Exciting Changes Coming!
We have a few exciting changes coming in July. We have been fortunate enough to have Dr. Karen Dorsey and Dr. Johnna Smith (Dr. Jo) offer us relief work over the last few years while we searched for a full-time veterinarian that we felt our clients and patients would embrace. Dr. Layne Staab met that criteria and will be joining the Northridge Animal Clinic Family!
Dr. Dorsey has been amazing over the last several years. We know many of our clients and patients will miss her being around. She has chosen to start spending more time with her family and is pursuing options closer to home. However, this isn’t the last we will see of her. She will still be offering relief services as well as staying on to cover a couple of Saturdays a month. So, if you are a die-hard Dorsey fan, be sure to request her specifically and well in advance, as Saturdays tend to fill up fast.
Dr. Jo has been working hard over the last couple of years to build up her holistic veterinary practice in Tipp City. We are happy her dream of owning a holistic medical practice is coming true and we will continue to refer patients to her for alternative approaches to traditional medicine.
You may have noticed other new faces over the last few months. As the practice has grown, we have added new team members to our Receptionists, Veterinary Assistants and Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT). By adding to our team, we are able to offer more services including Therapeutic Laser Therapy Treatments and additional Technician Appointments.
Dr. Karen Dorsey is a native of Cincinnati Ohio and has been practicing for over 20 years. She is a 1991 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Laboratory Animal Medicine from North Carolina A&T State University, so her interests include not only cats and dogs but exotic animals as well. Dr. Dorsey has a variety of experience, including wildlife rehabilitation, rescue work, emergency medicine and large animal practice, and brings empathic enthusiasm to the practice. Dr. Dorsey is married with two adult children and one brilliant granddaughter. She currently has three cats and one dog, but those numbers are always changing!
Dear Northridge Clients and Friends,
Hi Everybody! I have to tell you that I will be greatly decreasing my presence at Northridge Animal Clinic in mid-July. My association with Northridge is and has been a great joy. Dr. Helsinger and Dr. Hapner have incorporated me into the Northridge family, the employees are my friends, children, and grandchildren. I will miss my clients and patients who have also been like family.
Life changes include slowing down to enjoy all stages. My plan to decrease travel and spend more time golfing with my husband comes at a time when the clinic is growing. I am happy that plans work and sad that those plans mean less time with my clients and patients here. Thank you, Lesley, you are the best. Thank you, Northridge for everything! I have learned so much from all of you.
Dr. Karen Dorsey
Dr. Johnna Smith graduated from The Ohio State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree and in 2009 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 2012, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and in 2016 earned her certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine. She began working at Northridge Animal Clinic in 2015 doing relief work. Over time, she began working more; and in April 2017 became part of our staff, working a part-time schedule. She lives in Vandalia with her husband and two dogs.
It is truly bittersweet for me to leave Northridge Animal Clinic. The staff and the clients all welcomed me with open arms when I started first doing relief work several years ago and then again when I had a steady part-time schedule. I have grown to think of many of the clients like friends and even family. The staff has become like family as well. Northridge Animal Clinic became as much a part of my life as building my own holistic practice. I will never forget my experiences here and look forward to my relief days so I can see my family and friends again. Thank you, Drs. Helsinger and Hapner for all of your love and support. Thank you, Lesley and the staff, for all your hard work. Thank you to the clients that make Northridge Animal Clinic what it is and who supported me from the very beginning!