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


James Reed, VMD

Medical Director

As early as 12 years of age, Dr. Jim Reed knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian one day. He’s always had a natural affinity with animals, and felt he had a special sense for when pets were feeling unwell. Dr. Reed is able to put his instincts to good use as a veterinarian and practice owner here at Bakerstown Animal Hospital!

Dr. Reed grew up in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania with his parents, brother, and sister. He went to Clarion University for his undergraduate studies, then completed his Master’s degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh while applying to veterinary school. Upon graduation from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, Dr. Reed began practicing in the Pittsburgh area. Two years later, a mentor of Dr. Reed’s approached him about buying his practice as he was looking toward retirement. In June of 1988, Dr. Reed renamed the facility Bakerstown Animal Hospital and has happily been practicing veterinary medicine here ever since!

To this day, Dr. Reed doesn’t tire of the routine of gathering pet histories, performing basic physicals, and completing exams—he loves being able to work hands-on with an animal to get a feel for what’s going on. Dr. Reed is also fond of internal medicine cases and loves putting together the puzzle pieces of lab tests, X-rays, exams, and more.

Dr. Reed and his wife have three children and four grandchildren. They live with their dog, Gus, as well as two cats named Oliver and Doug. All of the pets enjoy snuggling up in the bed during colder weather—sometimes, if Dr. Reed doesn’t get there in time, he’s left without a spot!

In his time away from the clinic, Dr. Reed is an avid fly-fisher and has been enjoying the activity for over 20 years. Every year he fishes on the Missouri River near Great Falls, Montana. He’s also fond of bird-watching and has had a lot of fun getting his grandsons interested in many of the earth’s fascinating creatures.

Brittany Gephart, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Brittany Gephart has always been interested in science and biology, and loved the idea of using her skills to better the lives of animals. She was drawn to the veterinary field because of the challenge and opportunity it represented! Now, she gets to help pets every day as a veterinarian here at Bakerstown Animal Hospital.

Dr. Gephart grew up in Allison Park, Pennsylvania, just down the street from Bakerstown Animal Hospital. She attended Delaware Valley College to take advantage of the school’s specialized animal programs, then earned her DVM degree from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2015. Dr. Gephart returned to the Pittsburgh area to begin practicing and joined the team here at the clinic shortly afterwards.

Feline medicine is of particular interest to Dr. Gephart; she can’t get enough of working with cats, and strives to make every feline patient’s visit to the clinic as tolerable as possible. Dr. Gephart is also fond of veterinary dentistry and loves seeing the immediate results a dental cleaning can bring.

Dr. Gephart enjoys playing softball, reading Stephen King novels, and practicing martial arts in her spare time. She even holds a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do! She lives with her cat, Todd, who she adopted from a rescue during her time in veterinary school. Todd spends most of his free time climbing to the top of his cat tree and talking with the birds outside of his window.

Kristen Kessler, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kristen Kessler grew up in the Pittsburgh suburbs and attended the University of Pittsburgh to earn her undergraduate degree in biology. A 2015 graduate of the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kessler couldn’t be happier to return to western Pennsylvania to live and work near her family and friends.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Kessler has professional interests in feline medicine, nutrition, and osteoarthritis management. She also has a special passion for shelter medicine.

Dr. Kessler lives near Cranberry, Pennsylvania with her husband T.J., who is currently completing a residency program in family medicine, and their spoiled cat, Shawnee. When time permits outside of work, Dr. Kessler enjoys playing soccer and other sports, cheering on all of her favorite Pittsburgh sports teams, and relaxing at the beach.