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. Elizabeth Stafford Veterinarian
Dr. Elizabeth Stafford is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University. She has practiced in central Ohio for 14 years at several clinics with a variety of clientele in various communities. She has loved animals since she was a young girl. As a child she had a horse, turtles, a parakeet, cats and a dog. Her passions in veterinary medicine are surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, cardiology and holistic medicine. She is trained in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL and is pursuing the use of herbs as an adjunct therapy to traditional medicine. Her husband Matt is in sales and they have two children; Ella, who is 11, and Tucker, who is 8. Their four-footed family members are Watch, a six year old German Shorthair Pointer and Chicken and Waffles, 6 month old tabby littermates Dr. Stafford and her husband Matt both grew up in Upper Arlington and have large families with many siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews. Dr. Stafford’s family has a home on a lake in Northern Michigan, which is her favorite place to be. She loves spending time with her family, being outdoorsy whenever possible: hiking, biking, boating and fishing. She loves to read, write, do yoga and garden. She is working on improving her culinary skills. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.
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.
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 and her wife, Kim, live with Alisha’s son as well as a multitude of pets. The family has 2 dogs, Cujo and Reign, 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!
Claudia Boarding Coordinator
Claudia has always felt a strong empathy for animals of all sorts--she's they type to save a spider by taking it outside! When the opportunity arose for Claudia to put her passion to use in a professional setting, she jumped at the chance. Now, she's able to help pets on a daily basis as a member of North Kenny Veterinary Hospital's care team.
Claudia is a native of Upper Arlington and holds a degree in theater and communications from Bowling Green State University. When she mentioned to a client of hers at a previous job that she felt her true calling was in animal care, it set off a chain of events that would change Claudia's life. The client knew an employee here at the hospital, and it wasn't long before Claudia was offered a job. She's been here ever since!
At home, Claudia lives with one pet of her own, a cat who is particularly fond of car rides, as well as a rotating cast of foster dogs.
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.
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!
Whitney Practice Manager
We were so lucky to have Whitney join our team to serve as our Practice Manager in 2020. Whitney brings her expertise after managing several veterinary practices around the Columbus area. Whitney is passionate about excellent client communication and loves working with the team to make sure we are all working to our greatest potential. She thrives on building a culture of teamwork to work efficiently to provide the best medical care and excellent service.
Whitney's passion for animals comes from growing up on a farm in Northwest Ohio. She entered the veterinary industry in 2006 when she joined a local veterinary practice to work as a veterinary assistant. She continued to learn and grow throughout her career which has led to promotions and new opportunities.
When Whitney is not at work, she loves spending time outdoors with her friends and family. She happily shares her home with her furry feline roommate, Reggie. (Reggie says she is a responsible roommate; she pays the rent on time, cleans up after him and provides him excellent meals).
Whitney also is naturally philanthropic. One of her favorite things to do is to volunteer at the Dream Center in Columbus, helping to distribute meals to homeless people in our community.
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.
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.
Annika Veterinary Assistant
I’ve always loved animals since growing up with my family’s dogs and knew I wanted to work with animals when I grew up! I’ve lived in Columbus my whole life with my parents, sister, and our pets- currently a golden retriever named Daisy and a golden doodle named Peaches.
I decided that I wanted to go into veterinary medicine after working in a clinic’s boarding kennel and taking classes at “Zoo School” through the Delaware Area Career Center and Columbus Zoo in high school. I was able to get more experience working in kennels during college before starting as vet assistant here at North Kenny!
My favorite part about work is constantly getting to learn from the doctors and techs, work on technical skills, and watching our patients grow and getting to help them in all stages of life.
I’m currently a senior studying Animal Science at Ohio State and hope to apply to veterinary school in the near future!
Chloe Veterinary Assistant
Chloë is veterinary student at The Ohio State University and will graduate as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2023. Chloë joined our team as a veterinary assistant in 2016 while studying animal science during her undergraduate career at OSU, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Science degree. She has a special interest in soft tissue surgery and emergency & critical care, and enjoys being able to learn first hand from our amazing doctors here at North Kenny. Chloë plans to go into small animal general practice as a veterinarian.
Although she was born in England, Chloë and her family moved to the U.S. when she was a child and she grew up just outside of Columbus in Powell, Ohio. When she has spare time outside of work and school she loves to travel, watch her favorite shows on Bravo TV, and hang out with her dachshund named Ginny, and her two orange tabbies, Marti and Tequi.
Emily Veterinary Assistant
Emily is from Southern California and grew up wanting to become a veterinarian. She went to college in San Diego and obtained her B.S. in Biology while working as a veterinary assistant and volunteering for the humane society. She is currently a student at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine with an interest in internal medicine and potentially research. She has a domestic long haired orange tabby named Josie that she adopted when starting veterinary school. In her free time, Emily likes hiking, running, watching hockey and spending time with friends.
Alissa Veterinary Assistant
Alissa grew up in north eastern Ohio and just recently moved to Columbus to continue her education. Alissa has always loved animals and knew she wanted to do have a career on the animal field. It wasn’t until her 16th birthday when she shadowed at her first veterinary clinic and realized she wanted to become a veterinarian.
Alissa attended The Ohio State University-Agricultural Technical Institute where she earned her Associates degree in Animal health. She then transferred to OSU main campus and will be earning her Bachelors degree in Animal Bioscience this up coming spring. She plans to attend Vet school at OSU. Alissa has worked in shelter medicine in the past and plans to volunteer her time as a veterinarian at shelters to help fight the overpopulation of pets.
Alissa lives at home with her two dogs, Sunny and Peanut. Sunny is a certified Therapy Dog and visits assisted living homes and Alzheimer’s homes to bring joy to others. Alissa spends her free time volunteering at spay neuter clinics and visiting nursing homes with Sunny.
Savannah Veterinary Assistant
Savannah is currently enrolled at Columbus State Community College where she working on getting a degree in associate of sciences. Her plan after is transfer to OSU where she will finish up with a bachelors degree, and then apply for vet school. She has wanted to become a veterinarian at a very young age. Her passion for animals came from being raised around 12 dogs all at one time on her family farm growing up. When Savannah is not working she is caring for pet sitting animals in the evenings and on the weekends. Savannah enjoys photography and hiking when she is not busy with school and pets!
Victoria Veterinary Technician
Victoria earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology from The Bradford Vet Tech Institute of Columbus in 2012. She took and passed her VTNE later that same year, received her license, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician all before 2013.
Victoria started her RVT career summer of 2013 at an open-door animal shelter near downtown Pittsburgh and later worked at a rural shelter. She spent 5 years total working at animal shelters. In this time, she fell in love with shelter medicine, shelter animals, pitbull advocacy, fostering singleton kittens, TNR, and the famous Bob Barker spay/neuter message.
In late 2017 Victoria moved back to Columbus to be closer to family. She moved on from shelter med to general practice medicine. This journey and hunt to expand her skills and knowledge as a veterinary technician lead her to North Kenny. She has been with the team for 3 years now.
Victoria has 2 cats; an old man named Zero and a kitten named after a late and great shelter favorite of hers, Meatball. Zero has been a part of her crew since 2012, she adopted him from her vet tech internship! You can see him In her photo. Meatball is in both Alisha and Dr. Bauer’s photos. She also has a hedgehog named Mister!
Her love for veterinary medicine is strong and has only grown over the years. She loves many aspects of her job - client education, teaching hands-on skills to her coworkers, and surgical nursing which is probably one of her greatest passions. Victoria is an animal lover through-and-through and has been since childhood.
Outside of North Kenny, Victoria enjoys spending lots of time napping with her boys, going to concerts, and hanging out with her niece and nephews.
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.
Kerri 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.
Mary Kate 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."