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Dr. James F. Wilson
James F. Wilson, DVM, JD graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1967 and UCLA’s School of Law in 1973. During the 16 years he lived in CA, Dr. Wilson practiced small animal emergency medicine for two years, worked as an associate for four, and was a partner in Four Corners Veterinary Hospital in Concord, CA for 10 years. In 1986, Dr. Wilson moved to Pennsylvania where he served as medical director at the University of Pennsylvania’s small animal hospital for two years. His medial special interest is in small animal ear care problems. Currently, he teaches veterinary law, ethics, business management, and career development at 18-20 veterinary schools each year throughout the USA with sponsorship from the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company.
Dr. Wilson has authored six books and over 130 articles in various veterinary journals. In 1994, he was a founder of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA). During 1996, he was awarded the prestigious Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year Award by the Student AVMA House of Delegates. In 2000, he cofounded the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors (now called VetPartnersTM). He currently serves on the VetPartnersTM Career Development Committee, Veterinary Pet Insurance’s (VPI) Veterinary Advisory Board, and as a national advisor for the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA).
Dr. Scott Gellman
As our hospital continues to grow so does our medical team. Meet the newest member of team Pet Health Center Dr. Scott Gellman. We feel very fortunate to have his leadership and medical skills on our team. He comes to us with over 9 years of experience in the veterinary industry and will be taking over the medical director role from Dr. Wilson.
Dr. Gellman owes his interest in veterinary medicine to his childhood Scottish Terrier, Binkley. However, his path to becoming a veterinarian was not straightforward. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Cornell University in 1994, his detour into research began with a Master's in Immunology from the University of Delaware, working primarily with chickens and respiratory viruses. While he enjoyed his work in research he realized he wanted to be able to do more for pets and their owners so he started working as a veterinary technician while attending veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2004.
Since then, Dr. Gellman has been lucky enough work with a variety of species, from cats and dogs to iguanas and chinchillas. He has a special interest in Exotics (reptiles and small mammals), Behavioral Medicine, and Pain Management. He looks forward to meeting everyone and their four-legged kids, working to ensure the highest quality of care from your pet's family doctor. In his spare time, he enjoys the Philadelphia Arts & Entertainment scene (especially music), traveling, and relaxing with his kids: Beetle, the rescue Beagle; Dexter, the tuxedo kitty; and Schlomo, the Abyssinian Guinea Pig.
Dr. Lesless Feaster
As our pack continues to grow, we are happy to introduce our newest team member. Dr. Leslee Feaster is a great doctor who truly loves her clients and patients. It's not unusual to see her in exam rooms on the floor with your dog or in the kennels, comforting cats who are nervous about an overnight stay. A native of Huntington, WV, Dr. Feaster attended her undergrad at Marshall University (Go Herd!), graduating with a BS in Biology in 2004. From there, it was on to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine earning her veterinary degree in 2008. Since graduation, Dr. Feaster has practiced at several different hospitals in Virginia and Delaware before joining us here at the Pet Health Center.
Dr Feaster is committed to working with her clients to maximize the quality of life for their pets. “It’s nice to feel like I am making a difference,” she says, “I feel like my job is to heal and educate, which is why I became a veterinarian.” She is filled with lots of information that will help you keep your pet healthy and your vet bills down. She looks forward to leading our new Community Education program, which is dedicated to hosting educational events here at the hospital. “There is so much misinformation out there,” she explains, “if we at the Pet Health Center can help break down the misconceptions on what veterinary medicine is and foster understanding on how we can help, I will feel like we are doing our job.” When we asked why she became a vet, her answer was simple, “I have always wanted to be an advocate for pets, to help prevent and alleviate illness and suffering. Veterinary medicine is the perfect outlet for this passion.”
Dr. Feaster and her husband live in New Jersey with their three incredibly spoiled cats: Midian, Pippin, and Luna. During her free time, Dr. Feaster enjoys baking, cheering on Marshall University's football team, visiting Renaissance festivals, and vanquishing monsters from the world of Skyrim.
Assistant Manager/Head Technician
Jen joined our team over the summer and brings over 9 years experience as a health professional to our team. She is extremely passionate about patient care and has done a tremendous job educating and improving the quality of care our team delivers. Like a lot of professionals in this industry Jen was drawn to animals form an early age and knew that some day she would play a role in animal medicine.
She set out to achieve that goal by completing coursework at Delaware Valley College for small animal science/pre-vet medicine. While attending college, she started to gain real life experience by working in a small animal hospital as a veterinary assistant. She loves the multiple aspects of veterinary medicine and over her career has gained experience in emergency medicine, avian and exotic animal care, shelter medicine, and private practice. She even took her medical skills into an industry position working for a national pet health insurance provider. Her one wish is that more people understood the value of having their pets on an insurance plan because she knows how it can help save lives.
When not at the office Jen is still advocating for animal welfare. She attends many fundraising events for local shelters and is interested in working more with local schools to get more children involved with the proper care of their pets. You may also get a chance to meet the love of her life, a cockatoo named "Bird is the Word" who she rescued when from the SPCA while she was employed there. He likes to hang out up front and has quickly become the hospital mascot.
Know as our "Parvo Princess" (because she treats Parvo not spreads it), Kiara has been with our family for almost a year now. Her love of animals began when she was a little girl back in her home country of Puerto Rico. "I was the little girl who was always more interested in playing with the my four legged friends over my two-legged." This love for animals led her to earn a Bachelors Degree in Biology that she hopes to one day turn into a Degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Kiara began her career working for ACCT and the Philadelphia SPCA. This exposure gave her great first hand experience with a multiple of challenging cases and situations. It also launched her down the path of fostering and rescuing pit bulls. As an advocate for the breed she has helped find homes for multiple dogs and currently uses two of her own as service dogs.
When not at the hospital she enjoys spending time with her pit bulls, ferrets, cats, lizard and husband, although we aren't sure in which order.
You can never have too many committed and talented team members, which is why we are glad to have Jaime on board. You may recognize her from other position where she works for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. She looks forward to bringing the same care and compassion she has for shelter medicine into our hospital setting.
“I love being able to help animals,” she says, “and waking up everyday knowing that I get to improve the lives of pets and pet caretakers is the greatest feeling of all.” Jaime has fostered numerous dogs and cats, caring for them until they can be placed in loving homes.
Born and raised on the shores of Long Beach Island, this Jersey native moved to Philadelphia in 2001 to attend Temple University. After spending some time driving horse and carriages around Philadelphia she found herself volunteering for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS as it is more commonly known. They loved her so much they made her an employee and she continues to work for them when she is not with us. Now a local resident she loves being able to help her community and feels she is truly making a positive impact.
When I asked her what she does in her free time she responded with a big smile on her face, “what free time, I’m always either working or taking my own dogs to the beach?” It’s that type of dedication and professionalism that we are excited to have on our team.
Melissa recently joined our team after working for the SPCA and Bucks County Vets. More information to come.
Veterinary Assistant/Summer Staff Member
Drew is currently enrolled in a vet technology program through his high-school in Florida. He will be spending his next three summers working with us while he finishes his diploma and certification. More information to follow.
Michael F. Wilson
The son of Dr. Wilson, Michael grew up in the veterinary industry. "The veterinary industry is in my blood. My first memories as a child are going to my dad's animal hospital in Orinda, CA to help feed the dogs." He is thrilled to be working side by side with his father and can't believe after all of these years he finds himself with this opportunity. "They say the apple never falls far from the tree, but sometimes it does roll away a little." He comes to the practice after spending the last year working as a Practice Liaison with My Veterinary Career, a company dedicated to helping recruit and staff veterinary hospitals nationwide.
Prior to his career in recruitment, Michael was owner and operator of Rocky Mountain Carriage Company located in Vail, CO. He is the proud father of a wonderful little boy, Riley, who might be seen working the front desk or playing with the animals. Along with Riley, Mike enjoys spending his free time with his American Bulldog “Bruin,” and his newly adopted Pit Bull Mix, “Daisy. “
Veterinary Assistant/Customer Service Representative
One day a new client came in with her dog that had been viscously attacked by another dog. The dog was in rough shape with severe damage to it’s front leg needing possible amputation. She had no money. She told us the story of the attack and about a girl who came rushing out of her job to help this poor dog out. We called this girl to explain the situation and she said “no matter what me and my family will take care of the expenses.” We informed them that it could cost a couple of thousand dollars to repair. She said “we will find a way.”
Find a way she did. This girl got the local news involved, held a fundraiser at her job getting local business to donate items for a raffle and was able to get a major support group from New York to contribute to the after care. The story went viral and we started receiving donations from across the country. One day we get a phone call from a woman in Switzerland who wanted to pay for the remaining balance of the dog’s bill. All in all this girl raised over $7000, enough money to pay for all of the surgical and emergency care with enough left over to make sure the dog would have care for the next few years. She did all of this for a total stranger.
That girl is Chelsea Coffin, and we were so impressed with her care, dedication, concern and follow through that we had to have her on our team. She is the friendly voice you hear on the phone and the smiling face you see when you first come in. She also manages our Facebook page. Being new to this industry she has done a fantastic job of learning as much as she can about the medicine. This summer she will begin training as a veterinary assistant this summer.
A native of Port Richmond she truly cares about the well being of her community. When not providing great customer service to our clients she can be found at Pennypack Park walking her dog Ryder through the woods and creek, going fishing with her dad and hanging out with mom.
Customer Service Representative
Maggie is another newbie who is best known for her great hair and awesome personality. We would be shocked to see her at work without a smile going from ear to ear. Having recently joined our team this summer she brings excellent customer service to our team and a desire to learn more about the medicine we practice.
Maggie is another Port Richmond native and graduate of Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls. As far back as she can remember Maggie has always been an animal lover bringing home stray animals since the age of 5. Her dedication to animal care has influenced her to foster dozens of homeless cats and dogs over the years. She is the proud mother of three cats Mittens, Gypsy and Millie, all whom are rescues. It is because of Mittens that we found Maggie.
In August Mittens came to the Pet Health Center very sick and was diagnosed with Hepatic Lipidosis causing Mittens to stop eating and drinking resulting in mass weight loss. Eventually a feeding tube was placed and we are glad to report that Mittens is as happy and healthy as she has ever been. It was the care and compassion she showed for her cat along with her positive upbeat personality that prompted us to offer her a position. Once she has mastered the skills necessary as a customer service rep she has her sights set on attending Mannor College to earn her degree in Veterinary Technology.
When not at the hospital Maggie likes to spend her free time with family and friends and enjoying all that life has to offer.
Customer Service Representative
Alondra has started as our first student volunteer but earned her way as an employee. She is currently attending Kennsington Urban Academy and is looking to start her career as a veterinary technician upon graduating this spring. Always with a smile on her face she looks forward to learning everything she can about proper pet care and her role as a room assistant.