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Forest Park Veterinary Clinic
Welcome to the website of the Forest Park Veterinary Clinic! We are a full service veterinary practice for dogs and cats located in Columbus, Ohio. The health and well being of your furry family member is our top priority. We hope that the information provided on this website will provide answers to any questions you have regarding our service, policies and procedures.
We strive to treat each of our patients as we would our own pets. We provide a wide range of services including wellness programs with vaccinations, spaying or neutering as well as declaws and other surgical procedures. We have the latest in diagnostic technologies including digital radiographs and ultrasound. We work closely with one of the country's premier veterinary laboratories for more specific diagnostic tests.We have a fully stocked pharmacy here in the clinic for your convenience, including a variety of heartworm and flea preventions.
Our staff is made up of diverse group of educated individuals that provide an extensive background in veterinary medicine and general pet care. We are proud to have a "family" feel to our office and hope that you will feel the same when you visit us.
Dr. James A. Lehnerd, Veterinarian & Owner
Dr. James A. Lehnerd is a 1971 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He took over ownership of the Forest Park Veterinary Clinic in 1974 and over the years has built it into the high quality medical practice that it is today.
Dr. Lehnerd has been very active in his community and state and local professional organizations. He was one of six founding Veterinarians for the Columbus Veterinary Emergency Service which has evolved into MedVet, one of the largest and best emergency and specialty veterinary clinics in the country.
His two children are grown, so he lives with his wife Susi and their two dogs Abbie & Lady Bug. He has 3 Grandchildren that he enjoys spoiling often. In his free time, he enjoys spending time on the golf course (weather permitting).
Dr. Christina Little, Associate Veterinarian & Staff Manager
Dr. Christina Little is a 2005 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation she completed a year-long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey. She then moved back to Columbus and started working here in 2006. Since then she has build a great rapport with our clients and staff and has been recently named Staff Manager in addition to her Veterinary duties.
She and her husband have two daughters, Ashley & Gracen, and share their home with their and their Vizsla, Savannah and a miniature pinscher named Snoop. She loves to travel to visit her family in Vermont, where she grew up, and always hopes to take advantage of the great ski hills. She also enjoys reading, gardening and hiking.
Dr. Heather Giatis, Associate Veterinarian
Heather D. Giatis, DVM, began working with our hospital in January of 2014 and has become an important part of our team. When she is not in our office, she also works as an Emergency Veterinarian at MedVet Columbus.
Prior to joining MedVet, she was an associate veterinarian for two years in Northern Ohio. Dr. Giatis’ special area of interest is in feline emergency medicine. She along with Dr. Little helped to develop our protocols to become a Certified Cat Friendly Practice.
Dr. Giatis received the awards for Excellence in Anesthesiology, Excellence in Dermatology, and American Veterinary Medical Association Senior Service during her senior year in veterinary school at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
She and her husband Yanni (a Veterinary Cardiologist at Medvet), enjoy spending time with their two sweet dogs Toula & Prancer.
Dr. Susan Reed, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Susan Reed is a 1990 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She started working at Forest Park while in veterinary school and was hired by Dr. Lehnerd after graduation. She has worked both full-time and part-time in the practice over the years, she was even doing fill in work with us while living in California! She has an extensive background in emergency medical care.
Dr. Reed works full time at Batelle Reseach Facilities in Columbus, Ohio and fills in for us on her days off.
When not at work she enjoys hiking, swimming, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Tom and their dogs. Her favorite place to visit on vacation is Hawaii.
Dr. Wendy Tsai, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Tsai has been a great help to us over the years filling in when our Veterinarians need some much deserved time off. In the summer of 2013, she joined our family on a more permanent basis working a couple of days during the week.
She loves spending time with her husband (a Veterinary Cardiologist at Medvet) and her three beautiful children. She also has fun playing with her adorable pets.
Michelle Calcasola, Practice Manager
Michelle started with Forest Park Veterinary Clinic as a part-time receptionist in high school and college. After graduating from OSU in 1998, she worked full-time for several advertising agencies and gained extensive education in marketing and business. After time she missed the daily interaction with pets and their owners, so in 2001 she returned to Forest Park Veterinary Clinic as our Practice Manager. She loves combining her passions for business and animals. Michelle is also a Certified Business Coach and she helps other businesses to become successful in various industries.
Michelle lives in Dublin with her husband and their two children along with their cats Katlin & Zoe. Her free time is limited, but she does enjoy reading, wine tasting and traveling.
Laura Spayd, Operations Manager, Registered Veterinary Technician
Laura started with Forest Park Veterinary Clinic in 1992 assisting with cleaning and eventually became a part-time assistant and receptionist while attending Columbus State and The Ohio State University where she receive a Bachelor's Degree and an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has worked for several Veterinary Practices over the years and most recently worked in the Cardiology Department at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She works as our Operations Manager, helping with inventory, processes and taking care of the day to day operations of our hospital. Most importantly, she is in charge of the interior design for our office and piece by piece is updating the look of our facility.
When she is not at our office, she teaches at Columbus State Community College in the Veterinary Technology department. She is married and has a daughter named Evelyn. She has a cute dog named Siggy and a sweet kitten named Mitty.
Kim Heskett, Registered Veterinary Technician
Kim is a 1988 graduate of the Columbus State Veterinary Technology program. She was a registered technician for 5 years before joining Forest Park in 1993. She has been here full time ever since! She is loved by many of our clients & patients and works very hard to give top-notch customer service.
Kim enjoys spending time at home with her husband. Her daughter Tiffany recently graduated high school and has moved off to college which has been a big change for the family. She also has a variety of cats and dogs and sometimes fosterskittens for the clinic if needed. Aside from her family & pets, she enjoys reading (especially non-fiction animal stories), and crafting in her spare time.
Tiffany Gaines Ray, Registered Veterinary Technician
Tiffany graduated from Columbus State in 2002, she has 10 years of experience in the veterinary field before coming to work with us. She also has a small pet sitting business out of her home.
Tiffany presently lives in Sunbury with her husband where they have a 5 acres. Their family consists of 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 4 goats and a bunch of chickens. She sells farm fresh eggs on the side and many of the clinic staff are her customers.
She enjoys outdoor activities like camping, boating, hiking, and being around wildlife. Her and her husband are expecting a new baby soon and we are very excited for them.
AJ Posey, Registered Veterinary Technician & Procedure Coordinator
We were lucky enough to have AJ do his Veterinary Technician internship with our company in the fall of 2013. In December of 2013, he graduated with his Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State. As luck would have it, we had an opening for a full time technician and AJ agreed to become a part of our team. He has become an amazing addition to our team and was quickly promoted to being in charge of developing and maintaining systems for our various procedures.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, his two daughters and his dog "Max" & "Jazzy". AJ also serves our country in the military and we are very proud of everything he has sacrificed for our Freedom. With his limited free time, he enjoys working on his motorcycle and running.
Meg Schultz, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist
Meg joined our practice in the fall of 2014 as a receptionist and Veterinary Assistant. Meg is currently working toward her degree in Veterinary Technology. We are excited for the day that she graduates and becomes one of our many Registered Veterinary Technicians. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. She has been a great asset to our team and has great ideas to help things work better.
She and her husband share their love with many furry pets. During the summer months, Meg enjoys gardening and she very generously shares the bounty of her garden with her coworkers. She also makes homemade salsa, relish, pickles & hummus and has donated them to our silent auction fundraiser for homeless pets.
Brittney Etheridge, Receptionist
Brittney is the newest addition to our team. She began working with us in December 2015 to replace Emily. Brittney was recommended by Meg as they were formerly coworkers at another hospital. Luckily for us, Brittney was looking for a change and we are glad that she chose to make the transition to our team. She has over 2 years experience in the veterinary field and we know that she is going to provide excellent care to our customers & patients.
Brittney enjoys spending time with her fiance and her loving pets.
Amy Hiss, Registered Veterinary Technician
Amy started at Forest Park in June 1998 after graduating with a dual degree from Columbus State (Veterinary Technology) and Otterbein University (Equine Technology/Equine Management). While she opted to pursue a career in the human nursing field in 2005, she continued working part time with us until her graduation in 2008.
Amy's family includes her husband, her young son, and her two special needs cats. After her son was born, she decided to stay home with him full time, but luckily she continued to work with us part-time at Forest Park.
She enjoys reading and likes spending days at the park with her son and hanging out with her two sisters and their families.
Jennifer Martin, Registered Veterinary Technician
Jen has been with our practice since May of 2004. She graduated from Columbus State Community College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She also owns a computer repair business with her husband, Ben and they help our office with our computer repair issues. She also volunteers occasionally with CHA Animal Shelter.
Her and her husband have opened their home to care for foster children and love every minute of it. She also keeps very busy taking care of her furry kids, 3 dogs and 2 cats, not to mention the occasional foster animal.
Rebecca Estok, Registered Veterinary Technician
Rebecca originates from Fords, NJ; she moved to Columbus in 1994 and worked in a couple different places, including the public library and for the public school system. She began working in veterinary medicine in 2006, she graduated from Columbus State with her A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology in 2009 and joined us at Forest Park shortly after. She worked with us for many years, but eventually took a full-time position for the Health Department working in their lab. Luckily for us, she is still willing to work for us on Saturdays to keep her technical skills sharp.
She and her wife have a variety of cats in their home, as well as ferrets and a turtle. Rebecca enjoys listen to music, although currently she spends most of her spare time doing schoolwork.
Sarah Wood, Registered Veterinary Technician
Sarah joined our practice in November of 2012. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and graduated from Columbus State Community College in 2006. She has worked as a Vet Tech with other facilities and also has spent some time at home with her son. She joined our Forest Park family part time and after the birth of her second baby boy, she decided to stay home with her two boys full-time. Luckily, she is still happy to work with us on Saturdays and occasionally during the week to fill in on holidays and other vacation times.
She enjoys spending time with her family, both human and furry! She has a cat named Ava and a dog named Pico. She also has a home-based business of selling essential oils.
Michelle Menuez, Receptionist
Michelle joined our team in November 2016 to help our busy team keep up with outstanding customer service. Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Kent State University. She will be starting classes at Columbus State Community College in the Fall of 2017 to receive her degree in Veterinary Technology. She has an adorable cat named Oscar and she recently adopted an albino rat that was found by one of our team members and she has named him Splinter. We are very fortunate to have her join our Forest Park family!
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This is by far one of the best vet practices in Central Ohio. The staff that answer the phones are always friendly and willing to help in any way they can. The techs are wonderful and very patient with any questions we may have. The vets are absolutely fabulous! We feel like part of the family when we step into the office each time. If you are searching for a vet, I highly recommend FPVC!!
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