Meet the Team at Washington Ave Animal Hospital

Meet the friendly faces of Washington Ave Animal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA! Every member of our veterinary team embraces each of our beloved patients with open arms. Whether it’s a routine check-up or an urgent matter, we value your trust in us to provide the love, attention, and exceptional medical care your furry friends deserve.

Get to Know Our Philadelphia, PA Veterinary Team

Veterinarians

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Dr. Pete Lands

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

After graduating from the University of Maryland he spent three years at St. George’s University and one year at Ohio State University where he earned his degree in Veterinary Medicine. He completed an internship in general and emergency medicine at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. His training continued at several hospitals in the Delaware Valley, eventually leading to directing an emergency hospital in south New Jersey.

Dr. Lands enjoys the challenge of diagnosing animal illnesses and implementing treatment plans that will improve the health of his patients. Staying current on the latest research and techniques allows him to use his skills to cure and extend the lives of pets that are critically ill or who have complex disease processes.

When he’s not working he enjoys traveling, jogging with his dogs (Rambo and Rosie) and rooting for his hometown sports teams! He looks forward to helping you improve the life of your pets.

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Dr. Thomas

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Thomas grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She always had a natural love for animals from a young age, and later discovered her passion for biological sciences. Dr. Thomas completed her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Clemson University, and later earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. She fell in love with Philadelphia while in vet school, and decided to stay local to continue her career as a general practitioner.

Of all the reasons to love veterinary medicine, what Dr. Thomas loves most is seeing the incredible bond that clients have with their pets every day and being able to provide support to them in their time of need. She enjoys the challenge and the variety of cases that come with being a general practitioner, and continually strives to provide the best treatment options available to each of her patients.

In her free time, Dr. Thomas enjoys live music, biking, long walks around the city, and spending time with her partner and their two very spoiled kitties.

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Dr. Ellen Manneschmidt

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Ellen Manneschmidt was born and raised in eastern Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. She graduated with an AAS and then BS in Veterinary Technology from Lincoln Memorial University in the Cumberland Gap, Tennessee before pursuing her doctorate at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduating, Dr. Manneschmidt moved to Philadelphia where she has worked as both an emergency and general practice veterinarian for the last few years. She is excited to jump on board with both the PASE and the WAAH teams. She is splitting her time working general practice and emergency care, so you may see her at PASE or at WAAH for your pet’s general care needs. Some of her veterinary interests include internal medicine and critical care. She also enjoys connecting with her clients over their special human-animal bond.

In her free time, Dr. Manneschmidt enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and gardening or spending time with her dog, Remington and her husband. She also loves spending time exploring creative outlets such as painting and drawing.

Leadership

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Dr. Jennifer West

Medical Director

Dr. Jennifer West completed undergraduate school at the University of Delaware, where she was the president of Animal Science Club and teaching assistant for Anatomy. She attended the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, where she was a student nurse, Pet Grief Support Helpline counselor, and led trips to the Ronal McDonald House with therapy dogs. Dr. West pursued a rotating internship in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Surgery at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where she volunteered in a low cost spay and neuter clinic and performed the research for her first author publication in a peer reviewed medical journal.

Prior to joining WAAH, Dr. West practiced emergency medicine for 4 years within the Greater Philadelphia area. Dr. West is enthusiastic about teaching and enjoys speaking at conferences, mentoring veterinary students, and educating fur-baby parents on animal wellness and healthcare. Dr. West is also a yoga instructor and mom to a rescue dog, snake, and gecko. Her favorite hobbies include travel, scuba diving, hiking, and snowboarding.

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Stephanie Gordon

Practice Manager

Stephanie Gordon began her career working as a kennel manager while attending the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Originally pursing a doctorate in physical therapy, she altered her plans realizing her appreciation for the veterinary field. She continued to focus on a degree in biology and minor in communications. Her passion for managing has lead to her actively pursuing a certification in veterinary practice manager (CVPM). Stephanie has experience working as a technician in general practice, over night shifts in emergency and has spent the last 7 years in practice management. When she is not dedicated to the hospital and caring for pets, she enjoys hiking with her rescue dog, Axel, scuba diving, yoga, and a numerous amount of outdoor activities.

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Cat Keegan

Nurse Manager

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Technicians

Dezirae Rubba

Dezirae Rubba

Lead Veterinary Technician

Dezirae has been a veterinary technician for 4 years. She has been working with animals in different professions for 6 years but found she loved helping other people’s pets best. She has two dogs of her own; a shepherd mix named Koda and a hound mix named Ruger. Outside of work she enjoys a nice summer day down the shore or staying home with her dogs watching movies all day. Her favorite part of the work day is reuniting pets with their owners and seeing them happy to be back together!

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Rebecca Doan

Lead Veterinary Technician

Rebecca has spent her life to working with animals. She started her career in the horse racing industry at Parx Racetrack as a training assistant and stable manager. She made the transition to small animal veterinary practice in 2017. Starting as a kennel technician, she later began her career as a veterinary technician. She has been a member of Washington Ave Animal Hospital since May of 2021. Rebecca is currently a student at Temple University studying natural sciences with concentration in biology. Rebecca is excited to learn new things and create a positive experience for both pets and clients.

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Rebecca Braverman

Certified Veterinary Technician

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Brie Labrice

Veterinary Technician

Brie is graduating from Delaware Valley University with a major in small animal science in Fall 2020. She has always been fascinated with science and wanted to incorporate that into her natural interest with animals; she plans on continuing her education and pursuing her MS in laboratory animal science in the upcoming years. In her free time she enjoys cleaning local parks, painting, and of course worshipping her cat, Noodles. She is also a caretaker for many small critters including her rats, Spaghetti and Meatball; her turtle, Pistachio; and her bearded dragon, Sugar Cube.

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Stephanie Goldsmith

Veterinary Technician

Stephanie has been working as a veterinarian technician for almost 4 years. She was born and raised in South Jersey and is currently studying to become a certified veterinary technician. Her experience has been in both general practice and emergency medicine. She is excited to provide her skill set to the clients and patients of Washington Ave Animal Hospital!

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Cynthia Primero

Veterinary Technician

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Sincerai Stanback

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Jamie Wooten

Veterinary Technician

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Brenna Downey

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Elizabeth Manko

Veterinary Technician

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Virginia Levine

Veterinary Technician

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Renee Quintana

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Julie Schneider

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Eric Stout

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Veterinary Assistants

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Sarah Dilks

Lead Veterinary Assistant

Sarah recently started her career in veterinary medicine as a veterinary assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health in 2019 and is currently working to attain her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology, with interest in obtaining her VTS in the future. Sarah really enjoys working with the rescues at the hospital, specifically the bully breeds. In her free time, she likes to bake, travel, and go on hikes with her Pitbull Reese. Sarah is very excited to be a part of the team!

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Sandra Alvarez

Lead Veterinary Assistant

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Cassia Hagley

Veterinary Assistant

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Rohan Islam-Haughton

Veterinary Assistant

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Client Service Representatives

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Dominique Ransome

Client Service Representative Lead

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Toni Lee

Client Service Representative

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Kevin Hopkins

Client Service Representative

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Evelyn Monsalud

Client Service Representative

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BriAna Bullock

Client Services Representative

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