About Us

Our philosophy at Twinbrook Animal Clinic, Inc. is to Treat all patients with the highest levels of compassion and understanding; Work hard to provide the highest quality care available; Inform and actively involve all clients in the treatment and care of their pets; Never be afraid to go the extra step to improve the patients’ quality of life; Bring owners and their pets closer together; Remain dedicated to the continuous education of our staff on the most recent and advanced techniques in veterinary medicine; Offer preventative health care for the optimal maintenance of the health of our patients; Operate in a courteous and efficient manner and Keep the patients our top priority at all times.

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Our Caring Staff

Meet Our Team

Dr. Janine Callen

Dr. Janine Callen

Owner and Veterinarian

Dr. Janine Callen earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Dr. Callen founded her veterinary practice Twinbrook Animal Clinic and opened their doors to the public in 1997. She didn’t always know that she wanted to become a Veterinarian but her family and friends assumed that she would be one. Being an animal advocate and getting to form relationships with patients and clients is what she appreciates and values most about her profession.

Dr. Callen enjoys spending time with her Quarter horses, Nic and Harley, when she is not busy attending to patients at the clinic. Sally and Jack, her two dogs, keep her on her toes all day. Jack, a Toy Manchester Terrier, rules the home, while Sally is the smartest Pit Bull/Cattle mix she has ever met.

Dr. Laurie Schessler

Dr. Laurie Schessler

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Laurie Schessler obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. In 2003, she became part of Twinbrook Animal Clinic and loves how compassionate their team is about what they do. Dr. Schessler’s primary motivation is to make a difference in the health and well-being of pets. 

Dr. Schessler enjoys outdoor activities but nothing beats quality time with family! She also appreciates some downtime spent reading. Her house is not a home without her Cocker Spaniel named Oreo, her cat named Foo Foo the Snoo, and her bunny named Oswald a.k.a Ozzy.

Dr. Shawna Rau

Dr. Shawna Rau

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Shawna Rau graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1994 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University in 1998. She joined Twinbrook Animal Clinic in June of 2008 and loves being part of a respectful, dedicated, and compassionate team. Dr. Rau grew up in a home with animals and has always known that Veterinary Medicine would be her career. It’s important for Dr. Rau to present Science-based information and educate pet owners to make informed decisions regarding quality preventative care and treatment. 

Dr. Rau enjoys staying busy with her family’s activities and sports events as a participant and a spectator. In her free time, she can also be found outdoors either running, scuba diving, traveling, eating interesting food, and taking advantage of the arts and entertainment of Pittsburgh. She enjoys narrating stories in the exam room about her dogs, cats, reptiles, and fish, as well as how her experiences caring for them have helped her connect with her patients and their owners.

Dr. Leeann Oliver

Dr. Leeann Oliver

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Leeann Oliver is a graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and earned her degree in 1996. In 1999, she started working at Twinbrook Animal Clinic. While she enjoys all aspects of the practice, Dr. Oliver has come to especially appreciate working with geriatric patients and those with chronic conditions. Advances in early wellness screening, pain management, and compassionate palliative care have made it possible to add time and comfort to senior patients’ lives.

Dr. Oliver is a big fan of music and enjoys traveling. She also spends as much time as possible in Canada with her family. Other family members include a Beagle mix named Woodrow and a tripod cat called Horace.

Dr. John Tuttle

Dr. John Tuttle

Associate Veterinarian

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Carly

Carly

Lead Certified Veterinary Technician

Carly graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in 2012 and began working at Twinbrook Animal Clinic in the same year. What she likes best about the clinic is that it has everything she is looking for in a job, including coworkers. She has also always wanted to accomplish something fulfilling and enjoyable on a daily basis. On top of that, Carly wants to help dogs and cats, as they bring her joy.

Carly enjoys bowling, crafting, and gardening when she’s not at work. She shares her forever home with Doaree a cattle dog mix, Sabot a mixed-breed canine and two Domestic Short-haired cats named Tyger and August. Additionally, she has a red-tailed boa called Babayaga and a red-eared slider named Pops.

Amanda

Amanda

Certified Veterinary Technician

Amanda went to Vet Tech Institute and studied to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She began working at Twinbrook Animal Clinic in 2022 and is very happy to be part of a dedicated team. Her favorite part of working in Veterinary Medicine is teaching pet owners how to care for their animals so that they can have the healthiest and happiest life possible.

In her free time, she rides horses and joins the local hunter and jumper schooling shows. Amanda also makes sure to set aside quality time with her boyfriend Corey and with her niece Eliana. Her house is not a home without her two DSH cats, Mario and Smokey.

Laura

Laura

Veterinary Technician | Canine Rehabilitation

Laura received her education at La Roche University, Robert Morris University, and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She became part of Twinbrook Animal Clinic in 2002. The desire to help pets is what has driven her to pursue a career in Veterinary medicine and the most fulfilling work for her is interacting with people and assisting them in deepening their ties with their dogs.

Laura likes to spend time with her daughters raising and training their Vizslas and Beagles when she’s not working. Their precious dogs are frequently brought to a variety of activities, such as companion events, field trials, AKC hunt tests, and confirmation competitions. During her downtime, she appreciates any activity that fosters creativity. Laura and her daughters share their home with several dogs, which include six Vizslas, seven Beagles, and a single English pointer named Puck. On top of that, they also own a few game birds.

Carrisa

Carrisa

Veterinary Technician

Carrisa graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. In 2020, she came onboard Twinbrook Animal Clinic. She considers rescuing animals her passion and finds helping those that need it most very rewarding.  

Kayaking, walking her dogs, and hanging out with turtles are some of her favorite pastimes. Her turtles are Big Mama, Avery, Shark, Morla, and Voloya. She also has a Pitbull named Lady Marmalade, and a Domestic short-haired cat named Professor Xavier. They’re all part of Carrisa’s small zoo of rescues.

Sarah

Sarah

Lead Kennel Assistant

Sarah graduated in 2010 from Thiel College with a bachelor’s degree in Biology minors in medical biology, wildlife biology and coaching. She began working at Twinbrook Animal Clinic in August of 2012. Sarah considers her coworkers as family and loves that they work very well as a team to get everything done. Sarah has always wanted to work in the veterinary field since she was a kid and now aims to educate new puppy owners and prefers working behind the scenes with diagnosis and treatments. 

When she’s not at work, Sarah enjoys hiking, 5k running and half marathons. Photography is also a hobby she makes time for. She has given Luna a black lab, Crosby a rex rabbit and Tortuga the turtle their forever home.

Liz

Liz

Veterinary Assistant | Kennel Assistant

Liz is set to graduate in 2023 with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has a Veterinary Assistant certificate and currently attending San Juan College in New Mexico to become a Veterinary Technician. She started working at Twinbrook Animal Clinic in 2019 to pursue a career she’s passionate about. She has a strong desire to work with animals since she grew up around them. What Liz likes most about her chosen field is that it never gets old because each day presents a new challenge.

She spends her free time hiking with her dogs and enjoys a hiking challenge where they go on one hike per week for at least a mile. She also sets aside time for kayaking, watching movies, drawing, doing sports, and eating. Liz looks after two dogs, three cats, a hamster, seventeen chickens, five ducks, four fish tanks, and seven hives of honey bees. Her mixed-breed dogs are Willow, and Jade. Stanley, Grayson, and Ripley are her DSH kitties and her lone hamster is named Alfie.

Nicky

Nicky

Lead Client Service Representative

Nicky became part of Twinbrook Animal Clinic in 2015 and throughout the years she has witnessed all of the puppies go through different stages of their lives. She thinks it’s incredible to be able to watch them grow up.

In her spare time, she enjoys boating and outdoor activities with her dogs. A fun fact about Nicky is she’s a firefighter/first responder in her local community and has a  therapy dog in training to eventually support members of her fire department. Her pooch is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever named Petunia.

Lin

Lin

Client Service Representative

Lin completed a one-on-one apprenticeship which included 240 hours of hands-on grooming. She joined Twinbrook Animal Clinic in 2020, bringing with her 23 years of grooming expertise. She values everything about her chosen profession and enjoys every minute of her time at the clinic.

Boating, camping, fishing, and swimming are among her favorite outdoor hobbies. She also enjoys snowmobiling and has traveled to Canada on snowmobile expeditions. Lin has opened her doors to an array of animals, including three dogs, three ducks, six cats, eight chickens, and nine fish.

Andrea

Andrea

Client Service Representative

Andrea became part of the Twinbrook Animal Clinic family in 2021. Her love for pets is what she enjoys most about working at the clinic. 

When she’s not at work, Andrea likes crafting, hiking and hunting. She’s the proud furmom of a Golden Retriever named Brooks, a Yorkie called Ziva and a Beagle named Flint.

Emma

Emma

Client Service Representative

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Laurel

Laurel

Groomer

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Coralie

Coralie

Boarding & Daycare Attendant

Coralie studied Equine Management at Williams Woods College and has trained horses from 1979 to 2002. In April of 2002, she became part of Twinbrook Animal Clinic. The opportunity to work with and care for animals is what she loves most about her job. She also very much appreciates the team and everything they do for patients and their families. 

Coralie still trains horses part-time, works with dogs and pet sits when she can. When she’s not working, she enjoys gardening, painting, and reading. She has a total of eight cats and a Sheltie named Liam. Her six DSH cats are Pounce, Ben, Lily, Modeira, Jacob and Sasha. Possum and Spohia are her Domestic Longhair pair.