Debra J. Smart, DVM

Dr. Smart is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Princeton University and then earned her DVM at Colorado State University. She practiced in Colorado for 4 years and in Minnesota for 4 years before moving to State College with her husband, who joined the meteorology department at Penn State. Dr. Smart has practiced at Centre Animal Hospital since 2001, and with Dr. Calvert assumed ownership of the practice in 2017.

Dr. Smart lives with her husband, Ken Davis, and their three children in Warriors Mark. The family has a Portuguese Water Dog, white fluffy mutt, two cats, and three Morgan horses. Dr. Smart greatly enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice - preventative care, internal medicine, and surgery. She has special interests in dentistry and feline medicine. She treats pocket pets (guinea pigs, gerbils, and hamsters) and rabbits here at Centre Animal Hospital. Dr. Smart enjoys horseback riding, both dressage and trail riding, and traveling and camping with her family.

Renee Calvert, DVM​

From the beginning, Dr. Renee Calvert knew exactly what she was meant to do in life - she was in third grade when she decided to become a veterinarian, and she hasn't slowed down since. She developed her early love of animals into a career that allows her to contribute to their wellness, aide in their healing, relieve their suffering, and educate their owners, all while continually learning, developing her skills, and challenging herself.

She grew up near Allentown, PA, where she got her start raising Seeing Eye puppies. She graduated from Penn State, went on to vet school at Purdue, worked at animal hospitals in Fairmont, WV and Somerset, PA, then moved back to State College in 2000 to found her own practice - Mountain MobileVet. After 8 great years on the roads of the Centre Region, she was ready for a change, so she joined the staff of Centre Animal Hospital in 2009, and in 2017, she partnered with Dr. Smart to purchase the hospital from its founder, Dr. Michelotti. She's excited to help lead the practice into its fourth decade of service to the Centre Region.

While she enjoys almost everything about veterinary medicine, Dr. Calvert's particular passion is for tackling the complicated medical cases that defy easy answers. The satisfaction of solving a mystery and helping a sick animal is a constant reaffirmation of her decision to become a vet. She also has a special interest in dentistry.

Dr. Calvert lives near State College with her husband Jeff. She's an avid trail runner and ultra-marathoner, and she loves to travel (especially to visit her son, Lucas, who's studying at the University of Colorado in Boulder).

Mark F. Michelotti, VMD​

Originally from the Camp Hill area of Pennsylvania, Dr. Michelotti received his BS in Animal Science from Penn State University in 1979. He received his VMD at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and was first in his class. After graduating, he moved back to State College because of his love for the area. From 1983-88 he practiced as an associate veterinarian at Animal Medical Hospital in State College. In February of 1988, he opened Centre Animal Hospital as a solo practice. Dr. Michelotti's veterinary specialties include orthopedics, ear, nose, and throat surgery, and canine reproductive services.

In his free time, Dr. Michelotti enjoys playing squash, fly fishing, fly-tying, bow hunting, and bird hunting with his dog, Jenna.

Diane Porter, DVM​

Dr. Porter was born and raised in State College and always wanted to be a vet. At age 8, she cared for her first injured rabbit and never looked back! She attended Penn State University then went on to attend North Carolina State University and earned a BS in Animal Science and her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Porter joined Centre Animal Hospital when she returned home to State College in April of 2008. Dr. Porter has expertise in abdominal and cardiac ultrasound as well as cytology and pathology. Her clinical interests include both canine and feline internal medicine and surgery, pocket pets (guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters) and rabbits.

Dr. Porter lives with her husband, Dave, and four daughters, Breanne, Ella, Kelsey and Riley in Centre Hall. They have a houseful of pets: four cats, Brown Horse (named by the kids), Arceus, Daisy and Thomas; a German shorthaired pointer, Gabriel (whose favorite hobby is rearranging the kid's stuffed animals whenever he can get them), 3 Leopard Geckos, Lepy, Cookie and Buddy, and some tropical fish. Dr. Porter enjoys spending time in the outdoors and likes to hike, camp, kayak, and garden with her family.

Sima Lionikaite, BVM​&S

Dr. Lion has lived in the United States and Europe and until recently called Scotland her home. She earned an Honors BSc in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She went on to vet school and earned her BSc of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Lion has a passion for wildlife health and has worked with black bears and Scottish wildcats during her research projects. She was also the Country Representative for Scotland for the Student Chapter of the European Wildlife Disease Association. Before starting at Centre Animal Hospital, she completed a pathology externship at the USGS National Wildlife Health Centre in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dr. Lion enjoys dermatology, medicine and ultrasound. She is Fear Free Certified and also sees pocket pets (guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters) and rabbits here at Centre Animal Hospital.

Dr. Lion lives in State College with her dog, Pippin and her cat, Finnegan. She enjoys traveling, running, yoga and gardening.