About Emerald Animal Hospital

Emerald Staff

Emerald Staff

Emerald Animal Hospital has been providing compassionate veterinary care to the Cleveland area since 1976. As a full-service hospital, we offer high quality medicine and surgery. Our in-house laboratory allows for quick analysis of blood and urine samples. All of our X-rays are reviewed by board-certified veterinary radiologists. Our doctors and registered veterinary technicians strive to obtain a complete patient history and a thorough physical examination. We take the time to listen and explain our findings in detail. We will discuss the best care options for each individual pet and are happy to answer any questions that may arise.

Dr. Rhonda Smith

Dr Rhonda Smith

Dr. Rhonda Smith grew up in Brook Park and attended Berea High School and the College of Wooster. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from The Ohio State University in 2001.
She purchased Emerald Animal Hospital in Cleveland from Dr. Foy in 2011. In 2012, she purchased Sandstone Animal Hospital (previously Bagley Road Animal Hospital) in Berea from Dr. Randall. Dr. Smith is a strong believer in continuing education and is past President of The Cleveland Academy of Veterinary Medicine. She has a special interest in low stress handling and is Fear Free certified.
Dr. Smith resides in Berea with her husband, two daughters, two cats (Princess and Quincy), and a yorkie (Darla). In her free time, she enjoys creative pursuits, nature walks, and attending her children’s sporting events.

Dr. Michelle Lindsey

Dr. Michelle LindseyDr. Lindsey grew up in Strongsville and Parma Heights and graduated from the University of Findlay in 1997. As a classmate of Dr. Smith’s, she also graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She joined the staff of Emerald Animal Hospital in January 2013.

Dr. Lindsey’s special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, weight management, skin and ear problems, the alleviation chronic pain, and feline medicine and behavior, particularly urinary problems in cats.

Dr. Lindsey lives in Cleveland with her husband and her cat, Remy. She enjoys horseback riding, is an avid gardener, and is trying to develop her photography skills.

Karen, Hospital Manager

Karen

Karen’s love of animals began at a very young age while watching her grandfather judge dog shows and breed Boxers and Shih Tzus. Her passion turned into a career in 1988 when she entered an Animal Productivity and Care program in Middleburg Heights where she became a certified veterinary assistant. In 1997, Karen interviewed, hired, and trained Dr. Smith (before she was a doctor) for a receptionist position at MetroPet Animal Hospital in Berea. Now Karen manages both Emerald and Sandstone Animal Hospital’s daily operations, such as inventory, staffing, training, and OSHA safety protocols for the staff. She is certified as Fear Free and is training her staff to use fear free handling in everyday practice.

Karen married her high school sweetheart. Together, they have 2 daughters in college, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Edges Skating Club for the past several years, including the position of President for several years. Her free time is spent watching her daughter ice skate on a synchronized skating team, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.

Nici, Veterinary Technician & Assistant

Nici grew up with a variety of animals in her life. Her fondness for working in the field of animal care began to grow when she started assisting the doctors at Emerald Animal Hospital in January of 2015.  She wanted to expand her knowledge and make a career out of her love for helping animals, so she attended school and graduated in May 2018 from Cuyahoga Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology.
Nici has five dogs named Bandit, Scooter, Bella, Mea, and Molly.  In her free time, Nici likes going out on the boat, scuba diving, or enjoying time with her family.

Julie, Veterinary Assistant

Julie has been in the veterinary field since 1992, but her love of animals started long before that.  From a young age, she tried to feed and care for neighborhood strays. She now specializes in low-stress animal handling.  She joined our team in 2015 and has earned our unofficial title of “pet whisperer” due to her strong empathy with our patients.  Her own animal companions include cats Ziggy, Dozer, Sable, and Toph. She also takes on foster cats, enjoys reading, and trying new restaurants.

Whitney, Receptionist

To combat her parent’s “no pets” rules, Whitney displayed her childhood love of animals through a large stuffed animal collection.  In 2009, she entered the animal field as a kennel assistant followed by six years of experience in grooming. She joined our team in 2016 and is passionate about the care and comfort of our clients and patients.  Whitney now has pets of her own, including dogs Drogo and Lady as well as cats Optimus and Dessie. In her free time, Whitney partakes in outdoor activities and relaxes while reading.

Leah, Veterinary Technician & Assistant

Leah turned her childhood love of animals into a passionw hen she began caring for pets at a local pet store.  These experiences motivated her to pursue the Veterinary Technician program at Stautzenberger college in May of 2018.  Leah joined our team in 2017, bringing her own dogs, Cookie and Max, and her cats, Cheechy and Zeek, into our family.  Leah is a dedicated comic book collector and plays video games.

Emily, Receptionist & Assistant

Emily graduated from Ohio State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture after majoring in Animal Sciences with a specialization in Animal Biosciences. She is currently a Post-Bach student at Cleveland State University working towards applying to veterinary medical school in fall of 2019. When not in class or working at the animal hospital, Emily also has two part-time jobs, one at Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and another with a patent and trademark law firm in downtown Cleveland. She also volunteer at Berea Animal Rescue Friends and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. She lives with her family, which includes a Boxer (Rocco), a Goldendoodle (Gunner) and two cats (Mojo and Millie).

 

Chris, Veterinary Technician & Assistant

Chris began working in the veterinary field in 2007 and graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Stautzenberger College in 2009.  Chris joined our hospital’s family in 2016 and has a special interest in emergency medicine and triage. He and his wife love to travel and have a big pet family of their own, including two dogs (Joker and Dakota), a cat (Tony), and a python (Marshmallow).

 

Danyalis, Veterinary Assistant & Receptionist

Danyalis started at our sister facility, Sandstone Animal Hospital, in 2015 as a volunteer.  She is currently in college working towards her DVM degree.  She is intrigued by different breeds of animals and how physical and behavioral traits vary from breed to breed.  Her hobbies include running, reading, and playing Sims.  Danyalis has animals of her own, including two dogs, Kai and Reeses, and her cat, Spaghetti.

 

Briana, Groomer

BrianaBriana grew up with many different animals, from dogs and cats to horses, skunks, and alpacas. She attended many dog shows with her mom and their show dog, Buttons the Briard. When she was ten years old, she snuck into her parents’ bathroom with her miniature schnauzer, a pair of clippers, and a picture of a schnauzer for reference. She tried her hardest to get that dog to look like the one in the picture, and that was when she fell in love with grooming. It turned out better than expected, and mom was very impressed. She kept practicing and got her very first job at a grooming salon when she turned 18. She has been a professional groomer for 11 years.

Briana also has experience working with rescue dogs, who needed a little more time and patience than others. She hopes that her pet clients have a relaxing experience while they are with her. She likes to show the timid dogs that grooming can be a fun time for them. Briana also enjoys her own pet family, which include 3 dogs, a rescued horse, and a few reptiles.

 

Pet owners from Parma, Parma Hts, North Royalton, Middleburg Hts, Brook Park, and Berea trust us with their pets.  Our vets are very thorough, compassionate, and caring.
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