Pine Village Veterinarian (PPV) got its start while Dr. Mary Schwacha was recovering from surgery on her shoulder. Looking at the ceiling, she says she had nothing to do but think of plans to get into trouble. That's when she decided to leave the overnight veterinary clinic and start her own practice.
Originally from Western Michigan, Dr. Mary received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1984 and attended Michigan State University, where she received her DVM in 1989.
Her first veterinary position was in an emergency practice in Flint, Michigan, which in retrospect she calls a baptism by fire. In the past 20 years, she still doesn't feel she's come close to the huge variety of disasters that she dealt with there.
In 1990, her husband, Tony, was accepted to Harvard for graduate school, and so off they went to Boston. Mary worked in another emergency clinic for a year, after which she found a regular associate position in Melrose, Massachusetts. She remained at Melrose for 4 years and then moved to a wonderful practice in Somerville, Massachusetts. Mary remained at the Somerville practice for the next 9 years while Tony completed a post-doc at MIT.
In 2003 Mary and her family moved to the Wexford, Pennsylvania, area when Tony was offered a teaching position with the University of Pittsburgh. At that time. Dr. Mary was looking for a job that let her be home with the kids most of the time. Once again, Mary found herself at an emergency clinic that fit the bill. However, the overnight hours and surgery led to her decision to open a clinic of her own.
She and her husband have 2 children, 2 cats, and a bunch of weird-looking fish.