Meet the Team
Dr. Rachel Zimmerman, DVM
Dr. Zimmerman is Ruxton Animal Hospital’s owner and full-time veterinarian. Born and raised in Anne Arundel County, she is happy to have established firm roots in Maryland! Her undergraduate studies were completed at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2001. She then attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and became “Dr. Z” in 2005. After gaining experience in a variety of Baltimore area veterinary hospitals, Dr. Zimmerman settled in at Ruxton permanently in 2015! Her zeal for veterinary medicine shows, with a strong focus on client education and fear-free practice techniques. Special clinical interests include internal medicine, geriatric care, canine/feline behavior, and cardiology. Dr. Z resides in Middle River with her boxer Huxley, a Dogue de Bordeaux named Libby, and four cats (Skrat, Pavo, Saffron, and Caper). She also has two Morgan mares, Casey & Jolie, who happen to be mother and daughter and whom she boards in Fallston, MD.
Lisa Perez, RVT
Lisa is one of our registered veterinary technicians and has been with Ruxton Animal Hospital since its opening in 1996. She grew up in Baltimore and received her RVT degree from CCBC. Lisa enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and remains dedicated to expanding her knowledge in new and imminent developments within her field. She resides in Bowley’s Quarters with her two daughters as well as her border collies, Jenny and Fergus. When not tending to our patients, Lisa enjoys biking and walking/hiking.
Born and raised in Baltimore County, Jessica has been working in the veterinary field since 2016. She worked diligently to become a licensed registered technician and is known to have good instincts when it comes to fear-free practices. In addition to fear-free/behavioral medicine, Jessica is interested in Dermatology and Physical Therapy. She resides with her pitbull mix, Ascher and Spud the cat. When she is not working she enjoys hiking with Ascher, reading, and watching/listening to true crime documentaries.
Sandy Wolbert, Veterinary Technician
Sandy’s long love affair with vet med began in 2001! A Parkville native, she has spent most of those years at Ruxton Animal Hospital. Since a toddler she’s felt a special connection with the furry sort, and is happy to have ended up in her “dream job”! She enjoys all aspects of the veterinary field and her enthusiasm and energy brighten our exam rooms! Sandy’s own fur-kids include a Golden Retriever named Beaker, a pitbull named Beckett, and two cats (T.G. and Calista). Her personal hobbies include hiking, target shooting, riding horses (dressage specifically), and reading.
Patricia Chilinski, Veterinary Technician
Patricia started out in veterinary medicine in 2013. Having previous experience as a team leader, she joins Ruxton Animal Hospital as a knowledgeable client advocate and veterinary assistant. Patricia is eager to learn, possessing a special interest in medical imaging, such as Radiology and Ultrasonography. She resides in the Baltimore area with Remus, her labrador/aussie mix and cat, Alastor Mad-Eye Moody. In her free time, Patricia enjoys cooking, baking, reading and travelling.
Customer Service Representative
Sophie was born and raised in Marriottsville, MD before becoming a resident Baltimorean. While she has worked in animal care since 2016, her journey into the veterinary field began in 2020. Sophie is interested in Fear Free practices and is learning everyday. She lives with her happy pitbull, Harper and sweet cat, Nova. Outside of work, Sophie enjoys being out in nature, photography, art and travel.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rachael started her adventure into veterinary medicine here at Ruxton Animal Hospital. She is experienced in providing exceptional client care and loves all creatures, from common household companions to exotic pets to aquatic animals! Her own furry family consists of her pitbull mix named Ziggy and Kami, her all white feline born with a condition called Heterochromia. Rachael owns her own photography business and acts as an advocate for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, as well as, the environment. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, playing violin and reading.
Sarah Duda, Kennel Technician
Sarah grew up in the Sparrows Point/ Dundalk area of Maryland and graduated from Patapsco High School in 2018. She has always been interested in veterinary medicine and is excited to be a part of Ruxton’s team as their first ever full-time Kennel Technician. She plans to pursue a vet tech license and is looking forward to continuing on her journey in veterinary medicine with Ruxton. Sarah has always had a love for animals and is the proud mom to three cat fur babies, Cali, Carmellow, and Cora.
Kimberly Wallander, Practice Manager
Kimberly is a seasoned Practice Manager and has a passion for building relationships, caring for others, and providing quality experiences to our clients and their furbabies. Entering the veterinary field in 2012, she quickly grew into a multifaceted leader, coaching a diverse number of teams in the DMV area. Dedicated to learning and development, she has acquired skills as a client advocate, veterinary assistant, operations specialist, trainer, and mentor. Kimberly proudly claims Charm City as her place of residence and is always looking for ways to serve the Baltimore community. Raised on Oahu, Kimberly loves taking in lots of sunshine. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and taking trips during the warmer months but prefers spending colder times of the year snuggled up on the couch at home with her cats, Monty and Lando.
Jessica Loudenclos, RVT
Jessica has been in the veterinary field for over 15 years. She is a graduate of Wilson College’s Veterinary Medical Technology program. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA (Fly Eagles Fly!), she has lived in MD, TX, and AL. Jessica recently moved up from the deep south and is once again enjoying her snowy cold winters. Her furbabies (all rescues and some special needs) include 3 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 horse – and possibly chickens in the future. Her hobbies include horseback riding, reading, camping and a long term crochet project that never seems to end. Jessica is also a big supporter of her son’s Boy Scout troop. Adopt, don’t shop, and support your local animal shelter!
Erin Tucker, Veterinary Technician
Born and raised in Dundalk, Erin began her adventure in veterinary medicine in 2008. She brings a vibrant, positive energy to Ruxton Animal Hospital and truly enjoys her time spent caring for our patients. Erin’s enthusiasm for learning makes her an invaluable member of our team and she eagerly accepts each new challenge presented. She shares her household with a German Shepherd named Dexter and a Husky named Zuri, and when not occupied at work, enjoys walking with her dog, watching football (go Ravens!), and relaxing on the beach.
Elizabeth Walls, Veterinary Technician
Baltimore native and Ravens fan, Elizabeth aka "Liz", entered the veterinary field in 2019. Having worked in a specialty practice, she has experience in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation. She also possesses a special interest in wildlife rehab. Liz's furry family consists of two cats, Meep and Bear. In addition to caring for our patients, Liz enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, going on brewery tours and attending wine tastings.
Customer Service Representative
Kelsy was born and raised in the Baltimore area (Go Orioles!) and joined the team at Ruxton Animal Hospital in November 2018. She is new to the veterinary field but not to serving clients in her community. 3 rescue dogs make their home with Kelsy – Billy, an 8 year old beagle; Hercules, a 4 year old Puggle; and Sunny a 3 month old coonhound/beagle mix. She has a passion for dogs and is eager to learn all she can! You can find Kelsy attending Orioles games, visiting friends and family in the Frostburg area, and going to concerts in her spare time.
Customer Service Representative
Born in Minneapolis, MN, Nicole moved to Baltimore in 2007. Having been in the veterinary field since 2015, Nicole is working towards becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine one day. Outside of work she helps raise puppies to become guide dogs for The Seeing Eye organization. Nicole's fur family consists of 4 dogs, Jake, Octavia, Penny and Eva (guide dog in training) and 1 cat, Shadow.
Hollie Dieter, Kennel Technician
Born and raised here in Baltimore, Hollie has a special place in her heart for both our geriatric patients and boarders that stay with us. She works hard to ensure each boarder and patient get the comforts of home while in our care! She herself has a 14 year old American Bulldog named Jasmine. Hollie LOVES watching and attending Ravens games, playing tennis, and cooking, grilling, and baking treats for her husband and furbabies! Her considerate care since joining Ruxton in 2015 is very much appreciated by our patients and their parents.