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 Dr. DiGiacomo. Each pet receives a customized vaccine, diet and parasite prevention plan, as well as recommendations for age-appropriate wellness bloodwork and detailed reports of each visit with the doctor.

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Dr. Heather DiGiacomo, VMD

Dr. Heather DiGiacomo, VMD

Dr. DiGiacomo has 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 member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IAVPM).

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Dr. Lisa Harwood, VMD

Dr. Lisa Harwood, VMD

Dr. Lisa Harwood is excited to join NSVH in 2019 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, being a hockey mom, and snuggling with her lucky black cat and her 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.

Kim Shafer, B.S. – Veterinary Technician

Kim Shafer, B.S. – Veterinary Technician

Kim grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Masterman High School. She pursued Animal Science at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Statistics.

During school, Kim volunteered at a non-profit cat spay-neuter clinic and began her hands-on training to become a veterinary technician. After graduation, she continued to work at the clinic assisting in surgery, as well as routine medical care of the cats in foster care. Kim transitioned to a small animal general practice on the Main Line where she worked for 6 years prior to coming to work at Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs, Clari and Meara. Kim also enjoys photography and has very patient subjects in her beagle Clari, her bulldog mix Meara, and her cat Kingsley. Kim works with a few different animal rescue groups and opens her home to foster animals when possible.

Lisa Park – Customer Service Representative

Lisa Park – Customer Service Representative

Lisa grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Archbishop Ryan High School. During high school she did extensive volunteer work with a non-profit rescue where she discovered a passion for helping animals. After graduation, Lisa continued to pursue her newfound passion for animals by volunteering at spay/neuter clinics and socializing foster kittens. Lisa decided to continue cultivating her new passion by working at a small animal hospital on the Main Line for four years as a veterinary assistant; there she was eventually promoted to a technician position. Lisa knew she wanted to stay in veterinary medicine, and her path has since led her to Newtown Square Veterinary Hospital.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys hiking and running on the beach on sunny days with her two dogs, Leonardo and Darwin. On rainy, cold days they cuddle up on the couch with her cat, Vinny, and watch movies.

Nina Tecce, A.A.S. – Veterinary Technician

Nina Tecce, A.A.S. – 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 Riggin – 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.

Isabelle Pelle -- Customer Service Representative

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.

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