I had my first experience in the field of veterinary medicine at the age of 8. I found a bird that had fallen out of its nest in our front yard and was unable to fly. My mother, brother, and I gave it warmth, food, and water until we got it to the Howell Nature Center later that day. I did not realize at the time that it was the beginning of what would be a lifetime dedicated to improving the lives of our non-human companions.
I grew up in the city of Brighton, Michigan. Some of my best friends growing up were the family pets. Although more independent, the cats (Patches, Silver, and King Tut II) seemed to be able to tell when you were feeling down and would give extra attention and purrs on those days. In contrast, Carmen, the golden retriever, was always eager to give/receive love and attention no matter the day or time. She frequently took her owners out for a walk or instigated a game of tug with no regard to the weather conditions or her owners’ state of wakefulness. I enjoyed their company and always considered them smaller furrier members of the family. This connection, together with encouragement to consider working in the medical field from my mother (a registered nurse) helped me to develop a strong interest in veterinary medicine.
However, I cannot say that the choice to go into veterinary medicine was always obvious to me. I attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio and had the opportunity to explore many possible career paths. I developed other interests in teaching, scientific research, and human medicine. I ultimately decided I wanted the chance to apply the science and medicine I was learning to improve the lives of the animals I knew and the ones I had yet to meet. Simply put, the life of a veterinarian was the life for me. In 2009, I graduated from BGSU and started my veterinary education at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Veterinary school was certainly not an easy process and I could write a book about the experience, but I will simply say that I wouldn’t have given up the experience for anything. Directly before starting my second year of veterinary school, I married my wife, Tricia, whom I had met at Bowling Green State University. It is largely thanks to her support that I have made it where I am today. I graduated from the MSU CVM in 2013 with special recognition for clinical ability in internal medicine and academic excellence in pharmacology. From there, Tricia and I traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, where I completed a small animal internship at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time I received additional training and experience in many aspects of small animal medicine, including internal medicine, surgery, cardiology, neurology, anesthesia, emergency medicine, and general medicine.
Tricia and I decided that we would like to move back home before making any human additions to the family. We were delighted when I was hired as a full time veterinary associate at the best veterinary primary care hospital in the region. I started working at Twin Maples in late July, and am looking forward to offering high quality and compassionate care to the pets of the Miami Valley.
In August, just over a month after starting at Twin Maples, Tricia and I welcomed the newest member of our family, Claire Bisoski, to the world, whom I adore. Much of my down time is spent reading to or playing with her, but I also enjoy running, playing with our dog (Erie, whom I consider the best dog in the world), entertaining our cat (Rasputin), biking, and the occasional adventure race when the opportunity presents itself.
Some people search their whole lives to find a career that they love or a job that makes them happy but I am not one of those people. I truly feel that I was born to be a veterinarian and thank God and my family every day for helping me fulfill my destiny. I could never imagine a day without animals or my life without such a rewarding career.
I was born in Buffalo, NY, home of Buffalo wings and blizzards but my father was transferred to Saginaw, MI when I was 10. We had one family dog when I was growing up, a Cairn Terrier named Muffin. She had many illnesses throughout the years, including parvovirus and pancreatitis and we spent a lot of time in the vet’s office. My dad was the first person to say that I should be a veterinarian because it always seemed that I cared more about animals than people.
I went to the University of Dayton for my undergraduate degree in Biology and it was during my sophomore year at UD that I decided to become a veterinarian. I worked for a local vet clinic, where I realized that I was really happy spending my days with animals and their families. The following summer, I fostered 5 Labrador Retriever puppies from 5 days old until 6 weeks old and learned what it was like to be a vet and a mom at the same time. I kept one of those puppies and she just passed away last summer at the age of 10. Putting her to sleep was one of the hardest things I ever had to do as her mother and her veterinarian.
I was accepted to Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and graduated with my DVM degree in 2000. Veterinary school was extremely difficult and exhausting but it showed me how dedicated you needed to be for this career. I spent many nights and weekends buried in books or caring for sick animals at the clinic. I moved back to Dayton after graduation in order to be close to family and was lucky enough to be hired at the best vet clinic in Dayton. I have worked at Twin Maples since graduation and plan on staying here for many years to come.
After spending my day caring for our client’s pets, I go home to my own animal family, which includes my 2 year old pit bull mix Tucker, my 8 year old Yorkie – the princess of the family, Zoie; and my 5 cats – Monkey, Chocolate chip, Twix, Phil and Kyle. I have 2 sons, Ben and Alex, who love animals as much as I do and named our 2 cats – Chocolate chip and Twix. They say we have our own little zoo and I frequently find them examining our pets and telling me when something is wrong with them.
I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful job and such talented and devoted people to work with. Although being a veterinarian can be very stressful and sad at times, the benefits greatly outweigh the difficulties and I truly love my profession. Even though our office closes at 7pm, in this profession, we truly live our job and it follows us home every day. I go to bed every night thinking about the patients and clients that I have seen that day and wondering how I can help them be happier and healthier.
I believe I was destined to become a veterinarian. I was raised on a small family farm in northern Ohio, and some of my earliest memories involve our dogs, cats, cattle, ponies, and horses. I learned very early the love that dogs give to you freely and the affection that you must earn from cats. I also learned the heartbreak of losing a beloved pet far too early. I vividly remember watching our farm cats hunt their “big game” in our barn with no less intensity than their bigger cousins.
I fondly remember riding our ponies bareback when we were too small to saddle them and then riding our horses when we were older. I learned that though you become attached to the farm animals, they will eventually leave you to serve humans as food when they grow up. I have known for some time the blessing it was to have grown up on my parents’ farm. It taught me the value of hard work and the love of animals. It taught me very early that there were doctors just for animals, and that these talented doctors earned the grudging trust of the farmers.
When I left home, it was to attend the Ohio State University. (Go Bucks!). My mother would have preferred that I had studied human medicine, but it was veterinary medicine for me. Though high school was not difficult for me, I found that everyone who stood a chance to enter the highly competitive veterinary college was very bright. I had to study very hard to earn a spot in my veterinary class, and the people I attended class with are some of the smartest people I have ever met. I also met and married my wife, Pamela, at Ohio State. I would never have been where I am today without her unfailing support.
I have had the privilege of living with many wonderful pets over the years, including our current Dobermans, Rommel and Elke, and our Standard Poodle Moose. Rommie is the athletic boy – you can see him doing agility work on our Facebook page videos, Elke is just getting started.
My first job as a veterinarian was in a 5 doctor, AAHA accredited practice in Hammond, Indiana, where I began to learn the art of veterinary practice, under the mentoring of 2 excellent and patient veterinarians. I joined Dr. Snead at Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital in South Dayton in 1982, became a co-owner of the practice in 1984, and became the sole owner in 2011. Helping our hospital grow into the wonderful practice it is today has been my fulfilling life’s work. At Twin Maples, we have gathered some of the most dedicated, caring, talented staff that you will find anywhere. Their dedication to patient and client service is heartwarming.
Over the years, I have developed a special interest in veterinary surgery and particularly, orthopedic surgery. I have attended many continuing education courses in this area, and in 2003 became certified to perform TPLO surgery to repair knee injuries in our patients. I also have a special interest in veterinary endoscopy, laser surgery, and really just about anything high tech in veterinary medicine. It is amazing how our profession has progressed in my 35 plus years as a veterinarian!
All of us at Twin Maples will continue to strive to offer our clients the wonder that veterinary medicine has become, while never forgetting that attached to every leash and carrier is a caring owner that deserves our most compassionate service.
DVM, Practice Owner
I often hear from other veterinarians that they knew they wanted to be vets since they were children. That is actually not the case for me! While my family always had a variety of pets (dogs, cats, fish, rats, and even newts), I developed a love for the ocean and its wonders early on in life. Thanks to the movie “Free Willy,” I was set on being a marine biologist until high school. As I grew older and my love for all kinds of animals grew, I realized that a career focused mainly on research was not what I really wanted. I desired a career where I could be more hands-on working with animals.
I shadowed a couple of veterinarians during my freshman year of high school and was immediately intrigued, and I set my mind on pursuing veterinary medicine instead. I began working for a small animal hospital during high school and throughout breaks during college, where I learned a great deal.
After graduating from Ross High School in 2003, I began my undergraduate studies at North Carolina State University with a Park Scholarship, and I graduated with a BS in Zoology and a minor in Sociology in 2007. During my time at NCSU, I spent time working at an equine hospital and completing a summer internship at a zoo in Texas. Before graduation, I was accepted into The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine class of 2011. During my time in vet school, I was able to volunteer for the Humane Society of Delaware County, and complete externships at two zoos, a small and exotic animal hospital, and a high volume spay and neuter clinic.
One of the things I love most about veterinary medicine is that there are so many options for what you can do with it! My interests in veterinary medicine include dentistry, small animal preventive medicine, exotic animal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and client education. I moved to the Dayton area and joined the Twin Maples team as an associate veterinarian in July 2011, after graduating, and could not be more thrilled to have ended up in such a wonderful practice with the best clients.
My own pets include a green-cheeked conure named Teagan, two cats named Dobby and Skeeter, and a black lab named Luna. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking, and traveling with my husband Kyler, and running, reading, and watching OSU and NCSU football and basketball. I also volunteer as a veterinarian for the Boonshoft Discovery Zoo, and am an active alumna in the Park Scholarship program. It definitely goes without saying that I fill up my spare time pretty quickly, but I wouldn’t ask for it any other way.
My journey in veterinary medicine began with an early grade school assignment which asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response was “a Veterinarian”, complete with a self-portrait of myself with a lab coat and stethoscope and surrounded by animals. I was always the kid who was never afraid to touch or pick up any creature that came my way from caterpillars to toads.
Our first family pet was a fluffy black cock-a-poo name Sammy. He joined our family when I was 3 years old and I fondly referred to him as my “puppy gog”. I also grew up with a parakeet named Chippy who lived a very long life of 12 years and had large vocabulary and free range of flight around the house. When I was 16 my final childhood pet literally entered our family through the open garage door, Tiger the tiny orange kitten who turned out to be a very loving big orange cat.
I grew up in Suffield, Ohio just outside of Akron. Throughout High School and undergrad I volunteered and worked for a local veterinary clinic in my hometown. The years of experience at that clinic gave me confirmation that veterinary medicine was the career that I was meant to pursue. Following graduation from Field High School in 1995 I started my undergraduate studies at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1999. I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following graduation I started my career at a small animal practice in Ashland, Ohio before relocating to the Dayton area.
I believe practicing veterinary medicine is an art as well as a science. I enjoy all areas of practice with my overall goal being to improve and lengthen the lives of my patients as well as to educate their owners in the process. I am fortunate and excited to work with an outstanding team of doctors and staff at Twin Maples. I look forward to meeting new clients and pets providing the compassionate and state of the art care that Twin Maples is known for.
Outside of work my husband Corey and I share our household with our cat Dewey, and two fresh water aquariums. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, photography, jigsaw puzzles, fishing, cooking/baking, gardening, and of course, Ohio State sports!
I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age, and so did my parents. For my 13th birthday, they gave me a framed cat poster on the back of which they wrote, “This poster will hang in your veterinary office someday.” They were right! I proudly hung the poster in my office at Twin Maples on my very first day of being a veterinarian.
My first pet was a stray black and white cat who roamed the neighborhood. I do not know who the owner really was but as far as I was concerned, he was mine! Very soon after he passed away my parents let me take home a stray cat that I found in a restaurant parking lot. I very creatively named her “Stray.” My fascination with cats flourished from that point on. As a result, I worked hard to get Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital established as a “Cat Friendly Practice” (see catfriendlypractice.catvets.com). This will ensure we are meeting the needs of all of our feline friends and their owners to the highest standards possible.
I am a native of Centerville, Ohio and graduated from Centerville high school in 1995. I attended The University of Findlay in order to follow my dreams of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated with a double major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Biology in 1999. In 2001, I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a clinical year at Texas A&M University.
Upon graduation in 2004, I joined the Twin Maples team. Twin Maples has been a wonderful opportunity to develop skills not only in medicine and surgery, but also in learning to care for clients and their bond between their pets.
Pets have become members of the family and, as a veterinarian, I feel it is our responsibility to educate owners about every opportunity available to improve their health. My special interests are in soft tissue surgery, feline medicine and client education.
Outside of Twin Maples, my husband, daughter and I enjoy being outdoors hiking, running and traveling. We also fill our home with 2 rescued dogs (Dutchess, a border collie and a Snicker, a border/aussie mix) a cat Pumpkin and several fish.
In January 2011 I sold my interest in Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital to my partner, Dr. Craig Clouse. I know the excellent principles and standards of care which each of our patients and their owners have known and expected for over 40 plus years will continue. As I enter semi-retirement, it is time to enjoy quality time with my wife, Susan, our children, and our grandchildren, as well as those 4 special members of our family, better known as masters of our homes – Carson, Peyton, Lexi, and Maggie – none of whom truly live a dog’s life!
In 2015 I officially retired from Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital.