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Lindsey Bowlby, DVMDr. Bowlby, our Chief of Staff, joined the Merrifield Animal Hospital team in March 2015. She grew up in Clearwater, Florida. At a very young age, Dr. Bowlby knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and was always surrounded by animals — dogs, cats, an iguana, a cockatiel, hedgehog, frogs, fish, rabbits and gerbils. She attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to receive a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University.

Throughout undergraduate and veterinary studies, Dr. Bowlby worked as a technician in both small animal and equine veterinary hospitals. After graduating from veterinary school in 2011, she accepted a position at a very busy practice in El Paso, Texas where she treated cats, dogs and small pocket pets.

Caroline Nothwanger, DVMDr. Nothwanger ("Dr. N") has been with Merrifield Animal Hospital since 1987. She was born in Argentina, where she learned to ride horses on her maternal grandfather's cattle ranch, and grew up in Maryland. She credits her father and grandfather (both surgeons) with giving her an interest in medicine. Before earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and attending veterinary college, she lived in England and worked as a cook and au pair. A 1985 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, she initially practiced in Dundalk, Maryland for two years before moving to Virginia.

Since 1985, Dr. Nothwanger has been accredited by the USDA, which permits her to sign international health certificates for animals being shipped overseas. Her professional interests include behavior and surgery, and she is a long-time member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA), Northern Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (NVVMA), and the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine (DCAVM).

Margaret Baird, BVMS with a feline friendDr. Baird studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and earned her BVMS degree. She has been with Merrifield Animal Hospital since February 2017, having previously worked at a busy small animal practice in Stafford County, as well as in Scotland. She is a native New Englander and proud graduate of the University of Connecticut (go Huskies!)

Dr. Baird particularly enjoys all aspects of feline medicine and has a special interest in complementary therapies, including animal acupuncture. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. As a USDA-accredited veterinarian, she can also issue official health certificates for domestic and international pet travel.

In her spare time, Dr. Baird volunteers with the Humane Rescue Alliance's feral cat spay/neuter program in DC.

Dr. Leverenz joined the Merrifield Animal Hospital team in 2011. She is a native of St. Louis, and graduated from Fontbonne University with a Bachelor of Science. She earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, where she received awards in multiple disciplines including parasitology, radiology, companion animal medicine and research involving insulin treatments in cats.

She went on to complete a challenging internship in companion animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, a specialty practice in Southern Florida. Dr. Leverenz then gained tremendous experience at Park East Animal Hospital in Manhattan prior to moving to Northern Virginia.

Dr. Leverenz loves general practice and the pleasure of helping families strengthen and maintain the bonds with their pets. She believes that clear communication is the key to good veterinary care and is eager to take on challenging cases in various areas, especially internal medicine, geriatric care, behavior and dermatology. When not at work, Dr. Leverenz enjoys time with her family, reading, exercising and spending time outdoors.