Melissa Detrick, BS, Owner/Administrator
Melissa was raised on a dairy farm in Massachusetts. She graduated from Penn State in 1986 with a BS in Dairy Production. Except for one year, Melissa has been with us since October 1986, first as a veterinary assistant, technician, practice manager and then managing partner. In 2014, she became sole owner of Honey Brook Animal Hospital. Currently, she is working on her certification in Veterinary Practice Management. Over the years, she has owned a cat, two dogs, three guinea pigs and a gecko.
Melissa has 2 grown children who currently reside in State College. In her spare time, she enjoys visits to Penn State, reading, camping, baking, and more baking. Over the years, she has had 2 dogs, 3 guinea pigs, a cat, a turtle, and a gecko.
Edward Frankel, DVM, Veterinarian
Dr. Frankel began his career with animals doing kennel work at the age of 15. He received his veterinary degree from Kansas State University in 1963. After practicing in Kentucky and Missouri for two years, he volunteered to serve in the Army from 1965-1966. He moved to PA and in 1972 came to Honey Brook and became the owner of Honey Brook Animal Hospital. Dr. Frankel currently serves on the Wildlife Rehabilitation Council of the PA Game Commission and the board of directors of the Honey Brook Borough Skateboard Park. Over the years, Dr. Frankel has had many pets ranging from cats and dogs to skinks, snakes and a cow named Blossom.
Dr. Frankel's hobbies
In his spare time, Dr. Frankel plays tennis 2-3 days a week and is an avid conifer gardener. He and his wife, Pat, enjoy travel, attending craft shows, and music/arts programs in Lancaster City.
Tonya Nowell-Neville, DVM, Veterinarian
Dr. Nowell-Neville joined Honey Brook Animal Hospital in January 2019. After graduation from veterinary school, she spent almost 10 years as a relief and associate veterinarian in PA before starting her own practice in Oxford, PA. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine including internal medicine, surgery, and pocket pets.
B.S. Animal Science, North Carolina State University
DVM North Carolina State UniversitySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Noreen Tobin, Office Coordinator
Noreen has spent more than 25 years in veterinary practices in the Philadelphia area. She has done everything from kennel work to assisting the veterinarian to now an office coordinator. Noreen is the proud owner of several dogs and cats.
Some of Noreen's favorites: her grandchildren; chocolate; a very specific type of pen; and keeping Dr. Frankel in line.
Colleen Kochel, Office Coordinator
A graduate of Immaculata University with a B.S. in Biology, Colleen has been with us several years as a receptionist, veterinary assistant and office coordinator. She is an avid horse lover. She's managed horse farms and worked at an equine practice before she came to us. Colleen has two daughters, Emma-Leigh and Abigail. She also has 2 dog, 5 cats, and a horse.
Fun facts about Colleen
Colleen loves to be outdoors riding, hiking, or playing with her girls. She has a love of pun-ny jokes. The "worse" they are, the better she likes them!
Danielle Ball, Veterinary Nurse
Danielle has been in the animal care world for over 20 years. She spent many years with the Humane League of Lancaster County as the kennel manager, Humane Officer, and Director of Operations. Along the way she has had many pet cats,dogs,at least one guinea pig, and 2 goats.
When Danielle is not here, caring for our patients, she enjoys time with her children and two grandsons.
Al-Lesha Cureton-Wongus, AS, CVT Cert Vet Tech
Al-Lesha joined Honey Brook Animal Hospital in October 2018 after moving from Maryland. She has been certified as a Veterinary Technician since March 2017. She currently has a dog and 2 cats.
A.S. in Veterinary Technology, Vet Tech Institute (Pittsburgh)
Certified Veterinary Technician, 2017
Pennie Houser, Exam Room Assistant
Pennie joined us in 2019 as an exam room assistant. This is a new career for Pennie. She is eager to learn the field and enjoys caring for your furry family members.
Pennie graduated from RACC with a Certificate in Veterinary Assisting in 2019.
Jill Robinson, Administrative Assistant
Jill is no stranger to veterinary medicine having worked in a practice many years ago. In 2017, Jill became our administrative assistant. She does our bookkeeping and tries to keep Melissa organized!
Jill is the proud mom of 4 children. She enjoys horseback riding. jiu-jitsu, and boating with her family.