Meet our Urgent Care Doctors

Janine Calabro, DVM, DACVECCChief of Emergency and Critical Care

Janine Calabro

I am originally from NJ (the Beautiful Garden State) and I graduated from Drew University in 1998.  I then spent a year living in Costa Rica and Guatemala, working with a small humanitarian aid organization.  After coming back to the States, I worked in mammary carcinogensis (breast cancer) and environmental reproductive toxicology research at Tufts University School of Medicine until I changed campuses and matriculated at the School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 2004.  I graduated from Tufts with a DVM and a Certificate in International Veterinary Medicine in 2008, I completed an internship at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital of the ASPCA in NYC in 2009, and then completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Animal Medical Center (also in NYC) in July of 2012. 

I live in Arlington with my husband, son, and cohort of rescued pets.

My professional interests include trauma, mechanical ventilation, antimicrobial stewardship and pain management in the acutely ill patient.

Meghan Carlton, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Meghan Carlton

I was born and raised in Davis, California where I grew up surrounded by a menagerie of pets.  Always drawn to animals, while attending Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota I earned a position caring for the pigeon, rat and mouse colonies.  Graduating with a degree in biology and minor in biochemistry, I was lucky enough to gain admission to UC Davis Veterinary School and move back home to earn my doctorate.  

After obtaining my DVM, I made the move out east and completed a small animal rotating internship at The Hope Center in Vienna, Virgina with a focus on emergency medicine. There, I fell in love with the fast pace and case variation of the ER.  When not working at Friendship, I enjoy running, cooking, and exploring the rich art and cultural scenes DC has to offer.

Nicole Cohen, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Nicole Cohen

I graduated from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis in 2004 and went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in northern California. I returned to Washington DC to be close to my family.

My family always had lots of pets where I grew up in Durham, North Carolina. After graduating from Swarthmore College, I  worked for several years in a cellular biology laboratory at the Salk Institute in San Diego. It was not until a few years later that I discovered veterinary medicine. I feel extremely lucky to have found a profession I find so fulfilling. I've been at Friendship Hospital for Animals since 2006 and enjoy practicing a mix of emergency medicine and primary care.  

I live in Kensington, MD with my husband and our two sweet children Alexis and Russell.  We have two giant cats named Milo and Beebs . Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, practicing yoga, hiking, traveling and art. 

Leah Cowburn, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Leah Cowburn

As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with and loved animals. I grew up in New York City and New Jersey with a variety of pets that I adored. As a competitive horseback rider, I owned and took care of many horses. I developed strong bonds with all of my animals and they gave me the motivation and desire to have a career helping animals and their families.

I received a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Kean University in NJ. After college I worked in animal hospitals as a veterinary assistant, and realized that my true calling was to become a veterinarian. I then returned to school for a second degree in Biochemistry at Chapman University in California. At Chapman, I was a chemistry tutor and research assistant for the Department of Chemistry and studied heavy metals in water and the effects on human health, animals and the environment. I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in California, followed by an internship at Friendship.

I find the entire field of veterinary medicine interesting, but my true passion is emergency medicine, particularly trauma, cardiac, endocrine and neurologic emergencies. I also have a special interest in pain management, rehabilitation and physical therapy, and am currently undergoing training to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). I find great reward in helping animals in need and volunteer at rescue organizations and shelters performing surgeries.  Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy surfing, skiing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family, friends and senior pug. 

Alyson Gross, VMD Staff Veterinarian

Alyson Gross

I grew up in Norfolk, Virginia with my parents, brother, sister, and numerous pets. I attended college at the University of Maryland where I received a bachelor’s of science in animal science. I then received my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. I have always loved animals and always knew that I wanted to become a veterinarian. I am so excited to be starting my career at Friendship Hospital for Animals.

In my free time I like to run, bake, read, play tennis, and do yoga. I also love spending time with my beautiful dog Nina. The summer is my favorite time of year as I really enjoy spending time outdoors in the sun. When I have time off work, I love to travel and explore other cultures.

Samantha Hart, BVMS (Hons), MS, DACVS, DACVECCStaff Veterinarian

Samantha Hart

I graduated from Murdoch University School of Veterinary Medicine in Australia in November, 2004. I underwent an equine neonatology (foal) internship; rotating equine internship; and equine surgical residency at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA. During my surgical residency, I also completed a MS; my thesis was on local elution of antimicrobials from a novel dextran gel. I also published several journal articles and review articles during this time. I then went on to do a large animal emergency and critical care fellowship at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania. I was involved in extensive research in gastrointestinal ischemia and reperfusion injury, and also published multiple journal articles, review articles, and a book chapter. After finishing my large animal emergency and critical care fellowship, I stayed on at the University of Pennsylvania as a lecturer in large animal emergency and critical care for a year. Following this, I made the switch to small animals, and completed a small animal emergency and critical care residency at the University of Pennsylvania. I am excited to be moving back to the D.C. area, and in my free time I enjoy staying active, horse-back riding, volunteering, and racing Porsches.

Christina Klare, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Christina Klare

I grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida, and thanks to my animal-loving parents, I was always surrounded by pets (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, you name it...). I wanted to be a veterinarian for as far back as I can remember. I attended the University of South Florida (go Bulls!) for undergrad and then made a huge geographical and lifestyle change when I started veterinary school at Michigan State University. From sunshine and beaches to snow, snow, and more snow! After vet school, I worked in a general veterinary practice for a year but soon realized my one true love was emergency medicine, so I completed a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg the following year. Since then, I have exclusively practiced in the emergency setting, and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Friendship team now! 

I love DC and moved into the city with my pit bull mix, Quinn, and my embarrassingly chubby cat, Oliver, in the fall of 2014. When I'm not working, I'm either working out at my Crossfit gym, scoping out a new restaurant or pub, hiking with Quinn, or cooking and baking in my kitchen. Within emergency medicine, I have specific interests in neurology and ophthalmology, and while I love all animals, I have a very soft spot for felines.

Christine Klippen, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Christine Klippen

My name is Christine Klippen and I am originally from the Northern Virginia/Reston area.  I received my BS in Animal Sciences from Colorado State and my BS in Nursing from George Mason University.  I attended Colorado State University for veterinary school and graduated in 2009.  I have worked at specialty/referral hospitals in San Antonio, TX and Raleigh, NC since graduation.  I have a special interest in critical care, toxicology, trauma and education (both veterinary and client).  When not working, I enjoy playing tennis (singles and doubles), brewing craft beers with my husband and spending time with our son.

Eric Langfitt, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Eric Langfitt

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, I attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where I graduated in 2010. Then I spent a year in Highlands Ranch, Colorado completing a rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine. I spent the last three years in New York City at The Animal Medical Center completing a residency in small animal Emergency and Critical Care.

My interests in veterinary medicine are more emergency focused, such as polytrauma, transfusion medicine, and mechanical ventilation. I enjoy running, swimming, and going out with friends in my spare time. Having never really spent much time in the District prior to starting my experience here at Friendship, I am enjoying seeing what the area has to offer.

Lauren MacDonald, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Lauren MacDonald

Originally from South Florida, I grew up in both Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Florida with a major in Animal Sciences and a minor in international studies. I stayed in Gainesville (Go Gators!) for veterinary school, graduating from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where I also completed a certificate in shelter medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, backpacking, running, cooking and doing anything outdoors! As a native south Floridian, I particularly love the water, sailing and going to the beach whenever I have free time.

While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, I have a special interest in small animal soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine and critical care, and shelter medicine and hope to pursue further specialization in one of these fields after my internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals.

I'm extremely excited to move up to Washington, D.C. and be a part of the Friendship team!


Jody Magowitz, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Jody Magowitz

I have been working at Friendship Hospital for Animals since July of 2011.  I received my undergraduate degree from Colorado State University, where I worked on research projects at the Centers for Disease Control and Colorado State University Medical Oncology Research Laboratory.  When I wasn’t studying or breeding mosquitoes, my time was spent caring for a large colony of desert tortoises.

I attended University College Dublin for my veterinary studies, and spent time afterwards at the Dublin SPCA as well as the Irish Blue Cross.  Leaving Ireland was difficult, but made easier by returning to my hometown and completing an internship here at Friendship.  Currently, the urgent care department is my primary focus and I am happy to continue working with my mentors and friends. My free time is spent enjoying the outdoors and traveling with the most wonderful companion ever, my Irish/German Shepherd, Isa. 

Nicola Moore, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Nicola Moore

I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD. From a very young age, I loved animals and my dream was to be a veterinarian. Throughout my childhood, I had multiple pets from a cat and a dog, to hamsters and an iguana.

The majority of my immediate family lives in the Washington DC area, and when I am not working, I try to spend time with them. My other interests include outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, and running. I currently share my life with Owen, a pit bull that I rescued during vet school, and two cats, Tommy and Peaches.

I enjoy the many facets that veterinary medicine has to offer. I have found a love for emergency medicine during my time here at Friendship, and am also passionate about internal medicine and surgery.

Laura Nichols, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Laura Nichols

Originally from South Alabama, I’ve spent large portions of my life in Nashville, TN and Petersburg, VA.  I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia State University with a major in Animal Sciences. I returned to Alabama for veterinary school, graduating from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I initially came to Friendship to complete a year-long rotating internship. At the end of that year, I was thrilled to accept a position in the Urgent Care department. 

I currently live in Maryland with my husband and our small zoo. We enjoy spending time hiking with our two dogs or exploring the city. I equally enjoy reading a good book with a cat (or two) curled up in my lap. 

Genevieve Schildroth, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Genevieve Schildroth

I grew up in Michigan and Colorado enjoying the outdoors and a variety of pets.  I graduated in 2000 from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Biology.  In 2001, I moved to St. Kitt’s to start vet school at Ross University.  In 2005, I graduated after completing my clinical year at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.  I then moved to NYC for a rotating medicine and surgery internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists.  In 2006, I joined the Animal Medical Center’s Emergency and Critical Care department as an Emergency and ICU doctor.  After 7 years, I left the AMC for primary care in Brooklyn at One Love Animal Hospital.  Realizing my professional passion lies in emergency and critical care, I joined Friendship’s Urgent care department.  I recently moved to DC with my two dogs, Cooper and Lottie Brown (the best dog around).  I spend my free time running, biking, reading, practicing yoga and hiking with the dogs.  

Sydney Williams, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Sydney  Williams

I grew up just outside of Houston, TX and have loved animals since the time I was little. When I was young, horses were my main passion and I grew up competing in horse shows and rodeos with my two horses and also raised hogs and cattle as a member of FFA during high school. I went on to Texas A&M (Gig 'Em Aggies!) where I received both my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and my DVM. I initially came to Friendship Hospital to complete my year-long small animal rotating internship and fell in love with the city and the hospital as well as the fast pace and thrill of emergency medicine. I was very excited to accept a full time position in the Emergency department at Friendship following my internship.

I currently live in DC with my two awesome dogs, a German short-haired pointer named Goose and a toy poodle named Boss.  When I'm not at work I enjoy being outdoors, watching college football, spending time with friends, exploring DC and traveling the world. 

Agnieszka Wolfson, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Agnieszka Wolfson

I was born in Poland where I spent first 23 years of my life. I attended a veterinary school in Olsztyn, Poland during which I took one year off for studying abroad. I ended up in California where I met my husband, Jeremy. Because it was love at first sight, I decided to continue my education at UC Davis. I graduated cum laude in 2013. After graduation, I completed a rotating internship in medicine and surgery at VCA small animal referral hospital in Gaithersburg, MD. My baby boy, Josef was born during my internship.  I then continued to work at VCA as a staff emergency veterinarian for a year before starting at Friendship Hospital for Animals.

I live in DC with my husband Jeremy who is finishing his education at Georgetown University Medical School, our son Josef, cat Spot and gecko Zeplin. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring hiking trails, long-distance running, reading and swimming.