Dr. Shahinde Frederick is a native Washingtonian. For as long as she can remember, she has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She was taught from a very young age by her mother to be loving and compassionate to all living things.
She first began helping animals by assisting her mother with feeding feral cats in their neighborhood. Her desire to help all animals soon blossomed into rescuing a vast array of animals from dogs and cats to pigeons, mice, turtles, rabbits, squirrels, and ducklings. Dr. Frederick’s very first pets included a very loving dog named Angel and a very adorable cat named Choopie. This dynamic duo helped to teach her that the bond between an owner and a pet is an unbreakable one that should be forever cherished and respected.
Dr. Frederick is interested in both small and large animal medicine. She has assisted in trapping feral cats and taking them to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society Spay and Neuter Clinic and the Washington Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center. She spent her summers during college volunteering for the United States Park Police Horse Mounted Unit located in Rock Creek Park and Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center located in Leesburg, Virginia.
Dr. Frederick received her undergraduate degree, a B.A. in Biology, from Amherst College. She received her V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Frederick moved to Virginia and has worked as a general practitioner before joining the Crossroads’ team in March of 2018. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, shelter medicine, and working closely with rescue organizations. She is eager to join Crossroads Animal Care Center because working alongside such a compassionate, professional, and devoted team will help her grow as both a veterinarian and as an individual.
Dr. Frederick enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, and helping her mother care for feral cats.