Dr. Burk takes a break in Regent's Park while attending the British Veterinary Congress, September 2011.

Dr. Steph Burk DVM

I graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and after a year doing mixed practice work in Maineville, Ohio I moved back to Middletown and went to work for Dr. Oswalt at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic. It was definitely a homecoming for me in more ways than one, because Dr. Oswalt and before him Dr. Peck — the first owner of Western Hills — were our family pets’ veterinarians, so I had wonderful role models. In addition, my grandfather Sidney Cape worked as kennelman for Dr. Peck back in the early days of the practice, somewhere in the 1950’s.

I am married to a very patient musician, Keith Lewis, whose most stellar quality — apart from putting up with me — is the fact that he accepted me with all my livestock in tow! We have a number of dogs, cats, and horses and enjoy every one of “our kids”.

My favorite veterinary work includes helping geriatric patients live longer, healthier lives. I also enjoy surgery, particularly when it deals with the challenge of taking a nasty injury and making it “pretty” again — with our new technologies, before and after photos are much easier to obtain!

Outside the clinic, I enjoy goofing off with the horses (two registered Connemaras and their “pasture pony” buddy), gardening, reading, writing, and travel. I write an occasional blog, “Dog Physics and Other Observations”, and every once in a while get to blow off steam with a column in local newspapers.

Dr. Caroline Hilty

Dr. Caroline Hilty

Dr. Caroline Hilty DVM

I was born in Marietta, GA and lived in the south (GA, FL) until I was 8. My family moved to Chagrin Falls, OH and we have lived there since. I went to undergrad at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA (a very small liberal arts school) and graduated with a BScience (major in biology, minor in studio art) in 2009. From there I went straight to vet school at OSU and graduated in 2013. I am currently engaged to Joshua Bidwell, whom I met while in vet school. We currently live in South Lebanon with our mixed breed pound pup, Harmony, and our plumply oversized long hair cat, Meeko. I love to draw, paint, and scrapbook. I am passionate about photography as well. I love love love to cook and bake. I have traveled to many different countries, but the UK and Belgium were my favorites. I am passionate about shelter medicine/rescue work, internal medicine, and geriatric screening/health. I’m also interested in branching out into pocket pets (rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats).

Dr.  Christina Armour

Dr. Christina Armour

Dr. Christina Armour DVM

I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as the youngest of 12 (including numerous step-siblings). I attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston LA for both undergraduate (BS in Animal Science and minor in Chemistry) and graduate school (Masters in Biology). Through my senior year in high school and undergraduate time at LA tech, I worked over weekends and holidays as a veterinary assistant in both a general day clinic and an emergency veterinary hospital (giving me approximately 5 years of experience in veterinary assistance). I graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014. Following graduation, I got married and have moved to Dayton, Ohio. My husband (a medical resident) and I look forward to beginning our new lives as doctors in the great state of Ohio. We have moved with our little family consisting of Finn (a mix dog), Cricket (a cat), Toby (a ball python), and DoDo (a red tail boa). Although I have not had much spare time lately, love reading, drawing, and playing the viola. I additionally love helping my husband brew craft beer. As a southern girl, food whether cooking or eating is a particular passion of mine.

I am committed to practice high quality medicine while maintaining a personal touch. I will strive to provide the best possible medical and preventative treatments to all pets regardless of species. As a pet owner I am sympathetic to the struggles owners go through day to day as they seek to do the best for their pets. I have special interest in community outreach, pocket pets (small mammals and reptiles), surgery, and imaging (x-rays and ultrasound).

Karen Ronto

Karen Ronto

I am the office manager at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic. I have been working for the clinic in different capacities for 29 years. I have two dogs of my own, and am currently fostering two clinic dogs as well.

Charity Lockhard

Charity Lockard

I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic and have been with the practice for 10 years. My education was obtained at UC Raymond Walters College in their Veterinary Technology program and my four year degree at Wilmington College with a concentration in Large Animal Science. I recently got married (in 2010) and my husband Jeff and I reside near Gratis, Ohio. We currently have 5 dogs of various breeds/mixes, 3 cats, one rabbit and six horses (Paints and Quarter Horses) on our farm. We enjoy taking care of our “babies” and they are the pride of our lives. Needless to say they are all spoiled rotten. When I am not with my pets, I enjoy reading, going to race car tracks, and spending time with my family.

Cassie Mills

Cassie Mills

Cassie Mills

I grew up in Madison Township and started working for Dr. Burk when I was in high school and Western Hills Veterinary Clinic was in the old building on Route 122. That’s when I decided to become a Veterinary Technician. I graduated from Raymond Walters College in 2003 where I received an associate degree in Applied Veterinary Science. I have been a practicing Veterinary Technician for almost nine years. I’ve spent most of that time working at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic. I also spent one year working at the Care Center in Blue Ash in their emergency room. I married Joe Mills in 2013. I share my home with two cats – Sunny Boy and Lover Boy – and two dogs, Shiloh and Susie. All my cats were adopted from Western Hills over the past 8 years. Being a Veterinary Technician has given me the chance to help animals and their owners in so many ways. I look forward to working as a Veterinary Technician for many years to come.

Nancy Boice

Nancy Boice

I have been in the vet business for 34 years; actually I took Dr. Burk’s receptionist job (when she worked for Dr. Oswalt) when she started vet school. Now she’s my wonderful boss. I have been working at Western Hills for 31 years. The most interesting pet I took care of was a monkey — what a mess! I’m married, have a dog and a cat, and rabbits. I also have four children, fourteen grandchildren, and a couple of grand-dogs. I love spending time with my grandchildren, and going boating at Lake Cumberland on my days off.

Gabby Carozza

Gabby Carozza

Gabby Carozza has worked at WHVC since August of 2007. She is very active in dog shows, competing and titling in the Rally-O, Obedience and Conformation rings with her Australian Shepherds. She is a Sunday School teacher and works in the children’s ministry at Poasttown First Church of God. She is currently attending Miami University pursuing a degree in nursing.

Chelsie Wise

Chelsie Wise

Chelsie Wise is our newest Registered Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Raymond Walters College in June of 2012, and passed her boards that same year. After working for another veterinary clinic, Chelsie has returned to WHVC (she worked for us for 2 years as a receptionist before becoming a RVT), where she enjoys the “home town” feel of a smaller clinic, and the community services we provide. She is currently living in Middletown with her husband, son, beagle, two cats and a rabbit. (Dr. Burk’s note: Chelsie did a wonderful job putting together our new clinic informational pamphlet, and her son Max and beagle Ollie are featured in one of the photos. Don’t miss it!).

Samantha Hauser and Keegan

Samantha Hauser and Keegan

Samantha Hauser

I have 10 years of animal experience between several different vet hospitals and animal shelters. I have two dogs, Toby and Annabelle, and a black cat named Vader. I am also a proud Mom of my adorable son Keegan.

Chelsea Combs

Chelsea Combs

Chelsea Combs

Hi! My name is Chelsea Combs. I am from Middletown; I grew up there, and graduated from Butler Tech with an Equine Science major in 2008. I’ve been an animal lover since I can remember. I’ve always worked around pets – I love it and I can’t see myself doing anything else. I own cats, dogs and a horse – they are my world! I’ve only worked at Western Hills for a short time, but it’s a great job; I get to take care of pets and their owners every day. I also enjoy working with the staff. We all work together to keep Western Hills running as smoothly as we can for you and your pets. I can honestly say I really love my job!