Doctors

Mark W. Beere, VMD

Dr Beere

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.


Israel 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!uminant medicine.


Beth 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.


Parastu 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.


Katie Roberts, DVM

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.


Kara Miller, DVM

Dr. Kara Lynne Miller was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland but has always enjoyed spending time at her grandparent’s home farms in West Virginia. Dr. Miller attended the Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University where she double majored in Dairy Science and Animal & Poultry Sciences. Before starting veterinary school, she got accepted into a yearlong externship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Marshak Dairy which further cemented her love of bovine medicine. She then attended veterinary school at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and animals, hiking with her dogs and goats, participating in agility training with her dog Ruger, photography and rooting for the New England Patriots every Sunday. Dr. Miller owns a menagerie of animals including four Newfoundlands (Koalie, Ruger, Denali and Tug), two cows (333 and Red Bull), two goats (Copper and Todd), seven cats (Murphy, Tabs, Ladybug, Chai, Tom, Hokie and Sassy) and some fish. Although Dr. Miller is proud of all of her Newfoundlands, she is especially proud of Koalie and Denali who are registered pet therapy dogs. Dr. Miller is a mixed animal practitioner with her main interests include dairy cows, goats, large breed dogs and cats.


Amber Zenella, DVM

Dr. Amber Zanella grew up in Chicora, PA. She attended Otterbein University in Westerville, OH where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Studies and a minor in Chemistry. Dr. Zanella continued and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020. Throughout veterinary school, she emphasized her studies and experiences around food animal medicine with additional equine interests. Dr. Zanella in her free time enjoys riding horses, hiking and spending time on the farm. She will be seeing mostly large animal patients out on the farms!


Casey Goebel, DVM

Dr. Casey Goebel grew up showing Limousin cattle in Wampum, PA. After earning her bachelor’s from West Virginia University in 2013, she received her DVM from Lincoln Memorial University as part of the inaugural class in 2018. She worked at a mixed aninal practice in Virginia for 2 years before deciding to move closer to family. She has a strong interest in both companion animals and food animal medicine. She lives in West Kittanning with her two pitbulls, Quinn and Gracie, and her cat, Peggy. When she’s not in the clinic, she enjoys hiking with her dogs, exploring on the motorcycle with her boyfriend, spending time on the family farm, and cheering on the Mountaineers.


Gabriel Durkac, DVM (Retired)

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.


Robert L. Lash, VMD (Retired)

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.

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