Meet Our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Nathan Wehrli, DVM
Practice Owner, Veterinarian

Nathan Wehrli

Dr. Wehrli, or “Dr. Nate”, has worked as a private practice veterinarian for nearly 15 years. He grew up in New England, and obtained his veterinary degree from Tufts University in 2001. He moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 2005, and is blessed with his wife, 2 young children, and a small rabble of pets.

Dr. Wehrli enjoys working with the variety of people and animals he sees every day. Before becoming a father and practice owner, he had time for hobbies which included hiking, kayaking, reading, cooking, brewing, gardening, and home improvement projects.

Veterinary Technicians

Karla Palma-Vides

Karla Palma-Vides

Born in Guatemala City, Karla moved to the United States in 2005.  She started working as a veterinary assistant in 2007, and soon realized she wanted to make a career of working with animals.  She has learned to be a skilled veterinary technician, and is taking courses towards her goal of becoming accredited by the NAVTA.

Karla has a tremendous love and compassion for animals, and brings this attitude to work every day!  She is also the proud wife of an army husband, and the mother of a beautiful 5 year old girl.  She also has a new puppy named P-Chan!

Jamayca Williams

Jamayca Williams

Jamayca is the newest member to the Family Pet Vet Team!  She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in 2013 and after 3 years as an elementary and early childhood teacher, she is taking steps to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.  Jamayca has always loved animals and started working a veterinary technician in 2015.  She is now taking the pre-requisite classes so she can apply to veterinary school in the near future.

When she is not tech-ing or teaching, Jamayca enjoys hiking, running and cooking!  She and her two cats, Ellaria and Ms. Rumphius live in Rockville and love to play outdoors together.

Carlos Penado

Carlos Penado

Carlos is originally from El Salvador, where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and worked as a veterinarian for 10 years before moving to Silver Spring. He has been able to continue working in the veterinary field in the U.S. while growing his family (newest member is a son, Enzo, born in December). He is always happy to see and meet new neighbors, human and furry alike, and to support animal health through compassionate care and communication. In his free time, he likes to play soccer with his 5 year old daughter, Zaira, and ride his Kawasaki 650EZR motorcycle.