5814 William Flynn Hwy
Bakerstown, PA 15007
Mon-Thurs 8:30AM-8PM
Fri 8:30AM-5PM, Sat 8:30AM-12PM

Staff

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Chris

Practice Manager, Technician

Ever since she can remember, Chris has enjoyed science and medicine. A life-long animal lover as well, she decided that a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect choice for her! Chris is thrilled to advocate for animals every day as a Veterinary Technician and the Practice Manager of Bakerstown Animal Hospital.

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh suburbs, Chris attended the nearby Vet Tech Institute to receive her degree in veterinary technology. She completed her externship right here at Bakerstown Animal Hospital, then was offered a position even though the hospital wasn’t hiring at the time!

After 10 years, Chris was promoted to Supervising Veterinary Technician, then became the Operations Manager three years later. 15 years into her veterinary career, Chris was promoted to Practice Manager.

Chris loves working closely with the clinic’s veterinarians and staff members to uphold the practice’s team concept. She strives to stay on the cutting edge of veterinary treatments and services, thereby implementing them into the practice’s regimen to ensure superior care for the clinic’s patients. Medically, Chris has a special interest in pain management; helping a pet to live longer via pain-reduction techniques is the ultimate reward for her!

Chris lives in Shaler, Pennsylvania with her husband, their daughter Caitlyn, and their two pound black Chihuahua named Penelope.  Penelope enjoys binge watchig television, cuddling and playing with her favorite toy, a yellow duck.

When she isn’t tending to the needs of pets here at the hospital, Chris enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading and following veterinary blogs, and fishing.

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Dana, CVT

Supervising Veterinary Technician

Dana grew up with all sorts of pets—dogs, cats, birds, hermit crabs, fish, even ducks—and always felt a natural connection with animals. As a teenager, she couldn’t get enough of animal programs on television. The older she got, the clearer it became: Dana was destined for a career in animal medicine!

Dana is a Pittsburgh native and received her biology degree from The Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, she worked at two different animal clinics before heading to Colorado to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, where she earned her degree in veterinary technology. While on breaks from school, Dana shadowed here at Bakerstown Animal Hospital; she was offered a job by Dr. Reed before she had even graduated with her certification!

Dana’s favorite part of her job is helping clients to better understand their pets. She loves problem-solving, and particularly enjoys dentistry work and the fast-paced nature of her job. Having worked here for over 14 years, Dana also loves watching clients’ pets—not to mention human children—grow up over time.

At home, Dana, her husband and son have a dog and two cats, all of whom are rescues.  Ava, a Boxer/Blue Heeler mix, was adopted from right here at Bakerstown Animal Hospital; domestic shorthair Rupert was left at the doorstep of Bakerstown; and Raja, also a domestic shorthair, was taken in after completing a course of physical therapy at Dana’s house.

Dana holds two claims to fame: she’s been in the Guinness Book of World Records twice! The first time was in 1996, when Dana’s school marching band completed the official Longest Musical March (50.1 miles in 14 hours). The second was in 2015, when Dana participated in the world’s longest parade of Jeeps.

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Jodi, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Jodi’s mother bred and raised collies, and her love of animals was quite infectious. Jodi grew up with collie puppies by her side and always knew she would love to work with animals as a career. As fate would have it, Jodi attended one of the first schools in the country to offer veterinary technology studies, and now she’s enjoyed a nearly 40-year career as a Registered Veterinary Technician!

A native of western Pennsylvania, Jodi received her degree in veterinary technology from the State University of New York at Delhi. She’s lived and worked in the Pittsburgh area all her life, and came to Bakerstown Animal Hospital in the fall of 2002 after serving at another local clinic for 26 years. Medically, she’s interested in cytology, laboratory medicine, and weight management. Most of all, she loves that she’s still able to learn new things on the job to this day.

Jodi and her husband of 35 years have two adult daughters and five wonderful grandchildren. They share their home with Monty, a corgi with a zest for life and food, and Zoe, a cat who Jodi bottle raised since she was a seven-day-old kitten. Zoe won’t touch a bite of tuna; instead, her favorite treat is a banana!

In her time away from the hospital, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family, singing and playing hand bells at her church, and traveling. She hopes to eventually see all 50 states and get in some international travel as well.

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Christine

Veterinary Technician

A native of Butler, Pennsylvania, Christine graduated from the Median School of Allied Health in Pittsburgh in May of 2005. She joined the Bakerstown Animal Hospital family in the fall of that year, and has been happily tending to pets’ needs here ever since!

As a Veterinary Technician, Christine enjoys the challenge of determining what an animal needs to feel better. Since pets cannot speak for themselves to tell Christine what’s wrong, it proves extremely rewarding when she’s able to provide quality care for them! She’s also very fond of dental cleanings and dental x-rays.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys camping, getting away on vacations, and spending time with her husband, daughter and family.  She shares her home with a Newfoundland named Titan and a cat named Kooky.

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Brandie, CVT

Veterinary Technician

Brandie has been an animal lover ever since she was a young girl, and always knew that a career in the world of animal care would be the perfect fit for her. She’s proud to serve the pets and animal owners of the area as a Certified Fear Free Veterinary Technician!

Brandie grew up in Springdale, and started working at Bakerstown Animal Hospital in August 2017. She is particularly interested in animal behavior, Brandie is a Certified Behavioral Technician, Fear Free Level 3 certified, and Human-Animal Bond certified!

Outside of work, Brandie enjoys spending time with friends, watching WWE wrestling and attending live shows, and enjoying the company of her own pets. She shares her life with a dog named Moheekin, a cat named Tunrda and an axolotl named Alexstrasza.

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Marisa

Receptionist

For as long as she can remember, animals have been a part of Marisa’s life. She’s always loved hearing stories about pets, so working as a veterinary receptionist is a perfect fit for her! Marisa joined the Bakerstown Animal Hospital family in June of 2015.

A Gibsonia native, Marisa attended Kent State University to earn her degree in biology in 2013 and worked with all sorts of exotic creatures and wildlife at the Pittsburgh Zoo during her studies. When she heard about an opening at Bakerstown Animal Hospital—the very clinic that she had taken her own pets to over the years—she jumped at the chance to apply.

Around the hospital, Marisa is fond of learning about all of the newest pet-care products on the market and sharing her knowledge with loving pet owners. Most of all, she enjoys greeting the clinic’s clients and getting to know them and their pets on a personal level.

At home, Marisa and her husband, Gavin, live with a menagerie of pets. They have a Boston terrier named Sir Winston; a trio of cricket-loving leopard geckos who go by Reptar, Saphira and Meelo;  day gecko named Geckko; and a Betta fish named Cedric. When she isn’t enjoying the company of her pets or spending quality time with her family, Marisa enjoys painting, reading good books, and horseback riding. She rides English style and also does hunter/jumper!

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Tanya

Receptionist

Tanya has had a special place in her heart her whole life for animals.  She has always had pets in her life. Tanya’s earliest memory of pets is reading books to her Grandparent’s two Labrador Retrievers when she would visit.  She would go horseback riding during the summer and would try to go to the zoo many times a year as a child.  Tanya was excited to fulfill her dream of working with animals when joining the Bakerstown Animal Hospital team as a receptionist in September 2016.

Tanya enjoys meeting all of the hospital’s clients and pets, and getting to know them on a personal level, and watching them grow.  She loves interacting with the pets and learning about the different breeds.  Tanya likes watching the staff do an amazing job in treating all of their patients. 

She now lives with her husband Derek, son Austin, their three rescue dogs, and three goldfish.  Chanel is a Pomeranian who loves to give high fives and play with her toys.  Dolce is a Pomeranian who recently graduated from adult basic manners training class and loves getting all the attention.  Lastly, Tanya's long hair chihuahua, Lily, loves curing up in a blanket, laying in the sun, and snacking on carrots for treats.

Outside of work Tanya likes to take her dogs for walks and go camping on the weekends. She loves spending time with her handsome new son and family. Tanya enjoys watching scary movies and catching up on t.v. shows when she gets some quiet time. 

Anna

Receptionist

Anna has always loved helping animals, trying to help homeless ones, or nursing sick ones back to health. She worked in various animal care setting including kennels and pet stores. She was eager to expand her knowledge of animals so she joined the Bakerstown Animal Hospital team as a receptionist in September of 2018.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Anna, graduated from Mars Area High School.  She had a wonderful mother and step dad who support her love of animals.  She has an older brother in Florida and another in Mars.  Anna’s two nephews, who are her world, found a sick kitten in the woods and nursed him back to health as a family.  ‘Baby Cow’ is now healthy and happy playing with her nephews.

Anna lives with her 3 dogs: Juluis, Ruutu and Precious.  Six cats: Angel, Gizzy, Bandit, Winter, Trouble and Baby Cow.  She also has a feral cat colony outside that she takes care of.  All of the cats are spayed and vaccinated: Fall, Fluffy, Boo, Lily, Ginger and Sally.  Her more exotic pets include one Russian tortoise Nikolia, a Zebra Finch Pretty bird and Turtle a Diamond Dove.

In Anna’s free time she loves hanging out with her nephews and animals.  Whether training with her dog Precious or lounging with the cats.  She also takes pleasure in reading books of all types of genres.

Jess, CVT

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jess first received a Bachelors in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science from Penn State University before eventually deciding to switch to small animal medicine. She then attended the Vet Tech Institute here in Pittsburgh where she received her certification in veterinary technology.  She is interested in radiology and client education. 

Jess grew up in Western PA and joined Bakerstown Animal Hospital in June of 2018. Her love of animals began growing up around the many large animals of her grandparent’s farm, and increased with every trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Outside of work, Jess enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd Micah, sitting down with a good book, and planning trips with her family.