155 McMillen Dr. Newark, OH 43055

Call Us: (740) 345-7387
Fax: (740) 755-4294


Our Team

Dr. Jodi Houser

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Houser is originally from Southern Ohio, but has made her home in Licking County since 2006.  She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at Miami University, where she was a member of the Waterski Club and an Intramural Sports Supervisor. She earned her Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 where she was the Treasurer of the Student Chapter of the AVMA. She has experience with both companion and farm animals and enjoys the diversity and challenges that come with treating multiple species.

Dr. Houser has been married to her college sweetheart, Jeff, since 2000. They have two beautiful children; Shannon and Drew.  She also shares her home with two dogs – Molly and Ruby, and two cats – Axl and Petunia. In her free time, she enjoys waterskiing, Ohio State Football, golf, and reading.

Dr. Houser maintains USDA accreditation and is affiliated with many professional organizations, including:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association

  • Ohio Veterinary Medical Association

  • Licking County Chamber of Commerce

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hearing Program Parent Advisory Board

  • Humane Society of America

Dr. Houser has special interest in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, dermatology, and ultrasound.

Her belief is that pets are valued members of the family. She strives to help owners make informed and compassionate decisions concerning their pets’ care.


Dr. Abby Coppel


Dr. Coppel is originally from a farm in Northwest Ohio, she moved to Columbus in 2006 and currently resides in Westerville. She attended The Ohio State University where she completed her undergraduate studies in Animal Science in 2010 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She has experience with farm animals, but has been in small animal practice since graduation. Dr. Coppel has special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, and ultrasound.

Dr. Coppel and her husband, Michael, married in October 2015.  They currently share their home with a golden labrador named Aiden, and one frisky feline named Toulouse.  In her free time, Dr. Coppel enjoys  yoga, shopping, spending time with family, and Ohio State Football.

Dr. Coppel maintains USDA accreditation and is a member of American Veterinary Medical Association and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

Lindsay Garette

Lead Technician, Registered Veterinary Technician

Lindsay worked as a Veterinary Technician in a private practice for 13 years before joining our team in May 2016.  She graduated from Columbus State Community College with her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2008.  She spends most of her free time with her two children, James and Scarlet.  Her 4-legged family includes 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a turtle she has had for 24 years.


Kristi Tumblin

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kristi graduated from Columbus State Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1999.  She lives in Coshocton on a farm with her husband Andrew and their four children: Dilyn, Drew, Ashlyn, & Taryn; and many animals.  Kristi works with an animal rescue called Hopeful Hearts and has thoroughbred racehorses at Mahoning Valley Racecourse.


Kole Misiewicz

Veterinary Technician

Kole is a recently graduated Veterinary Technician from the Bradford School in Columbus.  She graduated in December with the hopes of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in the Spring of 2018.  Before joining our team a year ago, she was in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst for 4 years.  Currently she resides in Newark with her two cats - Kayla and Timba, and her two dogs - Simba and Rajah.  She loves animals and has a special interest in Exotics and Zoo/Wildlife.

Kelsi Barrera

Veterinary Assistant

Kelsi lives in Somerset with her husband Jarrod and two children; Hunter who is 6 yrs old and Aubrey who is 3 yrs old. She has a black lab named Zoey, and a Beagle named Bandit.  They have a small farm where they raise sheep and pigs.  Kelsi is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technician license online and will be a RVT in 1-2 years.  Kelsi has always had a love for animals and couldn’t be happier going to work and being around them all day.

Brittany Miller

Veterinary Assistant

Brittany lives in Newark with her husband Nick and their three boys; Brody who is 7 years old, Miles who is 6, and Mason who is 4.  She has two dogs, a golden retriever named Bella and a lab named Finley.  After being a stay at home mom for the last 6 years she decided it was time for a change.  This is the first veterinary hospital she has worked in and loves it!  Brittany has always had a love for animals and enjoys working with them every day.



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Chris resides in Hebron with her husband, Daniel and many pets. She attended Capital University, and studied music. Chris has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. She like to collect comics and anything cat related.


Michele KruseIMG_0834


Michele resides in Newark with her husband, a dog "Cooper", and 7 cats.  Her background is in Pharmacy as a technician.  She enjoys spending time with her animals, reading, and cross-stitching in her spare time.


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