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.
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!
Mary Edge, DVM – I am an Ohio native and grew up on a small family farm in eastern Ohio. Veterinary medicine was something I was drawn to from a very young age. I graduated from OSU for both my undergraduate studies of Biology and Animal Sciences in 2007 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. My journey in veterinary medicine has been nothing short of an adventure. In addition to companion animals, I have also had the opportunity to work with livestock, zoo and wildlife, and in biomedical research.
I joined the team at Petplex in 2017. My favorite part of working at Petplex is being able to offer a higher level of care thanks to advanced diagnostics and treatment options that are not available in most general practices. I truly enjoy all aspects of my job but find the challenging cases to be especially rewarding. I am also game to see companion farm animals including chickens, goats, and potbelly pigs!
I currently reside in Pataskala with my husband and our two wonderful children. Our fur kids include two dogs, one cat, three pygmy goats, and three chickens - we refer to it as our funny farm. During my free time, I enjoy being outdoors and active, listening to live music (especially country!), trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Drew Sollenberger, DVM – Dr. Sollenberger joined Petplex as an Associated Veterinarian in Spring 2018. He finally settled in Ohio after bouncing around the east coast a bit, earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech before attending veterinary school at The Ohio State University. Growing up near his grandparents’ farm in Pennsylvania, Dr. Sollenberger got to spend lots of time developing his interest in veterinary medicine with farm and equine veterinarians. His professional focus is Internal Medicine, and he is currently Petplex’s resident Feline Friendly Practitioner. Dr. Sollenberger currently lives in Blacklick, OH with his family and pets. His favorite hobbies include fishing, gardening, woodworking, and trying in vain to keep his cat off the dining room table.
Kristin Rubach, MS, DVM – I grew up in Buffalo, NY and always had pets (including goats and rabbits) and had a passion for caring for them. I graduated from Alfred University in 2013 with a double major in chemistry and biology. I then went to Auburn University, Alabama to pursue a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences and graduated in 2016. While I was there, I spent three summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada doing field research for my thesis project on Columbian ground squirrels. I earned my DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and completed my clinical year of vet school at The Ohio State University.
I enjoy all aspects of general practice and have developed particular interests in preventative medicine, dentistry and soft tissue surgery. I am always eager to try new skills and techniques to further my knowledge in veterinary medicine and to provide the best care possible to my patients.
In my spare time I like to go to hike with my dogs, Zoey and Hudson, visit new restaurants, watch football, and catch up on Netflix shows.
Dawn F. – I am the acting practice manager and have worked here at Petplex since we opened in November of 2003. I have worked in the veterinary field for 30 years. This area has been my home since 1981. I have a daughter, Amanda, who is my best friend. We have two horses, Charm and Aria, who are referred to as the "Big Kids" of the family. We also have four cats. Our oldest cat, Hecate, is around 15 years old, and our youngest is a Bengal, Misumi, is 5 years old. We have two Scottish Terrier's. Hairy Potter is all black and going to be 10 years old. He is my buddy and goes everywhere with me. Freya Rose is our newest addition, who is a wheaten in color. She brings us joy all the time. She is sweet, loving and never meets a stranger. When I am not working I enjoy traveling, cooking, reading and time with my family.
Kristen S. – Kristen is a 2012 graduate of the Bradford School with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology and worked as a veterinary technician here until this year when she became office manager. She and her husband Ryan have a daughter, 2 dogs, and a cat at home. In her spare time she enjoys camping, outdoor music, and spending time with her family.
Amanda S. – 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.
Hannah K. – I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Bradford Schools in 2013 with a degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. I have also successfully passed the VTNE (Veterinary Technology National Exam). I joined Petplex Animal Hospital in January of 2020. Before joining their team, I was previously a vet tech in Columbus for over 6 years. Family is my everything (that includes my fur children). My husband and I have 2 sons together. In our free time we like to travel (especially to Disney), and we like to explore outside. I can’t wait to meet your furry family member/s, and I promise to provide the best care and always advocate for them, with their and your best interest!
Megan W. – 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 3 cats: Selene, Blue and Bella, as well as 2 dogs: Maverick and Loki. 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 J. – 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.
Allie M. – My name is Allie M and I’m a Veterinary Nurse here at Petplex. I graduated in 2013 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology, and passed my national board exam soon thereafter. I joined the Petplex team after I graduated and have been here since. My major areas of interested are surgery, emergency and neonates. I’ve been an animal lover since I was a child. I grew up “in a barn” so to speak as I have been riding horses since I was three years old. I frequently rescued kittens, caught crawdads in the creek, brought home snakes, and snuck out of the house to go hang out with the horses. I reside in Newark with my fiancé, our two cats, William and Fiona, our dog, Biloxi, and our betta fish, Lochlan. Additionally, I have two horses (Mocha and Paris) and two farm kitties (Lightning McQueen and Sparrow.) When I’m not at work or at the barn, I enjoy teaching yoga, hiking, wine tastings at any Ohio winery, and spending time with loved ones. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
Allie V. – 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.
Michelle T. – 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.
Megan K. – 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!
Justine P. – I am a 2017 graduate of The Vet Tech Institute and I have an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. I interned here at Petplex Animal Hospital and started working soon after. I have always loved animals since I was a little kid. I have never wanted to do anything else but work with animals. I live with my 5 dogs: Jack, Bear, Lucky, Ruger and Khloe, and my cat Vin. I am interested in continuing my education to study zoology and wildlife. Client education is very important to me and I strive to educate pet owners in a clear and understandable way so they have all the tools they need to be a responsible and loving pet owner!
Shannon G. – I am a 2018 graduate from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. I grew up on a horse farm the majority of my life and that’s where my love for all animals started. I have always had a love for helping animals and a passion for helping pet parents give the best to their pets! I currently have 2 dogs (Teddy and Shiloh), 2 cats (Bo and Pearl), and 1 horse (Will). My animals are my family and I believe that every animal is precious and deserves the chance at a long, happy, healthy life. That’s why I went into the veterinary field to learn to help educate pet parents and to help give pets the best care possible. I have already met so many pet parents and pets at Petplex that have impacted my life, and I can’t wait to meet many more!
Ashley B. – My name is Ashley. I graduated from Penn Foster College with an associate of science degree. I am a registered veterinary technician. I have worked for Petplex Animal Hospital since 2015. I started out as a receptionist while going through school, then moved up to a technician after graduation. I have five pets, one dog, two cats, and two rats. I am also a momma to 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family and doodling.
Sarah S. – 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 2019 and passed my VTNE shortly after. I have always had a fascination with animals and have owned many different species growing up. In my spare time I like to hang out with my dogs, read, and do various crafts. My goal is to specialize in Emergency and Critical Care as well as Clinical Practice and broaden my skills and knowledge as a veterinary technician.
Taylor H. – I graduated at the Vet Tech Institute at Branford Schools in December of 2019 and started here at Petplex shortly after. Even though I was fresh out of tech school, the staff gave me a place to learn and grow as a technician. Early the next year I passed my VTNE and am now an RVT. I live in Columbus with my one cat Eevee and one of my close friends from tech school. Petplex is a great place to gain experience, knowledge, and to see a lot of interesting things that you wouldn't see at a regular clinic. In a few years I see myself in specialty medicine where I'll get to use everything I learned here.
Hannah D. – I am a 2019 graduate of The Ohio State University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Biosciences with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian one day. I recently applied to the OSU DVM program and am impatiently waiting a response. I joined Petplex in October 2019 and currently work as a Veterinary Assistant. I am a dog mom to Marlee (yellow lab mix), a cat mom to Tina, and a chinchilla mom to Luna. My family also has three other dogs named Axel (Shih Tzu), GiGi (German Shepherd) and Link (lab/shepherd mix) and multiple barn cats who live their best lives catching mice and pestering our chickens. I love the work that I get to do here at Petplex and cannot wait to meet all your furry friends!
Katie V. – I am a 2019 graduate from Vet Tech Institute at Bradford, where I earned an Associate’s Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. I joined the Petplex team in March 2021. Currently, I have an old lady coonhound named Millie, a cyclops kitty name Cornelius, a funny bunny named Hamilton, and my small mixed herd of four cows (Rhonda, Duchess, Blossom, and Beulah). When I am not working at Petplex, I am working on the family farm with my Dad. I always knew that I would choose a career that involved working with animals. The most rewarding part of being a vet tech is helping animals be happy and healthy. I look forward to giving your furry family member the best healthcare that I can provide.
Liana G. – I am a 2018 graduate of Ohio University with my Associates Degree in Business Management Technologies. I found my love of dog grooming in 2020 with my completion of the Paragon Pet School program. Giving pets a loving environment and making them feel and look amazing are my top priorities during their appointment; it is so rewarding. I spend most of my days hanging out with my husband, Joshua, and our two dogs; Violet and Kylo Ren. My hobbies are cooking, reading, and painting anything from canvas to apparel.
Amy H. – 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.