Our Management Team
Client Care Team
Dr. Dawn Bookmyer
Dr. Dawn Bookmyer graduated from The Ohio State University of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 after earning her undergraduate degree in Animal Nutrition from OSU. She owned and operated her first veterinary hospital for 17 years until selling it in 2011 to move closer to her home – she built and opened Animal Hospital of Shawnee Hills in 2012! Dr. B and her husband Ron are proud to be the caretakers of their historic Lucy Depp Park home, which is a landmark of the Underground Railroad. Their 4 golden retrievers love to explore and swim in the pond at their peaceful retreat. Dr. Bookmyer and Ron are the parents of two children, Tyler, a graduate of Otterbein University, and Emily, a recent graduate of Ohio University. Dr. Bookmyer enjoys quality time with her family and spends as much time as she can in the great outdoors, working in her garden and Koi Pond. She also enjoys Pilates, country music, and wine tastings!
Dr. Bookmyer is a seasoned surgeon, an expert in wellness and medical small animal care, and holds a Level III certification in Healing Touch for Animals therapy. Dr. Bookmyer not only has unwavering compassion for animals and her staff, but also enjoys giving back to the community. She partners with local rescue groups and community members to plan fundraising events, special events such as Blessing of the Animals, and spear-headed the feral cat Trap-Neuter-Return program in the village of Shawnee Hills. She is an active member of several groups, including: OSU Alumni Association, the OSU Veterinary Alumni Association, Columbus Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Shawnee Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the OSU Small Animal Practitioner Board, and is a former board member of the Ohio Veterinary Practitioners Group. Dr. Bookmyer’s goal is to provide excellent client service and exceptional patient care, all while giving back to both the pets and people of the community.
“After 28 years of practicing veterinary medicine, I still love what I do. I give a voice to my patients who cannot speak and when considering procedures, tests or treatments to recommend, I do so as if they were my own pets.”
Dr. Melissa DeLauter
Dr. Melissa DeLauter is an absolute gem of a veterinarian. She brings many years of experience to AHSH and has overflowing talent and passion for caring for pets, their people and the team around her. Dr. DeLauter is a small-town girl, born and raised in Columbiana, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies in Zoology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After earning her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2008, she settled in at a small veterinary practice in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for 8 years.
Her heart has always been in Ohio with her friends and family. She and her family were able to relocate back to Marysville, Ohio, where she currently resides with her husband, daughter and her furry family: Oliver, the best family dog you will ever meet, and kitties Mittens, Kittens & Arie. Oliver is an especially special furry family member as he was Dr. DeLauter’s first gastrointestinal resection and anastomosis surgery – silly Oliver ate a sock and his previous owners were unable to proceed with surgery. Dr. DeLauter could not say no to his sweet underbite, and the rest is history!
Dr. DeLauter enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, and even more-so having mommy/daughter time. She and her daughter Evelyn enjoy making memories at the Zoo, getting mani-pedis together and taking in the great outdoors at the many parks in the Columbus area. Along with being a stellar wife and momma, becoming a veterinarian was a life-long goal for Dr. DeLauter. Her love for animals paved the way early on as a little girl. She loved animals so much and knew Veterinary Medicine would be her career. There was no challenge too big for Dr. DeLauter along the way!
Joining the AHSH team was meant to be! All the cards lined up – she was in need of a change from her previous employment and at just the right time, a position opened up at AHSH. Dr. DeLauter knew her core values lined up perfectly with the AHSH team. Top-notch patient care, seamless client communication and spicing up the work environment to make her team laugh are her daily goals. Dr. DeLauter is a joy to work with and we are confident her love for pets and people overflows into all of her relationships with AHSH clients. She is experienced in emergency medicine and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially surgery.
Dr. DeLauter will always make sure you and your pets have an enjoyable experience at AHSH, even at the most stressful times of your pet’s life. She looks forward to continuing to provide the most amazing veterinary service to all AHSH clients and becoming an integral part of keeping your furry families happy and healthy for years to come.
Dr. Melissa Nicol
Dr. Melissa Nicol was born and raised in Northwest Ohio where she began her veterinary career. She settled into Marysville, Ohio, in June of 2019 with her husband Andrew. Dr. Nicol committed to the farm life as Andrew is a 6th generation farmer! Together, they own and care for a small (100 cows!) Brown Swiss dairy herd. They enjoy life at their wonderful farm abode along with their son Joseph and furry family Remi & Penny (playful golden retrievers) and kitties Effie & Archie. When she is not working hard on the farm or at the office, Dr. Nicol loves to be outdoors. She enjoys long distance cycling and running, training with their dogs and working in the vegetable garden. Nature is truly therapy for her soul!
After earning her undergraduate degree in Biology and Animal Science at the University of Findlay in 2014, Dr. Nicol went on to achieve her DVM at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Her career aspirations stem from early on in life where she was an avid member of 4-H, showing rabbits, goats and sheep. After 10 years of being immersed in the animal care culture, she was determined to take her passion a step further and commit to taking care of all creatures great and small.
Dr. Nicol learned of the ins and outs of AHSH through her friend and AHSH RVT, Ashley. She was looking to advance her career by joining an AAHA accredited hospital with the extra bonus of a job that is closer to home. Low-stress handling and providing a happy experience for her patients is Dr. Nicol’s priority at AHSH. Her special talents lie in ultrasonography and she hopes to expand her skill set by learning echocardiography. She also has special interests in ophthalmology and surgery. She enjoys teaching and welcomes any student who desires to learn the ins and out of becoming a veterinarian!
Dr. Nicol looks forward to serving the local community at AHSH, delving into her passion of teaching by educating pet parents on how to best take care of their pets! We know she will ultimately strengthen the human-animal bond for all pet parents and their furry families!
Dr. Cecelia Edwards
A native of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Cecelia Edwards knew even as a child that she wanted to be a veterinarian. However, the path by which she reached this goal spanned a number of years, other careers, and raising a family. After graduating from high school, she entered the hotel industry as a concierge, which she continued to do for ten years. Then, after a series of positions in several other areas, she was even more certain that veterinary medicine was the vocation she wanted to pursue. Valuable experiences in these early areas enriched her professional skills, including problem solving and interpersonal communication. These skills are quite beneficial in her practice today. The AHSH staff make note of Dr. Edwards’ effortless ability to bring humor to the office and consistent dedication to her clients and patients.
When Dr. Edwards began her undergraduate studies, she was still in Texas. She made the move to Ohio, where she would be closer to her husband’s family in Upper Arlington and finish her degree at The Ohio State University. She completed a B.S. in Animal Science at OSU in 2003 and went on to attend OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2008. Prior to relocating to Columbus, she worked as a veterinary assistant in Dallas, Texas. Locally she shared some experience with a large animal veterinarian and observed procedures in clinics at OSU in preparation for her career. Dr. Edwards also worked at a Dublin Veterinary Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant before and during veterinary school.
Dr. Edwards’ professional interests include preventative care, client education and internal medicine. Other interests include gardening, movies, and family dinners. Currently she lives in Marysville with husband Jack and two rambunctious Labrador Retriever sisters, Kate and Scout. Dr. Edwards enjoys frequent visits with her sons & grandchildren in Texas and Arizona! Studying veterinary medicine while raising 4 children were challenging for Dr. Edwards, but now she’s able to fully dedicate herself to the profession of her dreams!
Eve is ready to serve you and your pets with a warm smile and a heart of gold! Her caring demeanor and genuine love for pets, their people and her team at AHSH shines each and every day in her role as Practice Manager. Whether you are calling to discuss your pet’s care through the veterinary hospital or providing feedback on your experience at AHSH, Eve will provide red-carpet service for you and your pets every step of the way by empowering only the best team around her.
Eve is a farm girl from Wilmington, Ohio! While her family still resides there, she and her hubby recently settled down in a beautiful home in Columbus with their sweet, loveable son William. Their furry family consists of Lilah, 13-year-old husky mix, Eddie, 9-year-old lab mix, and Mika, a 10-year-old fat, happy grey tabby. Eve enjoys life to the fullest by going on hikes with her dogs, discovering new parks and places to visit, horseback riding and crafting! She regularly updates her blog called “The Life of a Smushface Mom” where she posts about tips, tricks, information, and the raw emotions and fears that a parent with a disabled child feels daily.
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This homeschooled gal ventured out to Westerville, Ohio, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Business Management at Otterbein University. Her hard work paid off as she landed a job managing a large equine boarding facility. Eve loved learning everything she could about the medical side of caring for animals, and upon needing to relocate for her husband’s work, Eve knew that working in the veterinary field would be the perfect way to serve pets and their people – applying all of the knowledge she has gained over the years in new ways every day! She has served us for several years as Boarding & Grooming Manager, Client Care Specialist, HR Manager, and she has now willingly stepped into the role of Practice Manager at AHSH!
Eve finds it very rewarding to be able to help put pet parents at ease when they call in with concerns and questions about their fur babies. Her pets are her family and she completely understands how worrisome it is when they are ill. Eve’s goal is to never stop learning and to help pet parents in any way she can to give them peace of mind from start to finish. She encourages and provides unwavering support to the team at AHSH, and she welcomes your feedback in order to help AHSH truly stick to our mission of “sharing kindness with our hearts and compassion in our practice.”
You know that one person you can always go to who will listen, empathize and provide insightful advice without passing judgment? That would be our Compliance Officer, Molly! You may recall seeing Molly at the front desk in the hospital’s early days, but she now works from home full-time since the birth of her daughter Olive in 2018. Molly takes care of everything behind the scenes – medical record compliance, staff scheduling, social media & marketing, etc. – to keep things running smoothly and to ensure we are living up to the high standards we set for ourselves!
Who knew that her lifelong love of animals and serving people would land her here at AHSH? Molly grew up with various gerbils and her kitty Midnight, and then fell in love with horses and became an avid horseback rider at the age of 7. She obtained her Massachusetts Instructor’s License in high school and taught riding lessons for several years. In college, she was able to translate her passion for animals to education – Molly traveled all the way from her hometown in Boston, MA, to study at Otterbein College in 2004. After earning her degree in Equine Business Management, with a minor in Psychology, she decided to settle down in Columbus as she fell in love with the more laid-back, relaxed atmosphere of the Midwest. Molly worked in retail management for several years before finding her way back to her passion for animals! Although she misses her family on the east coast, she has made Ohio her humble abode with her husband John, daughter Olive, former AHSH orphaned petite kitty Nibbles, and their sweater-wearing fat cat, Beans. (Find him on facebook: Wiener Beans!)
When she’s not tied to her computer, Molly loves spending time relaxing with family & friends. She is an outdoorsy girl at her heart of hearts; whether it’s tending her garden in the summer or shoveling snow in the winter, she finds peace and solace in the beauty of nature. Molly loves to travel and to visit family members all around the country. She would also be the perfect candidate for HGTV Property Brothers as she gets unreasonably excited whenever she has an excuse to buy new tools at Menard’s. Since joining the team in 2013, Molly has fallen in love with the atmosphere, clientele, and of course, all of the beloved pets that come through the doors of AHSH. She loves doing everything she can behind the scenes to be sure every client has a great experience and every patient receives top-notch care. In Molly’s words, “Most of the vet clinics I’ve been to in the past have had cold, unwelcoming environments… I am so happy to be in a place with such a warm, friendly atmosphere, where we treat every animal that walks through the door as a member of our family.”
Garrison “Garry” Bartholomew Handy the Great
The Animal Hospital of Shawnee Hills is my castle and the people who work here are my loyal servants. I serve here as the Gatekeeper at times, but mostly as the Overlord of this FINE establishment. I have ruled these lands since the cold, dark night of January 9th, 2013. I was homeless, alone and was in terrible need of medical care. Some decent humans picked me up from the side of the road and brought me into this fortress that I now rule. They were part of the Cozy Cat Cottage Rescue.
A young lad who had once served within the confines of these walls raised the needed funds for my care, giving me a new lease on life. Thus began my journey, full of treats and loyal service from my subordinates. Through coercive tactics and what some might call barbaric (but I find to be merely slightly aggressive) methods, I have attained this ruling authority position here at the hospital.
In order to cope with their strict regulations regarding treat intake, I have been forced to take up new activities and hobbies on a daily basis. Activities such as chewing and destroying the long white strings hanging down from the tops of the windows, tearing through packages of food not meant for me, crying incessantly as I attack the large drapes in the doorway at a time of my choosing and best of all, randomly lashing out at the peasants here while they drag their hands across my head. Sometimes I like getting the peasants to drag their hands across my head and back, but then I randomly despise the act and lash out. I utilize my sharpened claws and pearly whites in an aggressive way to deal with my undetectable and random outbursts.
My old hobbies and activities have become somewhat boring so I am discovering new activities each day. I have recently begun exploring the world of birding. These wonderful creatures that fly around outside my kingdom’s windows capture my attention-span for a good solid few minutes. I focus the entirety of my being on these aerodynamic beasts which fly and flutter through the air. I’ve recently realized that the invisible barriers of the windows make it impossible for me to strike and pounce on them the way my overly-stimulated prey-drive compels me to do. I often find myself smashing into office supplies and walls while attempting to capture these seemingly invincible creatures. However, it is certainly keeping me entertained as of late.
Thus, the story of my life. The peasants here served me well but I will never let them see that I am satisfied with their service. I hope to meet more of you peasants so that I may gaze at you from around the corners within my fortress. I will always be watching.
(Biography courtesy of former employee & Garry’s true father, Christopher “Toshi” Handy)
Medical Team Supervisor, RVT, Inventory Manager
With her warm welcoming smile, positive energy and Fear Free patient-handling approach, Rachel raises the bar for patient care at AHSH. She balances the individual needs of each patient seamlessly all while ensuring each family member leaves with a better understanding of how to take the absolute best care of their fur babies.
Rachel was born in Connecticut and spent most of her childhood in Columbia, SC and Dublin, OH with her younger sister. After graduating from Dublin Coffman, she went on to earn her Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) was possible because of her years of experience as a veterinary assistant, diligent studying and genuine love for pets and their people. In addition to her RVT certification, Rachel is certified in Fear Free and Low Stress Handling for patients.
How did Rachel get so good at what she does? She has personal experience with her own dog, Beau, who experiences anxiety and becomes very fearful when he visits the vet. After seeing him stressed time and time again, Rachel knew she had to do something to help her sweet Mini Aussie have less stressful vet visits. By taking her RVT career a step further and investing in the Fear Free Certification, Rachel is not only able to empathize with anxious pets, (and by default their owners), but now has tools to help everyone have a better experience at each appointment. Rachel is thankful for her furry family teaching her the ins and outs of animal behavior!
Rachel has always loved animals and once desired to become a veterinarian. As she got older, she considered a career in human medicine, possibly nursing, but sought out the career path of an RVT. From kennel technician, to veterinary assistant – the transition to RVT was natural for Rachel. She has a special interest in nutrition and behavior and would like to specialize in one of those areas someday. For now, she shares her stellar RVT skills at the office and enjoys spending time outside, binge watching TV and hanging out with friends and family.
Rachel is a fantastic technician. She has a deep understanding of animal behavior and can help decrease the stress of your entire furry family in the hospital. She treats every appointment and every patient with the utmost attention and care, fully investing her intelligence and hands-on skills to helping fearful pets become more comfortable in the clinic setting. She is a problem solver – rest assured – no stone will be left unturned with Rachel as your pet’s RVT! Rachel looks forward to meeting you and your pets and developing lifelong relationships!
Molly’s passion for caring for animals shines at the Animal Hospital of Shawnee Hills. She always spends extra time caring for fur babies during their veterinary visits as she has a passion for Fear-Free veterinary medicine, putting the “treat” into “treatment”! Molly earned her Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) license through Columbus State Community College (graduated spring 2017). How did we get so lucky as to cross paths with this talented, compassionate individual? Molly accepted a job as an animal caretaker and grooming assistant at AHSH in 2015 with the goal of obtaining more hands-on experience with animals before beginning her career as a registered veterinary technician. After a couple years’ experience in specialty practice at MedVet, we’re happy to welcome Molly back to AHSH as she continues her career as an RVT. Coming from many years of family horse-barn experience, Molly has a dedicated work ethic that is rare to find. Her learning curve was very short and she has since trained many employees in both animal care, grooming assisting and veterinary assisting.
She comes from a family with three siblings: one older sister, one younger sister and one younger brother. She attributes her work ethic and passion for helping animals to her upbringing on the family farm in Ashland, OH. She cared for six horses, Monty the mixed breed dog and several farm kitties. Molly’s family began rescuing animals when she was young, and to see these fur babies put all their faith in humans made her want to protect them forever! Her Aunt and Uncle are veterinarians in Ashland, so she was exposed to the veterinary field at a very young age. Having the career goal of working as a registered veterinary technician is as close to achieving her dream as a child of rescuing every animal that needs it. She will be lending a hand in helping as many animals as possible.
Molly is a graduate from Ohio Northern University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in environmental studies. She is a true Jane-of-all-trades as she is also an accomplished Real Estate Agent with Yellow Umbrella Homes! She currently resides in Delaware with her police officer husband, Dave, two rescue kitties Milo & Sir Lancelot, and rescue pups Angel and Arlo. When Molly is not entertaining her fur babies or working hard at her Real Estate office, she enjoys reading, running in races for charities, and gardening.
Molly loves getting to know clients, their pets, and their stories! AHSH has been an excellent place to grow her career in the veterinary field. Her pets have helped her through the tough times in school, work and life – she is excited to be able to learn more to be able to help them, and others, to live the long and happy lives they deserve!
Courtney came on board with us at the beginning of 2022 and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as part of the AHSH family! She was born in Ravenna, Ohio and raised in Kent. Courtney has a large family with 3 step-sisters and a brother. She recently relocated to Marysville, Ohio for her boyfriend’s career. She has 2 adorable fur babies who made the trip with her; Mango, a 4-year-old orange tabby, and Monkey, a 4-year-old grey tiger. Mango can be a bit on the spicy side while Monkey is much more shy!
In her free time Courtney loves spending time with family and friends. She likes baking (cookies, in particular!) and playing all types of video and board games. On nice days you can find Courtney cozied up at a good fishing spot at a local lake or pond. Whether working or not, she likes to stay busy!
Courtney has always loved animals and knew from a young age she wanted to find a career working with them. She worked for 2 years at the Humane Society of Summit County as a kennel supervisor. After helping so many sick and injured pets on a daily basis it became clear she was meant for more. The humane society drove Courtney to pursue a long-term career in veterinary medicine. It was during her time at the Humane Society that she became Fear Free certified! Courtney’s goal in the years to come is to become a certified veterinary technician. She looks forward to giving pets all the love and care they deserve during their visits!
Gina is a native Clevelander who has relocated to Columbus for school at THE Ohio State University. She is in her third year at OSU and is majoring in Animal Science with the goal of going to vet school! We can only hope she is able to stay with us as she continues in her veterinary studies! While Gina may have grown up in Cleveland, she has caught buckeye fever – with student tickets to every home game, Gina can be found in section A on any given Buckeye football Saturday. When she’s not in class, working, or at a game she loves hiking and exploring new trails. She is also bringing back the art of embroidery with her cross-stitching skills.
Gina is excited to be putting her studies to work in a practical setting here at AHSH. Gina brings with her a background in emergency medicine. While she loves the hustle and flow of an ER setting, she is eager to learn more about general practice. Gina is excited to learn the ins-and-outs of a full-service veterinary hospital as she looks to the future and where her passion may be in terms of specialty. She looks forward to growing her skills at AHSH and creating long lasting connections with staff and clients!
Client Care Specialist
Nicole has always lived around the Columbus area and is happy to call it her home. She loves spending time with her partner Rob and their rescue dog Moo. In her free time, she loves to do anything creative so it’s no surprise she is an Otterbein Alumni with a fine arts degree. Nicole started out volunteering with local rescues and later working at a pet supply store, and while she took a break from an animal-driven career to put her arts degree to work, she knew she had to get back in the field – and we are lucky to have found her! Nicole enjoys building long-lasting relationships with clients and their furry family members. She knows from personal experience how stressful caring for a sick pet can be, and she strives to be a helpful, empathetic ear to all clients!
Client Care Specialist
Tatum was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, and naturally she is a dedicated Cleveland Browns fan! She has currently made Dublin her home with her pup Milo, but she has lived all over – even residing in Belgium for several years! But nothing can keep this Ohio gal from her family – Tatum loves to head home to Akron on weekends to soak up quality time with her loved ones.
On her days off Tatum enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and painting. She is currently a student at Columbus State pursuing her entrepreneurial dreams. While her long-term goal is to one day own her own business in cosmetics, she hopes to always hold a job involving animals as well – so starting a career at AHSH where she can help animals and the people who care for them is a dream come true! Tatum prides herself on being honest and efficient, and she loves to learn new things about vet care by finding answers to client questions. While she is new to the veterinary field, Tatum has extensive experience in customer service, and she is eager and willing to assist you with all your veterinary needs!
Client Care Specialist
Savannah was born in Chesapeake, Ohio, and grew up just over the river in Huntington, West Virginia. She currently resides in Hilliard with her boyfriend Evan and a plethora of animals. Savannah has 2 cats (Lox & Goose), 2 ball pythons (Cyrus & Ganymede), a corn snake (Mina), and a milk snake (Cain). When she isn’t busy taking care of all of her critters, Savannah enjoys music, movies, video games, and generally trying new things!
Savannah started school at Findlay, where she was on a herpetology research team studying urinary histology of bullfrogs, reproductive histology of salamanders, and the antimicrobial properties of colubrid venom (specifically Western Hognose Snakes!) She has spent many an afternoon surveying the salamanders of the Olentangy River. Savannah later transferred to OSU to finish her degree in animal bio science, and she’s now a Buckeye for life! Her goal is to continue on to get her masters, and she is also considering becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician – either way, she hopes to always be in the animal field.
Savannah truly loves what she does and it shows in her everyday client interactions. Every new place she has worked in this field has been a step up, and AHSH is no exception! “It’s been my favorite workplace so far, both with how much I like my coworkers and how operations are handled.” Savannah is eager to put her experience and knowledge to work for our clients and their beloved companions!
Meticulous, marvelous, gem of a groomer, Jess has graced us with her talent to transform pets at AHSH. Raised in the small town of Bucyrus, Ohio, she knew the homey atmosphere of AHSH and friendly clientele would be a great fit for her. Jess intrinsically knew that she would one day work in the pet industry, as she has always had a great love for animals. She looks forward to the pet transformation process in grooming every day – from start to finish – knowing she has helped a pet go from rags to riches and helping them feel their very best. She takes pride in her work and takes extra care with every detail, from the bath to the cut, all the way to the bow or bandana that they prance home to their pet parents with.
Jess was professionally trained and certified through Cornerstone Dog Grooming Academy and has groomed all shapes and sizes of dogs… especially oodles of doodles at AHSH! She is a compassionate groomer that treats every pet like they were her own.
Jess shares her home in Delaware with her AHSH adoptee Luna (who comes to work every day and has earned her official “grooming mascot” title with her snazzy bows and adorable snorts) and lovable tortie kitty Lulu. Her fiancé Dr. Steven Kocher supports her in every way possible, all while owning and operating a local optometry business in Delaware! In her free time, Jess uses her creative talents for gardening, DIY interior design projects and exploring the outdoors and local restaurants. Jess looks forward to pampering your pets and mastering your pet’s personal style!
As an expert, seasoned groomer, Julia brings over 20 years of pet styling expertise to her table at AHSH. She will greet you and your pet with a smile and make your pet’s grooming experience positive each and every single time. Born and raised in Marysville, Ohio, Julia has enjoyed living in several different areas of the US. She is a true Southern belle as she opened her own grooming business in Charleston, SC! She returned to settle down with her extended family in Delaware as of 2012. When she’s not hard at work grooming the fur babies at AHSH, she is spending time with her perfectly charming husband Jason, and her sweet boys, Ethan and Victor. They share their home with Emma, pit bull/lab mix, fat cat Murry and adorable kitten Adella. Julia loves being a momma to her boys, and enjoys exercising and reading to de-stress.
Julia learned how to groom her senior year in high school and truly fell in love with animals and making pets look their best. She attended Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio, for Animal Care. Post-graduation, she headed to Lexington, KY, for training with The Nash Academy Of Animal Arts and earned her certificate for Professional Pet Grooming. While grooming will always be her main skill and trade, she does have a knack for criminal justice and would love the opportunity to go back to school to study how to identify suspects, solve crimes, and bring more justice to the world!
Julia is a true team player – we are forever grateful for her calm demeanor and ability to adapt in any situation. She excels in her profession and creates a relaxing atmosphere for the pets and her co-workers. She supports her team in every way possible and works hard to make sure everyone leaves with a smile at the end of the day, including her clients and their furry families. Julia looks forward to beginning relationships with new clients, building upon her rapport with established clients and making sure not only the pet, but the client is happy with the services and skills she provides.
Grooming Department Assistant
Vanessa (aka Nessy) is admired and respected by all who encounter her at AHSH because of her calm confidence. She demonstrates her strength of character by remaining true to herself and unfazed in even the most stressful situations. Pets and people alike appreciate her patience and unshakable manner. Vanessa attributes her demeanor to all of the trying challenges she has faced and overcome in life. She always pushes through the hard times with rooted faith and comes out on a brighter side with a smile. Vanessa can truly empathize with all creatures, great and small!
Born in the small town of Galion, Ohio, Vanessa moved to the big city of Columbus in 2012 to attend the Ohio State University! After gaining career experience in the pet boarding industry Vanessa knew she wanted to land a job in the veterinary field. Shortly after joining the team at AHSH as a Client Care Specialist, she adopted her energetic & cuddly Austin who keeps her active and laughing! Vanessa’s passion is caring for animals, so wherever life takes her, it will include animals.
Vanessa enjoys the Columbus area and all the culture and activities it has to offer. She shares her home with hubby Ryan and son John, and they enjoy playing in a local volleyball tournament and visiting Lake Erie whenever they can. How does a person who is so calm, cool & collected recharge her batteries? She loves spending time outdoors, hiking with Austin, watching freeform shows, listening to country/pop music and just spending one-one-one time with friends and family. Vanessa will always be a small-town girl at heart and enjoys sharing her core values with her job at AHSH!
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