RJ Skalos, DVM - Medical Director & Owner
Dr. Skalos is from the Zelienople / Harmony area, however he grew up as part of a military family and has lived in various places around the world. He earned his Bachelor's in Biology, with minors in both chemistry and human resource management from Slippery Rock University in 2007. In 2011, he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Skalos then completed a post-docorate internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Minnesota, where he focused on small animal medicine and surgery. Initially, he spent years practicing emergency medicine, most recently at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. However, practice ownership has always been a dream for him and that is when he decided to open his own hospital - Windrose Animal Hospital. His professional interests include anesthesiology, pain management, cardiology, and business management.
Dr. Skalos is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and a Certified Cicerone. In his limited free time, he can be found enjoying the outdoors, watching sports, or checking out local breweries with his Fiancé and their 3 dogs, Barley, Porter, and Pilsner and yes... there is a naming scheme involved is intentional 😁
Kristen Johnson, DVM - Chief of Staff
Dr. Johnson is a Pittsburgh native and grew up in the McCandless area. She earned her Bachelor's in Biology from Carlow University in 2011 and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Johnson practiced small animal medicine in Kansas City, MO after graduation from veterinary school until recently. Her growing extended family brought her back to Pittsburgh the summer of 2019 to continue practicing small animal medicine. Dr. Johnson’s professional interests include surgery and behavioral consultations.
Outside of work, Dr. Johnson enjoys time with her husband and three dogs, hiking, camping, and snowboarding.
Dr. Alexis D'Amato - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Alexis D'Amato is originally from the North Hills area and couldn't be more excited to be back in Pittsburgh. She earned her undergraduate degree at Marshall University with a bachelors in Biology and minors in French, Chemistry, and Fiber Arts and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. During her clinical year she spent time in the Galapagos Islands providing medical and surgical care to a community in need. After graduation Dr. D'Amato began working in a combined general practice and emergency clinic before deciding to move to GP full time. Her professional interests include, dermatology, soft tissue surgery and ultrasound.
Outside of work she enjoys travelling, painting, and scouring thrift stores for treasures.