Joleen A. Mihalic, DVM, Chief of Staff
As many of our loyal clients know, Dr. Mihalic, our Chief of Staff, has been practicing at Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital since 1998. She grew up throughout the South Hills of Pittsburgh and continues to reside there. Dr. Mihalic received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in 1993 and her DVM degree from the University of Tennessee in 1998. She joined us shortly after graduating. It is thanks to her hard work and dedication that Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital is able to offer you and your pet both high quality medicine and excellent customer service.
Dr. Mihalic's medical interests include ultrasound. She also appreciates establishing close relationships with her clients and their pets. Dr. Mihalic's interests outside of work include hiking, camping, reading Stephen King novels and Steelers Football! She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family and pets, which include a dog (Gyro) and a cat (Igmu) she got from an Indian reservation in South Dakota.
Sean T. Kelly, DVM
Dr. Kelly has been part of the Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital team since June of 2008. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he grew up in Brighton Heights and now resides in Bethel Park. Dr. Kelly received his undergraduate degree from University of Findlay in Ohio and then went on to earn his DVM degree from The Ohio State University. He enjoys establishing close relationships with his clients and their pets.
Dr. Kelly has special interests in behavior, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedics. In his spare time, he is a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies. He also enjoys reading as well as a range of outdoor activities such as golfing, snowboarding, and volleyball. In addition, he likes to spend time with his wife and Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Bantha who is Canine Good Citizen certified, a therapy pet, and an Agility K9!
Ashley Smith, DVM
Dr. Smith joined the Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital team in July 2012. She is originally from Moundsville, West Virginia. Dr. Smith completed her undergraduate studies at Bethany College and then pursued her veterinary studies at the Tuskegee University of Veterinary Medicine, earning her DVM degree in May 2010. She then went on to become the lead doctor at a Banfield hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Smith resides in Pleasant Hills with her husband Christopher; Abby, a golden retriever; T-bone, a corgi mix; and her three cats — Kayli, Oscar, and Tux. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, reading books, and spending time with her husband and fur babies. Dr. Smith is very excited to join Pleasant Hills Pet Hospital and to give the best medical care possible to her clients and the cherished members of their family!
Madeline Leidy, DVM
Dr. Madeline Leidy grew up in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science from Delaware Valley College. She then received a DVM degree from The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Leidy completed a year-long rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson in Arizona. Since then, she has worked in the Pittsburgh area in emergency practice, as well as small animal general practice. Dr. Leidy's special interests include emergency medicine, wound management, surgery, and ultrasound.
Darah Himmelhoch, BVSc
Dr. Darah Himmelhoch grew up in Fox Chapel and still resides there today. She attended Swarthmore College for undergraduate studies before heading abroad to veterinary school at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where she earned a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) with Honors. Dr. Himmelhoch also has an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now called the Booth School of Business).
Prior to joining us, Dr. Himmelhoch practiced at Kenora Veterinary Hospital in Kenora, located in far Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Her special interests are internal medicine, surgery, and ophthalmology. She also had a pet sitting business in the Fox Chapel area and previously worked at a marine mammal rehabilitation center in Southern California, where she helped rehabilitate elephant seals, California sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins and whales in order to return them to the wild.