Susan P. de Leon, VMD
Dr. Susan de Leon is the owner of Old Court Animal Hospital. Raised in Towson, Dr. de Leon received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Loyola College (Baltimore, MD), Masters Degree in Microbiology from St. John’s University (Queens, NY) where she received a teaching fellowship. She received her veterinary medicine degree from The University of Pennsylvania (Phila, PA) in 1996, where she was one of the Merck Fellowship recipients. Before purchasing OCAH, Dr. de Leon worked at 2 large, busy, successful vet practices. She recently worked for 8 years at Paradise Animal Hospital in Catonsville, MD and 4 years before at Main Street Veterinary Hospital in Reisterstown, MD.
Dr. de Leon is a member of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association.
Having worked in 2 large, busy practices I learned that a smaller setting where I can be more accessible to my clients and their pets is a better fit to my personality. When clients can feel comfortable and trust asking me the important medical questions about their pets then together we make good decisions to take care of these special members of their family.
Dr. de Leon enjoys gardening, spending time with family and has a special love for German Shepherds, and Oriental cats. Her current brood includes a sweet Shepherd mix named Jake and two Orientals named Sophia.
Dr. Rick Paynter
Dr. Rick Paynter was raised locally in Howard County, and received his Bachelors in Science from the University of Maryland in College Park. After graduation, he adventured with his wife to the midwest, where Dr. Paynter received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. Despite thoroughly enjoying the charm of a more rural setting, he moved back to Maryland to begin his career as a small animal veterinarian.
Prior to joining us, Dr. Paynter worked at a successful small animal clinic in Montgomery County, Maryland for over 5 years. He has a passion for building relationships with clients to provide the best possible treatment for each individual pet’s needs. He has a soft spot for labs and Siamese kitties. His kitty, Bella, is a blue point Siamese who tries to run the place, but generally gets out-ranked by the 2-legged critters in the household.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Paynter adores sharing life with his family, and enjoys being as active as possible and sharpening his skills as a home cook.
Veterinary Technicians (Veterinary Nurses)
Arielle has been with us since August 2015. She had previously worked as a veterinary technician at a large multi doctor practice. While here she has taken on more responsibility and has been fine tuning her technician skills, along with taking on receptionist duties. She has a deep connection and love for animals of all species. Arielle and her husband, Stefan, have three dogs, Ajax: a Labrador/Whippet mix, Thea: a Australian Cattle dog, Lindy: a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix, and 2 birds. She hopes to continue providing the best care possible of OCAH patients, and furthering her knowledge of veterinary medicine.
Ashley has always loved being around animals of all kinds, caring for her own pets and pet sitting for friends and family. She got her start at a therapeutic horse center, then moved on to volunteering at animal shelters and emergency medicine. Her 4 years working with and caring for 18 Capuchin monkeys along with a vivarium of research animals was something she especially loved.
Ashley joined our team in February 2019. She hopes to continue to grow her skills of working in a small animal veterinary hospital while building her clientele for pet sitting and dog walking. Ashley has a Tuxedo cat named cucumber and an aquarium at home.
Diana has been a part of our team as a veterinary technician since August 2016. She is currently studying at Towson University in hopes of achieving her Bachelors of Science to continue on to be become a veterinarian. She loves taking care of all species and being an advocate for them. Diana has 3 dogs, Bella: a Pit Bull mix, Bleu: a Pit Bull/Mastiff mix, and Autumn: a Puggle. She hopes to continue building a close relationship with clients and their pets here at Old Court Animal Hospital.
Amy has been on our team as a veterinary technician since July 2018. She had previously worked as an EMT for 7 years and as a veterinary technician with exotic animals for 4 years. She currently has Dakota: a Yellow Labrador, Gracie: a Domestic Shorthair, and Griffen: a Domestic Shorthair. Amy hopes to continue to grow in her skills as a veterinary technician and to give patients the best care possible. She wants to continue to help and educate owners for a better, healthier life for their pets.
Kendra has been with us as a veterinary technician since August 2018. She is currently studying at the Community College of Baltimore County in the hopes of acquiring her veterinary technician’s license. She has a large four-legged family consisting of five cats and two dogs, all of which she loves very dearly. Her feline friends go by Callie, Shadow, Sweetie, Zeus, and Ziggy, and her canine friends are named Axel and Remy. In her spare time when she’s not pet-sitting, she likes to play guitar, draw, and read comic books.
Kristen joined us in September of 2018 as a receptionist. She has past experience as a technician, but has most recently been working more administrative jobs. Her past animal experience includes horse training, show and sport dog handling, and fostering and rehabilitating cats for the local shelter. She currently has a menagerie of animals: Cocoa, a five year old black cat; Ra, a two year old tabby; Joker, a 24 year old Missouri Fox Trotting horse; and a one year old Western Hognose snake named Achilles. She is looking forward to providing quality customer service to all of our clients and learning more about veterinary practice administration.