Staff at Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital

Meet Our Staff

Caring, dedication, teamwork, expertise—qualities all of our staff members have in common. From scheduling an appointment, assisting in the exam room, performing laboratory tests to providing compassionate nursing care, our staff is here to make your pet’s visit as comfortable and beneficial as possible. We’re committed to developing a close relationship with our clients and patients to achieve the optimum health of your pet.


Danee Althouse

Danee is one of our longest standing employees After graduating from Temple University with a degree in Criminal Justice, she soon discovered that she was “BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE” and made the bold decision to change paths. Her lifelong experiences training horses, raising cows, and having pets of every kind from dogs and cats to a pig, a duck and an owl made the move to the veterinary field that much more natural. She joined our staff in 1998 and was able to successfully transition into a fulfilling career as a Technician. The rest is history!

Although Danee can be found performing any hospital services, she spends the majority of her time behind the scenes in surgery or in the treatment area. When she isn’t glued to an anesthesia monitor screen or polishing her patients teeth she enjoys singing at church and watching sports.

Danee’s husband and their daughter share their passion for animals. They love to play ball with their rescue Pit Bull/Boxer, Nala. Unfortunately, no-one is sure exactly who runs the household! Stay tuned!

Tammie Farnell, CVT

Tammie joined FWVH in 2012. She grew up in Glenside and now lives on a farm with 1 dog, 3 cats, 1 cow and 2 goats. Tammie graduated from Johnson College with her Associate’s degree in Veterinary Science and became board certified in 2012.

Christine Tildsley Morrison

Christine is one of our senior Technicians and has worked at FWVH for over 15 years. She grew up in Bricktown, NJ and graduated in 1998 from Delaware Valley College with a BS in Small Animal Science. She is married with 3 kids.

Lisa Pergolizzi-Brock

Lisa has been with FWVH since 2013. She grew up in NY but fell in love with Philadelphia and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Lisa feels she is best understood by sharing a list of her favorite things from her favorite letter “C”: Candy, cappuccinos, Cinnabons, cats, canines, *community service*,* compassion*, caramel, curiosity, camaraderie, comedy, casual, college, cream, catalogs, clothes closets!, color!, cosmetics, Costa Rica, candles … “C” is close to “D” and D is for Denmark … “C” is close to “B” and B is for books.

Rounding out Lisa’s favorite things are being overpowered by dogs trying to give her (stinky) kisses and holding paws with her cats. She and her husband are the grateful caretakers of several incredible fur babies.

Becca Sayre

Becca graduated with a BS in Marine Science from Kutztown University in 1998. Becca started working as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital in Allentown in 1997 and began her tenure at FWVH in 1999.

When she is not at work Becca spends time volunteering for the Pennridge Aquatic Club where both her daughters swim. She also enjoys camping and canoeing with family and friends.

Ashley Thiel

Ashley graduated from Harcum College and became part of FWVH in January 2007. Prior to working here, Ashley worked in an emergency veterinary facility, an exotic veterinary clinic, as well as in the education program at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Ashley and her husband have 2 children and 2 fur babies. They rescued Trotter, their plot-hound mix and Hallie, their Boxer. They love vacationing in Ocean City and Cape May. They also like taking walks with their family in local [parks and enjoying nature.

Colleen Armstrong

Colleen joined the FWVH family in October 2017. She grew up in Hatboro, attended Upper Moreland High School and graduated in 2013. She was a dog and cat groomer for many years before entering the veterinary field. Once she completes her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, she aspires to become a veterinarian. Colleen loves spending her free time with her friends and family and during the summer, she can be found soaking up the sun at her family’s shore house. Colleen has two Jack Russell Terriers named Ralphie and Randy and enjoys taking them hiking at Valley Green.

Nora Garritt

Nora has been working at FWVH since April 2017. She grew up in Abington and graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a bachelor’s in Psychology. Right out of school she worked as an ABA therapist working with children in early intervention. She discovered her passion for animals after adopting her 2 pit bulls Toby & Sadie in 2010; she then went back to school and earned her certificates in both Veterinary Assistance and Dog Training. She is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program through Penn Foster and working towards her Vet Tech License.

Nora enjoys spending her free time with family and the majority of her time is spent with her long-term boyfriend and their 2 amazing pups!

Melissa Muriel

Melissa started at FWVH as a Technician in 2017 and we are very happy to have her! She has been a dog behaviorist/dog trainer since 2008. She welcomes a challenge so much that she has 3 challenging fur babies at home! Melissa is engaging, funny and has a great positive outlook.

Janet Walton, CVT

Janet graduated from Manor College with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology; she received her certification shortly after she joined FWVH in October of 2017. Her favorite thing is kittens.

Carol Collins

Carol was born and raised in the Plymouth Meeting area and attended Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Carol joined FWVH in 2012 with over 10 years’ experience in the veterinary profession. She started as a member of the client services team before training as a Technician and currently performs in both positions.

She has a special love for Rottweilers but is also passionate about feline rescues. She and her husband have 2 dogs. In her free time, Carol loves to go boating, camping and spend time with her grandson.

Client Services Specialist:

Marji Berman

Marji was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs and attended Temple University. In the past she ran her own gift store and worked in physician offices. She joined the FWVH team in 2005.

At the office, Marji works as a Client Services Specialist. She makes sure that each and every one of our clients is taken care of in first class fashion. She also makes sure that her colleagues are well taken care of – she is the “Mother Hen” of the hospital, and it is her caring and concern for others that makes her indispensable to both the office and our clients.

Currently Marji lives in Downingtown with her husband of more than 50 years. She has three children (yes, one of them is Dr. Berman), seven grandchildren and four dogs. Out of everything in life, Marji most loves spending time with her family and pets.

Stephanie Barnhart

Steph’s career was in the hair industry before she decided to enter the veterinary field due to her love of animals. She has been a receptionist for about 8 years. She and her husband have 2 rescue dogs, Kona and Otto and 2 cats Mya and Luna. On her days off she likes to spend time with her husband and fur babies. Her favorite place is the beach.

Sandy Goldberg

Sandy has been at FWVH since 2014. She grew up in Allentown and has two sons and 2 grandchildren. She has four dogs of her own, cares for other people’s pets and is active in animal rescue.

Lizanne McKay

Lizanne is the Client Services Administrator. She can commonly be seen multitasking – answering phones, scheduling appointments, listening to doctor’s requests and saying hello to all of the patients and clients she knows so well.

Lizanne was born and raised in Plymouth Meeting area and resides in North Wales with her husband and children. Her household also includes her pets – 2 Great Danes, a Great Pyrenees and 2 cats. She has a special interest in working with rescue groups and helping to find lost dogs; she has been very successful in both areas!

Trish Grow

Trish Grow

Trish is a full-time Penn State student majoring in English with a minor in sculpture, and is usually stationed behind the front desk. She hails from Roxborough, Manayunk and began working at FWVH in late 2017.

When she’s not figuring out new ways to use the computer systems, Trish can often be found petting your dogs in the waiting room and complaining about how her mother won’t let her adopt a cat. She has one dog of her own, a loving terrier mix named (The Dog Formerly Known As) Prince. You can’t miss her green hair, though she is camouflaged against the green files lining the walls of the hospital. She hopes to graduate Penn State in May 2018, and plans on becoming the next Hemingway post-graduation.