Our Veterinarians in Monongahela
The doctors of Monongahela Animal Hospital all have pets of their own and understand that the bond you share with your pet lasts a lifetime. Get to know them and request an appointment with us today!
Dr. Lisa Lusk
General practitioner and hospital owner Dr. Lisa 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. She and the entire staff at Monongahela Animal Hospital are committed to providing personalized care for all of our clients and their pets. Dr. Lusk also became a Fear Free Certified Professional to make vet visits less stressful for our patients and is currently working with the rest of the team to make the entire practice Fear Free Certified.
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; 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. Sarah Ripepi
Dr. Sarah Ripepi is an associate veterinarian at Monongahela Animal Hospital. Originally joining in 2005, she recently returned after taking 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 is also a Fear Free Certified Professional with an interest in 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 Cara and Kiki. She also has two cats named Phil and Sweet Pea, a bearded dragon, and a horse named Shiloh. Dr. Ripepi enjoys horseback riding, reading, hiking, biking, and spending time with her husband and four children.
Dr. Ashley Smith
Associate veterinarian Dr. Ashley Smith has been working with Monongahela Animal Hospital since October of 2018. Some of Dr. Smith’s professional interests include veterinary dentistry, internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and parasitology. Certified in stress-free handling, she is also a Fear Free Certified Professional and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
What Dr. Smith enjoys the most about being a veterinarian is being able to build close relationships with clients and their pets. She enjoys helping pets with more challenging medical issues and finds a lot of satisfaction in saving or helping a pet who has come to our facility sick or injured.
Dr. Smith attended undergraduate school at Bethany College in Bethany, WV and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Afterward, Dr. Smith graduated in 2010 from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated cum laude and received numerous awards and accolades.
In her spare time away from the hospital, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also loves looking after her fur babies; a Golden Retriever named Abby, and three cats named Oscar, Kayli, and Tux.