Get To Know Us
Our Veterinary Team
Meet the Chagrin Animal Clinic team!
Lauren Binder, DVM
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
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
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, DVM
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 has five years of previous veterinary experience and a degree in Applied Communications from Kent State University. Alicia shares her home with four cats, a bearded dragon, and two crested geckos. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, kayaking, gardening, and traveling.
Lead Registered Veterinary Technician
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.
Registered Veterinary Technician/Lead Surgical Technician
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.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Courtney is a Cuyahoga Falls native and graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2016 with a veterinary technician degree. Courtney worked in rescue for the past 9 years prior to joining the Chagrin Animal Clinic team. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time and doing activities with family and friends.
Erin joined our team as a veterinary assistant in November 2021; she is a Burton native with a solid medical background and many years of animal shelter volunteer experience. She is the proud mom of one son and the owner of Daphne, an adorable Goldendoodle. She enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with her son in her free time. In the future, she would love to pursue veterinary technician school.
Bre is from Chardon and lives with her dog, Atlas, and black cat, Chaos. She is currently attending Cleveland State University and plans to pursue her dream of attending veterinary school. In her free time, Bre enjoys hiking, photography, and reading a good book.
Jonai is currently attending Cuyahoga Community College and then plans to pursue Registered Veterinary Technician schooling. Jonai has many years of experience as a dog groomer. In her free time, Jonai enjoys spending time with her two fur babies, hiking with her dog, reading and snuggling with her cat, and watching movies.)
Michelle has her Bachelors of Science and Biology degree from Cleveland State and is preparing for graduation from Penn Foster this summer for her Veterinary Technician degree. She enjoys being around animals, reading, crafting, hiking with her dog, and being on the lake. She has a 4-year-old rescue Golden Retriever named Henry and two aquatic turtles, Penny and Peso.
Client Services Representative/Veterinary Assistant
Donna joined the Chagrin Animal Clinic team in 2019 after moving to Ohio from Flagstaff, Arizona. She has 16 years of veterinary field experience. Donna shares her home with her four dogs and two cats. Donna loves her job because working with animals warms her soul. She loves spending her free time with her two daughters, Cheyenne and Denver, and doing outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.
Lead Client Services Representative
Angie joined the Chagrin Animal Clinic team in March 2021 and has over 15 years of reception experience working at an emergency veterinary hospital. She shares a home with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and six cats. While away from work, Angie enjoys taking care of her fur babies and spending time in Chautauqua, New York, where her family likes to go camping and ride on their pontoon boat with friends.
Kate is a registered veterinary technician that comes to Chagrin Animal Clinic with experience in both general practice and emergency veterinary medicine. She graduated from Kent State Trumbull’s veterinary technician program in 2019 with an associate of applied science. She then went on to complete her bachelor’s degree and began teaching for Kent State’s veterinary technician program.
She shares her home with 3 dogs- Gunner, Dakota, and Sammy and her 3 cats- Potato, Frankie, and Peeks.
Outside of work & teaching, Kate stays busy with her small farm of goats, chickens, and guinea hens. She is also an avid gardener and apiarist, and enjoys kayaking and boating.