West Geauga Veterinary Hospital

To better comply with Ohio's stay-at-home order but still serve you, our clinic is reducing our hours temporarily. We will be open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. We hope to return to our normal hours shown on our homepage as soon as possible.

Cat Friendly Practice since 2013

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

Visit www.fearfreepets.com to know more!

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday
  • 8:00am - 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 30 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, is a Fear-Free Certified professional, 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' 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.  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 Class II licensed rehabilitator of wildlife.  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.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking local Metroparks and the Buckeye trail, and photographing wildflowers.  She is an active member of the North Coast Hosta Society and the Chesterland Perennial Gardeners, and has hosted garden tours at her home.

     She lives in South Russell with her husband Mitch, and her daughters Stephanie and Kiersten. Her pets currently include her Chihuahua Dot (who was born at the clinic!), cats  Prince and Sweet Pea (born under the clinic deck to a feral mom), Meyers parrot Beepers, Eclectus parrot Gustolph,  cockatiel, rabbit Chino,  and goldfish.
    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
  • Lu D


    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
  • Marcus M

    Head 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
  • Natalie Clason

    Veterinary Technician

    Natalie officially started working at WGVH in April 2021 after completing an internship with the clinic earlier in the year. She graduated from Kent State University in May of 2021 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and passed the VTNE in August of 2021. 

    Natalie was a member of the North Coast Critters 4-H Club for 6 years where she won several awards, including Grand Champion Cavy Project. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her pets: Maze (chocolate lab), Max (DLH cat), Cole (holland lop rabbit), Echo (crested gecko), and her four guinea pigs: Flo, Guava, Papaya, and Marvin. 

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 28, 2021
  • Renee Belohlavek


    Renee has been a lover of animals for as long as she can remember, but a member of the staff here since the beginning of 2020.  She started working hands on with dogs in early 2018, and since that experience, she has realized she can't imagine doing much of anything without animals being a part of it.She is particularly excited about the prospect of working in the veterinary field, where there is always something to learn and room to grow! 

     In her free time, you can find her taking her 2 dogs for adventures in the woods, tending to her indoor jungle (often while listening to Elvis), an array of crafts, going to concerts, and spending time with her loved ones.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 10, 2020
  • Kiersten Young


    Kiersten started working with a WGVH September 1,2020. She has had hands on experience with a variety of pets from dogs and cats to larger animals such  horses and cows. She graduated from Kent State University with Associates of Human Services in 2018. 

    Kiersten enjoys a cool fall walk, taking photos of nature and kayaking with family or friends. Her beloved pets include Monte ( Australian Shepherd ), Molly ( Mastiff Mix), and  Lenny ( Leopard Gecko). 
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 09, 2020
  • Sarah Eisenhart

    Veterinary Assistant

    Sarah started working in the veterinary field as an assistant with us at WGVH since September of 2020 and she was previously working in a boarding facility for 6 years prior to working with us. She was in 4h for 6 years showing dairy cows with Thompson Ledge Dairymen and won many titles including the 2017 dairy princess. She has 5 beloved pets, Rj (cockapoo), bearded dragon Karl, Olive (blue headed pionus), Leopard gecko Tina, and her special needs bearded dragon Harold. Sarah has been an animal lover for her whole life and she is so excited to have her dream job. On her off days she enjoys making art, walking her dog, hanging out with her exotic pets, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a vet tech. 

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 09, 2020
  • Katherine Riedthaler

    Veterinary Assistant

    Katherine started working at WGVH in late January 2021. She is current going to Stautzenberger College and studying to become a veterinary technician. She loves animals and currently has two cats. Rusty who about 2 years and Rune who is about 1 years old. In her free time she likes to relax by spending time by the water fishing or reading a good book.  
    Years in Practice:
    May 13, 2021