Our Veterinarians:
Skilled Caregivers for Waldorf Maryland

John Klimavicz, DVM

waldorf md veterinarian John Klimavicz, DMVDr. John Klimavicz is the owner of Waldorf Animal Clinic. With his business partner, Dr. William G. Hemmer, he co-owns and operates four animal hospitals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Dr. Klimavicz attended Virginia Tech both as an undergraduate and for veterinary school. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Klimavicz regularly attends DC Academy of Veterinary Medicine meetings and conferences, is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and is USDA Accredited.

Dr. Klimavicz chose veterinary medicine as a career because he enjoys the interpretive approach to the medical sciences and adores animals. Soon after he began practicing medicine, he also realized his entrepreneurial tendencies. His desire to run a business of his own became a reality when he purchased his first clinic in 1992.

As a veterinarian and business owner, Dr. Klimavicz's mission is to provide high quality medicine while educating clients to be responsible pet owners. In addition to providing routine preventative care and working up difficult medical cases, Dr. Klimavicz is also a skilled and confident surgeon. Dr. Klimavicz often comes in on his day off, just to help his associates with medical decisions and emergency surgeries.

In his spare time, Dr. Klimavicz enjoys spending time with his wife and children, crafting new business ideas into realities, practicing martial arts, going to the gym, and reading non-fiction.

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William Hemmer, DVM

Jeff Philips, DVM veterinarian in waldorf mdDr. Hemmer received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, where he obtained Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Poultry Science. Dr. Hemmer is the co-owner of the hospital.

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Kristal Southern, DVM, MPH

Dr. Kristal Southern is a General Practitioner who has been a member of the Waldorf Animal Clinic's medical team since 2006.

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Southern says that her initial impulse to become a veterinarian came at age 4 after losing a beloved black Lab, Dee Dee, to cancer.

For her undergraduate studies, Dr. Southern attended Tuskegee University from which she received a Bachelor of Science in Animal and Poultry Science in 2001. In 2005, she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, she has a Master of Public Health in Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Southern is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and is USDA accredited.

Dr. Southern's areas of special professional interest include zoonotic disease and public health, nutrition and integrative medicine, and veterinary informatics. At home, she has 2 cats, Bruce Leroy and Simon. Dr. Southern's interests include golf, cycling, cooking and baking, travel and Latin dance.

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Cynthia Harre, DVM

Cynthia Harre, DVMDr. Cynthia Harre is a 1995 graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During school, she was able to spend time rehabilitating domestic wildlife for the school’s Wildlife Support Group, as well as work with exotic wildlife at the Birmingham Zoo and the Marine Life Oceanarium.

It was also during veterinary school that she married her husband Andrew. Dr. Harre spent ten years working at Radford Animal Hospital in Virginia before opening her own practice in Roanoke, Virginia. During that time, her family grew to include a daughter and a son. After selling the Roanoke practice, she moved with her family to Maryland to become the Medical Director at Coolridge Animal Hospital. They brought with them a menagerie that included dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, snakes, lizards, tortoises, fish, and other assorted creatures. A few years later, the family grew again, adding another son. Dr. Harre has now joined Waldorf Animal Clinic. She will see exotics, along with cats and dogs, of course!

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