Maggie Kirst - Assistant Manager

Maggie Kirst is our practice's assistant manager, and she helps things run smoothly by answering client calls, assisting our clients, supporting the veterinarians in exams, and assisting with patient care. "I love interacting with our clients and knowing that I am helping them, whether it's simply scheduling an appointment or assisting in surgery."

Maggie started working with us in the summer of 2010.

"I love everything about my job. This is such an interesting field, and it offers so much to learn," Maggie said. "It is very rewarding to build a connection with our clients and their pets and being with them through memorable and difficult moments."

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Chandra Laine - Veterinary Technician

When asked what she likes most about her job as a veterinary technician, Chandra Laine said "I like it all." And she does it all: Chandra assists the doctors in patient care, helps restock inventory, and assists with taking x-rays, laboratory work, and surgery. She's always calm and patient, even when things get a little hectic. Chandra started with us in 2000 and has been working in an animal related field since 1989.

"I love Dr. Kremer and the great care she gives the animals and her clients. There is always something new to learn," Chandra said. "I like being here everyday."

Chandra shares her home with a dog named Snuggles, two cats (Spike and Tinkerbell), three fish (Jupiter, Venus and Pluto) and a turtle named Itsy. Chandra relaxes by reading, camping, going to baseball games with her sons and softball with her daughter.

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Ellen Kirst - Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technician Ellen Kirst has a very simple approach to her job: "I love the animals, my co-workers and clients!" she said. Ellen does quite a few things at the hospital, including taking x-rays, grooming the pets, assisting in dental procedures, interacting with clients and much more. She is always calm and optimistic, and is devoted completely to animal care. Ellen is the daughter of Dr. Kremer.

"My mom has always owned this business and it is a joy to work with her. She is a wonderful veterinarian and I love watching her do what she does best," Ellen said. "This is the best job anyone could ask for."

Ellen has a variety of pets at home, including a bulldog (Tater), one cat (Reco), a ball python (Mr. Shakey). Ellen is an outdoor type, enjoying fishing, bonfires, softball, camping, and backyard football. She spends her weekends studying, and hanging out with friends and family.

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Jody McMackin - Veterinary Technician

As a licensed veterinary technician with Harrison Animal Hospital, Jody McMackin's responsibilities include administering medication and assisting with surgery. She joined the hospital in January 1999, but despite her tenure, still enjoys "something new every day" at the hospital.

Outside work, Jody maintains and improves her 15 acres of land and spends time caring for her horses, Nuttin and Jessi. She also has two dogs, Rufus and Smidge.

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Scot Wegman - Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technician Scot Wegman performs a variety of tasks around the hospital, all of which he does exceptionally well, including drawing blood samples, placing IV's, performing laboratory work, assisting in surgery and with x-rays, admitting and releasing pets and helping to keep our hospital in top condition. Scot has had a positive attitude since the day he joined us in 2004.

"Dr. Kremer and the entire staff are great, we're like a family here," Scot said. "We're supportive of each other at work and do our very best for the clients and pets we see."

At home, Scot has three cats, Hunter, Sam and Nublets, and a dog named Butch. He also owns a mixed martial arts training facility called Drive MMA, and is the holder of several titles. He's a big fan of wakeboarding, off-roading and being with his friends, and is an avid beekeeper!

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Bob Niehaus - Veterinary Technician

Bob joined our team at Harrison Animal Hospital in 2017. He works full time as a Veterinary Technician, assisting our Doctors with various daily tasks. Bob enjoys interacting with clients and teaching them how to properly care for their pets, especially bird owners. He appreciates the busy office atmosphere and being able to learn and grow with the hospital himself.

Bob grew up in Deer Park, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of Cincinnati, and his Associate’s Degree of Applied Science Veterinary Technology from Brown Mackie College. Bob has years of experience in Husky rescue and bird rehabilitation. His passion for animals and organizational skills make him a great asset to our team.

In his free time, Bob enjoys canoeing, snowshoeing, fly fishing, and sled dog racing. He takes great interest in outdoor photography and is an avid bird watcher. When he is not caring for his Shetland sheepdog Daisy, or his Siberian husky Yukon, Bob also likes to spend time on the shores of Lake Superior.

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Becky Leonard - Receptionist/IT Assistant

Becky Leonard wears multiple hats with Harrison Animal Hospital and has worked here since November 2003. Her responsibilities include front desk duties as well as keeping computers updated and operational, keeping daily transactions balanced, and making bank deposits. She brings her organizational skills and patience to her multi-faceted role.

Of her position and the hospital, she exclaimed, "There is never a dull moment! And I believe there are no better doctors anywhere!"

When Becky is not at work, she manages an apartment building and spends her limited free time with her granddaughter. She has three rescue dogs: Gracie, Sylke, and Peanut.

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Tabitha Dick - Receptionist

Receptionist Tabitha Dick helps schedule doctor appointments and supports our receptionists whenever she can. Tabitha is always ready to jump in whenever and wherever she's needed and is always happy to interact with our clients and their pets. Tabitha, a certified veterinary assistant, joined our staff in April of 2012.

"I like working at Harrison Animal Hospital because it's fast-paced and the doctors are very compassionate and caring about the pets they see," Tabitha said.

Tabitha's hobbies include fishing, playing softball and spending time with her son and watching him play sports.

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Bonnie Mingua - Maintenance

With Harrison Animal Hospital since 2000, Bonnie Mingua is responsible for maintenance, including grounds patrol and daily building upkeep. She considers Dr. Kremer's knowledge, kindness, and love for all animals and the teamwork of the staff the main reasons she loves working at the hospital.

Bonnie is a member of Dayton Cat Fanciers and spends her free time with her beloved Maine Coons.

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Meredith Hertsenberg - Receptionist

Meredith Hertsenberg joined Harrison Animal Hospital in February 2014. As our receptionist, her responsibilities include answering phones, scheduling appointments, checking patients in and out, maintaining product inventory and cleaning.

"I enjoy working in a friendly, fast-paced environment where animals and their families come first," she says.

Outside work, Meredith enjoys playing with her dogs (Abraham, Rozzy, Fiona, Abby, Aggie, and Scooby), cooking, biking and spending time with her husband Matthew. She also has a cat named Chloe and a hamster named Sebastian.

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Amber Vernon - Receptionist

Amber Vernon is a receptionist with our practice. Her responsibilities include scheduling appointments, readying exam rooms for patients and general customer service. Though she started in August of 2014, she’s already become known for bringing a smiling face and a sense of humor to the office each day.

"As a client, I’ve seen before how caring the doctors are about their patients and their owners,” she says. “It's nice to be a part of things from the giving side after receiving such great care for so long.”

Amber has three dogs; Brady and Franklin are dachshunds, and Buddy is a pitbull. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Terry and daughter Breslyn, as well as motorcycle riding.

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