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Dr. Jill Ausenbaugh, Chief of Staff, is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Since completing her internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Ausenbaugh has practiced throughout the country.  Following her husband's retirement form the Navy she has settled in the Southern Maryland area.  Dr. Ausenbaugh joined our healthcare team in October of 2008.  Her areas of interest include behavior, ophthalmology and oncology.  She has a soft spot for beagles, which make up her family of two dogs. 

Dr. Nancy E. Ball is a 1983 graduate of the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Ball has practiced in Southern Maryland since graduation.  Her animal family includes three cats and two dogs. Dr. Ball's areas of interest are dermatology, gastrointestinal disease and endoscopy.

Dr. Patrick Barnes, graduated from Northwestern high school in 2004, he was raised in the Washington Metro area. He was part of the Band program, ran track and was a Boy Scout. In 2008 Dr. Barnes Graduated from North Carolina A&T University with a Bachelor of Science in Lab Animal Science. He was blessed to fulfill his child hood dream of becoming a veterinarian and in 2012 graduated from Tuskegee University School of veterinary medicine. Dr. Barnes is the oldest Brother of three younger sisters and is an active member of his church being part of the music ministry and contributes to the community through his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. It is a great joy for Dr. Barnes to help people and animals through practicing veterinary medicine.

Dr. Jessica Ernst, a native of Minnesota, has come to the great state of Maryland this past summer. She got her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Minnesota. After undergraduate work, she took a few years off to enjoy life and pursued work at a small biotechnology firm, Syntiron, developing vaccines for bacterial diseases such as E.coli, MRSA and bioterrorism agents. Since she missed working with clients and their fur-babies, she pursued her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. After braving many a cold winter (that would last more than 6 months), she transplanted out to the East Coast to work at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center. Her main interests in veterinary medicine are dermatology, cytology (looking at cells underneath the microscope), ultrasonography and preventative medicine. She enjoys playing with her dog, Pepper, and her two cats, Trixie and Falcon. She enjoys going to the beach and searching for treasures. She enjoys cooking many types of cuisines. She enjoys science fiction movies and videogames.

Staff at Solomons Veterinary Medical Center