The Team at Animal Hospital
of Shawnee Hills
Learn more about our team and why we are so dedicated to our work. We look forward to serving you soon!
Our Management Team
Client Care Team
Loren grew up on a farm in Delphos, Ohio with her parents and brother, and currently lives in Westerville with her husband Patrick and their 11 pets! Their menagerie includes: 2 dogs, Eva and Ellie; 2 cats, Zuul and Mike Wazowski; 2 rabbits, Harvey Dent and Winston Zedmore; 2 hairless guinea pigs, Cheddary Potato and Feta Pancetta; and 3 ferrets, Frank Burns, Ruby Tue, and Beanicus Finch. With all those animals, would you believe that Loren did NOT initially pursue a career in veterinary medicine?? She graduated from the University of Cincinnati with an Associates degree in Mortuary Science, and then earned her Bachelor’s from The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. After school she got what she thought would be a temporary position as a Client Service Coordinator at a vet hospital, while she searched for a job at a funeral home – but she fell in love with Vet Med and couldn’t leave the field. She went back to school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, and the rest is history!
In her free time Loren likes to relax with a good book, play Sims 4, and watch movies or TV with her husband. She also loves to fill her brain with trivia and explore mysterious and haunted places like the Mansfield Reformatory or the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. She looks forward to expanding her career with animals and can’t wait to meet new clients and spoil a whole bunch of pets! 😊
Dr. Bridget Bickers
Dr. Bickers was born in Columbus and has lived here in the Columbus/Dublin area for most of her life! She has been surrounded by animals since childhood, growing up with a german shepherd, several cats, hamsters, and a green tree frog – and started her animal care career early by nursing injured birds back to health! She knew she was destined to be a Veterinarian by the seventh grade, and she credits her inspiration to her avid reading of James Herriot stories and visits to the vet with her own pets. She majored in Equine Pre-Veterinary studies at Otterbein University and went on to Vet School at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, initially planning to pursue a career in Equine Medicine. But life always takes unexpected twists and turns, and Dr. Bickers was led back to the care of smaller creatures! 😊
In her free time Dr. Bickers loves to read, knit, and spend quality time with loved ones. She has friends scattered all over the world, and her inquisitive mind gives her a love of traveling and exploring the beauty and wonder of nature. She has a special interest in reproductive medicine and would love to help clients learn about the possibilities of their pet being a candidate for breeding! She also looks forward to mentoring future vet students.
“I am looking forward to building relationships with my patients and clients at the practice, and especially having the opportunity to assist in keeping pets healthy throughout their lives!”
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. Nate Ritzler
Dr. Ritzler is originally from Northwest Ohio, and has just moved to the Columbus area with his wife Emily and their 3 dogs Thor (yorkie mix), Coco (havanese), and Lola (golden retriever). He received his undergrad biology degree from University of Findlay, and later went on to graduate from Purdue University College of Vet Med in 2020. Following his graduation, Dr. Ritzler became Medical Director of a busy practice in Toledo, Ohio, and he is now excited to join an AAHA-Accredited Hospital – and we are lucky to have him! He is a Fear Free Certified Professional and is certified in Sound Basic ultrasound. He has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and dermatology, and has future aspirations to specialize in physical rehabilitation and acupuncture.
Dr. Ritzler is an outdoorsy guy at heart, and loves to spend his free time near the water – running, fishing, jet-skiing, and other water sports. His laid-back nature and good humor puts both clients and pets at ease, and he loves to joke around the office and have a good time with everyone. He loves to make personal connections and spend time getting to know his patients and their people. He is also a great educator – he will always take whatever time is needed to explain diagnoses and go over all the options for treatment. He cares deeply about teaching and looks forward to mentoring new vet students and graduates in the future!
“Veterinary medicine is such a unique field where each day brings new challenges. Seeing the excitement and love between a healthy pet and their owner makes overcoming the challenges worth it. I am excited to be able to serve the Shawnee Hills community!”
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!
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.”
RVT & Medical Team Supervisor
Tabatha brings her years of experience from all over the country – she has lived in Texas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Florida, with periods in Ohio in between. She has most recently moved from Cincinnati and currently lives in Dublin with her boyfriend Daniel (a vet student at OSU!), and their two cats: Rosa the princess, and Captain, who she describes as their “old man problem child” – yep, she is not ashamed to admit she has a favorite!
Tabatha originally went to school to become a Radiology Tech for humans – but soon realized it would be way more fun to take x-rays of pets. She researched careers in the veterinary field and decided being a Registered Veterinary Technician was the perfect fit for her, and obtained her degree and license through the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford College.
In her free time, Tabatha enjoys exercising and being outdoors, going to concerts and FCC soccer games, listening to music, and reading. She also has a healthy obsession with manatees, and would love to pursue a Marine Biology degree someday! Tabatha imagines herself spending her retirement someday at a manatee rehab center, just feeding and bathing baby manatees. 😊
Tabatha’s years of experience in the field allow her to view things from many different perspectives, and she knows how important it is for pet parents to trust those who are taking care of their fur babies. She looks forward to building great relationships with all our clients and patients at AHSH!
Marissa was born in Philadelphia, but has spent most of her life in Ohio (from Cincinnati, to Worthington, Athens, and Dublin!) She currently makes Westerville her home, with her boyfriend Danny and their sweet kitty Puff. Marissa has always felt a passion for animals and nature, and worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for several years as a naturalist at Blue Rock and Alum Creek State Parks, doing natural resource-related educational programs. While she loved her work in the great outdoors, she was missing the connection with animals. She decided to try out the vet field at a large (10 doctor!) veterinary hospital, and quickly found a love for animal science and medicine. She worked her way up from kennel attendant, to veterinary assistant, and finally earned her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
In her free time, Marissa loves spending time with Danny and her friends, riding her bike, watching medical dramas, and working on projects around her house!
We are so lucky to have found Marissa, with her dedication to pet care and the great skills she has developed through her various experiences! She looks forward to providing quality nursing and wellness care to our patients and education for our clients, and further developing her vet tech skills, particularly with surgery and phlebotomy.
“I always enjoy having the chance to take my skills and knowledge gained from my education and apply it in practice. I feel that I am best able to help my doctors and the pets they care for when I am able to answer client questions and use my experience and knowledge to work with my doctor to help come up with a diagnosis and care plan.”
Client Care Specialist
Laura has a love and passion for both animals and people! Bringing a smile to someone’s face and helping in their time of need fills up her cup. She wants to serve your pets with the compassion and love they deserve!
Laura is a Cincinnati native, and has 2 older sisters. Her life-long love of golden retrievers started young – when she was a child, her family adopted a golden retriever mix named Cody, who came to their family on a camping trip. Laura had always loved dogs, but finally she had a dog of her own to love! Cody taught her family what unconditional love looked like and was truly a blessing to their family.
Fast-forward to college – during Laura’s senior year at Wittenburg University, she fostered a golden retriever puppy name Gonzo through 4 Paws for Ability and socialized him to be a service dog for a child with a disability. She graduated in 2017 with a BA in Business Management and Sociology.
Laura currently lives in Columbus with her husband and their recently-adopted golden retriever puppy Rambo. She enjoys spending time with her dog, trying new breweries and restaurants in the area, and hiking.
Laura is excited to step into the animal field where she can share her passion and love for all fur babies! She has aspirations to go to school to be a Registered Veterinary Technician. It is her goal to always be caring and kind – she wants everyone coming to the hospital to feel our fear-free mission in veterinary medicine. She is committed to providing the highest level of customer service and bringing smiles!
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!
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!
Hailey is Ohio-born and bred, currently living in Columbus with her 2 kitties Timmy & Tally, and 1-year old Australian/German Shepherd mix, Nova. She took some courses at Ashland University during high school, and later went on to complete her Bachelor’s in pre-veterinary medicine at Morehead State University in Kentucky! Hailey gets her passion for animal care from her former-vet tech mom, who has always told her about her favorite and most interesting cases – Hailey caught the vet med bug and hasn’t looked back!
In her free time, Hailey loves to spend time outdoors, hiking, and spending time with her college friends and family. She is also discovering a love of cooking – although she claims she’s not that great yet, we look forward to her future as a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen 😊
Hailey is always willing to lend a helping hand, and her calm, caring nature will always put a smile on your face and put your pets at ease! She is not sure yet where she wants to go with her career in the long run (Vet school? Tech school? We hope!) but we look forward to supporting her and watching her grow in the field!
“I look forward to seeing clients that I know, but I especially like when new clients come in with nothing but good things to say about what they’ve heard about AHSH…. and also when clients bring in their new puppies :)”
Client Care Specialist
Skylar was born and raised in South Point, Ohio, just across the border from both West Virginia and Kentucky! She has recently moved to Lewis Center with her boyfriend Blake. Skylar comes from a big family of people and animals! She has a brother and 3 sisters, and 3 dogs – Charlie, a shepherd/border collie mix, and 2 french bulldogs, Belle and Biana. For fun in her free time, Skylar goes hiking, listens to music, and explores record stores, and to relax she loves to re-watch shows like Gilmore Girls, New Girl, and The Office, or play Mario games or Animal Crossing on her switch.
Skylar graduated from Ohio University in Athens with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, which is where she discovered her love for animal care. She worked in HR and retail prior to finding her way back to the animal field at AHSH, and also served as a mentor in college – all of which has given her a great foundation of people skills and customer service. She has a calm, confident nature and loves getting to know new people and doing whatever she can to help others. She looks forward to meeting all the pets and people of AHSH and hearing everyone’s great stories!
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!