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Dr. DJ Haeussler

Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. DJ Haeussler grew up in the Cincinnati area. 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 has also served on the ACVO Public Relations committee as the committee chair, president of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association, 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 at 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)

South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA)

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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)

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Dr. Christina Korb

Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. Korb grew up in Charleston, 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. She graduated from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Veterinary Student Award during her time in veterinary school. She then completed a one year small animal rotating internship at The University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center. She joined the team at The Animal Eye Institute in 2017. Dr. Korb completed both a Specialty Internship and an ABVO approved residency with The Animal Eye Institute and then achieved board certification. Dr. Korb is excited to continue her career with The Animal Eye Institute working with a team that is devoted to providing the very best ophthalmic medicine and patient care in the area. Her clinical interests are cataract surgery, corneal surgery, and ocular surface disease. In her spare time, Dr. Korb enjoys staying active, listening to true crime podcasts, and spending time with her Maltese Poodles, Charlie and Tucker. Dr. Korb is the lead ophthalmologist of the Charleston, South Carolina office. 

 

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

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA)

American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)

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Dr. Jamie Lembo

Practice Limited to Diseases of the Eye

Dr. Lembo grew up 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. After her internship, Dr. Lembo completed a three year residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at The Animal Eye Institute. 

Dr. Lembo is excited to continue working with the enthusiastic and dedicated doctors and staff at The Animal Eye Institute. Her current interests include management of corneal disease and surgical corneal repair.  In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking, and spending time 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)

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Dr. Erica Bono

Dr. Bono is from Michigan and always had a passion 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 where she completed a Specialty Internship and absolutely loved her experience. Dr. Bono was then granted an ABVO approved residency with The Animal Eye Institute and is very excited to continue being a part of our team. 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

Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

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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 traveling for additional ophthalmology rotations and experiences. Dr. Wickware completed a specialty ophthalmology internship with The Animal Eye Institute and is currently completing an ABVO approved residency in comparative veterinary ophthalmology with The Animal Eye Institute. 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

Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, The Animal Eye Institute

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)

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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.

 

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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 before starting with us. She has a black goldendoodle named Noel that keeps her busy in her free time, but she also enjoys reading, listening to music, and traveling.

 

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. 

 

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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.

 

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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! 

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Destiny

Destiny was born and raised in Cincinnati. She started working in shelter medicine when she was 18 and knew she had a passion for the veterinary field. Destiny moved to Colorado when she was 20 years old and started working in Veterinary Ophthalmology and decided this was the career path for her. She moved back to Ohio and got a job at The Animal Eye Institute and loves it! Destiny enjoys spending her free time with her dogs and being outdoors! 

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Erika

Erika grew up in Vandalia, Ohio. She graduated from Bellbrook High School. She has a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership, which she obtained from Wright State University. When Erika is not working for us, she is an Independent Scentsy Consultant. Erika lives with her boyfriend, Andy, and dachshund, Sophia. The majority of Erika's house is decorated with dachshund's, as they are her favorite animal. 

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Nikki

Nikki grew up in a small town in Indiana called Union City. She moved to Ohio soon after graduating high school. She has always been an avid animal lover. She is more than eager to learn more about ophthalmology of animals. 

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Alexis

Alexis was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently attends the University of Cincinnati as a junior persuing a degree in Biology. Alexis hopes to attend veterinary school after graduating. Alexis enjoys spending time with her 3 dogs Miley, Ovi, and Joey and with her two guinea pigs, Squirt and Burt. Alexis also enjoys participating in Color Guard for UC and crafting in her free time.

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McKenna

McKenna was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. While working towards a degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University, she decided that she had a passion for helping animals just as much as people. She joined The Animal Eye Institute with this in mind, merging her interests into a job she enjoys and looks forward to. In her free time, McKenna likes doing art projects of all kinds, reading, writing, and bingeing true crime documentaries. McKenna hopes to adopt a pair of cats in the near future, but for now she enjoys pet sitting for others and playing with her friends’ dogs.

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Ashley

Ashley grew up in Milford and completed the veterinary assisting program at Live Oaks Vocational School. Ashley expanded her knowledge of animals at Brown Mackie College, taking classes for veterinary technicians. She joined The Animal Eye Institute team as a veterinary assistant, where she excels in patient care and client communication.  When Ashley is not attending to patients, she enjoys reading, painting ceramics, and taking care of her two Australian Shepherds, Bear and Chessie.

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Kayla

Kayla was born and raised in Fairfield, Ohio and attended Fairfield Senior High School. She worked for a small animal practice for five years as a receptionist before joining The Animal Eye Institute. Kayla has been a lifetime animal lover. She has three dogs, Brody, Hazel and Phoebe. She is excited to be a part of The Animal Eye Institute team and her customer service is amazing!

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Jayni

Jayni enjoys gardening, arts and crafts (especially knitting and sewing), and has always been passionate about caring for animals. She and her husband of ten years live in a little house brimming with their pets, including a variety of fish, three big dogs named Chips, Rubles, and Luca, along with Sinclair the iguana. Jayni couldn't be happier in her role at AEI and looks forward to learning new things every day.

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Isabela

Isabela grew up in Bellbrook, Ohio and graduated from Bellbrook High School. She is currently working on completing her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at The Ohio State University, and hopes to attend veterinary college after graduating. In her free time, Isabela enjoys running and hiking with her husky mix, Jewel. Isabela is a terrific assistant at The Animal Eye Institute and loves helping your loved ones!

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Andrew

Andrew is from Harrison, Ohio and grew up loving to play soccer and spend time with his two labs at home, Scooby and Jasmine. He graduated from Harrison High School before completing his Bachelors degree in biology and pre-veterinary medicine from Cedarville University. Andrew is now studying to become a veterinarian at The Ohio State University and hopes to become an ophthalmologist one day. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, watching soccer, and going on hikes with his wife Katie. 

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Theresa

Theresa grew up in a small town in Northeast Ohio. From a young age she had a passion for animals. She was in 4-H for ten years where she showed dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, and quail. She also worked at the humane society and dog boarding facilities. She moved to Kentucky to study Equine Science at Midway University and now lives in Erlanger. Theresa loves caring for pets and treats every animal as she would her own!