Dr. Joseph M. Prostredny,
DVM, MS, CCRT
Dr. Prostredny founded Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) when he moved to Annapolis in 1992. In 1993 he was joined by his wife, Dr. Evans. They were some of the first board certified small animal surgical specialists in the state of Maryland. In 1993, Drs. Prostredny and Evans initiated the formation of the Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) with multiple specialty referral practices and emergency care.
Dr. Prostredny obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery in 1988 at the University of Georgia. Dr. Prostredny continued his surgical training at Purdue in 1988 and completed the residency program and obtained his masters degree in 1991. Dr. Prostredny became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) after passing the certifying examination in 1992.
Dr. Prostredny is trained in advanced orthopedic, soft tissue, and neurosurgery. He is certified to perform advanced cranial cruciate ligament repair (TPLO and TTA), hip replacement, elbow replacement, and sliding humeral osteotomies for elbow dysplasia. He is also trained in arthroscopy. Dr. Prostredny has extensive experience in hip replacements with over 20 years of experience and training in both the BioMedtrix and Helica systems. In 2009, along with Dr. Weeren, he sponsored a training session for other surgeons interested in learning to perform Helica hip replacements. He was the first veterinary surgeon to perform TPLO's in Maryland. He has since performed several thousand TPLO procedures.
Dr. Prostredny is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and the Anne Arundel Veterinary Medical Association (AAVMA). He has lectured and taught numerous labs at ACVS, and for the MVMA; he has lectured at VOS, AAVMA, and numerous local dog clubs. In 2011, Dr. Prostredny completed the certifying requirements for the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and is now a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT). He is based in our Annapolis office.
Dr. Prostredny enjoys music of all kinds, mountain climbing, skiing, and scuba diving. He is an avid reptile fan and also enjoys traveling whenever possible with his wife and two daughters.
Dr. Krista L. Evans,
Dr. Evans grew up locally on the Eastern Shore in Salisbury, Maryland. Her interest in veterinary medicine began in high school as she worked as an assistant for a local veterinary hospital.
Dr. Evans attended the University of Georgia and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. She elected to remain in Georgia to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also met her husband, Dr. Joe Prostredny; they married during her junior year of veterinary school. She graduated cum laude from veterinary school in 1988 and received Hill's Student of the Year Award for her publication on feline hepatic lipidosis.
Dr. Evans then completed a one-year small animal internship at the Purdue University. Seeking more surgical experience she interned at the Tennessee Avenue Animal Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Upon completion of her surgical internship Dr. Evans accepted a surgical residency at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine which concluded in 1993. In 1994 Dr. Evans became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) after passing all divisions of the certifying examination.
Dr. Evans is active in local and national professional organizations. She has served as president of the Anne Arundel Veterinary County Association (AAVMA); is president-elect of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA); and sits on the Board of Directors of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS). She has served multiple committees for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), including residency and strategic planning committees, and is presently on the nominating committee. Dr. Evans has spoken, moderated, and taught veterinary surgical laboratories at local and national meetings, including the American College of Veterinary Surgeons; the Veterinary Orthopedic Society; the Central Veterinary Conference; the Potomac Veterinary Conference; the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association; the Anne Arundel County Veterinary Medical Association; and for Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC).
Dr. Evans has special interests in all aspects of small dog surgery, laparoscopy, and rehabilitation. In 2006 Dr. Evans expanded her surgical skills by completing the basic and advanced courses in laparoscopy at the University of Georgia. In 2008 she became a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) and developed the rehabilitation program at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS). She divides her clinic time between surgery and canine rehabilitation.
Dr. Evans and Dr. Prostredny have two daughters, Katerina and Michaela.
Dr. Daren M. Roa,
Dr. Roa grew up along the Delaware River in the Poconos region of Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he kindled a lifelong love of outdoor activities and nature. Fishing, watersports and hiking were central activities during his formative years.
Dr. Roa attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BA in Biology in 1988. At Penn, he was a member and President of the Alpha Chi Rho fraternity, an active participant in a variety of intramural sports, and a veterinary assistant in the busy small animal emergency service at the veterinary school.
Upon graduation Dr. Roa moved to central Florida, and continued working as a veterinary technician in a small animal practice near Orlando, where he also managed to sneak in a round or two of golf. In 1989 he moved to Gainesville to complete his requirements for admission to veterinary school, and was accepted to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Roa graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of the class of 1994. At UF he was the recipient of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award, the Hill's Senior Student Award, the Merck and Company Award, the Phi Zeta Award for Excellence, the Ramcharger Prize in Anesthesia, and the Upjohn Award for Proficiency in Veterinary Clinical Medicine.
After receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Dr. Roa completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the internationally recognized Animal Medical Center in New York City. In 1995 he began his residency in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; his research activities included wound reconstruction and force plate analysis of dogs with ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments.
In 1998 Dr. Roa moved to Maryland and began working at Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (originally Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Surgery). He became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1999, and became a partner of CVSS in 2002. Dr. Roa is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the Anne Arundel County Veterinary Medical Association (AAVMA). He has presented numerous local, and international lectures and has been published in national journals and local magazines. Dr. Roa is based in our Annapolis office.
Daren was married to Janet in Jamaica in February 2005. Ten months later their first son AJ was born, followed in April of 2007 by twin boys Luke and Sam. The Roa family lives in downtown Baltimore with their crazy nine-year old Lab mix, Marley. In his "free" time, Dr. Roa enjoys the boys' soccer games and light saber duels, as well as the occasional date night with Janet. In his "not-so-free" time he enjoys golfing, competing in triathlons, snow skiing, and scuba diving.
Dr. Anne C. Minihan,
Dr. Minihan is originally from Boston and has been with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) since July 1999. She came to the area for a visit in 1997 and fell in love with the temperate climate and the charm of Annapolis.
Dr. Minihan graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst Ma with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from The Ohio State University in 1993 and then completed a one year rotating internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City.
She continued to move east and went on to Tufts University and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital for their combined surgical residency program. After completing her residency Dr. Minihan stayed on as a staff surgeon at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston where she continued to mentor interns and residents. Dr. Minihan achieved her board certification from The American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 2004.
Dr. Minihan has been certified for tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) with Dr. Barclay Slocum in 1998, and also has been certified in tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA); both for the surgical repair of cranial cruciate disease in dogs. She also is the first surgeon in Maryland to use the Hydraulic Occluder device for treatment of urinary incontinence in dogs.
Her professional interests include oncological reconstruction, orthopedic surgery and thoracic surgery. She is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). Dr. Minihan is based in our Annapolis office.
Dr. Minihan also enjoys playing ice hockey, scuba diving, skiing, traveling and working with nonprofit organizations for the welfare of animals. Dr. Minihan currently has 5 dogs; three are rescues and two are working certified bomb detection dogs.
Dr. F. Robert Weeren,
Dr. Weeren obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Miami in 1982. In 1987 he received the American Hospital Animal Association Senior Student Award and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Florida. He completed a one-year rotating internship locally at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC, in 1988.
Dr. Weeren completed his surgical residency program and received the Residency Teaching Award at The Ohio State University in 1992. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) after sitting the certifying exam in 1995. Dr. Weeren joined Chesapeake Veterinary surgical Specialists (CVSS) in April 2000 after spending seven years practicing at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida. Dr. Weeren serves as the chief of staff for CVSS in our Towson office.
His professional memberships include the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS); the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS); the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA); and the Anne Arundel Veterinary Medical Association (AAVMA). He has lectured nationally and locally, and is presently on the Credentialing Committee for ACVS.
Dr. Weeren resides with his wife and two daughters in Baltimore County. Their household is home to 4 dogs and two cats. Dr. Weeren is an avid diver who enjoys teaching scuba diving at a local dive shop. He also enjoys deep water and fly-fishing, as well as spending time with his family.
Dr. Brendan B. Anders,
Dr. Anders grew up in Alexandria, Virginia and obtained his Bachelor of Science combined degree in psychology and sociology from James Madison University in Virginia. While studying at the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine he participated in rotations at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, Riverbanks and National Zoo. Following graduation in 2000 he completed a small animal rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Springfield, Virginia and then worked as a relief veterinarian for the Baltimore Zoo.
After spending two years working in general practice and one year as an emergency veterinarian in Brooklyn, NY he was accepted as a surgical intern at Garden State Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. He stayed for a surgical residency which concluded in 2008. While there he researched auditory function in cats prior to, and following, nasopharyngeal polyp removal, and he developed his surgical interests for urogenital procedures and minimally invasive orthopedic repair.
Dr. Anders became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. He joined Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) in June of 2010 and is based in our Towson office.
He is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).
Dr. Anders was married in September of 2011 and has embraced the recent move to the Baltimore area. In his free time he enjoys attending concerts and collecting music. Dr. Anders also collects and seeks out domestic craft brewed beer. Currently he lives with two Jack Russell terriers adopted through marriage and he looks forward to rescuing a large breed mutt in the near future.
Dr. Richard C. F. Burgess,
Rich is originally from the United Kingdom, where he grew up around dogs, cats, horses and small furry creatures. In 2002, he graduated as the Pfizer veterinary student of the year, from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland and became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
After graduation he worked as a small animal veterinarian for 2 1/2 years in Manchester, England. During this time he took advanced training courses in ultrasonography and fracture management and developed his interest in small animal surgery. Rich spent a year working and traveling in New Zealand and Australia prior to completing a small animal rotating internship at Mississippi State University. During his internship he conducted a biomechanical study to help better understand cranial cruciate disease in dogs.
Rich completed his surgical residency at Purdue University, Indiana. At Purdue, he was enrolled in a Masters of Science program, taught veterinary students and worked in the university teaching hospital. Rich gained a wide range of orthopedic, neurological and soft tissue surgical experience, including minimally invasive techniques. He received extensive training in laparoscopy and arthroscopy and worked closely with the neurological service at Purdue. He attended advanced course on fracture management, arthroscopy and total joint replacement. His research focused mainly on minimally invasive surgery and total hip replacement surgery in dogs, specifically looking at bone in-growth into metal implants, which will help reduce the need for implant replacement. Rich was part of the pioneering team at Purdue that investigated the feasibility of Natural Orifice Trans-lumenal Endoscopic Surgery (N.O.T.E.S.) in dogs.
In 2011 he passed the American College of Veterinary Surgeons board examination and carries diplomate status. He has published scientific papers in a number of peer reviewed veterinary journals and has lectured at state and national conferences. His current interests include minimally invasive procedures, critical care and traumatology. He performs orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological surgeries on a regular basis.
Rich has served on the board of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) for the last three years. He is also a member of: the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American college of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS) and the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery (SVSTS).
In his spare time, Rich is either swimming, road biking or running. In 2009 he completed the Indianapolis marathon and has run a number of half marathons and triathlons. Rich has three young children and a black Labrador rescue.
Dr. Matthew M. Keats,
Dr. Keats received his Bachelor of Science in Biology form the University of Maryland, College Park. He then graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After graduation he continued his education as a small animal rotating internship at the VCA Berwyn and Franklin Park Animal Hospitals where he received the "Intern of Year" award. The following year, he remained on staff at VCA Berwyn Animal hospital as an Emergency clinician and intern supervisor.
In 2001, he returned to Maryland, where he completed a 1-year small animal surgical internship with Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) splitting time between the Towson and Annapolis offices. Upon completing, he accepted a surgical residency with CVSS. After completing his residency in 2005, he became board certified in 2006 and remained on staff in the Towson office until the end of 2009.
From the beginning of 2010 until mid-2014, he worked at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates (VRA) in Gaithersburg, MD as a staff surgeon performing both soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery. He was the Intern Director for the intern class of 2013-2014. In July, he transferred to VCA Old Marple in Springfield, Pennsylvania to start a referral surgical service.
Dr. Keats has special interests in trauma and wound reconstruction. He has always preferred to take a whole-body approach to provide his patients with specific, individualized care.
Dr. Keats returned to CVSS' Towson office full-time in the fall of 2015.
Dr. Sakthila Jeyakumar,
BVSc (Hons I), MS
Dr. Jeyakumar was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Sydney, Australia. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Sydney Australia with a Bachelor in Veterinary Science. During her time, she did additional training in wildlife medicine. Her interest in surgery started as a student when she worked at a specialty referral hospital. At the University of Sydney, she completed an honors thesis focusing on recovery following Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery.
After graduation, she moved to United States to start an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Mississippi State University. Following the internship she was accepted to Small Animal Surgery residency program at the Auburn University. In addition, she pursued a Masters in Biomedical Science and performed a research in Surgical Oncology. She also taught veterinary students in both surgical laboratories and in a clinical setting. Dr. Jeyakumar received wide training in soft tissue, orthopedic and neurological surgery. She has advanced training in minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopy and arthroscopy.
Following residency, Dr. Jeyakumar moved to Ohio to work in private practice. In 2016 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She joined Chesepeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists (CVSS) in 2016 and is based at our Towson office.
She is a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), Veterinary Surgical Oncology Society (VSSO), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and AO Vet.
Dr. Jeyakumar resides with her husband in the suburbs of Baltimore. They have one dog, a rescue name Udi. In her spare time, she likes to hike and enjoy the great outdoors.