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  • Monday: 9:30 - 6:00
  • Tuesday: 9:30 - 8:00
  • Wednesday: 9:00 - 6:00
  • Thursday: 9:30 - 3:00
  • Friday: 9:30 - 5:00
  • Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00
  • Sunday: Closed

Our Doctors

Nicholas Albano, DVM, CVA, CCRT – Practice Owner

Originally from northern NJ, Dr Albano attended Loyola University in Baltimore followed by veterinary school at Virgina Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  Dr Albano was inducted into Phi Zeta, the national veterinary honor society, and completed a postgraduate internship at Red Bank Veterinary Referral Hospital in Red Bank NJ.  Upon completion of his internship, Dr Albano began work exclusively in emergency and critical care medicine and surgery. He was the first veterinarian on staff of the first veterinary emergency hospital in southern NJ.

Dr Albano returned to the Baltimore-Washington area and worked many years at the Pet ER in Towson, MD.  Turning his attention to general and preventative care, Dr Albano began to seek alternatives to pharmaceuticals for his patients that had difficulty tolerating more conventional medications, as well as for pet owners who sought to avoid such drugs.  Exploration and study of Eastern and herbal medicine disciplines lead him to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Seeing how critical movement was to maintaining a healthy neuromuscular system, as well as maintaining a high quality of life, he began study of rehabilitative medicine and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist.

Dr Albano continues to study herbal and rehabilitative medicine as well as nutrition, but will employ a variety of conventional medications and therapies when needed to practice truly integrative medicine.  It is his philosophy that there are many different pathways to optimum health and often it is the blending of differing disciplines that achieves the greatest results.



James Kehler, VMD, PhD

Dr. James Kehler grew up in Northern VA, and went to Hampshire College in Amherst, MA to study animal nutrition. After college, he returned to the Washington D.C. metro area and worked as a research technician at the National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center and then at the National Cancer Institute. James was driven to understand mechanisms of disease and pursued a Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his VMD in veterinary medicine and PhD in cell and molecular biology in 2004. After his graduate studies, Dr. Kehler returned to the National Institutes of Health to focus on research into diseases shared by animals and humans.

During this time, Dr. Kehler practiced, as a house call and relief veterinarian focusing on integrative medicine. Dr. Kehler combines the use of acupuncture, massage and laser therapies, dietary and herbal supplements with traditional treatments to help maintain the health and well being of pets. He is pursuing his certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Kehler is committed to working with clients as a team to develop treatment plans that meet their pets’ needs and are sustainable to implement in the home.

Dr. Kehler lives with his wife and children, three cats, two turtles and a dog in Silver Spring, MD. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking with his family.