Meet Our Team
Our doctors have 50-plus years of combined experience and have special interests in neurology, internal medicine, end-of-life palliative care, reproduction, ophthalmology, dentistry, and acupuncture. At Murrysville Veterinary Associates, our doctors are Fear Free certified and are committed to providing both the pets and their families with the best experience possible with every visit and interaction; you can read more below about the Fear Free initiative.
Dr. Tamara Miller, DVM
Dr. Tamara Miller received her BS in Dietetics and DVM from Purdue University. Her father was a Large Animal Veterinarian in the state of Indiana where she grew up. She spent countless hours working with her father and rescuing stray animals on their small farm. Since graduating from Purdue in 1988, Dr. Miller has practiced veterinary medicine first in New Jersey and then in Western Pennsylvania. She has experience in companion animal general medicine, surgery, emergency care, and wellness care. Her special interests include Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Dermatology, and Internal Medicine as well as pain management and geriatric care. Dr. Miller recently finished advanced training at the Chi Institute in Florida for Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, obtaining certification in Veterinary Accupunture. She will be continuing her studies there over the next several years to include all aspects of TCVM.
Dr. Miller and her husband, Dr. James Zeliff - owner of Allegheny Equine - have three children, all of whom are currently in college. They share their home with two dogs, Lilly, a miniature dachshund and Layla, a rescued Labrador cross, and a cockatiel named Spike.
Dr. Melissa Ackerman, DVM
Dr. Melissa Ackerman had her sights set on being a veterinarian at a very young age. By the age of 14 she was volunteering for a veterinarian outside Washington D.C. and has been involved in the profession ever since. She worked as a veterinary assistant throughout her undergraduate years at University of Maryland and then graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She began her professional career in the Martinsburg, West Virginia area and spent about 7 years practicing in the eastern panhandle of WV and Virginia. She moved to southwestern PA in 2006, a few months before the birth of her daughter Isabel. Since moving to this area, she has divided her time between doing high volume surgery at a local shelter and working at a high quality local companion animal practice.
Dr. Ackerman enjoys all aspects of companion animal medicine and surgery, but small animal reproduction is her first love. She has enjoyed the relationships she has developed with many high quality dog and cat breeders. She has owned German imported German shepherds for 26 years and has enjoyed training, showing, and breeding them as much as her schedule allows. If you need reproductive services out of hours, don’t be surprised if you meet her daughter Isabel, as she has become quite the little veterinary assistant! She also currently shares her home and land with 10 dogs, 2 lizards, 1 snake, 7 chickens, a goat, and a miniature zebu.
Dr. Ackerman is ecstatic about the partnership and development of a new high quality veterinary practice with Drs. Miller and St. John and looks forward to providing exemplary service and care to her companion animal clients and patients.
Dr. Maura St. John, DVM
Dr. Maura St. John is a Murrysville native. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in Animal Science in 2003 and graduated from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation, she pursued internship and residency training at speciality hospitals in New Jersey and Arizona with a focus in neurology and neurosurgery before returning back to her Western PA in 2011 to become a general practitioner. Dr. St. John has special interests in seizure control, internal medicine, pain management, and end-of-life care.
Dr. St. John shares her home with two goofy giant schnauzers -- Lemmy and Waylon -- and a sweet rescue pit bull named Chicken. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, going to concerts, and spending time with family & friends. Dr. St. John feels extremely fortunate to practice in her hometown alongside Drs. Miller and Ackerman and looks forward to partnering with our clients to provide the best care possible for their pets.