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, where the barn cats and family dogs had several litters over the years. She and her brother 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, dental work, and feline medicine. Dr. Bauer is also passionate about spay-and-neuter advocacy, and still gives her time to nearby spay-and-neuter clinics 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 a young son, Thomas (Dr. Bauer spayed an 80-pound dog here at the hospital the morning that she went into labor!), and also share their home with two lovable cats named Patty Cake and Wally.
Dr. Elizabeth Stafford Veterinarian
Dr. Elizabeth Stafford is a 2006 graduate of Ohio State University. She has practiced in central Ohio for 12 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, frogs, snakes, a parakeet, cats, and a dog. Her passions in veterinary medicine include 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.
Dr. Stafford is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Her husband, Matt, is in sales, and they have two children; Ella and Tucker. Their four-footed family members are Watch, a German Shorthair Pointer and Goose, a grey domestic shorthair. Dr. Stafford and her husband 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. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, do yoga, and garden. Currently, she is working on improving her culinary skills.
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 17 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 a dog, Cujo, and five cats: Katie Ann, 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 Kennel Technician
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.
Morgan Office Manager
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!
Nicole Registered Veterinary Technician
Spending many childhood summers and weekends on her grandmother’s farm, helping tend to all sorts of animals, made a permanent impression on Nicole. She’s known ever since the age of three that she wanted to be a veterinary professional when she grew up! Nicole is truly living her dream by working with pets every day as a registered veterinary technician.
Nicole grew up in Sunbury, Ohio, and attended the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School to earn her degree in veterinary technology. She passed her Veterinary Technician National Exams in 2013 to become a registered veterinary technician, then joined the North Kenny Veterinary Hospital team that January. Nicole has been a proud member of the clinic family ever since!
As a tech, Nicole especially likes taking X-rays and helping with ultrasounds. She’s also very interested in low-stress handling techniques, thanks to the special requirements of her own dog at home.
Outside of work, Nicole enjoys attending hockey games, seeing live music, and spending quality time with her family. She and her husband have two wonderful children, Nathan and Jason, and share their lives with a multitude of pets. The family has Zeus, a Dachshund who is the official troublemaker of the bunch; a rescued puggle mix named Juno; and two lovable cats who go by Mr. Cheeto and Neo.
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.