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Geoffrey H. Wright, VMD

Geoffrey H. Wright, VMD

Dr. Geoff Wright was raised in Bethlehem in the upstairs of the Wright Veterinary Medical Center along with three brothers. He received his undergraduate degree from Michigan Tech University and his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.

Dr. Wright is the Hospital Director.

Eileen L. Mera, VMD

Eileen L. Mera, VMD

Dr. Mera was raised in Bethlehem and worked at Wright Veterinary Medical Center as a student. She received her BS in Animal Bioscience from the Pennsylvania State University and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.

Dr. Mera is the Safety Director.

Paula J. Flynn, DVM

Paula J. Flynn, DVM

Dr. Flynn grew up in Massachusetts and received her BS in Animal Science, MS in Ruminant Nutrition, and DVM from Kansas State University. She spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Thailand between getting her Bachelors and Masters degrees. When not working, much of Dr.Flynn spends her spare time trying to keep up with her very active daughter.

Dr. Flynn is Director of Human Resources.

Higinio Ortiz, DVM (Bilingual)

Higinio Ortiz, DVM (Bilingual)

Dr. Ortiz grew up in Mexico; he received his Veterinary degree from the University of Tamaulipas in Mexico in 1983. He attended a postgraduate program in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1988, and completed two years of the clinical curriculum in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine (1989 – 1991).

He started working at WVMC in 1991 as an associate veterinarian and became a partner in 1995.

Dr. Ortiz shares his home with his wife and their three children, dogs Jack and Khali and 2 cats Teeka & Fluffy. He enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, jogging, and doing things with his family.

Dr. Ortiz is our Director of Surgery here at Wright Veterinary Medical Center. As Surgery Director his role is to Maintain and Improve the Surgical Standards here at the hospital.

Clifford F. Wright Jr., VMD

Clifford F. Wright Jr., VMD

February 19th, 1925 – February 21st, 2007

In Our Hearts Forever

Dr. Wright was raised in Bethlehem and attended Muhlenberg College. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and became a Veterinary Doctor in Bethlehem Township in 1949. The Wright Veterinary Hospital began in a renovated barn of his parents’ farm on Wimmer Road in Butztown in 1949. Although the original building has been added on too many times, one of the original stone walls of the barn is still visible in the phone room.

The Hospital started out with only 2 employees, Dr. Wright and his wife Louise, who was and still remains a graduate nurse. Louise assisted Dr. Wright for more than 25 years. The hospital presently employs , 12 Doctors, 4 of which are co-owners.

The hospital maintains the highest standard of excellence and has achieved the highest ranking with the American Animal Hospital Association. Dr. Clifford Wright was a Chairman of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for more than 18 years.

Dr. Wright once stated: ” I wouldn’t want to be anything else. I have a love for animals. Being a Veterinarian gives me the satisfaction of doing good things for animals. I can always go to bed at night knowing at least that I tried my best.”

Dr. Wright practiced Veterinary Medicine for 58 years, and was lovingly called “Chief” by all of the hospital staff. We all know he did his very best for his patients and clients the same, and we will all continue to provide that same personalized quality of care, that makes this hospital what it is today.

Jennifer Malarchik-Vail, DVM

Jennifer Malarchik-Vail, DVM

Jennifer Malarchik-Vail grew up in Easton, PA. She spent 5 years in Wisconsin receiving her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Chemistry, during which time she worked for three summers in a large wildlife rehabilitation center. After receiving her DVM from Cornell University in 2008, she has spent time working in both mixed and small animal practice. During her spare time, Dr. Malarchik-Vail loves to spend time in the outdoors gardening, kayaking, hiking, orienteering, and riding her horse, Nell. She also enjoys cooking and relaxing with her husband and two cats, Maya and Ember.

Adrienne Breaux, DVM

Adrienne Breaux, DVM

Dr. Breaux moved several times in her childhood but primarily lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine was acquired from the North Carolina State University (NCSU). While in college, Dr. Breaux volunteered at the local animal shelter and continues to value shelter work. She focused on feline medicine throughout veterinary school and has a keen interest in feline geriatric medicine, weight management, oncology and behavior. She found another love while at NCSU– turtle medicine–and was the co-president of the NCSU Turtle Rescue Team with her classmate and current colleague, Dr. Jennifer Hendricks.

In her free time Dr. Breaux enjoys spending time with friends, reading her Kindle, and cuddling with her two cats. When weather permits, she loves to walk nature trails and usually ends up looking at animals more than the trail itself. She is a passionate supporter of wildlife and takes and active role in conservation and rehabilitation.

Megan Hull, BVSc

Megan Hull, BVSc

Dr. Hull grew up in Knowlton, NJ and received her degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Sydney (Australia). Prior to pursuing her veterinary degree, she spent several years working with animals in various locations around the world. Two of her favorite experiences include studying lemur behavior in Madagascar and rehabilitating infant spider monkeys in Guatemala. In her free time, Dr. Hull enjoys running, hiking, traveling and spending time with her two black cats, Cindell & Wicket.

Katelyn Laury, VMD

Katelyn Laury, VMD

Dr. Katelyn Laury grew up in Walnutport, PA. She began working as a veterinary assistant while in high school and then moved to Maryland where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Washington College. Her love of pocket pets grew during her undergraduate years while working with her college’s laboratory rodents. Dr. Laury went on to receive her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school, she focused on small animal and exotics medicine which included working with the Darwin Animal Doctors in the Galápagos Islands and internships at the Philadelphia Zoo and Camden Adventure Aquarium. In her spare time, Dr. Laury enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing and spending time with her two-legged and four-legged family members.

Susan Speak, DVM

Susan Speak, DVM

Dr. Susan Speak grew up in Blue Bell, PA and attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University. While at OSU, she was the president of behavior club and dermatology club and also hosted Dr. Temple Grandin, a pioneer in animal welfare. She truly loves all creatures big and small so she will see whatever pet you bring her way. When not in the clinic, Dr. Speak enjoys many hobbies including gardening, skiing, and going to live concerts and music festivals with her husband Ryan.

Samantha Schwalje, DVM

Samantha Schwalje, DVM

Dr. Sam Schwalje grew up in New Jersey. She spent 8 years in Ithaca, New York receiving her undergraduate degree and DVM from Cornell University. While in school, she deepened her interest in pocket pet medicine and spent time working in the intensive care unit. Sam enjoys working with dogs, cats, exotic pets, and wildlife. Outside of work she enjoys cycling, traveling, painting, and spending time with her pet rats and gecko.

Rebecca Aiello, DVM

Rebecca Aiello, DVM

Dr. Rebecca Aiello grew up in Port Jefferson, NY. She moved to Newark, DE for college, and received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Delaware in 2013. She volunteered as a kennel technician for her local animal shelter while in high school, and returned as a veterinary assistant for their TNR clinic during college. After college, Dr. Aiello moved to the sunshine state and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. While pursuing her degree, she focused on shelter medicine and discovered a love for animal behavior. She is committed to helping her patients live happy, healthy lives and strengthening the bond between people and their pets.

In her free time, Dr. Aiello enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking with her dog, Parker. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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