Teaming Up With You To Give Your Pet Better Health…and A Better Life!
YOU MAY ONLY SEE ONE OF THEM AT A TIME BUT YOUR PET WILL BENEFIT FROM OVER 55 YEARS of veterinary experience. Our Doctors come from all different educational backgrounds and together, have a VERY wide range of interests and expertise. Our team of Veterinarians is just that! A TEAM! Any case can involve the opinions of several of our doctors because we’re all in this together—YOU and MAVH—to enable your pet to live a healthier, happier life. We appreciate your confidence and trust. Thank you.
Dr. Dan Franklin
Special Interest: Surgery, particularly Orthopedic
Dr. Franklin, our highly-energized, progressive and practical hospital owner, knew from the age of 5 that HE WAS GOING TO BE A VETERINARIAN!
Due to the lack of openings available in US veterinary schools in 1976, his sheer determination to become “Dr. Franklin” propelled him to study veterinary medicine in the Philippines.
That tremendous 4-year experience ended in 1980 when he returned to the US with his degree and wife, Corazon, also a veterinarian. They began their lives here in Hagerstown and welcomed daughters Danielle and Katie to their family. For 16 years Dr. Franklin was part of and partner in CVVC before founding MAVH in 1996.
In his own words:
I’ve had a really blessed journey in my life and career. After over 34 years I’m still excited about tending to your pets— especially in my surgery room! I want to help both of you and I consider my ability to do so a Divine Gift and Responsibility.
I also embrace, educate, and enjoy my amazing granddaughter Ava every chance I get; wholeheartedly support great causes like Family Flock and America’s VetDogs; partner with Pete Anderson and our Agape Pet Services (Boonsboro, MD; Richmond, VA, Siler City, NC), Dr. Lourdes Ripley and her Vet Center in the Dominican Republic; plus constantly get recharged by the latest advances in veterinary medicine, too!
Special Interest: Oncology
Surrounded by all types of animals since childhood, Dr. Sollenberger developed her real passion for veterinary medicine at the age of 16 right here at MAVH beginning on our PetCare Team, then Tech Support, and now happily remains part of the MAVH family as a veterinarian.
Dr. Sollenberger graduated from St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, in 2007; but she grew up in Hagerstown and is honored to be practicing in her hometown!
Even though Dr. Sollenberger enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, including surgery, her special interest is oncology. After personally experiencing cancer with her beloved Bubba dog as well as some family members, her goal is to provide the best options for Pets that are diagnosed with this terrible disease.
In her leisurely moments, Dr. Sollenberger enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband Scott, children Anderson & Caroline, 3 dogs, 6 cats, and turtle.
Special Interest: Feline Medicine
Dr. Altendorf always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian and is excited to be living her lifelong dream here at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Hospital!
Following graduation from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine and having enjoyed life on the west coast, Dr. Altendorf found she really missed east coast living, originally being from East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania, so she joined the MAVH family in 2010.
Since Dr. Altendorf’s special interest is feline medicine, she is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She focuses her continuing education efforts attending lectures, in order to stay up to date on the lastest information and techniques in feline medicine. One of her favorite learning topics is senior feline care and pain management. Her pets are definitely members of her family and Dr. Altendorf knows many petparents feel the same way so she wants to help maximize the time and quality of life that they are able to share with their pets.
When not working, Dr. Altendorf enjoys spending time at home with husband, Kyle, her Shetland Sheepdog, Rigby, and 11 (!) cats, including JC, Emmy, Riley, Tobey, Polly Pocket, Annie and Dewey. She also likes to hike, watch movies, and of course, dress up her cats.
Special Interest: Dermatology
Dr. Crystal Lock is from Port Royal, PA. After completing her undergraduate studies at Penn State University she went on to pursue veterinary medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada. She spent her clinical year at North Carolina State University.
Dr. Lock’s special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dermatology. Actually, it was her interest in pets’ skin problems that led her to rescue a West Highland White Terrier named “Scrappy”. Unfortunately, Scrappy was about to be euthanized due to his chronic, unmanageable atopic dermatitis and Dr. Lock seized the opportunity to help improve his quality of life. Scrappy is now completely rehabilitated and has a full haircoat once again!
Since starting at MAVH in 2012, Dr. Lock has adopted two cats, Pinky and Black Cat, and a darling dog named Clementine.
When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Lock enjoys photography, hiking, and cooking.
Dr. Nathan Ayersman
Special Interest: Integrative Medicine
Dr. Ayersman is happy to join MAVH for his first year of practice as a 2016 graduate of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. He was inspired to become a veterinarian by critically ill puppies dying in his arms as a teenager. At that moment, he decided he wanted to help animals live healthier lives.
Having grown up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, his “home hospital” took part in the annual Chincoteague Pony Roundup, and Dr. Ayersman was lucky enough to have participated in several of those amazing events when he was working there as a vet tech.
Dr. Ayersman’s special interest is integrative medicine, which involves supplementing his solid background of internal medicine and surgery with less mainstream treatment options such as acupuncture and laser therapy. He has plans to pursue certification as a veterinary acupuncturist so that he can provide additional avenues of treatment for his patients.
When not @MAVH, Dr. Ayersman changes channels by reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and learning martial arts.