Dr. Laura Weis, DVM
Dr. Weis graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 with the highest combined standing in both clinical and classroom work. She then moved to Bucks County and has worked since that time in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Weis oversees Holiday House Pet Resort, and has a special interest in nutrition. She is also passionate about human nutrition and enjoys tending her chickens, bees, goats and donkeys. Dr. Weis lives with her husband, Dr. Randy Weis, their three boys, two cats and a French bulldog.
Dr. Ransome Weis, DVM
Dr. Weis graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and has since been in small animal practice, first in Virginia and then in Bucks County. Dr. Weis and his wife, Dr. Laura Weis, bought Doylestown Veterinary Hospital, formerly Animal Clinic Doylestown, in 2002. His particular interests include surgery and infectious diseases. Dr. Weis completed his undergraduate degrees with majors in biology, chemistry, and mathematics at Dickinson College in 1977. Before attending veterinary school, he worked as a teacher. He enjoys skiing, working on his old home and spending time with his wife and sons.
Dr. Lois Palin, VMD
Dr. Palin is a 1991 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with honors from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in chemistry in 1987. Dr. Palin has practiced veterinary medicine in Bucks County for 20 years. She joined our staff in June, 2001. Dr. Palin is dedicated to developing lasting relationships and providing the best care for her patients and their families. Dr. Palin lives in Upper Makefield with her husband, Jim, and their two beautiful children, Monica and Jimmy. Their home is complete with Tate, a Labrador retriever, and their two cats, George and Mooch. In her spare time, Dr. Palin enjoys studying piano, playing tennis, skiing and traveling with her family.
Dr. Ashlea Erk, VMD
Dr. Ashlea Erk graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation she spent five years practicing veterinary medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado—one year gaining valuable experience as an emergency clinician and the remaining four at a busy small animal practice. Dr. Erk is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She received her training in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians in 2007. She is enjoying integrating this service into the offerings at Doylestown Veterinary Hospital as another tool to enhance patient comfort and treat a variety of medical conditions. In late 2010, Dr. Erk joined our staff after returning to Pennsylvania with her husband, an emergency veterinarian at CARES, and their two young sons. Since then, the family has grown with the birth of their third son. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially being outdoors together.
Dr. David MacDonald, DVM
Dr. David MacDonald joined our medical staff in July 2014. Originally from Eastern Canada, he is a graduate of Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. MacDonald has been practicing veterinary medicine in Pennsylvania for 15 years–visited PA for a weekend and thought it was so beautiful he decided to stay. In addition to traditional veterinary medicine, including extensive experience in surgical procedures and dental care, Dr. MacDonald blends modern medicine with the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to offer a fully integrative approach to pet healthcare. He believes these practices have been successful when handling cases of chronic illness where a unique solution may be the best treatment option. He is member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Dr. MacDonald and his wife have 2 children, Oliver and Edie-Rose, and their family includes a seven-year-old English bulldog, Dot, and two cats. He enjoys the visual arts so watch for cool photos of Dot and friends on our Facebook page.
Caroline is a certified veterinary technician and joined our staff in October, 2008. She graduated from Harcum College in 1986 and completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Hospital. Caroline loves being in the veterinary profession and has been working in private practice for over 25 years. Caroline lives in New Britain with her husband John and their 2 children, John and Olivia. Her family also includes Scooby, a hound/lab mix and 2 cats, Harley and Sparkles. In addition to spending time with her family, you can find her reading a good book or exercising her green thumb in the garden.
Julie started at Doylestown Veterinary Hospital in June 2012. She graduated from Manor College in 2006 with a degree in veterinary technology. She also has a passion for dog behavior and training and has been leading dog training classes since 2007. She has raised two Seeing Eye puppies (one of whom is now working in California) and has fostered many rescue dogs and puppies over the years. She currently lives with Sonny, her rescued pit bull Sonny, Wash, her rescued stray cat, and her husband Josh. She loves hiking in the woods, cooking, and yoga.
Heather graduated from Manor College in 2002 for Veterinary Technology and has worked in the veterinary field with both small and large animal practices for over 10 years. She was an intern at the Mid–Atlantic Equine Center and the emergency center in Langhorne for companion animals. Heather’s love for the thoroughbred racehorse industry is what led her to become a horse trainer at Philadelphia Park (Parx Casino) in Bensalem from 2003 to 2009 while working part time in a local veterinary hospital. She gained an overall knowledge of veterinary pharmaceuticals and disease processes as a small animal representative for Pfizer Animal Health. Heather is currently attending Cedar Crest College with a major in Education. Outside of work she enjoys running 5K and 10K races which support important causes like Girls on the Run and Running for Reading. Heather also enjoys reading and learning how nutrition and healthy eating practices affect the quality of our lives as well as our pets.
Danielle, Veterinary Assistant
Danielle joined the Doylestown Veterinary Hospital staff in September, 2012, but she’s no stranger to our family. Danielle worked at Holiday House Pet Resort for 4 years before joining our medical team. Danielle is studying life sciences at Penn State University, and she is also working toward a veterinary technician certification from Penn Foster. In her free time, she enjoys spending time and walking in the park with her yellow Labrador retriever, Kona.
Lora, Business Manager
Lora Leone joined the DVH staff as business manager in September 2013, but she’s not new to our family. She also manages the front desk operations for Holiday House Pet Resort. These important responsibilities to each business allow Lora to balance her love of animals with her management skills. Her business experience includes running a successful trucking company with her husband for the last 27 years. When she’s not working diligently to manage three businesses, Lora enjoys running and spending time with her husband of 31 years and their two adult daughters. She lives in Bucks County and enjoys being around her horse and Ash, the family’s German Shepard.
Kathy, Customer Care Specialist
Kathy is one of the first people you’ll meet when you walk through the door. She joined our staff in October, 2011. She has many years of experience as a veterinary receptionist and enjoys helping people and their pets. Kathy resides in Quakertown with her roommate Joanne, their 10 cats, 1 dog and an assortment of chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and crossword puzzles.
Rachael, Customer Care Specialist
Rachael joined the veterinary staff in early 2015. She has always worked in a customer service position because she enjoys making people happy and loves helping animals. Being at DVH gives Rachael the opportunity to do both! She added that one of the best things about coming to work is her coworkers, saying they are the “most genuinely good-hearted people she has ever met.” Rachael is the proud parent of a happy black labradoodle puppy named Jewel who loves peanut butter and socks.