Dr. Kristy Bennett grew up in Columbia, Maryland. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland at College Park, she attended the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with honors in 2001 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Following graduation from vet school, Dr. Bennett spent several years practicing at small animal practices in Maryland to develop and perfect her medical and surgical skills before moving to England with her husband, where she practiced in Oxfordshire.
In 2010, Dr. Bennett returned to Maryland and practiced at several small animal practices in Maryland. She has also pursued advanced training in soft tissue surgery, and dentistry and oral surgery.
In 2014, she purchased the long established Montgomery Village Animal Hospital. Under Dr. Bennett's directorship, MVAH has focused on dogs and cats exclusively, and is implementing the low-stress handling techniques advocated by respected experts Sophia Yin and Patricia McConnell.
Away from work, Dr. Bennett enjoys visiting her parents in Bethany Beach, scuba diving, running with her husband, Craig, and the company of their rescue dog Jolene, a black and tan coonhound, and three cats, Dr. Evil, Putt Putt, and Luna.
Dr. Maggie MacKnight is a longtime Montgomery County resident, having grown up in Bethesda, MD. She decided she wanted to be a vet when she was 7 and never changed her mind.
After going to the University of Maryland (College Park) for her Bachelor's degree, she moved across the pond to attend veterinary school at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. She misses the kilts, bagpipes and Highland cattle, but she is very happy to be home in Maryland after five years away.
Dr. MacKnight worked as a veterinary technician at MVAH while completing her undergrad degree, and is thrilled Dr. Bennett hired her back as an associate veterinarian. Her clinical interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry and internal medicine. Outside of work, Dr. MacKnight loves spending time with her Golden Retriever, Wendy, and her tabby cat, Chandler. She also goes salsa and Latin dancing whenever she can, sings in her church choir, and reads murder mysteries.
Jessica - Head Technician Jessica has been a part of the MVAH team for almost 17 years! She is extremely passionate about her job and about animals. Jessica takes pride in her work and strives to make clients and patients feel welcome and comfortable when coming into the clinic.
When she is not at work, Jess is busy with her two daughters. You can also find her on the sidelines cheering on her daughters as they compete with a competitive dance team. Jessica and her family love to go to the beach, lake or pool in their free time. They love being outdoors! They have a miniature Dachshund named Lucy and a Shih-Tzu mix named Jitterbug. Recently they have also acquired two pit bulls, Diesel and Kilo.
Working for MVAH has brought Jessica so much joy throughout the years; she has learned so much and grown a lot in skill. Jessica loves what she does and can't imagine doing anything else.
Linette - Technician Linette has been working in the veterinary industry for five years. Starting as a receptionist at another clinic in the area, she started to realize that her love for animals goes beyond the check-in desk. Since April of 2017, Linette has been working as a veterinary technician with Dr. Bennett and staff.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two kids. Although she doesn't currently have any pets of her own, her kids keep her running around as if she did!
Lakisha - Technician Lakisha Hayes has an unconditional love for pets! She has been in the veterinary field for over 10 years and runs a pet sitting business on the side.
Lakisha is a mother of five so things can get a bit hectic, but it’s never boring at home! Her kids love to help with the pets that she brings home from her pet sitting job and the pets tend to grow quite fond of them as well. Lakisha has a spunky tuxedo cat of her own that likes to wander into her neighbor's home and take naps.
Every day her love and adoration for pets grow stronger and she hopes to give the same to your pet.
Marangely - Technician Marangely Santiago, aka Mary, is the newest addition to our team! She was born and raised in Puerto Rico. On June 2018, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
After completing her studies, she decided to work as a veterinary technician. Animals have always been a huge part of her life, and she is very excited to have a career that allows her to work with them on a daily basis. In her free time, Marangely enjoys taking long walks with her small, playful Shih-Tzu, Matthew.
UPDATE: Marangely was accepted to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and began her studies there in the fall of 2019. We miss her very much but are so excited for her as she embarks on this new phase of her career. Congratulations, Mary!
Terri - Groomer Terri is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland. She has been working, part time, as a groomer from home for the past two years. Her goal and passion is to make the grooming experience the best it can possibly be for pets and their owners.
In her spare time, Terri enjoys reading, knitting, fishing and spending time with family and friends as well as with her two dogs: Codey and Cisco.
Montgomery Village Animal Hosptial 19222 Montgomery Village Ave Gaithersburg, MD 20886