Meet Our Veterinary Team in Columbus, OH
At North Kenny Veterinary Hospital, we are proud of our team and the unique abilities each member brings to our animal hospital. Each individual strives to make vet visits as pleasant for your pet and as educational for you as possible. Find out more about each of our veterinary team members below, and be sure to make an appointment soon to meet us in person!
Dr. Bill Goode Practice Owner, Veterinarian
For Dr. Bill Goode, the veterinary profession allows him the opportunity to share his love of science while looking after the beloved companions of pet owners just like himself. Making a positive impact on the lives of families is the ultimate reward! Dr. Goode has been helping the pets and animal parents of the Columbus area here at North Kenny Veterinary Hospital for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Goode grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and was only a junior in high school when he first started cleaning kennels and assisting with clients at his local veterinary practice. After high school, he moved to Columbus to study pre-veterinary science and ultimately attend veterinary school at Ohio State University. He remained in Columbus after college and began his professional career at a nearby animal clinic. It wasn’t long before Dr. Goode was recruited to join the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital team—he jumped at the chance, and the rest is history!
The most enjoyable part of Dr. Goode’s job is diagnosing and treating patients that can’t speak for themselves. For him, exploring new diagnostic and treatment methods while keeping up on the latest advancements in veterinary medicine is one of the most exciting and important parts of his work.
Away from the clinic, Dr. Goode enjoys hiking and camping in the great outdoors. He’s also an avid traveler and loves to explore different cultures around the world. He and his partner of 26 years share their lives with three felines, all grey cats whose antics keep Dr. Goode laughing on a daily basis.
Dr. Diane Ott Practice Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Diane Ott adored all sorts of animals from an early age—it wasn’t long before she had read all of the animal books available in her local library. By the time she had convinced her parents to add a rabbit to the family, her mind was made up: Dr. Ott would become a veterinary professional!
Dr. Ott is originally from northern New Jersey and spent her undergraduate years in Pennsylvania. Next, she relocated to Ohio to earn her veterinary degree, graduating as a licensed veterinarian in 2004 and launching her professional career. When the opportunity arose for Dr. Ott to purchase half of North Kenny Veterinary Hospital, she jumped at the chance—she became a co-owner in 2010 and has been caring for the pets of Columbus here ever since. She has particular interests in geriatric care and physical therapy work, and makes it her mission every day to give each and every pet that she sees the same level of care she would want for her own animal companions.
Aside from her passions within veterinary medicine, Dr. Ott likes reading, gardening, camping, and spending time with her family and pets. Along with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ethan and Emma, Dr. Ott shares her home with several four-legged friends: Meryl, an English Cocker Spaniel, is a retired champion show dog; Levi, the English Cocker Spaniel, enjoys howling along in accompaniment when Dr. Ott’s children play musical instruments; and Truman, a Doberman Pinscher, is the goofball of the bunch. The family also has four lovable cats: Yoshi, Garfield, Mrs. Whiskers, and Iris.
Dr. April Bauer Veterinarian
Dr. April Bauer grew up on her parents’ farm in Chillicothe, Ohio, surrounded by cats, dog, horses, goats, and pigs. She and her brothers cared for them constantly, and it wasn’t difficult for Dr. Bauer to develop a passion for pets early on in life. As she got a bit older and started caring for animals in the 4-H program, her interest only deepened. For her, veterinary medicine was the obvious career choice!
Dr. Bauer attended Miami University to major in zoology, spending her summers off working as a veterinary assistant, before earning her veterinary degree at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She secured her first position as a licensed veterinarian at a busy five-doctor urban practice in Chicago, where she also spent a few days per month working at the local no-kill shelter.
After moving to the Columbus area with her husband to be closer to family, Dr. Bauer was thrilled to join the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital team in July of 2013. Medically, she’s fond of soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, and feline medicine. Dr. Bauer is also passionate about spay-and-neuter advocacy and frequently brings in feral cats around her home for trap-neuter-release work.
In her time away from the hospital, Dr. Bauer can be found reading, cooking, and exploring Columbus with her family. She and her husband have two young children, and also share their home with a lovable cat named Patty Cake.
Dr. Jack Sullivan Veterinarian
Dr. Jack Sullivan graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2022. He is passionate about practicing evidence-based medicine and surgery, and is excited to begin his career in Columbus. Although Jack currently only cares for his fish and houseplants, he is an experienced puppy-sitter for his fur-siblings: Ares, a puggle, Kona, a Cavapoo, Franklin, a boxer Mix and Riley, a Labradoodle. Dr. Sullivan got his start in Veterinary Medicine working as an assistant and helping with research at the OSU Veterinary Center. He is now looking forward to treating patients as a veterinarian at North Kenny.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Sullivan is a huge fan of Cleveland sports, as well as a lifelong Buckeye fan. He attended Ohio State for a total of eight years throughout his undergraduate and veterinary studies and rarely missed a home football game. Dr. Sullivan enjoys going to the beach as well as boating and kayaking on Lake Erie. In his free time he enjoys cooking, reading, perfecting his espresso technique and playing Columbus Rec sports with friends.
Dr. Cory Brown Internal Medicine Consultant
Dr. Cory Brown always knew that he wouldn’t be satisfied working a sales or desk job. When the time came for him to choose a major during college, he thought back to one thing that he had always been passionate about--the welfare of animals. That’s when he made the decision to pursue veterinary medicine and use his skill set to better the lives of pets and their loving owners!
Dr. Brown is originally from Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to earn his doctorate and become a licensed veterinarian. He went on to complete an internship at Auburn University as well as a residency in small-animal internal medicine at Purdue University. Next, Dr. Brown launched his professional career by working in several large, multi-modality specialty hospitals—including stints in a West Palm Beach, Florida facility and at Ohio State University—before making the jump into consulting work.
Dr. Brown consults for veterinarians across Columbus and surrounding areas to provide internal medicine specialty services, advanced imaging work, and second opinions for difficult cases; he’s been lending a helping hand here at North Kenny Veterinary Hospital for several years. His favorite part of the job is helping to diagnose an illness or condition early on, allowing for prompt and proper treatment to return an ailing pet to full health.
Away from work, Dr. Brown enjoys reading, continuing to learn new things (he’s in the process of learning Spanish!), and spending quality time with his family and pets. He has a young daughter as well as two animal companions: a rescued cat who is mean to everyone except him, and an aging Terrier mix who survived cancer and now expects copious amounts of treats.
Kyla Practice Manager
Kyla is currently our Practice manager, but was a lead veterinary technician for 10 years with experience in practice management prior to coming to North Kenny. She has BS from New Mexico State University in Animal Science and is currently working on getting her license to be a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager.
Originally from Arizona, she grew up in New Mexico and moved to Ohio for her husband’s job and to find better opportunities in the veterinary industry. Kyla grew up with a passion for animals and working in different animal industries helped her acquire many species over the years from reptiles, birds, and small mammals to cats and dogs.
Kyla and her husband currently have a blue merle Great Dane named Denim. A little old lady at the age of 10 that loves to cuddle with her plush toys and play like she’s still 2 years old. She is the most loving and happy girl.
In her spare time, Kyla enjoys reading, crafting and spending good time at home with her family. Although her most favorite thing to do is to travel! She and her husband love to explore beaches, visit different countries and learn about different cultures.
Client Care Representatives
Morgan Client Care Supervisor
Morgan has been training dogs since she was only 12 years old. For her, animal care has been a part of life ever since she can remember! Morgan’s passion for pets simply never quit. She’s been a member of North Kenny Veterinary Hospital’s team since 2014 and is proud to serve the area’s pets and animal owners as the office manager.
Morgan grew up in Springfield, Ohio with her mother, sister, and plenty of family dogs. She volunteered with the 4-H program until she aged out of the organization at 18 years old, then headed off to college to study sociology. Morgan worked part-time at the local humane society during her collegiate years, taking a full-time position there after graduation. Next, she became a veterinary assistant at several nearby clinics before moving to Columbus to continue her journey in animal care. Morgan became a full-time veterinary receptionist, gaining even more administrative skills, until joining the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital family as the office manager in 2014.
Most of Morgan’s hobbies outside of work revolve around pets as well. She and her husband, Jon, live with two German shepherds: Thorne, who is currently working towards his Canine Good Citizen certification, and Dyson, who competes in conformation, nose-work, dock diving, and other activities. Morgan is also a 4-H advisor in two counties and helps to teach children to train their own dogs. In addition, she recently started teaching puppy classes at a training facility near her home!
Alisha Client Care Coordinator
Alisha was born and raised in the Columbus area, where her mother and grandmother both bred and showed Poodles. She’s been around animals her entire life and has always wanted to give something back. Alisha has been doing just that as a veterinary professional for over 21 years!
After working as a bartender for several years, Alisha signed on at a local veterinary clinic and cared for pets there for the next five years. In the fall of 2004, she became a member of the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital family, where she serves the area’s pets and animal parents as a front-desk receptionist.
Alisha lives at home with her son and 4 cats: Charlie, Oliver, Simon, and Ellie. When she isn’t tending to pets here at the hospital or spending time with family at home, Alisha enjoys reading, quilting, knitting and crocheting, and practicing her photography skills. She’s even had the Columbus Zoo use her photographs, and her pictures have also been published in an animal encyclopedia!
Penny Client Care Coordinator
Penny always had a soft spot for animals while she was growing up here in Columbus. When the time came for a career change, she had a thought: Why not learn even more about the earth’s creatures while making a lasting difference in the lives of local families? North Kenny Veterinary Hospital was the perfect fit!
Penny previously worked in the software sales industry before joining the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital family in late 2007 as a receptionist. She hasn’t looked back since! One of the things that Penny likes most about her job is getting a behind-the-scenes view of the doctors’ amazing treatment procedures. Her favorite part of the work, though, is interacting directly with clients and their beloved pets every single day.
Penny and her husband, Rob, have two wonderful children named Tyler and Alyssa. The family shares their home with a Yorkie, Kiersten, as well as a calico cat named Chelsea. Together, they love to go boating and jet-skiing, visit amusement parks, fish, and have fun family picnics.
Crystal Client Care Coordinator / Veterinary Assistant
Crystal originated from Orlando, Florida and moved to Ohio around her Junior year of high school. She finished her undergraduate degree in Biology from The Ohio State University in 2018 and her goal is to attend veterinary school. In the past she has volunteered at a wildlife center and assisted with a cat rescue. While volunteering at the cat rescue, Crystal fell in love with two feline gray balls of chaos, now affectionately known as Smokey Quartz and Lou. Along with veterinary medicine, she also has a passion for learning other languages. She’s continuing to work on ASL (American Sign Language) and is now also working on learning Japanese. In her free time she loves to crochet a variety of items and play video games with her husband.
Kerri Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
Kerri grew up in a small country town surrounded by animals. Her mother had a deep love of Siberian Huskies, which initially piqued her interest in Veterinary Medicine. Kerri was also guilty of bringing home a rogue animal or two.. stray kittens and turtles quickly found a home with her.
After graduating high school, Kerri attended a joint program at The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. There, she received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Kerri was a little restless and wanted to travel, so post graduation, she immediately moved to North Carolina. She spent a few years moving between these states before ultimately choosing to settle down in Columbus.
Kerri’s first job in the field was at a fast-paced Urgent Care facility. Though stressful at times, it made her very well-rounded and able to handle emergency situations. After this, Kerri worked at a handful of small veterinary practices in both Ohio and North Carolina. None of the practices felt quite like the right fit until North Kenny Veterinary Hospital. She worked here on and off a few times before realizing it was where she was happiest. North Kenny was her home.
Kerri has a strong love of fear free Veterinary medicine. Her favorite patients are the spicy kitties that are often just misunderstood and terrified. Treats and positive reinforcement go a long way in making vet visits a little less scary. Kerri also values client education, working to ensure that no client leaves confused or with questions.
When not working, Kerri spends her free playing fetch and cuddling with her kitten Binx. She also has a big troupe of animals, including fish, turtles and hermit crabs. Kerri also enjoys watching shows on Netflix, and going out to line dance with friends.
Becky Registered Veterinary Technician
Originally, Becky is from the small city of Green, located in northeast Ohio. She always knew that she wanted to work with animals, having grown up with lots of different pets. She moved to Columbus after high school to attend OSU for zoology. After realizing OSU wasn't for her, a friend suggested enrolling in Columbus State for veterinary technology. She graduated from CSCC and passed the VTNE in 2017. She has been working as RVT ever since.
Jenn Registered Veterinary Technician
Jenn is a Registered Veterinary Technician who recently joined our team in 2021. She graduated from Columbus State Community College through their technician program in 2018. In her spare time, Jen enjoys spending time in nature with her dog, Helo.
Marisa Veterinary Technician
In May 2020, Marisa graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and Columbus State Community College with an AAS in Veterinary Technology. She just recently passed her VTNE and is in the process of receiving her license and soon to be an RVT.
North Kenny is the first stepping stone of Marisa’s tech career. She started with us in January of 2020 and did so well she was offered a position immediately following her internship and graduation and has been with North Kenny ever since.
Marisa is passionate about a lot of things in veterinary medicine, but is most passionate about surgical nursing and loves embarking on different nursing challenges during an array of procedures that the doctors of North Kenny perform weekly.
Marisa is from Newark, Ohio where she grew up on a farm and spent most of her time with dairy cattle and barn cats. She also had 2 dogs and 3 cats growing up which furthered her love for animals. She currently has one dog Rosemary that she adopted the summer of 2020.
Veterinary Assistants and Students
Mary Kate Lead Veterinary Assistant/Social Media Director/Veterinary Technician Student
Mary Kate is a veterinary assistant currently enrolled in vet tech school to earn her AAS in Veterinary Technology in hopes to take her VTNE and become an RVT in the near future. She has a BS from The Ohio State University in Agricultural Communication.
Originally from Cincinnati, she grew up near Cleveland and moved to Columbus to go to OSU. Mary Kate grew up in 4-H with a variety of animals, but her love of animals began long before her 4-H days. Her mother, also an animal lover, let Mary Kate and her siblings acquire many species over the years - from mice, rabbits and snakes to dogs, goats and horses. She loves all animals, large and small.
Mary Kate currently has three pets with her boyfriend; a mischievous and intelligent australian shepherd named Nico, a cuddly beagle named Pippa and a talkative guinea pig named Percy.
In her spare time she enjoys training her dogs and competing in dog sports like rally, obedience and agility. Her affinity for dog training began at age 15 through 4-H and has only grown since then. Although she doesn't currently own a horse, she loves to spend time with her mom and sister at the barn with her mother's horse.
Mary Kate has worked at North Kenny for almost two years now. She started part-time as an assistant while finishing her BS OSU, then realized she wanted to stay in veterinary medicine and is now pursuing a career as a vet tech. Mary Kate's veterinary passions are physical therapy and behavior."
Hannah T Veterinary Assistant
Hannah is from Pittsburg PA and in Columbus finishing up her undergraduate year at The Ohio State University. She is majoring in animal bio-sciences on a pre-veterinary track. Hannah wanted to attend OSU because of their amazing animal science program and she has the ultimate goal of attending veterinary school. She has previous experience in wildlife rehabilitation and many hours shadowing different types of veterinary facilities which solidified my love and passion for animals. She joined the North Kenny Vet team to expand her knowledge and experience in the veterinary field and she feels as if it was one of the best decisions she has made! Hannah as a 2 year old rescue pup who was found alongside a highway near downtown in Pittsburg. In her free time she enjoys volunteering at animal shelters and soup kitchen, running, and conducting undergraduate research in the Entomology departmental lab.
Hannah W Veterinary Assistant
Hannah joined the NKVH team in May of 2022, but has been working in the veterinary field since 2019. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. From a very young age she has always had an immediate connection with animals. Hannah originally wanted to become a veterinarian, though as time continued on, she realized that wasn’t part of her path, but still wanted to work with animals. Before realizing her passion was not just research, Hannah attended Kent State University. She then took a turn on her path and began pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. She attained this degree in 2019 and is currently working toward the exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her spare time Hannah enjoys the outdoors and baking. She spends much of her time with her fiance, Dakot, and their two sons, Ryder and Rowan. As well as her three-legged cat, Buckey and her German Shepherd, Cash.
Carly Veterinary Technician Student
Carly has had a strong love for animals ever since she can remember. She has always known that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She is currently a veterinary assistant while working towards her veterinary technology degree in hopes of becoming an RVT in the near future! She is always excited to learn and practice new skills from her peers on a daily basis here at North Kenny! At home, Carly lives with a few pets of her own. She has a rambunctious and super cuddly corgi named Marlee, as well as 2 chinchillas named Pablo and Penelope. In her spare time Carly enjoys photography, going to concerts, traveling to new and exciting places, cuddling with all of her animals, watching movies, and going to hockey games!
Addie Veterinary Technician Student
Addie moved frequently as a child due to her father’s work. She has lived in many places like Kentucky and Rhode Island, even Istanbul, Turkey. Her love for animals began at a young age and she was always drawn to the veterinary field. She grew up with a variety of animals, from dogs to turtles and even some geckos. Addie is currently pursuing her Associates in Veterinary Technology with hopes to become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the near future.
Kate Clinic Cat
Kate became a member of the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital family after she and her sister, Allie, were found raising six kittens together (much like the 1980s television show that inspired their names). It didn’t take long for Kate to have the staff well-trained—she’s been enjoying her position as official hospital greeter, ambassador, nurse, and overlord ever since!
Kate’s kittens have all grown up and started lives of their own with loving families. Kate, meanwhile, remains here at the hospital, where she likes cuddling the clinic’s visiting patients and forcing her staff members to pet her during meetings. She’s also fond of sitting on medical charts when someone is trying to write in them, stealing people food, putting her smell on the various pet carriers that clients bring to the hospital every day, opening bags of cat food to let her minions know that she doesn’t appreciate her “diet,” and relaxing on the surgery table’s warming pad when it’s unoccupied.
Freddy Clinic Cat
Hi, My name is Freddy and I started working at NKVH in June of 2017. I’m very friendly and I love shoes and laying on peoples feet. I started working here because I decided to go out and wonder the streets one night and probably got hit by a car. I don’t really remember that night but I woke up and couldn’t really walk. My parents brought me here and found out I was very broken, I needed cage rest for 8 weeks and with my old home they really couldn’t do that so I came to live here. Over the course of the 8 weeks I worked my magic and made everyone fall in love with me. I even got Kate to like me and that’s impressive. So now I live here supurrrvising surgeries and appointments. If you see me walking around say hi and I might lay on your feet.