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

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, orthopedic 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 pug, Joey, and their cat, Eddie. 

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)!

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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 (Caitlin, Taylor, and Collin.) She has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chloe and Cooper, and her three cats, Cole, Honey and Pixel.

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.

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!

Laura Sutherland

DVM

Dr. Sutherland brings a wealth of experience to the practice, including a master’s degree in public health—with an emphasis in veterinary public health—from The Ohio State University. She also earned her DVM from The Ohio State University and studied at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

Dr. Sutherland is a lover of animals both small and large. Her passion for animals has led her to various parts of the world, including Kenya and the Galapagos islands, where she saw a number of wild animals, including giraffes, elephants, and hyenas. Although she’s a world traveler, the Lake Erie area will always be home to her. When not practicing medicine Dr. Sutherland enjoys spending time with her family, including her son, Fenimore, and her three dogs- Darwin, Frances and Einstein.

Makenzi Travis

DVM

Dr. Travis grew up in Bay Village with a houseful of pets including a beloved golden retriever and mischievous ferrets. After earning a bachelors degree from Indiana University she spent two years living in Cambodia. While abroad she rescued a street kitten who later came home to the US with her. Dr. Travis graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, where she developed interests in advanced dentistry, nutrition, and pain management. She has been published in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and is an active member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Dr. Travis lives in Avon Lake with her husband, golden retriever, and two cats. When she’s not practicing medicine, she enjoys boating, camping, and traveling.

Pets I will see: dogs, cats, ferrets

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

Slide It all starts at the front desk... Our client service representatives are an invaluable part of our team. They are your source to make appointments, check up on your pet, contact one of our veterinarians, or help you find answers to your questions. They are friendly, efficient, and always willing to help. We encourage you to get to know them, as they are the point of contact for our practice.

Slide And continues into the exam room... Our Registered Veterinary Technicians are essential in offering quality veterinary care to your pet. They are trained in anesthesia, surgical assistance, patient monitoring, and many other vital areas of pet care. These technicians compliment our veterinarians, adding another set of trained eyes to monitor your hospitalized pet. We take pride in having one of the largest groups of Registered Veterinary Technicians in Northeast Ohio. After all, doesn’t your pet deserve the very best of care? You will see the registered technicians during routine appointments, while visiting a hospitalized pet, or at time of release of your pet. Feel free to speak with them regarding your pet’s care or if you have any questions.

Slide And continues into the exam room... Our Registered Veterinary Technicians are essential in offering quality veterinary care to your pet. They are trained in anesthesia, surgical assistance, patient monitoring, and many other vital areas of pet care. These technicians compliment our veterinarians, adding another set of trained eyes to monitor your hospitalized pet. We take pride in having one of the largest groups of Registered Veterinary Technicians in Northeast Ohio. After all, doesn’t your pet deserve the very best of care? You will see the registered technicians during routine appointments, while visiting a hospitalized pet, or at time of release of your pet. Feel free to speak with them regarding your pet’s care or if you have any questions.

“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

Slide It takes a village... Pet care assistants are responsible for feeding, bathroom breaks, and assuring your pet is clean and comfortable while in our care. They frequently give TLC to our hospitalized patients to help alleviate the stress of being away from home. They are in close contact with our registered technicians and veterinarians, updating them on a patient’s condition and charting all valuable parameters during the hospital stay. If your pet needs additional attention, they are perfect for the job.

Slide To care for every patient, every time... Being staffed 24 hours a day is important in offering full-service veterinary care. These individuals are key in monitoring your pet on nights, weekends, and holidays. They are in continual contact with the on-call veterinarian relaying updates and adjusting treatment protocols as directed. Even though clients do not often see the overnight staff, they are very important in the overall care of your pet.

Slide To care for every patient, every time... Being staffed 24 hours a day is important in offering full-service veterinary care. These individuals are key in monitoring your pet on nights, weekends, and holidays. They are in continual contact with the on-call veterinarian relaying updates and adjusting treatment protocols as directed. Even though clients do not often see the overnight staff, they are very important in the overall care of your pet.

“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

Slide And we do the little things... Avon Lake Animal Clinic has a full service in-house pharmacy overseeing all of your pet’s medications. Whether your pet needs a new prescription, a refill, or a medication compounded, we are here to help. Feel free to contact our pharmacy technician if you have questions regarding your pet’s prescription(s).

Slide That lead to a brighter future. Management is very important to any veterinary practice. We have selected individuals that we feel gives us continuity, leadership, and an overall sense of organization. They work behind the scenes updating medical files, maintaining our computer system, managing our staff, and ensuring your visit to Avon Lake Animal Clinic is exceptional. Should a problem arise, they are here to answer questions and assist with your concerns. Feel free to contact them at any time.

Slide That lead to a brighter future. Management is very important to any veterinary practice. We have selected individuals that we feel gives us continuity, leadership, and an overall sense of organization. They work behind the scenes updating medical files, maintaining our computer system, managing our staff, and ensuring your visit to Avon Lake Animal Clinic is exceptional. Should a problem arise, they are here to answer questions and assist with your concerns. Feel free to contact them at any time.