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Jonathan Kaufman, DVM – Practice Owner

Dr. Jonathan Kaufman has been the proud owner of Eastern Animal Hospital since 1990. Dr. Kaufman received his undergraduate education from both the University of Maryland and the University of Florida. Then he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Florida in 1987. His areas of concentration are in small animal medicine and surgery.

After graduation, Dr. Kaufman returned to Baltimore, his home, to practice small animal medicine. In 1990, he purchased Eastern Animal Hospital and within a short time had increased the doctors and staff, expanded the hours of operation and offered a wide variety of veterinary services. In 1998, he rebuilt and modernized the veterinary facility and now offers the benefits of a state-of-the-art hospital to clients. Dr. Kaufman performs many advanced techniques such as orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive procedures, advanced dental care, and laser surgery.

In 2010 Dr Kaufman was appointed to the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission where he spoke before the Department of Justice’s animal cruelty session.

Dr. Kaufman continues to be a supporting member of the East Baltimore communities. For the past few years he has provided Arden’s Arc free veterinary care for hundreds of feral cats that they rescue. In addition, Eastern Animal Hospital is a supporter of Canton Dog Park, Friends of Patterson Park, the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.

Dr. Kaufman enjoys reading novels, automobiles, weight training and family activities with his wife and two daughters.

Susan Warner-Jones, DVM

Susan Warner-Jones, DVM

Dr. Warner-Jones received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University, where she received extensive training in companion animal and equine medicine. Dr. Warner-Jones served on the equine trauma team at the 1997 Kentucky Derby. She joined Eastern Animal Hospital in 1999.

Dr. Warner-Jones exemplifies the Eastern Animal Hospital approach of ‘treating the whole patient’ in complex medical cases. She routinely helps pets with a wide variety of surgical and internal medicine problems including:

  • Lameness
  • Urinary Tract problems
  • Tumors
  • Gastro-Intestinal problems
  • Diabetes
  • Skin Problems

Besides performing surgery and practicing internal medicine, Dr. Warner-Jones offers counseling to clients on selecting an appropriate pet, pet behavior issues, and helping pets successfully lose weight. In addition to treating cats and dogs Dr. Warner-Jones treats other small mammals such as rabbits, rodents, and guinea pigs.

Dr. Warner-Jones’ interests include knitting and gardening, as well as spending quality time with her husband, three children and  her dog Hoshi.

Jamie Molinelli, DVM

Jamie Molinelli, DVM

Dr. Molinelli graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virgina-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Her first veterinary position was in a mixed animal practice in rural Pennsylvania. In 1989 she began a 12-year career in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine. She was the senior veterinarian on staff at the Animal Emergency Center until 2001. Dr. Molinelli completed a course in veterinary acupuncture from the Chi Institute in September 2002 and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Dr. Molinelli’s goal is to integrate both Western and Eastern medicine in her daily practice life. Dr. Molinelli is a member of:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture

Dr. Molinelli lives in the Middle River area with her pets. She is an avid gardener. Also, she enjoys boating, hiking, and cooking Italian!


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Alicia McMichael, DVM

Alicia McMichael, DVM

Dr. Alicia McMichael received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Villa Julie College and her Doctorate for Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation Dr. McMichael completed an internship that specialized in emergency medicine.

In addition to her love of emergency medicine,  Dr. McMichael has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and has devoted additional training time to dental/oral surgery. Dr. McMichael is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Dr. McMichael currently resides in Baltimore County with her cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her friends and family.


Lawrence Eden, BVSc

Dr. Lawrence Eden received his Bachelor of science (Hons) degree in Applied Zoology from Liverpool John Moores University, UK in 2001, and then attended veterinary school at The University Of Pretoria, South Africa. After graduating with his Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2008, he spent five years practicing in Gaborone, Botswana in a mixed animal practice that focused primarily on companion animals but also included wildlife and exotics.  Dr. Eden moved to the US and since attaining his AVMA ECFVG certificate in 2015, has worked in a high-volume preventative care facility in Washington DC for a year before moving to Baltimore. 

Dr. Eden’s interests in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, preventative care and internal medicine. Dr. Eden resides in the city of Baltimore with his wife Chrissy and three African dogs Molly, Milo and Tayla. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, exploring his adopted country, and camping.

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Krista Rieckert, VMD

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Krista Rieckert graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and earned her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During veterinary school, she enjoyed spending time at various animal shelters and traveled to the Galápagos Islands to provide the resident cats and dogs with veterinary care. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. Dr. Rieckert is especially interested in internal medicine, feline welfare, wound management, and ultrasonography.

Dr. Rieckert lives in the city of Baltimore with her fiancé and two “foster-fail” cats, Huck and Wyatt. She enjoys artistic projects, travel, yoga, cooking, Netflix marathons, and discovering new things to do in Charm City!

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Christine Higbie, DVM

Dr. Higbie earned her doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Florida. She completed an internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey and a specialty internship in zoological medicine at Kansas State. Dr. Higbie also completed a residency in zoological medicine at Louisiana State University. She plans to sit for the American College of Zoological Medicine boards in the fall of 2018. Before coming to Maryland, Dr. Higbie worked at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey as a small animal general practice and emergency veterinarian. Dr. Higbie has a beagle named Abby, a pit bull named Penelope, and an orange kitty named Pumpkin.

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Kari Deininger, DVM

Dr. Kari Deininger received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College and her veterinary degree from the University of Missouri. Following graduation, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Her areas of interest include oncology, emergency medicine, critical care, and internal medicine.

Dr. Deininger lives in the Baltimore area with her sister, her Rough Collie named Remy, her green cheek conure named Yoshi, and three cats named Kinase, Purkinje, and Snip. In her free time Dr. Deininger enjoys spending time with her family, folding origami, hiking, and solving puzzles.

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Justin Scally, Hospital Director

Justin L. Scally, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and protection, joined Eastern Animal Hospital in 2015. Prior to coming to EAH, Justin worked as a highly accomplished local government department head and as a highly respected leader with national non-profit organizations. Justin has been a director of animal services agencies in both North Carolina and Kentucky and has also worked for The Humane Society of the United States and American Humane Association. Justin was an animal control officer in Maryland and got his start in animal welfare by working as a veterinary technician.

Justin has devoted his life’s work to animal protection and has a wealth of training and experience. Among his many accomplishments and recognitions, Justin has obtained specialized training in crime scene investigations as well as technical animal rescue and emergency management. Justin has also served in various roles within public safety.

Justin has traveled the nation working to save animals in numerous high-profile cruelty cases, has worked to bring animal abusers to justice, and has rescued animals from natural disasters of historic proportions. Justin has presented at seminars and conferences nationwide and has also testified and lobbied in support of stronger animal protection legislation.

Justin’s special interests within veterinary medicine include emergency medicine, critical care and surgery.

Kristy Twining, Hospital Manager

Kristy Twining, Hospital Manager

Kristy joined Eastern Animal Hospital in February of 2000. She began as a receptionist and was promoted to Kennel Manager. Kristy was in technical training and doing inventory management when she was promoted to Hospital Manager in March 2005. She is a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, The Maryland SPCA and Washington Animal Rescue League. Kristy thoroughly enjoys working on the business side of the hospital.

Kristy lives with her husband and their son Isaac. She enjoys spending time with them, and with their rescued labradoodle, Pickle. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, seeing live bands and shopping.

Jerry Benesch, HR Manager

Jerry Benesch, HR Manager

Jerry joined Eastern Animal Hospital in the fall of 2011 as Human Resources Manager. His first career was a medical technologist in various Baltimore hospital clinical pathology labs. He was a career changer and earned his next degree in accounting and practiced as a CPA for a number of years. Previous to EAH he was the V.P. of finance/ Human Resources for a large publicly  traded local company. He has been involved with Dr Kaufman and Eastern Animal Hospital since the hospital’s inception in 1990 and is delighted to have the opportunity to bring his experience in human resources to EAH.

In his off time he enjoys reading, roller coasting and the great outdoors.

Nicole Soistman, Tech Supervisor

Nicole Soistman, Operations Manager

Nicole joined Eastern Animal Hospital in 2005. She came to Eastern with several years of experience as a veterinary assistant, veterinary technician, hospital manager and kennel manager. Nicole is now the veterinary technician supervisor at Eastern Animal Hospital.

She is married with a wonderful husband and son named Kodie. She has two amazing Pit Bulls named Kane and Leroy. Nicole spends most of her free time in the hockey rink with her family watching her son play!

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Shannon Amtmann, Kennel Supervisor

Shannon Amtmann began working at Eastern Animal Hospital in March 2010 as a kennel technician. Her job consisted of, but was not limited to: caring for boarders, admitting/discharging pets, feeding, and walking all pets in our boarding facility. In less than a year she moved up to the night shift comfort care position. This title entailed recovering patients from surgery, assisting technicians with treatments, restraining pets for exams or procedures, and admitting/discharging our hospitalized patients. In May of 2012 she was offered the position of Kennel Manager. This title entails managing budget, scheduling, training new kennel technicians, keeping the boarding facility running smoothly and cleanly, and all the duties of a kennel technician.

In her free time she loves riding her bike, spending time with her girlfriend, watching SpongeBob cartoons, and spending lots of time with her three cats. Shannon’s cats are everything to her. Her tabby, Spencer is one of a kind. Lyric, a lynx point Siamese, is as special as they come. Last but not least, Harper (Little Devil) is quite the handful.
Eastern Animal Hospital is Shannon’s second home, and has been even before she was employed here. Shannon states, “I feel an extreme sense of pride saying that I am part of such an amazing animal hospital. We care and it definitely shows!”



Kimberly Carre, Technician Supervisor

Kim joined the Eastern Animal Hospital family in August of 1999.

She began as a member of our kennel staff before becoming the kennel manager for a couple of years.   After deciding that she would like to further her career in veterinary medicine, she decided to join our staff of technicians.

She has been highly trained in the technician department since 2002,  as well as studying in the PennFoster Veterinary Technician program.

Outside of work Kim enjoys reading, yoga, running, and rooting for the Orioles.  She absolutely adores her 2 chihuahuas Stuey and Tater,  and her cat named RiverMouse.