Douglas M. Poorman, DVM – I am a 1997 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I have been practicing veterinary medicine for 20 years and have had the opportunity to work on large and small animals, as well as a variety of exotic pets. Petplex Animal Hospital opened in November of 2003, and I have enjoyed the generous support of the Buckeye Lake community. We moved into our current facility in March of 2010 and have been excited to be able to offer our clientele improved services because of the additional space in the new hospital.I grew up in a rural community similar to Buckeye Lake and enjoyed spending time in the summer on my grandparent’s farm. I have always had a variety of pets (dogs, cats, etc.) and spent a good deal of my childhood working with livestock and horses. These experiences have always drawn me toward the field of veterinary medicine and helped me appreciate the human animal bond.I am pleased that my staff and I are able to provide exceptional care for the pets in our community. As we get to know our clients it becomes more and more obvious that the pets we see are more like members of family and that when they hurt, we hurt too. We always try to treat our patients with the same care and concern that we would want for the loved ones in our lives.
Justin Kirchhofer, VMD – I am a graduate of the School of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently I am sitting on the Denison University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. For many years I have lived and worked in the Granville area. I have been married for over 20 years, and have three children. In my spare time I play and coach soccer. Spending time with my family is my favorite activity. I love cats, dogs, and generally all living things. I have two Dachshunds, and eight cats. I have a true love for felines. I am interested in progressive medicine and minimally invasive procedures such as Ultrasound, Laparoscopy, and Endoscopy. I take great pride, enjoyment, and satisfaction in getting to know each client and patient. Building a bond that lasts a lifetime while giving the highest quality of care is my passion.
Libby Torchia, DVM – I am a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I also attended OSU for my undergraduate education in Animal Sciences. I have been in Columbus for almost 10 years! I grew up north of here on the shores of Lake Erie, in a speck of a town called Bono, OH. I spent most of my childhood riding horses and following my parents around at work, dreaming of the day that I could follow in their footsteps to become a veterinarian.
As a veterinarian, I am interested in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. I was recognized for Excellence in Neurology and received the highest Latin Honors for academic excellence while in school. Every day at Petplex presents a chance to learn something new. I am always ready for a challenge!
My husband and I stay pretty busy at home. We own a parkour gym, Parkour Horizons, spend a lot of time with family and are avid outdoor and exercise enthusiasts. We have three animals that round out our little family. Our cats, Ivy and Rumple, have an uncanny fondness for idle water glasses, knocking over potted plants and chasing sunbeams. Our dog, Mira, likes to chew the ears off of her stuffed toys and get hair all over the couch.
Julie Mestemaker, DVM – I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1993 followed by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997. I live in Granville where my husband and I have raised/are raising four wonderful children. We have three pets at the present time who all add to the fun and excitement of the busy household. They include Ziggy, a smart and very athletic nine year old Viszla; Sweetie, a pleasant nine year old cat who came to us as a stray kitten; and Frisco, a frisky kitten we adopted from the animal shelter last summer.
I like many aspects of veterinary medicine but am particularly interested in preventative medicine, internal medicine, dermatology and dentistry. I am able to practice a higher quality of medicine since Petplex Animal Hospital is built on a strong foundation of doctors and support staff. I am surrounded by a group of knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate individuals which leads to great client relationships and patient care. I have enjoyed meeting so many wonderful clients and their pets over the past many years and look forward to meeting many more!
Amber Kostelansky, DVM –
Dawn S. Faught – I am the Office Manager and have worked here at Petplex since we opened in November 2003. I have worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years. This area has been my home for about 30 years. I have a daughter, Amanda, who is my best friend. Our horse Charm, is is referred to as the “big kid” of the family. We also have five cats who are all special needs babies. Hecate is the oldest cat at ten years and the youngest and latest addition to our cat family is a Bengal housecat named Misumi. Her name means pure beauty and that she is! Hairy, my black Scottish terrier, is my little buddy. He goes everywhere with me. You may have seen Hairy in the office next to my desk. Ana Rose is Amanda’s wheaten Scottish terrier who is full of life and fun. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, riding my horse and working in my yard.
Matthew Harvey – I am the assistant office manager, manager and care-giver in the boarding kennels at Petplex Animal Hospital. I am a 2003 graduate of Watkins Memorial High School and a 2008 graduate of Ohio Northern University, with a bachelor of Science in Biology. While attending college, I worked as a veterinary assistant at Petplex during the summers. Having grown up around animals all my life, I know the joy and benefits of having them in my life. I currently have two cats named Binks and Circe.
Amanda Swick – I am a 2007 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford Schools. I have an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, and have successfully completed the Veterinary Technician National Exam. I currently reside in the country with my husband, five horses, and two Australian Shepherds named Tater and Wrangler. I have been working in the veterinary field since 2007. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering for the Pony Express, (horseback riding program for disabled children), competing at horse shows and spending time with friends and family. I have always enjoyed working with animals and love my occupation as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Allie Krofft – I am a 2011 graduate of Bradford School with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. I have successfully passed the VTNE to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I have always been passionate about animals. As a child I was always rescuing injured animals on my family farm. In the future I hope to become more educated so I can better serve our clients and patients.
Megan Welch – I am a 2007 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradeford School with an Associate degree in applied animal science. I am a veterinary technician and the inventory manager here at Petplex Animal Hospital. My love for animals began at a very young age and it continues to grow every day. I currently live in Thornville with my loving husband, Mark, and our only son Ace. I have 5 cats: Selene, Apollo, Wilson, Blue and Bella, as well as 4 beagles Maggie, Jack, Rolo and Maverick. I love working here at Petplex and look forward to helping you and your furry family member(s) as much as possible.
Training Staff / Technician
Sierra Johnson – I am a 2011 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School with an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology AND have successfully passed the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE). Petplex has presented me with the opportunity to specialize in animal behavior and obedience training using positive reinforcement methods. I enjoy teaching both group and individual behavioral modification classes to help build a strong human-animal bond. I was an active 4-H member for 12 years showing lambs, pigs and steer. I currently reside in the country with my chihuahua, Lexi, and two rescue boys: a beagle mix, Henry, and a pitbull, Godric, and two rescue cats. I have always had a passion for animals and training. I enjoy my job and look forward to giving back to the animals and the community.
Sierra Guerin – I am a 2011 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford Schools. I knew from a very young age that helping animals was my passion and a career I wanted to pursue. When I first walked into Petplex, I knew I had found a place where my love for animals and their well-being would be deeply shared. I always strive to treat you and your pet with the upmost respect, compassion and understanding. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Sara Behrens – I am a 2007 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford and became a registered veterinary technician after passing my VTNE in March of 2008. I joined the Petplex team in June of 2013. After years of being in practice I noticed a real need to bring our services to animals and people in need and therefore started our mobile unit. House calls have become my passion ever since. I am the crazy cat lady of the clinic with my 5 cats – Peach, Brian, Muffler, Sasuke and Kaiba. I live in Lancaster with my husband, Randy, and my son, Kain.
Shana Dudley – I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford Schools in March 2013. I started working at Petplex shortly after in June 2013. I always knew from a young age I wanted to work with animals. Growing up I had a variety of pocket pets, a couple of birds and a Sheltie. Currently I have a cockatiel named Mo, a guinea pig named Peanut and a recently adopted kitten named Flynn. My goal is to keep advancing my education to maintain the high quality of care for both patients and clients here at Petplex.
Allie Mason – I am a RVT here at Petplex. I’ve been here ever since graduating college in March 2013. I love working at Petplex because we are always learning new things and are very innovative. In my spare time I enjoy tending to my chickens, riding horses, yoga and OSU football. I think education is important and I strive to help clients learn all about their pets. Aside from my farm animals, I own a dog, a rabbit, 4 cats and beta fish who are my pride and joy. I understand the importance of the human-animal bond and will do everything I can to help your pet live a long, happy life.
Kristen Sarratt – I am a 2012 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School and have successfully passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam. I currently live with my boyfriend, Ryan, and our daughter, Julia, along with 3 dogs and a cat. I love getting to work with and help animals on a daily basis and strive to better myself and further my education to help those that cannot help themselves.
Michelle Tavernia – I am a registered veterinary technician at Petplex Animal Hospital. I graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associates degree in veterinary technology in May of 2015. I began working at Petplex a couple of months after I graduated. I passed the veterinary technician national exam in December of 2015. I have always had a fascination with animals. I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was young but I changed my mind as I got older when I learned about all of the things that technicians get to do. I grew up with dogs and had a couple hamsters and beta fish. I rescued an Australian Kelpie mix from the Humane Society in 2009, named Tyson. I am excited to expand my knowledge in exotics and pocket pets here at Petplex and learn more about how to keep our furry friends healthy and happy.
Josie Paxson – I am a 2015 graduate of Bradford School with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology and have successfully passed the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE). I knew from a young age that I had a passion for helping and caring for animals. I always want to bring the sick or injured animals home and care for them until they are happy and healthy again. I currently live in Zanesville with my husband, 2 dogs named Zeke and Zara, and 2 cats named Kiki and Kitten. They get spoiled in every way possible. I look forward to meeting you and your pets and giving them the best care imaginable!
Kayla Anderson – I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in February of 2016. Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to work with animals and I always stuck with it. I grew up with dogs and cats, and a few farm animals owned by my grandparents. I was employed by Petplex Animal Hospital in March of 2016 and I’m very excited to expand my knowledge and better my skills as a veterinary technician.
Megan Kirkbride – I recently graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in March 2016 where I obtained an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. I have always had a love and passion for animals! I currently own one dog of my own, Nashville. In my spare time I enjoy being in the sun with my family and friends. Over the years I hope to gain the knowledge and experience to be the best technician I can be!
Ashley Sinnett – I graduated from the Bradford Vet Tech Institute in March of 2016 with an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. I’ve worked in a vet clinic setting since I was 16 years old, doing boarding and other odd and end jobs. I passed my state board exam at the end of November 2016. I am very excited to learn and grow as a technician as a part of the team at Petplex Animal Hospital!
Cayla Goodman – I joined the Petplex team in April of 2012. I am a graduate of Fairfield Union High School. I am currently a senior at Ohio University-Zanesville where I am working toward a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing. I have also had the privilege of traveling to the Dominican Republic with Village Mountain Mission to build housing for local people in small villages. This was a very fulfilling experience, and I plan to return for medical missions upon graduation. I grew up on a small farm outside of Lancaster, where I was very active in 4-H and FFA. This is where I gained my love for animals. I currently have a cat named Dale, an Australian Shepherd named Bailey and a small herd of cattle to keep us busy.
Emmalee Ours – I started my job here at Petplex in the spring of 2013. I graduated from Sheridan High School and I am a soon-to-be graduate of The Ohio State University. At OSU I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene. I live on a small farm outside of Somerset where I spent many years raising goats and cattle for my 4-H and FFA projects. I currently have 4 dogs, 3 cats and 6 pet goats. Raising livestock and having many cats and dogs have brought me to love animals. I enjoy working here at Petplex, but I am looking forward to my career in dental hygiene.
Kasey Shriver – I am a receptionist and have worked here at Petplex since 2015. I am a 1992 graduate of Lakewood High School. I am a wife of 24 years to my husband Bart. I also have 3 great kids: Kole, Natalie and McKayla. I am also a caregiver to my mom. I have 2 dogs. Dallas is a 1 year old Pitbull and Sassy is a 2 year old American Bull dog. I also have a cat, Chopper. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Ashley Bonifant – I am a receptionist at petplex animal hospital. I joined the team in November 2015. I am currently a student at Penn Foster college working on my associate of science degree so that I may become a veterinary technician. I am married with three children, two boys and one girl. I also have two pets, an Australian cattle dog named Ainslie and a cat named Sampson.
Courtney Kidwell – I graduated from Salem International University in 2016 where I earned a degree in teaching. I have three German Shepherds: Keisha, Jayco and Dakoda. I also have a German Shepherd mix named Nala and a Corgi mix named Roxy. Someday I hope to be able to cage dive with sharks!
John Triance – I am a graduate of Lancaster High School. I continued my education with an Associate Degree in Travel and Tourism, as well as courses in Landscaping Design and Landscaping Maintenance. I also attended Diamond Cut Dog Grooming School where I earned my Certified Dog Groomer Certificate. After working in the travel and tourism industry, traveling the world, being a landscaper and a private gardener for 20 plus years, I decided I needed a change in my life. While working with my sister in her grooming and boarding business, I found my nitch. Animals are one of my passions. I love both dogs and cat. During that time I decided to continue my education once more and obtain my Certified Groomer Certificate. All of my four-legged friends are unique and hold a special place in my heart.
“K” Fell – I am a graduate of Bexley High School and I received an associate degree in Applied Sciences of Veterinary Medicine from Columbus State Community College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Capital University, earning 2 Bachelors Degrees in General Studies with a focus on the human/animal bond. I designed a human/animal bond course as my senior project which ultimately was taught to honor students at Columbus State Community College.I have practiced as a Registered Veterinary Technician for over thirty years in Columbus and Granville. I have been employed at Petplex Animal Hospital in Buckeye Lake for the past seven years. Douglas Poorman, DVM provided me with the opportunity to redirect my interests and I have been the manager of the Buckeye Lake Pet Club boarding facility since March, 2010. With my years of experience as an RVT and the depth of my interest in studying the human/animal bond; you can be assured that your pet(s) will be cared for as if they are a respected member of my family.On a personal note, I have 3 dogs, Happy, Roo, and Fly Boy and one cat, RJ and a frog, Froggy. I have volunteered at Second Chance, a prison program which instructed inmates in the care of rescued dogs to be placed in permanent, loving homes. I am also very active in environment issues and organizations in the Buckeye Lake community.
Amy Heistand – I am a veterinary assistant and care giver in our boarding facility at Petplex Animal Hospital. I have been in the veterinary field since 2003. I grew up on a small farm in Coolville, Ohio. From a young age, I’ve had a passion for all types of animals. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in the veterinary field. Fulfilling my dreams, I joined the team here at Petplex in 2016. My goal here is to build trusting bonds with not only the pets but the owners as well. I currently live in the Buckeye Lake area with my husband and our four children. We have a variety of pets including 8 sugar gliders, 2 water dragons, 3 bearded dragons and 2 dogs. When not at work I enjoy spending time at the beach and camping with my family.