Doctors

Robert L. Lash, VMD

Dr. Lash received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, and earned his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960.  He practiced briefly in Bedford, PA, until he returned to his hometown of Kittanning and opened his own practice in 1963.  He currently sees only small animal patients, but spent many years in mixed practice tending to companion animals and livestock.  He is interested in all areas of medicine and animal culture, and is especially skilled in surgery.  Dr. Lash has been married to Carolyn Murphy for 55 years.  Together, they live near Kittanning and enjoy spending time with their four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; farming; and a variety of outdoor sports.

 


 

Dr DurkacGabriel Durkac, DVM

Dr. “Gabby” Durkac was born and raised on a small farm near Tarentum, PA.  He attended Cornell University from 1963 to 1970, earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his DVM degree.  He joined Dr. Lash in 1970 and became partner in 1971.  Gabby enjoyed small and large animal practice until 1985, when his focus shifted to primarily large animal.  He performs monthly herd health visits to area dairy farms, and is interested in large animal medicine.  Gabby met his wife, Elaine “Lani” Bishko at Cornell while she was earning her home ecology degree.  They married just after their graduation in 1970, and settled into their Slate Lick farm in 1975.  They had three children, Bo, Lance, and Brandi.  Sadly, Lani died on June 7, 2009 of ovarian cancer; Gabby remarried Rosemary Sullivan on September 2, 2011.  Outside of work, Gabby enjoys tending to his home farm with beef cattle and sheep; sports; traveling; and spending time with family.

 


 

 

Mark W. Beere, VMD

Dr. Beere is originally from Ford City, PA.  He attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1977, then his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.  He joined Drs. Lash and Durkac after graduation in the practice where he spent time as a student.  He started in mixed animal practice, but currently only sees small animal patients.  He is interested in general medicine and surgery, and the business of veterinary medicine.  Dr. Beere has been very active in the community through the years, participating in the Jaycees, Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, and 4-H Cooperative Extension.  He is presently chairman of the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization, part of the national non-profit Miss America Organization.  He also enjoys Penguins hockey, and boating on the Allegheny River.  He lives on a small farm near Ford City.

 


 

 


David Meleason, DVM

Dr. David Meleason, originally from Ford City, PA, received his undergraduate degree from Montana State University in 1984. He worked at various construction and manufacturing jobs until he trained and worked at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh as a Medical Technologist and Histocompatibility Technologist from 1991-1995.  Dr. Meleason received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at North Carolina State University in 2000. He then furthered his education at the Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh. He joined Kittanning Veterinary Hospital in April 2004. Dr. Meleason’s interests are canine and feline internal medicine.  Dr. Meleason and his wife, Lauren, live with their two dogs (Biko and Finn) and three cats (Rorschach, Vassili and Verbal). He enjoys spending time with his pets, reading, the Pirates and cheese.

 


 

 

vet aescupulisIsrael Isenberg, DVM

Dr. Isenberg grew up near Marion Center, PA.  He attended Pennsylvania State University and earned his DVM degree at Cornell University in 2004.  He practiced in upstate New York for one year before returning home and joining Kittanning Veterinary Hospital in 2006.  Dr. Isenberg practices large animal medicine, and has a special interest in food animal production medicine.  He has experience in the use of ultrasound for pregnancy diagnosis.  Dr. Isenberg, his wife Cassandra, and their two daughters live on a small farm near Marion Center.  He enjoys farming, hunting, and spending time with his family; in particular, playing dolls and pretend cooking with the girls!

 


 

 

Jason Grohmann, DVM

Dr. Jason Grohmann was born and raised in rural Southern Illinois on the family dairy farm.  He earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of Findlay (Ohio) in 2008, and his DVM degree at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2012.  Throughout his veterinary education he maintained a strong interest in food animal medicine with equine and reptiles as additional interests.  He lives in Butler where he enjoys going for runs and spending time with his pets.  He started with KVH in July 2012.  Dr. Grohmann will be performing large animal medicine and attend to clients throughout our practice area.

 


 

 

BABeth Allaman, VMD

Dr. Beth Allaman grew up in the Gibsonia area.  After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Animal Bioscience from Pennsylvania State University, she attended the University of Pennsylvania for her VMD degree.  Dr. Allaman practiced at a mixed animal clinic in western Wisconsin for 6 years before returning home to join Kittanning Vet Hospital in November 2013.  She  is a mixed animal practitioner, seeing both large and small animal patients.  She has an interest in dairy and small ruminant medicine.

Dr. Allaman lives in the Sarver area with her Sheltie, Tula, and her cat, Skippy.  She enjoys training and competing in dog agility with Tula, baking and cooking, and collecting nail polish.

 


 

IMG_0163Parastu Gefert, DVM

Dr. Gefert received her Master’s degree in Biology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh and earned her DVM degree at the Michigan State University in May 2015. Her special interest is to make sure that animals and humans share the same world by ensuring the bond between them remains strong and healthy. Dr. Gefert lives in Karns City area with her husband and 2 daughters. She keeps busy shuttling her girls between dance and their other activities.

 

 

 


 

IMG_1105Dr. Katie Roberts

Dr. Roberts attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls where she got her Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. Dr. Roberts was raised on a farm in Beaver Falls where her family raises Nubian dairy goats. When not working on the farm, she enjoys rock climbing and paddle boarding.   She will be seeing large and small animal patients, with a special interest in small ruminant medicine.

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