MAVH Veterinarians

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.

Dr. Franklin and AvaI 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!

 

 

Dr. Grace SollenbergerDr. Grace Sollenberger

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.

 

Dr. Kelly (Dickinson) AltendorfDr. Kelly (Dickinson) Altendorf

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.

 

 

Dr. Izer

Special Interest: Rehabilitation and Pain Management

Dr. Izer’s passion for veterinary medicine began on her family’s farm in Greencastle, PA. Her earliest memories are running to the barn to play with the animals, and she continues to follow her passion here with hands-on, heads up care!

A graduate of Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Izer has a very special interest in rehabilitation and pain management and is completing certification through the University of Tennessee in both of those disciplines.

Her main goal is to give petparents as much quality pain free time with their pets as possible, especially as they are aging.

When “off-duty”, Dr. Izer enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets as well as work on her farm with her cattle. She also loves gardening and crafting.

 

Dr. Breidenbaugh

Dr. Breidenbaugh grew up loving the outdoors, animals, and science and she was certain she wanted to be a veterinarian after shadowing at a veterinary hospital in high school and volunteering at a wildlife refuge.

She graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY. She enjoyed her time in chilly Ithaca, but looks forward to being back home in Maryland!

She is passionate about all aspects of veterinary medicine, and has developed a special interest in dentistry, surgery, rehabilitation, and palliative care. Her goal is to provide pets and pet ownder with the best quality of life together and the facilitate end-of-life care for their furry family members.

In her free time, Dr. Breidenbaugh enjoys spending time with her husband, Danny, and two cats, Gemma and Luna. She also enjoys outdoor activities like camping and hiking, reading a good book, participating in a variety of performing arts, and playing board games.

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