Meet Our Veterinarians

Ridge Lake Animal Hospital is staffed by a dedicated and professional group of people who love animals and respect the needs of clients. We are staffed by a dedicated and professional group of people who love animals and respect the needs of clients. All our veterinarians are USDA Certified to do Interstate & International Health Certificates.


Dr. Monica L. Joshi

Dr. Joshi is a native of northern Virginia, and began her animal-care journey in the D.C. Metro area by volunteering at various shelters and rescue organizations. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, spending a semester studying green sea turtles and helping with gray whale conservation in a small fishing town in Mexico, before heading to the Caribbean to obtain her Doctorate at Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in the West Indies. Dr. Joshi completed her clinical year at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and has also worked with the Dolphin Research Center, conducted research in Peru’s wild rainforests, and tended to creatures large and small at the National Zoo.


Dr. William Kusterbeck

Dr. Kusterbeck has always enjoyed the company of animals, developing a close bond with them at a young age. Dr. Kusterbeck grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. As a teenager, he lost a beloved family dog due to an acute illness, an event that motivated him to pursue a career combining his passion for science with his love of animal care.  After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Dr. Kusterbeck went to the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, earning his veterinary degree in 1982. He moved with his wife Anne to northern Virginia to begin his veterinary career. His passion for veterinary medicine and love of animals has led him to his current position where he serves clients daily as Owner and Medical Co-Director of Ridge Lake Animal Hospital.

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Dr. Erica Caldwell

Dr. Erica Caldwell grew up in South Carolina and went to college at Purdue University. She completed a Masters Degree in Marine Ecology in Woods Hole, MA through a Boston University program. She worked as an ecologist for several years doing field work next door to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Dr. Caldwell attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated in 2008. She has lived in several states since then and is finally settled into life in Northern Virginia. Her interests include dentistry, feline medicine, and surgery among other topics. In her free time, Dr. Caldwell likes to spend time outside with her husband making the most of the day. She rows competitively, bikes, hikes, and gardens. She has two elderly girl dogs, a number of cats, and some fish.