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

Dr. Christie Schroth graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She previously earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oberlin College. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Dr. Schroth appreciates being able to practice veterinary medicine in her hometown. In July 2017, Dr. Schroth received her Veterinary Acupuncture Certification from the Chi Institute (now Chi University) and has been practicing Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine since then. She believes that acupuncture and herbal treatments are beneficial supplements to a pet’s routine veterinary care. In her spare time, Dr. Schroth enjoys spending time with her fiancé; one Australian Shepherd; and three cats. She is also an avid traveler and yogi.

Dr. Jennifer Finnerty, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Finnerty graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and interned at PVSEC for the following year. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in zoology and went to school in Denver, Colorado to become a certified veterinary technician. She found her way to Pittsburgh in 2011 so she could be closer to family, and other than her four years of veterinary school has been here ever since! Dr. Finnerty has a love for cats (even the cranky ones!) and plans to work toward becoming a feline specialist in the coming years. In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike, and read. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her four cats.

Meriel Walsh, VMD

Dr. Meriel Walsh is a 2021 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree in General Biology at the University of California, San Diego. Having moved frequently growing up, she is excited to put down roots in Pittsburgh and continue to explore the area. Dr. Walsh enjoys yarn crafts, gardening, playing video games, and spending time with her three dogs Benji, Murphy, and Nora, and partner Dan in her free time.

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. For more info go to https://www.drdinalivolsi.com/

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 began working at the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic during the Autumn of 1994. She has two dogs, Remy and Ruby, and three cats, Piper, Walter, and Chingy. Christina actively competes with Remy in the sport of Dock Diving with the North America Diving Dogs. Remy recently competed on a national level and is currently the first-ranked English Setter in North America 2020-2021. Christina also enjoys target shooting, riding her ATV, and traveling.

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.

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

Melissa has known she wanted to work in veterinary medicine since she was a child. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Edinboro University in 2014, then attended the Vet Tech Institute and graduated in 2016. Shortly thereafter, she started her veterinary technician career at the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic and obtained her CVT. If Melissa isn’t working, you can usually find her spending time with friends and family, her dachshund Lloyd, or her aptly named cats: Jekyll and Hyde.

Angélica González
Veterinary Assistant

Angélica believes 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. Angélica thinks that life is wonderful and she enjoys nature.

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 is a 2008 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute. She obtained her CVT in 2009. In 2021, she also completed the Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine program at the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. In addition to herbalism, Elyse has a special interest in feline behavior. She also enjoys vegan baking and traveling.

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 and a few other 4 legged friends.

Nicole Glider
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 husband and three cats. They enjoy cooking, baking, and watching movies in their spare time.

Taylor Nemcik
Certified Veterinary Technician

Taylor began her career at the Point Breeze Veterinary clinic shortly after graduating from the Vet Tech Institute, and obtained her CVT in 2019. She lives with her three cats: Mama Tip, Charlie, and Elvira. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys discovering new music, playing videogames, and spending time with her partner, friends and family - particularly her favorite person, her nephew.

Maeve Hicks
Veterinary Assistant

Maeve attends City of Bridges High School while working part-time at the clinic. She loves hiking, dog training, and watching Grey's Anatomy in her spare time.

Liz Belczyk
Veterinary Assistant

Liz became a Certified Veterinary Assistant in 2011 at Great Lakes Institute of Technology. She has been working with cats and dogs over the last ten years. Liz has always had a love for animals! She has a wonderful son named Ezra with her fiancé, Will. They have a pet cat named Jiggly Puff (also known as Sissy)! Liz enjoys nature, music and baking with her son.

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.

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 native PA native, Chelsea lives in Beechview with her husband and their crew of dachshunds. She has previous experience in both shelter and emergency medicine. In her free time, she enjoys participating in scent work with her dogs, kayaking, and crafting.

Tiffany Polite-Hill
Front Desk

Tiffany is a recent transplant from New Jersey, and still getting her bearings around Pittsburgh! Prior to the pandemic, Tiffany spent most of her time teaching yoga. These days she can be found at the climbing wall or hiking in West Virginia. She loves camping, backpacking, and border collies!

Our Team

Seasonal Students

Emily Filotei
Seasonal student


Zoe Halpate
seasonal student


Lianna Rishel



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 next door to our main clinic, at 6740 Reynolds Street.

Point 3 Just For Cats

Located directly above our Point 2 office, at Point 3 we are able to focus on the wellbeing of your cat in a quiet, feline-friendly environment.

6740 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206