Meet our Doctors

Schuyler Winstead Matthiesen, VMD

Staff Veterinarian

Primary Care

Growing up in Chevy Chase, MD, my family had a number of dogs and cats and a general love for animals. At Middlebury College, I remained interested in the healthcare profession and majored in neuroscience, though my focus turned to human medicine. I spent my summers doing research as well as counseling at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. It was not until shortly before my graduation that I revisited my first dream – to become a veterinarian.

After college, I moved back to DC and began work as a veterinary technician here at Friendship Hospital for Animals. I knew right away that I wanted to come back and be a staff veterinarian at this impressive practice. I then went to work for the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine while I applied to vet school. I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and conducted research in different veterinary specialties during my summers, including a return to Friendship to work with Dr. Chand Khanna at The Oncology Service and Animal Clinical Investigation, LLC.

After graduation, I accepted a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY. I saw hundreds of cases and enjoyed the hectic pace of this large non-profit veterinary center. After 5 fulfilling years, I was happy to return to Friendship, and my hometown.

I live in Bethesda, MD with my husband, our two year old daughter Palmer, and our shelter dog Madaket, whom I spayed as a third year vet student and never let go. Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Clinical Areas of Interest

Preventative Medicine, General Surgery, and Endocrinopathy

Why Do You Work at Friendship

I absolutely love working at Friendship! Friendship is a forward-thinking hospital that practices the very best level of care for our patients. It is also an added bonus that my family is close by and DC is a fantastic place to live.


  • Holton-Arms School, Bethesda, MD
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Animal Medical Center (General Medicine and Surgery Internship), NYC, NY

Publications and Research

  • Schuyler L. Winstead: August 2010, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, 10th Annual Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium; “Development of the Canine Short Wavelength-Sensitive Cone Electroretinogram”
  • N, Seifert M, Kane E, Peter L, Ho R, Winstead S, Hirshman M, Goodyear L. “Role of AMP-activated protein kinase in exercise capacity, whole body glucose homeostasis, and glucose transport in skeletal muscle–Insight from analysis of a transgenic mouse model,.” Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2007; 77(3): S92-S98

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