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Dr. Matthew J Heller

Dr. Heller hails from Pottsville, Pennsylvania (home of America’s oldest brewery). He received a Bachelor’s in Science (Cum Laude) from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. He obtained a dual graduate degree from The Ohio State University – a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters of Science in Veterinary Pathobiology.

Following graduation from Ohio State, Dr. Heller completed an internship at a specialty hospital in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He participated in rotations in cardiology, radiology, ophthalmology, internal medicine, neurology, as well as other disciplines. During his internship, Dr. Heller was able to gain firsthand experience with veterinary specialists as they tackled numerous complex cases. This background further strengthened Dr. Heller’s ability to treat your pet’s illness.

In addition to practicing traditional veterinary medicine, Dr. Heller is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. He completed his studies at the Chi Institute with the world-renowned acupuncturist, Dr. Shen Huisheng Xie. To obtain certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Dr. Heller completed 130 hours of intensive coursework. He is presently advancing his knowledge of Chinese Herbal Medicine by completing further studies at the Chi Institute. He is very excited to incorporate principles of eastern veterinary medicine into his practice when applicable.

Dr. Drew Neilley

Dr. Drew Neilley

Dr. Neilley is originally from Pataskala, Ohio and attended The Ohio State University majoring in Animal Sciences.  Dr. Neilley continued his studies at Ohio State and graduated in 2017 with his veterinary degree.

He especially enjoys working with cats and has a special interest in surgery, ultrasound and geriatric pet care. Dr. Neilley lives in the Dayton area with his wife; Liz, Mini Poodle; Luna, and cat; Hermione. When not helping animals, he enjoys hiking, camping, coffee, and home-brewing.

Dr. Danielle DeGrendel

Dr. Danielle DeGrendel

Dr. DeGrendel is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate studies in animal science and microbiology. During her education, Dr. DeGrendel was able to go on several study abroad trips focusing on the human and animal relationship and zoonotic diseases, most notably Ireland and South Africa. Dr. DeGrendel then attended The Ohio State University for veterinary school, where she graduated as a DVM in 2018.

She loves all things companion animals but has a special interest in surgery, feline medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. DeGrendel lives near Dayton with her husband, Tyler. So far, she has a dog named Lexi (Soft Coat Wheaton Terrier) and two cats, Colton and Cobalt. She enjoys cycling, traveling, baking, and going on adventures with Lexi in her free time.

Dr. Alexander Thomas

Dr. Alexander Thomas

Dr. Thomas was raised in southeastern Wisconsin. He has since continued to venture further south earning his B.S. in Biology from the Ball State University Honors College in Indiana and his DVM from the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Tennessee. As a part of the unique LMU-CVM distributive program, Dr. Thomas spent his fourth year of veterinary school traveling the eastern half of the United States learning from many great veterinarians. He is particularly interested in dentistry, surgery, and radiology. 

Dr. Thomas lives in Monroe with his fiancé and their two cats, Mac and Coconut. Outside of veterinary medicine, he enjoys fishing, kayaking, and playing guitar. 

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