Caring. Talented. Driven. The team at Westerville has a diversity of skillsets and a united mission: to make sure your pet receives the best care there is.
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Dr. Marie Hereda grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University. While most teenagers start out baby-sitting, Dr. Marie’s first job was pet-sitting for her neighbors. During this time, her love of animals blossomed and confirmed her desire to be a veterinarian. For the past 10 years she has been working with clients to educate them about their furry loved ones to ensure they receive the best care possible.
Dr. Marie lives in Columbus with her boyfriend, Matt. They share their home with Eddie (an orange tabby), Booker (a Golden Retriever), and Maggie (a Boston Terrier-Schnauzer mix)! Marie enjoys cheering on the Buckeyes (she is a TBDBITL Alumnus), traveling, cycling, quilting, and trying new restaurants around town. You may even catch her at a local park hiking with Booker and Maggie!
Professionally, Marie has a special interest in dentistry and behavioral medicine. She is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
- BreonaPractice Manager
- JackRegistered Veterinary Technician
- Taylor RPet Nurse & Kennel Caretaker
- ErinPet Nurse
- GerardinaPet Nurse
- Taylor MPet Nurse
- SkylarKennel & Daycare Attendant
- DeniseMaster Groomer
- Fadil KhanPet Nurse
Breona first started volunteering at her local animal shelter when she was 13 and went on to join the nursing staff of a Floridian animal rescue league after graduation. She most recently worked on the medical division of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team, responding to natural disasters and federal dogfighting cases across the country. She has a strong interest in animal behavior and regularly attends various conferences, in addition to being Fear Free Certified.
In her free time, Breona enjoys crafting, solo-traveling, learning new languages and fostering! She recently returned from a 3-week spay-and-neuter campaign in Belize and plans to assist another campaign in the Marshall Islands (if she can find placement for her 9 foster pups!) Her most recent solo-traveling adventures include Belize, China, and Thailand (see elephant.)
When she’s not rescuing puppies from trees or traveling the globe, Breona likes to rock climb, zip line, paddleboard, hang glide, and kayak, and will try anything at least once. On a normal(?) day, you’ll catch her relaxing on the couch with her cat, Milo, watching Game of Thrones, or if it was a rough day, Grey’s Anatomy.
Taylor R has been with us for over five years and has consistently remained passionate about her work in the kennel and daycare. Over the past year, she has also developed into an excellent and very reliable veterinary assistant.
Erin is one of our most experienced pet nurses, yet her drive and compassion for helping pets is as strong as ever! We feel very much at ease when Erin is there to help us with an anxious pet. She has a way of soothing them.
A girl of many passions, the closest to her heart being animals and performance. Newly added in March of 2019, Gerardina comes to us as a veterinary technician student working as a veterinarians asssiant. After spending most of her teenage years volunteering at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium as a zooaid and getting experience in local clinics, her drive to do even greater landed her an amazing offer and gave her the chance to live out her only other true passion. In 2016, Gerardina took an opportunity to be a character performer for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While her time spent there will always be a cherished memory, she knew there was something about being part of team of dedicated people who make the lives of animals better that she couldn’t stay away from. Moving back to Ohio in late 2017, Gerardina dove back into the animal world as a receptionist for Healthy Pets of Rome Hilliard. Never forgetting her love for acting by accepting a seasonal position as a scare actor at 13th Floor Columbus that continues to this day. After completing a few years of schooling, her confidence grew and she was ready for the next challenge. Finding Westerville Veterinary Clinic has already in this short time proven to be the best opportunity for growth she could have asked for. The future only looks brighter from here with this wonderful staff.
Taylor is currently earning her RVT while working part time with us. Even as a part time employee, she plays a vital role in helping out with hospitalized patients and emergency cases after hours on the weekends.
Skylar is an animal lover who takes the tasks of caring and providing for them to a personal level. A very reliable hard worker, he is constantly looking for ways to improve a pet’s visit experience and is often at the clinic after hours helping Dr. Damian install or repair something.
Denise has been grooming pets for over 40 years! She is a true blessing for us and the community.
Fadil comes to us from sunny Miami, Florida, with eight years experience as a veteinary nurse working in high-volume surgical facilities. Fadil is currently planning to persue his license in Veterinary Technology, but brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team. In his free time, Fadil enjoys playing video games and building his own custom computers.