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.

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 about 26 years. I have two dogs of my own, and am currently fostering a clinic dog as well.

Charity Lockhard

Charity Lockard

I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic and have been with the practice almost 8 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 6 dogs of various breeds/mixes, 4 cats, a lionhead rabbit and four 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 Bryant

Cassie Bryant

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 own a beagle (Susie), and a husky mix (Shiloh). I also share a home with three cats: Daisy, my three-legged princess, Shadow, my old lady who is diabetic, and the newest member Sunkist, my 5 month old troublemaker. 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 31 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 28 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, ten grandchildren, and a couple of grand-dogs. I love spending time with my grandchildren, and going boating at Lake Cumberland on my days off.

Crystal Campbell

Crystal Campbell

Crystal Campbell has been a receptionist at Western Hills for about 17 years. In addition to mothering the animals at the clinic she has several pets at home as well, including two horses, a collie named Maverick, and several cats, most of whom were adopted from the clinic.

Gabby Carozza

Gabby Carozza

Gabby Carozza has worked at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic since August of 2007. She is very active in dog shows competing and titling in the Rally-O, Obedience, and the Conformation rings with her Australian Shepherds. She is an advisor for the Classy Canines & Critters 4-H club in Middletown, Ohio. 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.

Peggy Bender

Peggy Bender

I have been married 29 years to R.G. We have two children and a new granddaughter, and three dogs. I have worked at Western Hills Clinic for 4 years and have really enjoyed my job because of my love for animals and all the wonderful clients I have met. I also have a new construction cleaning company which I have been operating for 21 years, so my job at the clinic is my “fun” job that I’m happy to have.

Chelsie Wise

Chelsie Wise

Chelsie Wise has been working part time for the clinic while she completes the Registered Veterinary Technician Program at Raymond Walters College in Cincinnati. She has a beagle named Ollie, two cats and one rabbit. She lives with her husband Alan and 6 year old son Max.