Jennifer Jones, DVM, Practice Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Jones is originally from a small town in central Pennsylvania. In 1994, her passion for Veterinary Medicine took her to Philadelphia, and to the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated in 1999 with a B.A. in Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She loved the University of Pennsylvania so much she stayed another 4 years, and graduated with her V.M.D. in 2003. She practiced in both the Mt. Airy and Andorra neighborhoods for 8 years before pursuing her life-long dream to open her own Veterinary clinic, with emphasis on compassionate, courteous, and high quality medical care to pets and the people who love them. She is a member of the AVMA, PVMA, and licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey to practice Veterinary Medicine. She has performed volunteer veterinary services with the Humane society on Native American reservations, and in remote parts of the Peten region of Guatemala.
Dr. Jones is proud to call Philadelphia her hometown, and lives in the Roxborough neighborhood. She shares a farm home with her four aristocratic cats – Kitty Marie, Sunshine, Honeybee, and Tom O’Malley, a feisty Chihuahua named Peachy, and a lovable rescued pitbull named Rubble. She is mom to four adorable, aspiring veterinarians, and has one very patient, loving husband.
Jaclyn O’Pella, VMD, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. O’Pella grew up in the Philadelphia area and currently resides in Roxborough. She studied chemistry at Haverford College and graduated in 2004. She then worked at a pharmaceutical company for several years while earning her MPH at Thomas Jefferson University. While studying public health, she worked on a research project on Lyme disease at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center. This lead to a full time career working with animals, and she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. O’Pella’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is that she gets to form relationships with clients and their pets from puppy or kittenhood through their adult years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants and volunteering at a local wildlife clinic. She has a dog named Harley and a tortoise named Ralph.
Lisay Chizmar, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Chizmar grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery. She practiced emergency medicine for nine years and just transitioned to general practice. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery and internal veterinary medicine. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, infant son and her elderly (but feisty!) cat named MJ. Outside interests include travel, physical fitness and skiing.
Alyssa Hughes, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Hughes graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has worked in private practice as well as a shelter veterinarian for the past ten years. She considers herself both a dog and cat person because it’s too hard to choose. She particularly enjoys surgery, hospice care, and the fact that as a veterinarian she learns something new everyday. She recently moved to Philadelphia from Salt Lake City with her husband, children, and two elderly Catahoula Leopard Dogs, Howard and Frank. In her free time she loves trail running, yoga, spending time with her family, and a good book.
Laura Zehnder Jones, DVM, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Laura Jones grew up in New Jersey. She pursued her B.S. in Biology at James Madison University, followed by her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After initially working in Virginia, Laura moved to Pennsylvania where she now resides with her rescued companions and one husband. Laura thoroughly enjoys being a veterinarian because it allows her to combine her interests in science and medicine with her love of animals and those who care for them. Laura’s favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are the complexities of internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and the human-animal bond. She is also very passionate about promoting adoption and rescue to help those who are in need of the most basic necessity, a loving home.
Kellie, Practice Manager
Kellie is celebrating her sixteenth year in veterinary medicine. She started her career working as a receptionist with her mom in Southern New Jersey. Kellie has worked in the kennel, as a surgery technician, an overnight emergency care technician, and client care team leader over the years. She is a self proclaimed cat lady. Ethel, Ezra, Ira, and Mortimer round out her purrfect cat family. With help from her one eyed English Mastiff, Elanore, she also fosters kittens in need.
Daisy, Assistant Manager and Client Care Coordinator
Daisy started out her animal career working in a grooming salon and doggie daycare throughout high school and college. She graduated from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Psychology and Art History before she landed at Animedic in 2016. Daisy is our resident “Pet Insurance Champion” and can answer all your pet insurance questions. You can find her at the front desk snuggling our office cat Taco while interacting with clients and their furbabies. She was rescued by a nubbie-tailed cat that showed up outside her window and stole her heart with one little meow. His name is Monty and she is only (slightly) obsessed with him.
TacoCat, Resident Office Cat
Taco is the unofficial mascot of Animedic. When she isn’t sleeping, Taco can be found greeting clients at the front desk, checking out cats in carriers, and eating “snacks” out of the trash. Her favorite spots to snooze are squished in her cat tree, draped on top of her cat house, and curled up in fresh laundry. Taco loves to talk and spends much of her day yelling at her team members. Taco’s favorite activities include watching the dogs in the waiting room from her perch on top of her house, drinking from the sink faucet, and acting as a foster mom to all of our adoptable kittens.