Meet Our Staff
Emily Rogell, DVM
Owner and Medical Director
Dr. Rogell received her doctorates from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She began at MEAC in 2004. She currently resides in North Potomac, MD with her husband Don, twins Abby and Isaac, dog Bridget, cats Lucas, Sam, and George, and fish. She also has a horse named Coaly. She most enjoys being able to make a difference in somebody’s life when they are in a crisis, being her best when they are at their worst. She first said she wanted to be an “animal doctor” when she was three. She has been a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) and fire fighter with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad for 15 years (where she met her husband). She loves playing ice hockey, scuba diving, and the outdoors.
Alisha Worth, DVM
Dr. Worth earned her doctorate from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Texas, but wanted to experience different areas of the country, which led her northward journey along the east coast. After earning her DVM, she completed additional education and training in a small animal internship at Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the DC Metro Area. Dr. Worth loves emergency medicine for its variety and intensity, and especially enjoys surgery, toxicology and pain management, having published academic papers in the latter two areas. Her other passions in life include yoga and urban gardening. She and her husband, also an emergency veterinarian, live in Maryland with their perfect dog, Marcus, bad cat, Cheesecake, betta fish Cedric and Wendell, and Amano shrimp.
Anastasiya Schreiner, DVM
Dr. Schreiner received her doctorates from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She began at MEAC in 2014. Dr. Schreiner is originally from Moscow, Russia. She has traveled and lived in many states from California to Alaska, but enjoys the East Coast the most. She currently lives in Frederick with her husband Stephen and a menagerie of animals which consists of two pit bulls, Cortana and Master Chief (her husband is a Halo fan), and two cats, Sushi and Kiwi. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, attending music and art events, and drawing. She enjoys the ability to help animals and their people in a difficult and unexpected situation. She also likes the fast pace and variety of cases that emergency veterinary medicine brings. She would like her clients to know that she will give the same respect, medical care, and TLC to their animals as she would to her own.
Carolyn Yang, DVM
Dr. Yang received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University. She thoroughly enjoyed living in the Midwest for five years where she earned her doctorate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a small animal internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She joined the MEAC team in 2015. She works to support her two cats, Gomez and Bacon, and hopes to adopt a dog in the near future. During her down time, Dr. Yang enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking and mountain biking. Her professional interests include emergency surgery, ophthalmology, and pain management. Dr. Yang enjoys the challenges of emergency medicine and treats all of her patients and their human caretakers with compassion and care.
James Hendrickson, VMD
Dr. Hendrickson received his doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been with MEAC since 1982, the longest of any current employee. He lives in Laurel, MD with his wife Jennie. They have four adopted children and three grandchildren. He most enjoys the challenge of diagnosing and correcting medical problems. He was always interested in biology and medicine and found the idea of human medicine to be too restrictive given it is limited to a single species. He is an avid reader and history buff and loves to talk about beer, his kids, and grandkids.
James “Nick" Koterski, DVM
Dr. Koterski, or Dr. K as he is most commonly called received his doctorates from the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked at MEAC since 2003. He has worked with companion animals in several private practices in south central Pennsylvania, where he resides. And with farm animals for the USDA on the eastern shore of Virginia. He has a keen interest in infectious diseases and has participated extensively in rickettsial field research on several reservations in the southwestern states. He resides with his family, many cats, a boxer dog on a small farm just over the state line in Pennsylvania.
Meredith Adams, DVM
Dr. Adams received her doctorates from the University of Illinois in 2011. She began at MEAC in 2012. She currently resides in Arlington, VA with her husband Ben, cat Henry, and dog Audrey. She most enjoys the variety of cases she sees as an emergency clinician. She decided to go into veterinary medicine because of her love of animals and the desire to work with them on a day to day basis. She enjoys singing and playing the piano, traveling, exploring DC, and spending time with friends and family. She is currently learning to play the violin much to her dog Audrey’s chagrin?
Stephanie Meilleur, DVM
Dr. Meilleur received her doctorate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Kansas, she ventured to Maryland for a sports medicine and rehabilitation internship at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine where she became certified in canine rehabilitation. She joined MEAC in 2016. She enjoys the diversity of cases that come through on emergency and the ability to comfort owners during times of uncertainty. She pursues her passion for sporting/working dogs by traveling to Alaska to work with sled dogs. She also a veterinarian in the Army Reserve. She enjoys hiking and attending sporting events with her husband and two dogs, Izzy and Logan.
Peggy Breckenridge, MS, MBA
Peggy began at MEAC in 1995 as a technician. She was promoted to Business Manager in 2004 and had her title changed to Practice Manager in 2008. She received her MS in Cybersecurity in 2013 and her MBA in 2014 from UMUC. She resides in Germantown, MD with her 8 dogs, Zipper, Snap, Bows, Ribbons, Buckles, Bobby Pin, Rose Marie, and Daisy Mae all of which were adopted though the clinic due to health issues. She also has one cat, Livingstone who she hand raised as a baby and five turtles Teddy, Spike, Sunny, Burtle, and Shemus. She originally entered into Veterinary Medicine due to a long time desire to go to vet school but decided that she preferred the business side over the medicine. Her favorite part of her job is being able to support the medical staff in their efforts to diagnose and treat the many patients that come into the clinic. Nothing thrills her more than a seeing a happy reunion between a pet and their parent(s) after a stay at the clinic.
Nina started at MEAC in 2008 she was promoted to Technician Supervisor in 2014. She currently resides in Germantown, MD with her fiancée and their two girls Kayla and Katherine. They also have two very spoiled dogs Chase a 9 year old Brittany spaniel and Moka a 6 year old Shepard Mix. She most enjoys patient care and recovery and loves to see them go home a completely different animal than when they came in.
Clinic Liasion & CCS Supervisor
Samantha, a Maryland native, has worked at MEAC for almost a decade. During that time, she was also studying for her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Family Science. She has worked in the small animal emergency medicine field since 2006, joining the MEAC team in 2009, where she was able to integrate both passions. Samantha considers herself a generalist when working with clients and developed a specialization in grief counseling. She strives to make a difference in times of crisis and need every day. Samantha finds the most enjoyment outdoors exploring nature, cooking and experimenting with new recipes, interior decorating her home as it changes by the season, traveling the world as there is so much to see, adventuring outdoors alongside her furry four-legged companions, or propped on the beach with her feet lost in the sand listening to the waves crashing.