Staff

Dr. Rick Daugherty

Rick is a 1980 and 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in animal science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in Wooster, Ohio where his family ran a feed and fertilizer business as well as crop and hog farm. He spent 2 years practicing in Ashtabula County before purchasing the Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic in 1985. Rick is married to wife, Bette, who also acts as the bookkeeper for the clinic. They enjoy spending time with their son, Bill, his wife, Casey, and their three grandchildren, Harper, Cole, and Olivia.

Dr. Jim Honigford

Jim is a 1990 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where he also earned a B.S. in Animal Science. Jim played basketball at Ohio State from 1983 to1986. He joined the veterinary team at the Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic in 1990. He and his wife, Celeste have four children together, Lauren, Paul, Clay, and Joel. Jim enjoys gardening, boating and spending time with his wife and children.

Dr. Shane Donley

Shane graduated from the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and began working at the Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic shortly afterward. He currently resides in Fresno with his wife Carrie and their children. He enjoys spending time with immediate family and church family at Country Side Chapel. Other interests are outdoor activities.

Dr. Brandon Michels

Brandon grew up in Uhrichsville, Ohio. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from The College of Wooster in 2010 and his DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Michels worked as a large animal ambulatory veterinarian in northern Wayne County for three years before continuing his career at the Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic in 2016. His professional interests include dairy herd health, reproduction, transition disease management, and large animal surgery. Outside of medicine, he enjoys woodworking, scuba diving, and outdoor activities. He and his wife, Elizabeth, were married in 2013, have a son named Lincoln and two boxers, Toby and Paisley.

Dr. Lauren Malenke

Lauren is a 2014 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Vermont and attained her undergraduate degree at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Lauren practiced veterinary medicine in Coshocton County prior to transitioning to Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic in 2016. In addition to practicing traditional veterinary medicine, she enjoys using acupuncture to help all species obtain pain relief and increased performance. Lauren has been married to husband, Aaron since 2010. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, mountain biking, working on her small farm, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Luke Morrow

Luke is a 2016 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from OSU in Animal Sciences and Ruminant Nutrition. Luke grew up on a beef cattle farm in McConnelsville, Ohio and showed beef cattle in FFA and 4-H. He moved to Sugarcreek in 2016 with his wife Mary Beth and two sons, James and Adam. Mary Beth is a registered veterinary technician but is currently a stay at home mom. Together, Mary Beth and Luke raise assistance dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. Luke also enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and completing home projects.

Dr. Heidi Woodruff

Dr. Heidi grew up in Minnesota and attended St. Cloud State University, where she earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science in 2002. She obtained a DVM from Ross University in 2006. Dr. Heidi lives outside of Sugarcreek with several cats, dogs and horses. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling.

Dr. Aaron Pospisil

Aaron grew up in Centerburg, OH. He attended The Ohio State University for undergrad where he received his B.S. in Biology in 2013 and also for veterinary school, graduating in 2017. Dr Aaron and his wife, Melissa currently live in New Philadelphia with their cat, Adelaide. Dr. Aaron's interests include small animal medicine and dairy medicine, especially mastitis control and parlor analysis.

Amy Zahner, Practice Manager

Amy grew up on her family's dairy farm in Fresno, Ohio. After graduating from Garaway High School, she began working at the SVC in 1991. Later that year, she married her husband Todd. They have two children, Ashton and Kurt. They also have 4 dogs, and a Maine Coon cat. She enjoys spending time in her many perennial gardens and cooking for friends and family.

Registered Veterinary Technicians and Assistants

Rachel Kirkpatrick

Rachel was raised in Dundee, Ohio and attended Garaway High School. She has been working for SVC since 2005 and is studying to be a Veterinary Technician through Penn Foster. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog Primus, reading, spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.

Tammy Snyder

Tammy has been on staff at SVC since 2008. She has four children, with a current extended family consisting of two horses, two dogs, and three cats. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Kent State Tuscarawas in 2009. She says, "My passion for animals leads me to encourage a more rewarding bond with our animals through education and understanding."

Shelley Recchiuti

Shelley graduated from Indian Valley North and attended Kent State Tusc. She graduated in 2011 and got her Associate degree in applied Science of Veterinary Technology. Shelley has been working for SVC since 2012. She has 3 children, 2 dogs and 3 rabbits. In her spare time she enjoys camping, spending time with her friends and family and crocheting.

Nicole Kellish

Nicole graduated from Ridgewood High School in 2011. After school she attended Kent State University for Veterinary Technician and graduated in 2014. In her spare time she breeds and shows Hereford cattle and enjoys spending time with her dogs Rori and Remi.

Katy Pretorius

Katy grew up in Dover, Ohio. She attended Dover High School and later studied Veterinary Technology at Brown Mackie College. She has been working at SVC since 2015. Katy and her family have a dog named Rosko and a cat named Lola. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors. Katy works as a registered small animal technician at the clinic.

Kara Gray

Kara graduated from Indian Valley in 2012. She attended the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford school and graduated in 2014. She enjoys horse back riding with her family and horse Stormy. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs Harley and Piper.

Megan Lehotay

Megan graduated from Meadowbrook High School in 2013. She attended Kent State University for Veterinary Technician and graduated in May of 2017. She was born, raised, and currently lives in Cambridge Ohio. In her spare time she enjoys horse back riding with her friends, family and her horses Justin and Buck. She also enjoys spending time with her dogs, Throttle and Pebbles and her cats Ava and Firecracker.

Krista Beachy

Krista graduated from Garaway High School in 2013. She attended Kent State University for Veterinary Technician and graduated in May of 2017. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing softball. She also enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Sofie and Samson and two goats, Charlie and Elsa.

Receptionists

Andrea Schlabach

Andrea has been working here at SVC since 2004. Her main job is to take care of the CWD paperwork for deer. In her spare time she loves to attend truck and tractor pulls with her husband, Tim, as well as participating in the diesel truck class. She also enjoys working with flowers for special occasions. Andrea has been in 4-H for 11 years, and a 4-H advisor since 2004.

Ashton Metheny

Ashton graduated in 2011 from Garaway High School and started working at the clinic in November of 2012. She lives in Fresno with her husband Doug, and 3 dogs, Millie, Harper and Dozer. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing, photography, and doing anything outdoors. In December 2017 she started raising her first assistance dog, Dozer, for Canine Companions for Independence.

Lauren Sharma

After graduating from Cornerstone University in 2012, with a BA in Public Relations, Lauren decided to pursue her love of travel. She lived in South Korea and India, and has visited over 10 countries around the world. She was married to Aditya, her fellow adventurer and best friend, in October 2016. Lauren currently mans the front desk at the clinic.

Ashley Stutzman

Ashley graduated from Garaway High School in 2009 and started working at the clinic in 2016. She resides in Dover with her husband Clint, son Wesley and 2 dogs, Rocky and Chev. In her spare time she loves spending time outside and enjoys time with her family and friends.

Martha Ohler

Martha graduated from Garaway High School in 2011 and started working at the clinic in October 2017. She lives in Midvale with her husband Woodrow, son Nikolas and 2 dogs Martin and Jake. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Haley Immel

Haley is a 2015 graduate of Garaway High School. She started working here in June 2018. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, photography, gardening and spending time with her chickens, Ben the cat and her dog Sparky.