The NSVH Story

Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital

NSVH is a progressive, privately owned, boutique-style, full service veterinary hospital created by Dr. Heather DiGiacomo, VMD, a lifelong resident of the Main Line and an experienced small animal veterinarian.

As many veterinary hospitals are sold to corporations, and appointments become rushed and impersonal, Dr. DiGiacomo has designed an innovative veterinary model where client and patient relationships are cultivated and nurtured.

The focus of NSVH is preventative and proactive medicine, combining the most modern therapeutics and diagnostics with the warmth and hospitality of a family doctor.

All clients and patients of NSVH are treated as family; both well and sick visits are scheduled for a minimum of 30 minutes with our doctors. Each pet receives a customized vaccine, diet and parasite prevention plan, as well as detailed reports of each visit with the doctor.

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Dr. Heather DiGiacomo, VMD

Dr. Heather DiGiacomo, VMD

Dr. DiGiacomo has over fifteen years of experience in small animal medicine and surgery. Having worked at several of the most prestigious practices on the Main Line, Dr. D has extensive experience in veterinary gastroenterology, dermatology, radiology, internal medicine, pediatric medicine, soft tissue surgery and palliative care (among many other subspecialities). Dr. DiGiacomo is a Fear Free Elite Certified Practitioner and founded NSVH on the principle of providing low-stress handling for all of her patients. Dr. DiGiacomo is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and has recently been elected to the board of directors of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association (IVPA). Dr. DiGiacomo also recently became a certified Cat Friendly Veterinarian by the AAFP. More About Dr. D
Dr. Lisa Harwood, VMD

Dr. Lisa Harwood, VMD

Dr. Lisa Harwood is excited to have joined the NSVH team after practicing veterinary medicine for over 15 years in South Philadelphia and the Main Line. She grew up in Rhode Island and then received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and will always be a Blue Devil basketball fan. She earned her veterinary degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and is accredited by the USDA. She is also a Fear Free Certified Practitioner. When not caring for her patients, Dr. Harwood is kept busy by her two children. She enjoys practicing yoga, riding her Peloton, being a hockey mom, and snuggling with her misbehaving tuxedo kitten and her lazy pug mix.

Dr. Lexy So, VMD

Dr. Lexy So is thrilled to have joined the NSVH team in 2020. Dr. So is a native of Havertown, and comes to NSVH from another acclaimed veterinary hospital on the Main Line. She received a bachelor of science degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. So is a 2019 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. In order to remain close to family and friends, Dr. So and her husband decided to stay local, and she is thrilled to return to the community where she was raised. Dr. So enjoys collecting indoor plants, gardening, yoga, antique hunting, painting, and crafting of any kind. She has five rescued dogs: a one-eyed cocker spaniel mix, a pit bull/hound mix, two chihuahuas, and a pomeranian. Dr. So is a strong advocate for preventative medicine. Her primary interests are soft tissue surgery, dentistry and oral surgery. Dr. So is a Fear Free Certified Practitioner.

Dr. Carla Germano, VMD

Dr. Carla Germano is a New Jersey native and has a degree in Business from Villanova University as well as a degree Biology from Rutgers University. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and has been practicing both small animal and exotic animal medicine in Philadelphia and on the Main Line ever since. Her other interests include dentistry and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Germano has expertise with numerous species in addition to cats and dogs. She provides medical and surgical care for small mammals (rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters and hedgehogs), snakes and reptiles including turtles, tortoises and lizards. Like all of the NSVH veterinarians, Dr. Germano is a Fear Free Certified Practitioner. She is also certified by the USDA to issue health certificates for international travel. Dr. Germano resides in Philadelphia with her Aussie mix, Raven, her cats, Remy and Monty, and her bearded dragon, Rooter. In her free time she enjoys acro yoga, reading and crafting.

Erica Brown - Practice Manager

Erica Brown recently joined NSVH as the Practice Manager. Prior to joining NSVH, Erica worked at a busy practice in West Chester for twelve years, where she developed a love for client relations and management. Erica's mission is to make sure NSVH provides the best medical care and service to our clients, while also providing educational opportunities during visits. Prior to becoming a manager, Erica spent several years as veterinarian technician and client service representative. Erica shares her home with her husband, son, a Boston Terrier named Bumpy and a Rusian Tortoise named Turtle Koon. In her free time, she can be found traveling, doing home renovations, spending time with her family and cheering on her beloved husband/son on the basketball court.

Isabella - Client Service Manager

Isabella grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in a home that was always open to cats in need.  Over the years, she has had the pleasure of caring for eight FIV positive felines, all rescued from the Philadelphia area. She is an internationally certified 4th dan black belt in the Korean martial art of Taekwondo. Isabella has worked in the martial arts industry for the past decade as an instructor and business manager, most recently running a privately owned dojang in Bucks county. Isabella has always been passionate about animals and chose to apply her professional experience in a setting that allowed her to contribute to their care and welfare. She hopes to expand further into the field of veterinary medicine and greatly enjoys listening to the doctors and technicians of our practice discuss their work. When she's not at the front desk, she's snuggling up with her cats Ami and Charlotte, or cooking too much food with her boyfriend.
Nina Tecce, A.A.S. – Veterinary Technician

Nina – Veterinary Technician

Nina grew up in Philadelphia and attended Archbishop Carroll High School. She has always been passionate about animal care and knew that one day she would have a career in the veterinary profession. Nina pursued her training in veterinary medicine at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr. While studying there, she worked at a small animal practice on the Main Line to gain hands-on experience and learn the techniques of the field. After graduating with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology, she began working at a fast-paced emergency and critical care/speciality hospital in Bucks County. With emergency technical skills under her belt, Nina is happy to back in general practice at Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital. When not giving kisses and belly rubs to her adorable Siamese cat Lotus and special attention to her domesticated fancy rat Henry, Nina enjoys dining out at new restaurants, sunny beach days, and running. She is a new mom as of this year; spending quality time with her family is always high on her list!
Heather Riggin – Veterinary Technician

Heather – Certified Veterinary Technician

Heather grew up in Delaware and Lancaster Counties, attending Pequea Valley High School.  She always felt a strong connection to animals so it was no surprise to those who knew her that she chose the veterinary nursing path. Heather earned a BS in Veterinary Medical Technology at Wilson College. After graduation, she worked at a mixed animal practice in Lancaster County. She then moved to Georgia, working in the large animal department at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital. From there, Heather's path led her to England for several years where she reconnected with her passion for small animal medicine. After her sojourn to the U.K., Heather returned to central Pennsylvania where she worked in a small animal and exotics clinic before moving back to Delaware County and joining the NSVH team. Heather's spare time is spent with her adorable French bulldog Piper and domestic short hair kitty Pita.  She also loves spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, dining and movies.

Brenda - Certified Veterinary Technician

Brenda is a Certified Veterinary Technician who joined the NSVH family in July 2020. She has been working in Veterinary Medicine since 2004. Brenda is a 2007 graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at Manor College. Brenda takes a special interest in anesthesia and pain management. She is also a Certified Fear Free Practitioner. Brenda grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and currently resides in Delaware County with her husband and her two fur babies, Xena Girl, a scruffy mixed breed, and Alice the tortie cat. In her spare time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her husband, powerlifting, going on outdoor adventures with her dog, and anything Disney-related. 

Kate - Veterinary Technician

Kate joined the NSVH team in November 2020. She is a native to the area, having grown up in Havertown. She is a graduate of Haverford High School and West Chester University, where she majored in professional studies. Kate began her career with animals as a kennel volunteer at an animal shelter. She worked her way up through the ranks, gaining experience as a kennel associate as well as a clinic and surgical veterinary technician. Outside of work, Kate enjoys warm weather and outdoor activities with her family. She has two children, several fur children and the occasional foster pet - all of whom keep her on her toes.

Wendy - Veterinary Technician

Wendy joined NSVH in March of 2021. She is a highly experienced veterinary technician, having worked in the field for many years. After spending a few years in Colorado, Wendy returned home to Delaware County and worked as a barn manager at a horse farm in Pocopson. In 2002, she happily made the transition to working with small animals and has worked in both Western medicine practices as well as a holistic medicine practice.  Wendy has a Bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and is Fear Free certified. She enjoys walking her American Foxhound, Arden, her foster dog, Chloe, reading with her 19 year old cat, Stella and going to the beach with her extended family.

Will - Client Service Representative

William became a part of the NSVH team in April of 2021. As a Delaware County native, Will is from Folcroft and now lives in the Drexel Hill area with his partner and two children. Prior to joining NSVH, Will worked at an emergency animal hospital for two years, gaining experience working with pets in both a general practice setting and in emergency situations. During summer months, Will can be found enjoying time next to a pool with some barbecue, music and refreshments. He and his family also enjoy other outdoor activities like tubing, boating, hiking, camping and spending time at the beach. Will is the proud owner of two cats, Frankie and Charlie, and his one year old pitbull, Mira. Mira enjoys long walks in the evening and just about any toy that is given to her.

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