About Us

Dr. Euan Murray, DVM

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Euan Murray got his first dog, Ben, when he was eight years old. Ben was crazier than a bag of squirrels. From then on, Dr. Murray knew that he wanted to be a vet. Through his teenage years he worked on a dairy farm every day after school, with the aim of becoming a vet, and at 18 years old he was accepted to the University of Glasgow Veterinary School. Since he always loved working with large animals, he simultaneously pursued a career in professional rugby. In his second year of vet school, he was drafted as a semi-professional rugby player for the Glasgow Warriors. Following graduation, he played professional rugby for 13 years, and was privileged to play for clubs in Scotland, England, and France, and also internationally for Scotland and for the British and Irish Lions. He still holds the record for the most games played in his position for the Scotland Rugby team.

Following his retirement from rugby, he spent a year in Pau, France studying for the NAVLE and assisting Dr. Vincent Mahé at his small animal clinic, and Dr. Vincent Ammann, DACVIM at the largest flat-racing stables in Europe.

Returning to the field of veterinary medicine after such a long break was daunting, but he relished the challenge. In 2017 Dr. Murray and his family moved to the U.S. where he completed a large animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. The following year he did a small animal medicine and surgery internship at BluePearl Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Louisville, KY. In 2020 he completed a specialty internship in Ophthalmology under the mentorship of Dr. Erica Tolar, DACVO, one of the nation’s leading veterinary ophthalmologists. Finally in 2021 Dr. Murray and his family moved to Maryland to live near his wife’s family.

Dr. Murray loves spending time with his wife and six children, their Golden mix, Ivy, their senior foster cat, Chloe, their bunny, Sprinkles, and their 17 chickens. Since 2021 he has served as a volunteer assistant coach to the US Naval Academy rugby team, and more recently as a Vestry member of St Andrew’s Anglican Church. In his free time (free time?!), he enjoys composting, gardening, fishing, foraging for mushrooms, playing British Bulldogs with his kids, and trying to beat his wife in a grammar war (yet to win one, but here’s hoping!).

Dr. Paula Prestia, DVM

A native of Severna Park, Dr. Paula Prestia joined the staff of Great Scottie in 2024. She received a BA in Mass Communication and History from the University of Virginia, the 3rd out of 5 family members to graduate as a Wahoo. After graduation, she worked for the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Pediatrics as an Intern Selection Coordinator, then transferred to the Wilmer Eye Institute, where she worked on several clinical trials. She then was selected as field coordinator of the Waterman’s Study, a field trial conducted on the Eastern Shore evaluating the effects of ultraviolet exposure on cataract formation. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. When the study ended, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and coordinated a multi-center clinical trial on corneal transplantation in high-risk patients at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Ophthalmology. While working at the University, Dr. Prestia attended an open house at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, and finally admitting to a lifelong dream to be a veterinarian, made the decision to apply to veterinary school.

She took classes part-time for the next few years to fulfill prerequisites before applying.

Dr. Prestia shares her home in Arnold with her beagle, Peyton, and with her 3 cats (Keith, Lilly, and Lucy.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, swimming, baking, and following the University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin football, basketball, and lacrosse. When she has time off, she
enjoys spending time with her nieces in Harvard, MA, and her parents in Atlanta.

Kaitlyn Masotti

Practice Manager

Kaitlyn Masotti brings her passion for animal welfare and extensive leadership experience to her role as Practice Manager at Great Scottie Veterinary Clinic since March 2024. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Kaitlyn now calls Columbia her home, where she is dedicated to serving both the community and its furry companions.

With a lifelong affinity for dogs and a start in the field at a local pet store, Kaitlyn found her calling in the veterinary industry early on. The opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of pets and their owners has been her driving force. As a Practice Manager, Kaitlyn thrives in her ability to lead and serve on a larger scale, overseeing all aspects of the clinic while still finding joy in hands-on interactions with her favorite patients. Outside of work, Kaitlyn cherishes time with her husband and beloved golden retriever, Mella, indulging in hobbies such as reading, baking, fitness, and enjoying the timeless camaraderie of her favorite TV show, F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

Savanna Murphy

Lead Veterinary Technician 

Savanna, Lead Vet Tech at Great Scottie Vet Clinic since October 2023, is a native of Crofton, Maryland, where she spent her entire childhood. She is a proud born and bred Marylander!

For as long as she can remember, Savanna has loved animals. Her childhood penchant for sheltering stray cats in her room overnight is a testament to her early compassion for all God’s creatures.

Guided by her aunt, who worked at a local animal hospital, Savanna entered the world of veterinary care in 2018 as a part-time Customer Service Representative, all while finishing her high school degree. Since then, she has steadily climbed the professional ladder. Although she briefly changed course to study human medicine and attain her CDA, veterinary medicine ultimately reclaimed her heart.

Savanna loves that veterinary medicine affords her a constant opportunity to acquire new knowledge, especially since that knowledge allows her to better assist her patients. Nothing gives her greater joy than helping suffering animals.

Growing up with three younger brothers, Savanna’s home was a bustling hub of friends and family—an atmosphere she cherishes. Now married to her high school sweetheart, she is committed to maintaining the warmth of a full and lively household. The household includes three cherished pets: Leo, their yellow lab, and two cats, Willow and Minnow, both rescued from dumpsters and now thriving in the comfort of their home. During her leisure time, Savanna can be found swimming, engrossed in a good book, or indulging her passion for baking.

Deara Pinkney

Veterinary Technician

Deara Pinkney was born and raised in beautiful Prince George’s County, Maryland. Growing up she had both dogs and cats, and she has always been passionate about working with animals.

In 2017 she took her first job in veterinary medicine as a front desk associate. From there she gradually transitioned to a veterinary technician role. Great Scottie Vet Clinic is very fortunate to have had Deara as technician since opening; she is loyal, reliable, and hardworking, and she always has a smile for everyone. Deara especially loves assisting in surgery and in dentals, and she trained for a year and a half in anesthesia monitoring and other surgical support skills. She loves making a positive difference in the lives of animals and their owners.

Outside of work, Deara loves spending time with her family and going to church. She also loves traveling, cooking, and listening to music.

Maddi Fagan

Veterinary Technician 

Maddi, who joined the Great Scottie in September 2023, is originally from upstate New York, but moved to Maryland with her mother 22 years ago. She remained in Maryland until 2013, at which point she relocated to El Paso, TX, following her husband’s military assignment. The family returned to Maryland in 2020.

At the age of 10, Maddi’s beloved childhood golden retriever was diagnosed with cancer. Though Maddi was devastated by that experience, her heartbreak fueled her determination to help hurting animals, marking the beginning of her passion for veterinary care. Currently enrolled in her second semester at tech school through Penn Foster, Maddi is dedicated to expanding her knowledge and expertise in the field.

Maddi loves veterinary medicine because she loves having both the skill and the opportunity to alleviate the suffering of all these sweet furry companions. Bringing comfort to both animals and their owners is what makes her days truly fulfilling.

Married since 2016, Maddi is a proud mother of a 6-year-old daughter, and her household includes three dogs, one cat, and various exotic pets. Her commitment to the well-being of animals extends beyond her professional life, making her a compassionate and dedicated advocate for the welfare of all creatures great and small.

Salali Walden

Veterinary Assistant

Born in Anchorage, AK to a military family, Salali Walden was raised primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada and various parts of Maryland.

Salali has always loved caring for animals, and hopes to one day fulfill her dream of becoming a Veterinarian. She joined the Great Scottie team in February of this year, and is currently learning the ropes as a Veterinary Assistant. Salali is simultaneously pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a particular interest in canine physiology after having lost a beloved dog to liver failure.

At home, she shares her life with a menagerie of companions, including cats, dogs, chickens, bearded dragons, crested geckos, an axolotl, a corn snake, and an iguana, fostering a deep bond and understanding of diverse species. In her free time she also enjoys honing her tang soo do skills, and is currently a 2nd gup, red belt with a blue stripe.

Taylor Balsley

Client Services Representative

Taylor Balsley, a dedicated client service representative, brings warmth and enthusiasm to her role as she cares for both clients and their beloved pets. A born and bred Marylander, Taylor has called the same house home throughout her life, which has given her a deep sense of connection to her community.

Having recently completed her schooling, Taylor transitioned from her previous role as a nanny to pursue her passion for animal welfare. Drawn to the veterinary field by her lifelong love for animals, she found her calling as a receptionist at a local clinic and quickly fell in love with the work. Growing up in a household that welcomed rescue dogs and cats, Taylor’s compassion for animals was nurtured from an early age. She fondly recalls her family’s involvement in fostering and volunteering with animal rescue organizations, instilling in her a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.

Outside of her work, Taylor loves spending time with her three dogs and four cats, relishing their unique personalities and the different joys they bring to her life. She also shares a passion for the outdoors with her boyfriend, enjoying summer days out on the boat, crabbing and fishing

Brianna Callan

Client Services Representative

Brianna brings her passion for effective communication and dedication to animal welfare to her role as a Customer Service Representative (CSR) at Great Scottie Veterinary Clinic, joining the team in January 2024. A Maryland native with a deep-rooted love for animals, Brianna is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in media and communications, driven by her commitment to fostering meaningful conversations and sharing ideas in our ever-evolving digital landscape.

Driven by her love for animals and a desire to make a positive impact, Brianna found her calling in the veterinary industry. She believes wholeheartedly in providing every animal with compassionate care and supporting pet owners through the ups and downs of pet ownership. Outside of work, Brianna’s passions include animal photography, travel, and culinary adventures. She cherishes moments with her two cherished cats, explores nature with her horse, and eagerly seeks out new experiences wherever her travels take her.

Grace Blakeney

Receptionist

Grace Blakeney serves as the compassionate Receptionist at Great Scottie Veterinary Clinic. Hailing from Anne Arundel County, Grace has spent her entire life in the area.

Grace’s journey into the veterinary industry was inspired by her lifelong love and passion for animals. Her involvement with horses from a young age ignited her enthusiasm for animal care, fostering a deep connection to the well-being of animals. Grace finds immense joy in building close relationships with both pets and their owners, cherishing the opportunity to provide compassionate care and support.

As a dedicated member of the team at Great Scottie Veterinary Clinic, Grace brings her warmth and empathy to every interaction, ensuring that both pets and their owners feel welcomed and valued. Her genuine love for animals shines through in her work, making her an invaluable asset to the clinic.