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Dr. Brad Carmichael was raised in the Peters Township community where his father, Dr. James Carmichael, established Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic in 1973, making it the area’s longest standing veterinary practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and then graduated with the honor of Phi Zeta from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After serving the role of the hospital’s director for many years, he acquired Pleasant Valley from his father in 2008. “Dr. Brad”, as he is known at the clinic, is active in his community, and is a regularly scheduled speaker in the local schools. He also teaches practice management as a guest lecturer at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Technical Institute, and sits on the Institute’s Accreditation Advisory Board. Brad was a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Society’s Board of Trustees from 2004 until 2010. He was the president of the Alumni society in 2008 and 2009. He also sat on The Ohio State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Advisory Board. He currently lectures in the states of Ohio and West Virginia for Zoetis Animal Health on the topic of Lyme disease. Brad and his wife Erin live in Peters Township with their young daughters, Adien and Breena, along with their dog, two cats, two Guinea pigs and a goldfish. He is a huge fan of all the Pittsburgh sports teams, and Ohio State Football. In his spare time, Dr. Brad enjoys cooking, golfing, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Mike Pensenstadler has been practicing with Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic since June of 1996. He grew up in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and graduated valedictorian from Ambridge High School. Dr. Mike currently resides in Venetia, Pennsylvania with his wife Kelly, son Matthew, three cats, two dogs, a bird, three chickens and a horse. Dr. Mike received his undergraduate degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude. He then received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mike decided he wanted to become a Veterinarian in the 9th grade. His father was and still is a veterinarian so he was exposed to veterinarian medicine at an early age. He realized with his propensity at math and science, his love of animals and his upbringing that veterinary medicine was for him. Dr. Mike has special interests in internal medicine, emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, ultrasound, pain management, greyhound care, and wellness and preventative medicine. He also enjoys hiking, camping, bicycling, golf, scuba diving, reading, playing the guitar, and anything Disney. Dr. Mike only offers the best in high quality medicine and exceptional customer service.
Dr. Joanne Jones has been at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic since June 1985. She graduated from West Virginia University in 1980 and then received her Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 1984. She practiced near Macon, Georgia for 1 year before returning to Pennsylvania. Her primary focus at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic is general medicine including vaccinations and parasite control. She currently lives on a beef farm with her husband and family in Southern Washington County. Dr. Jones enjoys horseback riding and driving her horse drawn buggy with her two retired standard breed horses that used to race at the Meadows. Her family also has 3 dogs, 1 cat, 5 horses, and over 50 beef cattle.
Dr. Andrea Gordon is a native of Wexford, PA, graduating from North Allegheny High School. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and her DVM at The Ohio State University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Andrea enjoys spending time outside bike riding with her husband. Her family has 2 fluffy small dogs, Newt and Lorraine, a boxer, Bella and three cats, Petey, Marshall and Douglas.
Dr. Marie Quicksall grew up in Columbus, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University for both her undergraduate degree and her DVM. She's been living and practicing in Pittsburgh since graduating veterinary school. Her professional interests include surgery and feline medicine. In her free time, she enjoys playing, watching, and coaching ice hockey (Go Pens!), as well as snowboarding and reading. At home, she has a lively son, a cuddly daughter, a loving husband, a goofy boxer, and 3 cats which she bottle fed as kittens.
Dr. Jacob Knox was born and raised in Valencia, PA and graduated from Mars Area High School. He has known since 8th grade that he has wanted to be a veterinarian. He is passionate about the human/animal bond that he gets to cultivate every day. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology at Grove City College in Grove City, PA. He then went on to receive his DVM from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Boston, MA. His veterinary interests include surgery, dermatology, and ultrasound. In his free time, Jacob enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, Amy, and his little girl, Ellie. He also enjoys watching Pittsburgh sports and spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, and exercising with his dog, Annie, a Brittany. He is excited to be a part of the exceptional team at Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic!
Dr. Wells was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland, and graduated from Georgetown Preparatory High School. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. He earned his DVM from St. George’s University, spending 3 years in the beautiful Caribbean before completing his clinical year at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Wells enjoys spending time with his wife Sara and their many furry children including their English Springer Spaniel, Ellie; Jack Russell, BJ; Pineapple Green Cheek Conure, Nora; guinea pigs, Cyrus and Penelope; mice, Tulip, Pearl, and Daisy; rabbit, Basil, and an adorable clowder of cats (Chewy, Sandy, Karen, Mabel, Holly, James, Merlin, Clementine, Duncan, and Captain Kiwi).
Dr. Erin Johnson