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Meet Our Veterinarians

Get to know our team of veterinarians here at Shippensburg Animal Hospital by reading their staff bios, so that you, and your pet, can be assured that you will have the best care possible for any of your pet’s health needs!

Vet in Shippensburg Pennsylvania

Deb Buchanan, VMD

I grew up in Potter County surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, and cows. I received my veterinary training at the University of Pennsylvania and was in the same graduating class as Dr. Weeks. After 2 years of practicing in Erie (the snow called to me), I moved to Perry county and have been practicing in the Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg area since 1997. I joined the Shippensburg family of hospitals in December of 2013. I especially enjoy soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, but also find joy in helping pet parents solve problems that make it more difficult to fully enjoy our furry friends- the itchy dog, the chewing puppy, the cat that yowls at 2am; you know the ones.

I live in Shermansdale with a blue tick coonhound puppy, Mosey. We enjoy hiking and working in the garden or yard. I also enjoy playing the drums and kayaking. I look forward to meeting you and your furry companions.

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Chris Pinney, VMD

I grew up in central Virginia, attending the University of Virginia as an undergraduate. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. As a mixed animal practitioner, I treat both small and large animals. My wife is Noelle Weeks, a fellow veterinarian in this practice. Together we have four dogs, three cats, and six fish.

Professionally, I am particularly interested in small animal surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic). In my spare time, I design, build, and fly model airplanes, play and build banjos, and am interested in 19th and early 20th century European history.

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Noelle Weeks, VMD

I graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995, and have worked at Shippensburg Animal Hospital since July 1998. I am married to Dr. Chris Pinney. We have four dogs: Nina, a complex mutt; Binkley, a Yorkshire Terrier; Izzi, a Labrador Retriever; and Gilbert, a Golden Retriever. We also have two cats. To relax, I play with the dogs; we hike and compete in various dog sports.

When I’m not entertaining the dogs, I try to care for my growing back yard. When the weather is no fun to be outdoors, I try to find various crafts to keep me busy.

Maria Gorka, VMD

I was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with two older brothers. My father worked as a coal miner and wire mill worker and my mother continues to work as a registered nurse. I graduated with a degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After teaching nutrition and culinary classes at a weight loss camp for a summer, I began to discover my passion for veterinary medicine. I gained veterinary experience working in the emergency department of a specialty hospital in Pittsburgh and shadowing dairy veterinarians. I attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and focused my studies on food animal medicine. After graduating in 2016, I am excited to be beginning my veterinary career at Mt. Rock Animal Hospital as a mixed practitioner! In my free time I enjoy playing sports, hiking, traveling, and reading.

Dr Pandya

Scott Pandya, VMD

I grew up in central western Pennsylvania, attending Penn State for my undergraduate education and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, I practiced near State College for a year before moving to the Shippensburg area. While I enjoy all aspects of mixed animal practice, I have a special interest in small animal dermatology and bovine herd health work. My wife and I live in Carlisle with two cats and a dog. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing my guitar, skiing, and spending time with my family and friends.

Dr Grimmer

Elsbeth Grimmer, DVM

I grew up in Sparks, Nevada on our family’s hobby farm with horses, sheep, and chickens. I graduated cum laude with my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 and with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University in 2013. I completed a food animal internship in 2014 with the University of Illinois Rural Animal Health Management Service. I am currently finishing my American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and American Board of Veterinary Practitioners large animal internal medicine residencies at the University of Illinois and earning my Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine with my master’s research project focusing on Bovine Respiratory Disease. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, reading, and baking. I am owned by two adopted cats, Beatrix and Thaddeus. I am excited to join Shippensburg Animal Hospital and look forward to meeting and working with you.