Meet the Doylestown Animal Medical Clinic Veterinarians
Meet The Caring Medical Staff of DAMC
Each and every member of our team has a deep, unwavering love for animals. While we come from different places and situations we have all been drawn to DAMC by a shared passion: the dedication of our careers to caring for the creatures who bring so much joy to all our lives. Whether we are sharing in the excitement of your new puppy or kitten or shedding tears while you say goodbye to a beloved pet, each of those moments are felt and understood with great compassion and empathy.
We are honored and humbled by every moment of your pet’s life you entrust to our care and ensure that all services rendered are delivered with the highest standard of professional care.
Practice owners Drs. Mantell and Sporer invite you to learn more about the talented staff who offer outstanding, compassionate medical care to your cherished pets and the terrific people who support them.
Dale D. Mantell
Dale D. Mantell, DVM, received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1974 and his veterinary degree in 1979 from Cornell University. After practicing in New York State and Warminster, Pennsylvania, he founded the Doylestown Animal Medical Clinic in 1983.
In his 30-year career, Dr. Mantell has treated a diverse range of patients. His experience includes a broad range of general medical cases and surgery. His interests include canine reproduction and challenging medical cases.
Dale's hobbies include sailing and small boat building.
He is currently enjoying life in his home in Doylestown borough.
Drew F. Sporer
Drew has been a Pennsylvania resident his whole life. Born in Northeast Philadelphia, Drew attended high school at William Tennent in Warminster and pursued his undergraduate studies at Penn State University (a die-hard Nittany Lion fan, it is rumored he bleeds blue and white).
Drew attended veterinary school at Philadelphia's University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation in 1987, Drew joined Dr. Dale Mantell at the Doylestown Animal Medical Clinic and in partnership with Dr. Mantell has nurtured the clinic into Doylestown's largest and most progressive veterinary hospital. Dr. Sporer enjoys all aspects of small animal practice but has a special interest in orthopedic surgery.
Drew and wife Jill are proud to be blessed with two children, Brendan and Rachel. Drew's hobbies include piano, boating, and sports of all sorts but his first love is ice hockey - still actively playing despite the aches and pains inflicted by father time.
Dr. Jessica Frankel, a native New Jersey-an, earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2003. She continued at Cornell for another four years and graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After completing a one year rotating internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in north Jersey, she moved to Bucks County where for six years she was an emergency clinician at CARES (Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services). While there, she practiced the highest quality medicine, cared for critically ill patients, and trained recent veterinary graduates.
Dr. Frankel joined the staff at DAMC in February 2015 and we are thrilled to have her as a valuable addition to our team. Her interests include emergency, internal medicine, dermatology, cytology and surgery. When not at work caring for her patients, Dr. Frankel enjoys spending time with her husband Alex and her children. Her hobbies include traveling, scuba diving, cooking and baking.
Dr. Spencer Shelly is a Bucks County native, born and raised in Sellersville, PA. He earned a BS in Biology from Ursinus College with Honors. After several years in biomedical research he completed a VMD and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania graduating in 2012. Although Dr. Shelly pursued a PhD focused on infectious disease, his passion is caring for his small animal patients. Dr. Shelly practiced for several years in Delaware prior to moving back home to Bucks County. He joined DAMC in May 2016.
Dr. Shelly believes in the importance of preventative medicine and all aspects of patient care. Once an avid distance runner, competing in marathons and triathlons, Dr. Shelly now spends most of his time catering to the demands of his three small children. He, his wife, the three tiny dictators (aka children), their cat, Leonard Nimoy, and golden retriever, Jack Jack, live in Doylestown.
Dr. Lauren Celano received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Delaware in 2005 and graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. After graduation, she accepted a biochemist position in vaccine research at Merck and Co., Inc. While at Merck, Dr. Celano earned a Master of Science degree in molecular biology from Lehigh University.
While pursuing her veterinary education, Dr. Celano conducted research on canine anal sac gland carcinoma. She also completed a Veterinary Business Management Association certification. She was awarded the Merck Small Animal Award at the conclusion of her veterinary education. Dr. Celano completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and emergency critical care at Hickory Veterinary Hospital in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. In her free time, Dr. Celano loves spending time with her husband, Rob, human daughter, Heather, and two fur-children, Harley and Maggie.
Sam was born and raised in Hatfield, Pennsylvania and graduated from North Penn High School in 2010.
Sam attended Penn State Abington before transferring to University Park where she was accepted as a prestigious Schreyer Honors College Scholar from where she graduated with a degree in genetics and developmental biology in 2013.
Her lifelong love of both animals and sciences brought her to the University of Pennsylvania to study veterinary medicine and she proudly graduated in 2017.
Same lives in Bucks County with her husband Joe, and, because of her self-described notoriety as a "crazy cat lady," lots of cats and one ill-mannered dog, Sushi.
When she's not corralling her menagerie, Sam likes to play video games, cook, bake, and travel.
Dr. Amber Walker, a Bucks County native, is from Jamison, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in biology with a minor in English at Muhlenberg College in 2016. After graduation, life took her across the pond to Dublin, Ireland where she started her veterinary education. While in Ireland, Dr. Walker enjoyed working with sheep and exploring new cities.
Despite her love for traveling, in 2017 Dr. Walker ultimately decided to transfer and continue her education at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. It is there that she developed her passion for small animal internal medicine, cytology, shelter medicine, and SEC football. Dr. Walker graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and was excited to join the DAMC team. Dr. Walker is happy to finally be back in Bucks County so she can lay down roots and give back to her local community. Dr. Walker is a proud dog mom to her lab mix, Henry, and in her free time she enjoys cooking, knitting, and spending time outdoors.
Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Justin attended the University of Connecticut, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. After graduating, he went on to St. Matthew's University on the island of Grand Cayman for veterinary school and the University of Georgia for his clinical rotations. Justin enjoyed Georgia and stayed there as a practicing veterinarian before returning home to Philadelphia to take a job in the city in which he was raised. Two years later, Justin joined the DAMC family but still maintains his strong Philly ties. Justin’s veterinary interests include preventive care and wellness as well as behavior, dermatology, and cardiology. He currently lives in Abington with his wife, Kerri, and two Atlanta rescue dogs, Groot and Maggie. His free time is devoted to running, traveling, hiking, and tending his garden.