Meet Our Team
Dr. Mike Lies, DMV, 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. Christina Chen, DVM
Tufts University 2018
Empowering families to provide the best life for their pets. Getting creative to solve the unique problems that face animals. Helping pets and people build a meaningful relationship. And of course, puppies!
My Pets: Lots of fish! Currently breeding some fish for conservation efforts. No permanent dogs at the moment, but rotating door of foster dogs – usually goofy pitbull pups who are learning manners.
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. Stephanie J. Lee, DVM
Auburn University, 1997
Observing the true animal/human connection on a daily basis and being able to make a difference in the health of a patient are feelings I cherish. I enjoy horseback riding, gardening, spending time with family and cooking—oh, and playing Texas Hold’em occasionally. I genuinely love my job and the community I serve. My roots are in this area.
My pets: A pair of seventeen-year-old cats (Taz and Weidi). An eight-year-old Labradoodle ( Clooney). A one-year-old Weimaraner (Pawleythene Pam). And one horse (Arts Zippo Lighter).
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
Dr. Scott Bowen, DVM
Dr. Helen Garber, BVMS
The University of Edinburgh (Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies), 2018
I enjoy helping patients and connecting with clients, and pet behavior and internal medicine are my favorite areas of veterinary care. Outside of the office, I enjoy fitness (weights & cardio), hiking, exploring, kayaking, playing guitar, movies/books, and spending time with my family, pets, friends and significant other. I’ve also traveled and trained through the UK, Europe, Canada, USA and Central America.
My pets: I have a blue DSH cat who chose me as her favorite human and four senior dogs (shih tzu, pomeranian and lhasa apso). Also, I have a black/white DSH stray kitty that hangs around our house.
Dr. Renu Ramesh, DVM
Dr. Travis Koopmans, DVM
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. 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!