Our FVH Family...
DR. DIANA R. MEANS, DVM - Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Means was born and raised a country girl in Fayette County. Her interest in veterinary medicine stems from her involvement in showing horses in 4-H as a child. At the young age of four, she told her parents, I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up! Unlike most kids, she never changed her mind.
Dr. Means completed 4 years of undergraduate studies, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and graduating Magna Cum Laude at West Virginia University. She then completed 1 year of non-degree graduate studies at West Virginia University before attending Veterinary School. Dr. Means obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 2006 from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine after 4 years of intensive studies. Upon graduation Dr. Means spent 5 ½ years practicing small animal medicine and surgery at Delmont Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Means then joined Laurel Highlands Animal Health for 8 short months prior to purchasing Fayette Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Stevenson in July 2012.
Dr. Means resides with her husband and their two spoiled cats Ruger and Winchester. In her spare time she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. Being true to her country roots, Dr. Means participates in tractor pulling events alongside her husband.
CHRISTINE - Office Manager
Chris grew up on a small farm with many animals. She started showing her horses in 4-H when she was 8 years old. During her senior year in high school she decided to join the Army Reserves to help pay for college. She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Communications.
Chris started working at Fayette Veterinary Hospital in July 2012 as the Office Manager. She lives with her daughter, Taylor and their two cats, Spanky and Alfalfa. In her spare time she enjoys camping, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.
LISA - Administrative Supervisor
Lisa grew up loving animals from a very young age. She was raised on a farm near Brownsville, PA, surrounded by dairy cows and barn cats. Lisa graduated from Laurel Business Institute in 1996 with a Specialized Associate's Degree in Medical Assistant/Medical Office Administration. She had worked in the medical field for 10 years before joining the team at Fayette Veterinary Hospital in 2006 as a receptionist. After Fayette Veterinary Hospital went under new management in 2012, Lisa was promoted to Administrative Supervisor.
Lisa is very family oriented and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and her two children, Brandon and Madison. She also shares her home with her 3 furry family members, a cat (Anna) and 2 beagles (Penny and Lily). Lisa enjoys the laid back, family oriented style of Fayette Veterinary Hospital and considers her co-workers as her "Fayette Veterinary Family".
DEBBIE - Client Care Specialist
Debbie started at Fayette Veterinary Hospital in 2009 as a receptionist. She loves her job and everyone she works with!
Debbie has been married to her husband Elmer for 42 years. She has a son, Philip and a daughter, Deanna. She also has five beautiful grandchildren, Loghan, Emery, Matthew, Nicholas and Finley. They are gifts from God!
Deb loves God, Family, and her Friends!
SAMANTHA - Certified Veterinary Technician
Sam joined our team in March of 2014 after graduating from the The Vet Tech Institute in February of 2014. Sam is originally from northern PA where she was a cosmetologist. Sam has always been passionate for animals, so she decided to change her career path and moved to the area.
Sam has two dogs. Chico, her bossy Chihuahua, and Siva, her loving pit bull. Sam welcomed her first child, Kalen, to her home in January 2015. Sam loves spending her free time visiting family and friends. She also loves traveling and is up for adventures.
TAYLOR - Certified Veterinary Technician
Taylor joined our team in December 2014. She graduated from Sanford Brown Institute in February 2014, and became a licensed veterinary technician (LVT) in November 2015. She has loved animals from a very young age and has always wanted to work in veterinary medicine. She has a special place in her heart for dogs, but is definitely a cat person.
Taylor has a large 4-legged family. She shares her home with 6 cats; Daisy, Bug, Lucy, Sunny, Rosie and Clovis; a dog named Maxine who she adopted from Pet Adoption League in March 2017, an albino leopard gecko named Pinkman, and a Russian Tortoise named Pinecone. In her spare time, Taylor likes to crochet. She loves making hats and outfits for her cats and Pinkman, and taking their pictures. She is a vegetarian and her favorite place to eat is Taco Bell. Taylor usually volunteers once a week at Pet Adopton League with her coworker Megan. She also enjoys camping at Lake Erie in the summer, and spending time with her boyfriend Lucas and her furry family.
PRINCESS PHANTOM - Clinic Kitty/Patient Care Specialist
Princess Phantom joined our Fayette Veterinary Family, unexpectedly, in the summer of 2013. She journeyed her way through the woods and fields of Newell for many days and many nights before wandering into Fayette Veterinary Hospital's back yard. The sly black cat first introduced herself to a technician she found outside...it was love at first sight! At that moment in time, Princess Phantom chose Fayette Veterinary Hospital as her "forever home". Knowing she had to persuade Dr. Means, like a "phantom in the night" she sneaked through the front door alongside a client during evening appointments, and pranced around the waiting room like she already owned the place! After a few rubs against Dr. Means' legs, she secured her new home and earned the name "Princess Phantom".
Princess Phantom takes pride in being part of the Fayette Veterinary Family. Proving to be fearless by greeting even the biggest dog who crossed her path, she earned the position of "Patient Care Specialist". Her job duties at Fayette Veterinary Hospital include: Comforting hospitalized patients by keeping them company with her presence, medical record keeping as she lies on computer keyboards to assist staff when typing, and, of course, she fulfills the duties of a staff psychotherapist!
In her spare time, Princess Phantom enjoys playing with her stuffed mice, cuddling with her family and napping in her many comfy beds located throughout the hospital!