Our staff of doctors and veterinary technicians here at the West Chester Veterinary Medical Center is available to provide small animal emergency care. We are available evenings, weekends, and holidays in order to provide quality medical, surgical, and intensive care for your companion. Our hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association and meets over 300 criteria for excellence in veterinary medicine.
In addition to our locally dedicated staff, we also offer specialty services upon request, including:
Cardiology – Dr. Mike Miller, MS, VMD, DABVP
Surgery – Dr. Dina Schofield, DVM, DAVCS
Ultrasound – Dr. Christina Marino, DVM, DACVIM
Ultrasound – Dr. Lisa Suslak-Brown, VMD, Diplomate ACVR
Dr. Hilary Fordyce, Medical Director
Dr. Willi Weichelt
Dr. Willi Weichelt graduated from The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in the fall of 1964. Prior to being the original Owner of The West Chester Veterinary Medical Center, he worked in a mixed animal veterinary practice in Chadds Ford, PA for 2 years and worked with primarily cats and dogs. Dr. Weichelt purchased the property at 1141 West Chester Pike in 1966. Dr. Weichelt was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association in 2010 at their annual meeting. Dr. Weichelt’s interests include photography, fishing, and vacationing with his wife. He has two grown children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Corey Woodcock
Dr. Corey Woodcock graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. His love of travel took his career around the country. He practiced veterinary medicine as far north as New Hampshire and as far west as Arizona before settling in southern Pennsylvania with his wife and three step-children. Dr. Woodcock spent most of his time working with various emergency hospitals, but also spent time as the Medical Director of a small animal practice in York, PA. Dr. Woodcock is currently training to become acupuncture certified and plans to gain additional training in nutritional and herbal therapies. When not working, Dr. Woodcock can be found playing with his step-kids, watching movies with his wife Dr. Carrie Woodcock (also on staff), or cleaning up after his 5 cats, 2 dogs, and bearded dragon. Occasionally, he even sleeps!
Dr. Frieda Opelski
Dr. Frieda Opielski graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She was born and raised in Hunterdon County, NJ (farm country!) Prior to joining WCVMC she worked at a small animal practice in New Jersey, where she developed a love for Internal Medicine and Surgery. She spent several years volunteering with RAVS (a program of the Humane Society of the United States) which brings free veterinary services to communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible. Dr. Opielski lives with her husband, two boys, and Labrador Retriever Kelsey. You may run into her and her family on one of the local hiking trails, baseball/soccer fields, or ski slopes!
Dr. Eileen Brandon
Dr. Eileen Brandon attended Cedar Crest College, where she received her B.S. in Biochemistry. She then received her V.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked in private practice, industry, and with a shelter during her career as a veterinarian. She has special interests in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Brandon was born in Collegeville, Pa. She has always had a menagerie of pets, including: horses, sheep, dogs, cats, birds, and a rescue turtle named Betty. In her free time, she can be found traveling, doing home renovations, spending time with her family and cheering on her beloved Philadelphia Flyers.
Dr. Robert Mowday, VMD
Dr. Mowday is a 1985 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ursinus College, as well as several graduate credits from West Chester University. Dr. Mowday has a special interest in veterinary oncology and internal medicine.
Prior to joining our veterinary family, full time, Dr. Mowday worked 33 fulfilling years at another veterinary clinic! Dr. Mowday returns to us after working in our Emergency Hospital, part time, for 8 years. In his spare time, Dr. Mowday enjoys music and spending time with his family.
Dr. Nadia Azam, VMD
Dr. Nadia Azam earned a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as an insurance broker in San Francisco for 5 years before moving to Philadelphia to pursue her passion for veterinary medicine. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Dr. Azam has a special interest in dentistry, internal medicine, preventative care, and feline medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, vegan cooking, and spending time with her son and two mischievous Siberian cats.
Dr. Carrie Woodcock, DVM,CCRP
Dr Carrie Woodcock received her DVM from the University of Illinois in 1996, completed a Master’s Degree in Microbiology in 2001, became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
through the University of Tennessee in 2012, a Certified Animal Pain Manager in 2014, and is completing certification in Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation. Dr. Woodcock is a firm believer in supporting the animal-human bond, controlling pain, promoting mobility, and maintaining the highest possible quality of life for all family members through traditional medicine and rehabilitative techniques. Most days, you can find her in our Rehabilitation Center doing her best to restore your furry friends to full function. When not at work, Dr. Woodcock loves spending time with her husband Dr. Corey Woodcock (also on staff), three children, five cats, two dogs, assorted aquatic creatures, and various pocket pets.
Kris graduated from Delaware Valley College with a BS degree in Horticulture. After years of managing the Farm Market at Highland Orchards, she worked briefly at St. Martha’s nursing home. However, she had a passion for animals since she was a young girl and worked at The Pet Clinic for a couple of years, where she learned a lot about the veterinary profession. Kris was able to combine her nursing skills and her love for animals when she joined the West Chester Animal Emergency team in 2003; she enjoyed helping families and their pets during their greatest time of need. In 2011, she transitioned to work with the daytime team and has been helpful in all aspects of the hospital. Kris enjoys spending time with her family and her own pets, a dachshund named Lizzie, her three rescue cats, and a variety of rescue turtles. She also loves gardening, landscaping, and relaxing by her pond, watching the turtles, fish and frogs!
Amanda obtained a bachelor’s of small animal science degree from Delaware Valley College in 2011, and she is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s online Veterinary Technician program. In 2013, Amanda started filling in for shifts at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center. Amanda and her husband, Ryan, have two daughters, Braelyn and Paisley, 2 Great Danes, Harley and Boost, and two cats, Mina and Rudy. She also owns a pet sitting and dog walking business, Harley’s Hounds, which just expanded to offer mobile grooming services.
Marc Jones – CVT
Lisa joined the WCVMC family in October 2016. Lisa has always had a fond love for animals of many species. Lisa has been working in the veterinary field for the last 13 years and currently lives in Delaware County with her 2 dogs, Champ and Patch. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and weekends at the beach.
Wendy became a veterinary nurse in 2002 after several years working with horses. She worked in two smaller practices before coming to WCVMC, learning traditional medicine as well as some holistic methods. Wendy has a special interest in behavior, especially in dogs. She is a huge proponent of low stress handling at the vet’s office and educating clients so they can be better advocates for their furry family members. Wendy lives in Exton with two rescue cats she raised from a week of age (Rush and Ren), a Lab/hound mix (Serenity), a Weimaraner (Daisy), and a retired American foxhound from Radnor Hunt (Arden).
Dana Hicks is a 2011 graduate of Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware. Before her time at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center, she worked in jobs that mainly dealt with human to human interactions. When she moved to West Chester, she was finally in her dream profession, working with animals. Since she was a child she has always had a deep passion for working in a field that involved animals, as she loves all animals and would adopt every cat or dog if she had the space to keep them. There is nothing in this world she loves more than being around and playing with animals. During her years at Concord High, you would almost always find Dana in one of the animal science classroom. She has hopes of one day advancing in the veterinary field to a more hands on approach, so she can help the animals that bring her so much joy. At home, she has two main men in her life: her boxer, Harley, and her orange tabby cat, Skinny.
Faith Joined the WCVMC practice in August 2016. She brings 15+ years of customer service and a love for animals. She is a graduate of Coatesville Area High School, Class of 2007. Faith came into this world at a mere 2lbs 14oz preemie. She has proven to be a fighter with a positive attitude that never lets anything get her down. Faith lives in Coatesville, PA with her 2 young daughters So’lai and Ser’vaeh. They have a new addition, Sapphire their black stripped tabby cat, as well as a Doberman pincher mix named Brownie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and listening to music.
Michelle joined the WCVMC Practice in February 2020. She brings with her 2 years experience in the Veterinary Field. Although, Michelle is a part of our awesome Client Service team, she is currently in school working toward her Vet Tech degree. Michelle is most passionate about her children and animals. She has 2 children and 4 dogs. Michelle is surprisingly good at always having an upbeat personality and calming stressful situations. Flipping Homes would be her ideal past time even if she didn’t get paid to do so. When asked what she enjoyed most about working at West Chester, her answer was her Co-workers and the patients we see everyday.
Lynia Dixon – Practice Manager
Lynia joined the WCVMC Practice in January 2020. She brings with her 14 years Veterinary Experience with 10 Years in multiple management roles. Originally from New York City, Lynia managed multiple hospitals simultaneously. Her family decided to move to Delaware in 2018, where she became a Director of Clinical Services for multiple SPCA hospitals through Delaware and PA. Lynia is a huge advocate for children and animals. She has 2 children and the family hamster JacktheHammy. If she could do anything in life without getting paid for it, she would spend her time making sure low income children had resources and materials to enjoy their childhood. Lynia’s biggest accomplishment was having the strength to move to a new state with just her immediate family while not knowing anyone else. She is surprisingly good at creating effective teams and having the ability to mentor those around her. When asked what she enjoyed most about working at West Chester, she said her team is amazing and she is proud to watch them go above and beyond for the clients and patients.
June Sheets – Business Administrator
June joined the West Chester Veterinary Medical Center’s administration staff in March, 2010, after retiring from a long career in Human Resources management. Before joining the staff, she volunteered for Canine Partners for Life and Medicare. She and her husband share their home with Ranger, an exuberant yellow Lab.
Erica Brown – Client Services Manager
Erica has been working at WCVMC since November of 2009. She started volunteering as a kid at a local veterinary hospital when she was 13, and then got hired at 14 as a kennel technician and dog walker. There, she learned and worked her way up as a vet technician and receptionist. Erica has a Boston terrier named Bumps that she loves and adores. She collects everything Boston terrier. Erica lives at home with her soon-to-be fiancé and she recently gave birth to her first child, named Kase. She enjoys spending time with her family when not working.