The Love You Share

It’s why we became Veterinarians. It’s why we became Veterinary Technicians. It’s why we became Animal Caregivers. Our life’s work is to make a difference in yours.

“Lots of people talk to animals…. Not very many listen, though…. That’s the problem.”

-Benjamin Hoff

Doctors

Alyssa Carver

DVM, MS, CCRP

Dr. Alyssa Carver joined the Ellwood Animal Hospital team in 2012. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, and received her Master’s degree in Biology from Chatham University. Her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree was obtained from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. She holds a CCRP in rehabilitative therapy from the University of Tennessee and has extensive experience with the underwater treadmill, massage, and teaching clients how to perform in-home exercise programs. Dr. Carver is a USDA Accredited veterinarian & is also Fear-Free Certified.

Dr. Carver particularly enjoys performing PRP and Stem Cell Therapy, as part of our physical therapy program. She also has special interest in small animal dentistry, surgery, emergency medicine, imaging and CT scanning.

When she is not doing community work and working at the practices, Dr. Carver enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, working out and being outdoors.

For as long as she can remember, Dr. Carver has always wanted to be care for animals. She grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, graduated from New Brighton High School in 2009, and returned home after her studies to be near her tight-knit family. She not only is close to family, but also with her several pets. She has 6 pets; 2 Shih Tzus (Sasha and Oscar) and 4 cats (Charlee, Spike, Tuko, & Kee Kee).

Dr. Carver sees pets at all three of our offices.

Amanda Brown

DVM, CVA, CAC

Dr. Brown grew up in the east Pittsburgh area and attended the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg, where she graduated with her BS in Biology in 2013. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her DVM with an emphasis in clinical research, as well as a certificate in Global Health.

She has also studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Acupuncture at the Chi Institute, where she became certified to perform acupuncture in mixed-animal species. Dr. Brown has also recently completed her training and certification in animal chiropractic with a particular focus on functional neurology through the Health Pioneers Institute in Chicago. Through her studies and travels, Dr. Brown has developed a strong holistic healthcare perspective and practices integrative medicine.

Currently, Dr. Brown is studying veterinary herbology and has a special interest in nutrition, nutraceuticals, treating companion animals, including pocket pets, and alternative therapy modalities.

In her free time she enjoys going to music concerts, playing sports, going on hiking/camping adventures, foraging and gardening. She has 3 cats named Luna, Sol, and Ru, and 2 obnoxious dogs, Sage, an English Bulldog, and Quin, a German Short-haired pointer.

Dr. Brown sees pets at all three of our offices.

Cynthia Maro

DVM, CVA, CAC, VMRT

Dr. Cindy Maro grew up on a farm and began working with veterinarians at an early age, gaining experience in caring for and treating numerous species, including horses, farm animals, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigeons and more.

She attended YSU for part of her undergraduate studies, majoring in Biology and Chemistry, and worked as a graduate teaching/research assistant.

Upon completion of a BS in Agriculture/Animal Science, and DVM degree from Ohio State University, she worked in a mixed practice, splitting her time between visiting farms and working in the small animal clinic.

She founded the Ellwood Animal Hospital in 1987, College Hill Animal Clinic in 1988, Centre Animal Clinic in 1991, Chippewa Animal Hospital in 1998 and Cranberry Holistic Pet Care in 2015.

Her continual efforts to offer compassionate care, health, hope and happiness to owners and their pets have brought culminated in the services we offer.

She has spent 33 years learning and developing treatment integration plans which rely heavily on creating wellness and health through the use of therapeutic nutrition, animal chiropractic, TCVM, herbology, acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, therapeutic massage, IASTM, essential oils, alternative cancer therapies, SANAWAVE, NanoVitalight, Laser therapy, NAET, Ozone Therapy, Prolotherapy, Stem Cell/PRP, and more.

Dr. Maro is a true visionary, and she has had profound and remarkable results with her unique approach to creating wellness.

From her earliest days practicing, she began volunteering and helping the Beaver, Lawrence and Butler County Humane Societies, 40 area schools with free programs, including STEM lectures, served on the Advisory Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and founded several nursing home-pet visitation programs.

She has trained and mentored thousands of students, veterinarians and local school children. She was the veterinary director and taught emergency medicine and surgical assisting at Median School, prior to its becoming VTI, for veterinary technicians.

Dr. Maro served for 5 years on the Board of Health and 5 years on the Board of AVCA. She has written for numerous publications, been an expert witness in matters of veterinary health and been featured in Whole Dog Journal, on TV and Radio programs throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Dr. Maro’s greatest enjoyment in practice is seeing owners’ hope and happiness restored when pets with “untreatable illnesses” respond to integrative care. Observing those extra days, years and months of quality time is truly a rewarding experience.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, volunteering, listening to TED talks, watching comedies and historical films, exercising, Zumba, Pilates, biking, hiking, gardening, spending time with her huge family, especially her kids, cats and dog.

Daniel Jones

DVM

Dr. Jones joined our practice in 2017. He grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania with pet birds, cats, a tarantula, a hedgehog, a duck, rabbits, and rodents – a background that led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. His undergraduate degree, a BS in Biology, is from the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. He received his DVM from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

Prior to joining our practice, Dr. Jones spent 17 years working in 2 Pittsburgh area practices. With a strong western veterinary preventive care, internal medical and surgical skillset, he joined our practice in his quest to improve animal health through integrative medicine and improved nutrition. He studied acupuncture and TCVM at the Chi institute, and enjoys helping pets with improved nutrition and acupuncture. He has special interest in soft tissue surgery and treating small pocket pet (ferrets, rabbits, rodents) through wellness care and dentistry.

Dr. Jones sees pets at our Ellwood, Cranberry and Chippewa offices.

“Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.”

-William Shakespeare

Veterinary Technicians

Connie G.

Senior Licensed Veterinary Technician

Connie Glavan, LVT, has been an incredible asset to the Chippewa and Ellwood Animal Hospitals since 1998, and helped open and establish the Cranberry Holistic Pet Care Facility. Her thoroughness, dedication and attention to every detail make her a vital part of our team.

Whether it is monitoring a post-surgical patient, accommodating an emergency by staying late or learning about a new treatment to be implemented in our hospitals, Connie performs extremely well. Clients are often amazed at how well their pets relax while she is assisting the veterinarian. Connie is knowledgeable in all aspects of alternative and conventional animal care. She assists Dr. Maro extensively in Animal Chiropractic, NAET, Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture and Massage and Rehabilitative Therapy. Her dedication to learning makes Connie a fantastic source of information for our clients.

Connie places your pets’ well-being, safety and veterinary care over all else in importance and treats each of patients as she would her own. She enjoys educating owners on their pet’s in home care.

She loves to trail ride with friends and her horses Winchester, a Quarter Horse and Charger, a Mustang,, hang out with her dogs, Sig, a Pit Bull mix and Nelly, a Presa Canario, loves nature and outdoor activities, and explore new places.

Pam R.

BS, MS, A Senior LVT

Pam joined Ellwood Animal Hospital in 2007 and has been an indispensable member of our team ever since. She had previously worked in the human health, dentistry and veterinary fields for over 30 years and enjoys the rewards and challenges of working in the veterinary clinics. Behind the scenes, Pam maintains the tools of our trade by calibrating and updating our laboratory and anesthesia equipment, and works closely in dental imaging and radiology departments.

Pam often helps new veterinarians and interns get on-boarded with the team, helping them navigate all aspects of integrative care and getting to know our clients.

She is extremely knowledgeable about many facets of veterinary care for domestic and exotic species, and has a great depth of knowledge and skill in pet dental care. She loves educating clients and is caring and compassionate for all the fur babies who stay for the day or overnight care, creating a home for them, while they are away from yours.

Pam shares her life with her three cats, a dog, and a turtle.

Megan M.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Megan has been an LVT with our practices, since September 2006. She is a graduate of the Vet Tech Institute with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Like many of our staff, she has had a lifelong passion for pets, and was first a client with family’s miniature Schnauzer’s, prior to becoming a team.

She gets great enjoyment and fulfillment from being the one to offer comfort, support, and improved health to all our clients and their companion animals.

She can be found educating owners and answering questions about their pets’ conditions, diagnosis, follow-up care, and the extensive options our clinics have to offer our patients.

She has a vast amount of technical knowledge in radiology, CT, dentistry, and rehabilitative medicine.

Megan shares her free time with her husband Ian, their 2 children Rylee and Evan, and her Labrador Retriever, Shelby, and 2 cats, Ketis and Austyn.

Catie E.

Veterinary Technician

Catie joined our staff in February 2009 with an incredible work ethic.

Catie’s desire to help animals and decrease their suffering led her to inquire about a position with the Ellwood Animal Hospital, and she plays a key role on our support team, working in all three offices.

Catie’s duties include assisting the veterinarians in treatments of hospitalized patients, performing laboratory diagnostics, radiology, and assisting with post-op recovery of surgical patients.

She has worked diligently to advance her career and taken on many duties through her advanced studies. Catie is trained in processing patient samples for Regenerative medicine, Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma, and operating the CT scanner at our Cranberry office. She also operates our Ozone therapy equipment and assists with physical therapy treatments and acupuncture cases, and can often be found working closely with clients at the front desk.

Catie is dedicated to her family and enjoys spending time with her kids (she’s the soccer mom, cheer mom, baseball mom, basketball mom and whatever activities her kids sign up for) and in human Mom to her pet, dog , Max, a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix. She enjoys the outdoors and is continually reading and learning.

Kaitlyn M.

Veterinary Assistant

Kaitlyn joined our team after a glowing recommendation from another team member. She has had a lifelong passion and love for helping all animals, beginning as a young girl, when she brought a kitten, Noodles, to Ellwood Animal Hospital for emergency care. Noodle’s visit and recovery sparked Kaitlyn’s desire to become a vet technician, after meeting our very own Megan M. and wanting to emulate her compassion and proficiency in caring for both the owners and their pets.

She is a patient and diligent assistant working towards her veterinary technician’s degree and licensure through Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician program, while working at the clinic full-time. Her passion in veterinary medicine is assisting in the rehabilitation, physical and swim therapy, in addition to Laser, Vitalight, and Sanawave therapy and helping all pets achieve comfort and well-being.

In her spare time, Kaitlyn enjoys sketching, going to the gym and walking her dog Natty, a Pit Bull mix.

Kayla M.

Veterinary Technician

Kayla, a veterinary technician, attended Veterinary Technician Institute in Pittsburgh, and has been a great asset to our nursing care team and physical therapy programs in all 3 of our offices.

She grew up on a farm and has always had a connection with animals. She particularly enjoyed feeding the goats and cuddling with the baby Holstein and Jersey calves for a nap, as a child. She cannot recall a time when her family did not have a few dogs and a cat around the farm. Kayla was responsible for all the pets’ and cattle feedings, which instilled good husbandry practices and a great sense of responsibility for animal life.

She believes this gave her the passion she has for animals today. She enjoys seeing the progress pets make through physical therapy and rehabilitation and is always willing to jump into the water tank to assist the doctors with the hydrotherapy program.

In her spare time, Kayla enjoys nature trails with her Siberian Husky, Mishka.

Chelsie B.

Veterinary Assistant

Chelsie joined our team as an assistant, after moving to Pa from Texas with her family.

She was attracted to the position, because of her interest and studies in TCM, natural healing and western herbalism, she found herself right at home working with our integrative team.

She looks for every chance to learn new methods of improving health for the patients. When Chelsie first heard about new online learning opportunities for staff, she was the first to complete a module. She takes pride in her family, and is a wife and mother of 2 children. During her free time, she is enthusiastic about gardening and foraging for wild mushrooms and herbs. She loves love here and is always willing to work shifts at all 3 of our offices. According to Chelsie, “It is so great to work with such amazing veterinarians and help save tiny lives”.

Ashley M.

Technician

Ashley joined our practice, with over 13 years of experience as a veterinary technician.

She enjoys caring for hospitalized patients, providing in clinic therapies, including rehabilitative therapies, cancer treatments and assisting in surgery and ultrasound diagnostics.

She has many pets that include dogs, cats and rabbits. Her free time is spent with her family and pets. Her favorite breed is the German Shorthaired Pointer, and she and her husband raise and breed Pointers. Her favorite pet is her paralytic cat named “Lt. Dan.”

Laura T.

Veterinary Technician

Laura began working with Dr. Maro at the Ellwood Animal Hospital in 2003. She is one of a handful of staff members that we have hired on the spot, because she was such a wonderful fit for our team.

Laura epitomizes calm under pressure.

Her skillset and knowledge base continue to grow, and she handles everything from assisting with surgery, anesthesia monitoring, diagnostic testing and x-rays to working closely with integrative patient care and oncology.

Growing up on a dairy farm, I have worked with animals from a very young age. I have always had an interest in medicine and almost pursued the human side of nursing, before deciding that working with animals was my passion.

Over the years of working at the Ellwood Animal Hospital, I have become particularly interested holistic/integrated medicine. Working in such a diverse practice and seeing how different modalities such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition, and so much more can change a pet’s life direction has been very rewarding.

I currently do not have any pets of my own, but have many extended furry family members. When not working, I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy reading, walking, volunteering, and watching my children at their sporting events.

Linsey W.

Veterinary Assistant

Linsey joined our team as a student at the Lawrence County Career Technical Center, studying in the Veterinary Assistance program and came to us as the top student in her program. She is currently enrolled in Veterinary Technical Institute and studying to become an LVT.

Her interest in animals stems from growing up on a farm with 6 dogs: Ginger, a Pit Bull Mix, Lucy, a Beagle mix, Angel, a Beagle, Oh, Shroomie and Rocky, German Shorthaired Pointers.

She has 2 cats, Pumpkin, an orange tabby and Bobcat, a DSH.

Her other animals include 3 pygmy cross goats, 3 horses, Whisper, a 24 year old Quarter Horse, Dexter, a 15 year old Quarter Horse and Siri, a 17 year old American Saddlebred, a herd of Hereford and Limousin cattle, and chickens.

In her free time, she enjoys riding her horses, competing at horse shows and rodeos, and playing with her dogs.

Being in this field of work has always been her dream, because she is passionate about helping animals and their owners.

Gloria M.

Veterinary Assistant

Gloria joined our team, after meeting Dr. Maro, and expressing an interest in working with animals. The job fulfilled a long-time dream, and is a 3rd career for Gloria.

She added this role to a long list of accomplishments. She has been an asset in assisting our technicians, and veterinarians in treating cancer and chronically ill patients with Sanawave therapy, laser, Nanovitalight treatments, NAET (allergy treatments), acupuncture, and photonic therapy.

Gloria has always been motivated to help others, and does so by using her music degrees to help bring joy to residents in nursing homes. She also gives private music lessons and works as a personal trainer, outside the veterinary clinic.

From the time she was young, dogs have always been a part of her life. In addition to caring for her Cocker Spaniel, Jordan, she walks and takes care of her friends’ and family’s animals when they need a sitter.

Gloria can’t imagine life without a dog and a tail wag makes her day.

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Administrators

Sarah Cote

HR and Training Manager

Sarah Cote is our Human Resources, hiring and training manager for all 3 of our family of integrative veterinary offices. She is a graduate of Geneva College with a B.S. in Human Resource Management.

Originally, Sarah visited our Cranberry office with her childhood pet, Bailey, who was negatively impacted by a myriad of geriatric health disorders which had increased in severity and had ceased responding well to conventional care. She was impressed by Bailey’s progress under Dr. Maro’s care.

The favorite part of her job is interacting with clients and their pets to address concerns and ensure they have a positive experience at every office visit.

Sarah and her husband, James, have two dogs, Pedroia, a Boxer/Lab Mix, and Arlo, a Puggle pup. She enjoys exploring the city of Pittsburgh, trying new restaurants, traveling, and watching her dogs chase ducks at the Southside boat landing.

Bruce Hall

Practice Manager, MBA

Bruce Hall joined our practice after doing technical and IT consulting in 2001. He had a Computer Science and Math degree from Slippery Rock University and an MBA from Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh.

He manages the staff and operations at all 3 of our offices and has attended numerous Veterinary Management conferences throughout the US during his nearly 2 decades of employment.

Bruce enjoys education and support of staff, particularly helping staff develop their abilities to increase their confidence and work advancement. He finds it rewarding to communicate with clients towards improved understanding of their pets’ health status, options for care, and providing good expectations for how our staff and veterinarians can help. He also enjoys the variety provided by routinely working in accounting, finance, HR, IT, inventory & project mgmt, purchasing, and maintenance. He says, there is never a shortage of opportunity for finding enjoyment in his position.

Bruce enjoys hiking with his dog, Lollipop, and spending time with his 2 cats, Izzy and Jupiter. His obbies include trail running, biking, swimming, yoga, reading, fixing things, cooking & listening to music.

Connie Uber

Administrative Assistant

In Connie’s words, “I love the animals, enjoy working with my co-workers, and contributing in a small way to an important service”.

Connie is our incredibly adept administrative assistant, who supports our entire team with accounts payable, billing, financial office management, and inventory management for our three locations.

She was brought onto our team, in 2013, after expressing an interest in working at the clinic during a veterinary appointment. She started her first job at 13 and loves being of service to others.

Her entire professional career had been spent as the executive assistant to a hospital administrator, until retirement, when she became our hospital practice manager’s administrative assistant . She works efficiently behind the scenes to help keep our offices running smoothly.

Outside of work, she volunteers as a dog walker at the Lawrence County Humane Society on weekends. She enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren, food sampling, sharing times with friends, and shopping. She has a Shih Tzu, Lucy, and three cats, Paisley, Garfield, and Serena.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

-Martin Buber

Receptionist

Angela R.

Receptionist

When Angela heard we had a job opening, she jumped at the chance to make a career change. Her training and education were in landscape design, (she has a B.A. from Grove City College and a Master’s Certificate in Landscape Design from The George Washington University).

When she lost 2 of her dogs last year, she realized, what mattered most to her was helping to facilitate that special bond between people and their animals. She had previously been a client with for about 7 years, and was always impressed with the knowledge of staff, all the DVMs and was particularly interested in alternative treatments.

When her dog presented with severe hepatic issues and recovered with the help of NAET, alternative modalities, and homeopathy, she realized what a valuable resource was available through Dr. Maro, our staff team and our family of veterinary clinics.

Angela has always loved Italian Greyhounds and has volunteered, fostered and adopted 4 of them through Italian Greyhound Rescue.

She currently has 2 Italian Greyhounds, Sami and Ellie. She enjoys spending time with her pets and hiking, cycling, kayaking, photography, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Carolyn M.

Receptionist

Carolyn is a very diligent CSR with our practice, serving client needs in person and by phone, at the reception desk. She is a highly motivated staff member who is constantly seeking more knowledge and creating efficiencies to enhance the clients’ veterinary experience.

Prior to joining our team, she worked for an orthotic-prosthetic provider for 16 years, managing office operations.

Her experience as a stay-at-home mom for 17 years makes her well-suited for the multitasking required at the front desk.

She finds working in the practice satisfying, because she enjoys interacting with clients and patients who “lift your spirits and make you smile”. She loves seeing the variety of pets we treat and has made great connections with some of our wonderful clients and staff team members.

She co-owns a Westie, Max, with her oldest daughter who moved to Pittsburgh, so she gets to love little cuties like the pets who visit our office each day.

She shares her time off with her husband and takes great pride in her children and grandkids.

Geri E.

Receptionist

Geri joined the Ellwood & Chippewa Animal Hospitals and Cranberry Holistic Pet Care team in 2019.

She enjoys seeing young patients grow up and witnessing the healing transformations which integrative medicine offers our pet patients.

Geri grew up with many different animals on a hobby farm in Wisconsin and spent her early years working on a dairy farm.

Her interests and growth have led her on a path to integrative, holistic medicine.

Prior to joining our team, she had enjoyed work in theatre, music and poetry. She trained and worked as a massage therapist and performed bodywork. She has an interest in natural movement and other forms of self-expression.

Her current fur family includes Sage, the English Bulldog, Quin, the German Shorthaired Pointer mix, Luna and Sol (Boogie), the domestic shorthair cats, and Ru Paul, a medium hair feline.

Janice B.

Receptionist

Janice joined the team because she is an avid pet lover, and is a lifetime dog owner. Her first “adult” decision, after moving out of her parents’ home was to get a Samoyed, Bear.

After 10 years of working at the front desk of a busy human internal medical practice, she decided that she could help more people by helping them help their pets.

Janice loves meeting your new pet patients, especially the ones who afraid of visiting the veterinary office or are shy. Her goal is to get them to warm up to her, before having their visit, so their anxiety is decreased. She often leaves her desk to greet the pets and owners, creating warmth and safety as the first experience.

She is originally from Michigan and transplanted to the area over 20 years ago. We haven’t been able to take the Michigan out of the girl yet, as she remains a true Red Wing fan (we ask the clients to keep working on her), and she loves all Michigan sports’ teams.

She enjoys spending time with her devoted husband and 3 beautiful daughters. She has 2 handsome dogs, Luther, aged 7 a German Shepherd mix, and Moose, a 1 year old German Shepherd.

Amanda W.

Receptionist

Amanda joined the team as a Client Service Representative in 2017, and had worked in a variety of CSR positions previously. It was always her dream to work in a veterinary office and her enthusiasm at work reflects satisfaction in fulfilling her dream.

Her favorite part of the job is working with clients & getting to know them & their pets well enough that she knows their needs before they tell her.

She loves that “There are no bad days, because there is always a dog, nearby to squeeze, when my work includes being surrounded by pets”.

You can often hear her “complaining” (it sounds more like bragging) about her “wild child”, her Pug, “Wilbur”, aka “The Goob”, and cat, “Kenneth”.

Connie B.

Receptionist

An avid cat lover, Connie and her husband have been long-time clients at Cranberry Holistic Pet Care. After conventional veterinary treatment failed her cat with a thyroid condition, and another cat with digestive issues, Connie sought alternative options. Her pets responded well to integrative care, and led happier, longer lives than originally anticipated.

After seeing how well her pets responded, she became interested in working in the veterinary field.

Upon retirement from a prominent Pittsburgh law firm, as an accounting manager, she began her training as a CSR at our front desk. Connie assists clients at the Ellwood Animal Hospital and Cranberry Holistic Pet Care.

In her spare time, Connie, co-founder of Prime Stage Theatre Company which performs at the Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh, manages operations.

Connie loves animals and enjoys meeting the clients, patients, and seeing the fantastic work the doctors and technicians accomplish each day. During her days off, she enjoys sleeping in, watching movies, and spending time with her husband, and her cat, Charlie.