Ashley Fusselman, DVM, Medical Director
Dr. Fusselman earned her B.S. in Animal Biotechnology and Conservation with a focus on Small Animal Science and a minor in Psychology from Delaware Valley College (University). She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University. She has since returned to the state she loves, as well as to her family and friends. Beginning at a very young age, Dr. Fusselman always wanted to be a veterinarian and began working in the field when she was in High School. She joined the ABE Family in July 2011 and has been the medical director since 2018. Dr. Fusselman has a passion for felines, Bulldog breeds and focusing on medicine and dentistry. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking (both human and pet goodies), rock painting, and spending time with family and friends. There has been some love and loss in 2018, but new to the family is a two year old Boston Terrier & retired show dog named Rigby! Rigby joins Dr. Fusselman’s other furbabies Max, Sherman, and Sidney (all orange domestic shorthair).
Joanna Pinola, DVM
Dr. Joanna Pinola earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Penn State University. She then earned her M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University before attending the University of Glasgow where she received her degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2016. She has worked as a DVM for the last two years, but worked as a Veterinary Technician for 5 years prior to that. Dr. Pinola always wanted to be a vet from a young age, and is interested in preventative care and strengthening the human-animal bond. She pursued a career change to follow her dream and is primarily interested in integrative veterinary medicine and hopes to pursue acupuncture. In her free time, she enjoys video games, yoga, and cooking. She also enjoys spending time with her four legged, niece and nephew, Piggy and Dizzle.
Kirsten Reis, DVM
Dr. Kirsten Reis was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa. She received her bachelor's degree in small animal science and conservation at Delaware Valley College in 2002. She then attended The University of Tennessee, where she received her degree in 2006 in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Reis has been practicing veterinary medicine in Lehigh Valley since June 2006. Dr. Reis has done relief work for our hospital since 2017 and recently became a permanent member of the team in March 2019. When Dr. Reis is not working, she enjoys triathlon’s, mountain biking, playing with her dogs, traveling and spending time with her husband. She has eight furbabies: Hector, Yuengling, Biche, Gunner, Sebastian, Noah, Julius, and Quazi.
Ashley Covington, Practice Manager
Ashley’s experience in the veterinary field began about 11 years ago at a small animal hospital in New Jersey. It was then that Ashley discovered her passion for the healthcare and well-being of animals. Along with her strong love for animals, Ashley also found her passion in customer service and continues to guide the team towards achieving the best quality of patient and client care. Outside of work, Ashley is actively involved in church and and enjoys spending her free time outdoors. Ashley, her husband, and their four children share a home together in New Jersey. She recently welcomed a new baby girl, Naomi, in January 2019.
Donna, CVT, Lead Surgical Technician
Donna graduated from Harcum Junior College with a degree in Animal Technology and has worked at ABE since 1984. Donna always knew she wanted a career involving animals and never had second thoughts about pursuing Veterinary Technology. Donna is our Lead Surgical Technician and provides each of her patients with personalized love and attention along with exceptional medical care. She spends her life away from work with her husband, Jim, and 2 miniature schnauzers, Charlie and Klaus. She enjoys traveling, playing golf and is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan
Chaz, Veterinary Assistant
Chaz received her Diploma in Animal Science from Correspondence School International and has worked in the veterinary field since 1993. Chaz has chosen this profession to give a voice to the voiceless and is especially fond of feline patients. We often call her the “cat whisperer”. At home, she is owned by 3 dogs and 4 cats. Chaz is happily married and they share a passion for Camaros together.
Wendy, Veterinary Assistant
Wendy began her journey in the veterinary industry over 15 years ago. To date, Wendy has worked in emergency facilities and private practices, embracing her passion to “talk to animals” which was inspired by educating herself through inter-species communication courses. Wendy spends most of her free time with family, raising 3 boys and a girl with her husband, Shawn. Peebs, Wink, Munch, and Man are Wendy’s four feline kids that have settled their way into her heart and home in Northampton, PA.
Hilary, Veterinary Assistant
Hilary achieved her Associates Degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and continues advancing in her veterinary education with countless classes and courses. Hilary has been a veterinary technician for the last 20 years working with dogs, cats, and exotics. She became a part of the ABE family in October 2018 and lives and breathes all things animals. Hilary and her devoted husband live with their four beloved dogs, six cats, and peaceful koi pond.
Torie, Veterinary Assistant
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Tonya, Lead Client Service Representative
Tonya has been caring for animals in the veterinary industry for over 24 years and has been involved in everything from small animal medicine to orthopedics, acupuncture, behavioral health, and emergency care. Tonya’s passion for animals developed when she began rescuing animals as a young girl. Her uncle was a Veterinarian who inspired Tonya to spend her life nursing sick animals back to health. Some of Tonya’s hobbies include: enjoying music at live concerts, finding homes for strays, and spending quality time with family and friends. There are three special cats named Gato, Pigeon, and Hiccup that have claimed Tonya has their own and continue to bring joy to her life every day.
Katie, Client Service Representative
Katie originally went to school for business before deciding to work in the veterinary field two years ago. She has been an animal lover her entire life and joined the ABE family in July 2018. In her free time, Katie enjoys being outdoors and camping, as well as, eating and binge watching Netflix, it’s called balance. Her four year old son Franco keeps her on her toes, and is her greatest adventure yet. She has two cats named Baja and Mims. Bentley, her most handsome and sweetest boy ever, is a collie mix who is always by her side. More often than not, you can even find him greeting clients in the office with her.
Felicia, Client Service Representative
Felicia originally went to school for psychology and art, but always had a strong passion for animals. She began working in the veterinary field in 2006 as a receptionist and quickly found this was the career path she wanted to pursue. She worked as a veterinary technician and receptionist for 5 years before taking a brief hiatus to raise her children. She joined the ABE family in November 2018 as a customer service representative and loves helping clients and pets. In her free time Felicia enjoys yoga, drawing/graphic design, reading, and going down the shore in the summer. Felicia is married and has two boys, Collin (7) and Logan (4), who keep her busy! Felicia also has three furbabies; a dog named Cassie, and her two cats, Jixer and Finnegan.