Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Elianne Amstalden

    Dr. Elianne Amstalden’s interest in becoming a veterinarian began when her family moved from Queens, NY to a small horse farm in Long Island. She was 7 years old at the time. Her mother’s love for animals led to the adoption of parakeets, a parrot, rabbits, cats, dogs and retired race horses. The visits from the veterinarian to their home was routine and when she needed an assistant Dr. Elianne was the one to volunteer. One day, one of the horses snagged his eye lid on a nail in the fence. While Dr. Elianne, a 7 year old girl, was holding the 16 hand horse for his stitches, she found herself experiencing a strange feeling and did not know what it was. The veterinary notices and asked her to sit down for a minute. She told Dr. Elianne that she was going to faint but that it was OK. It happens to all the veterinarians before they graduate vet school. This is was what sparked Dr. Elianne’s vision of becoming a veterinarian. Her passion for all animals, math and science enabled her to receive a bachelor's degree from NYU with a major in chemistry and minor in biology. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, completed her senior year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in January 2001. Ironically, during Dr. Elianne’s surgery rotation, that same feeling of fainting came back but never to return again.

    In 2007 Dr. Elianne moved from Queens, NY to Baltimore with her husband and two dogs to be closer to friends and enjoy the balance between city and county life. In 2011 she became the proud founder and owner of Belvedere Veterinary Center and takes pride in her dedicated staff members who join BVC to learn, change and grow as individuals. With their love and passion for animals and people they strive to teach and guide all pet parents on how to communicate with their pets and care for them so they can be the best pet parents they can be.

    Dr. Elianne’s passion for surgery has since led her to travel to Peru and Cambodia as a board member of GeoVeterinary International veterinary teaching clinic. There she is able to share her passion and knowledge on how to tackle surgical complications and how to improve surgical skills with veterinarians in third world countries. This will help them succeed in their battle for population control in street dogs and cats in their own countries. For more information about this special organization, please visit and follow them on facebook to see where their next trip to help change the world will be. Dr. Elianne’s other strong medical interests include preventative care, dermatology, ophthalmology and endocrinology. Dr. Elianne currently lives in the Hamilton area and enjoys reading, gardening, knitting, singing, traveling, birding and hiking with her husband Thomas and three dogs Gaucho, Paprika and Denver.

  • Dr. Brendan Moulder

    Dr. Moulder is a native of Baltimore. He began his education right across the street from BVC at the Govans Presbyterian Preschool. Later, he attended Loyola-Blakefield where he was taught the Jesuit principles of being a “man for others”. He has used these principles to help guide him to serve with and for others.

    After graduating from Loyola, Dr. Moulder continued his education at the University of Delaware where he had been awarded an athletic scholarship to play lacrosse for the Blue Hens. Following a spring filled with tough classes, long labs and grueling lacrosse practices, choices needed to be made. He made the difficult choice in his sophomore year to forego lacrosse to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Fortunately, he was selected for a work-study program on the University of Delaware Farm that not only defrayed the cost of school but also helped pave the way for his future. After three years of research in the Ruminant Nutrition and Silage Microbiology Lab, Dr. Moulder graduated with a degree in Animal Science.

    Dr. Moulder worked as a veterinary technician while he applied to veterinary schools and eventually chose to attend St. George’s University in Grenada. At St. Georges, he distinguished himself as President of the school’s Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) chapter for several years. During the summer between his 2nd and 3rd year, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Dr. Moulder was selected to travel to Kenya as part of a 'One Health, One Medicine” team comprised of human and veterinary medical professionals. The team’s work focused on developing comprehensive data on zoonotic disease transmission that could be used to help improve the health of both humans and animals. Dr. Moulder finished his veterinary education with a year at Louisiana State University where he did his clinical rotations and became a huge LSU fan (Geaux Tigers).

    Dr. Moulder returned home to Maryland and after practicing in the Bethany Beach area for a time, came back to his Baltimore roots and has been practicing in the North Baltimore area ever since. He joined Belvedere Veterinary Center in 2016. Dr. Moulder has a special interest in sporting/working dogs and dentistry but always enjoys the unique challenges presented by each patient.

    Dr. Moulder currently lives in Loch Raven Village with his lovely wife (Lane), young daughter (Evelynn- who you may see wandering around checking on the day’s hospitalized patients after preschool!) and their two dogs (Deacon and Daisy). If he isn’t at BVC, you can find him out on an adventure with his family. The Moulder family is expecting their second daughter this April!

  • Bandida

    Little is known about Bandida's kitten days. She met Dr. Amstalden when she was surrendered by her owners after needing major surgery. After performing the surgery, Dr. Amstalden heard they were going to bring her to the MD SPCA, and she knew that she had found her perfect hospital cat. After 6 months of living in a different hospital, Bandida finally arrived at her new home, Belvedere Veternary Center, when it opened in 2011. Bandida can often be found greeting visitors in our lobby. In her spare time, she likes napping on computers, lounging in her cat tree, and singing songs to all of the staff

  • Maria C.

    Maria was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Costa Rica. There she was surrounded by all kinds of animals from dogs, cats, parrots, chickens, rabbits, horses, goats, and of-course cows. Even wild animals like monkeys, sloths, iguanas, toucans and more freely visited the trees in Maria’s backyard.

    She was introduced to the field at an early age as her father is a large animal veterinary technician and her brother is a veterinarian back in Costa Rica. Maria has loved animals since she was a baby and often observed and assisted her brother and father in all kinds of treatments and procedures. It didn’t take long before Maria realized that she wanted to learn more about veterinary medicine, so she could continue to help animals for the rest of her life.

    Maria moved to Maryland a few years ago following love. In her free time she likes going for walks and hikes with her husband Nick and their black lab Mika, she also enjoys cooking and gardening with the strict supervision of Mika and Shelby Arthur, the cat. Maria loves being part of the BVC family and appreciates meeting and helping pets and pet parents.

  • Zach W.

    Zach’s love for animals stems from his early start on a small farm in Nowhere, NY. He felt a strong bond to every animal he met; domestic or wild. It was once said that “every animal that met Zach, bit Zach.”

    Knowing his life’s mission was to work with animals but not knowing where to start, he began searching for answers. Those answers were found when he watched a show on Animal Planet featuring a vet named Kevin Fitzgerald. His true love of animals and his aptitude for medicine opened Zach’s eye for the first time. Zach spent the rest of his schooling focusing on animals and science; he took 2 years of extra Animal Sciences in high school and was accepted early decision to several veterinarian technician programs in NY.

    Zach chose Alfred State, and spent his time there working on the college dairy farm, volunteering at shelters and reading every book on veterinary medicine he could find. After graduation Zach got his first vet med job working nights on a large dairy research center. He delivered hundreds of calves and treated even more adult cattle.

    Zach’s next journey began with his own horse farm and a new job in emergency medicine. His training in surgery and emergency medicine gave him the tools to grow and educate. Zach eventually left NY and moved to MD in 2017 where be brought compassion, dedication and work ethic shadowed by few.

  • Leah .

    Leah has always had a special connection with animals. Even as a baby Leah’s family had parakeets, chickens, cats, dogs, hermit crabs, frogs and fish as pets. Originally attending college for Psychology, she realized her passion for animals could lead to a career and switched to Canisius College in Buffalo, NY to pursue a degree in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation. She return to Maryland and joined Belvedere Veterinary Center in 2019. Currently she has 3 cats, 2 chickens, 1 dog and 2 parakeets. In her free time, Leah enjoys being with her family and fur babies. 

  • Katrina

    Katrina was born and raised from a great family in Brooklyn, NY. As a child, Katrina knew she wanted a career in the veterinary field. She started small by walking dogs, babysitting, and selling pet retail products. She later moved to Baltimore, MD at 17. From there, Katrina ventured off into the veterinary field. She has 2 pups named Teddy and Callie, who are known as her baby brother and sister. Katrina loves her job and staff here at Belvedere Veterinary Center, and hopes to one day further her career as a Veterinary Associate.

  • Paula

    Paula was born and raised Maryland. Since she was a little girl she was interested in animals and her parents allowed her to indulge herself with having many throughout her younger years. Every time they would take their pets to their veterinary office, Paula dreamed of working in one. She is currently living in Baltimore, in her first town home with her fiancé and fur baby Lionel, the cat. She just started at Belvedere Veterinary Hospital as a Client Representative and is super excited to see where the veterinary field might take her in the future.

  • Kate Y.

    Kate began working with animals several years ago at a country-style dog kennel that was home to a residential group of Borzoi, or Russian Wolfhounds. This is where she became experienced as an animal handler and discovered her true passion for working with animals professionally. In addition to walking and feeding the dogs, she also became skilled at administering medication and utilizing fear-free training techniques. This ultimately provided the skills necessary to transition into the field of veterinary medicine. From there, she moved to a veterinary assistant position at a small animal wellness clinic. After two years of assisting in routine exams and surgical procedures, she then moved on to be a technician at a larger veterinary practice. Here she was able to expand her knowledge and skill in the field by transitioning to client representative. Kate’s always had a love for animals seeing as she’s housed cats, dogs, parakeets, tree frogs, hermit crabs, and even rats throughout her life although her home has somewhat mellowed seeing as she now just has two large dogs, Lucy and Rosalie. When she’s not at work or at home with the dogs, she enjoys hiking, camping, and practicing photography.

  • Rebecca Y.
    fear free

    Rebecca was born and raised in Baltimore and has been surrounded by animals since her very beginning. After a week of trying Mommy and Me play dates, her mom decided to take two-year-old Rebecca to the nearby horse farm instead. As soon as Rebecca stepped onto the farm, she found her love and passion for animals. Rebecca’s family now calls her “the zookeeper” due to the diverse types of pets she’s had, ranging from hedgehogs to sugar gliders! She was always able to persuade her parents to allow new pets in by saying “Well if I’m going to be a vet, I need to know how to take care of it!”Rebecca is a current student at the University of Rhode Island where she is studying animal science and swimming for their Division One swim team. She is very excited that the time has finally come where she can start applying to veterinary schools this summer! She dreams of someday joining the Veterinary Corps for the U.S Army. Rebecca is thrilled to be working at the Belvedere Veterinary Center and learn from its very experienced staff.

  • Gabriela U.

    Gabi is a native Texan who graduated from Goucher College and is happy to be back in the Baltimore area after spending three years living in Tel Aviv, Israel. Having grown up with an assortment of horses, goats, dogs, cats and even a donkey, Gabi is excited to serve the pets and pet parents of Baltimore. Outside of BVC, she loves spending time hiking, reading, seeing the Boston Red Sox when they come to town and spoiling her father's Alaskan Malamute named Nova. She is looking forward to settling back into life in Maryland and getting a dog of her own when the time comes!

  • Ashley M.
    fear free

    Ashley discovered her love for animals at the early age of three while bottle-feeding her first calf on the family farm. It was that simple act of kindness that led her to a desired career in veterinary medicine. While growing up on her parent's and grandparent's cattle farms in Carroll County, she learned how to care for a variety of animals including horses, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens as well as dogs, cats and other domestic pets. She also took up an interest in exotic pets like Siamese beta fish and sugar gliders. It was this sense of mutual love that cemented her belief that people and animals function under a shared advocacy of care and reliance.

    Ashley joined numerous agricultural programs (i.e. FFA, Block & Bridle/4H and Sigma Alpha Agricultural Sorority) while attending high school and college. She graduated from the University of Maryland with her bachelor's degree in animal care and management. She has also accumulated a lot of experience as an animal research technician and continued working with fish, rodents and squirrel monkeys after graduation. However, she wanted to achieve more with her degree so she began to pursue career options in veterinary medicine. That one decision, coupled with a lifelong drive to help and advocate as a voice for animals, is what brought her to Belvedere Veterinary Center.

    Ashley began horseback riding at the age of ten and continues to do so as a side hobby. She also enjoys visiting the beach, shopping, kayaking/jet skiing, fishing and crabbing on the eastern shore. She especially loves visiting places like the broadway theater in New York to see the Lion King and the Phantom of the Opera. In short, Ashley enjoys living the all-American lifestyle with her friends and family.

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