Meet Our Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Cat Care of Vinings! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

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We are dedicated to your cat’s care! We look forward to getting to know you and hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.

Meet Our Veterinarian

Dr. Mike

Michael D. Friedlander

D.V.M.

“Dr. Mike,” as she is called by many, was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. She has lived in Atlanta now since 1997 and plans to stay forever (her family is very happy she moved back to the Southeast!). She received her BA from the University of Maryland, her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Go Hokies!) in 1996, and completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Mizzou) in 1997. Furthermore, she is a graduate of the NAVC Institute in Feline Medicine for three completed terms of study.

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In late 2006, she opened the doors of Cat Care of Vinings and is committed to medical excellence in cat-specific disease, diagnostics, and therapy. “I wanted a sanctuary for cats where even the most nervous, fearful, and anxious of cats can be treated with dignity no matter the condition or circumstance. I believe cats require unique communication—we find that a less-is-more approach with feline patients is invaluable. Michael D. Friedlander, D.V.M. holding a catA cat is a sacred soul in my home, and at Cat Care of Vinings—I seek a language with each cat that conveys mutual respect and preserves their dignity. They did not ask to be here and should not have to endure trauma or disrespect at my hand. As long as I remain teachable, I continue to learn from them every day without exception. I want to demonstrate with Cat Care of Vinings how SMALL changes in our approach in feline-specific care add YEARS to the life of these little souls.”

Dr. Mike is highly committed to community and personal service to others; she feels it is an essential part of a complete and balanced life. One of her favorite reflections was spoken many years ago by Winston Churchill:

“You make a living by what you earn; you make a life by what you give.”

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Kailen

Practice Manager

Kailen has been the PM for CCV since the spring of 2022. She began her career in veterinary medicine while living in Denver, Colorado and has since relocated back home to the Peach State. Kailen has greatly enjoyed learning the intricacies of feline specific care and loves assisting in any soft tissue surgery or dental procedure. She is the proud mom to her sweet senior pittie, Lucy, and beautiful human son, William.

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Emily
Office Manager

Emily started her career in animal care ten years ago and has been working at CCV for the last three years! She enjoys assisting with medical grooms and seeing how deeply our clients adore their pets. Emily has two dogs, Parker and Wren, and two cats, Leo and Astrid.

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Kimberly

Receptionist and Social Media Extraordinaire

Kim has worked in veterinary medicine for a year and a half. She enjoys snuggling and comforting our patients during their stays at CCV. Her favorite part of the day is photographing all of the precious babes in our care! She has three cats at home: Teriyaki, Obsidian and Pickle Rick.

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Adrian

Receptionist

Adrian has worked in veterinary medicine for a year and a half. He has a passion for learning and making a positive impact on each pet’s life. He enjoys assisting in surgery, especially exploratory laparotomies. He has a full time job caring for all of his pets at home! He has two pittie mixes (Hachi and Jasper), a Doberman (Goobis) and two cats (Coby and Zetsu).

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Ann

Receptionist

Ann has worked in veterinary medicine for two years. She loves working with our team of dedicated, caring and compassionate individuals. She is always the first to jump in to help calm a kittie while our medical team provides care. Ann has a beautiful domestic long hair, Shadow, at home.

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Madeline

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Madeline, working in veterinary medicine for four years, greatly enjoys assisting in orthopedic surgery. She loves continuing to learn about small animal anatomy and pathology. Madeline has two kitties, Fezzik and Bumble.

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Jessa

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Jessa, CCV’s resident Catheter Queen, has been working in veterinary medicine for nine years! Her favorite thing about working in the hospital is aiding the doctor in providing great medicine and seeing an animal’s quality of life improve. She has a two dogs (Rexy, a Pittie and Moe, a Husky) and two cats (Lena, a Lynx point tripod and Java, a domestic longhair) at home!

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Kristen
Veterinary Assistant

Kristen, working in veterinary medicine for a total of eight years, has been with our practice for almost four years! She processes all of the hospital’s inventory and loves educating our clients on the best care available for their pets. She is mom to the best boys in the whole world, Leeroy (a pug) and Stax (an English Bulldog).

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Meredith

Veterinary Assistant

Meredith joins our practice from Houston, Texas! She has worked diligently in veterinary medicine for five years and takes pride in advocating for each patient and showing them immense love while they are under our care. She enjoys assisting with endoscopy procedures and behavioral consults. She is mom to two kitties, Saint and Pepper.

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Little Blackberry

Meet Blackberry, also known as LB! LB has called our clinic home for most of his life. LB’s not just a feline friend to us; he’s a purr-fect companion, bringing a sense of comfort and companionship to both staff and visitors. 

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Trudy

Introducing Trudy, our resident sphynx cat. Trudy brings a unique elegance with her hairless beauty and love for chic outfits. Catch her soaking up the sun, sporting anything from cozy sweaters to flashy accessories.  Trudy adds a touch of glamour to every corner of our clinic.