We are extremely proud of our dedicated team. We hire only the best and most experienced employees to become a part of our team here at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic. Our team is filled with highly dedicated animal lovers who are well trained at their jobs. They will do anything possible for their patients and the owners who love them.
Learning and education are very important here at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic. We strive to have a state of the art hospital with a staff trained in the latest medical advances. Our patients deserve the very best veterinary care.
Basically, our team is full of animal lovers. They make it a goal to treat each patient like their own. They give each patient plenty of love and attention. They are prepared to discuss preventative medicine so that every pet can stay as healthy as possible. They will also do everything that they can to make a sick pet feel better as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone on our team, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (301) 829-1229.
Ever since she was a little girl, Dr. Crystal Brobst-Wormell has enjoyed the challenge of a puzzle. For her, veterinary medicine is quite like a puzzle—it’s her job to ask the right questions, use her senses, and piece everything together to make the final picture. As the owner and chief veterinarian here at P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Wormell gets to use her skills to better the lives of pets and people every day!
Dr. Wormell graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, then began working at a feline clinic in Alexandria, Virginia. As a Veterinary Assistant she gained invaluable experience—and plenty of scars!—working with cats. From there, Dr. Wormell began working in a 24-hour multi-doctor facility before taking a position at a laboratory in Rockville, Maryland. Shortly afterward, Dr. Wormell decided to apply to veterinary school, and was thrilled to gain acceptance into the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her veterinary degree.
In 2008, Dr. Wormell accepted a position as the facility veterinarian for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Although she adored her work there, she couldn’t shake the itch to return to full time private practice, where she got to interact directly with families’ beloved animal companions.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Wormell particularly enjoys working closely with families to develop viable solutions that fit their needs. She’s also been fascinated by acupuncture ever since she graduated from veterinary school—to this day, she’s amazed that a few well-placed needles can so significantly improve healing time and quality of life! Dr. Wormell is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having completed her acupuncture training in 2001 at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, Florida.
Dr. Wormell and her husband—P.A.W. Veterinary Clinic’s very own Ron Brobst—have three wonderful children named Megan, Jared, and Caitlyn. The family shares their lives with three dogs: Cheddar, a rescued Australian shepherd mix; Jackson, a calm and loving Golden retriever/spaniel mix who was rescued from a hoarding situation; and Finnegan, a rescued Cavalier King Charles spaniel who tends to forget that the other dogs have at least 20 pounds on him. Dr. Wormell and her family also have two cats, Atreyu and Lickorice, as well as a pair of corn snakes named Mussamia and Rosie.
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Ron has enjoyed the company of animals since he was very young, but developed allergies while growing up that prevented him from owning pets. Through perseverance and a few key medications, Ron eventually outgrew the allergies and has owned at least one pet ever since! He never took his good fortune for granted, and has now worked in the animal-care industry for over 20 years.
Ron grew up in Rockville, Maryland and earned his Associate’s degree in animal science immediately after high school. After working in private practice for two years, he started at a research laboratory—where he would meet his future wife, Dr. Crystal Brobst-Wormell—and remained there for 18 years while still serving part-time in private practice. After taking time off of work to help raise his and Dr. Wormell’s three children, Ron jumped at the opportunity to help his wife start a new chapter in her career and open her very own veterinary practice. As a big fan of organization, Ron is looking forward to organizing the practice and keeping things in their proper places. He also likes helping out with surgeries when the need arises.When he isn’t tending to his duties around the clinic, Ron enjoys raising his kids—Megan, Jared, and Caitlyn—and seeing their love for animals flourish. The family shares their home with three dogs, two cats, and a pair of corn snakes.