VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Manager

    Katherine Hrovat

    Katey has been with VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists since 1998.  She has worked in our Emergency, Oncology, Surgery, and Internal Medicine departments. Katey was promoted to Technician Supervisor in late 2014. 

    Katey is an RN on the human side.  She has 2 cats and 2 dog - a 3 pound Chihuahua named Fancy and a Jack Russell Terrier named Dakota Jean.


  • Technician Supervisor

    Jeff Soldan

    Jeff graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2007 with an Associate's degree in Veterinary Technology.  He began working at VCA  on October of 2014.  In his free time he likes to hike with his dog Mojito, maintain his saltwater fish tank and play PS4.  He was recently promoted to Emergency Technical Supervisor.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Michelle Bacho

    Michelle Bacho is a recent graduate of Tri-C's veterinary technician program.  This is a second career for Michelle, who also has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Spring Hill College where she was involved with the Delta Gamma sorority.  Michelle considers working with animals much more fulfilling and really enjoys learning as much as she can about the profession.  She aspires to specialize in anesthesia.  As an introvert, Michelle really prefers to spend time with a good book or marathon watching TV shows on Netflix. However, she has been known to be social from time to time.  Michelle enjoys trying new restaurants, going to the movies, (attempting) to run 5k's, and going to comedy shows.  She also spends time training her 2 dogs, playing video games, surfing the internet, acting as the programming advisor for the Case Western Delta Gamma chapter and napping. 


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Jen Barnes


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Emily Brown


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Diana Butler

    I am Diana Butler, a 2004 graduate of Tri-C, registered veterinary technician.  I have experience in emergency and internal medicine.  I have 2 dogs, Nina and Mini Me.  I also have a cat, Phoebe and a rabbit, Lemmiwinks. I like to watch movies and spend time with my family and my critters.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    William Casner


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Ereka Crosby


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Jodi Fisher

    My name is Jodi and I am almost through with the Vet tech program at Stautzenberger College.  I will officially be a graduate in July 2015.  I have been working in the Animal ER field for 2 years and I love every minute of it.  I have two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband that has put up with all of my study time.  In addition to the people in my home, I have 2 cats Pixie and Noni.  I spend my free time making memories with my family and reading novel series.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Kelsie Franks
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Hilary Gibson


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Angela Hanna

    Angie is a recent graduate of Stautzenberger College, and has been a member of the GLVS surgery staff since mid-July.  She owns her own business as a pet nanny, as well as helps her family with their successful fantasy football website.  In addition to having a passion for animals, Angie is a huge sports fan.  The Cleveland Indians, Browns, OSU Buckeyes, and MSU Spartans are among her favorites.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports and games with her family, or watching movies.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Kate Herrington
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Sara Hoisington

    Sara is a 2012 graduate from Stautzenberger College.  She became a registered technician in 2013.  She has been working in the veterinary field for over 4 years, starting in general practice and now progressing onto being a critical care technician.  When she is not working she is spending time with her family and 2 cats, Kid and Kissan.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Moira Horvath


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Cassandra Irizarry

    I was originally enrolled at the University of Toledo for Civil Engineering in 2006 and 5 years later, I graduated from Tri-C as a Registered Veterinary Technician. I worked general practice for 4 years and last summer,  I started working here at VCA Great Lakes. I love to sit on the porch with my 16 year old maltese Taz and watch the cars drive by. My kitten Crumpet, who is in recovery from a fractured skull, loves to  knead my face in the morning, as he purrs next to my ear.  I help out in a few areas here at VCA, Surgery, Internal Medicine and ICU. I am the ward technician here and I love taking care of my patients! I love to send pictures to the families to let them know how their loved ones are doing. I love to meet all of my clients, so if I’m taking care of your pet, please, don’t hesitate to meet me.  I am also a die hard Cleveland Browns fan.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Renee Kareha

    Renee is a 2012 graduate of Columbus State Community College. She became a registered technician in December 2012 and has been working in the field since graduating. Renee spent 3 years in a small private practice in Columbus before venturing up to the Cleveland area in July 2015 and diving into emergency medicine. She has a special interest in animal behavior and her love for emergency/critical care is growing every day. She currently has 1 dog, a hound/boxer cross named Berlin. In her spare time, Renee enjoys horseback riding, reading, playing with her dog, and helping her parents continue to raise rabbits for showing.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Marissa Margraf
    Veterinary Tech School: Columbus State Community College

    A 2001 graduate of Columbus State College, Marissa was raised in Worthington, OH.

    She has one dog, a shepherd / collie mix named Sullivan, a horse, Rocky and a barn cat, Sassy.  Marissa has lived in Cleveland for the past 3 1/2 years.

    When not at Great Lakes, Marissa teaches Therapeutic horseback riding part time.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Kelly Medford


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Shaylyn Morrison


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Rebecca Nyce
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Mary Grace Phillips
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College

    Mary Grace has 23 years of experience in various areas of veterinary medicine, officially becoming a registered veterinary tecnician in 1991.  She graduated with honors from Columbus State Community College.  She is currently seeking to pursue specialties in anesthesia and surgery.

    Mary Grace enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her husband, Alfred, and their Goldens Hemi Cuda, Willie, River, and Corbin along with their cat, Patxy Cline.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Brittany Racecic

    Brittany is a 2010 graduate from Stautzenberger College.  She has 4 years experience working in general practice before deciding to take the leap into Emergency medicine.  She has been with VCA Great Lakes since early 2015.  She is a member of the Ohio Association of Veterinary Technicians, The American Association of Feline Practioners and has a strong passion for feline health and welfare.  When not working , she loves spending time with her handsome cat Otis!


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Gail Rinderknecht
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College

    Gail Rinderknecht, oncology technician, graduated from the Cuyahoga Community College / Columbus State Community College program in Veterinary Technology in 1996.  Before working at Great Lakes, she worked at various practices, including the Animal Protective League and for a mobile veterinarian.  A favorite volunteer activity is taking a sweet Golden Retriever named Sam to a nearby elementary school so the children can read to her.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Bethany Rohrer

    Bethany is a registered veterinary technician who graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2000.  Since that time she has spent time working in emergency and Internal Medicine departments, but has spent most those years working in Surgery.  She has been working with our Surgery team since April 2015.  When she is not working she enjoys coaching her son's football team, painting pet portraits and listening to live music.  She and her son share their home with a terrier named Sally and Steve the cat.


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Nicole Sayles
    Veterinary Tech School: The Vet Tech Institute

    Nicole graduated with a veterinary technology degree from The Vet Tech
    Institute in Pittsburgh, PA in 2006. She worked at Great Lakes
    Veterinary Specialists in the Internal Medicine department for five
    years before more recently joining the Emergency department. She also
    enjoys using her technician skills while volunteering with local
    shelters and humane organizations. She lives with her terrier mix,
    Monty, and her cat, Martini.
     


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Nicole Vintson
    Veterinary Tech School: Stautzenberger


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Jennifer Webb
    Veterinary Tech School: Stautzenberger College

    Jennifer has been in the animal field for about 10 years.  In those 10 years she has volunteered and worked as an RVT.  Jennifer went to school at Stautzenberger College and has worked in the emergency field for the past two years. 

    She has 3 dogs and 5 cats, all of which are rescues and most with disabilities


  • Registered Veterinary Technician

    Robin Wilkinson
    Veterinary Tech School: Cuyahoga Community College

    Robin has had a love of animals since she was little.  She wanted to same anything and everything that was hurt or just hungry.  Growing up Robin considered becoming a veterinarian but ended up at Hiram college as a psychology / education major. 

    After coming across a job opportunity at a vet clinic in Warren, OH as a kennel assistant Robin was hooked - she loved it!  She then decided to go to vet tech school at Cuyahoga Community College.  Upon graduation she took a job here at GLVS.  She comments she has learned SO MUCH!


  • Technician

    Virginia Murphy
    Veterinary Tech School: San Juan College

    Virginia began working at Great Lakes Veterinary Speicalists in 1995.   Over the years she has worked in every department, beginning with surgery, moving to Internal Medicine and then on to Oncology and Radiation Therapy.  "Each department has its advantage.  It is useful to be so well rounded and familiar with this facility..." 

    Great Lakes is thrilled to have such an accomplished Technician working with us!


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Courtney Black

    Hello, my name is Courtney. I’m currently enrolled at Stautzenberger College in their Vet Tech Program. I’ve only been there for two quarters but I had previous schooling at Tri-C in their Vet Tech program as well. I currently live in Solon with my parents and my two siblings, but I’m hoping by next fall I’ll be moving out. I have two dogs, my St. Bernard named Mozart, who will be 11 on October 5, 2014, and my insane Rottweiler who will be 3 in February. If I’m not at work, at school, or giving the dogs their weekly baths, I enjoy just sitting at the house watching scary movies or playing video games. Right now, I am focused on school and work so I don’t go out a lot, but I don’t suffer from cabin fever either. I am more than excited to finally be working with the VCA family and I can’t wait to finally put my skills to the test.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Heather Blue

    I am current graduate from Stautzenberger college, I have completed the veterinary technician program December of 2013.  I am currently studying to take my test to become an RVT.  I have been working at GLVS for a year and a half in the Internal Medicine Department and it has been a wonderful experience.  I learn something new everyday and I enjoy working with the animals.  I am a mother of three wonderful children and I also have two dogs, a black lab named Kofi and a puggle named Buster.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Curtis Bohannon


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Michelle Dojlidko

    Michelle grew up in Flemington, NJ. Her love for animals sky-rocketed at the age of five, when she began to ride horses. She then moved to Ohio, where she attended Akron University studying Biology/Pre-Veterinary/Pre-Medicine. She quickly developed a high interest in opening up her own business, boarding horses. In 2012, Michelle and her Family bought a property in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where they opened up an eighteen stall, brand new, boarding facility.During her school career she developed a love for radiology and will pursue her career in Angiography, she is waiting to start her clinicals in 2015. She also has been working in the veterinary field as an assistant during her college career and has decided to take a further step and go to school to be a Registered Veterinary Technician through San Juan College. She enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, working on the farm, being around her horses, barn cats, her Dog Cali, and showing horses competitively on the “A & AA” Circuit.


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Jennifer Lipps
    Veterinary Tech School: San Juan College


  • Veterinary Assistant

    Carli Wyszynski
    Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialist provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 216-831-6789. We have just recently moved and are located at our brand new, state of the art facility at 4760 Richmond Road. Warrensville Heights, OH 44128.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.
 

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