Meet Our Veterinarians
At Good Hope Animal Hospital, we aim to build life-long relationships with our patients and their people. With this in mind, we want you to LOVE your vet. So, we put the following videos together to help you get a better sense of who our vets are. If you have a preference for a particular doctor, please let us know when scheduling your appointment. And remember, you’re welcome to try a different vet any time you like. Just ask!
Nina Mantione, VMD
Dr. Nina Mantione, one of our co-medical directors, grew up in Mechanicsburg and graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in 1987. She attended Franklin and Marshall College where she earned a degree in studio art. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and then stayed at UPenn and completed a one year medicine and surgical internship. After working in private practice in Philadelphia for 6 years she returned to this area to join Good Hope Animal Hospital in 2001. She now lives in Mechanicsburg with her husband and four children, as well as their five dogs, three cats and a bunch of chickens. She is also an artist and occasionally exhibits at local galleries. In addition to painting and making pottery, she enjoys riding horses, watching her kids play soccer, and gardening.
Sara Michler, DVM
Dr. Michler graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Delaware Valley College. She then went on to the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her DVM. In January 2008, Dr. Michler joined as a full time doctor at the Good Hope Animal Hospital. She became a co-medical director of the hospital in 2022. Dr. Michler’s special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, radiology, and pain management. When she is not at work, Dr. Michler enjoys spending time with her cats, her dog, “Linus”, her daughter, her son, and her husband, Tim.
Joseph Hauser, VMD
Dr. Hauser attended The Pennsylvania State University as an undergraduate, and received his V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the previous owner of Timberview Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Hauser currently resides on a farm in Dillsburg with his wife, Helene. Together they care for a variety of animals on the farm including several cats, birds, salt water fish, six horses, and a turtle. Besides caring for the farm, Dr. Hauser enjoys ballroom dancing, traveling in Central America, and deep sea fishing.
Robert Heidecker, DVM
Dr. Rob Heidecker is the former owner of Good Hope Animal Hospital. He grew up in Boiling Springs, graduating from the Boiling Springs High School in 1985. He attended Penn State University, graduating in 1989, followed by the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was a 1993 graduate. He resides in Mechanicsburg with his wife, Jennifer, and their Miniature Dachshund, Zoe, and a Ragdoll cat, Lily. He enjoys working with the dogs, cats, and pockets pets that he sees daily as a veterinarian. In his off time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, trying to learn how to golf, and working on his landscaping and fix it projects around the house.
Samantha Kelley, DVM
Dr. Kelley grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2017. She then went on to the University of Missouri where she graduated in 2021 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Kelley joined Good Hope Animal Hospital as a new graduate. She enjoys caring for her patients and their owners as she gets the privilege to be part of their story.
Dr. Kelley has a passion for client education, allergy management, nutrition, dentistry, and preventive medicine. She has a soft spot for cats and exotic small mammals. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Ben and her cat Snickers, cooking, dancing, and spending time in God’s creation no matter the season.
Julie Konetski, DVM
Dr. Julie Konetski grew up in Lancaster and graduated with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science from the University of Delaware. She continued her education at Virginia Tech (Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine) where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After graduation, Dr. Konetski moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia where she spent time working in private practice and providing at-home euthanasia services and hospice care. In May 2018, Dr. Konetski joined Good Hope Animal Hospital as a full time doctor. When not at work, Dr. Konetski enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, their sweet young daughter, Rory, and their 2 pets (a Fox Red Lab named “Mona” and a cat named “Crash”).
Takis Weekes, VMD
Dr. Weekes graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Arizona. He then continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. The following year, he completed a one year medical and surgical rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. After working at a private practice in New Jersey for 3 years, he joined Good Hope Animal Hospital in 2015. He has a great passion for surgery and exotics care. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Natalie, two daughters, 2 cats and his dog. He enjoys spending time in nature, working out, building things and gardening.
Deb has been employed at GHAH since 2013 and has worked here as a Vet Assistant/Tech, Boarding Supervisor, Technical Staff Supervisor, Front Office Supervisor and Practice Manager. In 2009, she officially entered veterinary medicine as a 2nd career and never looked back! She has found her true calling in this occupation and found a “forever home” at GHAH because she thrives in the culture of integrity and high standards that have always been a part of GHAH. Deb seeks to pass along calm and comfort to our animal patients and human clients at every opportunity, and prides herself on understanding the many languages in which the pets speak to us!
Deb has 2 wonderful human children that fill her heart with pride and joy, and of course a dog, cat, and some chickens just for fun. When Deb is not at the hospital, she is very likely spending time with her beau, Todd, or visiting one of her many pet-sitting charges.
Perhaps you will see her zooming through the lobby or speak to her on the phone at some point- she would love to help in any way she can!