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

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Dr. DiGiacomo has over a decade 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. Clarissa Lyon, VMD

Dr Clarissa Lyon SquareDr. Lyon is a Philadelphia-area native, having grown up in Birchrunville, just west of the city. She is a graduate of Hamilton College in snowy Clinton, NY and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Her clinical interests include primary care small animal medicine, preventive healthcare, infectious disease and pain management.

In addition to practicing companion animal medicine with a focus on preventive health care and owner education for over 10 years at various well-established practices in the area, Dr. Lyon worked as a Field Service Veterinarian for the animal health company Merial. At Merial, she served as a resource on canine and feline infectious vector-borne diseases to veterinarians and veterinary school faculty and students.

Dr. Lyon is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) and Phi Zeta Veterinary Medicine Honor Society. Locally, she belongs to the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine (DVAVM). Dr. Lyon is also a Fear Free Certified Practitioner.

When not traveling the countryside attempting to stamp out disease and mitigate pain and suffering, Dr. Lyon enjoys spending time with her two pasture potato, geriatric horses Cana and Cody, superstar geriatric dog Sukey, and husband Jeff who is not geriatric, rescued or a pasture potato, but is a superstar. She likes to play platform tennis as well as hop on her bicycle whenever possible.

Kim Shafer, B.S. – Veterinary Technician

Kim Shafer B.S.

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 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.


Craig Waegerle, B.S. – Veterinary Technician

Craig was reared in Wilmington, Delaware, graduating from the Sanford School in Hockessin. He then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Kutztown University. Craig’s passion for animal care began when he was a junior in college; during school breaks he worked for a veterinary practice as a member of the kennel staff. After graduation, he joined the practice full time as a veterinary technician. In this role, Craig enjoyed seeing appointments, supporting the surgical team, and interacting with clients and patients. Craig is passionate about providing complete, preventative healthcare for animals and he is thrilled to join the team at NSVH.

Since Craig lives across the street from Brandywine Creek State Park, it is his playground! He enjoys walking his young chocolate Labrador Folger as well as kayaking, riding his unicycle and mountain biking. Throughout the summer months, Craig is a competitive XC mountain biker.


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June 19, 2018

Best of the Main Line!

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NSVH is thrilled to share that in only our second year of business we have been awarded Best of the Main Line – Best Veterinary Center! We are so grateful to Main Line Today for this recognition, as well as to all of our friends and clients who voted for us. NSVH is in very […]

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