Companion Animal Hospital and Paws Inn acknowledge the importance of the human animal bond, knowing that the majority of the pets we see are thought of as members of the family. We are animal lovers, progressive thinkers and educators. We hold high standards for our practice and ourselves. Our AAHA accreditation and Cat Friendly Practice certification guide our patient interactions and hold us to a higher standard of veterinary care.
Dr. Lynne Neveu was born in Washington state and grew up in Tennessee. She has always had a great passion for animals, and knew by the age of 4 that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up. She completed her primary education in Tennessee and then moved to New Jersey where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Richard Stockton College. She then returned to Tennessee and received her a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in 2001.
Dr. Neveu moved to Central Pennsylvania immediately after graduation from veterinary school and has been practicing small animal medicine in the area since that time. She has a special interest in surgery, exotic pets and wildlife medicine. She serves as a volunteer veterinarian for T&D’s Cats of the World. She also helps as relief doctor for the Animal Emergency Clinic in Watsontown and a consulting veterinarian for Bucknell’s primate colony.
Dr. Neveu lives in Milton with her three children: Connor, Morgan and Macy. They share their home with three dogs, three cats and a couple dozen fresh water fish. When Dr. Neveu is not working, she enjoys reading, camping, hiking, swimming and traveling with her family.
Dr. Elizabeth Miller earned a BS in Animal Science at the University of Delaware in 1991. She completed her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Upon her completion of her DVM degree, she began working at the Elizabethville Veterinary Hospital as a mixed animal practitioner, working predominantly in Equine and Food Production Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Miller transitioned to small animal medicine working at several hospitals. She has worked at several local veterinary hospitals in addition to the Animal Emergency Center in Watsontown. After working part time for five years, Dr. Miller is currently a full time veterinarian at Companion Animal Hospital in Selinsgrove. Dr. Miller is married and has two boys, Brenden and Collin. She and her husband, Jeff, are active in the boy’s baseball program. Jeff coaches both teams and Dr. Miller is the advertisement coordinator and team Mom. Dr. Miller and her husband are very involved with their Youth Group and Sunday School Program at Church. In her spare time, Dr. Miller loves to garden, hike and eat good food. The Millers have five family pets: Camo, an enthusiastic Australian Shepherd, and four snuggly cats, Liam, Lily, Meow Meow, and Cutie Petunia.
Dr. Scheckter graduated from the Tuskeegee University School of Veterinary Medicine with High Honors in 1988. As one of the founding doctors, he has been with Companion Animal Hospital since we started in 1995 and recently retired. You will still see him at the practice on occasion filling in for our other doctors. Dr. Scheckter enjoys surgical cases and in making visits by our clients informative and personal. Dr. Scheckter grew up in southern New Jersey and went to Grinnell College in Iowa. Prior to veterinary school, he also attended West Virginia University and did graduate work at Florida State University and the University of Iowa. Dr. Scheckter currently lives on a farm with his wife, Betsy, a speech pathologist, and they have three grown daughters living across the country. In addition to the usual pets, the farm supports a flock of sheep-mostly kept for fun. Outside the clinic, Dr. Scheckter's skills include general construction, plumbing and electrical wiring. He enjoys crafting wooden furniture and stained glass windows in his shop. In his spare time, Dr. Scheckter is building a 1931 Model A street rod.
Dr. Armstrong is originally from just outside Syracuse, NY. She decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at age three, and never strayed from her decision. She has a drawing and story stating her career that she made in second grade, which her parents saved and then framed and presented to her at her graduation from veterinary school. Dr. Armstrong grew up pet sitting, horseback riding with the United States Pony Club and 4-H and eventually giving horseback riding lessons. She had a horse named Sir Lancelot from the age of 11 - 31. She went to college at SUNY Geneseo and earned a BS in Biology, then attended Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2002.
After vet school, she worked at a busy small animal and exotics hospital in Syracuse, NY for five years, before moving to central PA in 2007. She worked at Animal Care Center in Danville, as well as Animal Care Hospital in Lewisburg before becoming an associate at CAH. Her veterinary interests include small animal medicine and soft tissue surgery, and she has advanced training in endoscopy for the diagnosis and treatment of GI problems in animals. Dr. Armstrong lives in Lewisburg with her husband James and their four children, Greyson, Luke and twins, Alison and Colin. Dr. Armstrong adores being a mom to her wonderful kids, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, going to concerts, cooking, reading, horseback riding and hiking/running. Though extremely busy, she feels very fortunate to be able to have achieved a good balance of life as a mom, wife and veterinarian.
Dr. Paige Pacharis was born in Reading, PA and has known from the time she was 5 years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian. In 2013, she graduated from Delaware Valley College with a BSc degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management. She then attended St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in January 2018. During her time at St. George’s University and her time at the University of Illinois for her clinical year, Paige has developed a special interest in working with exotic pets. She is very excited to begin her career at Companion Animal Hospital.
She is now living in Selinsgrove with her fiancé Chris, a Siamese cat named Simon, and a Papi-Poo named Auggie who she brought back from Grenada. In her downtime, you will find Paige either reading a good book or exploring hiking trails with her fiancé and dog.
When someone asked Dr. Gabby Pagana what she wanted to be when she grew up, from the age of 3 until now, you’d hear with confidence “an animal doctor”. Born and raised in Selinsgrove, PA she kept that goal in mind starting her career working at Paws Inn in high school as a kennel attendant. Gabby went to Penn State University studying Animal & Agricultural Sciences and minoring in Poultry & Avian Sciences. She continued to work at Companion Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant learning the ropes, amongst other odd jobs & internships at zoos, dairy, horse and chicken barns, government labs, and wildlife rehabs, the list goes on!
After graduating, she went off to vet school to Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California, with hopes she’d come back to CAH at some point. She received a dual master’s degree in public health during veterinary school through The University of Minnesota, as well as pursued her certifications in both veterinary acupuncture and food therapy through The Chi University in Florida. During the pandemic, she fulfilled her dreams of becoming a vet. After graduation she worked for a year at a pet dental practice in Los Angeles. Gabby also worked as a house call vet treating many celebrity-owned pets. She worked alongside Vanderpump Dogs Rescue, and formulated dog supplements, diets, and treats with HealthyBud Co.
We are excited to finally announce Dr. Pagana’s return into the valley as she fulfills her dreams of being a small-town family veterinarian. During her off hours, you can find her tending to her hobby farm with ducks, chickens, bees, dogs, and of course farm cats, or making some herbal tea concoction, doing yoga or gardening!
Long ago, in 1995, Beth was able to fulfill one of her dreams and join the veterinary medicine field as one of CAHS's first receptionists. Her interest in animal behavior and her compassion for animals were evident from the beginning and her enthusiasm and competency have moved her to become our hospital manager. Her oversight of both business and personnel issues allows our doctors to concentrate on the health and well being of our patients. Beth has become the heart of the hospital. One of Beth's great satisfactions is in educating clients in ways that will ensure that their pets will remain friends for life. She has long recognized the importance of therapy dogs and is a member of the advisory committee for "Tender Paws" the therapy dog program at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. Beth resides with her tri-colored bull terrier, Oshi. When not actively giving love, Oshi can be found sleeping upside down in Beth's office, generally oblivious to the world at large. In their spare time, Oshi and Beth enjoy walking, gardening, going to the gym and caring for their salt-water aquarium. Beth has two sons and three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Heather is our Office Manager. Heather was born in Danville and raised in Mifflinburg. She was quite busy during her teenage years working as a waitress, focusing on a business curriculum at Mifflinburg Area High School and attending her senior year at Sun Area Career and Technology center in New Berlin where she studied Information Technology. After graduation, Heather was employed at Sunbank as a customer service representative. That is, until CAH met her and made her part of the team. Starting as a Client Relations specialist here at CAH, Heather's skills and learning ability quickly led her to the position of Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Technician where she has excelled at the many expected tasks.
She has one cat of her own named "Sunshine" and a lab mix named "Bella". When Heather has time to relax, she enjoys swimming, taking walks, fishing, shopping and spending time with her family. Heather's love and ability to care for animals along with her easygoing attitude makes her a key part of the CAH team.
Jennifer is a member of our client relations team at Companion Animal Hospital. She shares her home with four cats Sneakers, Phantom, Matilda, and Rudy. When not working at Companion Animal Hospital, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, vacations at the beach, and attending concerts.
Lauren is a part of our Client Relations team. Born in Lewisburg, she has always lived in Selinsgrove where she attended Selinsgrove Area High School and graduated from Lycoming College in 2011. Lauren has been dancing at Catherine Treon's Dance Studio all her life and has taken classes ranging from Pointe to Irish Step Dancing. Lauren currently shares her house with three beagles, Hannah, Almond and Annie. Lauren has been riding horses for many years, her favorite being western trail. She hopes to one day try barrel racing.
In her free time, you can find Lauren riding motorcycles, hiking, taking pictures of wildlife and exploring nature. She also enjoys baking and cake decorating and is quite an accomplished seamstress. Lauren's eagerness to please makes her a great fit here at CAH.
Melissa is a member of our Veterinary Assistant team here at Companion Animal Hospital. She can be found helping the Technicians with restraint, the Client Relation staff with a variety of tasks, as well as working hard to keep our facility nice and clean. You may also recognize her as a former bather back in Paws Inn.
Born in Mount Pleasant Mills, she now resides in Richfield with her companion Dean, and two dogs named Renabee and Nina. Her furry friends were all at one time part of the Companion Animal Hospital family that needed homes.
When not at work, Melissa can be found spending as much time as possible with her family and grandson Cooper. Melissa’s jovial nature makes work here at Companion Animal Hospital lively and at times very interesting. She’s an asset to our clinic.
Mandi is one of our Certified Veterinary Technicians and our Certified Canine Massage Therapist here at Companion Animal Hospital. Born in Groton, CT, this Navy Brat has moved around quite a bit. Mandi has lived, with her parents and younger brother, in Gulfport, NIS, Orlando, FL, Cuba and finally resided in Central PA.
After graduating from Milton Area High School, Mandi continued her education at Wilson College Where she received a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2001 and completed an internship at The Animal Emergency Center, Watsontown, PA. She successfully passed her Veterinary Technician Boards in January 2002. Mandi's strong interest in massage therapy for animals recently lead her to complete a 30 hour Class offered by Colorado State University, which enabled her to become a Certified Canine Massage Therapist.
Currently Mandi lives in Middleburg with her Husband and their eight cats, Spotty, Squeakers, Lucil, Smokey, Little Man, Trouble, Sparky and Fluffy. When she is not at Companion Animal Hospital, Mandi enjoys gardening, traveling to Clearwater Beach, FL, helping her husband with their mowing business, and being part of the pit crew for her husband who races at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Mandi's biggest passion in life, caring for and spending time with animals, is obvious with the care that she gives both animals here at work, as well as her pets at home.
Xena works a Veterinary Assistant at Companion Animal Hospital. She graduated from Selinsgrove Area High School and started working at Paws Inn in the kennel as one of our youngest employees. Xena resides in Selinsgrove with her dogs Bodey, Mr. Chips, Marvin, Watson, Sherlock, and Fiona. She enjoys taking care of a tropical aquarium and a snake named Piper. When not working Xena enjoys snowboarding, kayaking, skim and body boarding, mixed martial arts, camping, back packing, and hiking with her dog Bodey.
Chelsea, a Veterinary Assistant at Companion Animal Hospital, is a Midd-West High School and Wilson College graduate. Chelsea shares her home with two adorable cats named Winston and Marty. When not working Chelsea enjoys kayaking, camping, photography and horseback riding. She is also a big fan of all things Harry Potter.
Kayla, a Veterinary Assistant at Companion Animal Hospital, resides in Mount Pleasant Mills with her cat Simia. When not helping to keep the hospital running smoothly, Kayla enjoys reading.
Tami is a member of our Kennel staff here at Paws Inn. Born in Sunbury, Tami has been a lifelong resident of PA. She attended Shikellamy High School and then continued on to receive her CNA Certification.
Tami currently lives in Selinsgrove with her husband and six dogs, “Marvin”, “Bo”, “Watson”, “Fiona”, “Chips”, and “Sherlock”. When not attending to the kennels here at Paws Inn or working at Lerko Products, Tami enjoys spending as much time with her family and pets as possible.
Mark is one of our talented Paws Inn groomers. Mark grew up in Mifflin County with his parents, Lester and Shirley, sister, Sandy and brother, Craig. Mark is also an uncle to four nieces: Lori, Amy, Lindsay and Jordan and a nephew, Tyler, Mark has not always lived in Mifflin County, however. He has also lived in Hackensack, NJ, which he enjoyed because of its close proximity to New York City.
After graduating from high school, Mark went on to graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation. He worked in the human services field for 6 years before deciding that what he really wanted to do was work in the pet services field. It was at that time that Mark attended and graduated from The New York School of Dog Grooming. Since then, he has been working in the grooming field, as well as maintaining a business of his own.
Throughout his busy life, Mark has acquired two Brussels Griffons named "Kadashia", who was bred by the famous terrier breeder Peter Green and "Mimi". Mark also shares his home with a Cooker Spaniel, "Guinness", and a cockatiel “Cosmo”, as well as some goldfish from his water garden. When Mark is not grooming or caring for his own pets, he enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, gardening, biking and camping, as well as traveling. An animal lover at heart, Mark, an excellent groomer, enjoys making animals look and feel beautiful!
Lori started her animal career as a volunteer at the Humane Society when she was 12. She's worked as a Vet Tech and also managed a grooming salon, grooming many different dog breeds, including show dogs. She has, and continues, to volunteer at animal rescue societies too.
Her favorite breed is the Siberian Husky. Her first Husky was a rescue. She saved him at 6 months of age and gave him a great home for 14 years. She also shares her home with one cat, a dog named “Buddy”, and a cockatiel named “Tommy”. Besides her first love, animals, Lori enjoys music, dancing, hiking, fishing and astrology in her spare time.