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Our Support Staff

A Step Up's team is dedicated to providing your pets with top-tier care.

Danielle Baird

Office Manager / Licensed Veterinary Technician

Danielle is the Office Manager at the clinic and has been with us from the very beginning. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and kids! She enjoys rooting on her Pittsburgh Sports Teams and going to the beach or Douglass lake.

Years as a Licensed Vet Tech

Client Service Representative

Lauren Schutte grew up in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville. She went on to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s in Health Care Policy and Management.

She enjoys reading, baking, and watching Paw Patrol with her daughter, Nora.

Hours Of Life Lost To Paw Patrol

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Monica Slate

Client Service Representative

Monica is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and has over 7 years experience working in the animal welfare field. She has two dogs and enjoys hiking and volunteering in her free time.

Hours Spent Hiking Per Month

Cat Streno

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Cat is a licensed Vet Tech and has been with the clinic since the very beginning. In her free time she hangs out with her 3 dogs, Chibi, Piper, and Astrid as well as her niece and nephews and works at comic cons. She also enjoys bad jokes, true crime and video games (but not Oxford commas).

Bad Movies Watched

Crysta Clear

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Crysta earned her degree from the Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh in 2013 and achieved state licensure shortly afterward. She’s worked in small animal general practice ever since! She spends most of her time with her 2 dogs, 3 cats, and partner Adam at their fixer upper first home. You can usually find her singing while she works and she has a special interest in canine and feline behavior and enrichment.

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Leah Raimondi

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Leah has always wanted to work with animals and joined the clinic after her externship at A Step Up. Her beloved Pomeranian, Layla, was here with her everyday until she passed away. She enjoys eating, sleeping, working out and spending time with her family, husband and their 3 greyhounds.


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Abby N.

Licensed Veterinary Technician

I have been an LVT since 2018. I have 3 cats of my own and a dog, all named after characters from my favorite video game and book series that I enjoy in my free time.

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Abby Duke

Veterinary Technician

Abby grew up in greensburg pa and attended vet tech institute. She graduated with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined our team shortly after her externship in March of 2021. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys spending time hiking with her dog Oakley and her husband Austin.

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Shay Courie

Veterinary Technician

Shay started at A Step Up many years ago. She has four dogs total & one cat, who doesn’t like her. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her dogs, fiancé, & friends. When she’s not at work you can find her at hockey games or hiking with her dogs.

Years Without Significant Injury

Jordan Breiding

Veterinary Technician

Jordan knew she wanted to work with animals after her own pet, Diesel, had developed some serious issues. She joined the team shortly after her externship in March of 2019. Jordan enjoys spending time at home with her husband and 2 cats.


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Responsible Service

Your time is important. At A Step Up, we vow to respect your time and not make you wait endlessly for your appointment to begin.

Diagnostic Skills

If your pet has an issue, you want to know what’s wrong, and how to help. We are here to provide exhaustive diagnostics to get to the root of your pet’s problem.

Advanced Technology

With tools like cytology powered by AI and ultrasound, A Step Up is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that few other clinics in the Pittsburgh area offer.

Clear Communication

Have a question? Just ask us. Any member of our team is happy to address your concerns and make sure you understand what’s going on with your pet.

Make an Appointment Today

If you have been to our clinic before, you can make a routine appointment via our scheduling page.
If your visit to our clinic will be your first, please give us a call at 412-212-0030.

We look forward to showing you why we are the Pittsburgh area’s best new veterinary practice.