Dr. Stephanie’s family moved to Williamsport in 1982, when her father, Peter J. Sikora, VMD, purchased the practice that is now Williamsport West Veterinary Hospital. She has worked her way up through the ranks since WWVH’s beginnings — from performing various odd jobs like scraping ivy off the building in the sweltering summer heat, to kennel attendant, janitor, veterinary assistant/receptionist — learning as many skills as she could. Watching and helping her father in practice, she knew this was what she was meant to do. Branching out, she developed an appreciation for reptiles while working during summers through her college years at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.
After graduating from the Williamsport Area High School in 1986, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at Bucknell University in 1990. She attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, where she met her future husband, Dave. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Dr. Stephanie has worked at various busy practices in Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Stroudsburg, and Towanda, gaining valuable experiences before she and Dr. Dave returned to Williamsport to join her father in practice at WWVH in 1998. She has a special interest in the prevention of behavioral problems in puppies and kittens and enjoys working with various exotic species. Except tarantulas. She says she draws the line at big, hairy spiders.
Writing the column “Creature Comforts” for the Sun Gazette since 2004, raising two children with her husband, and (barely) controlling the chaos of a household with five dogs, two cats, a tortoise, turtle, and assorted fish keeps her mighty busy. She sings with the St. Boniface Contemporary Ensemble and with the Williamsport Chamber Choir and has served as secretary of the WCCO board for the past several years. She enjoys bicycling, swimming, walking the dogs, and cooking, though there are days she’s seriously content to sit in a chair under a pile of dogs and cats, sipping something warm, and reading a good book.