Meet Our Veterinarians

Trooper Veterinary Hospital is a small animal (cat and dog), AAHA certified practice located just outside of Norristown. We have highly skilled doctors and an experienced veterinary team consisting of veterinary nurses, certified technicians, practice management, client care specialists and animal caretakers.

Dr. Mia Puschak, Medical Director

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Mia Puschak was born in the United States and grew up in Israel, where she lived for 15 years and proudly served in the Israeli Defense Force.  She moved to the United States in 2003 and completed her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2008, after which, she attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2012.  She moved back to Pennsylvania and began her career in small animal emergency medicine followed by 4 years at a small animal general practice. She joined Trooper Veterinary Hospital in 2017, and became our Medical Director in 2018.

Dr. Puschak is a member of the AVMA, PVMA and AAFP.  She enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, including Internal Medicine, radiology and ultrasound, and nutrition.  Most importantly, she loves making friends with all things furry.  Dr. Puschak loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter.  She has two cherished felines – Sophie and Emmett, both formerly strays.  In what little spare time found, she enjoys art, nature walks, and traveling.

Dr. Tara-Jean Cleary

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tara-Jean Cleary grew up in Connecticut. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Vermont where she graduated with an Animal Science Degree. She went on to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana, graduating in 2003. After graduation, Dr. Cleary practiced in both Vermont and Connecticut before moving to Pennsylvania and becoming part of our team in 2007.

Dr. Cleary enjoys all aspects of primary veterinary care. She has always loved animals and being able to help them live healthier lives. This profession allows her to get to know many pets and their humans which has been exceptionally rewarding. Dr. Cleary values the relationships she has made with these “animal people” and looks forward to continuing to provide exceptional care to their pets.

Dr. Cleary and her husband share their home with Maizy, a beautiful 18 year old Tabby & white kitty and spunky little Kindle, an adorable Papillion pup.  Kindle has already learned quite a few tricks including how to respect her feline sister.  These days Dr. Cleary spends her spare time doing puppy training and enjoying various canine activities.

Dr. Dina D’Souza

The School of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Dina D’Souza attended undergraduate and veterinary school in the Midwest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.   After her 1999 graduation, she packed her bags, moved to the East Coast, and began working in private practice.  Trooper Vet welcomed her aboard in June 2015.

Dr. D’Souza has many years of experience in diagnostics, surgery, dentistry and internal medicine.  A true fan of all things cat, she has a very special interest in feline medicine, feline behavior, preventive and geriatric care.  A member of the AVMA, PVMA, AAFP, and the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. D’Souza is active in the continuing education community.

When she isn’t at Trooper taking compassionate care of your pets, Dr. D’Souza is spending time with her husband, children and several rescued feral cats.  Dr. D’Souza also has a special fondness for cooking or perhaps more accurately, a special fondness for cooking gadgets!  She also loves vegetable gardening and taking long walks.

Dr. Jeffrey Luetke

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Luetke is a native of Harrisburg, PA.   He did his undergraduate work at La Salle University in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.  As a result of academics bringing him farther east, he took up residence in the Greater Philadelphia area and began working in private practice, joining Trooper Vet in 2015.

Helping animals has always brought Dr. Luetke great satisfaction. A member of the AVMA, PVMA and AAFP, surgery is a true passion of Dr. Luetke’s as is practicing comprehensive medicine.  Dr. Luetke loves getting to the root of the problem, creating a treatment plan and then working with clients to take the best possible care of their pets.

Dr. Luetke enjoys spending time with his wife Nicole, a physician, daughter Isabella, and their Swiss Mountain dog, Frieda.  He enjoys family vacations to warm places, physical fitness, and is also a wine-making enthusiast.

Dr. Alison St. John

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Alison St. John was born and raised in the suburbs of Philly, living in Devon for most of her life. She went north to the University of Rochester for her undergraduate degree in Biology, before returning home to attend vet school at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2010. Proud to call Philly her home, she has remained in the area working as a small animal and exotic pet general practitioner. With a special interest in unique critters, she completed internships at both the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and the Philadelphia zoo, learning from their wildlife and zoo specialty veterinarians.

Dr. St. John deeply enjoys the puzzle that is medicine, and finds the greatest reward helping those furry critters without a voice. She enjoys internal medicine and managing diseases as much as routine and non-routine surgery and dental procedures. She loves the creativity needed to find real world solutions to unusual animal problems and the excitement that every day is different. She holds memberships with the AVMA, PVMA and AAFP.

Dr. St. John is glad to have found (in 2019) a wonderful compassionate practice close to home, such that she can stay in touch with her parents and twin brother. When not at work Dr. St. John spends her time playing ultimate Frisbee, snowboarding, taking aerial circus classes, gardening, or cooking and baking. There is also always time to puzzle over a good crossword with her three adopted cats, Rook, Tage, and Bumble Bee.