Dr. Heinnickel was born and raised just a few miles away from the clinic on Heinnickel Farms. His love of animals led to his study of animal bioscience at Penn State University, from which he graduated in May of 1999. He then continued his studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in June of 2003. He started practicing veterinary medicine right out of school, and in March of 2007, he moved home to start his own business. “Doc,” as he's affectionately called, started out seeing primarily large animal patients, but after four years, he opened the small animal clinic. As an owner of a small business, veterinarian, and father of five children, Dr. Heinnickel rarely has much free time, but when he does, he spends it rebuilding trucks, making home improvements, and playing the drums.
Co-owner and practice manager, Teresa grew up on a local dairy farm where she was no stranger to long hours. Her love of animals and hard work ethic quickly grew into a career when she graduated from the veterinary technician program at Median School of Allied Health. She worked as a technician for 15 years before taking time off to raise her five children, affectionately referred to as the “Heinnickel Herd.” However, she could not stay away from the field of veterinary medicine, so she returned to serve as practice manager of Five Points Veterinary Services in 2011. Much like her husband, Doc, Teresa doesn't have much free time between running the practice and managing the chaos of five children. Most of her time is spent searching for new opportunities for her children and business, but on the rare night off, she enjoys relaxing with a glass of wine.
Southern girl to the core and Virginia native, Dr. Naumann graduated from Ole Miss in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in biology. She then went to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign for veterinary school, from which she graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She joined the Five Points family in November of 2014. She loves working with horses and reading about all the new developments in veterinary medicine. She currently lives on Hidden Acres with her husband, Richie, their two dogs, Branch and Hercules, and Hereford cattle. In her free time, she loves watching college football games and reading.
Dr. Tucker Originally from the small town of Tionesta, Pennsylvania, Dr. Tucker grew up working and riding horses at the Flying W Ranch. Upon graduating high school, she attended the University of Findlay to earn a dual degree in Biology and Animal Science with a minor in Chemistry. She went on to earn her doctorate degree at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. As a new graduate, she joined the Five Points veterinary team to pursue her passion of mixed animal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Tucker enjoys trail riding with her horse, hiking the Allegheny National Forest, and kayaking. Dr. Tucker is an avid lover of German Shorthair Pointers and shelter animals.
Walking Encyclopedia, Lindsay, joined us in February of 2016 after finishing her externship. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician Institute of Pittsburgh (V.T.I.) in March 2016 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She loves answering client's questions and checking on all of our recently ill patients. When she's not here, she is either taking care of her 5 rabbits and her dog, Cali, or playing Rock Band with her friends.
The jokester of our technician team, Alexa, officially joined our practice in 2014 after completing her externship with us. She graduated from V.T.I. in December of 2014 and is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She loves performing dentals and assisting with surgeries. She has a cat named Junior and a German Shepherd mix named Bear. She spends her free time reading and playing board games with her friends.
Our resident farm girl, Rachel, joined our practice in December of 2012. She started here as part of her externship, and she graduated from V.T.I. in 2012. Rachel is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She loves taking care of all things related to the farm animal part of our practice. She has a soft spot for beagles, labs, and pigs and has many of her own animals on her family's farm in Greensburg. When she's not here, she is usually taking care of her farm and family, but when she gets free time, she loves reading and watching crime shows.
The longest running member of the Five Points team, Devin, started shadowing at our practice in August of 2011. She continued to shadow while studying for her Bachelor's degree in biology at Saint Vincent College. She was officially hired at the office in May of 2014, shortly after graduating from SVC. She aspires to go to veterinary school in the future. She loves all animals, has two dogs, and is an avid breeder of ball pythons. When she isn't here, she is kayaking or playing board games with her friends and co-workers.
Cheyenne started shadowing at our practice in 2013 and is going to become a veterinarian in the near future. She graduated from James Madison University in May of 2014 and was officially hired a few days later. She got her second Bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania while working with us and is currently earning her veterinary degree at Cornell University. Cats are her favorite animal, and her feline companion's name is Cinder. When she is not here or at school, she enjoys reading and writing fiction. Her favorite books include Harry Potter and Snow Crash.
Amanda Pecora Our newest farm girl, Amanda, graduated from Median School of Allied Health in 1999. She originally met and befriended Teresa, our office manager, when they both worked together as technicians. Amanda took some time away from work to raise her two kids, T and Amy. When Teresa reached out to Amanda in October of 2017, she decided to join the Five Points team. Much of her free time is spent with her family, and she enjoys teaching her children how to safely work with and care for animals, including dogs, cats, and the wide variety of large animals they keep on their farm.
Emily Stiles The newest member of the Five Points team, Emily joined our team in September of 2018. She has a degree in Animal Science from Penn State University and loves all species, but cats are her favorite. In fact, after starting at Five Points, she decided to adopt resident three-legged clinic cat, Gracie. However, her passion for animals doesn't stop with pets; she finds insects fascinating and spends her spare time studying entomology as well as reading and hiking.
Madison Bates Life-long animal lover, Maddie is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Penn State University. She is studying to get her degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences with a minor in equine sciences and is applying to veterinary school in the fall of 2019. She spent 4 months working at Action for Animals before joining the Five Points team in May of 2018. When she's not working with us or studying, she enjoys the company of her husband, Tyler, and her dogs, Dozer and Dixie.
Sarah Johnston Born and raised in Greensburg, PA, Sarah grew up loving all animals. From a young age she knew she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from VTI with a degree in veterinary technology, and became a certified veterinary technician soon after. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, and tending to their several domestic and farm animals. Her compassion for animals and love of medicine carry to her profession as a member of the Five Points Team.