Staff of Shaker Heights Animal Hospital

The sraff of Shaker Heights Animal HospitalAmy Clark, Practice Manager

Amy has been with the Shaker Heights Animal Hospital family since May 2014. She attended Kent State University, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Biology. She has worked in the veterinary field for 20 years.

Amy is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Northcoast Medical Training Academy and volunteers at the Portage County Dog Warden. She lives in Kent with her three dogs and two cats.

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Katie Habusta, RVT

Katie joined the team at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital in August 2016. As a veterinary technician, her responsibilities include assisting in surgery, administering and monitoring anesthesia, lab work, performing X-rays, educating clients and assisting doctors during exams. Always positive, Katie's favorite part of the job is educating clients (and kissing puppies). She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree with a focus on Veterinary Technology, and is licensed in the state of Ohio.

"I like working at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital because I get to use my learned skills to help pets and educate clients," Katie says. "I love our staff and working with people I consider friends."

At home, Katie has a 2-year-old pit bull named Watson, a 3-year-old domestic shorthair named Kitty Purry and a 1-year-old domestic shorthair named Oliver. She volunteers and helps with rescued pets at the local animal shelter. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking and taking her dog on walks. She also enjoys reading, watching movies, playing with her cats, going to sports games, crafting and hanging out with her friends and her girlfriend.

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Samantha Stempowski, RVT

Samantha joined the medical team at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital in October 2016. As a registered veterinary technician, her daily responsibilities include caring for animals, educating clients, conducting appointments, taking X-rays, assisting the veterinarians and performing laboratory work. Funny and hard-working, Samantha's favorite part of the job is drawing blood and placing catheters. She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and is licensed in the state of Ohio.

"I enjoy working here because it is small and not fast-paced," Samantha says. "That means I get to give the best quality of care. I also enjoy the people I work with."

At home, Samantha has a 3-year-old Italian greyhound named Dany, a 3-year-old terrier mix named Renly, a 10-year-old domestic longhair named Sirius and a 21-year-old American quarter horse named Dexter. Samantha has shown horses since she was 15-year-old, and previously studied horse training at University of Findlay. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and horror movies, video games and books.

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The sraff of Shaker Heights Animal HospitalErin McGrew, Veterinary Assistant

Erin's passion for animals began at a very young age when she rescued a field mouse in her yard, and that passion has continued ever since. She began her career in veterinary care working with small animals at a local pet store and then at area veterinary hospitals before joining the Shaker family in 2009.

Erin attended Cedar Valley College in Texas, where she participated in their distance education program. She resides in North Olmsted Ohio with her daughter, dog (Boss) and three cats (Noca, Coal and Pixel).

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The sraff of Shaker Heights Animal HospitalGrace Blamble, Veterinary Assistant

Grace spends most of her time working with rescue animals at Rescue Village, which she finds very rewarding. Occasionally, she can't resist bringing her work home with her. She spends time with her Shaker Heights Animal Hospital family every Saturday.

Grace enjoys being outdoors, whether it's hiking in the Metro Parks, camping with her family or taking her dogs to the park for a swim. She is also an avid cyclist and enjoys traveling, going to amusement parks and spending time in her garden planting flowers.

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Heidi Tobin, Veterinary Assistant

Heidi became a veterinary assistant at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital in January 2017. Her daily responsibilities include assisting in surgery and appointments, drawing blood, taking X-rays and educating clients. Heidi is upbeat and positive, and her favorite part of the job is seeing clients with their new animals. She is currently finishing her Associate of Applied Science degree with a focus on Veterinary Science and plans to graduate in May 2017.

"Shaker Heights Animal Hospital is a great place for me to perfect the skills I'm learning in school," Heidi says. "The staff is great, and the hospital has a relaxed, family atmosphere."

At home, Heidi has a shepherd-boxer mix named Ben, a terrier mix named Lucy, two bearded dragons named Dexter and Nadine, and two cats. She looks forward to the spring season and tending to her flowers. Heidi loves cooking and trying new recipes, and says her favorite thing to do is watch TV in bed with her two dogs and her husband.

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Cora Bowser, Receptionist / Veterinary Assistant

Cora joined the staff at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital in August 2015. As a receptionist and veterinary assistant, her responsibilities include answering phones, greeting clients and assisting the technicians and doctors with appointments. Cora's favorite parts of the job are learning about animals and educating clients on spays, neuters, adoptions and rescues. She also has plenty of experience with "fear" based aggression in pit bulls and large breeds and she knows how to handle difficult situations. Cora is a versatile, reliable team member.

"I like working at Shaker Heights Animal Hospital because I enjoy educating the local community about my favorite breeds: pit bulls, Rottweilers and other 'scary breeds,'" Cora says. "I also enjoy helping those that are willing to seek help where others wouldn't."

At home, Cora has a 4-year-old Chihuahua named Lola, a 2-year-old English mastiff named Nala, a 3-year-old Great Dane named Hendrix and a 7-year-old pit bull named Baby Princess. She dog sits and grooms in her free time, and volunteers at the nearby animal shelter. Cora also helps assists in pit bull rescues. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dogs and working on personal and commissioned art pieces.

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The sraff of Shaker Heights Animal HospitalCharlotte, The Greeter

Charlotte loves to welcome our clients by jumping up on the reception desk to say "hello". She also likes to help our receptionists by lying across the computer keyboard or draping herself around their shoulders and supervising their work.

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The sraff of Shaker Heights Animal HospitalJosie, The Town Crier

Josie loves to "talk," and if you're not paying attention to her she will let you know - especially when she wants her morning treats! She also doubles as a paper weight and a pen re-locator for our veterinarians and practice manager.

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The sraff of Shaker Heights Animal HospitalMama, The Enforcer

Mama may not look like she's paying attention, but nothing gets past her. When clients arrive with their cats she is always available for a thorough carrier inspection to see what's inside. She keeps everyone in check here at the hospital.

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