Leaders. Visionaries. Animal lovers. The team at Avon Lake is truly second to none. And when you walk through our doors, what you care about becomes what we care about.

Veterinarians

James Haddad

James Haddad

DVM

Dr. Haddad has been a part of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic team since he purchased the practice in 1994. His special interests in the veterinary field include soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, and emergency medicine, and he makes an incredible contribution to our practice in these areas.

Dr. Haddad completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1984, and he is a current and active member in a number of organizations, including American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

When Dr. Haddad isn’t at the practice, he is often found enjoying his hobbies which include boating, golfing, and cooking. He also enjoys spending time with his wife Tonya and two sons Anthony (who is a police officer in Mentor, OH) and Michael. Dr. Haddad’s love of animals follows him home where he has two pets: Minnie, a Standard Poodle; and Miyaga, Shih Tzu/Poodle mix.

Frank Krupka

Frank Krupka

DVM

Dr. Krupka, one of our published authors on staff, has written a number of articles that have appeared in The Exotic Guidebook as well as Exotic DVM Magazine. His special interests are in non-traditional species medicine and surgery and we are pleased to offer his services at Avon Lake Animal Clinic, where he has been a part of our team since 1999.

Dr. Krupka earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Heidelberg College and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a recipient of the Buddy Award from Hills Pet Nutrition, and he is an active member of a variety of prestigious veterinary organizations, including Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Association of Avian Veterinarians, and Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians.

When he isn’t practicing medicine, Dr. Krupka can be found spending time with his wife, three children, and pets: two cats named Tiger and Lilly, and a Cavachon dog named Brutus. He is also a soccer coach and a Boy Scout leader who enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing. Fun fact: Dr. Krupka is also a small scale hobby farmer!

Jason Lamb

Jason Lamb

DVM

Dr. Lamb has been a part of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic team since 2006. He has special interests in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, with an emphasis on Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for the deficient Cranial Cruciate Ligament. He also is experienced in pain management and oncology.

Dr. Lamb earned his Bachelors of Science from The Ohio State University in 1998 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. He is an active member in a number of veterinary associations, including American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

When Dr. Lamb is not practicing veterinary medicine, he may be found spending time with his wife and three children. They have a yellow Labrador named Daisy. Dr. Lamb enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing and watching college football. He is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan…Go Bucks!

Michael Haddad

Michael Haddad

DVM

Dr. Michael Haddad is the newest member of our team at Avon Lake Animal Clinic. He’s an associate veterinarian, and his special interests include: feline and canine internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, oncology, emergency medicine, and critical care medicine. Dr. Haddad obtained his veterinary education from Ross University, and he is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinarian Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Haddad loves spending time with his wife and his one-year-old son. He also enjoys being outdoors as much as he can. Dr. Haddad has two pets: a boxer named Brutus, and a cat named Frannie.

Sasha Emerman

Sasha Emerman

DVM

Dr. Emerman grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with her parents, her sister, and their dogs. During her childhood, she was very active in sports and outdoor activities. Dr. Emerman attended The Ohio State University for a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Russian Literature. She continued her education at Ohio State, completing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Her special interests include internal medicine, endoscopy, and soft tissue surgery, and exotic and avian medicine and surgery. Dr. Emerman is an active member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. 

When she is not practicing medicine, Dr. Emerman enjoys spending her time running outside, hiking, and kayaking when weather permits, and boxing, cooking, and crossword puzzles when it doesn’t. She also loves taking trips together with her husband, or spending weekends at home with their cat, Eddie.  

Jonah Firestone

Jonah Firestone

DVM

Dr. Firestone grew up in Beachwood with his brother, sister, parents, and a variety of pets including rats, frogs, dogs, cats, and more. When he was younger, Dr. Firestone was an avid hockey player when he wasn’t working at a local veterinary hospital. Dr. Firestone attended The Ohio State University for a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences. He then stayed at OSU to complete his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Firestone served on Student Council as a Class Representative, a position that included sitting on the Honor Code Judiciary Council and Pre-Clinical Education Committee as an advocate for students. Dr. Firestone is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association. His special interests include small mammal exotic medicine, reptile exotic medicine, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, and behavior medicine.

While not caring for pets at Avon Lake Animal Clinic, Dr. Firestone spends his time with his dog and snake- Ellie and Alfredo. He also enjoys spending time with family on the east side, cheering for the Cleveland Browns, golfing, and trying new cooking projects.

Jana Gerding

Jana Gerding

DVM

Dr. Gerding grew up in Medina, Ohio.  During childhood she was very active in church and school choirs and flag corps with the marching band.  Upon graduation in 1991 Dr. Gerding attended Bowling Green State University and Malone College earning a Bachelors degree in Science and Nursing in 1996.  After working for 23 years as a Registered Nurse in Virginia, Dr. Gerding returned to school at Virginia Tech College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 2020.

Special interests in veterinary medicine include:  emergency medicine, neurology, acute and chronic pain management, soft tissue surgery and behavior management.  Dr. Gerding is Certified as a Fear Free practitioner, a RECOVER practitioner, and as a participant of the National Veterinary Accreditation Program.  She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Business Management Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Gerding enjoys gardening, camping, making stain glass windows from scratch, and biking.  Traveling for long weekends to see friends is also one of her favorite things to do.  Currently, Dr. Gerding has one cat named Zip (she’s really hard to catch)!

Adam A. Jacin

Adam A. Jacin

DVM

Dr. Jacin graduated from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Biology degree in 2009. In 2016, he graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His first job after graduation was working as a small animal emergency veterinarian in Dublin, Ohio before working in a private practice in Columbus in 2017. Before coming to Avon Lake Animal Clinic, Dr. Jacin was the Chief of Staff at Banfield in Westerville for one and a half years. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is most interested in surgery, preventive medicine and internal medicine.

Dr. Jacin and his wife recently moved to Northern Ohio from Columbus with their 2 sons, Nolan and Gavin, as well as their cat, Ashley. In their spare time, they enjoy outdoor activities and traveling to see new places. Dr. Jacin also enjoys watching all sports, especially the Browns, Cavaliers, Indians, Buckeyes, and Columbus Crew, and the Blue Jackets!

Julie Letosky

Julie Letosky

DVM

Dr. Letosky is a general practitioner at the Avon Lake Animal Clinic, and has been a part of the team since 1996. She has special interests in ultrasonography, and obtained her certification in this field through the University of Illinois Executive Veterinary Program. Dr. Letosky is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She received this certification through the University of Tennessee. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Wayne State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition to practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Letosky also enjoys golfing and birding. Her love for animals extends to her home life, where she has three pets: two cats named Radar and Shade, and a Boston Terrier named Tug.

Lisa O’Donnell

Lisa O’Donnell

DVM

Dr. O’Donnell, who was instrumental in developing pain management protocols and dentistry standards at Avon Lake Animal Clinic, has been a part of our team since 2002. Her areas of special interest include feline medicine, internal medicine, dentistry, and pain management.

Dr. O’Donnell proudly earned her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Miami University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She is an active member of American Animal Hospital Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

In her down time, Dr. O’Donnell enjoys outdoor activities with her children. She has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chloe and Cooper, and her three cats, Cole, Honey and Pixel.

Carmen Petti

Carmen Petti

DVM

Dr. Petti has been an important asset to the Avon Lake Animal Clinic team since starting in February 2009. Her special interests are in wound repair and reconstruction, soft tissue surgery, stem cell therapy, chemotherapy, and feline and canine internal medicine. She finds Avon Lake Animal Clinic to be the perfect place to practice high quality medicine and surgery, all with her personal touch of compassion and care.

Dr. Petti earned her Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University where she graduated Phi-Zeta. She has earned a number of recognitions for her excellent veterinary skills; including an internship with the Student Conservation Association at Zion National Park, the Dick T. Wilson Scholarship, and a position in the Vet Prep Programs at Colorado State University which guaranteed her acceptance into veterinary school. She is also a member of American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, and American Animal Hospital Association.

Dr. Petti enjoys spending time with her husband Ivan and her two sons, Basil and Julian. Together they have a number of rescue pets including a Golden Retriever mix named Argo, a Maine Coon cat named Anchovy, and two sweet domestic short hair cats named Mary and Salamander.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Petti can be found sailing or spending time with her friends and family on the beaches of Lake Erie, running and hiking in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, or enjoying the vast restaurant scene in Cleveland, especially those that feature locally grown ingredients.

Megan Roll

Megan Roll

DVM

Bio Coming Soon!

Lindsay Schofield

Lindsay Schofield

DVM

Dr. Schofield grew up in Avon Lake with her twin brother, her chocolate lab, Abby, and her guinea pig, Squeaker. She has been part of our clinic family since she was 15, working in our boarding facility, Paws by the Lake, before going to college. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Findlay where she spent her free time working various pet care positions and shadowing area veterinarians. After graduating, she attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and later completed a clinical program at Purdue University. Dr. Schofield is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

While she’s not caring for pets at Avon Lake Animal Clinic, she spends time with her chocolate lab, Brinley, and her domestic shorthair cats, Lucy and Elliott. She also enjoys grilling out with her family, spending time outdoors, traveling, following Cleveland sports teams and taking her dog for walks in the park!

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

DVM

Dr. Turner earned both his Bachelor of Science and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.

His special interests include emergency medicine and surgery, trauma management, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Turner enjoys weightlifting, cycling, Ohio sports teams, and spending time with his family and friends.

Caitlin Wamelink

Caitlin Wamelink

DVM

Dr. Wamelink grew up in Cleveland Heights with her parents, her sister, and their two cats. When she was younger, she also participated in horseback riding. Dr. Wamelink attended Tulane University of New Orleans where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Cell and Molecular Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 2018. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Wamelink was actively involved with Shelter Medicine Club and VBMA, a student-led Veterinary Business Management Association. Dr. Wamelink is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Her special interests include feline medicine, small mammal exotic medicine, and behavior medicine.

While not caring for pets at Avon Lake Animal Clinic, Dr. Wamelink spends her time with her two cats Dinah and Alice. She also enjoys spending time with her family on the east side, traveling, going to Indians games, and activities such as rowing and cycling.

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

-Anatole France

“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t.”

-Matthew Scully

“Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what’s missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we’re here.”

-Trisha McCagh