Team Twinmaples2019-08-20T11:40:34+00:00

Meet Our Family

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We are Committed, Dependable, and Loyal

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Veterinarians

Craig Clouse

DVM, Medical Director

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.

Kim Burkhardt

DVM

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.

Mark Bisoski

DVM

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.

Kristen Miles

DVM

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, traveling, 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.

Liz Neilley

DVM

I joined Twin Maples in May of 2018 as an associate veterinarian. I grew up north of Dayton, Ohio near a small town called Bradford. As a kid I was involved in 4-H and showed my shetland sheepdog named Elvis at the county fair. My family had a bloodhound rescue and always had several dogs at my home. From a young age I was always interested in science and later grew to be passionate about veterinary medicine. I remember going to a book sale at the library as a third grader with my dad and buying every medical book that I could find. Afterwards I had my mom make up pretend exams for me to test my new found knowledge. My passion for learning and animals followed me as I grew and attended The Ohio State University to receive my bachelors in Animal Sciences and veterinary medical degree. It was on the first day of undergraduate classes at Ohio State that I met my husband Drew who also attended veterinary school with me. After graduating Ohio State Veterinary School in 2017 my husband and I practiced for a year in West Virginia. It was our desire to be closer to family that drove us to find jobs in Ohio and ultimately what led me to Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital.

As a veterinarian my biggest interests are in surgery, dentistry and preventive care. My goal is to not just cure diseases but to catch them early or even better yet prevent them all together. I am passionate about bringing excellent service to clients and their pets.

At home I have two pets; Luna, a miniature poodle who is my shadow and loves to nap, take hikes and be anywhere that I am, and Hermione, a cat who enjoys cat naps and the occasional burst of energy to play tricks on the dog.

On my days off my husband and I enjoy drinking coffee, cooking and baking. When weather permits we enjoy outdoor activities especially hiking and camping. I also enjoy painting, drawing and reading.

Cindy Sekula

DVM

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!

Sara Wells

DVM

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.

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Care Team

Maggie Johnson

Hospital Manager

Unlike most in this profession, Maggie did not grow up surrounded by family pets. She is an “Air Force Brat” which made having a pet (according to her parents) an unreasonable option. However, she found animals to care for wherever her family lived. She especially enjoyed, much to the disapproval of her neighbors, taking care of the stray packs of dogs in their neighborhood during a stay in Tehran, Iran. While overseas she developed a strong desire to become part of the veterinary community and to assist in the care of the unwanted strays and family pets.

In the late 1970’s her family landed in Dayton. Although this has been her home for 40 years, she still has strong ties to one of her favorite childhood experiences, The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. She attended Columbus State Community College and obtained her Associates in Veterinary Technology in 1986. After working several years as a technician, she returned to school, majoring in Business Administration and Finance, and graduated from Wright State University in 2007. She has been employed at Twin Maples since 1986.

Maggie’s primary position is the Hospital Manager. She works closely with Dr. Clouse to assure that we continue to meet the expectations of our staff and clients.

Her furry dog family consists ofSharlee a very loyal and sweet Australian Shepherd and Roxie a dog from the streets of Iran. She was lucky enough to be able to foster Roxie when she arrived at the states and it did not take long for her to fall in love with Roxie’s “street smarts”. On her days off you may find her enjoying any outside activity including hiking, camping,and her latest passion, cycling.

Alisha Caplinger

Veterinary Assistant

Alisha Caplinger was born and raised in Miamisburg (Go Vikings!). When she was younger, she was highly allergic to animal fur, so her parents got her chickens and a pig (named Arnold) for pets. Still, she would take every chance she got to love on furry animals, even though they would make her break out! Around 6th grade, Alisha outgrew her allergies and got her first “furry” pets: a Belgian sheepdog named Bingo and a grey tabby cat named Ginger.

Alisha graduated in 2005 from Miamisburg and the Miami Valley Career Technology Center where she was one of the first students enrolled in the brand new Pre Vet Tech program. She started working in veterinary clinics in 2004 as part of a work program though MVCTC, and joined the team at Twin Maples in 2007, where she worked as an outpatient assistant and customer service representative.

She married her husband, Andrew, in 2009 and they currently have 3 dogs: Jethro, a treeing walker coonhound; Rowdy, a bulldog; and Jackson, a basset hound. They also have 3 indoor cats: Mushu, Mirkou, and Trillian; 2 barn cats, Maverick and Boots; an African grey parrot named Gandalf; 2 cockatiels, Buddy and Storm; a green iguana, Dante; and a beta fish named Anubis.

In her free time, Alisha enjoys photography, camping, fishing, and anything that has to do with the outdoors. She also tends to spend a lot of time sewing, painting and drawing. She is a computer geek, so a large portion of her time is spent gaming on one of her many gaming systems or on the computer.

Erica Kilbourne

Kennel Assistant

My name is Erica and here at Twin Maples, I work in the back as a kennel assistant. Having a job surrounded by animals and being able to care for them is such a fun and exciting experience – I absolutely love it! Outside of work I am a full-time student at Wright State University where I am earning my Bachelors of Fine arts in Studio Art with a graphic design certificate and associates in Biology. I love working with different art mediums such as pencil, charcoal, and clay. I hope to make a small career creating art with pencils, photography, and sculpture. Animals also hold a very special place in my heart. I have grown up with horses, dogs, cats, and farm animals. Currently, I am a proud fur mom of an energy-filled Australian Shepherd named Artie and a sweet, old calico cat named Diamond as well as a tortishell cat named Oakley. After earning my degrees, I plan on pursuing my passion for animals and care by becoming a Veterinarian Technician and maybe even a Veterinarian.

Amber Bernard

Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon !

Courtney Jones

Veterinary Assistant

Courtney started working at Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital in November of 2014. She was born & raised in Middletown, Ohio until 2nd grade when she moved to Kettering Ohio. Her passion for animals was very strong even as a child. She would sneak strays into her mom’s house (which mom did not approve of) or build them shelters with whatever she had in the field across from her home & try to find people to take them in. She feels her love for animals is partly inherited from her Father. She grew up watching him help & care for any animal that he could & was always excited every time he brought home dogs, cats, snakes, birds, bunnies, guinea pigs, painted dragons, sharks etc.

Courtney graduated from Kettering Fairmont High school where she was taking classes geared toward a career in Nursing. She not only had a strong passion for animals but for helping people as well. After four years of working in a nursing home, Courtney began to realize nursing was not where her heart was and decided to finally switch careers. She enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Assistant program & started working at a pet store & groomer to gain more animal experience. She now works at Twin Maples as an Outpatient Assistant & Receptionist, where she communicates client concerns to the Doctor, shows care & compassion for the animals & their owners, as well as working the Pharmacy & Reception.

Courtney & her husband Montana, reside in Kettering, Ohio. They have 1 son, Kaden, who will be 8 years old on Christmas Eve and a daughter who will be 3 in February. They also have a rescue fur girl: Tessa, a brindle Pit-bull. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to her son’s wrestling meets, camping, having bonfires, dancing, & fostering animals for a rescue organization.

Kelsie Wilson

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsie was born and raised in Franklin, Ohio. After graduating High School, she attended Miami University to play softball and study computer engineering. After a couple of semesters she realized that computers weren’t her thing, so she transferred to Sinclair and changed her major to Event Planning and hospitality management where she got her degree in May of 2018. Kelsie has always loved animals and wanted to work around them and help them in any way. Ever since working at Twin Maples, Kelsie has strongly considered going back to school to earn her Vet Tech degree. Outside of work, you can find her relaxing at home with her boyfriend, Josh, and her two German Shepherds named Wego and Ryder. In her free time she loves to binge watch Netflix and eat carbs. After she is done soaking up the couch, she loves going out to be adventurous. She loves to go hiking, kayaking, and fishing.

Stacey Hodge

Registered Veterinary Technician

My name is Stacey Hodge . I’m a Veterinary Technician. I grew up in Lebanon. I moved to the Dayton area in 2014. I currently live in Centerville.

I attended a career center the last 2 years of high school. At the career center I was in the Veterinary Science program. I knew after that, that I wanted to pursue a degree as a technician. I went to the University of Cincinnati; Blueash after high school. I graduated in 2012 with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology.

I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals. One of my first jobs was at an animal shelter when I was 17. After that I worked at a clinic in Mason. I’ve also worked as an emergency technician at MedVet. I love helping animals, especially since they aren’t able to help themselves. I get so much joy and satisfaction from helping them.

My favorite aspect as a technician is to provide nursing care, whether they are hospitalized or recovering from surgery. I also love doing dentals. I assist in surgery and help monitor the patients while they are under anesthesia.

I have 2 cats; Monkey and Frankie. I live with my boyfriend who owns a French Bulldog named Mickey. I love my animals, they are like children to me.

Outside of work, I like reading and watching movies. I also enjoy going to the gym on my days off and trying to be as active as possible.

Krista Rountree

Veterinary Assistant

Krista’s love for animals was present as a young child. Growing up in Miamisburg, her family has always had multiple dogs and cats. In fact, she can remember coming to Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital as a child with her pets. Krista was very fortunate to get a job at Twin Maples as a client services member. She, her husband, and 3 kids currently have 2 cats, Alice and Zoey. She can’t imagine not having a pet; the family just wouldn’t be complete.

Katie Whalen

Assistant Manager

Katie Whalen joined Twin Maples in April of 2015 and works as an Outpatient Assistant but is also our Hospital Assistant Manager. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington D.C., and has lived in Miamisburg Ohio since 2014 with her husband Drew. Katie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University in Public Relations & Communications, but soon after graduating, she realized her calling was working with and helping animals. She always had a passion for animals but never knew it was what she wanted to do as a career. She decided to get her Veterinary Assistant Certificate and has combined her Communications degree & her love for animals.

Outside of work, Katie loves to go hiking with her boxer, Carter, kayaking and fishing with her husband, Drew, and eating at Lock 27.

Shannon Barr

Veterinary Technician Assistant

Shannon is working as a kennel assistant along with finishing her sophomore year at Miamisburg High School. She was born and raised in Miamisburg and continues to live with her family in a house full of assorted pets. Her mom says Shannon loved animals since she was little. She continues to have a huge passion for animals, from domestic to exotic. It was her dream to work with animals and Twin Maples has given her the opportunity. She started as a volunteer when she was 15, but quickly after turning 16 she was offered a part time position in the kennel.

Working with and caring for the animals is such a rewarding and satisfying experience. She adores the little kisses they give and is always happy to see them wag their tails in approval. Her family supports her in all she does. She loves to take Duke her Cocker Spaniel and Sophie her Pomeranian on walks. She also has two rabbits, Bandit and Bruno that she enjoys playing with in her free time. She has a special interest in marine mammals and would love to someday make this her career, as part of a training team, after finishing college. She is thankful for the wonderful opportunity that Twin Maples has given her.

Penny Carmany

Registered Veterinary Technician

Penny Carmany was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio. She now lives in Lebanon, Ohio. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician at Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital. All her life, she wanted to work with animals and the job description was perfect for her. She started her carrier at Bigger Road Veterinary Hospital in Kettering. That is when she learned what a Veterinary Technician did and decided what to do with her life.

Penny graduated from the Raymond Walters Veterinary Technician program in 1996. She started working for Twin Maples in March 1997, and has worked here for 17 years now. She feels confident in her job and feels she works for one of the best animal hospitals in the Dayton area. They never stop trying to improve the care of patients and educate the community in the care of their pets.

Penny and her husband were married in February 1998. They met in high school, when she was just 16 years old and just celebrated their 15 year anniversary. They have 2 children. Cole, born in 2001, is in sixth grade and Kevin, born in 2003, is in fourth. They both like video games and playing sports. The family keeps very busy going to basketball, baseball, and football games throughout the year. The rest of their time is spent at home with a house full of pets. They have 3 cats: Super Cat, Ruby and JR; a canary named Elvis; 2 Dogs: Maggie and Marlene; a saltwater fish tank; and 3 Netherland dwarf rabbits.

Robyn McGeorge

Registered Veterinary Technician

Robyn McGeorge is a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Twin Maples. She grew up in Kettering and moved to Gratis Township in 2006 in order to have her horse, Hershey’s Kiss, finally live with her on her property. All through high school, Robyn knew she wanted to work with animals and start her own animal rescue. She enrolled at Wright State University as a business student but after 4 quarters, she quickly realized that was not the path for her.

She took a quarter off and got a job as a Veterinary Assistant at the Dayton Emergency Veterinary Clinic (now Medvet). She instantly knew that she wanted to pursue a degree in veterinary technology. She decided to go to Raymond Walters College, University of Cincinnati to get her Associates of Applied Science degree. She then started working at Twin Maples immediately following graduation in June 1994.

At Twin Maples, as a technician, Robyn’s duties include drawing blood, running laboratory tests, placing intravenous catheters, prepping patients for surgery, monitoring patients during and after surgery, and caring for hospitalized patients. She also takes radiographs (her favorite part of the job) and is in charge of radiation safety in the hospital.

Outside of Twin Maples, Robyn leads a very busy life. She has been married to her husband, Chris, since 2004. They have 2 horses: a rescued Belgian cross named Chance, and Hershey, her Quarter Horse/Arabian that she’s had since high school. They also have a crazy cat named Batman, a chow/golden named Shiloh, and a sweet black and tan coonhound mix named Chase, both of which Chris adopted from shelters before the couple met. They adopted their latest dog, a black mouth cur named Sailor (aka Lady Licks a lot), in 2012.

Robyn loves being outside with her animals, hiking and horseback riding. She and Chris enjoy going on vacations to enjoy nature and they also love going to Disney World, the happiest place on Earth! Her passion lies with animal rescue, adoption, and education. She started Robyn’s Nest, a non-profit animal rescue, in 2005. It started out as a foster network, but in 2008 Robyn went part time at Twin Maples in order to open her first facility in Miamisburg. Running the non-profit takes a lot of her time, but she enjoys it very much and takes pride in the help they offer to animals and their people.

Valerie Petry

Registered Veterinary Technician

Valerie grew up in Liberty Township, OH, and was involved with 4-H showing her 2 golden retrievers and her rabbit. She always had pets but it wasn’t until she was 17 and started working as a Kennel Attendant at a local animal hospital and that she discovered she wanted to pursue an education as a Veterinary Technician.

After graduating high school, Valerie attended Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky and graduated in 2001 with an Associates in Applied Science, Veterinary Technology. After her internship at The University of Tennessee, she started working at Twin Maples.

At Twin Maples, Valerie’s responsibilities include blood draw, anesthesia, surgical prep and surgical assisting, intravenous catheter placement, administration of oral and injectable medications, dentistry, and preparing and running lab samples. Her special interests lie in surgery, anesthesia and training/educating new technicians and assistants.

Valerie has been married to her husband, Zane, for 10 years and they have 2 children: Eli and Isaac. They also have a chihuahua name Rita, who was adopted from Robyn’s Nest. She is a very sweet chihuahua who would like nothing better than to sit in your lap. Valerie’s black lab, Rosie, who was adopted from Miami County Animal Shelter, is a great running partner and loves to give kisses. Her 2 cats, Heater and Gemma, were adopted from the Humane Society. They are very ornery and provide hours of entertainment for everyone.

When she is not working, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family, being involved with a “Moms” group at her church, reading, running, and being involved with 4-H.

Hank

My name is Hank and I was the Twin Maples mascot for almost 18 years. I loved to torment all the dogs and cats that came into the hospital and put them in their place, but my most favorite thing was making the staff work for me. I loved to make them feed me treats and carry me around in my old age. I used to be a blood donor for any sick kitty who needed me but I have since retired. I love to think about all the kitties I helped in the past. Everyone who came to and worked at Twin Maples knew of me and always asked about me. I have since crossed over the Rainbow Bridge but I will always be around Twin Maples making everyone smile.

Gus

Hi my name is Gus; I have been at Twin Maples for almost 6 years. I took over Hanks position of blood donor when he retired.I’m ambivalent about giving blood, but they tell me I have saved lots of lives! I’m kind of shy so I tend to hang out in the stairwell or kitchen downstairs. I do love to lobby for food from the staff when they are eating lunch or snacks. My hobbies include sleeping and jumping in and out of recycling bins! I have a bad habit of chewing wires so I have been banned from the doctor’s offices.

Angie Fetter

Registered Veterinary Technician

Angie is a Registered Veterinary Technician at Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital. She graduated from Raymond Walters College, at the University of Cincinnati in 2006. Since her graduation from Raymond Walters, Angie has worked at Twin Maples, with the exception of a two year break to be home with her children.

Angie’s passion for animals started as a very young child with a house full of cats and dogs. In high school she received her first job at Twin Maples working in the kennel. She helped with the care and well being of the animals being boarded. With this first job at Twin Maples Angie knew that she wanted to become an animal nurse. With her goals set, she started to pursue her education to fulfill this dream of becoming a RVT.

While at work, Angie has a strong interest in animal dentistry and dental radiography. She also enjoys surgical assisting, anesthesia, and general patient care.

Outside of work, Angie enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy, and their two children, Collin and Kinley. As a family they especially enjoy hiking, camping, and boating.

Included in Angie’s family there are two dogs; Levi, a Pomeranian, and Scout, a Golden Retriever. Two cats, CJ and Lucky Pants. Various farm animals; including chickens, sheep, and a miniature horse.

Olivia Godzak

Registered Veterinary Technician

Olivia’s parents always knew she would end up in veterinary medicine. From the time she could walk, they watched her pick up any animal she could get her hands on. She was always finding baby birds in the yard or picking up snakes out of the garden. Unlike most in the field, Olivia never worked with animals growing up. She instead worked at a retail store from the time she was fifteen years old, and for a long time she considered staying in retail for her career. When it was time to go off to college; however, Olivia decided to go to school to be a veterinarian, and went to the University of Findlay for a year. Once in school, she decided that she was much more suited to be a veterinary nurse. She moved from her small farm town in northwestern Ohio down to Dayton to go to Miami-Jacobs Career College. At the end of her program, Olivia did her externship at Twin Maples, and immediately knew it was where she was meant to be. As soon as she graduated in 2016, she started at Twin Maples as a veterinary nurse.

Olivia’s favorite thing to do at work is anesthesia because she loves all of the math calculations. She also enjoys taking care of hospitalized patients and giving them special attention and care. Outside of work, Olivia is typically at the dog park or hiking with the love of her life: her little mutt, Shelley. In addition to her dog, she also has a hedgehog and two geckos, and when she’s not hanging out with all of her pets, you can find Olivia taking care of her shelves and shelves of plants.

Sydney Walker

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Sydney Walker and I’m a Kennel Assistant. I was born and raised in West Carrollton, Ohio. Ever since I was a child our house has been filled with animals and still to this day its like a zoo in our house and that zoo consist of Luna our chocolate lab who is the newest addition to our family, our boxer Zeus and our 4 cats Buster, Shadow, Bella and Onyx . Before getting the job at Twin Maples, which has been a dream of mine since I was 4 years old, we were clients: all of our pets past and present have been patients at the hospital. Ever since I was a little girl I have always had this love for animals and this drive to help them so I plan to continue my studies in the future and pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine.

Brittney Owen

Veterinary Assistant

Brittney graduated from Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology with a degree in Bio-Medical Photography in 2005. After working as a medical patient photographer at an eye surgery facility for a short period she decided to make a career change and follow her first passion, her love for animals. She treasures sharing in the joy of companionship with the owners of the pets who come into the hospital as well as comforting them during times of sorrow.

Growing up in West Carrollton, she enjoys working in her hometown with familiar faces. She joined the staff at Twin Maples in 2006. You can witness her joyful spirit and obvious love for the animals when she greets you as either a Customer Service Representative or Outpatient Assistant.

Brittney currently resides in West Carrollton with her pets – a cocker spaniel named Molly, a schnauzer named Topher and her cat, Mickey. On weekends you will find her hanging out with friends, playing with her pets or taking pictures of nature and animals which she absolutely loves to do any chance she can get.

Cari Ternes

Veterinary Assistant

Cari joined the Twin Maples team in September of 2018 where she has been working as an Outpatient Assistant. She was born in Kalamazoo Michigan, but moved to Ohio when she was young. Cari grew up in the Dayton area & graduated from Centerville High School in 2015. Ever since she was a little girl, she would always say her dream was to become a Veterinarian. Cari first got her start working in a Veterinary Clinic in 2017, and is currently looking to pursue her education in the Veterinary field by becoming a Veterinary Technician.

Outside of work, Cari has a strong love for photography, enjoys doing various craft projects, working in the kitchen with her Fiancé who is a Chef, going on hikes with her two Pit-Bulls, and anything that involves being on the water.

Madison Frazer

Veterinary Assistant

Madison was born and raised in Miamisburg, Ohio. As a child she began to love animals and continued to love them through high school. Madison graduated from Miamisburg High School in 2016 and began Wildlife Conservation studies at Ohio University. After about a year she decided Ohio University was not the school for her and came home to study at Sinclair Community college. Madison is deciding on Veterinary technician or Health Service Administration as her career of choice. She has been a member of the Twin Maples staff since April of 2018 and has loved every minute of it. Madison has 3 dogs, one who was brought in as a stray, and a hedgehog at home. In her free time, you can find her playing with her pets, at the gym, baking, watching Netflix, or with friends.

Samantha Swank

Kennel Assistant

My name is Samantha and here at Twin Maples I get the pleasure of being a Kennel Assistant. I love having the opportunity to care and interact with all of our clients’ loved ones. Outside of Twin Maples I also work as a service writer for Blair’s Garage in Lebanon. Though two very different occupations I’m lucky enough to be able to work in both of my passions. I also have been blessed to be the fur mom to 4 loving sassy rescue dogs starting with my Pitbull Lola Mae , my Pitbull German Shepard Timberwolf mix Coco , my Pitbull mix Lula Turbo , and last but not least my Red Heeler Zeus. I have always been an animal lover and was fortunate to grow up with all different types of animals between farm animals to fish. I plan to continue to grow and learn from the wonderful staff at Twin Maples.

Taylor Taynor

Veterinary Assistant

While Taylor was a little girl she always had dreamed she would be a professional dancer, and or a soccer player. That dreamed changed once her mother saw her help a helpless little robin that fell out of the nest. At that moment her mother told her “Tay honey, I bet you will be working with animals once you grow up” Now to present that is exactly what Taylor is doing. Taylor joined Twin Maples in January of 2018. She has loved the career she has made working as an Outpatient Assistant. She still wants to follow her dream and become a Veterinarian, and live in Sydney Australia. Taylor had went to ABC college in North Carolina while her husband was in the service, short after living in North Carolina she became pregnant with her now 2 year old little boy, Zeke. It was the best Christmas Present anyone could have wished for. Although Taylor is pushing her for dream career, she is doing that in baby steps. She is currently trying to go back to school for Veterinary Technology, at Sinclair. At home, Taylor has her husband, Clint of 3 years, her two year old little boy Zeke, also her two Siberian Huskies, Nala, and Loki. Taylor attempted to foster Loki for Robyn’s Nest but ended up Foster Failing once she fell in love with him. Her husband has his own dog named, Zeus who is a Pittbull. Outside of work Taylor loves spending time with her family, and her two fur babies. Taylor love’s to go over to her childhood home every weekend and visit her mother, and father and play dart’s in her dad’s bar! On Occasion Taylor will go out with friends when possible!

Taylor Adams

Kennel Assistant

Taylor is a kennel assistant here at Twin Maples, she loves helping and caring for the animals as much as possible. Growing up Taylor has always had a passion for animals. Taylor is currently going to Sinclair to be Veterinarian Technician, she plans on graduating in Spring 2019! Outside of work Taylor loves spending time with her boyfriend Bobby and her pug Shelby.

Thresh

My name is Thresh. I have been here at Twin Maples for 4 years when my brother and I were dropped off with two other siblings by the back door! I help other kittens to save their lives when they need drug transfusions. My hobbies include eating the other cat’s food until I puke, playing with flashlights and eating cat nip.

Finnick

Hello all, my name is Finnick (Finnick Benjamin Maples, to be exact). I have been here at Twin Maples for almost 4 years now. My brother Thresh and I, along with two other siblings were dropped off here at Twin Maples in a box by the door. I help other cats in need if they need help with blood transfusions! Luckily we were dropped off at the right place, because they took us all in and immediately started giving us the best medical attention and love we could ever ask for. I am very popular among the ladies that work here. I really enjoy going into the treatment area to crawl under the desk and poke my paws through the wire holes in the desk to play with the technicians. Some of my other hobbies include being held like a baby, dressing up in funny costumes, annoying Dr. Clouse and binge eating every other house cat’s food until I puke.

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