Dr. Kathy Zippay
Dr. Zippay grew up on a big farm in Charleroi, Pennsylavania. This setting started her love for animals. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University with a minor in physiology and religious studies. She graduated with distinguished honors from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 where she received a high academic achievement award, a IVMA scholarship leadership award and a compassionate care award. Dr. Zippay is married to her best friend from high school and has two sons. All of her animal family members are rescues. She has a three-legged Shiba Inu (Ryokan), three cats (Peggy Sue, Skittles, Oreo), a Cuban Anole (Esmeralda) and a tortoise(Shelly). Their family values are “Love God. Love others. Speak truth. Be kind. Work hard “. She carries these values to her veterinary career. In her free time, she enjoys long walks with her dog, studying the Bible and spending time with her family.
Dr. Lisa M. Miller
Dr. Miller grew up and still resides in the Hershey area. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. The first 17 years of her career, she spent in a primarily small animal general practice, but simultaneously was able to have the experience of working 10 of those years in the field of large animal medicine. She was the veterinarian for the Pennsylvania State Police Horses for six years. She has been exclusively practicing emergency medicine since 2008, enjoying not only the fast pace of emergency medicine, but also all the challenging cases emergency work may bring. When not working, Dr. Miller enjoys volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities both at the Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at the Children's Hospital in Hershey. She also enjoys spending as much time as possible with her family, especially her wife and daughter.
Dr. Sarah Moser
Dr. Moser grew up in South Central Pennsylvania in the Carlisle area where she now resides with her dogs, Megan and Mattie. After attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, she moved to central Ohio and worked as a mixed animal veterinarian, treating dogs, cats, horses, small ruminants and cows. Since moving back to Pennsylvania, she has worked at a few local small animal clinics and now practices emergency medicine exclusively. Dr. Moser is very close with her family and feels very lucky to see her parents, sisters, nephews and niece often. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs to the park and home renovation projects.
Dr. Deb Benner
Debra Benner, V.M.D., M.Div., CPC, is a graduate of Gettysburg College, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Bethel University Seminary, and Penn State Hershey. In her final year at U of P Veterinary School, Dr. Benner was voted top student clinician in her graduating class. Along with her veterinary degree, Dr. Benner, a life-long learner, has advanced degrees in theology, pastoral care, spiritual direction, clinical pastoral education, historical research, and animal behavior. She is a licensed Christian minister and hospital chaplain. She was one of the founding owners of a large Mechanicsburg 5-doctor small animal practice with 25+ employees for many years. Since leaving that practice, Dr. Benner began a rapidly-growing in-home veterinary wellness and behavioral practice, served several stints as a veterinary emergency doctor, taught university level classes at Messiah College, worked as a hospital chaplain, and served as the executive director of a large parachurch ministry. As a published author, Dr. Benner’s first passion (along with animals, of course) is her writing. She is in the midst of working on three books: a scientific/spiritual look at the dog-human bond, a nonfiction book on the life of a common Civil War soldier, and an autobiographical work about living with the hidden disability of chronic pain. She is a noted speaker/workshop presenter in the field of bioethics and a nationally certified chronic pain educator (first non-M.D. who qualified for this certification). She is an advocate for those who live with hidden disabilities, and has contributed to several medical school textbooks and various journals on a wide variety of topics. Dr. Benner is in complete love with Standard Poodles and currently resides with an elderly guy who has been her animal “soul mate.” She also has 4 cats and an, unfortunately, growing herd of guinea pigs!
Dr. Maria Ciaravella-Schwalb
Dr. Ciaravella (Dr. C.) grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland where she first discovered her love of animals. Her family encouraged this love. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College). Dr. Ciaravella graduated Cum Laude from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. In her sophomore year she participated in a mission trip to Honduras to provide much needed veterinary care to livestock, working, & companion animals. Dr. C. is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, & the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Other professional interests include Internal Medicine, Diagnostic work-ups of complex cases, Environmental Enrichment for companion animals, Animal Behavior, Shelter Medicine, Trap Neuter Return programs, & Veterinary Forensic Medicine to aid animal cruelty investigators in prosecuting offenders. In addition to working at Shores, Dr. C. also works at a General Practice in Carlisle. She & her husband live in Carlisle & share their home with 2 amazing cats, Ziva & McGee. In her spare time, Dr. C. enjoys cooking, reading murder mysteries, listening to a wide variety of music, traveling with her husband, art, creative writing, & spending quality time with family & friends for which she feels blessed to have in her life.