Meet the Team

  • HeidiRizkallaCVPM
    Heidi W. Rizkalla, CVPM, B.A.
    Practice Manager

    Years in Practice: 9

    Education: University of Pittsburgh

    Heidi is a 1997 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English and Teaching. She has taught abroad, locally and was the education director for The Learning Lamp for over 5 years. She has been with Johnstown Veterinary Associates since 2013 as the Practice Manager. She believes that having an education background has been advantageous in her role as manager because she continues to educate staff and pet parents alike. 

    When she is not in the office, she likes to spend time with her husband, play tennis with her kids and go shopping alone.

    Heidi is a member of AAHA, PVMA and AAFP, SHRM

  • Amber
    Veterinary Assistant

    Coming Soon

  • Maddie
    Client Service Representative

    Coming Soon


Our veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants are a crucial part of our team. Our team is compassionate, skilled and together bring more than 30 years of veterinary experience. They assist the veterinarians to fullest possible extent, to help improve the quality of care given to the patients. They perform laboratory procedures, clinical procedures such as taking blood, dispensing and giving medication, performing medical tests, and implementing and following treatment plans for inpatients, all under supervision of the veterinarians. More important, our technicians prepare your pet for surgery, monitor them and help them while they recover.

  • Beverly
    Emergency Animal Care Fund Manager, Client Service Representative

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • Connie
    Kennel Assistant

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • Kayla
    CVT, Head Veterinary Technician, Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 8

    Kayla graduated from Richland High School in 2010. She attended The Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2012. She is a certified and licensed veterinary technician and has been with JVA since 2014. Kayla loves all animals and hopes to one day work with large animals as well small. She spends her free time caring for her two daughters and her Akita, Bear. 

  • Kellie
    Front Office Manager

    Years in Practice: 7

    Kellie is the Front Office Manager at JVA. One of her strengths is client care and she believes that her true calling is helping animals AND helping their loving humans to understand what they need to live their longest and best lives! When she isn’t answering your phone calls or answering your questions at the front desk, she loves to spend time with her large family, travel everywhere she possibly can, and still squeeze in as many naps with her pups as possible. 

  • Marrisa
    CVT, Veterinary Technician, Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 6

    Marissa is a graduate of Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. She went on and passed her VTNE in order to become a CVT. In her free time she enjoys participating in races and spending tome with her fur baby, Chevy.

  • Janelle
    Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 4

  • Kim
    CVT, Veterinary Technician, Kennel Manager

    Years in Practice: 4

    Kim is a 2017 graduate of The Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed veterinary technician and is also JVA's kennel manager. 

    When she is not caring for patients in her care or giving progress reports for boarders, Kim enjoys spending time outdoors with her Pittie, Jenner. 

  • Veterinary Technician
    Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice: 4

  • Jen
    Pet Groomer

    Years in Practice: 7

  • Jay
    Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 3

    Jayleana graduated from Windber Area High School in 2017. She has always loved animals and always wanted to work in the veterinary field. She was an active member of 4H for 4 years where she showed horses. Her favorite part of her job is working with a variety of pets and forming relationships with pet parents. When Jayleana isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and all her pets. 

  • Sierra
    Veterinary Technician, Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 3

  • Kayley
    Veterinary Technician

    Years in Practice: 1

    Kayley, veterinary technician, attended Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh and graduated in December of 2020. She has a passion for helping animals and working alongside her co-workers to provide the best care for patients. In her free time, Kayley enjoys watching anything Disney with her fiancé and playing with her kitten, Jelly Bean. 

  • Cindy
    Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 1

  • Sierraa
    Client Service Representative

    Years in Practice: 1