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 since 2001. He grew up in New England, and obtained his veterinary degree from Tufts University. 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.

Office Manager

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 now our practice's Office Manager.


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 10 year old girl.

Veterinary Technicians

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, now 4). 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 10 year old daughter, Zaira, and ride his Kawasaki 650EZR motorcycle.

Sade Davis

Sade Davis

Sade was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She started working with animals when she was 16, volunteering at shelters.  From those experiences, she knew she wanted to work with animals, long term. She later worked doing doggy daycare, then became a veterinary technician.  She has two dogs named Asap and Zoey and they’re her world.

Micai Newsome

Micai Newsome

Cai has always loved working with animals, from volunteering at local shelters to helping at Rock Creek Park Horse Center.  After volunteering and pet sitting for so long, Cai knew he wanted to work in animal care and became a vet technician, loving the opportunity to help so many different pets and families.  In his free time he likes to skate, play with his dog Tech, and hang with his hamster Riot.

Beatriz Sorto

Beatriz Sorto

Beatriz was born and raised in the DMV area and has grown up alongside all sorts of critters and creatures. She has always known she’s wanted to make a career out of working with animals and is currently working towards becoming a certified Vet tech.

When not at work, she can often be found volunteering at the MCASAC or tending to her animals on her mini farm.

Minjee Um

Minjee Um

Minjee is a senior at University of Maryland, College Park, studying as an animal science major.  Her passion is to become a future veterinarian.  She is raising a toy poodle named Teddy who is her baby. She has a continuous, growing love for animals of all species and hopes to become a vet in the future, who can show her passion through her work with the patients.  She first worked with animals at a doggy daycare and soon after, joined the Family Pet Veterinary family.  She strongly believes that the relationship built upon people and our pets rely on the line of trust, which is why she wants to protect and treat the wellnesses of the animals.

During her free time, she likes to cook different foods, watch movies, make flower bouquets, and do nails for herself and her friends.

Katherine Cortez

Katherine Cortez

Born and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, Katherine has always loved animals and has grown up with a fair share of pets.  She just started on her journey of being able to work with furry friends this year.  She currently has two dogs named Leila and Duvalín, and a furry cat named Levi Ackerman. She hopes to gain experience and to become a skilled veterinarian technician.  Her passion has always been to be able to care about the well-beings of animals.  She’s grateful that she’s able to follow her passion and she hopes to work hard for it and her goals. 

Outside from work, Katherine has a few hobbies such as going to the parks or the beach with her son, walking her dogs, going out to eat, and especially watching anime (hence her cats name).

Lauren Kim

Lauren Kim

A senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, Lauren is studying animal science to become a veterinarian. She also works in a lab taking care of ferrets used for study. Lauren has always had a love for animals. After she got her pet Shih Tzu, Happy, her passion for animal care bloomed. Since then, she has desired to pursue a career with animals and educate her community about animal welfare and husbandry. In pursuit of this goal, she has joined Family Pet Veterinary Practice as a veterinary technician to gain more experience and knowledge of animals.

Outside work, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family and finding new places to eat! She also enjoys relaxing at home, watching shows, or reading a good book!

Sebastian Claure

Sebastian Claure

A prior kennel attendant, Sebastian is currently a veterinary technician at Family Pet Veterinary Practice, and a student at Montgomery College. He is passionate about aiding pets and believes it’s the most rewarding career. At home, he shares his life with his two dogs, Charlie and Brady, and his cat, Phish. Sebastian’s hobbies include rock climbing, sewing, and running.

Cameron

Cameron

Adopted by Dr. Nate in 1996, Cameron greeted visitors to our reception area from our opening day in 2015 through May of 2023. She peacefully passed away at the very old age of 31. She will be missed.