Passionate. Talented. Caring. The team at AHI is diverse in ability and united in mission: to care for you and your pet like you were our own.


Scott Murray


A 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University and co-owner of Animal Hospital, Inc. He is married, the father of three children, and has both cats and dogs. Dr. Murray’s hobbies include snow skiing, physical fitness, road biking and playing the bagpipes. He is on the board of directors of the Willoughby Rotary and is a member of the Willoughby Black Sheep Pipes and Drum band.

Debbie Dennis


A 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University who grew up in Cleveland, Dr. Dennis has been co-owner of Animal Hospital Inc. since 1991. She is the mother of three young adults, and enjoys perennial gardening and training and showing her adorable Corgis.

Megan Barnhizer

Chief Medical Officer

A 1999 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr Barnhizer began practice at AHI that same year. Raised in Bainbridge, Dr. Barnhizer is married with two children and has many cats and dogs (and two horses!). Her professional interest include; ophthalmology and ultrasound. She is an accomplished competitive amateur dressage rider, and in her spare time enjoys dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Kelly Schwaner


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Scott Brown


November 1st, we welcomed our newest fulltime Dr to AHI! Dr Scott Brown is a 2018 graduate from Ross University where he then spent this past clinical year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Scott is originally from Dover, OH and while he doesn’t currently have any pets, he still enjoys going home to visit so he can spend time with the family German Shorthaired Pointers Tess and Josie. His professional interests include dentistry and radiology. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, and computer gaming.

Jennifer Drake Johnston

DVM/Chief Surgical Officer

A 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Johnston joined Animal Hospital Inc. in 2008. Her professional interests include internal medicine & exotic species medicine, especially regarding sugar gliders. She is married with two daughters & has two dogs & two cats.. In her spare time she enjoys running & hiking with her husband.

Christine Hadley


Introducing Dr. Christine Hadley. A 2013 graduate of Michigan State University. She is married with one dog, one cat and many chickens. Her interests include many areas of veterinary medicine and supporting the human-animal bond. She enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, camping and spending time with family.

Andrea Carlson


Dr. Andrea Carlson joined us in January 2018. She is a 2010 graduate of the Wisconsin-Madison school of veterinary medicine. Her professional interests include internal and geriatric medicine. She is married with two sons, they have a dog, and a turtle. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, biking, camping, gardening, attending concerts, playing board games and cooking.

Christi Hanzel


Dr. Christi Hanzel is a 2012 graduate of St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her clinical year at The Ohio State University. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, and several other areas of small animal veterinary medicine. She grew up in the Chardon area and now lives in Lake County with her fiancé, stepson, and cat. Her interests outside of work include snowboarding, horseback riding, and traveling (both locally and afar).

“The role of a leader is not to come up with all the great ideas. The role of a leader is to create an environment in which great ideas can happen.”

–Simon Sinek


Chrissy Brown

Practice Manager/CVPM

Chrissy Brown started her animal care career with AHI many years ago and recently rejoined, as Practice Manager, after obtaining her CVPM. She and her husband have an incredibly blended family with seven children, a dog, a cat and two ferrets! In her spare time, Chrissy enjoys spending time gardening and caring for her flower beds. She has a special interest in fostering pets and hopes to one day be able to rescue senior dogs.


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Rachel has been with AHI since December 6, 2018. She has three dogs, Stella, Sylar, and Sadie. In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym, and watching the Ellen Show. Her special interests consist of dogs, dogs, and more dogs. She has a special interest in confirmation dog showing.


Executive Assistant

Renee joined Animal Hospital March 1, 1999. Renee enjoys spending time with her family which includes her two sisters, brother, 2 nieces and her nephew. She also enjoys reading, cross stitching, and collecting anything Wizard of Oz. She also has an adorable cat named Babes!

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

–Mother Theresa

Client Care


Michelle joined AHI June 3, 2019. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of arts in Biological Sciences. She is also a certified Veterinary Nutritional Advocate. Michelle and her husband, Joe, have one daughter, Mila, and two cats, Mittens and Logan. In her spare time, she likes to explore new cities, walk in the Metroparks, and watch movies.


Bethany joined our AHI family, May 18, 2009. She is married and has 2 Australian cattle dogs, Dipper and Daisy Mae. She enjoys doing agility with Daisy and camping, fishing and hiking with her Husband.


Dani started with Animal Hospital January 18, 2017. She has an Associates of Arts degree from Lakeland Community College. She has always had a passion for animals, she has had cats her whole life along with several gerbils, hamsters and fish. Currently she has a cat, Snowball, an axolotl, Rosie and a hairless guinea pig named Edgar. She enjoys playing guitar, hiking and cooking.


Alyson joined the AHI family February 18, 2013. She shares her time at AHI with Out Patient Care, Pharmacy Technician as well as being a Client Care Representative. She enjoys foster kittens, going to the movies with her God Daughter and going to the salon.


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Haley has been with AHI since May 12, 2020. She is a graduate of the University of Findlay where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Industry Emphasis. She has a special interest in exotic wildlife, primarily big cats. She has three cats, a dog and rats. When she is not caring for pets, Haley enjoys writing short stories and playing piano.


Lindsey joined AHI August of 2020. She has a large family with many nieces, nephews, and siblings. Her fur family consists of her three dogs, Zoey, Loki, and Nugget. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her dogs and family. She enjoys making homemade products, playing volleyball and doing anything outdoors. She plans to return to school for Animal Assisted Therapy.


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

–Anatole France

In-Patient Care/Surgery



Dustin joined AHI June 3, 2019. He obtained his veterinary technician license in 2016 after graduating Stautzenberger college. He has a special interest in surgery and anatomy. His siberian husky, Piper, is seven years old and he hopes to be getting another husky, to keep her company, soon. In his spare time, Dustin likes to take Piper to the park, see movies, and explore new coffee shops.


Samantha (Photo coming soon) has been with AHI since February 7th, 2019. She has four dogs and one cat. When she is not providing excellent patient care at work, she enjoys traveling with her husband, camping, hiking, and photography.


Keirsten joined us in June 2017. She has six cats, Starfire, Ghost, Spade, Luna, Kitten and Gandalf and two dogs, PJ and Pudge. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking her cat Spade and her dogs and camping.


Joined us September 1, 2005. She is married, has a daughter and an adorable grandbaby! She has one dog, Samantha and a cat, Grey Grey. In her spare time, Deb enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, cycling, swimming and snuggling with her pets.



Jennifer has been with AHI since February 7, 2005. She is married and has 4 dogs, 1 cat and 2 rabbits. She enjoys running and horseback riding. She is currently enrolled in school to become a registered veterinary technician.


Shelley has been with AHI since March 19, 1997. She has a wonderful family included many nieces and nephews, and three cats named Josie, Dozer and Ruby. She enjoys running, spending time with her family and continues her care for animals into her down time by helping those in her community.


Has been with AHI since August 18, 1994. She is a certified canine massage practitioner & an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She is a member of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America & The United Schutzhund Club of America. She enjoys training & show dogs, motor sports racing & gardening. She & her husband share their lives with their three magnificent Dobermans.


R.V.T. Student

Jessica joined AHI in April 2018, she went to school for companion animal care and found a passion for dog training. She has a special interest in service dogs and surgery. She has 4 cats of her own, Moose, Mini, Fish, Bean and one bunny, Babe. In her spare time time she enjoys painting and baking.



Michelle is an Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with AHI since July 28, 1996. She graduated from Columbus State University. She is married and has 3 children. She has dog, a cat and several birds and fish. She loves to travel with her family and be outdoors, and her weakness is ice cream!

Jennifer S

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Emily K

Emily K. has been with AHI since July 12, 2018. She has a parakeet, a rabbit, fish, a quarter horse, and six chickens. She has her Bachelors in Biology and Psychology and loves to horseback ride in her spare time.

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

–Martin Buber

Out-Patient Care


Tiffany has been with AHI since December 23, 2002. She is married and has a beautiful daughter, 4 dogs, 4 cats, various farm animals, exotics, reptiles and pocket pets. She enjoys farming, saltwater reef tanks and breeding registered dwarf goats. She has a special interest in exotic animal health and husbandry.


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Emily joined AHI April of 2020. Her and her boyfriend share a home with two cats, Bear and Penny, and two hamsters, Moose and Norman. In her spare time, Emily likes to cook, read, crochet, and spend time with family. She has a special interest in continuing her education and loves schoolwork. Emily is currently pursuing her Veterinary Technology Degree with Kent State.

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Jim joined us May 18, 2018. He has 2 dogs, Piper and Lily. In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar and running. His special interest is becoming a veterinarian at a zoo.


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“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”

–Pam Brown



R.V.T. Student

Bianca has been with AHI since June 3, 2011. She has a fiancé named Ben and a beautiful daughter named Aubrey. Her family is also completed by her dog Ferris and her four cats; Parker, Promise, Olive and Stoli. She enjoys fostering kittens, working with her 1+works team and spending time with her daughter.


Kayla just joined Animal Hospital on March 20, 2017. She graduated high school a year early while getting her first year of college done at the same time! She is very interested in learning all about cars. She loves to read, travel and spending time with loved ones.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.”

–Josh Billings



Kelly has been with AHI since August 1, 2018. She has two dogs, Murphy and Lucy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing violin, collecting beach glass and volunteering at animal shelters.


Jacquie joined AHI September 21, 2009. She has 2 fur babies, Mario and Coco. She enjoys churning homemade ice cream.


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“When you look into the eyes of an animal you’ve rescued, you can’t help but fall in love.”

-Paul Shaffer



Jan joined us March 1, 2012. She has 2 adult daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 dogs. She enjoys gardening and watching and cheering on Cleveland sports teams.


Carrie has been with AHI since March 8, 2019. She has five dogs, two cats, and an amazon parrot. When she is not making our pets beautiful, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.