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 22 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. Their extended family includes a dog 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. She spends most of her free time watching and enjoying all of her kids’ activities like lacrosse and theater.
Amber is one of our Part Time Receptionists. She has worked for Emergency and general Veterinary practices since 2005. She enjoys helping clients and educating them on their pet’s needs. Amber attended Frederick CC for Business Management and Continuing education classes through the American Animal Hospital Association for “Improving Veterinary Services” and Marketing. During her time off she enjoys spending time with her family.
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
Beth Evans is a receptionist at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital. Her experience includes a Master Degree in Equine studies and several years as a technician and manager specializing in small animals. She currently has two cats and lives in Germantown.
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 17 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 Michael, and son Andrew live in New Market, MD. Andrew is currently a senior at UMD and an Eagle Scout. Cindy and Michael continue to be very involved with Troop 2017 in Frederick MD. When Cindy is not involved with Scouting, she is an avid Quilter.
Emily is from Urbana Maryland and has been working at Bennett Creek for over a year now. She will be attending Penn State University in the fall. She enjoys taking care of all the animals in the hospital In her free time she loves to play and watch Ice hockey.
Faride, better known as “Ace”, is an intern here at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2015, where she first began working at VCA Peachtree Animal Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant. Since then, Faride has worked at 2 different Veterinary Hospitals and has even volunteered at the Great Ape House at the Washington, DC Zoo. She is currently finishing up her degree in Veterinary Technology and hopes to have a long career working with animals. Faride lives in Germantown and occasionally works at Laytonsville Veterinary Practice. She is a proud mother of her 3-year old son D’Angelo, and has 4 dogs; Rocky and Cali, who are both Pit bulls, Jazzy, a Lab mix, and Tony, a Maltese. In her free time Faride enjoys hiking, bicycling, and spending time with her family.
Hannah is currently a junior at Mount St. Mary’s University studying marketing. She plans on becoming a marketing executive in the future. Hannah has loved animals since she was a young child watching animal planet. She worked previously at a zoo but is excited about working more with primarily cats and dogs. Hannah’s best friends have four legs; her two golden retrievers Bella and Layla, her goats and her chinchilla Roxie.
Jess is from Laytonsville MD and has been at Bennett Creek since the summer of 2016. She started off as a receptionist but her love for the animals has taken her to the kennel. She know has more time to spend with our boarding animals. When is not working she is most likely spending quality time at home with her boyfriend Tyler, their sun conure (Figi), 2 dogs (Rooney and Major), 2 cats (Tux and Mowgli) and their 2 turtles. She enjoys being outdoors, either hiking with her dogs or fishing.
Jessica Mendez has been part of the Bennett Creek team since the summer of 2018. A freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. Jessica is majoring in Animal Science and plans to obtain a DVM of her own someday. In her spare time, Jessica can be found volunteering at the local animal shelter or going on adventures with her 11 year old German Shepherd/Chow Chow mix, Chyna.
Justin has always had an appreciation for animals and is always excited to come into work with the animals here at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital. He has enjoyed caring for all the pets that he has had in his lifetime, ranging from tiny fish to his current dog Cocoa, an energetic yorkie schnauzer who will do anything for a treat. When he’s not at school or work, Justin enjoys playing video games, baking, and catching up on his favorite tv shows.
Natalie has been working at Bennett Creek for almost 3 years but has been coming to work with her mom, Dr. Deans, since she was 2 years old. Natalie works in the kennel and in treatment as needed. She loves taking out extra time to play and interact with our boarders. Natalie hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a veterinarian. She is currently a senior at Blake High School and spends most of her free time performing on stage with Blake’s high school productions such as Godspell and The Little Mermaid.
She is a senior in high school, and aspires to become a wildlife veterinarian. Her favorite animals are the rainbow macaw and the ocelot. In her freetime, she loves watching movies and go to cool museums in D.C.
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.
Ryan Gayle started working at Bennett Creek in July 2018. He has experience in veterinary medicine in various capacities since 2005. Ryan,who is deaf, grew up in Michigan. Although he is deaf he is able to read lips and communicate with clients very well. He is married to wife Carrie who is also deaf and has two kids Finn who is 5 and Hanna is 2. They also have one fur kid named Java who is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Ryan graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in the Veterinary Technology Program in 2012. He really enjoys dental radiography, assisting in surgeries, phlebotomy and helping sick patients. In his spare time he enjoys landscaping and outdoor activities but above all Ryan is a huge Cleveland Browns and Michigan football fan!
Shannon grew up in Montgomery county and went to QO after high school she moved to Pittsburgh PA where she went to VTI otherwise known as the Vet tech Institute where she received her Degree in Specialized Technology and Adopted Her First Adult Pet Delilah. After School in 2012 she started her Career in Emergency taking care of very Critical Pets transitioning now to Routine Medical visits. She Is married with one child and two Fur babies Delilah and MEW
Taylor is a recent graduate of Urbana HS and is currently a college student studying Biology. She plans to continue her education and obtain her DVM. Taylor has known since the age of 5 that she’s wanted to be a Veterinarian! Over the years she has owned several dogs, fish, guinea pigs and currently a turtle named Shelby and her dog who a rescue is named Bodhi. Her love of animals has brought her here to Bennett Creek where she has worked in the kennel for the past two years and in treatment when she is needed. She has also volunteered at Frederick County Animal Control and bakes treats and makes blankets for the animals each year for Christmas! In her spare time Taylor is a competitive cheerleader, so she can be found at the gym practicing several hours a week! She also loves spending time with family and hanging out with Bodhi.
Tiffany Bazel is a receptionist at Bennett Creek Animal Hospital. Tiffany attended UNC-Charlotte, and moved to MD in 1994. She worked many years in the financial and medical fields for companies such as Chase Bank and JPMorgan Chase. Tiffany previously worked for Industrial Distribution Group in Accounts Receivable, then transitioned to Wellspan Medical Group in York, PA.
After relocating back to MD with her husband James, a Diagnostic Specialist and Master Technician for Lexus for the past 24yrs, 2 daughters and Boxer “Roman”, she became, as she so passionately puts it, the CEO of Bazel enterprises! Four years later she and her family moved from Urbana to Germantown. It was then that Tiffany decided that since both of her girls had graduated it was time to get back into the workforce. Her daughter Taylor is on the Kennel staff here and has often spoken to her about how much she loves Bennett Creek. Seeing how much her daughter loves her job, Tiffany wanted to join the team. She brings her knowledge of customer service, friendly smile, love of animals and eagerness to learn new things to work every day! Tiffany and her Husband James have been married 22 1/2yrs and have 2 daughters Maiya 22 and Taylor 18, granddog Bodhi and grandturtle Shelby.
Tiffany Heath has been working at Bennett Creek since it first opened in 2010. She received her BS in Sociology at the University of Maryland where she met her husband. They now have two children, Lyla and Avi. They also have three cats, despite her husband’s allergy to cats! She is active in Girl Scouts and coaches for a program called Girls on the Run. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors either camping, hiking, or kayaking.