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VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists

VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists

4760 Richmond Road | Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Call 216-200-6996
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Small Animal Vet
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  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery

Welcome to Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists. Our hospital is both a specialty referral center for dogs and cats and a 24-hour emergency center. We offer comprehensive care through advanced diagnostics, modern surgical suites, board certified specialists, and the latest technology to give our patients the best possible care available. Our compassionate team of professionals will provide you and your pet the services and support you need when faced with difficult medical decisions.

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Eileen Heldmann, Medical Director

School: University of Pennsylvania
Certifications: ACVS
Departments: Surgery

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Kathryn Brackney, DVM

Dr. Brackney earned her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Kate completed a rotating general internship at 5th Avenue Veterinary Specialists (New York, NY) and then went on to complete a surgical internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in Akron, OH.

In her spare time, Dr. Brackney enjoys spending time with her two dogs, music, sewing, baking, hiking, yoga and traveling.

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Emma F. Brawn Associate Veterinarian

School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

Emma Brawn completed her undergraduate training at Penn State University before pursuing her doctorate of veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. Dr. Brawn practiced in Texas prior to joining VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists in 2007.

Emma and her husband, Pete, welcomed their first child, Owen, in April 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and cheering for Penn State Football.

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Karen Ganofsky Associate Veterinarian

School: Ohio State University
Departments: Emergency/Critical Care

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Amanda Elpiner Veterinary Specialist

School: Ohio State University
Certifications: ACVIM/Oncology
Departments: Oncology

Dr. Amanda Elpiner graduated with honors from The Ohio State University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in molecular genetics. In 2005 she earned an honors degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Elpiner completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, NJ. She is a candidate to receive board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a specialty in oncology and completed her residency in small animal medical oncology under the mentorship of Dr. Gerald Post. Dr. Elpiner enjoys spending her free time with her dog, Quinn, and cat, Emma.

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Sara Irom Veterinary Specialist

School: Ohio State University
Certifications: ACVIM
Departments: Internal Medicine

BS - Dartmouth College
DVM - The Ohio State University
Internship - Animal Medical Center
Residency - The Ohio State University

Dr. Sara Irom earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University, where she was inducted into the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Irom completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After her internship, Dr. Irom returned to The Ohio State University to pursue a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine, which she finished in 2010. During her residency, she completed a Masters of Science Thesis entitled 'High Dose Antimicrobial Protocols for Canine Urinary Tract Infections'. She was also awarded the Clinical Teaching Excellence Award in 2010. She resides in Rocky River with her dog, Bruno and her cat, Chloe.

Sara also enjoys horseback riding, biking, and snow skiing.

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Katie Frantz, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Ohio State University

Dr. Katie Frantz was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated with honors from Ohio University with a BS in Biology in 2000. Following her undergraduate studies she pursued a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies, and traveled to Ecuador to investigate the incidence of Chagas disease in canine populations.

She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University, as a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, in 2006. Dr. Frantz then moved to Norwalk, CT where she completed a one year internship in medicine and surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center. She went on to complete a three year residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD.

During her residency she published an article on Thermal Injury, and was given the resident teaching award in 2010. Dr. Frantz is a candidate to recieve board certification from the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

Her areas of special interest include sepsis, respiratory disease and mechanical ventilation.

In her free time, Dr. Frantz enjoys spending time with her son Christopher, her dogs Foster and Tilly, and her 5 cats.

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