Gaithersburg Animal Hospital History
practice which later became Gaithersburg Animal Hospital started
in 1957 when Dr. Robert Lehman purchased the hospital from Dr.
Willbanks. The practice at that time was located in a home at 10
Park Avenue Gaithersburg, MD. The practice was purchased, along
with the house, for $35,000. Dr. Lehman remodeled the basement
into a veterinary practice with a waiting room, small office,
exam room, treatment area and surgery room. He had a drug room
for all of the large animal medications and a kennel. The
practice at this time was both large and small animals. Dr.
Lehman also converted a plumbers truck into a veterinary truck
as there were none on the market at that time.
In 1963, Ann Limparis (now Lehman) started working part time for
Dr. Bob Lehman. At this time, the character of the Gaithersburg
area was changing as farms were sold and cows sent to farms in
other areas. Dr. Lehman, although he loved the dairy work,
decided he wanted to stay in Gaithersburg and became a small
In April 1964, the practice moved to 118 N. Frederick Ave. where
Tires Plus now stands. In October 1964, the hospital now known
as Gaithersburg Veterinary Hospital temporarily closed for
medical reasons. In August of 1965, Dr. John Keeler purchased
the practice from Dr. Bob Lehman and changed the name to
Gaithersburg Animal Hospital. It was the only veterinary
practice between Rockville and Frederick at this time. At this
time, Ann Limparis (now Lehman) came back to the practice full
In 1966, Ms. Limparis enrolled in a program at the Merganthaler
Vocational High School to learn how to assist veterinarians.
This was not a state sanctioned program but Ms. Limparis
graduated this first veterinary assistant program in the state
of Maryland in May 1967.
In 1969, Dr. Lehman repurchased the practice of Gaithersburg
Animal Hospital. He hired Dr. Irvin Baas to work part time. In
April 1973, Dr. Lehman passed away but his wife, Ann Lehman,
retained ownership and Dr. Baas, Dr. Robert Whitney, Dr. David
Johnson and Dr. Gene New kept the practice going. At this time,
Ms. Lehman was the only non-veterinarian to own an animal
practice in the state of Maryland.
In June 1978, Ms. Lehman passed the Animal Technicians exam
given for the first time in the State of Maryland and Dr. Debbie
McMichael started working part time at the hospital.
In Ocober 1979, the state decided to widen Route 355 so the
practice moved to 280 N. Frederick Ave., its current location.
At this time, Dr. McMichael was working full time with Dr. Linda
Rawls, Dr. Baas, Dr. Whitney, Dr. Johnson, Dr. New, Dr. Mary
Leeds and Dr. Christina Chambreau part time.
In October 1984, Ms. Lehman was appointed by the State Board of
Veterinary Medical Examiners to serve on the Veterinary
Technician Committee, she currently still serves today. Also, in
1984, Dr. Dan Berbert started at GAH since many of the doctors
had left. Kaleen Bynaker, current office manager, started in
late 1984. In December of 1984, the hospital expanded from 1100
sq. feet to 2100 sq. feet.
In December 1985, Dr. Dan and Dr. Mike Berbert purchased
Gaithersburg Animal Hospital from Ms. Lehman. In July 1987, they
hired Dr. Cheryl Ferendo and in July 1988, they hired Dr. Debbie
Alls-Temples and Sandi Bynaker, current office manager. In July
1989, the practice got its first computer system. Dr. Lynne
Haeussler and Dr. Debra Schwartz (now Sapcariu) were hired in
August 1994. The practice expanded into its current size in
1995. Dr. Becky Leap started in June 2010 and Dr.
in July 2014.
As seen above, the hospital has great retention with its doctors
and many employees. Dr. Dan, Mike and Debbie and our managers,
Kaleen and Sandi, have all been here close to 30 years; Dr.
Lynne and Dr. Sapcariu 20 years. In addition, several of our
employees, including Ann Lehman have been here for 15 years or
Gaithersburg Animal Hospital
Gaithersburg Animal Hospital in
Gaithersburg, MD is a full service companion animal hospital. It
is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout
the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed
to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets;
early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages; and
complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or
We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and
are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health
care. We treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to
practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with
compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our entire
healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to
the unique concerns of each individual pet owner.
At this site, you will find information about our practice
philosophy, our services, helpful forms to assist you and an
extensive Pet Medical Library for you to search for additional
pet health care information.
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