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Our Veterinary Team

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Our friendly and compassionate staff will be here to help when you need us most.
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Meet the Chagrin Animal Clinic team!

Lauren Binder, DVM

Lauren Binder, DVM

Managing Veterinarian

As a Chagrin Falls native, Dr. Binder takes great pride in caring for her hometown’s 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. Then, she made 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

Lydia Rust, DVM

Veterinarian

After graduating from Tulane University with a B.S. in Neuroscience, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and obtaining a Master’s in Neuroscience, Dr. Rust 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

Erin Stitts, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Stitts grew up locally in Twinsburg. After graduating from 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. 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.

Jonah Firestone

Jonah Firestone, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Firestone grew up in the neighboring community of Beachwood, Ohio. After attending The Ohio State University for a Bachelor of Science, he continued his education at OSU, earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. He then practiced urgent care and emergency medicine on the West side of Cleveland. With these experiences, he felt ready to return home to the East side of Cleveland to join the Chagrin Animal Clinic family.

Dr. Firestone loves veterinary medicine and its holistic approach. He has special interests in Soft Tissue Surgery, Behavioral Medicine, and Exotics- including small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. In his free time, Dr. Firestone enjoys playing hockey, hiking, fishing, and DIY projects. He is well-loved by his dog, Ellie, and snake, Alfredo, at home.

Alicia

Alicia

Practice Manager

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Jenny

Jenny

Lead Registered Veterinary Technician

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Andrea

Andrea

Registered Veterinary Technician/Lead Surgical Technician

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Courtney

Courtney

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Kate

Registered Veterinary Technician

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Bre

Bre

Veterinary Assistant

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Jonai

Veterinary Assistant

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Michelle

Michelle

Veterinary Assistant

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Erin

Erin

Veterinary Assistant

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Donna

Donna

Client Services Representative/Veterinary Assistant

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Angie

Lead CSR

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