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Ariella Samson, DVM
Chief Veterinary Officer
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Dr. Ariella Samson is an Honors graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where she was a Sonata and Dvorak Behavioral Medicine Scholar and Lily Ireland Scholar. She attended the University of Maryland College Park as Presidential Scholar where she earned a Honors B.S. in the Combined Program of Veterinary Sciences and a minor in Equine Studies.

Dr. Samson completed a Specialty Internship in Shelter Medicine as a Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Intern with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine & the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia in 2019. Additionally, she authored Maddie’s® Outbreak Management and Response Online Course Modules for Maddie’s® University.

She resides in Squirrel Hill with her two beloved rescue dogs, Petey and Taza, and her incredibly supportive husband, Jeff. Dr. Samson has a special interest in animal behavior, population health, and antimicrobial stewardship.

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Naomi Barney, DVM
Veterinarian
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Dr. Barney graduated from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and joined Humane Animal Rescue’s veterinary team shortly thereafter. She received an undergraduate degree in Animal Biology from UC Davis. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Barney dabbled in research and wildlife rehabilitation, but ultimately opted to pursue her veterinary degree with a focus in small animal medicine and shelter medicine, particularly high-quality high volume spay/neuter.

In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her two dogs, Bia and Bear, exploring plant shops to find new greenery for her indoor jungle, and attempting an over-the-top baking recipe.

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Amy Kalinauskas, DVM
Veterinarian
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Dr. Amy Kalinauskas graduated from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She achieved a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University and holds a Veterinary Business Management Certificate from the Veterinary Business Management Association.

While attending veterinary school, Dr. Kalinauskas volunteered at Grenada SPCA in the Caribbean and actively advocated and provided education to the local community on the importance of pet vaccinations and spay and neuter. Her professional interests interests include senior pet health, dentistry, preventative medicine, and animal behavior.

Dr. Kalinauskas enjoys spending her free time with her terrier mix, Cersei, a Grenadian Pothound, Queenie, and senior cats Fred and Ralph.

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Liz Mulhall, DVM
Veterinarian

Dr. Liz Mulhall graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. She achieved a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Lake Erie College. Prior to starting at Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh, Dr. Mulhall completed a shelter medicine internship at Cornell University as the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Intern.

While at The Ohio State University, Dr. Mulhall was an active member and president of the student chapter of the Association for Shelter Veterinarians. Here she co-pioneered the medical foster program for feline patients at a local shelter, which is still in use today. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Dr. Mulhall volunteered her time with several local outreach clinics and shelters in the greater Columbus, Cleveland, and Youngstown areas. Dr. Mulhall’s professional interests include outreach medicine, special needs and geriatric medicine, and community education.

Dr. Mulhall currently calls Wilkins Township home, where she lives with her husband, Rich. They have three rescue animals named Snoopy (a senior beagle mix), and cats Amoxicillin and Rupert. Dr. Mulhall enjoys spending her free time gardening, foraging, and maintaining her reef tanks.

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