Dr. DJ Haeussler

Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. DJ Haeussler grew up in the Cincinnati area as the son of Dr. David Haeussler, a small animal general practitioner. Dr. Haeussler always wanted to be a veterinarian as he always heard the stories his father would tell when he got home from work. He finished his undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and then received his doctorate in 2006. He then went to New Jersey where he finished two internships at Garden State Veterinary Specialists and then returned to his alma mater, The Ohio State University to complete his residency. While at Ohio State University for his residency, he completed a Master of Science degree and earned the top award for professional student research at Ohio State as well as the top resident award for professional research at the annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) in 2010. Dr. DJ Haeussler has been published in Veterinary Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Clinician's Brief, and others. His publications have been referenced in the gold standard textbook, Veterinary Ophthalmology. Dr. Haeussler has also published a photographic atlas to help better help veterinarians and veterinary technicians identify ophthalmic disease in dogs and is entitled Recognition of Canine Ocular Disease: A Photo Atlas, Volume 1. Dr. Haeussler's photographs of ophthalmic disease are found in textbooks and lectures worldwide. Dr. Haeussler has also served as a part-time ophthalmology consultant and clinician at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Dr. Haeussler is a board certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Dr. Haeussler also serves on the ACVO Public Relations committee as the committee chair and is a member of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association Board of Trustees.

 

Dr. Haeussler’s interests are providing exceptional ophthalmic care to prolong vision and comfort for your pet. He is very interested in cataract surgery with intraocular lens implantation as well as various surgical methods of corneal repair. He enjoys mentoring young doctors and enjoys lecturing as the local, state, and international levels. Dr. DJ Haeussler is married to Dr. Jayme Haeussler, a veterinarian in the Cincinnati area. Outside of his career, he is an avid sports fan and enjoys following the Cincinnati Reds, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He loves to spend time with his wife, Jayme, their two sons, Trey and Dane, and their dog, Charlotte Pickles. Dr. Haeussler's other hobbies include scuba diving, photography (even underwater!), and anything to do with veterinary ophthalmology. 

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, The Ohio State University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Internship, Medicine and Surgery, Garden State Veterinary Specialists

Internship, Internal Medicine and Critical Care, Garden State Veterinary Specialists

Master of Science, The Ohio State University

Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology, The Ohio State University

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA)

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium (IEOC)

International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ISVO)

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA)

West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (WVVMA)

Ophthalmic Photographers Society (OPS)

Dr. Ronald Spatola

Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist

 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Spatola attended Elder High School and soon realized his passion for medicine shortly after graduating from New York University in 2003, ultimately deciding on veterinary medicine as the best fit for his personality and career goals. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees. His master’s research focused on canine corneal cells and topical drug toxicity.  Following Dr. Spatola’s graduation from OSU, he decided to further his education through a one-year rotating small animal internship in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Carolina Veterinary Specialists. After a year in Charlotte, he took a one-year ophthalmology internship with Animal Eye Care Associates in Chesapeake, Virginia, where Dr. Spatola was fortunate enough to be offered a comparative ophthalmology residency position in 2013.

In July of 2016, Dr. Spatola completed his residency, passed the ophthalmology board examination, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).  He then spent one year in Hampton Roads, Virginia practicing as an associate ophthalmologist with Animal Eye Care of Chesapeake. He finds both the joys and challenges of veterinary ophthalmology extremely satisfying, and feels very fortunate to be with such a progressive and diverse practice here in Cincinnati. His clinical interests are cataract surgery, vitreoretinal surgery, blepharoplasty and autoimmune diseases of the eye. In his spare time, Dr. Spatola enjoys staying active outdoors fishing and camping, exercising, spending time with family, and photography.  He is beyond excited to be back home in the Cincinnati area, and looks forward to providing the community with the best in ophthalmic pet care for many years to come.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, New York University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Master of Science, The Ohio State University

Internship, Medicine and Surgery, Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Internship, Ophthalmology, Animal Eye Care Associates

Residency in Comparative Ophthalmology, Animal Eye Care Associates

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

Dr. Christina Korb

 

Dr. Korb grew up in the Southeast, in Georgia and South Carolina. Her love for animals was found early on as her childhood was always full of family dogs, many hamsters, and even ferrets. She attended College of Charleston, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After completing business school, she decided to change career paths and become a veterinarian. Before veterinary school, Dr. Korb worked as a veterinary assistant for 2 years while preparing for veterinary school at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She attended veterinary school at Purdue University where she tracked small animal and acquired a love for veterinary ophthalmology in all species. She was awarded the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award. She then completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship at The University of Missouri. She joined the team at The Animal Eye Institute to expand her knowledge and love for veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Korb completed a Specialty Internship with The Animal Eye Institute and was granted an ABVO approved residency with The Animal Eye Institute. Her current interests include retinal disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, College of Charleston

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

Internship, Small Animal Rotating, The University of Missouri

Internship, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

Dr. Jamie Lembo

Dr. Lembo grew up in the Northeast in Southern Connecticut. She developed a love for both animal care and teaching at a young age. She attended Cornell University in Upstate New York and further developed an interest in veterinary medicine, having studied Biology and Animal Science.  After graduating from college, Dr. Lembo decided to make a big move across the country to pursue her dream of veterinary medicine at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. While many areas of veterinary medicine were interesting to her, she felt connected to the study of ophthalmology in all animals, both big and small. During her clinical year of school, Dr. Lembo received the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award for her interest in and devotion to veterinary ophthalmology. She then moved back to the Northeast to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Massachusetts, and shortly afterwards completed an Ophthalmology Specialty Internship at the Long Island Veterinary Specialists in New York.

Dr. Lembo is excited to work with the enthusiastic and dedicated doctors and staff at The Animal Eye Institute. While the study of ophthalmology can be challenging, she finds that working with the clients and pets at The Animal Eye Institute is rewarding and can even be fun! Her current interests include management of corneal disease and surgical corneal repair. While she has spent much of her life in the Northeast, Dr. Lembo is quickly and happily calling Cincinnati “home.” In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking and spending time exploring the outdoors with friends.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, Cornell University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University

Internship, Small Animal Rotating, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Internship, Ophthalmology, Long Island Veterinary Specialists

Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

Dr. Erica Bono

Dr. Bono is from Michigan and always had a love for animals. She grew up riding and showing horses and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age. Dr. Bono attended Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there, Dr. Bono attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University where she developed her love for veterinary ophthalmology. Dr. Bono has always been especially interested in horses, and completed an Equine Rotating Internship at Park Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky after graduating veterinary school. Dr. Bono then moved to Tucson, Arizona where she completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship with a focus in ophthalmology at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. Dr. Bono loves living in the Midwest, and found her way back to Ohio to join the team at The Animal Eye Institute as a Specialty Ophthalmology Intern to further expand her knowledge and love for veterinary ophthalmology. Her interests include corneal disease, especially that of horses, as well as ocular manifestations of systemic disease. In Dr. Bono’s free time she loves spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and horseback riding.

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, Oakland University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Internship, Equine Rotating, Park Equine Hospital

Internship, Small Animal Rotating, Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

Internship, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

 

Dr. Taylor Wickware

Dr. Wickware grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. Her interest in caring for animals started at a young age, and developed as a volunteer at local animal shelters and while showing horses. She moved to Ohio to compete on the Cross Country and Track and Field teams for Miami University where she majored in Zoology and earned a Bachelor of Science. She started to develop an interest in Ophthalmology while shadowing specialists in preparation for veterinary school. She then attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University where she completed research in genetics and ophthalmology. Dr. Wickware received the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award for her research and passion for veterinary ophthalmology. She then went on to complete a Small Animal Rotating Internship with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners in Nashville, Tennessee where she devoted extra time to travelling for additional ophthalmology rotations and experiences. Dr. Wickware is extremely excited to return to Ohio and join The Animal Eye Institute as a specialty intern this year as she continues to learn and develop her skills within the ophthalmology field. Her interests outside of the veterinary field include operating her small art business and watching true crime shows and sports. 

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor of Science, Miami University

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Internship, Small Animal Rotating, Blue Pearl

Internship, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

 

Sarah

 

Sarah grew up in New Jersey and received her Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University. Sarah worked for a large referral veterinary practice as an ophthalmology technician and moved here to work with Dr. Haeussler and The Animal Eye Institute. Sarah worked with Dr. Haeussler when he provided locum ophthalmology service to the New Jersey area and now finds herself to be an Ohio native. Sarah has a cat named Fiona, a dog named Vada, and enjoys snowboarding and baking. Sarah handles all of the management work at The Animal Eye Institute.

 

Brittany

 

Brittany grew up in the small town of Versailles, Ohio. She moved to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree.  Soon after graduation, she joined The Animal Eye Institute team and fell in love with helping animals to better their comfort and vision. Brittany is a manager and training director at The Animal Eye Institute. When out of the office, Brittany dedicates most of her free time to her poodle, Bentley and her pit bull, Lily.

 

Melissa

 

Melissa was born and raised in Cincinnati. She has a Bachelor of Animal Science degree from the University of Findlay as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from the Vet Tech Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Melissa is an assistant manager at The Animal Eye Institute. Melissa has a dog named Macy and a cat named Ben. She enjoys reading, running, and hanging out with her friends.

 

Morgan

 

Morgan is one of the bright faces you see when you walk in to The Animal Eye Institute and a warming voice on the phone. Morgan was born and raised in Norwood, Ohio. She attended Norwood High School and worked for the developmental disabilities community for 9 years. She has one Shih Tzu named Gwen and two turtles named Mickey and Donnie. When out of the office, she enjoys reading, soccer, and listening to music. 

 

Julie

 

Julie grew up in Cincinnati and attended Wyoming High School. After high school, she attended the University of Cincinnati and received her Associates Degree in Art. She also attended Cosmetology school and Dental Assisting school. After working for years with children and  in the beauty industry, she decided that being with animals was her calling. She enjoys making others laugh and brings cheer to our practice everyday. Scooby Doo is her newest love of the furry kind. She also enjoys getting together with friends and going to the dog park. 

 

Michaela

 

Michaela is originally from Texas, but grew up in the Cincinnati area. After graduating from Highlands High School, she attended Xavier University where she obtained a degree in Graphic Design. Michaela is a friendly soul that you will meet upon immediately coming to The Animal Eye Institute. She routinely answers phone calls, helps clients, dispenses medications, and works with clients on scheduling. In her spare time, she enjoys freelancing design, reading, and traveling. She loves her dog Bella, her cat Zeke, and her crested gecko Ivy.

 

Candice

 

Candice grew up in a small town in Indiana called Rising Sun. Her passion for animals started as kid living with her grandparents who owned a little farm. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors degree in Zoology. She expanded er experience and knowledge working at the Cincinnati Zoo and continue learning and working with the animals she loves today. Candice is wonderful with our patients and clients and we are sure you will enjoy meeting and working with her! 

 

Dawn

 

Dawn grew up in Batavia, Ohio. She attended Wilmington College in Ohio and received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts with a graphic design concentration. After working for years as a designer, she decided her calling was working with animals and helping clients. Dawn Grew up with Golden Retrievers, Siberian Huskies, and cats before her co-worker introduced her to Chihuahuas. Dawn's four children are her Chihuahuas as she shares a black Labrador Retriever and a Husky-Cattle dog mix with her husband, Eric. Dawn loves sports and never misses a Michigan or Bengals game. Her favorite pastime is watching the Reds, watching football, and working out. 

 

Madison

 

Madison grew up in Ross, Ohio. She attended Butler Tech's Equine Science program during high school and graduated with a 2 year Equine Science Degree. She showed horses at the Butler County fair and participated in FFA. She worked for a small animal general practitioner for two years before joining our team. She is excited to join The Animal Eye Institute team and have to opportunity to work with a variety of animals. Madison spends her free time with her dog Merle and competing in rodeos with her horse Dixie. 

 

Sivan

 

Sivan is a lifetime animal lover. Not only does she have her own pets, but she also rescues injured and orphaned animals and helps rehabilitate them. In her spare time, Sivan enjoys singing, listening to crime podcasts, watching comedy shows, and spending time alone with her animals. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Sivan is currently a student at the University of Cincinnati majoring in biology with a specialization in animal biology. Sivan hopes to attend veterinary school upon graduation. 

 

Collin

 

Collin was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in biological science at The University of Northern Kentucky. Shortly after graduation, he joined The Animal Eye Institute as a veterinary assistant. Collin loves animals, especially exotic animals. In his off time, Collin likes to skateboard, kayak, go camping, see plays, and doing just about anything outdoors. Collin currently has two cats, a baby frog, and a baby salamander that he loves very much. He hopes to become a veterinarian one day. 

 

Mary

 

Mary grew up in Chicago, Connecticut, Amsterdam, and Central Oregon. After college, she moved to Buenos Aires for an internship at the Buenos Aires ecoparque working with the Andeon Condors. She enjoys crafting, dewing, and the outdoors. Mary has a Newfoundland named Lulu, an 11 yer old cat named Storm, a kitten named Bijou, and a snail named Oates. 

 

Chauntel

Chauntel was born and raised in Kentucky, and has loved animals of all kinds since she was child.  She grew up with Golden Retrievers, cats, birds, geckos, and more. Chauntel spent over a year living in Asia helping teach English to young kids. She is excited to start her career working with animals and clients here at The Animal Eye Institute. Chauntel is not only a friendly voice you hear on the phone, but also an assistant with the patients.

 

 In her free time, Chauntel loves hiking, traveling, fostering animals in need, and spending time with her three cats.

 

Nikki

Nikki was raised in Amelia, Ohio and earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (Animal Sciences) from the University of Cincinnati. Some experience Nikki has under her belt includes working in biomechanics and behavior snake research at UC, conservation education outreaches with WAVE Foundation, and bird-of-prey rehabilitation with RAPTOR Inc. Of all the animals she has worked with, her favorite is a gliding tree snake because its aggression kept her on her toes. Nikki enjoys rock climbing, reading, and video games. She cares for Nora Bug the cat and Sweet Thai Chili the Warmouth fish. She hopes to attend graduate school for ornithology.

 

Caitlin

Caitlin was born and raised on the West Side of Cincinnati. She has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian her whole life and has a huge love for animals. She graduated from Oak Hills High School along with Diamond Oak Career Campus where she received her Veterinary Assisting certificate. Caitlin is currently a student at UC Blue Ash where she is pursuing the veterinary field to become a Veterinary Technician. She enjoys spending her time with her dog, Gunner. She also loves to roller skate. Caitlin enjoys everyday working with a such great team at The Animal Eye Institute and loves learning more about new cases.

 

Marie

Marie graduated from University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has a passion for learning and a lifetime love for all animals. In her spare time, she loves to go for hikes, kayak, and adventure outdoors with her pets. She currently has 3 dogs, a cat, and a fish. Marie plans to apply to veterinary school in the next year and further her education in biology.

 

Amanda

Amanda was born and raised in Cincinnati. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati Veterinary Technology program in 2011 with an Associates of Science.  She became Fear Free certified in 2020 while working at an area shelter. Amanda not only has her own pets at home, she also helps rescue and foster those that are less fortunate. In her spare time, she goes hiking and canoeing with her pups Isabelle and Augusteen and builds cardboard castles for her cats KillerB, Roscoe Biscuits, Pipsqueak Lenore, Ophie and Ramius. When out of the office, she loves doing yoga and traveling.

 

Jackie

Jackie is originally from Mooresville, Indiana. She moved to the Cincinnati area from Kansas City, Missouri at the end of 2020. She grew up with a husky named Leah who lives with her family in Indiana. Jackie has two cats that she spoils, Lilah and Orion. When she is out of the office, she enjoys taking her cats on walks, rock climbing, and playing coed softball.