Dr. Robert Slobody graduated with honors from Ohio State University in 1968. While a student, he worked in the cardiac research lab and took elective courses in advanced orthopedics. He returned to his home city of Cleveland and became a partner at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Richmond Heights. He served as president of the Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine, head task force on pet overpopulation for the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and has spoken internationally regarding the problems and concerns of pet overpopulation. In 1974 he was awarded Ohio's Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2013 Dr. Slobody was one of six finalist for the national My Vet's The Best Contest, and placed third! Dr. Slobody has always had a keen interest in orthopedics and spinal surgery. He has studied extensively all over the Untied States, and in 1978 he established an orthopedic referral practice which he maintains to this day, providing advanced care for complex orthopedic and spinal cases. He has now added the 'Northern Ohio Minimally Invasive Surgical Center' to make the newest procedure available for your pets care. His thriving general practice embodies his philosophy of providing leading edge medicine of the veterinary community, and his expertise is sought out by many colleagues.
Dr. Sarah McKinley was born and raised in Solon, Ohio. In 2011, she graduated from the Honors Program at Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She then attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in May 2015. She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, with special interests in dentistry and exotic pets. In addition to dogs and cats, she would love to provide care to your rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, ferret, pocket pet, bird, or reptile! When not working, Dr. McKinley likes hiking with her husband, reading, and quilting. As a part of Quilts for Kids, she sews quilts that are donated to hospitalized children. She currently has a pomeranian mix named 'Daisy'(pictured).
Mallory MelocikOffice Manager
Hi, my name is Mallory. I came to Meadowlands Veterinary Center in 2009 from a previous clinic. I have worked at the emergency pet hospital and have been in this field for over ten years. I am an AAHA certified veterinary recepionist. In 2017 I was nominated from our clients as 'Lake County Commerce Queen!' I previously worked at a hair salon as a hairstylist and make up artist, but my love for working with animals is what makes me truly happy. Over the years I have owned many pets from chinchillas, gerbils, hamsters, hermit crabs, fish, ducks, cats, and dogs. I currently have a boxer/pitbull mix named 'Ninja', two ferrets named 'Benny' and 'June',and a cat 'Zoey.' My goal at Meadowlands is to help make sure all of our client's are comfortable in every situation that should arise with your pet. I know how much our pets mean to us and I always want our clients to know that their furry FAMILY MEMBERS will get the best treatment possible at our clinic and we will treat their pet as if it were one of our own. I strive to to be as helpful and the best communicator I can be between you and our Doctors. I am always happy to answer any questions or concerns you should have. I hope to meet you and your pet someday!
Hi, my name is Crystal. After high school I attended the University of Toledo to major in film. After one semester I realized that my real passion was for animals and the environment. I transferred to Cleveland State where I got my bachelors of Science in Biology. I then had the opportunity to spend a month in Australia where I planted thousands of trees, snorkled in the Great Barrier Reef and made life long friends. After years of working retail jobs and a two year stay in Virginia, I returned to Ohio and was welcomed with open arms at Meadowlands!
Kara BrynerTechnician Manager
Hi! My name is Kara. I graduated from Cleveland State in 2012 with my Bachelors is Business Administration. I then went to Lakeland for my certificate in Veterinary Assisting. I currently have two dogs, Bentley (pictured), Miller, and a cat named 'Taco.'
Bridget CarusoRegistered Vet Technician
Hi, my name is Bridget. I graduated from Stautzenberger College with an associates in Veterinary Technology. I have 3 dogs; Bailey a Beagle mix, Charlie a lab/hound mix, Zeus(pictured) a German Shepard. I also have a Russian Tortoise named Shelly, a cat named Chubbs, and a hedgehog named Shadow. When I'am not spending time with my animals I love to watch movies, go to the park, and read. I can't wait to meet you and your four legged family member's!
Emma HenryVet Assistant
Hi everyone! My name is Emma. I’ve worked in the pet industry for almost three years now. Along with Meadowlands, I also work part time at a doggy daycare. I’ve grown up loving all animals, but I have a special place in my heart for pitbulls. I have a 6 year old pit named Mya (pictured), she loves cats and playing frisbee. I would love to one day have a small farm & work with the ASPCA to help animals in need.
My name is Stephanie I graduated High School in 1991. I then Graduated from the Lorain County Adult Career Center with a Certificate in Health Care . After that I had my first of 3 children and decided that being a stay at home mom was the best option for me, and boy did it keep my busy! Starting at a young age I was very active in 4-H caring for all sorts of different animals; Varying from mice to raising a Grand Champion Breeding Ewe named Daisy! Once all of my kids were old enough, I started my own 4-H club for them to participate in and continued on as the Advisor for 10 years. During that time we raised Market lambs, Pygmy goats and rabbits. After my children outgrew the 4-H club I found myself working a couple of different jobs, but my truest passion has always been helping and caring for animals. I am so happy to have found Meadowlands where I can have a career I look forward to everyday. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my Grandchildren and my Shichon’s Oliver James & Sadie Mae, and my cat Scout, when not with my family you’ll find me Reading, Painting or Crafting.
Breanna McKinneyVet Technician Student
Hi I’m Breanna. I’m currently enrolled at Stautzenberger College to become a registered technician. When I’m not at work or school all of my free time gets eaten up by my daughter, Rhyliee. Although I am an animal lover of all sorts, the only pet that I currently have is Moe, a kitten that I rescued in the fall of 2018. In the past I spent five years running a farm and raising large animals, and now today I am happy to be a part of the staff at Meadowlands Veterinary Center!
Nicole NarkVet Assistant
Hi, my name is Nicole! I am a senior at Lake Erie College where I am majoring in biology and minoring in math and chemistry. I am on a pre-veterinary track and the president of the pre-vet club at my college. I've always had a passion for science and a strong love for animalsand this is the field that combines the two perfectly! I wish to attend veterinary school once I graduate with my bachelors degree. I started as an intern here at Meadowlands Veterinary Center 1 year ago and have been working as a vet assistant ever since! Meadowlands has taught me so much and the doctors, technicians, and staff have made this experience great for me! I have my sweet dog Angel, who I've had since I was in 4th grade, and two crazy cats, Oliver and Koda.
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