The team at Akron-Medina Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort are not only experienced professionals but passionate about what they do. Our veterinary staff, professional groomers, and Pet Resort staff have the highest level of integrity for you and your pet. We want every pet and their owner to feel welcome and comfortable. Read on to learn more about us, but you can always stop in to meet us in person, too. We'd love to see you!
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Skrainka completed her undergraduate training at Miami University (Oxford, OH) with a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, completing her clinical year at The University of Illinois.
She spent two years working at a large, multi-doctor practice in St. Louis before joining Akron-Medina Veterinary Hospital as an associate veterinarian in July 2018.
“My approach to veterinary medicine is largely impacted by my father and by an early veterinary mentor,” she says. Her father is a practicing pediatric emergency room physician and tremendously impacted her career path. “At a young age, my Dad instilled a life-long love of medicine and a genuine desire to treat those unable to advocate for themselves,” she says. Dr. Skrainka credits an early veterinary mentor for demonstrating the positive impact of a strong doctor-patient-client bond and for crafting her communication skills. With a focus in primary care and preventative medicine, Dr. Skrainka explains, “My veterinary mission is to exceed the expectation of patient care and client communication. I value the opportunity to ease owner’s worries, to provide reassurance when appropriate, and to clearly communicate the answers to their most difficult questions.”
While at home, Dr. Skrainka enjoys spending time with her beloved dog, Evee. The “Coconut Retriever” was rescued off the island streets of St. Kitts. She also enjoys recreational figure skating, watching hockey games, yoga, and learning to cook.
Katie, Veterinary Technician
When Katie was little, she would save stray cats and dogs in the neighborhood and her family always knew she would work with animals. Katie recently graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with a degree in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology. She became registered in August 2017. In 2018, Katie joined our team!
Katie has two dogs of her own including a German Shepherd named Dixie and a Jack Russel mix named Bailey who she enjoys hiking with.
Karen, Veterinary Technician
Karen knew she had a passion for animals when she was young due to her exposure to farm animals. She pursued a career in animal care at a vocational school and then went on to continue her education and training to become a veterinary technician. She joined our team in 2001.
At home, Karen has two dogs, Joey and Zara, and one cat, Ollie, who is 18 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Zara, yard work, and spending time with family and friends.
Sasha, Client Service Representative
Sasha had multiple dogs, hamsters, hermit crabs, and ferrets while growing up! Nowadays, she has two dogs, Ronnel and Lexi; three snakes, mortician, Gomez, and Elvira, some fish and a tarantula! Sasha has always wanted to work with animals and in 2018, she changed her cosmetology career to come work with us!
Nicole, Kennel Attendant
Nicole grew up on her family’s farm and always had a great passion for animals. She has participated in 4H for seven years and has enjoyed showing goats, rabbits, and pigs at the county fair. During her freshman year of high school, she had her heart set on pursuing a career in the veterinary field. Nicole joined us in 2018.
Melissa, Kennel Attendant
Melissa has always wanted to work with dogs since she was a child. She graduated from Medina County Career Center in 2010 for Animal Care and Management and began working in pet resorts. Melissa joined us in 2016 and states she has "never felt more at home than she does with her family at Akron-Medina Veterinary Hospital and Pet Resort. It's a great feeling to enjoy coming to work to do what you love and I am blessed to have this job in my life."