Get To Know Our Veterinarians & Staff
At Good Hope Animal Hospital, we strive to build life-long relationships with our patients and their people. Our veterinarians practice high-quality medicine and care deeply for your pets. If you prefer a particular doctor, please let us know when scheduling your appointment.
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.
Throughout Dr. Davey’s life, his pets have always been a part of the family. When he was young, they taught him responsibility and compassion and were a part of every childhood memory. As he grew older, they have always been loving companions and friends. So, when Dr. Davey was given the opportunity to attend Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, it was a dream come true. Since then, he has had the opportunity to practice medicine in Washington State, Colorado, Florida, and now Pennsylvania, and he is honored to share his passion for animals and to help other families share the same joy that he has with his pets. Dr. Davey’s favorite part of the workday is talking with people about their day-to-day life with their pets. Hearing about their adventures together, the daily laughs, the treats that get slipped under the table, their favorite toys, the valuables that they destroyed as puppies and kittens, and how they’ve changed over the years still makes him smile and laugh.
In Dr. Davey’s family he has two of the most bratty but wonderful cats, and the most spoiled little dog that you’ll ever meet. Caring for his own pets as they’ve grown older and developed medical conditions has given him perspective and understanding for helping others to care for their pets too.
What Dr. Davey finds most fulfilling about his work is empowering clients to provide the best possible care for their pets. There’s nothing he loves hearing more than “he’s acting like a puppy again” or “she’s been so much more loving recently” after starting a new treatment. Dr. Davey’s priority in caring for pets is to strengthen the bond that people share with their animals by helping all aspects of their care – from diet and behavior to medications and surgery, he wants to do everything he can to support their health and well-being.
Robert Heidecker, DVM
Dr. Rob Heidecker is the former owner of Good Hope Animal Hospital. He grew up in Boiling Springs, graduating from 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 pocket 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 of being part of their stories.
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.
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!