Dr. Nicholas Albano, DVM, CVA, CCRT – Practice Owner
Dr Albano has been practicing veterinary medicine since he graduated from the veterinary school at Virginia Tech in 2002. After graduation, he completed an intensive one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Dr Albano then spent years working only in emergency and critical care medicine at a large referral hospital outside of Baltimore, Maryland. He brought his desire to practice high-quality medicine to general practice and worked as a general practitioner for years in Howard County Maryland.
After many years of general practice, Dr Albano began to look for alternative methods of treatment especially for his patients with chronic conditions where conventional methods had failed to resolve the problem. This brought him to the Chi Institute where he studied basic, advanced and evidence-based acpuncture and chinese medicine. Here he learned of the benefits of age-old healing methods, herbal medicines, and proper nutrition. He successfully completed all requirements to become Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA), and continues to study eastern and western herbs as well as traditional veterinary medicine.
Dr. Albano is a strong believer in unifying alternative and traditional medicine. He finds that alternative and traditional medicines are NOT mutually exclusive, and in fact often can work synergistically to provide a higher level of care than either one is able to do alone. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Holistic Medicine Association (AHVMA).
Dr. Albano took over as practice owner in November of 2011. When not working Dr Albano enjoys cooking, scuba diving, and spending time with his two young daughters. He also shares his home with his two cats, Jackson and Foster, and his newly rescued lab-mix, Bailey.
Dr. Monique Maniet, DVM, CVA, CVH
Born in Brussels, Belgium, Dr. Maniet received her veterinary degree from the University of Liege in 1976 and established a private practice in the Washington, DC area in 1979. She has studied holistic veterinary medicine extensively through lectures and conferences and has been a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association (AHVMA) since 1984.
In 1989, Dr. Maniet successfully completed veterinary acupuncture courses through International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and was accredited. Subsequently, Dr. Maniet was certified in Quebec, Canada, by CEDH (Centre Etudes et de Documentation Homeopathiques) upon completion of courses in homeopathy in 1990. In 1996, Dr. Maniet continued her study of veterinary homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, and was certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy.
She continues to study nutritional therapy on both humans and animals. She has been the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles and has appeared on television and radio shows to elaborate on the numerous benefits of veterinary holistic medicine. She lives with her bulldog, Jerome and frenchie, Josephine.
Dr. Meagan Duffy, VMD, CVA, CVTP
Dr. Meagan Duffy grew up just outside of Baltimore, MD, and graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. In 2004, she graduated as a Dean’s List student from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, with an additional certificate from the Wharton School of Business. Following graduation, Dr. Duffy practiced conventional veterinary medicine for small animals for six wonderful years in Rochester, New York. Wanting to be closer to family, Dr. Duffy moved back to the D.C. Metro area in 2010, where she has been practicing conventional medicine through relief work in local clinics, as well as through house calls. Dr. Duffy earned her certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA), and Tui-Na (CVTP) through the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and, since 2012, has been practicing these modalities in a home setting as well.
Dr. Duffy has always been fascinated by medicine as both a science and an art, and by the animal body’s innate, remarkable ability to heal itself. She is thrilled to be able to offer an integrated approach for her patients that looks at the body as a whole. Dr. Duffy has completed additional study in Evidence-Based Veterinary Acupuncture, and is pursuing certification in Veterinary Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Duffy shares her home with her husband and son, and three previously-homed dogs: Pazo and Fergus. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, baking, and Irish music and dance.