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!

Dr. Hicks

Dr. Hicks

Dr. Hicks began working at Akron Medina Veterinary Hospital while he was a student at Copley High School.  Then, he continued working at the hospital while also attending The Ohio State University.  While there, Dr. Hicks received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science then went on to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.  He immediately joined Akron Medina Veterinary Hospital as an associate, and soon after became the practice owner.

He credits his mentor, Dr. Alessio, who founded Akron Medina Veterinary Hospital in 1965, with teaching him the importance of meticulous attention to detail and excellent communication skills.  Dr. Hicks focuses on all aspects of small animal medicine, including wellness and preventive care, internal medicine, dentistry, and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.  “My goal is to provide each and every patient with everything they need, but only what they need to keep them happy and healthy, while providing pet owners with exceptional service as I strive to solve all of their pet care concerns.”

When not at the hospital, Dr. Hicks enjoys spending time at home with his wife of more than 20 years and their pet dog and two cats.  When time permits, he is also an avid fisherman, a hobby he shares with his son and close friends.


Sandy, Practice Manager

Sandy began this amazing opportunity with Akron Medina Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort in January 2018. Prior to joining us, she worked in the human healthcare industry for 35+ years. Sandy has always wanted to work with animals in some capacity and found a career where her previous skills transitioned into this role.

At home, she has two rescue dogs, Skylar and Sparrow. Sandy states "this is where I want to be, you get to help both humans and animals - it doesn't get any better!"


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.


Sally, Veterinary Technician

Sally always had a passion for animals when she was growing up. In 2014, Sally decided to pursue a degree as a veterinary technician at Stautzenberger College. She came to Akron-Medina Veterinary Hospital in November 2015 and states "best decision I ever made. Now I get to pursue my career and dreams in a place I love."


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.


Sue, Groomer

Sue moved to Ohio in 1998 from a small town in Oklahoma. She gave her first “haircut” to her mother’s poodle at age 10, and her career took off from there! Previously, she has enjoyed dog handling in 4H and has been working in the “dog world” ever since. Sue joined the Akron-Medina Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort team in 2003. She states that it has been the most wonderful job and a pleasure to work with all of her special dogs and clients—with room in her heart for many more!


Sasha, Client Service Representative

Sasha had multiple dogs, hamsters, hermit crabs, and ferrets while growing up! Nowadays, she has two dogs, Rommel and Lexi; two snakes, Morticia 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!

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!


Melanie, Client Service Representative

Melanie was constantly hiding stray cats and dogs in her room while growing up because of her love and animals and desire to help. At her job, she loves being able to meet and greet fur babies and their parents on a daily basis! Melanie joined our team in 2018.


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."


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