Rothman Animal Hospital
Rothman Animal Hospital Services
- Birds (Avian Medicine)
- Dental Care
- Fully Stocked Pharmacy
- Hospice and Euthanasia Services
- Laser Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pain Management
- Parasite Prevention and Control
- Puppy and Kitten Care
- Rabbits and Small Mammals
- Radiology (X-Rays)
- Senior Care
- Wellness Exams
Rothman Animal Hospital Staff Profiles
Molly Dixon, VMDDr. Molly Dixon grew up on 26 acres of rolling farmland just outside Pittsburgh, PA where she discovered her veterinary calling early in life. As a child she nursed injured turtles, snakes, baby birds and orphaned squirrels back to health, took charge of the various family pets and volunteered countless hours at local rescue facilities. She earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Allegheny College with a focus on animal behavior and physiology.
While at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, she continued to lend a hand at animal shelters and developed a strong interest in reproduction and pediatrics. Dr. Dixon also acquired significant experience in avian medicine at a wild bird rescue and rehabilitation center. There she learned to stabilize trauma patients, decontaminate oiled birds and determine the cause of death in a variety of species.
Upon graduation from Penn, Dr. Dixon received the Class Award for Achievement in Pathology, an area of medicine that she has always found fascinating. "In pathology, whether you're analyzing skin cells or abnormal bloodwork, you're like a detective looking for clues to identify what's wrong with a pet. When you discover the answers, it is extremely gratifying," she said.
An avid photographer, Dr. Dixon has utilized her skill with the camera to capture trips to Europe, South Africa and Alaska, as well as creatively document aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery.
Dr. Dixon resides in Philadelphia, caring for her rescued cats Zoey, Jeffrey and Walker Texas Ranger. A devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dr. Dixon has an aquarium filled with black and gold mollies. Show More
Monique Garcia, VMDDr. Monique Garcia was born in San Diego, California and spent her early years traveling the country with her military family. At age three, she rescued a baby sparrow from her front yard and hand fed it until it could be released. "I always knew that I would become a veterinarian and that sparrow was just the beginning," she jokes. She has had many pets in her life including dogs, hamsters, fish and her little companion, Blitz, the bunny. Today, Dr. Garcia cares for all animals, with a special interest in small animals and exotic companion pets here at Rothman Animal Hospital.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Garcia joined Rothman Animal Hospital in 2012. At Penn, she was president of the Canine Club and worked directly with famed researcher Dr. Cindy Otto, studying and volunteering her time with working dogs, including search and rescue and police dogs. She also conducted multiple research projects involving canine ophthalmology and the study of canine color blindness. She volunteered with pet therapy dogs and visited children and families at the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia.
Prior to entering veterinary school at Penn, Dr. Garcia completed undergraduate and graduate work in biology at Temple University and worked for five years as a veterinary technician gaining hands on experience with animals of all kinds. While at Penn, she was awarded the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Scholarship for research and academic excellence, and her experience with purebred dogs. Upon graduation from Penn, Dr. Garcia received the Class Award for Excellence in Patient care.
Dr. Garcia resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, Jimmy, and continues to work within her community to promote client education and responsible pet ownership. Show More
Frieda Opielski (Rest), VMDDr. Opeilski (Rest) grew up in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in a family of six children, with every type of pet imaginable. “We had two dogs, four fish, a guinea pig, you name it. I grew up in farm country, surrounded by animals,” she says. “My parents loved animals and so did I.”
A 2002 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Opielski (Rest) joined Rothman Animal Hospital that same year. She especially enjoys building relationships with owners and their pets, and taking care of the wide range of animals and exotics she sees in the practice, including less common varieties. “I’ve cared for hedgehogs, even flying squirrels,” she says.
Dr. Opielski (Rest) also volunteers with Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS), a program of The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals, which brings free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation make regular veterinary care inaccessible. Every summer since veterinary school, she has traveled to Native American reservations in the western United States to provide medical and surgical care to dogs, cats, horses and other animals. She also traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and provided emergency relief care for rescued pets.
Dr. Rest-Opielski lives with her husband, Brian, and pet Boxers, Mr. Baggins, and Harvey. Her hobbies include skiing, in-line skating, and creating pottery. Show More