Meet Our Team

Dr. Elizabeth Arguelles – Medical Director

Dr. Elizabeth graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to becoming a veterinarian she received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Wellesley College.  Prior to starting her own practice, she spent four years working with Dr. Marcus Brown at NOVA Cat Clinic (formerly known as Capital Cat Clinic). She is grateful for his extraordinary mentorship and for the excellent staff that taught her about all things cat. She founded Just Cats Clinic in 2013.

Dr.Elizabeth has a special interest in geriatric feline medicine, feline dentistry and pathology.

She presently resides in Herndon, VA with her children Everett, Darin and Daphne,  and her cat Simon.  In her free time she enjoys trying new recipes, reading and spending time with her family.

Dr. Elizabeth is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Association of Feline Practitioners
The CATalyst Council
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
Veterinary Information Network
National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps
Fairfax County Medical Reserves Corps – celebrating 8 years of service in 2019!

Dr.-Golden-1-845x1024Dr. Laura Golden – Associate Veterinarian and Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture

Dr. Golden was born in Hampton, VA. She was raised in the Navy and has lived in Florida, Italy, Virginia, and Washington. She has been an associate at Just Cats since October 2014.

Dr. Laura got her Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech in 2004 and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduation, she moved to Washington state and practiced there in Vancouver at a feline-only practice for 6 years.

Her professional interests include neurology, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Laura completed her certification with The Chi Institute and is now offering acupuncture appointments and Chinese herbal therapy.

Dr. Laura lives in Herndon with her cat Duncan. In her free time, she enjoys reading (especially science fiction/fantasy), video games, running, making jewelry, and helping her mother run her cat toy business.

Dr. Laura is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Association of Feline Practitioners
American Veterinary Medical Association
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary Information Network


Dr. SmithDr. Amanda Smith – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Amanda Smith grew up near Baltimore, Maryland with furry friends all around.  She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Science from Washington College.  Afterward she received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one year internship in emergency and specialty medicine in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  She then practiced as an associate veterinarian in Northern Virginia, caring for dogs and cats.

Dr. Smith’s special interests include preventive medicine, mobile animal healthcare, infectious diseases and internal medicine.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Currently, Dr. Smith resides in Oakton with her husband and two young children, and their two cats, Howie and Peaches.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Smith is a member of the following professional organizations:

American Veterinary Medical Association
Veterinary Information Network
American Animal Hospital Association

Genevieve  – Office Manager

Genevieve grew up in a Northern Virginia family where animals often outnumbered humans. Her love of cats began in the crib where the family cat, Shiba, took excellent care of her by snuggling and hunting up bugs to eat. Genevieve earned her Master’s Degree in cultural anthropology from The George Washington University, assisted by her handsome orange tabby Recon.

She worked at a Virginia State Park for over ten years teaching visitors local history, the awesomeness of nature and the importance of conservation.

Genevieve is thrilled to have joined the staff at Just Cats Clinic where she can be surrounded by cute kitties and help their parents keep them as healthy as possible. Outside of work, Genevieve is passionate in her mission to save the bees and butterflies by gardening with native plants. Her other interests including dancing, baking, reading, camping, and gaming. Joining her in her adventures are her husband Chris and two cats, Oliver and Lillian.

Teri-2-700x1024Teri – Client Care Specialist

Teri joined Just Cats Clinic at its inception in March 2014. In 2001, she left her job of 22 years with a mixed animal veterinary clinic in Oregon and moved across the country with her husband and cat family when his career brought them to Northern Virginia. For the next 11 years, she worked at an all feline practice, learning more about all things cat!

They all settled into their new home, picked out with the cats in mind, of course! It is on a lake with lots of birds and wildlife to watch from every window. She shares her home with three Cornish Rex cats–Coco, Brighton, and Qtee, and a Sphynx cat named Disco NoFurNo.

Teri has the experience of working in the veterinary field since 1972, and for many years with felines only. Her love of cats, and her many years of experience in all aspects of a veterinary practice, make her a valued member of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Anna-1-953x1024Anna – Patient Care Specialist

Anna studied Biology and Drawing at George Mason University. She has always loved animals and has two cats, Adam and Misty and one dog, Peaches. She is very excited about working with Dr Elizabeth and the team at Just Cats Clinic. Anna attended The Chi Institute in 2016 to train as a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine technician to better assist Dr. Laura with acupuncture.

Channing – Patient Care

Channing has been working in the veterinary industry since 2009. His special interests include gentle feline restraint, diagnostic imaging, and client education. He has lived in Virginia his whole life and currently resides in Great Falls with his girlfriend and their cat, Mar.  At home he enjoys reading, writing, drawing, playing video games, watching television, and listening to music of all genres. He has been a staff writer at Sputnik Music since 2008. He is very excited to be a part of the Just Cats team and to watch the practice continue to grow!

Cindy - Patient Care

Cindy – Patient Care

Cindy comes to Just Cats Clinic with 17 years of experience in the veterinary field. She is happy to a part of a growing team at Just Cats and to have the opportunity to teach others about stress free and calming handling techniques. Cindy is excited to further hone her “cat whispering skills” and to learn ‘all things cat’!
Born and raised in Texas, she moved to Virginia in 1994 after completing high school and getting married to her junior high school sweetheart. After working in retail for 5 years, she decided to make animal care her full-time career – following a lifelong passion of helping animals.
On her down time she loves to run and has competed in many races including two marathons. She hopes to one day run the Boston Marathon. Cindy’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and their two cats, Carbon and Landice and enjoys a great cup of coffee. She’s also known to bake a “mean” carrot cake!

Erin – Licensed Vet Tech 

Erin moved to Virginia from Minneapolis, Minnesota in May of 2015 where she worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician for over 9 years. She received her Veterinary Technology degree from The Minnesota School of Business/Globe College in 2007. She currently lives in Tysons with her fiancé Thom, and their cat Milo. Erin worked in a small animal mixed practice for many years, but has always had a special place in her heart for cats. Erin has worked in a cat clinic for the past 2 years, and is excited to continue expanding her feline knowledge at JCC. She enjoys yoga, hiking, and watching movies in her spare time.

Catie – Patient Care

Catie is thrilled to have joined the Just Cats team! She has worked with animals since high school and spent the last three years working as a veterinary assistant. Catie is excited at the opportunity to work in an all cats practice and continue to ‘hone in’ her feline skills.

Having lived with cats her entire life, Catie grew up with multiple Maine Coons in the house. Currently, she has four kitties. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, listening to live music, and seeking out adventure wherever she can.

Catie is looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful patients and clients at Just Cats Clinic!

Cara – Licensed Vet Tech 

Having toured Just Cats Clinic at its opening, Cara was immediately impressed with the facility and its standards of veterinary excellence. Now, 4 years later, she is so excited to be joining Dr. Arguelles and her team.  Her passions include pain management, low stress handling and strengthening the  human-feline bond.

Cara graduated from the Northern Va Community College Veterinary Technologist Program in 2010 and has never looked back. Her background is primarily in small animal medicine, though she has worked with wildlife and exotic pets as well. Having spent the last 10 years in Reston, Cara is proud to live, work and play in this diverse community.

She currently shares her heart and home with her husband Jesse, 2 cats and a miniature poodle. You may see them walking the paths, kayaking the lakes or at one of the many farmers markets.

Cara looks forward to meeting you and providing the quality care you have come to expect from Just Cats Clinic!


Having helped Dr. Elizabeth open Just Cats Clinic and working as practice manager for the last 5 years, Kristin just couldn’t let go when she moved out of the area to be closer to family!

She now works remotely to help with clinic projects, blogs, and just about anything else Genevieve and Dr. Elizabeth need.

Kristin is thrilled to be able to continue being a part of the Just Cats team.  She now lives in Roanoke, Virginia with her wife, 2 kids, and her animal menagerie of 3 dogs and 2 spoiled rotten cats.