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Our Staff


Dr. Joel Melin

Dr. Melin, after getting a BA in Biology at Ohio Northern in 1974, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. He went on to practice in southeastern North Carolina before moving back to central Ohio where he opened the Animal Care Hospital of Reynoldsburg, Inc. in 1985. In his spare time, Dr. Melin enjoys reading, photography and spending time with his family. He has inherited two Shih Tzus, Oliver and Sidney, who enjoy lazing on the couch and barking at sidewalk passersby.

Dr. Mary Kay Schwab

Dr. Schwab graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from The Ohio State University and continued on in The College of Veterinary Medicine, from which she graduated in 1983. She has been practicing in the central Ohio area since. She joined Animal Care Hospital in 1989. She has made her residence an environmentally friendly habitat for wildlife and enjoys observing the critters that make use of it as the seasons change. Dr. Schwab has been highly involved in rescue work for over 15 years now. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her cats, working outside, enjoys the thrill of an auction and collecting marbles.


Veterinary Technicians

Lyne has been with the hospital for 30 years. Though part-time, she continues to be a great staff member and is very helpful with everyone. Lyne has a farm with a hodgepodge of different species. She manages to stay very busy and really enjoys getaways to the North Carolina coast and Topsail Island.

Jessi has been with us for 16 years now. Starting while still in high school, Jessi is now a top-notch tech and very good at helping clients understand their pet’s situation. She has become our staff manager, setting up work schedules and trying to get things running smoothly. Jessi has several cats and dogs and two wonderful young daughters. She has become a cheer coach and helps with other kid activities, so any free hours are few and far between.

Carla started in 2003 so now been on board for 15 years. She helps as a tech and assists with a lot of the paperwork of the hospital. Carla has dogs, is partial to Jack Russells, and has adopted a couple of special-needs pets. She is a Buckeye fan, NASCAR® fan and enjoys camping.

Karma has been with the clinic for 10 years. Besides her tech responsibilities, she plays a big role with the adoptions and keeping track of who’s who. She has both cats and dogs. She enjoys ’60s music, with a special fondness for Sir Paul and the Beatles. Also, Karma has started doing yoga and become an avid runner and biker, doing 5 K’s and longer to keep fit.

Sarah has been here four years now, starting with us in late 2014. She does a bit of double duty, helping at the front desk and assisting with exams and in surgery as a tech. She is a graduate from Bradford Tech School.  Basketball and softball are her favorite sports and enjoys playing either when opportunity arises. Sarah is quick with a smile and has penchant for practical jokes. A recent new mom, her little boy brings new experiences everyday.

Haley is a recent staff member and fresh high school graduate. After finishing her senior year in high school, she fills in as needed at the front desk, as a tech and with kennels. She  has a great fondness for horses. Her horse keeps her busy and provides great joy in her free time.

Courtney is new and has taken over at the front desk. From the Pickerington area, she brings a variety of experience to managing the phones, greeting people and juggling the busy-ness up front. Courtney has an outdoors fondness, with hiking, fishing and camping as free time activities. Given the opportunity, she also really enjoys getting to live music shows.

Liz is our new tech, assisting in the exam rooms and surgery. She has jumped in and become quite adept with our hospital software system and managing the task of dealing with our furry patients. She always is finding stuff to do and learn new things daily. A local, hailing from Pataskala, Liz is a sportsman playing golf competitively in HS and college, but enjoys many activities. She also enjoys fixing things and is up to any challenge.

Bailee joined our staff in early 2014,and is now casual part time, helping on occasional Saturdays.  Originally from the far northwest, Washington, she has made Ohio her home for the last 13 years. She enjoys cosmetology and several sports, favorite teams being the Heat and the Yankees. Bailee has several canine and feline companions that reside with her.

Devin started with us in 2016 at the front desk. Devin is working on a masters degree, which keeps her very busy. The recent arrival of a little girl has taken her to casual part time. She has great fondness for all things aquatic and wild, though her dog at home is of the domestic kind. Environmentally conscious, she actively works at keeping her carbon footprint small.

Kirsten is a tech who started in 2016. A graduate of Bradford Tech Institute she has recently cut back to be an occasional part time member of the staff. Originally from the Wooster area, she now resides east of Reynoldsburg. There are two dogs and a cat who share home with her. If the opportunity arises Kristen enjoys hiking and camping.

Kelly became a staff member in the summer of 2012. She is a part-time tech/assistant, helping us with all hospital aspects and her ever-present smile. Kelly has three children who keep her on the go with cheer to sports, as a mom taxi to lots of events. She was  head coach for cheer teams at her daughter’s high school, but recently stepped down after her daughter’s graduation.