Monongahela, PA Veterinarians

Dr. Lisa Lusk

Monongahela pa veterinarian General practitioner and hospital owner Dr. Lisa R. Lusk opened Monongahela Animal Hospital in 1996. A native of Charleroi and the Monongahela Valley, Dr. Lusk attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1988. Following graduation, she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the Western Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Lusk opened the doors to the new hospital in 2001. Dr. Lusk and the entire staff at Monongahela Animal Hospital are committed to providing personalized care for all of our clients and their pets.

Dr. Lusk is married to Don, a plumbing contractor, and together they have three children, Caleb, Levi and Grace. The family shares their home with two cats named Olive and Praline, as well as three dogs, including an Australian cattle dog mix named Gomer, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Goober, and an Australian Shepherd mix named Oakley. In her spare time, Dr. Lusk enjoys gardening and shopping for antiques.

Dr. Mary Ann Bender

Monongahela pa veterinarian Dr. Mary Ann Bender joined the staff of Monongahela Animal Hospital in April of 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Duquesne University in 1999 and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did a clinical year at North Carolina State University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Medical Association. She has a special professional interest in dermatology.

Growing up in Elizabeth Township, Dr. Bender was an active 4-H member and horse showmanship competitor. Before becoming a veterinarian, she spent time volunteering at a local shelter and working in an animal hospital as an undergraduate. She says she never had any doubts about her desire to become a veterinarian. "The schooling was tough and expensive, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from becoming a veterinarian," she said.

Dr. Bender is most satisfied when she can help her clients make the best decisions for their pet's overall health and well being.

At home Dr. Bender has two French Bulldogs named Newton and Oscar and a cat named Oliver.

She is in the office seeing patients on Monday and Wednesday.

Dr. Sarah Ripepi

Monongahela pa veterinarian Sarah Ripepi is an associate veterinarian at Monongahela Animal Hospital. Originally joining in 2005, she recently returned after time off to raise her four children.

Dr. Ripepi attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate work in biology, and she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Western Pennsylvania Veterinary Medicine Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. Dr. Ripepi's professional interests include internal medicine and preventative medicine.

"The most satisfying thing for me about being a veterinarian is the bond I feel with the pets and their owners," says Dr. Ripepi. "My biggest reward is feeling that I have made a difference by helping both the animals and the people."

At home, Dr. Ripepi has two mixed breed dogs named Ruu and Kiki. She also has a cat named Phil, a bearded dragon and two African dwarf frogs. She enjoys horseback riding, reading, hiking, biking and spending time with her husband and four children.