Dr. Charles Yurkon
Dr. Yurkon grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania. While earning his bachelor's degree at Wilkes University, he developed a passion for veterinary medicine and began working at a local veterinary hospital. It was here that Dr. Yurkon met his wife, Jennifer, a veterinary practice manager and certified veterinary technician. They moved to Colorado where Dr. Yurkon earned his Master of Science degree in Toxicology. During that time he was fortunate to be able to travel to Japan for radiation research. Afterward Dr. Yurkon went on to earn his MBA and veterinary degree from Colorado State University. The Yurkons recently moved back to Pennsylvania in order to be closer to their families.
In their spare time, the Yurkons enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing and hiking with their two dogs, Roo and Zoom. The Yurkon household is overseen by three cats, Chewy, Stinger and Stella. The Yurkons had their daughter, Charley Jean, on September 7th, 2017. Many clients and patients have met her at the practice as she spends her time there while her parents are working. Dr. Yurkon is equally passionate about internal medicine especially endocrinology and surgery. He enjoys educating and working with clients in order to make the best decision for their family member.
Dr. Gretchen Muhonen
Dr. Muhonen grew up in central Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State University in 2007 and received her veterinary medical degree from Ross University in 2011. She has been practicing in central Pennsylvania. Her interests in veterinary medicine include routine and preventative care, soft tissue surgery, and dermatology.
After completing his military commitment, Dr. Muhonen's husband John has recently graduated from medical school. Their family, which includes their sons Carter and Miles, is relocating to the Shenango Valley so that John can complete a surgical residency at UPMC Horizon. Gretchen, John, Carter, and Miles enjoy outdoor activities including trail walking, biking, hiking, and camping. The Muhonens share their home with their two cats Nysa and Maggie and their dog Murdock.
Dr. Sean Lawson
Dr. Sean Lawson comes to Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital bringing recent and extensive experience as a small animal veterinarian in Colorado. He will begin seeing patients at Happy Tales on June 4th, 2018.
He is a graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine as well as his Master of Science in Anatomy and Neurobiology from the university. Upon graduation, Dr. Lawson practiced at an animal hospital in Las Vegas, NV with a surgical mentorship at Las Vegas Veterinary Referral Center. Dr. Lawson brings expertise in preventive medicine, soft tissue surgery, and orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in small animal dentistry. For the past eight years, Dr. Lawson has been a member of both the Colorado Veterinary Medical Society and Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.
Dr. Lawson grew up in Evergreen, CO and in his free time, enjoys mountain biking, fishing, camping and restoring his 1960s Airstream trailer. Dr. Lawson, his wife, Melissa and their four-year-old son, Eli, along with their three-year-old Chihuahua mix, Mia Hamm, look forward to becoming a part of the Shenango Valley community.
Originally from Warren, Ohio, Dr. Jones graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and moved to western Pennsylvania.
After providing services at Happy Tales (formerly Baker Pet Hospital) as a relief veterinarian for 13 years, Dr. Jones joined the practice full-time in January 2004. He lives with his wife Diane, a Training Developer, and Devon, their black and white cat. Devon, much his like owner, is a bacon fanatic. Dr. Jones's hobbies include film photography, attending local festivals and civil war reenactments, and fishing. He does not believe in the myth of Global Warming... You can see many of his photos listed on the Flikr website.
Dr. Amanda Brown
Joining the Happy Tales Team at the end of July!
Dr. Amanda Brown grew up in the east Pittsburgh area and received a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. She then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her DVM with an emphasis in clinical research, as well as a certificate in Global Health. She has also studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute, where she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in mixed-animal species. Dr. Brown has also become a Certified Animal Chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, with a particular focus on functional neurology through the Health Pioneers Institute. Through her studies and travels, Dr. Brown has developed a strong holistic healthcare perspective and practices integrative medicine.
Currently, Dr. Brown is studying veterinary herbology and has a special interest in nutrition, nutraceuticals, and alternative therapy modalities. In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, playing sports, hiking/camping, foraging and gardening. She lives with 3 cats named Luna, Sol, and Ru. And two crazy dogs: Sage an English Bulldog, and Quin a German Short-haired Pointer.
Dr. John Jones
Originally from Warren, Ohio, Dr. Jones graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and moved to western Pennsylvania. After providing services at Happy Tales (formerly Baker Pet Hospital) as a relief veterinarian for 13 years, Dr. Jones joined the practice full-time in January 2004. He lives with his wife Diane, a Training Developer, and Devon, their black and white cat. Devon, much his like owner, is a bacon fanatic. Dr. Jones's hobbies include film photography, attending local festivals and civil war reenactments, and fishing. He does not believe in the myth of Global Warming... You can see many of his photos listed on the Flikr website.