West Geauga Veterinary Hospital


Cat Friendly Practice since 2013

Fear Free Practice--taking the pet out of petrified!

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  • 12498 Chillicothe Road
  • Chesterland,Ohio 44026
  • Phone: (440) 729-9584
  • Fax: (440) 729-3057
  • Alt. Phone: (440) 729-9585
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  • Mon, Tue, Thu:
  • 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wed, Fri: 7:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sat: 7:00am - 1:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • Dr. Christine Pappas


    Dr. Pappas is a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with an undergraduate degree at OSU in Zoology, summa cum laude, with Honors in Liberal Arts. After graduation she worked at small animal practices in Cleveland and Burton, and co-hosted a pet talk radio site at WWWE. After the birth of her first child she began a house-call practice limited to birds and exotics, and worked as a relief veterinarian at small animal practices and all-night emergency clinics. In 1991 she purchased the West Geauga Veterinary Hospital from Dr. R.A. Langford, and became "The Boss!" More than 20 years later, she still loves her career and looks forward to each day at work. She is proud to own a hospital that is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association as well as certified as "cat friendly."

    Dr. Pappas enjoys treating dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, pocket pets, and small exotics. Medicine, laser surgery, pain management, diagnostics, senior pet care, nutrition, and behavior counseling are all part of a day'€™s work. She enjoys the benefits of laser surgery, and uses the therapy laser as a great tool for healing and pain relief. She treats all pets as if they are her own, and offers estimates for the care she feels your pet needs to live a long and happy life.

    She is an active member of numerous veterinary groups, as well as the Chesterland Chamber of Commerce. Veterinary groups include the Cleveland Academy of Veterinarians, American Animal Hospital Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Association of Avian Veterinarians, American Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians, and Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators.  She and her dog Dot are members of Therapy Dog International.

    Dr. Pappas is president of the Geauga County Veterinary Medical Society. She volunteers her time for the rabbit 4-H clubs and local Girl Scouts. Veterinary assistant students from Lakeland Community College and veterinary technician students from Tri-C and Stautzenberger College gain experience at the hospital through an internship with Dr. Pappas and staff. Also, high school seniors regularly intern with Dr. Pappas each spring. She is a Master Gardener volunteer for OSU and volunteers her time manning a helpline for the public and fundraising for a scholarship for students interested in plants and finding projects teaching school kids about plant horticulture for the community.

    Dr. Pappas is a licensed rehabilitator of wildlife, Class 1 and Class 2.  Local orphaned or injured wildlife are treated, rehabilitated and released, if possible, for free.  She is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Emergency Responders, A.C.E.R.T. Rescue Group, and Geauga County Medical Responders. She volunteers her time for the "One Health Initiative," offering free care for disadvantaged people, and participates in spaying/ neutering and vaccinating feral cats in the area.

    Her hobbies include perennial flower gardening, swimming, playing classical piano, traveling, and reading science fiction/adventure novels. Recently the clinic was awarded the "Loving€™ Care Award" for gardens of businesses. She lives in South Russell with her husband Mitch, and her daughters Stephanie and Kiersten. Her pets currently include her Chihuahua Dot, cats Peanut, Achilles, Butternut, Prince, and Sweet Pea, African Grey parrot Buddy, Meyers parrot Beepers, and assorted cockatiels, spice finches, goldfish, and koi.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1986
  • Dr. Yasmin Nehal


    Dr. Yasmin Nehal was born and raised in northeast Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Akron in 1983. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1987. Dr. Nehal is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).

    In her free time, Dr. Nehal enjoys gardening, cooking, and jewelry making. She has one dog, Shelby.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1987
  • Pamela C

    Office Manager

    Pam C is our office manager. She brings years of experience in people and management skills from a varied background in waitressing and factory work. She has a great memory, is a whiz with our computers, and can fix anything that breaks! Special duties include inventory, ordering , payroll,scheduling, and assorted office management duties. Pam'€™s hobbies include home improvement projects, woodworking, puzzles, gardening, and reading non-fiction. She lives in Chesterland with her daughter Nicole, her chug (chihuahua-pug) Mojo, Stich (chihuahua-jack russell), and cat Jinx.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1995
  • Danielle P

    Head Veterinary Technician

    Danielle A is a veterinary technician and receptionist as-needed and has been working at WGVH since August of 2000. She has an associates degree of applied science and is a registered dental technician. She has had a love of animals since her first kitten at the age of four. She is in charge of anesthetic and surgical machine maintenance well as the oral and injectable drug inventory. Danielle has special interests in dentistry and exotic pet husbandry. She has a variety of pets, furry, scaley and everything in between. Danielle's hobbies include all aspects of art, snowboarding, camping, gardening, and travel. She also enjoys rehabilitating wildlife and exotic pets. She is a firm believer in adoption and rescue.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2000
  • Lu D

    Administrative Assistant

    Lu is thrilled to finally have her dream job.  Animals with fur, feathers and even scales have long been her passion.  She finds the folks at WGVH to be knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate!  She is proud to say she is part of the team!

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 15, 2016
  • Elle W

    Veterinary Technician

    Elle started working at the hospital in January 2017 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is now a certified Vet Tech and has an interest in working with exotics as well as emergency and critical care. Elle has 3 dogs: Leo, a great pyrenees, and Ruger and Lola, both pit bull mixes. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, painting and reading.

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 02, 2017
  • Marcus M

    Veterinary Technician

    Marcus  graduated from Tri-C with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  He enjoys spending time outside and learning about the natural history of all sorts of animals.  He volunteers part time at the Cleveland APL and hopes everyone will support their local animal shelter and dog shelters.

    Years in Practice:
    May 01, 2017
  • Rachel SW


    Rachel is a Hiram College alumna with a Bachelor's in Theatre Arts, but she has always been interested in veterinary medicine and general animal care. She joined the practice in the spring of 2018 and is continually excited that her job allows her to learn something new each day and make others' days better. In her free time, she can often be found reading, hiking, drawing, or writing. She is also a freelance editor-in-training with the University of Chicago. She and her spouse are currently owned by two cats, Maes and Rosalind (pictured), as well as a dog, Mipha.
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 17, 2018