Rick Lewis, DVMDr. Rick Lewis, our Chief of Staff, graduated from the University of Turin (Torino, Italy) in 1981. He began his career as a staff veterinarian at Lewis Veterinary Hospital (Columbia, MD) in 1982. In 1990, he became co-owner of the hospital later selling it to VCA in 1995. He worked as an independent contractor until 2000 when he purchased Academy Animal Hospital.

Dr. Lewis is very involved in the community working with local animal rescue groups. He has received awards for Best Veterinary Hospital, The Good Doctor Award, and Volunteer Veterinarian of the Year. He was previously Commander of the Homeland Security Veterinary Medical Assistance Team and is now their Veterinary Medical Officer.

James Heilbron, DVMDr. James Heilbron graduated from Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. He was certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 1991. Dr. Heilbron is also  Penn HIP certified (2001).

His special interest is in exotic pet medicine and veterinary acupuncture. Dr. Heilbron has been a member of the Academy Animal Hospital veterinary team for over a decade.