Our Doctors

Jessica Beiting, DVM

Dr. Beiting joined The Cat Doctor team in 2007 and is now the medical director. She received both her B.S. in Animal Science (2000) and her DVM from Cornell University (2005) in Ithaca, New York. After graduation she moved back to her hometown of North Miami Beach, Florida and practiced at Aventura Animal Hospital where she was exposed to a demanding and challenging caseload. In 2007 she moved back to the Northeast and was delighted to join The Cat Doctor where, over the last decade, her expertise and interests have focused on internal medicine, oncology and dentistry.

After calling Philadelphia home for close to 10 years, Dr. Beiting moved across the bridge to South Jersey where she lives in Moorestown with her husband Danny, her adorable boys Sean and Ryan, and her crazy kitties Ollie and Hudson. Besides spending time with her family, her favorite pastime is exploring new restaurants in the area.

Lisa A. Goin, DVM                                                     

Dr. Goin graduatedrgoind from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Prior to veterinary school, she received a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University and completed a Masters degree in Environmental Public Policy from the University of Maryland.

Since graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Goin has worked at hospitals in the surrounding area practicing both general and emergency medicine. Dr. Goin has always had a passion for feline medicine and is excited to be part of the team at The Cat Doctor. Other areas of clinical interest include dentistry, internal medicine and surgery. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association having participated in their Power of Ten Leadership Academy. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Goin lives in the Main Line area with her husband, daughter and her feline companions. During her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Carolyn McKee DePaiva, VMD (Dr. McKee)               drmckeebiopic

Dr. McKee grew up in Blue Bell, PA. She graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and then completed a one year internship at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro, California. Dr. McKee later returned to Pennsylvania and has worked as a small animal associate veterinarian in the Philadelphia suburbs since 2008. She is thrilled to now be part of the team at The Cat Doctor!

Throughout her career, Dr. McKee has developed a passion for cats and loves discussing all aspects of feline medicine with her clients. Additional professional interests include challenging internal medicine cases, nutrition, and providing care for elderly animals.

Dr. McKee currently resides in Lansdale with her husband, young son, and three cats (Buca, LuLus, and Boris). Outside of work, she can be found running, knitting, and planning her next trip.

Lorelei Wbio pic wakefieldakefield, VMD

Dr. Wakefield is an animal welfare veterinarian with a love of cats.  Her areas of expertise include dermatology and preventive care.  She’ll treat your cats as she would her own!  Dr. Wakefield practices Level II Reiki on animals and is open to more holistic treatment if you desire.  She was interviewed in Cat Fancy magazine and appeared on TV’s Animal Precinct. Dr. Wakefield holds a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  She completed an internship at the ASPCA in New York City, where she worked for 8 years in the emergency hospital and shelter. Dr. Wakefield also spends time at Morris Animal Refuge,the oldest animal shelter in the country, performing surgical procedures on the shelter animals there.

In her spare time, Dr. Wakefield likes to take her work home with her – in the form of foster kittens!  She can be found jogging in Fairmount Park or at home playing electric bass guitar.

Dr. Nathanael Oster, VMD    


Dr. Oster is based in Philadelphia as the field veterinary services manager for Merial in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of veterinary medicine and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Dr. Oster has a an interest in veterinary business and has served as both local and national president of the Veterinary Business Management Association, has attended the Penn Vet-Wharton Business veterinary leadership program, and has presented on several topics that address the challenges of new graduates and student debt. Dr. Oster has served on the board of directors of the Morris Animal Refuge in Philadelphia, the oldest animal shelter in the country to accept cats as well as dogs.

Jennifer Babineaux, DVM, DAVBP     

Dr. Jennifer Babineaux graduated from the UC Davis School of Jennifer doing an ultrasoundVeterinary Medicine in 2005.  She completed an internal medicine residency at East Bay Veterinary Specialists in 2009, where she focused on  ultrasound and cardiology. Following her residency, she worked for 4 years at the San Francisco SPCA providing internal medicine, ultrasound and cardiology services at the combined shelter and public hospital.  During this time Dr. Babineaux developed an interest in feline medicine, and became one of 90 boarded feline specialists in the world.  Dr. Babineaux joined the internal medicine team of VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in 2013, and moved to Philadelphia in 2014. Dr. Babineaux has received hundreds of hours of ultrasound and echocardiogram training and has worked extensively with boarded  internists, surgeons, oncologists and other specialists.  She has also trained other doctors to perform ultrasounds.

Dr. Babineaux travels to our hospital on an as needed basis and appreciates the importance of ultrasound in the practice of veterinary medicine.  By bringing the power of advanced ultrasound skills into general practice, she helps veterinarians provide clients with a diagnosis for challenging medical cases. Mobile ultrasound minimizes the travel requirements for ill pets, and allows clients to work with a veterinarian they already  trust.

Dr. Babineaux lives with her husband, her Bearded Collie (her 5th “Beardie”), and two cats in Center City Philadelphia.