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December 16, 2012

Dr. Jesse Shirey new owner of Western Reserve Animal Clinic

PIERPONT — Dr. Jesse Shirey was seeking a rural practice to compliment his veterinary clinic in western Pennsylvania, and what he found in Pierpont Township and Albion, Pa., was spot on.

Shirey said he looked at three different practices before he found the Western Reserve Animal Clinic, 1199 State Route 7, Pierpont Township, and the Albion Animal Center, 11 Wells Ave., Albion Pa. His other practice is Elk County Veterinary Clinic in Kersey, Pa.,

“We found the (rural) settings similar to what we have here. We want to keep the communities involved and happy,” he said. “Our philosophies of providing customer service and helping when people need it were similar.”

The Western Reserve Animal Clinic and the Albion Animal Center, were

purchased in August from Dr. Paul Mechling and Dr. David Boyer, who began the practice in 1974 in Mechling’s basement. Boyer has retired and Mechling is semi-retired, helping once a week with a few appointments and some limited surgeries.

“This is a nice practice with a great group of staff,” Shirey said. “We want to provide good affordable medicine.”

Shirey was reared in western Pennsylvania and went to Clarion University, Pa., for his undergraduate studies. He then went to The Ohio State University for his veterinarian medicine degree.

Shirey has been in the field for nine years and has worked all over western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and New Jersey. While he enjoys the medical side of the practice, he admits his true love is the administrative side.

“Having the two locations in the same practice is attractive because the facilities share staff and equipment which is a big advantage.”

The practice has also added two new veterinarians Dr. Theresa Konzel and Dr. Marla Hall.

Konzel resides in Harborcreek, Pa. and has practiced veterinary medicine for nine and a half years. She will be working at both the Pierpont and the Albion locations.

Growing up, Konzel wanted to work with horses, but then she gravitated towards small animals once she got out of school.

“I enjoy soft tissue surgery and ACL (knee) repairs,” she said.

Konzel became acquainted with the practice through a relief service where she worked at the Albion location.

“I am really excited about starting at Pierpont location, Dr. Shirey practices very progressive medicine and he is keeping pace with a standard of care of the whole profession, and that’s what I was looking for,” she said.

Konzel said she gains satisfaction from fixing a problem and helping an owner prevent problems before they become an issue.

“Educating pet owners is very important for preventative medicine,” she said.

Konzel earned her veterinary degree at Oklahoma State University, Okla.

Hall resides in Springboro, Pa., and has been practicing since 2009. She will be at the Pierpont location.

Hall enjoys providing small animals with routine care and also educating their owners on how to keep their pets healthy.

 “I like preventative medicine, internal medicine, and figuring out what’s causing the problem, she said. “Knowing we can help people help animals through education means a lot to me, plus, every body loves the puppies and kittens.”

Hall grew up in the Conneautville area and her family had taken their pets to the Albion Clinic and knew Mechling.

“I just recently moved back from the Medina area and was looking for a position close to home and this opened up,” she said. “Ever since I was little I wanted to take care of animals.”

Hall completed her undergraduate work at Lake Erie College, Painesville, and then studied at Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies, and completed her clinical at Oklahoma State University, Okla.

Shirey said the northeast Ohio/western Pennsylvania area is beautiful and the people are wonderful to work with.

In fact, he is considering moving his family to the Conneaut area.

Shirey actually began his education as an English major, but a job in a veterinary hospital changed his career goals.

“I bonded with the doctor I was working with and found I loved it. You have to love helping people and working along with them while helping their animals,” he said.

 Shirey and his wife, Jessica, have three children, two dogs and one cat. In his free time he likes to spend it with his family and helping to coach wrestling.

The other veterinarians at Western Reserve Animal Clinic and Albion Animal Center are Dr. Margaret R. Mamula and Dr. Joe Smith. Smith specializes in large animals and is visiting the practice through Dec. 21.

“Dr. Smith adds so much to the practice, I really hope he stays with us,” Shirey said.

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