Our Staff

Amy 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 25 years.

Amy is a volunteer at the Portage County Dog Warden. She lives in Kent with her three dogs and three cats.

Katie Habusta, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional.

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.

Samantha Stempowski, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional.

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.

Heidi Tobin, RVT

Fear Free Certified Professional.

Heidi joined SHAH as a veterinary assistant and has continued with us as a registered veterinarian technician since 2017.  She has an uncommon loving devotion to animals of all shapes and sizes. Caring for animals is her passion.  Heidi graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology.

Heidi shares her home with three cats, three dogs and her husband. Two dogs, Samson and Delilah, and one beautiful kitten, St. Thomas of Shaker Heights, were welcome additions to the Tobin family by way of rescue through Shaker Heights Animal Hospital.

“I love coming to work at SHAH! I am constantly inspired by the love we all share for our animal friends.”

Heidi loves hanging out with her pets and husband, watching Netflix and movies.  She also enjoys walking her dogs, caring for feral cats, and gardening.

Stephanie Ilavsky, Veterinary Assistant

Stephanie joined the SHAH family in January 2019. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology from Capital University and worked at the Cleveland APL for four years. Stephanie is currently enrolled in the distance learning program at Penn Foster for Veterinary Technology. She has two staffie mixes, Pee Wee and Emma, and two cats, Aurora and Fiona. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, rock climbing and gardening as well as taking her pooches on walks in the park.

Pamela Shaffer, CSR

Pam joined the SHAH family in April, 2018. She has been in the veterinary field as a CSR/Assistant for 18 years. Pam has three children and two wonderful grand kids she enjoys spending time with. She looks forward to welcoming you to our hospital.

Laura Abbott, CSR

Laura joined the SHAH family in October, 2018. She has been in and out of the veterinary field for over 15 years. She loves all animals and has three cats. She is also the mother to a wonderful son and enjoys spending her free time with her family, reading and watching movies.

Charlotte

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.

Josie

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.

Mama Cat

In loving memory of Mama Cat (October 22, 2018). We miss you dearly.

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.