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

Staff

Cassandra, CVT

Veterinary Technician

In addition to a life-long passion for animals, Cassandra has always been fond of learning. As a Certified Veterinary Technician, she’s able to learn something new constantly, all while enjoying the knowledge that she’s able to improve the lives of pets and their owners!

Cassandra grew up in West Deer Township, Pennsylvania with her parents and older sister. She received her veterinary technology accreditations from the Vet Tech Institute, then was hired here at Bakerstown Animal Hospital in November of 2007 shortly after graduating with her degree. Cassandra especially enjoys administering anesthesia and monitoring pets during procedures, and she’s also fond of examining slides under the microscope.

Outside of work, Cassandra enjoys playing disc golf, hiking, camping, and drawing—she’s the one who draws all the scenes on the office whiteboard. Cassandra currently lives in Springdale with her husband, Drake, a rescued pitbull named Gidget, and a cat named Madre. Gidget prefers to spend her time sleeping in the den and moving as little as possible, while Madre knows several tricks and can sit and give Cassandra her paw!

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 young daughter Caitlyn, and two rescued orange tabby cats, Reese and Myles. Reese has always had a unique affection for drinking straws and has been hoarding them since he was young. A former patient at Bakerstown Animal Hospital, Myles enjoys hunting and retrieving family members’ socks.

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.

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.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys camping, getting away on vacations, and spending time with her family and her beautiful new daughter.

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 10 years, Dana also loves watching clients’ pets—not to mention human children—grow up over time.

At home, Dana and her husband have two dogs and two cats, all of whom are rescues. Zoey is a lab mix who was adopted as a puppy; 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.

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.

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; Orville the guinea pig; a pair of cricket-loving leopard geckos who go by Reptar and Meelo; and a Betta fish named Rotgill. 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!