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About Us

Our Team


Our dedicated staff is educated and experienced in giving the best care for your pet, and we always offer our services in a professional and friendly manner. You can rest assured that you and your furry friends will be well taken care of at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic.

Lawrence Gerson, VMD

In 1977, Dr. Gerson founded the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic as a family veterinary practice, providing care primarily for cats and dogs. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and a past president of its Alumni Society, which has also awarded Larry their Award of Merit. 

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Stephanie Berger, DVM

After graduating in 2009 from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stephanie Berger was thrilled for the opportunity to return home to Pittsburgh to practice veterinary medicine. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Berger attended Penn State University and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Bioscience. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and scuba diving. Dr. Berger also enjoys living in Squirrel Hill with her husband, Brad, their daughter Ellie, their son Henry, and their Goldendoodle, Cody.

Linda Mathias, VMD

Dr. Mathias is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. She worked in a mixed animal practice in State College prior to joining the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic in 1996. A lover of the outdoors, as well as animals of all kinds, she resides on her family farm in Southeastern Butler County with her husband Kevin.

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Caroline Simard, DVM

Dr. Caroline Simard graduated from La Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in 1994. After three years in emergency and critical care, she opened her own practice in Montréal before moving permanently to Pittsburgh in 2003. She has been at the Point Breeze veterinary clinic since then, she found a high quality practice and considers the office like a second family. She now lives in Lawrenceville with two Australian Shepherds and two cats, and regularly visits Montréal where her family still lives.

Christie Schroth, VMD

Christie Schroth is a 2006 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she attended Oberlin College in Ohio and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. Dr. Schroth is a native Pittsburgher who is close to her family and her roots here in Allegheny County. She finds the high quality of life and the favorable cost of living to be the main reasons why she decided to return to her home town. She has a dog (Devi) and 2 cats (Buddha and Knuckles) as part of her family as well.

Dina LiVolsi, DC

Dr. LiVolsi joins us in the clinic for appointments on Wednesdays and Fridays at Point 2.  She is an experienced chiropractor with over 12 years of animal care.  A member of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, she was the first AVCA certified practitioner for Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties.  Dr. LiVolsi is a leader in her field, and she has served on the AVCA’s Practice Standard Committee and helped to write and administer their first national board.  We are proud to offer her services here at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic.

Our Team

Veterinary Team

Jane Gruber

Jane has been with the practice since 1981. She is a member of the PVMA and secretary/ treasurer of the WPVMA. She has served on the board of directors and is a Past President of the PVTA. Jane is married to her husband Ron and has 2 children. They have 2 dogs and 2 cats. She enjoys teaching puppy socialization classes as well as doing agility with her bulldog Tank. She also enjoys gardening and being outdoors.

Terri Sutorka-Meyers
Veterinary Technician

Terri has been a member of our team since 1988.  She enjoys providing in-house care to patients and working with cats. Terri and her husband love and enjoy spending time with their family. They have 2 wonderful daughters, 1 awesome son-in-law, and 2 precious grand-daughters who bring out the kid in them.  The also have 2 cat fur babies. In her spare time, Terri enjoys reading, movies and astronomy.

Christina Jackson
Veterinary Technician

Christina started working here in the fall of 1994.  She has 1 dog (Remy)  and 3 cats (Piper, Walter, and Chingy). Christina enjoys coming to work to spend time with her extended family. Her hobbies include target shooting, ATV riding, online shopping, and visiting her cabin, Las Vegas and Aruba.

Amanda Dumas 
Certified Veterinary Technician

Amanda has been working at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic full time since 2007 since graduating form Veterinary Technician Institute. She lives with her husband, her daughter, and their pack of Beagles.  Amanda enjoys spending time with friends and family, and outdoor activities.

Sarah Maleski
Veterinary Assistant

Sarah has been a team member since 2015.  Following graduating from University of Pittsburgh in 2016, Sarah began working at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic full time.  Sarah lives with her boyfriend, and 2 dogs (Freyja and Fletcher) and one cat (Peachy).  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, and competing in sports with her dogs.

Amanda Bowan
Certified Veterinary Technician

Amanda Bowan has been involved in Veterinary medicine since 2002. A licensed Vet Tech with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Amanda has over 15 years experience with shelter medicine, emergency veterinary medicine and veterinary management. Before Amanda came to Point Breeze Veterinary, she was the medical manager for the Animal Rescue league. Her down to Earth approach and animal compassion and empathy are invaluable to us at Point Breeze Vet.

Melissa Wilson
Certified veterinary technician

After graduating from Edinboro University in 2014, Melissa graduated from VTI in 2016. She's been certified since 12/2016. She's worked at boarding kennel (country lane) for 8 years. Melissa has 1 dog (Lloyd) and two cats (L.B. and Billie). She's always wanted to work with animals since she was little. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys dancing, taking vacations and just relaxing at home with friends.

Angelica Gonzalez
Veterinary Assistant

Angelica beleives it is a blessing for her to be able to be able to work at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic to help take care of your pets. She believes love is a language everybody understands. Angelica thinks that life is wonderful and she enjoys nature.

Jami Wig
Veterinary technician

Jami graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in December 2016 and since then she has been a part of the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic team. When she’s not working you can find her spending time with friends and family or her two dogs, Ruca and Molly.

Lisa Unicek
Veterinary Technician

Lisa began working at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic shortly after graduating the Veterinary Technician Institute in 2016.  She lives with her boyfriend, 2 dogs (Niko and Jax) and one cat (Crosby).  Lisa loves her work, animals, and swimming.  She is also a very talented massage therapist.

Elyse Hoffman
Certified Veterinary Technician

Elyse graduated from VTI and obtained her license in 2009.  Having a special interest in animal behavior, she is committed to improving the bond between humans and animals by mediating behavior issues. She also enjoys vegan baking, writing, travel, and performing with her band.

Jessica Folmer
Veterinary Technician

Jess's love for animals started in 1998 after attending Median School.  When not working, Jess enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children, 3 dogs, 4 cats, 1 bunny ans a few other 4 legged friends.

Nicole Celani
Certified Veterinary Technician

After completing her externship at the clinic and graduating from VTI, Nicole joined the team permanently in 2019. She is happy to be fulfilling her lifelong dream of working with animals. She lives with her fiancé and two cats, Daisy and Momo. They enjoy cooking, baking, and seeing movies in their spare time.

Taylor Nemcik
Certified Veterinary Technician

Taylor being a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2019.  She lives with her two cats Charlie and Mama Tip.  In her spare time, she likes to go to concerts, play video games, and read.

Our Team

Front Desk

Don Bodnar

Don is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area.  He has worked at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic since 2009. In his spare time, Don enjoys singing in the church choir, cooking and gardening. He lives with one dog, Buddy.

Joan Varner

Joan began working at Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic in 2004 as a valued veterinary technician. She retired in 2016 to spend more time with her family, but returned in 2017 part time to as a front desk representative. Joan lives in the South Hills with her dog and two cats.

Lola Brown

Native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and a complete chump for a hard-luck Boston Terrier rescue named Louie. Lola has been a part of the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic team since 2015. She also works at Hillman Library.

Jordan Mutschler

Jordan has dreamed of working with animals for most of her life, and is excited to do so at Point Breeze! Jordan has been a team member since 2015. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two rescue cats, and one rescue greyhound. Jordan enjoys camping, snacking, and baking in her spare time.

Jenny Kalinowski

Jenny lives in Greenfield with her husband, two daughters, a dog and two cats. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy. She enjoys musical theater, reading memoirs, dreaming of exotic vacations, and sharing a meal with family and friends.

Chelsea Cibella
Front Desk

A western Pennsylvania native, Chelsea lives in Beechview with her husband and 3 dachshunds, Scooby Doo, Zelda & Zero. Prior to joining Point Breeze Veterinary, she worked in both shelter and emergency veterinary medicine. In her free time, she enjoys various crafting activities, kayaking & cooking.

Annie Berko
Front Desk

Annie hails from New Jersey, but moved to Pittsburgh and started at PBVC in 2013.  Annie has  background in Photography and Veterinary Grooming.  She lives in Troy Hills with her husband Josh, son Gabe, dog Dottie and cat Dieter.

Our Team

Seasonal Students

Dan Gruber
Seasonal student

Dan graduated from Penn State in 2017 with a degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. He is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. He enjoys rollerblading and taming his adventurous dog in his free time.

Alexa Lehman
seasonal student

Alexa attended the University of Pennsylvania for Veterinary School. She hopes to attend vet school in the Fall of 2019. Alexa is currently fostering and training a service dog and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her two dogs.

Sarah Blinn
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Point 2 for Healthy Pets

Our second location, Point 2 for Healthy Pets offers the space and availability for regular check-ups, vaccinations and simple procedures. This allows you and your pets to get in and out more quickly and with less stress than visiting our primary care facility.

Since 2006, we have been offering a new type of clinic that specializes in wellness care for your pet. At Point 2 for Healthy Pets, our Doctors are available to see your pet for vaccinations, checkups, and other simple procedures. This spacious office has a large waiting area and 3 fully equipped exam rooms for dogs and cats, so at Point 2, you will receive the same level of care that you have come to expect, without any disruptions.

Our veterinarians and staff members will be seeing both old and new patients at Point 2, and all doctors will rotate between the Main Office and Point 2. Point 2 is located right around the corner from our main clinic, at 415 Gettysburg St. Suite 2.