Our Staff

Stewart S. Smith, DVM, PhD

Dr. Smith is a 1989 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and has owned Beechmont Pet Hospital since 1990.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Smith grew up in suburban Northern Virginia. He received his B.A. degree from George Washington University in 1972, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Georgetown University in 1979. From 1975 to 1982, he performed diabetes-related research at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He then relocated to Ohio, accepting a faculty position with the Anatomy Department at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, where he worked until entering vet school in 1985. The opportunity to become a veterinarian was the realization of a childhood dream for Dr. Smith, who graduated cum laude at the age of 40.
Dr. Smith’s professional interests include preventative medicine, surgery, endocrinology, and humane education. He has twice served as president of the Clermont County Humane Society, where he currently serves as Honorary Board Member. Dr. Smith was the 2008 recipient of the Ohio Animal Health Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award, presented in recognition of his “exceptional dedication in serving the welfare of animals, his community, and the veterinary profession”.
Dr. Smith has been married to his wife, Linda, since 1972. He has four adult children, three daughters and a son, who currently reside in Ohio and Colorado.His daughter, Laura, is currently attending vet school at Colorado State University. In his free time Dr. Smith enjoys current events and playing golf. He owns six pets, all rescues, including a Jack Russell (Hickory), and five cats who keep the dogs in their place.

Katie Larson, DVM

Dr. Larson is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned a Bachelors Degree and an MS in Animal Science from OSU.
Dr. Larson is a native of Centerville, OH who joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in July of 2003.
Her specials interests are surgery and dermatology.
Dr. Larson owns her own horse and she enjoys riding and showing dressage. She also enjoys hiking and is an avid OSU football fan. She shares her home with her three dogs, Bob, Watson, and Judy, and her two cats Lewis and Clark.

Maria Kohls, DVM

Dr. Kohls is a 2002 honors graduate from the Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, War Eagle!
Dr. Kohls is a Northern Kentucky native who has attained a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Biotechnology and a Master of Science in Veterinary Science from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
She joined the Beechmont Pet Hospital staff in 2004 after practicing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dr. Kohls has a special interest in dermatology, and internal medicine.
She shares her love of camping, fishing, gardening, and cub scouts BSA with her husband and two children. She also is a lifelong aquarist of both freshwater and marine fish keeping.
While visiting our hospital, you may catch a glimpse of her furry companions Korey and DJ as they enjoy coming to work and hanging out behind the scenes.

Meredith Meyer (Ohlin), DVM

Dr.Meyer is a 2002 graduate of The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned a Bachelors Degree in biology from Xavier University in 1998. Dr.Meyer is a native of Poland, OH who joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in July of 2009. Dr.Meyer previously practiced with Animal Care Centers and more recently with Riverside Animal Hospital in Providence, RI.Her special interests are Cardiology and Dermatology.
Dr.Meyer has five cats, Jerry, Diesel, Esther, Lucie and Lloyd. She also has a dog named Thurman. She takes dance and loves to spend time outside on her farm and hiking with her husband and son Cody.

Jennifer Millette, DVM

Dr. Millette is a 2011 graduate of The Ohio University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She also earned a BS in Zoology in 2006 and an MPH in Veterinary Public Health in 2012 from OSU.
Dr. Millette is a native of Anderson Township who joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in November of 2012. She previously worked for another veterinary clinic in the area.
Her special interests are preventative medicine, public health, animal behavior, arthritis, chronic pain and senior wellness. 
Dr Millete grew up in Anderson Township, the oldest of five children. She has one dog named Cinnamon. She enjoys reading, knitting, watching movies and taking her dog for a walk.

Lori Whitacre, DVM

Dr. Whitacre grew up on her family’s farm an hour northeast of Cincinnati. She graduated from Wilmington College with a degree in biology. She received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Whitacre has been a small animal practitioner in the Cincinnati area since graduating from Vet school, with a focus on the health concerns of dogs and cats.
Dr. Whitacre and her son live in Mt. Washington. They have two dogs, two cats, fish and hermit crabs. She enjoys hiking, gardening, yoga and travel.

Joanna Hartig, DVM

Dr. Joanna Hartig
Dr. Hartig is a 2009 graduate of the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Northern Kentucky and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Thomas More College in 2005.
Dr. Hartig has practiced small animal medicine in the Cincinnati area since graduating veterinary school and joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in April of 2018. Her special interests include internal medicine and feline medicine.
She has 3 cats, Mable, Dennis and Lloyd. She enjoys reading, watching movies, travel, and discovering new music.

Sharon Hajek, Practice Manager

Sharon, a native of St. Louis, MO, moved to Cincinnati in 1987 with her husband Bill, their two children and several pets. She joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in 1995 and brought two years of experience in the veterinary field and four years of management experience.
Sharon held the positions of receptionist and veterinary assistant until being promoted to Practice Manager in 2001. As Practice Manager she ensures the daily operations of the hospital run smoothly and efficiently. If you have any questions or concerns please contact her. When Sharon is not at the hospital she likes to spend time with her husband, adult children, and grandsons. The love of animals runs in the family, as her daughter is a practicing veterinarian at a clinic in the Chicago area.

Heather Rout – Asst. Practice Manager

Heather grew up in the Cincinnati area and attended New Richmond High School. Before joining Beechmont Pet Hospital, she was a team leader at a call center.
Heather began working at Beechmont Pet Hospital part-time in 2002 as a kennel attendant. She was later promoted toreceptionist, andthen to purchasing agent. In 2006, she was promoted to assistant practice manager.
Heather and her husband have a very active, lively household with 3 sons, two daughters, a grandson, and one dog.

Our Support Staff


Amy grew up in Anderson Township. She attended The Ohio State University. Upon graduation she utilized her degree in veterinary technology and worked in a small animal clinic in Columbus, Ohio for two years. She found her way back to Cincinnati and joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in 2012. She currently lives in Milford with her husband, 3 children, and two dogs. Her hobbies include camping, traveling with family, training dogs, and photography.


Ashley graduated from the University if Cincinnati with a veterinary technology degree in 2017. Soon after graduation she joined Beechmont Pet Hospital. Her hobbies include doing all different kinds of crafts, drawing and painting. She has two dogs and one cat. She plans to further her education and would like to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. 


Caroline was born in North Carolina but spent most of her childhood in Huron, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. She attended Bowling Green State University. She worked in the Equine field in Lexington for many years before making the switch to small animal medicine when she joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in 2017. She loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, horse racing, and going to the beach. Animal rehabilitation and ocean conservation are her passions. She is a registered veterinary technician and has three dogs.


Chelsea graduated from Morehead State University with a degree in veterinary technology. She currently resides in Batavia with her 2 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat and 6 chickens. Her hobbies include camping, trail riding and spending time with family. She joined our staff in 2015 and looks forward to learning and growing in the veterinary field.


Debbie is a very familiar face, as she joined Beechmont Pet Hospital in 1988. After working several years in the financial industry, she followed her heart and began her career in the veterinary field. She has devoted her whole life to helping people and animals. She has volunteered with animal rescues and fostered many dogs and cats throughout the years. She currently has 2 pit bull mixes.


Dia is a native of Cincinnati. She and her husband have 3 married children, and 7 wonderful grandchildren. She has an active household with 3 dogs and 3 cats. Her hobbies include music, gardening, and glass art. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. Dia joined our staff in 2003. She feels very lucky to spend her day working with people and animals.


Jessie resides on a lake east of Cincinnati. Upon graduating high school, she began her college career with a major in the arts, later pursuing a major in biological studies with a focus in animal science. She plans to continue her education following her interest in the animal world. Growing up on the water instilled a strong love for everything outdoors. She enjoys backpacking, hiking, horseback riding, boating, watersports and fishing. She has entered and won many community Bass fishing tournaments with her father. Jessie is very family oriented. She and her husband have one child, one dog, one cat and hope to add to their family in the future. She joined our staff in 2016.


Kakie joined our staff in 2016 and is currently a full time student at the University of Cincinnati. She is studying Animal Science and working towards her veterinary technology degree. When she is not studying or working, she enjoys the outdoors. She currently has two dogs, a German shepherd and a pug.


Margie graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 where she obtained her degree in applied science. She joined Beechmont Pet Hospital shortly after graduation in 2012 as a registered veterinary technician. She enjoys spending time outdoors and hiking with her dogs. She has raised and released orphaned wildlife. Her mission in life is to be the voice and reason why so many animals survive. One of her dreams is to go on mission trips to provide care for animals in less fortunate countries.


Rebecca graduated from the University of Cincinnati. She lives in Anderson Township with her daughter, dog and two cats. Her dog, Sasha Fierce, loves to come to work with her, and you may see her around the clinic. Rebecca has a passion for fostering baby kittens and squirrels. She is a registered veterinary technician who joined our staff in 2013.

Sara C.

Sara was raised in Upstate New York. She joined the Army right out of high school and served in the Military Police. She was stationed in Germany and Washington State. After leaving the army she worked at various jobs before deciding to pursue a career with animals to become a registered veterinary technician. She attended State University of New York at Delhi. Upon graduation she moved to Cincinnati and joined our staff in 2002. She and her husband are proud parents of 4 dogs.

Sara F.

Sara was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati. She attended Northern Kentucky University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in December of 2016. After joining Beechmont Pet Hospital in 2016, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Currently she is enrolled in the Penn Foster veterinary technology program. Sara has a busy schedule with school, multiple jobs, and 3 dogs of her own. When she can find free time, she plays soccer and sand volleyball.


Susan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Veterinary program. She has been a registered veterinary technician for over 15 years. Her work experience includes several specialty medical practices before joining Beechmont Pet Hospital in 2014. She has lived most of her life in Cincinnati. She and her family share their home with a varying number of cats, currently four, and two dogs.