Our Veterinary Staff
We couldn’t ask for better veterinary staff to be the backbone of our practice in Monongahela. Their compassion, skill, and devotion to helping animals and people are second to none. Get to know their names and faces!
Connie Lusk, Office Manager
Connie has been part of the Monongahela Animal Hospital team since 1996. A long-time lover of animals, she’s worked in the animal care industry for over 35 years and was a dog groomer for 24 years. Connie enjoys working at Monongahela Animal Hospital because she likes being around animals and the wonderful staff and clients. Of course, she also likes working with Dr. Lisa Lusk, the hospital’s owner, and Connie’s daughter, and she likes seeing her grandchildren every day, too!
Connie shares her home with a Welsh Corgi named Teddy and a Pyrenees mix named Tucker. When she’s not working at the hospital, she likes to garden, attend auctions, and make dried floral wreaths. She especially likes to spend time with her 10 grandchildren and her wonderful husband, Bob.
Jayme Palla, Practice Manager
In addition to being Monongahela Animal Hospital’s practice manager, Jayme is also a veterinary technician at the hospital and has worked here since 1997. She likes the pleasant and fun atmosphere and enjoys meeting new people and seeing the many different animals that come through the hospital’s doors.
Jayme has a Frenchie named Bailey and a cat named Luna. When she’s not at work, she likes to spend her time gardening, scrapbooking, baking, fishing, spending time with her husband, Ed, and playing with her daughter, Carly.
Ashley Hazy, Veterinary Technician
A part-time veterinary technician, Ashley has worked at Monongahela Animal Hospital since 2008 and enjoys the hospital’s friendly atmosphere. The owner of two dogs, a Boxer named Geno and a Siberian Husky named Kierra, Ashley also fosters animals and likes to spend her spare time with her husband, Greg, and their daughters, Ailyn and Aubrie. She enjoys gardening, cooking and baking, biking, swimming, blogging, and crafting.
Jacquelyn Thomas, Veterinary Technician
Jacquelyn has been a veterinary technician at Monongahela Animal Hospital since 2007 and holds an associate’s degree in specialized technology. Learning something new every day while at work is something that Jacquelyn genuinely enjoys. She shares her home with her dogs Lillie, Paisley, and Hope; a kitten named Vinnie; and a green-winged macaw named Seth. Jacquelyn enjoys volunteering her time at Washington County Humane Society, fostering animals, and loves spending her free time on her boat and camping. She and her husband have two children, Colton and Camrynn.
Amanda Kegel, Certified Veterinary Technician
Amanda has been a member of the Monongahela Animal Hospital staff since December 2010. In addition to her work experience, she has an associate’s degree in veterinary technology and is certified in Pennsylvania. “I like working here because the staff and clients are so friendly and make work fun,” she says. “I also learn so much every day and I love seeing all the different dogs and cats.”
Amanda’s pets include an English Pointer named Bailey, a Golden Retriever named Riley, a Lab mix named Sadie, a box turtle named Mrs. T, and a leopard gecko named Clint Eastwood. Amanda’s interests include jet skiing, outdoor activities, spending time with her friends and husband, David, and playing with her dogs and walking them in the park.
Marissa Molnar, Certified Veterinary Technician
Marissa has been with us since April 2014 and enjoys the team she works with and the overall attitude of the practice. “Everyone is here to help animals, to make their lives better,” she says. “We all get along well while achieving the same goal of helping animals.” Marissa graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in December 2010 and has been employed in the animal care field ever since.
Marissa shares her home with four dogs: Diesel the Rottweiler mix, Coalby the Boxer, Pete the Pointer, and Wheeler the Cattle Dog. When she’s not working, Marissa enjoys being outdoors as much as possible—hiking with her dogs, gardening, and riding quads.
Melinda Jewart, Veterinary Technician
Melinda joined the team at Monongahela Animal Hospital in December 2015. She loves working with animals and helping them with their needs and enjoys working with misunderstood dog breeds. She has an associate's degree in veterinary science from the Sanford-Brown Institute. Melinda previously worked as the Humane Officer for Washington County.
At home, Melinda has three dogs: Butch, a Lab mix; Zoom, a Pointer; and Buddha, a Pit Bull. She enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her dogs.
Jaime Makrush, Veterinary Technician
Jaime has been a contributing factor to the outstanding services we provide here at Monongahela Animal Hospital. Some of Jaime’s responsibilities involve drawing blood, providing client education, surgery assistance, ordering inventory, and assisting our doctors.
Jaime’s favorite aspect of working with us is being able to work with so many amazing animals. She is currently taking online courses through San Juan College to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Jaime has prior work experience at a non-profit veterinary clinic in Greene County that helps lower-income families with their pets. She also volunteers at a no-kill animal shelter and rescue for cats.
“I like the family-like atmosphere,” Jaime says. “We are a small group of veterinarians and veterinary technicians, which makes the clients and their pets feel more like part of our family.”
In her spare time, Jaime can be found with her loving husband and their furry babies. They foster and find cats homes, so many felines come in and out of their residence. Jaime especially has a soft spot for cats with disabilities.
Morgan Sutts, Veterinary Technician
The part of being a veterinary technician at Monongahela Animal Hospital that Morgan likes best is being able to help so many incredible animals. Some of Morgan’s daily responsibilities include taking patient histories, providing vaccinations, restraint, drawing blood, running other lab work, and serving as an in-between for the doctor and client.
Morgan is a quick learner who is friendly in every situation. She attended the Pittsburgh Career Institute and has a degree in veterinary technology. “I like working here because I love being the voice of the ones who can’t speak,” Morgan says. “I love helping the helpless and saving someone’s furry baby. It’s a rewarding job.”
At home, Morgan has a Pit Bull Terrier named Zoey, and a DSH cat named Goober. In her spare time, Morgan likes to work on her Jeep, spend time with family and friends, and take Goober and Zoey for walks.