consideration for their owners, and do it all at a fair price.
Catherine DeLuca, DVM, MS, Diplomat-American College of Theriogenology
Dr. DeLuca is a native of the Washington, D.C., area, and received her DVM degree in 2006 from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She then completed a one-year rotating internship at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey, and a two-year residency and master’s degree in equine reproduction at Colorado State University from 2007–2009. Following her residency, Dr. DeLuca became a board-certified specialist in theriogenology (animal reproduction), after which she spent one year on the faculty at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, teaching theriogenology to veterinary students and seeing clinical cases. Dr. DeLuca is board certified in reproductive medicine (theriogenology) and is available for breeding and reproductive health services in all species.
Dr. DeLuca is the newest member of the veterinary team at Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital and is excited to be practicing back in the region where she grew up. In her free time, Dr. DeLuca enjoys running, cycling, and spending time with friends and family.
Cathy Emery, DVM
Dr. Emery grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1999, with a major in biology and a minor in English. While in college, she was captain of the varsity equestrian team and a founding member of the Dartmouth chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key National Honor Society.
Dr. Emery graduated from veterinary school at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. While in school, she was a member of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society and served as president of the veterinary fraternity Omega Tau Sigma. She joined Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital in 2003. Dr. Emery has special interest in exotic animal medicine (pocket pets and zoo animals), surgery, equine medicine, and neonatology.
When not working, Dr. Emery enjoys riding Merit (her thoroughbred mare), brewing homemade beer and mead, reading voraciously, and writing. She lives with three cats, Max, Stevie, and Anabelle and a hound mix named Milo.
Rosalind Hain, DVM, CCRP
Dr. Hain is a 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University Veterinary School. There, she was active in the Alpha Psi veterinary fraternity and a member of the student chapter of the AVMA and the Equine Club. She completed elective work in equine and farm animal medicine, as well as the regular coursework on all species. OSU is also where Dr. Hain completed three years of study toward a degree in animal science. Previous to that, she was raised on a pig farm in South Africa. Dr. Hain has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic rehab.
Dr. Hain’s interests outside of the hospital include biking, hiking, riding, and taking her dog Trevor for long walks.
Brooke Loewenstein, DVM, CCRT
Dr. Loewenstein received her BA from The College of William and Mary in Virginia (double major in biology and international relations with an emphasis on Africa) and her DVM from the University of Wisconsin. Her special interests include rehabilitation therapy, especially for neurologic cases; pain management; behavioral medicine; ophthalmology; dermatology; and geriatric care.
Dr. Loewenstein lives with her husband, Dave, and their son, Thomas; two lovable felines, Duchess and Blair; and two overly friendly dogs, Franklin and Piper. As a native Wisconsinite, she is a huge Green Bay Packers fan and all around cheesehead!
Nancy Liptak, MS, RVT, CCRP
Nancy has been a trainer and competitor with her dogs in a variety of sports for almost 30 years. Whenever one of her dogs was recovering from an injury, she would pick the brains of horse trainers to get them back in the best shape for competition. About 10 years ago, she discovered that canine rehab was an actual career and began the process to first become a registered veterinary technician in Maryland, and then to complete requirements for her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) certification through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Nancy has been a practicing rehab therapist for the last eight years. Nancy’s history of training and competing has given her a good perspective on the stresses both training and competing put on our canine partners.
She is currently owned by three border collies: Wiz, who is still an active agility and rally competitor; Mickey, whose primary job is as a working sheepdog; and Fay, who is a puppy in training. When weekend time permits, she tries to fit in at least one day of a herding trial, and agility trial, or a local disc event.
Lori Fields, Hospital Manager
Lori grew up in Adamstown, Maryland. She graduated from Frederick High School in 1993 and has been employed with Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital since 1988. She enjoys working with animals and gains satisfaction from helping those animals that are in need.
Lori has two children: BreAnn, 15, and Travis, 8. She and her husband, Danny, live in Smithsburg with their two dogs, Jax, a Rottweiler, and Digger, a beagle, and two cats Tux and Kit. They also breed and show Hereford cows and pigs. Currently, Lori likes to spend time with her daughter and son, helping them work on their beef and swine 4-H projects.
Deanna Ridgely, RVT , CCRP
Deanna was born in Frederick, Maryland, and raised on a dairy farm in Adamstown, Maryland. She graduated from Frederick High School in 1988 and from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1991 and she recently completed her CCRP certification.
Deanna has been a registered technician for 19 years and employed with Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital since 2000. She is married to John and has a son named Grayson. Together they live with Badger, a lab mix; Bob the cat; and Little Bear the guinea pig. Deanna says, “I have a passion for the care of animals and it is very rewarding for me to work with and for the animals.”
Heather Holtzman, RVT, CCRP
Heather graduated from Wilson College with a BS in veterinary technology and equestrian studies. She has worked for Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital since 2003 and has been a RVT since 2005. Her special interests include performing laboratory work and nursing care of post-op or hospitalized patients. Heather recently completed her CCRP certification.
She lives with her husband, David, and 2˝-year-old son, Hunter. Her pets include two pit bulls (Missy and Dakota), two ferrets (Remmi and Daisy), and a horses (Buddy).”
Gina Page, Assistant Hospital Manager
Gina was born and raised in Myersville, Maryland. She has worked for Buckeystown Veterinary Hospital since 1997 and is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in architectural and interior design.
Gina now lives in Frederick, Maryland, with her 5-year-old daughter, Makayla, and her five dogs, two cats, and two chinchillas.