Dr. Gerald Campbell – Founding Doctor
Dr. Campbell was born and raised in Erie, PA and is the founding doctor of both the Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom Pet Hospitals. He earned a BS from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS in Microbiology from the University of Georgia. He graduated as a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Erie with his wife, and the two of them have four grown children. Dr. Campbell enjoys the outdoors and likes to spend his free time camping and backpacking. He continues his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America, and is also a member of PVMA, AVMA, and NW PVMA. He loves listening to client concerns and is specifically interested in canine ear disease and recurrent skin diseases.
Dr. Curtis Murphey – Partner
Dr. Murphey currently lives with his wife and three sons in the Fairview area. He came to Animal Ark Pet Hospital in 1991 after receiving a BA from Washington and Jefferson College in 1987 and a DVM from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Murphey is the practice scheduling “guru” and he’s felt very fortunate to have spent time with such a great group of colleagues, employees, patients and clients. He’s gotten to know a lot of fascinating people and pets over the years and looks forward to getting to know and work with many more in the future.
Dr. Kevin Ramey – Partner
Dr. Ramey graduated with a BS in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and earned his DVM from Ohio State University in 1997. He is especially interested in animal behavior and exotic pet medicine. He is a member of AVMA, PVMA and AAV. He also serves on the Luther Memorial Academy school board, and is a sponsoring veterinarian for Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation. Dr Ramey and his wife Michelle have four children- Hannah, Dylan, Lydia, and Natalie. He enjoys reading and camping, and is an active member of Millcreek Community Church.
Dr. Christine Nestor
Dr. Nestor graduated from Gannon University in 1992 with a BS in Biology. In 1996 she earned her DVM from Michigan State University and began working for the Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom in 1998. She is a member of AVMA and PVMA, and specializes in animal rehabilitation. She is very interested in all outdoor activities including hiking and triathlon training with her husband, Bob. She spends her free time with her son, Alex and her daughter, Sophia.
Dr. Valerie Reamer – Partner
Dr. Reamer earned a BA in Biology from Cornell University, a MS in Veterinary Science from Penn State University and DVM from the University of Minnesota. She has been with the Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom since 1997. Her veterinary interests include primary care, soft tissue surgery, and acupuncture. She’s an active member of AVMA, AAHA, and PVMA. Dr Reamer loves spending time with her English Mastiff, traveling the country by train, and is a founding member of Oil City Free Christian Church. Valerie is also an amateur artist in clay sculpting and sketching and likes to spend time in the flower garden of her family home in Oil City, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Elizabeth Piersol
Dr. Piersol joined our practice in early 2006 after practicing in the local area for 12 years. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and received her BS in Agriculture in 1990 and her DVM in 1994 from Ohio State University. She currently resides in North East with her two sons, Jimmy and Matt. She has special interests in theriogenology, pediatric medicine, ophthalmology and dermatology. She also enjoys boating, reading and gardening.
Dr. Katrina Craig
Dr. Craig graduated from Penn State Erie with a BS in Biology and earned a DVM from Ohio State University. She came to the Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom in 2016. She currently resides in Union City and shares her home with cats, dogs and horses. She enjoys yoga, running and horse back riding. She is a member of PVMA, AVMA, AAFP and has a special interest in surgery and feline medicine. She also strives to provide stress free visits for all of her clients.
Dr. Rachael Davis
Dr. Davis grew up on a small farm south of Erie where she developed her love of animals and interest in Veterinary Medicine. She received her BS in Biochemistry from Western Kentucky University and her DVM from the University of Tennessee. In addition to working for the Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom, she also owns her own ambulatory equine veterinary service. Her medical interests include general small animal practice and holistic medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic, and traditional Chinese medicine. She is a member of AVMA, NWPVMA, AAEP, and is certified with the College of Animal Chiropractors in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation. She also enjoys competing her horses, spending time with her friends and family, and her two English Setters.
Dr. Jamie Araki
Dr. Araki joined Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom a few years ago. She earned her BVMS (Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) and MRCVS (Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) from the University of Glasgow. She is a member of RCVS, AVMA, BSAVA and VECCS, and is particularly interested in emergency medicine, toxicology and pathology. She is married with three young children, and enjoys traveling, the outdoors, crafts and baking.
Dr. Andrew Bean
Dr. Andrew Bean was born and raised in Erie, PA and has previously worked for several years at Animal Ark Pet Hospital as a technician. He graduated from Fairview High School in 2009 and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in biology in 2013. It was there he was a member of the Men’s swim team all 4 years and served as captain his senior year. He attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University in 2017 where he developed his interests in feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and emergency medicine. He is very excited to be back at Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom as a doctor and happy to be back in Erie with his cat Zelda.
Dr. Jennifer Simon
Dr. Simon has practiced veterinary medicine since May 2008. Originally from Sharon, Pennsylvania, Dr. Simon now resides in Erie. She received her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College in 2004 and undertook her veterinary studies at Michigan State, earning a DVM degree in May 2008.
Dr. Simon has special interests in internal medicine, emergency medicine and dentistry. She strives to practice high-quality medicine and believes strongly in the benefits of sound medical advice and compassionate care. She enjoys working with both pets and their owners and strives to offer the best care available.
Her interests outside of work include spending time with her husband and son, as well as exercisng. Dr. Simon’s furry family members include a long-haired dachshund, Epcot and a cat named Figment
Dr. Simon is the most recent addition to our team and is looking forward to practicing with the doctors and staff at Animal Ark Pet Hospital on West 12th Street for years to come!