Meet Our Team
Dr. Mike Lies, DVM, Owner, President, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Ohio State University, 1980
I like being able to provide the special care a pet needs to survive and feel healthy. I’m very straightforward and will present your best options regardless of money. I work by our motto, “We treat your pet just like our own.” I recommend the exact program I would follow for my own pet. Outside of being a vet, I have an interest in marathons/triathlons and duathlons. Riding bikes is a favorite, too.
My pets: A Dobie. A Cane Corso. Three cats. One ball python and six chickens that we free range for eggs (but they follow us around like pets).
Dr. Emily Robinson, DVM, Medical Director
Dr. Charles Coleman, DVM
The University of Missouri 1997
I enjoy conversation with long-time clients, meeting new pets and their owners, as well as educating families in the well-being of their animal companions. It is always gratifying to see a pet return home after treatment for a serious and sometimes life-threatening illness or injury. I am busy with my children’s sports and other activities. I like the challenge of doing home repairs and gardening.
Dr. William Rice, DVM
Ross University 2012
Helping animals feel better and getting them back home is my greatest reward. When I can, I like to get outdoors.
My pets: A Siberian Husky and a Shih Tzu mix.
Dr. Lauren Savage, DVM
The Ohio State University 2017
I enjoy educating clients on how they can help their furry family members live long and healthy lives. I enjoy getting to interact with so many different people and their pets and making a difference in their lives. It is so satisfying to see patients come in sick and improve with treatment. Soft tissue surgery, wound care and geriatric medicine are my areas of expertise. Advocating for spay and neuter and preventative care is something I’m passionate about. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I especially enjoy spending time outside hiking with my dog, as well as running and kayaking. I also enjoy traveling to explore new places, visiting friends and family, and trying new restaurants and cooking new recipes.
My Pets: I have a golden retriever named Twinkle. She may have failed at service dog school, but she is perfect to me!
Dr. Ric Berlinski, DVM
Ross University 2003
The challenge of putting together the puzzle pieces of a challenging case is the most gratifying part of veterinary medicine to me. My areas of expertise include exotics and pet surgery. I enjoy rock climbing, fitness and Bonsai when I’m not working.
My Pets: I have an “old man” Miniature Pinscher (12 years old).
Dr. Nicole Hird, DVM
The Ohio State University 2019
I love getting to problem solve and figure out what’s wrong with pets and make a difference in their lives!
My Pets: Blackie is a 10-ish year old mixed breed dog who demands near-constant pats and scritches. He sheds unbelievable amounts of hair and likes to lick everyone’s faces. I love him.
Dr. Gina Han, DVM
Michigan State University 2019
There is always something new walking through the door, especially at Noah’s Ark. It’s never boring and no two days are ever the same.
My Hobbies: Reading, watching shows/movies, working out, exploring the city, trying new things such as new art-related hobbies, archery, etc.
Dr. Matt McGlasson, DVM, Chief Medical Officer
Auburn University 2003
The most enjoyable aspect of veterinary medicine for me is developing long-term relationships with my clients, making that personal connection with people and their pets. I also enjoy gardening, travel, reading, Crossfit, spending as much time as possible with my wife and kids.
My pets: Sebastian, a four-year old Standard Poodle. Rosie, a five-year old mixed breed terrier. And Belle, a nine-year old Birman cat.
Dr. Scarlett Black, DVM
Auburn University 2011
The mystery behind each case intrigues me, because each offers a new challenge. The teamwork involved with medicine is also rewarding. A veterinarian is nothing without their technicians and support staff. I like reading, horseback riding, farm work, gardening, and the shooting range.
My pets: Six cats (house and barn)named Shamoo, Fatty, Elmer, Charlie, Curley, and Shorty, plus two horses named Angel and Rosie.
Dr. Kasandra Ernst, DVM
Auburn University 2014, The University of Findlay 2009
I love that I get to help my client’s furbabies. It is nice knowing that I get to help their furred family members and to help my clients understand how to better care for them at home, so they can ideally live a longer, healthier life together. I love anything surgery! I take a special interest in both orthopedic & soft tissue surgeries. It is nice knowing that after having performed a successful surgical procedure that I made a positive difference for both my patients & their owners. I enjoy spending time with family. I love cooking & baking. I also enjoy just lounging around and having “lazy days” with my fur-babies.
My Pets: I currently have 4 dogs: 3 Border Collies (Gracie, Annie, & Huxley), 1 Irish Wolfhound (Étaín), 3 cats: Simon, Ichabod, & Odin, 1 Chinchilla (Leo), & 2 horses (Beauty & Cherry). I also still hold a special place in my heart for the pets that are unfortunately no longer around (Mars my Great Pyrenees, Winston my Chinchilla, and Lilly, Tiger & Ducky my hedgehogs).
Dr. Travis Koopmans, DVM
I enjoy the wide variety of all the conditions we can diagnose and treat. I especially enjoy treating skin conditions because we can visibly see the improvement. When I'm not at work I'm usually doing some sort of home renovation project.
My pets: I have one demanding cat named "Mirabella".
Dr. Alison Stavola, DVM
University of Kentucky 2015, Auburn University 2019
Every day is different, and I love knowing that we help those than cannot help themselves.
My Pets: Oliver (Ollie when he’s being good) is a sweet and silly 9 month old pit mix. My heart dog is Bella, who lives with my parents, but we adopted her when I was in the 8th grade. She is a 13 year old toy fox terrier, still happy and healthy!
Dr. Melissa Crepps, DVM
I like that it allows me to help both people and animals. I also enjoy that medicine is always evolving and there is always opportunity for learning.
My Pets: I have two Pomeranian mixes (Leo and Zooey) who are both around 5 years old. I also have a grey and white DSH, Thaddeus.
Dr. Blythe Karriker, DVM
St. George’s University
I enjoy helping people through means of helping their pets. It’s extremely gratifying to see patients with chronic diseases improve with each check up and seeing the happiness that it brings their owner. I feel very fortunate to play a part in providing health care that helps improve pets’ lives. My primary interests in veterinary medicine include cardiology, internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work I enjoy traveling, horseback riding, trying new foods and spending time with family.
My Pets: I have a 10 year old Pit-bull named “Pimp” and a 16 year old retired Thoroughbred racehorse named “Heart.”
Dr. Emma LeBlanc, DVM
University Of Pennsylvania 2018
One of my favorite parts of veterinary medicine is that no two days are the same. I get to practice a wide range of medicine and help a variety of different animals. Some days I do dental procedures or surgeries, other days I'm helping stabilize an emergency or seeing a kitten or puppy for their wellness visit. I enjoy working with different clients and feel immense satisfaction when I figure out why a pet feels sick and help them feel better. I have an interest in soft tissue surgery and dental care. I enjoy running, knitting, board games, and spending time with my cats and husband, Dan.
My Pets: I have two perfect cats: Alfred (Alfie) and Nema. Alfred is a very social mischievous cat (I'm always trying to keep him from getting into trouble!) Nema acts more like a houseplant but loves to cuddle.
They are both named after the hospital they were found outside of in Delaware at around 1 month of age.
Dr. Nikolaus Mahrt, DVM, Medical Director
Auburn University 2008
I find it very rewarding to diagnose and treat my patients, and then watch them leave the clinic healthy. Meeting new people and their pets is always enjoyable to me. I’m a sports enthusiast—I love my Auburn Tigers. I also enjoy outdoor activities and the peace of nature. I have two young daughters, Maya and Emma, and a wonderful wife who are the loves of my life.
My pets: A boxer named Gabe.
Dr. Christina Rush, DVM
Dr. Maureen Brown, DVM
Ohio State University 2001
I like meeting new people and their furry family members. In our field, every day is different and there are constantly new cases to crack. It’s exciting. I’m fond of spending time with my husband and two daughters. We like to be outside whenever possible.
My pets: A handsome Boxer who’s eight-years old and our girls’ best friend.
Dr. Erin Rhodes, DVM
Ohio State University 2015
Veterinary medicine is a wonderful way for me to interact with animals and people alike. I love that my life’s work is devoted to helping animals get better, feel better and be better, and I am honored to be able to help people keep their furry family members healthy and happy. I am particularly interested in internal medicine and behavior medicine. I am very intrigued by the puzzles that various internal issues can present, and want to help find the best solutions for owners in keeping their pets comfortable and healthy. I am also eager to work with difficult behavior and anxiety problems to help strengthen the bond between owner and pet.
My pets: I have a five-year-old mixed breed pup named Penny, who I adopted while I was in vet school. She is the light of my life and my best friend!