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Robert Bell, DVM - Practice Owner and Founder

When founding this practice, Dr. Bell wanted to open a veterinary hospital where he could practice small and large animal medicine in a small-town, friendly environment. He values being able to provide compassionate care to both pets and their owners. Dr. Bell completed his veterinary education at Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and takes particular interest in small animal orthopedic surgery, bovine medicine and large dairy herd problem-solving.

Dr. Bell is an avid outdoorsman. When he's not at the Animal Hospital of Waterford, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family (wife, Jennifer, and two sons, Clay and Chase.) Mazie (a Happy Bark Rescue dog) and Shadow (a black cat) run the household.


Ginger Pelc, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Pelc graduated from North Carolina State University and has years of hands-on experience working with both small and large animals. Prior to college she worked in a small animal clinic, then began working at an equine hospital through college and worked at North Carolina State's and Washington State's university dairies while in her undergraduate program. She also has experience showing heifers throughout her time in college.

Dr. Pelc grew up in North Carolina. She is also very involved in veterinary missions work, serving Native American communities in Alaska, Utah, Arizona, and North Carolina. Here in Waterford, she enjoys having the opportunity to serve people by caring for their animals. Her household includes her husband, Tony, Olive & Calvin (two Border Collies), Kia & Taco (cats), Willoughby (a Bearded Dragon), and a menagerie of barn animals!

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Kathryn Hamilton, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Hamilton is a graduate of North Carolina State University with interest in radiology as well as small and large animal medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she worked in a busy, mixed animal practice in Kittanning, PA that served many dairy farms. Dr. Hamilton has also been involved in missionary work and has served the Navajo and Yupik Native American communities.

Dr. Hamilton grew up in Ford City, Pennsylvania, a small town north of Pittsburgh. She, and her husband, Kevin, have settled into Waterford now and enjoy hiking with their Beagle, Ting. They also enjoy cooking and traveling together.

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Ainsley Strong, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Strong is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout veterinary school she gained experience working with a wide range of animals from bats to cows and everything in between. She has a special interest in large animal and exotic animal medicine.

Dr. Strong grew up in Paw Paw, MI. She attended Grand Valley State University for her bachelor's degree where she was involved in multiple service organizations and rock climbing. She is excited to explore Pennsylvania with her dog Harper. In her spare time, Dr. Strong enjoys hiking, fishing, and exploring new restaurants.


Shanelle Spotts, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Spotts is a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to obtaining her DVM title she received a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and shadowed at a large animal clinic.

Dr. Spotts grew up on a family farm raising beef cows and pigs in Eastern Pennsylvania. She also competed in barrel racing which actually started her love for animals! Now, she enjoys hiking, exploring new areas, and reading. She has brought her two cats (Rocky & Slinky) and her dog Riggs with her!

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