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Ariella Samson, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer
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Dr. Ariella Samson is an Honors graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where she was a Sonata and Dvorak Behavioral Medicine Scholar and Lily Ireland Scholar. She attended the University of Maryland College Park as Presidential Scholar where she earned a Honors B.S. in the Combined Program of Veterinary Sciences and a minor in Equine Studies.

Dr. Samson completed a Specialty Internship in Shelter Medicine as a Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Intern with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine & the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia in 2019. Additionally, she authored Maddie’s® Outbreak Management and Response Online Course Modules for Maddie’s® University.

She resides in Squirrel Hill with her two beloved rescue dogs, Petey and Taza, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jeff. Dr. Samson has a special interest in animal behavior, population health, and antimicrobial stewardship.

Destiny Coleman, VMD
Head Clinic Veterinarian
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Dr. Destiny Coleman is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She achieved her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland. Prior to her position as our Head clinic Veterinarian, Dr. Coleman worked in private practice in Northern Virginia.

Dr. Coleman is published in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, actively participates in two long term study projects related to veterinary medicine, and holds a Veterinary Business Management Certificate from the Veterinary Business Management Association.

She lives in Oakmont with her husband and two black and white mutts, Rex and Padfoot. Dr. Coleman enjoys preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, keeping up with the newest therapies and medications in veterinary medicine, and making the veterinary hospital a positive experience for all patients.

Naomi Barney, DVM
Veterinarian
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Dr. Barney graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and joined Humane Animal Rescue’s veterinary team shortly thereafter. She received an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology from UC Davis. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Barney dabbled in research and wildlife rehabilitation, but ultimately opted to pursue her veterinary degree with a focus in small animal medicine and shelter medicine, particularly high quality-high volume spay/neuter.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her two dogs, Bia and Bear; exploring plant shops to find new greenery for her indoor jungle; and attempting an over-the-top baking recipe.

Abigail Fosdick, DVM
Veterinarian
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Dr. Abigail Fosdick graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University, and also holds a M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Michigan State. Prior to her position with Humane Animal Rescue, she worked as a regulatory toxicologist for the pharmaceutical industry where she worked on the drug that is proven to cure Hepatitis C.

Dr. Fosdick completed multiple shelter medicine externships in her final year of veterinary school, including Humane Alliance (now known as the ASPCA Spay Neuter Alliance), Boulder Humane Sociability, and ASPCA New York Forensics. She extended at and completed an internship with the San Diego Humane Society.

Dr. Fosdick enjoys spending her time at home with her five cats and two dogs, all of which are rescues.

Amy Kalinauskas, DVM
Veterinarian
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Dr. Amy Kalinauskas graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She achieved a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University and holds a Veterinary Business Management Certificate from the Veterinary Business Management Association.

While attending veterinary school, Dr. Kalinauskas volunteered at Grenada SPCA in the Caribbean and actively advocated and provided education to the local community on the importance of pet vaccinations and spay and neuter. Her professional interests interests include senior pet health, dentistry, preventative medicine, and animal behavior.

Dr. Kalinauskas enjoys spending her free time with her terrier mix, Cersei, a Grenadian Pothound, Queenie, and senior cats Fred and Ralph.

Amberley Karch, DVM
Veterinarian
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Dr. Amberley Karch graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Prior to that, she attended Washington and Jefferson College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. After veterinary school, Dr. Karch began her career as a general practitioner in private practice before transitioning into the world of low-cost medicine and surgery/shelter medicine. Her main interests include feline medicine and soft tissue surgery, as well as feline dentistry.

In her off time, she enjoys spending time with her four cats – Seamus Finnigan, Ravenclaw, Hedwig, and Rowena. She also enjoys traveling, reading, and watching a variety of movies.

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