Bennett Creek Animal Hospital opened in December 2010 after nearly 8 years of planning, design and development. We are excited to be part of the northern Montgomery County community and we welcome your continued feedback. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to our many loyal clients, friends, Clarksburg neighbors, consultants and families for standing by us year after year as we worked toward our dream of operating a beautiful modern animal hospital. Our goal is to provide the highest quality pet care to our community for generations to come.
Jeff Walcoff, DVM
Dr. Walcoff grew up in Montgomery County and began working toward opening a new animal hospital in Clarksburg in 2003. He and his family are pleased to offer the greater Clarksburg area the same high quality veterinary medicine and pet care he has been providing his clients for nearly 20 years.
Dr. Walcoff is a graduate of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda and Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his doctor of veterinary medicine with honors from the prestigious Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in New York.
Dr. Walcoff began his career in Miami, Florida at a 24-hour multi-doctor practice where he obtained extensive emergency training as well as quality medical and surgical skills. Dr. Walcoff relocated back to his roots in Maryland to a large multi- doctor hospital in Annapolis where he practiced for 4 years. In September of 2000, he and his wife, Sheila, built and opened Old Farm Veterinary Hospital, a full service veterinary hospital in Frederick, Maryland. He practiced full time at Old Farm until February 2008 when they sold the hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Walcoff have two young sons, and share their home with a yellow Labrador “puppy” named Scooby Doo, and a chocolate Labrador named Biscayne.
Mrs. Walcoff is a health and science lawyer and the Founding Principal of Goldbug Strategies LLC. She is a recognized regulatory policy expert in personalized medicine and genomics. Mrs. Walcoff is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) in Washington DC and encourages friends of Bennett Creek Animal Hospital to support our national zoo and join FONZ.
Deborah “Debbie” Sigler Deans, DVM
Deborah “Debbie” Sigler Deans, DVM, received her BS in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 and then attended NCSU-CVM to receive her DVM degree in 1995. She continued her education with an internship at the University of Pennsylvania from 1995-1996. She has practiced in Annapolis, Baltimore, Abingdon, and Brookeville, MD. Dr. Deans’ special interest is in exotic pets (birds, small mammals, and reptiles). She has been working with exotic pets for 18 years and stays up-to-date on the latest medical advancements. She also greatly enjoys caring for dogs and cats, in particular internal medicine, behavior, and pain management. Dr. Deans and her husband, David, and her 2 children live in Olney, MD where David is a pastor at Oakdale Emory UMC. Dr. Deans and her husband are currently establishing a new church campus of Oakdale in Clarksburg, MD. Their extended family includes two dogs and two fish. They enjoy outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, kayaking, and canoeing, as well as a good movie. Dr. Deans enjoys running and exercising and she brings compassion, energy, and knowledge to Bennett Creek Animal Hospital.
Alex Belman is a rising junior at Miami University studying political science and economics. Growing up, Alex and his family always had pets around: dogs, cats and fish. Alex has a true love for animals and enjoys taking care of them. In his free time, he enjoys playing ice hockey and golfing with his friends.
Ashley Wong has been working for Bennett Creek Animal Hospital since July 2014. She recently graduated from Clarksburg High School this past May, and is excited to become a Nittany Lion at PennState this coming fall – where she plans to major in biology and public health. Ashley has always had pets. Currently, she has two Scottish Terriers – Marlow, a wheaten-coated feisty male; and Juicy, a calm brindle female. She also has a African frog named Bibi. Ashley loves to travel – she has traveled to 25 different countries and lived in 3 states and 2 countries. Her passion for traveling and science has ignited her passion to one day join the Peace Corps and the Army Reserves, eventually gaining the skills to develop family planning clinics in Africa and South America! Ashley has enjoyed every day working at BCAH, and plans to work during her school breaks
Cindy Forrest is a receptionist at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital. Before she came to Bennett Creek she worked at Frederick Emergency Animal Hospital and at the Emergency Center in Hyattstown. Cindy has a total of 15 yrs. of experience working with animals, but started out in a totally different field…retailing. Cindy has a BS and a MA from Michigan State University and worked at Marshall Field in Chicago and Davison’s (Macy’s) in Atlanta before joining Marriott International in their retail division where she worked for 15yrs. Cindy, her husband and 17yr old son live in New Market. They have a 13yr old Aussie mix named Joey and two 14yr old cats named Bonnie and Clyde. Cindy is very involved in Boy Scouts and her son has been a Scout since 1st grade. He is currently at Life rank and is getting ready to work on his Eagle project this fall. Cindy is currently his troops’ Advancement Coordinator and her husband is the Assistant Scoutmaster. When Cindy is not involved in his scout activities, she enjoys gardening and quilting.
Claire Horton has been working for BCAH since July 2012. She graduated from Clarksburg High School in 2013 and is now attending Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA as a Veterinary Medical Technology major. Claire’s passion for animals started when she was young, having always lived with animals, and volunteering at a Veterinary Hospital when she was 13 yrs old. She has also been riding horses since she was 8 years old which fuels her love of all animals. Her first job was working on a farm in Frederick, MD teaching kids to ride horses and how to take care of them. Currently, Claire has two short haired cats; one black and white named Oreo, and one tabby named Clover. They are both 5 years old. In her free time Claire likes to horseback ride, hike, run, go on long walks, read, and do just about anything that will get her outside!
Diego Laboy-Morales is currently a high school sophomore at Clarksburg High School. He moved to the Clarksburg area two years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He joined the Bennett Creek family in August 2014. Diego takes care of the kennel section and enjoys working with the animals, always making sure they receive the best care. After high school he wishes to eventually enter medical school and one day become a doctor. When he isn’t working, he enjoys running and cycling with his dad (he actually rides his bike to work too!). He also loves spending time with his family and four-legged brother Logan.
Elisha Young has worked for Bennett Creek since December of 2010. Having a love for animals since in diapers, she was grateful to have BCAH as her first job. Besides working as kennel staff, and a receptionist, Elisha began interning her junior year of high school to gain more knowledge and experience among the care of animals. Elisha graduated Clarksburg High school back in 2012. She is currently a junior at Frostburg State University, double majoring in Child Pyschology and Social work with a minor in animal behavior in hopes to one day do animal therapy, and more for troubled children. When it comes to animals she does not discriminate. From owning dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, a snake, and a rat, she loves them all! In her free time she is very active in her neighborhood from house/pet sitting, to actual baby sitting. She also likes to run, sing, and model, as well as cook.
Jackie Thompson is a retired teacher from MCPS, but has worked in the veterinary field since 1985 as a receptionist and/or hospital owner. Having followed Dr. Walcoff’s career for some time, she was very pleased when he asked her to join the staff at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital, which is a very short commute from her home in Boyds. The Boyds household is currently without four-legged family members, but was bought to house the 6 dogs that were a part of the family at that time. When not working, Jackie enjoys playing at golf and tennis -(note the word “at”) – reading, good food and wine, and the company of good friends. While new four-legged family members are not in the immediate plans, she enjoys the company of all of the pets in the Bennett Creek “family”.
Lauri Baker has always had a passion for animals. In 1980, while going to the University of Maryland, she started her animal career working at the Animal Inn, a boarding and grooming facility. After 4 years the facility was bought by a local veterinarian and she was off and running. She spent the next 10 years learning everything she could in the veterinary profession, or so she thought. She left day practice to try something new and exciting, the world of emergency medicine. She started at the Emergency Animal Hospital in Hyattstown in 1994 and after a short time realize how much she loved the fast paced action of emergency medicine. She also realized that there were a lot of people who cut their dogs toe nails at 3 o’clock in the morning. While working at emergency she also took a position with Sugarloaf Surgical Referral. She spent the next 17 years helping put animals back together and loving every minute of it. She also worked at Frederick Emergency Animal Hospital for 9 years, which is where she met Dr. Walcoff. For the past 3 years, Lauri has been enjoying her new family at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital. She lives in Hagerstown with her family and her small zoo: 6 dogs, 3 cats, a rabbit and a cockatoo. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her daughter Sophie, hiking, fishing, old movies and biking.
Mikaela Jewell graduated from Clarksburg High School with the Class of 2015. She will be attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a Biomedical Sciences major with the hopes to become a Surgical Physicians Assistant. Mikaela has always had a soft spot for animals. From her pet tarantula as a child, to her dogs and cats she currently has, she loves all animals. In her free time, Mikaela enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, rock climbing, and running with her dogs. She has been working at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital since Spring of 2014.
Mitchell Kenyon has been working at Bennett Creek since he was a High School junior in the fall of 2012 .He had just finished a summer at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital. During his senior year he acquired an internship to learn and work every morning at Bennett Creek before school. He was trained to do veterinary technician work on top of his kennel responsibilties and is always striving to learn more. Not to mention, he also takes care of the building itself, fixing almost everything and anything that breaks or needs maintenance. He now attends the University of Maryland, College Park where he hopes to major in biology and one day go to Veterinary School. Outside of BCAH, Mitchell loves to work on his cars and his music. He has two cats, Jude(3 y/o)and Jigs(4 y/o) and one dog, Casey (14 y/o) and loves to take care of animals.
Nancy Malmquist has been working at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital since July 2011. She graduated from Clarksburg High School in 2012 and is a Biology major at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Nancy started working with animals at the age of six, raising over 25 rabbits with 4-H. She has had an array of animals throughout the years; currently Nancy only has two chinchillas, Timmy (9yrs) and Lola (7yrs). In her free time, she enjoys photography, hanging out with friends and playing with animals at the Kent County Animal Shelter. Nancy enjoys working at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital and the satisfaction that comes from helping animals.
Rochelle Howell has been in Veterinary Medicine for 20+ years. Her education has been at Wilson College where she is 4 credits shy of obtaining her Bachelors in Veterinary Medical Technology with a minor in Business. Her work history started at Washington County Humane Society where she became an advocate for the homeless and unwanted animals. She moved from WCHS to regular practice where she learned the value of everyday care for animals. From this point she worked 10 years at Frederick Emergency Animal Hospital and Sugarloaf Surgical Referral. During her 10 years, she learned how to assist animals hit by cars, snake bites, poisoning, bloats, abused animals and the list goes on forever. This was a tremendous experience as it helped her realize with a great staff with exemplary skills, the sky is the limit.
She has 3 dogs, 2 whimsical pugs and a sweetheart named Sadie, she is a golden lab and is always wagging her tail. Her fawn pug named Blue was obtained through emergency and was an owner surrender due to being hit by a car. She also has a 14 year old black pug named Casper. She has raised him from a pup and he is the love of her life. She has 6 cats which are all rescues. Her house is full but there is nothing like coming home to a crew that is always HAPPY to see herand love her unconditionally.
Tiffany Heath is a receptionist at Bennett Creek animal hospital. She began working at animal hospitals in 2003 during her senior year of high school and continued working while she was getting her bachelors in Sociology from the University of Maryland. She has also volunteered at Second Chance Wildlife in Gaithersburg. Tiffany works part time at Bennett Creek so she can be home during the day with her two children Lyla and Avi. They have a four year old cat named Zig Zag and two gold fish named Thing one and Thing Two. In her free time Tiffany likes to go hiking, floating on the river and any kind of arts and crafts.
Xavier Benjamin has been working for Bennet Creek Animal Hospital for just under a year now. I live in Germantown, Maryland and will start his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. He has played club soccer as well as school soccer since the 3rd grade. I have a dog named Peanut who is a patient of the hospital. In my free time I like to play video games and listen to music.