Laura Adkins, DVM Rotating Doctor
I was raised in a military family and while I was born in Tennessee, I spent my early childhood moving from state to state. My family eventually settled in the Atlanta suburbs where I have lived most of my life. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Georgia College & State University, after which I moved to New York City and began working in pharmaceutical advertising. Through my advertising career I discovered my passion for medical science and client education. Combining these interests with my life-long love of animals, I decided to pursue a future in veterinary medicine. I attended veterinary school at The University of Georgia with an emphasis in small animals.
While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, my clinical interests include small animal infectious diseases, dentistry, surgery, and emergency medicine. I also have a passion for shelter medicine and enjoy working with local rescue organizations to improve the lives of homeless pets and promote companion animal adoption. My favorite aspect of being a veterinarian is the opportunity to support the human-animal bond between my clients and their beloved pets.
In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and can often be found hiking with my adventurous 8 year old mixed breed dog, Brody. I also like reading, cooking, traveling, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
I am excited for the opportunity to spend a year at Friendship Hospital for Animals and I look forward to working with the Friendship team, clients and patients.
Kailey Anderson, DVMRotating Doctor
I grew up in San Diego and discovered my love of veterinary medicine while volunteering in wildlife rehabilitation. I moved away to attend college at University of California, Davis where I majored in Wildlife Conservation Biology, with an emphasis in Wildlife Health. During college, I continued to pursue my interest in veterinary medicine by volunteering at the SPCA, becoming a student technician at the UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine, spending time traveling to underserved areas to provide free veterinary care, and continuing to work in wildlife rehabilitation. Through my various adventures, I discovered that I had a passion for zoo and wildlife medicine.
I decided to travel across the country and attend veterinary school in beautiful upstate New York at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school I spent time at various zoos and institutions in Belize, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California pursuing my interest in zoo medicine and I intend to specialize in zoo and exotic species in the future.
In my free time, my husband, our dog, and I enjoy spending time together on long road trips (we have been to 38 of the 50 states!), going camping, and snuggling on the couch for movie nights.
I am excited to be in Washington, DC and be part of the team at Friendship Hospital for Animals!
Audrey Billhymer, DVMRotating Doctor
I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago. I received my undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where I studied English. After graduation, I moved back to the Chicago area and worked as an assistant at a small animal general practice prior to obtaining my doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Illinois. Though I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, I have a special interest in diagnostic imaging and hope to pursue a residency in this field at the conclusion of my internship at Friendship.
Outside of work, I enjoy running, cycling, reading anything by Charles Dickens, and binge-watching TV with my fiancé and our two dogs and cat. I am also an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan and look forward to catching a few games while in DC!
Macey Camplair, DVMRotating Doctor
I grew up in nearby Frederick, Maryland and began considering a career in veterinary medicine quite early in life, but didn’t become serious about it until high school. I grew up in the local Montgomery County 4-H program riding horses, which really sparked my interest in veterinary medicine. After high school, I moved to Findlay, Ohio where I attended the University of Findlay with the plan to attend veterinary school after. I received my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with minors in chemistry and biology in 2012, and then moved to Southern California for veterinary school. I received my DVM from Western University of Health Sciences located in Pomona, CA. My professional interests within the field of veterinary medicine include all aspects of emergency and critical care, as well as anesthesia and analgesia. After 8 long years of being away from the east coast, I am thrilled to be joining the family at Friendship Hospital for Animals and to be returning to the Washington, D.C. area!
In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, riding horses, swimming, cooking, baking, watching sports, playing sports and spending time with friends and family, as well as my two cats, Brody and Delilah. I also love to travel, explore new places and eat good food, so I am excited to explore D.C. to see what it has to offer!
Hagar Hauser, DVMRotating Doctor
I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 4 years old. I would play with a children’s toy doctor kit and practice on my stuffed animals. With my father being a physician and my mother an animal lover, it was destiny. I grew up with dogs and begged my parents for every other pet I could dream up. I started as a veterinary technician at age 16 in a small animal practice and volunteered at the National Zoo throughout college. However, it wasn’t until I volunteered at a local shelter that I found my passion for Shelter Medicine.
I grew up in Rockville, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland - College Park for my undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences. I was then lucky to be able to pursue my dream and attended veterinary school at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL where I received a certificate in Shelter Medicine upon graduation. My interests aside from Shelter Medicine include animal behavior and internal medicine.
During my free time I like to be outdoors either hiking or taking my pitbull on walks, trying new restaurants with friends, watching comedies, and traveling with my family. During the winter, you can find me watching every Terrapin basketball game – Go Terps! I look forward to coming back home and working at this exceptional hospital!
Neketa Kakar, DVMRotating Doctor
I grew up in Germantown, MD and developed an interest in veterinary medicine in high school, where I was exposed to compassionate and sophisticated care for animals at a local veterinary clinic. I received my Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I volunteered at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.
I then moved to Southern California to attend Western University of Health Sciences where I recieved my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school I developed an interest in internal medicine, and in providing veterinary care to underserved communities. Aside from veterinary medicine, I enjoy hiking with my dog Phyn, attending live storytelling events, yoga and podcasts.
I am excited to return to the DMV and look forward to developing my knowledge and skills as part of the Friendship team!
Lauren Postler, DVMRotating Doctor
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, and have lived in South Carolina, Philadelphia and Grenada WI. I grew up rescuing every dog and cat I could find. I went to St. George's University in Grenada WI for veterinary school and completed my clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania.
I enjoy all aspect of veterinary medicine, but I have a strong interest in shelter medicine, emergency and dermatology. I am excited to be starting my career at Friendship Hospital for Animals.
Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with my fiance and three dogs. I enjoy traveling, hiking, movies and trying new restaurants.
Krista Rieckert,VMDRotating Doctor
Originally from New Jersey, I grew up in an animal-loving family who showed me the joy of having pets. From a young age, I developed a passion for both biology and art. After years of spending equal time with my microscope and sketch books, I moved to Baltimore to study at Johns Hopkins University. I received my bachelor's degree in the History of Medicine with a minor in Classics. After college, I started working as a veterinary technician and landed a job in the internal medicine department of no other than Friendship Hospital for Animals!
I completed my veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania and became especially interested in acupuncture certification, internal medicine, feline welfare, and emergency medicine. During vet school, I was able to extern at multiple animal shelters and traveled to the Galapagos Islands to provide the resident small animals with veterinary care.
In my free time, I enjoy artistic projects, trying new foods, yoga, and Netflix marathons. When at home, I'm constantly surrounded by my two fur-baby kitties, Huckleberry ("Huck") and Wyatt, who are "foster-fail" brothers. I'm extremely excited to be moving back to DC and once again joining the amazing team at Friendship!
Paty Rodriguez, DVMRotating Doctor
Although originally from Los Angeles, I grew up in south Georgia where I have spent most of my life. I have always had a strong passion for animals and remember deciding to pursue veterinary medicine in the first grade. My love for animals has always been deeply rooted and has been the driving force and motivation towards becoming a veterinarian.
I completed my undergraduate degree and earned a Bachelors of Science as a biology major with a chemistry minor at Valdosta State University. I then attended the University of Georgia where I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During my four years in veterinary school, I developed an interest in soft tissue surgery and cardiology, which led me to participate in research involving mesenchymal stem cell therapy in feline renal transplants.
Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy baking, painting, gardening, hiking, snowboarding, and watching the latest Fixer Upper episode with my fiancé, Brandon. I have a goofy Great Dane named Dexter, a spunky miniature poodle mix named Phantom, and an adorable cat named Finley who keep me busy at home. I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of Friendship Hospital for Animals, and I am looking forward to living in the nation’s capital while experiencing everything the city has to offer.
Kendra Talbott, DVMRotating Doctor
I grew up in Denver, CO with my mom, sister, and many adopted pets. My mom’s love and commitment to saving the lives of mistreated and abandoned animals has had a significant impact on me and instituted my desire to become a veterinarian. I then ventured to Philadelphia, PA to earn my undergraduate degree in Biology. One of my most memorable experiences was studying in Africa as part of the Wildlife Management Program in Kenya during the summer of my senior year. After graduating, I worked for several years as a laboratory technician at the University of Pennsylvania. While I gained invaluable experience doing research, I always knew I wanted to become a veterinarian. I then moved to Knoxville, TN to receive my veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!)
Although I enjoy many specialties of veterinary medicine, I am particularly interested in radiology and oncology. I am looking forward to this next year as an intern at Friendship Hospital for Animals and am excited to see what the future holds!
During my free time I like to travel, go to baseball games, camp and hike with my dogs Peyton and Opie, bike around town, and ski during the winter. I am excited to move to the DC area and explore different parts of the city!
Alysha Vincent, DVM Rotating Doctor
I was born and raised in Troy, MI (about 30 minutes outside of Detroit) and have been a proud Michigander my whole life. My interest in veterinary medicine started probably around age 6 when I started asking for bandage material and a stethoscope for my stuffed animal vet clinic (which of course “employed” all of the other kids in the neighborhood). Once I started high school I began working at a local clinic where I worked my way up from kennel assistant to veterinary assistant, and my passion for veterinary medicine was solidified. My biggest inspiration though, was undoubtedly my Australian Shepherd, Jenna, who was truly my “heart dog” and who spent many a nights at my feet, staying up with me while I studied through high school, undergrad, and vet school. She made me a better person and a better veterinarian.
I did my undergraduate training and vet school at Michigan State University and am forever a proud Spartan (Go green!)! My professional interests include internal medicine, behavior, and hospice/end-of-life care. Outside of veterinary medicine I love live music (especially U2!), horseback riding, cooking/baking, anything outdoors, and painting/drawing. I am very excited to start my veterinary career with Friendship Hospital for Animals and spend some time exploring DC!
Jennifer Yee, DVMRotating Doctor
Originally from Macomb, MI, I grew up with my parents, sister, brother, and (of course) our many pets. However for almost a decade, I have lived in the land of Sparty (East Lansing, MI) where I earned both my B.S. in Zoology and D.V.M. at Michigan State University. In confession, for one year in between my degrees, I lived in enemy territory (Ann Arbor) where I worked as a research technician at the University of Michigan Hospital – a time that may have been an unmentionable except: 1. I loved it there and 2. I met a pretty stand-up guy there that, turns out, is my soon-to-be husband.
I have loved and owned pets ranging from hamsters and frogs to cats and dogs. I love so many aspects of veterinary medicine, however I hope to pursue a residency in cardiology or internal medicine after finishing my internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals.
During my free time outside of veterinary medicine, you can find me relaxing with my cat named Kitty (no points for creativity there), traveling with my fiancé Mark, and catching up with friends. I am so excited to explore D.C. and to be part of the team at Friendship!