Meet Our Doctors

Dana Reay Kuehn, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice)Chief of Primary Care Services

Dana Reay  Kuehn

I am originally from Minnesota, where I completed a BS in biology and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. I completed rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery in Hollywood, Florida and continued on as an associate in the practice for 10 years.

I have been with Friendship since 2005, and I am proud to be part of a team that provides high quality medical and surgical services. My professional interests include endocrinology, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and urology.

I have a terrific daughter and two dogs; Vegas, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and our newest addition, Lily, a beagle mix. My personal interests include biking and general fitness, spending quality time with my family, reading, SCUBA and travel. I have recently completed my first black belt pre-test in taekwondo and hope to obtain my black belt within 2 years.

Becky Bolch, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Becky Bolch

I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, where Steeler football is a way of life. My love of animals came from my mom who never seemed to mind all the animals that seemed to “find” their way to our house. I apparently told my aunt when I was the ripe age of 3 that I was going to be an animal doctor. I attended Penn State University where I received my degree in Animal Bioscience. During my undergraduate years, I worked at a veterinary hospital in my hometown with a wonderful vet who encouraged me to pursue my dream. The love that he showed for the veterinary profession really was an inspiration. I went to veterinary school at Purdue University and finally became a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1992.

I started working at Friendship Hospital for Animals in 1994. I served as Chief of Medicine for 5 years where I participated in the many administrative aspects of Friendship. With my current schedule, I am now able to focus on what I enjoy the most—establishing life long relationships with my patients.                 

Shortly after graduation from vet school, I married my high school sweetheart of eight years, Jens Bolch. My husband and I live in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with our three children, Alexander, Catherine and Derek. Our four-legged family includes our greyhound, Jax, our two cats, Junior and Mr. Sting, and our turtle, Sampson. In what little time is left in a day, I enjoy gardening, decorating my house and traveling with my family.

Shani Boone, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Shani Boone

For as long as I can remember, my family has always had pets, mostly dogs. However, while growing up in Connecticut, horses were my true love. Throughout my high school years, I worked at an equestrian center as a barn manager and riding instructor. I even rode on the equestrian team during my undergraduate years at the University of Virginia.

After graduating from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (May 2004), I completed an internship here at Friendship Hospital for Animals and have developed a special interest in small animal surgery and emergency medicine.

Riding horses is one of my favorite hobbies and I love going to the movies, but mostly I enjoy spending time just lounging at home with my Rottweiler, Bonnie, and kitty, Nala.

Dana Carr, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Dana Carr

I attended the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology-Zoology in 2002. I then attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2006. After completing veterinary school I moved to Washington, DC and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship here at Friendship Hospital for Animals. Fortunately, I was hired on as a staff veterinarian at the completion of my internship in 2007. As a staff veterinarian previously I was part of the primary care, emergency, surgery, and dentistry teams. At the end of 2012 we relocated to Pittsburgh for my husband's job where I worked at a busy general and emergency medicine hospital seeing cats, dogs, exotics, and even some small farm animals! After a couple of years in Pittsburgh we were excited to have the opportunity to come home to the DC area. After spending a year with a start-up practice in Arlington and learning a lot about the business side of veterinary medicine I am more than excited to have the opportunity to be back with my veterinary family at Friendship, working on the primary care servive. I am honored to be part of such a dedicated, progressive, and caring team. Although I love all aspects of veterinary medicine, my special interests lie in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, preventative and wellness care, and feline medicine. 

Nicole Cohen, DVM Staff 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. 

Nicky Diaz, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Nicky Diaz

Originally from South Florida, I grew up in a Cuban American household in Miami, Florida. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and ventured to Gainesville, Florida where I received my veterinary degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Over the years, I have combined my passion for veterinary medicine with my love for traveling and have had the fortune to participate in a variety of veterinary outreach and research programs. Being a part of such diverse experiences and interacting with various cultures has definitely shaped the veterinarian and person I am today.

As a native Floridian, I love everything and anything having to do with the ocean and being outdoors. I look forward to every opportunity of being out on the water, fishing, paddle boarding, or scuba diving.

I completed my veterinary internship here at Friendship Hospital and was fortunate enough to join the Primary Care team. I look forward to the years ahead, exploring and getting to know this wonderful city, its residents, and companion animals!

Mike Dugan, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Mike  Dugan

I started volunteering at an animal hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida when I was 12 years old after my cat was severely injured. I always loved animals, and decided to be a veterinarian when I was in high school. I attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and veterinary school. I graduated in 1991, and was very happy to be offered an internship at Friendship as my first job as a doctor.

After my internship, I worked at a private practice in Virginia for 9 years, and returned to Friendship in 2001. In 2007, I moved to New York City. While in New York, I worked at the ASPCA Animal Hospital as a staff doctor, rotating through general medicine, emergency, dentistry, and surgery.

In 2014, I was happy to come home to Friendship once more, and am honored to be a part of this wonderful team of care givers. I live in DC with my partner Lee, and our two Yorkshire Terriers, Mr. McQueen, and Woodie Mahoney. I enjoy theater, acting, cooking, travel, and spending time with my family.

Mariana Fonseca, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Mariana  Fonseca

I was born in São Paulo, Brazil. I grew up hearing incredible stories about my father’s upbringing in Mozambique and his encounters with wild animals. Having been inspired from an early age, I’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember. At the age of seven I moved to the United States with my family, establishing a new home in South Florida. I attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) for my undergraduate and graduate studies, receiving my Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Afterwards, I completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgical Internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. My special interests included preventive health, oncology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. 

In addition to veterinary medicine, traveling is one of my greatest passions. I enjoy exploring new lands and immersing myself in different cultures. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Roatán, the Galápagos Islands, and Brazil to help provide local communities with voluntary veterinary health care.

Spending time with family and friends is important to me, including my favorite four-legged family members, Sasha and Bambino. I also enjoy outdoor adventures, primarily hiking and kayaking. It is an honor to practice quality medicine at Friendship Hospital for Animals and call the D.C. community my new home.  

Ashley Gallagher, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Ashley Gallagher

It wasn’t until two years after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in mechanical engineering that I realized becoming a veterinarian was the perfect career path for me. I spent the majority of my childhood and high school riding horses, and at home we had many dogs to keep me busy. Still, I never truly understood the remarkable bond that one can have with a pet until I found my dog Westin, a golden retriever mix. Until I lost her to cancer she had been my best friend since college when I found her as a puppy living on the streets in the Bahamas. My relationship with Westin inspired me to become a veterinarian so that I can help others experience the unconditional love and fulfillment that a pet can bring to your life.

After graduating from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine I was thrilled to be accepted in Friendship’s highly competitive internship program. After completing the internship I was lucky enough to be offered a position as a staff veterinarian. My duties at the hospital include seeing wellness appointments, working emergency shifts and performing both elective and emergency surgeries. I am the author of the Friendship Tails, a blog that provides an insider's view of life here at Friendship, and lots of great pet health information. I also teach the Polite Puppy class which Friendship offers monthly to all new puppy owners. I live in Northwest DC with my four dogs, Poppy, Sparkle, Frank and Lilly and three cats, Vegas, Breaker and Furla. Needless to say with this crew there is never a dull moment in my house.

Greg Matheson, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Greg Matheson

A Long Island native, I moved to Boston to study biology and English literature at Northeastern University. During this time I worked as a technician at Angell Animal Medical Center where my passion for emergency medicine truly flourished. Since then, I have had the pleasure of learning under a number of specialists in Fort Lauderdale, Nantucket, and most recently at the University of Illinois where I earned my doctorate degree in veterinary medicine.

Emergency/critical care, wildlife medicine and the integration of technology into everyday practice are just a few of my professional interests. Outside of the hospital, I like to spend my time playing music, tabletop gaming, exploring new places and binge-watching TV with my cat, Squid. I am thrilled to be back on the East Coast starting my career with Friendship!

Schuyler Winstead Matthiesen, VMD Staff Veterinarian

Schuyler  Winstead Matthiesen

Growing up in Chevy Chase, MD, my family had a number of dogs and cats and a general love for animals. At Middlebury College, I remained interested in the healthcare profession and majored in neuroscience, though my focus turned to human medicine. I spent my summers doing research as well as counseling at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. It was not until shortly before my graduation (and after I adopted my cat, Scout) that I revisited my first dream - to become a veterinarian.

After college, I moved back to DC and began work as a veterinary technician here at the Friendship Hospital for Animals. I knew right away that I wanted to come back and be a staff veterinarian at this impressive practice. I then went to work for the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine while I applied to vet school. I attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine and conducted research in different veterinary specialties during my summers, including a return to Friendship to work with Dr. Chand Khanna at the Oncology Services and Animal Clinical Investigation, LLC. After graduation, I accepted a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY. I saw hundreds of cases and enjoyed the hectic pace of this large non-profit veterinary center. After 5 fulfilling years, I was happy to return to Friendship, and my hometown.

I live in Northwest DC with my husband, our cat, and our shelter dog Madaket, whom I spayed as a third year vet student and never let go. Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and running in Rock Creek Park with Madaket.

Amanda McMurphy, DVM Staff Veterinarian

Amanda  McMurphy

I am originally from the DC area.  My lifelong love of nature and animals drew me to an interest in veterinary medicine at a young age and I carried this with me on to the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) where I graduated with a degree in conservation biology.  I graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 2004 and completed my internship at Friendship in 2005.

I feel lucky every day to be in this profession.  It is such a privilege to share in the bond between my clients and their pets and it has allowed me to meet such incredible people!  I love working at Friendship because it allows me to practice high-quality medicine and provide me with exposure to a large variety of cases.

I currently live in Bethesda, MD with my husband, son and daughter; we share our home with two cats and a rather high-maintenance dog.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.  

Nicola Moore, DVM Staff 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.

Ray Phillip, DVM Chief of Dentistry

Ray  Phillip

I have practiced at Friendship since 1992 and am proud to be a part of such a high quality animal care facility.                

The importance and strength of the human-animal bond was taught to me at an early age. I helped my parents care for their beloved Siamese cats. My grandfather was a tough man who would dote on the smallest of dogs. His dogs were usually fed better than himself! I was a Phi Beta Kappa English student before deciding that caring for animals was more exciting to me than reciting Chaucer. I went to the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1992. After an internship at Friendship, I became staff emergency vet for several years before switching to daytime emergency, medicine, and surgery.

Throughout my career I have been supported (maybe maintained is a better word) by my very patient wife, Teresa. We have been blessed with four children: Kevin, Natalie, Rebecca, and Julia, the oldest born in 1993 and the youngest in 2001. Having played baseball through high school, umpired high school and college baseball, and dabbled in ice hockey, my dwindling abilities have been replaced by my new hobby of chauffeuring the children to their various sporting events, school activities, and ballets. I am an avid fan of the Orioles and Redskins. However, my heart, which they have broken too many times to count, belongs to my beloved Capitals. The four-legged family member is Emma the yellow lab.

Jennifer Rusk, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Jennifer  Rusk

I received a Bachelor of Science Degree at Boston College before graduating from veterinary school at Purdue University. My connections with Friendship began long before I went to vet school. While in high school, and after college, I worked at Friendship Hospital as a part-time receptionist and technician. As a native Washingtonian, I came back to the DC-metro area to become a staff veterinarian at Friendship Hospital after finishing an equine surgery internship at the University of Pennsylvania. At Friendship, I have found that my true professional love is helping to care for dogs and cats.

I am married to Dr. Tony Rusk and have another full-time position at home taking care of our two boys, Evan and Nathan. When time allows, I continue to enjoy horseback riding and visiting DC-area family.

Kimberly Schultz, DVMStaff Veterinarian

Kimberly Schultz

I graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 after completing my bachelor’s degree in animal science. While at Cornell, I participated in feline virology research and worked with the small animal emergency surgery service.

Following graduation, my husband and I relocated from Ithaca, New York to Northern Virginia. After practicing in Virginia for several years, I joined the Friendship staff in 2004. My interests include emergency medicine and general practice.

I became a veterinarian because I enjoy helping people and their pets in a direct way. When not at work, I enjoy traveling with my husband, visiting family in New England, and spending time with our two dogs, Mattie and Emma, both humane society rescue dogs. My hobbies include running, home improvement projects and studying foreign languages.