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Growing up in Altoona, Dr. Kissell graduated from the Altoona Area High School in 2002. He attended Juniata College where he majored in Biology and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2006. He went on to obtain his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.
Dr. Barefoot grew up in Hollidaysburg, graduating from Hollidaysburg Area High School in 2004. She attended Thiel College and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. She attended The Ohio State University, where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2012.
Dr. Litzinger is originally from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, graduating from Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in 2005. She then attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Biosciences in 2014. From there, she went on to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2019.
Dr. Weikert grew up in Huntingdon, PA where he graduated from Juniata Valley High School in 2006. He attended the Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Sciences, Science Option in 2010. From there he earned his DVM from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA in 2014.
Office Manager, Technician
Raelle graduated from Moshannon Valley High School in 2009, and from there attended the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. She completed her internship at Metzger Animal Hospital of State College and upon graduating passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become certified. She worked as a certified veterinary technician for four and half years before joining Dr. Kissell to help with the opening of Sylvan Veterinary Hospital.
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Growing up in Altoona, Ashley graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle in 2008. She has always had a passion for animals so in the fall of 2008 she attended The Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with dual majors in Animal Sciences, Science and Business options and a Minor in Agricultural Business Management. She worked for 2 years at Ebensburg Animal Hospital prior to joining Dr. Kissell and the opening of his new practice.
Heather graduated from Bellwood-Antis High School in 1997, she then attended Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA where she received her Associates Degree in Animal Science in 2000. Following graduation she completed her internship at University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital and New Bolton Center Large Animal Hospital. When she finished her internship she passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a CVT. Heather has worked as a certified veterinary technician for 15 years, 13 of those years she worked at Blair Animal Hospital then eventually became the head technician.
Abby was born and raised in Altoona, PA. Upon graduation from Altoona Area High School Abby attended the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. Abby graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in 2012. She has worked as a Veterinary Technician for 7 years, and about 4 of those have been at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital. Abby obtained her Veterinary Technician license in July of 2018, making her a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT).
Born and raised in Altoona, PA, Rebecca attended Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School and graduated in 2011. From there she continued her education at Penn State where she received her Associate Degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences. After college, Rebecca worked to become certified as both a Phlebotomist and as a Veterinary Assistant.
Dani graduated from Hollidaysburg Area High School in 2010. Shortly after high school, she moved to Pittsburgh to attend Vet Tech Institute and graduated with an Associate’s Degree. During her externship at Metzger Animal Hospital she accepted a full time position where she spent the last 6 years of her career working in emergency medicine, orthopedics, and internal medicine. Dani passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam and became certified in 2012.
Emily graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2011. Following graduation Emily moved to Pittsburgh to attend the Vet Tech Institute where she graduated with an Associates Degree. She passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam in 2013. Emily has experience in shelter medicine and emergency critical care.
Kristin graduated from Chestnut Ridge High School in 2014. Following graduation she pursued a career working with animals as a kennel technician at the Bedford County Humane Society. She then worked as a groomer for just shy of three years at the former location of AlleyRatz Doggy Daycare right next door! She happily joined the Sylvan Veterinary Hospital to continue following her dreams of working with animals.
Sarah graduated from PA Cyber Charter High School in 2017. At a very young age, she knew that she wanted to focus on a career with animals. Sarah has been riding horses since she was 4 years old. She has enjoyed assisting Equine Veterinarians throughout her life on the farm she grew up on while caring for her horses. This experience sparked her love of veterinary medicine. She was an active member of the United States Pony Club for many years. Prior to starting her career at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital, Sarah studied Equine Massage Therapy and earned her certification at the Equissage School in Leesburg, VA.
Lauren graduated from Bishop Guilfoyle High School in 2010. Following graduation she attended the South Hills School of Business and Technology, where she earned a Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2013. She always had a passion for animals, and in 2015 she had the opportunity to start working at AVETS in Monroeville, PA in their Imaging Department and ER. Lauren worked for 6 months directly with a Radiologist to take her ultrasound skills and relate it to animals. She loves Central PA, so she decided to move back home where she works full time as a Registered Vascular Technologist. She is excited to continue using her ultrasound skills with animals part-time at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital.
Madelynn graduated in 2012 from Woodstown High School located in New Jersey. She is a 2017 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Following graduation she interned at Ebensburg Animal Hospital. Madelynn has worked as a Veterinary Technician for three years, gaining experience in shelter medicine and emergency through Metzger Animal Hospital. Madelynn has since joined the Sylvan Veterinary Hospital team.
JoAnn joined the Sylvan Veterinary Hospital Team as a part-time greeter after retiring from the banking world with over 30 years of service.