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. 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.
Daniel Coltrain – CVT
Dan graduated from Harcum College’s veterinary technician program in May of 2015, passed his boards and was licensed by the state of Pennsylvania later that year. During his schooling, he interned at the University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital and New Bolton Center. In addition, he also worked at the Veterinary Referral Center as an assistant in the orthopedic department, as well as a technician at the Chester County SPCA (now Brandywine Valley SPCA). After graduation, he worked as an emergency technician at Old Marple Animal Hospital until moving to West Chester Veterinary Medical Center.
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.
Bethany Feimster – CVT
Bethany joined WCVMC in July 2015, after 3 years working as a veterinary technician in general practice. She has been working with all animals since she was a child. Bethany attended Harcum College for veterinary technology and is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Bethany is excited to provide excellent care to every animal that steps through the door at WCVMC, and looks forward to furthering her knowledge with the talented and compassionate staff here. In her free time, Bethany enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and skiing. She has a rescued hound/lab/pit mix named Duffy, who is a fantastic running partner and cuddle buddy.
Kim Fenton – CVT
Kim has been working at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center since the summer of 2014, as a veterinary technician. She began as a ward nurse and worked her way up to veterinary assistant while studying veterinary technology at Harcum College. As Kim gained more job and classroom experience, she began working in outpatient and technician appointments. She really enjoys this part of her job! In April 2016, Kim finished all requirements and graduated from Harcum College in May, receiving her associate degree as a veterinary technician. She plans on taking the certification exam in the near future to be a CVT as well. At home, she has two golden retrievers, Riley (10 years) and Nala (2 years). Kim is passionate about animals, loves being around them, and hopes to adopt a cat or two to add to her family. Her free time consists of hikes with her dogs, going to the gym, getting her nails done, and hanging out with friends or family.
Donna’s love of animals inspired a career change to veterinary medicine in 2002. She successfully completed the Penn Foster veterinarian technician course and internship at a local small animal hospital, where she was quickly offered employment as a veterinarian technician. She joined West Chester Veterinary Medical Center in 2012 and loves meeting and educating clients in order to provide the best care for their pets, while learning, “something new every day.” She resides in West Chester with her husband, 2 dogs, and numerous tropical fish. In her spare time, Donna enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking, and boating in the Chesapeake Bay. Donna especially likes sharing crazy pet stories (there are many) with favorite client friends at WCVMC.
Amanda has been working for West Chester Veterinary Medical Center since 2006. She started out working as a ward nurse and was later grandfathered in as a technician at West Chester. Today, she is one of the primary inpatient technicians for our hospital. In addition, Amanda trains/conditions horses that are up for adoption at a rescue, part time. Her family includes three dogs, a cat, and a loving husband. They both share a passion for archery and the outdoors.
Corrie Haiko – CVT
Corrie’s love for animals started at young age. She graduated from Coatesville Area Senior High School in Spring 2014, and then began her studies at Harcum College majoring in Veterinary Technology the following fall. After graduating from Harcum College in December 2016, she sat for the VTNE and became a CVT(Certified Veterinary Technician). Corrie is thankful to have joined the WCVMC family in January 2016, after working at an area small animal hospital for 5 years. She is the proud momma of Merri, her Pitbull Terrier!
Rachel grew up in south Jersey and graduated from Stockton University with a business degree. After working as a kennel assistant for some time, she eventually trained to become a veterinary technician and has worked at veterinary hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Rachel now plans on attending Harcum College to obtain an associate degree in veterinary technology and afterward take the certification exam. Her and her husband, Lee, have three cats (Chloe, Jack Bauer & Tater Tot) and one dog (Sam). Rachel joined West Chester Veterinary Medical Center in September of 2016. In her free time she loves reading, cooking, watching films with Lee & visiting south Jersey.
Marc Jones – CVT
Lynda Kaufman – CVT
Lynda is the Emergency Nursing Coordinator at WCVMC. Lynda has always been passionate about loving and caring for animals. She graduated from Cabrini College with her bachelor’s degree in biology. Following graduation, she attended Harcum College where she received her degree in veterinary technology. Lynda has been working in the veterinary field for almost 12 years and has been practicing as a Certified Veterinary Technician for the past 2 years. She spends most of her free time outdoors and currently has 3 cats, a leopard gecko, and fish.
Melina Loyle – CVT
Melina Loyle graduated from Harcum College with a degree in veterinary technology. While in college, she interned at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital in Philadelphia and New Bolton Center in Kennett Square. During her internship, she was exposed to both small and large animals. Melina got to be part of many emergency situations, critical care patients, and more. She has always had a love for animals, and she is finally doing what she loves at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center. She plans to sit for her state boards in November to obtain her license as a 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.
Andrea Peterson – CVT
Andrea is a graduate of Harcum’s veterinary technician program, and a member of the WCVMC’s surgical team. She previously worked in a feline hospital and an emergency hospital. When not helping keep patients comfortable, she takes care of her family of humans and 4-legged friends, Sid, Ray, Kolbi, and Parker. Her co-workers say that she has a particular interest in your pets’ dental care, as she is always, “taking a peek and lifting their lips!”
Jessica Schrenkel – CVT
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).
Suzanne attended Harcum College in the veterinary technician program and plans to finish her degree to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in the near future. Suzanne grew up surrounded by animals all her life, and it has always been here job to take care of the pets. Suzanne lives at home with her mother, three siblings, and her niece and nephew. Also at home, they have a small family zoo of 4 dogs (Mastiff) Bob, (Pit mix) Joei, (Terrier mix) Charlie, and (Chihuahua) Lilly. They have two cats (Tiger and Jynx), a red tail boa (Sophia), two birds and a few fish tanks.
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.
Jordan Bradley – Client Patient Liason
Leah joined the WCVMC team in October of 2016. She has always had a strong love for animals and shares her home in Wilmington with her beagle, Willie, and her cat, Peanut. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Animal and Food Science. In her spare time, Leah enjoys baking, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.
Heather started working at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center in November of 2016. She has been in the animal field since she was 12 years old, helping her mother tend to the family’s nonprofit organization, the T.H.A.N.K.S Sanctuary. This organization is geared toward the rescue and rehabilitation of neglected and abused exotic cats. Heather moved from Texas back to her home town of Boothwyn, PA in the fall of 2009 and made the transition to veterinary care working at The Old Marple Veterinary Hospital. Heather’s role was Head of the Client Service Emergency department. Since then, her experience in veterinary care has included everything from Emergency Medicine to Holistic and Homeopathy. Heather shares her home with her wonderful husband Randy and 3 children Liz, Logan and Meredith. Her other children consist of 4 cats, Nibbles, Mojo, Ginchi and Jill, 1 dog named Bruce, an African Grey Angel & her Amazon, Patsy. She enjoys traveling & photography in her spare time.
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 – Compliance Officer
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.
Alisha Morris proudly joined the staff of West Chester Veterinary Medical Center in the summer of 2012. As a veteran of both the customer service and animal care industries, her previous work experience includes Savannah Animal Hospital of Lewes, DE, and Governor’s Avenue Animal Hospital of Dover, DE. She is the proud mother of four children – one Chihuahua and three cats. As the client services coordinator of WCVMC, she strives to ensure that each and every client who steps through the door feels not only the most welcome, but also receives the highest quality of care possible.