Meet the Chagrin Animal Clinic team!
Our friendly and compassionate staff will be here to help when you need us most.
Lauren Binder, DVM
As a Chagrin Falls native, Dr. Binder takes great pride in caring for her hometown pets and their families. Her special interests in veterinary medicine are surgery, geriatric canine health, dermatology, and feline medicine.
After graduating from Walsh Jesuit High School, Dr. Binder’s educational road trip began at the University of San Diego, where she graduated with a degree in Biology. The journey continued, graduating from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an internship at Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, Texas. She remained in the Lone Star state for several years practicing small animal medicine in Houston. It was then time to make her way back to Ohio to raise her three young boys nearer to family in the ideal setting of the Chagrin Valley.
When she’s not at Chagrin Animal Clinic, you can find Dr. Binder spending time with her husband and sons or on the local roads and trails training for marathons and Ironman triathlons. The journey continues, but now from home.
Lydia Rust, DVM
Dr. Rust is excited to be joining the Chagrin Animal Clinic team. After graduating from Tulane University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Master’s in Neuroscience, she attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has lived in Montana and New York, but is happy to be in her home state of Ohio. Dr. Rust enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, but is especially interested in surgery, dentistry, behavior and feline medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. Rust enjoys running, hiking, traveling, reading and gardening. Her 3 cats, Becky, Essie and James, keep her very busy!
Erin Stitts, DVM
Dr. Stitts grew up locally in Twinsburg. After graduating from The Ohio State University as an animal science major, she attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
She loves Columbus, but is happy to be moving back to northeast Ohio. Dr. Stitts is looking forward to joining the Chagrin Animal Clinic team in June. Her special interests in veterinary medicine are geriatric health and dentistry.
When she’s outside of work, Dr. Stitts enjoys running, hiking, and riding her horses. She has a full house with her husband and four dogs – Marshall, Presto, Emma, and Chai.
Jenny has her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Geography from Ohio University, and then went on to complete Cuyahoga Community Colleges’ Veterinary Technology program in 2010 and has worked as an RVT since. She came to Chagrin Animal Clinic in 2016 where she has since been a dedicated member of our team. When she’s not at work, Jenny enjoys hiking with her four dogs, horseback riding, gardening, and reading.
Andrea graduated from Cuyahoga Community Colleges Veterinary Technology program in 2002 and began working for Chagrin Animal Clinic in 2004 as an RVT. She was with the clinic in its early years in its old building on Chagrin Rd and has thoroughly enjoyed working in the updated, new facility. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys tending to her many animals, taking her beloved Rat Terrier, Finn to agility, and riding horses.
Jason graduated from Wittenberg University with his Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. He lived in California for 12 years where he worked in home design. In 2016, he moved back home to Ohio and decided to change his career path to veterinary medicine. He graduated from Kent State’s Veterinary Technology Program in 2019 and began working at an emergency veterinary practice. Jason joined the CAC team in June of 2020. In his free time, Jason enjoys reading and bicycling and shares his home with his two pets, Turbo and Bella.
Kelsey joined the Chagrin Animal Clinic team in August of 2020. She has ten years of veterinary experience working as an assistant. She will be starting classes to further her education and become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Kelsey shares her home with her husband and four fur babies, two dogs, and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, and working with horses.
Client Service Representative/Veterinary Assistant
Donna joined the Chagrin Animal Clinic team in 2019. She recently moved back to Ohio from Flagstaff, Arizona. She has 13 years of previous veterinary field experience. Donna shares her home with her three dogs and cat. She loves spending her free time with her two daughters, and outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.
Client Service Representative
Katlyn graduated from North Olmsted High School. She is the proud mom of one dog and a baby girl. Katlyn recently moved back from Pennsylvania where she and her significant other lived in a camper in the middle of nowhere. When she’s not at the clinic, Katlyn enjoys camping, hiking, and all sorts of outdoor activities.
Client Service Representative
Furry Team Member
Alley Beagle became a member of the doctor’s family while they were on a trip to Pennsylvania. She was running down the road next to their car covered in ticks and porcupine quills. When the doctors reached their destination, Alley continued up to greet them. They had her treated for her medical issues and she then became a permanent member of their family and the Chagrin Animal Clinic team. She offers tail wags and affection to anyone when needed.