Meet Our Team in Groveport

Our veterinarians and support staff in Groveport are dedicated to providing exceptional care to your pet throughout their life, and allowing you and your loved one to spend as much time together as possible. If you have yet to meet our team members in person, read more about them below!

Dr. Rona P. Shapiro & Dr. Alec Land

Veterinarians

Dr. Rona Shapiro loves practicing veterinary medicine and feels blessed to be part of a professional community that cares for both animals and people. She was raised in Maryland, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Sciences. After working as a herdsman on a dairy farm and obtaining her Master of Science degree in Biochemistry, she attended and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Since that time, she and her husband, Dr. Alec Land, have co-owned the Groveport Canal Animal Hospital. Dr. Shapiro’s primary interests include internal medicine, ophthalmology, cardiology, and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Alec Land grew up in the Cleveland area and spent his childhood in wooded areas finding and observing wildlife. He always wanted to be a veterinarian because of his deep interest and curiosity about animals. Dr. Land attended undergraduate school at The College of Wooster (Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry), graduate school at Miami University (Master of Science in Zoology), and veterinary school at The Ohio State University. He graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. His primary interests currently include advanced orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, and his patients benefit from his surgical talent. He practices at the The Diley Hill Animal Emergency Center.

Doctors Shapiro and Land have two daughters. They enjoy spending time as a family, and serving the community through the Groveport Madison Lions Club. They have a sweet little dog named Lily, three cats named Nelly, Cheeto and Jonesy, and two horses named Cowboy and Montana.

Dr. Jennifer Steelesmith

Veterinarian

Dr. Jennifer Steelesmith grew up in the south towns of Buffalo, NY. Liking animals from a young age, she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after volunteering at several local veterinary clinics. Dr. Jenny graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. She enjoys getting to know clients and helping them to take the best possible care of their pets. Dr. Jenny and her husband have two children, Ethan and Abby, and a Boxer mix named Bella.

Dr. Rebecca Land

Veterinarian

Dr. Rebecca Land was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is the daughter of doctors Rona Shapiro and Alec Land. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Dayton and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Land has a passion for fostering the human-animal bond and enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine.

In her time away from the hospital, Dr. Land enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her friends, family, and yellow lab named Theodore.

Dr. Amy Schnipke

Veterinarian

Dr. Amy Schnipke is from New Washington, Ohio. She wanted to be a veterinarian since she was twelve years old. She earned her B.S. in Horticulture in 1998, and became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Dr. Amy splits her professional time between Groveport-Canal and Easton Animal Hospital. Her favorite aspects of veterinary medicine are internal medicine and dermatology. Dr. Amy’s interests include baking, gardening, and running. Dr. Amy and her husband have three children and a border collie named Sully.

Christina Pagan

Hospital Manager/Registered Veterinary Technician

Christina loves working in the veterinary field and it shows in everything she does. She has worked for Dr. Shapiro for 14 years and has been manager of the Groveport office for 11 years. Christina earned her Bachelor Degree in Biology from the Ohio State University in 2002. She then went on to further her education and graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Columbus State Community College in September 2010. Christina has adopted 2 dogs, Ella a feisty Shiba Inu mix, and Teacup a sweet older Bichon. She also has a wonderful cat, Chess.

Nikki Windon

Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Canine Massage Therapist

Nikki received her veterinary technician degree in 2008 from Morehead State University and has worked at the hospital since September of ’09. Nikki owns a Mastiff named Mathias and a cat named Sonya. In her free time she enjoys reading, drawing, painting, and photography. Nikki is also a certified Canine Sports Massage Therapist.

Sheryl Huddy

Veterinary Assistant

Everyone loves Sheryl’s friendly and caring personality! Sheryl has worked for Dr. Land and Dr. Shapiro for over 24 years and has developed many deep friendships with our clients through the years. She has been both a veterinary assistant and kennel manager and has loved her job since day one! Sheryl currently has a dog, Kiefer, and four cats: Vinny, Joey, Chewy and Slick. She enjoys horseback riding, watching bull riding and rodeo, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Kirsten Stratton

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kirsten graduated in 2015 from OSU with her B.S. in Animal Sciences and from Columbus State with her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. She is a huge animal lover and currently has 4 cats (Sansa, Arya, Roxie and Dyson), one dog (Felix), 3 rabbits, 5 turtles, a small flock of quail, and a tropical fish tank. Kirsten, her husband, and daughter are dedicated to sustainable and organic agriculture and are working hard on building their own urban homestead. Through her education, experience, and tenacity Kirsten has acquired the skills to be a great coworker and help us fulfill our commitment to the health and well-being of animals.

Becky Lowe

Registered Veterinary Technician

Becky Lowe is a recent graduate from The Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. She grew up in the small town of Cambridge, Ohio. Becky is the proud parent of 2 beautiful dogs (Shelby and Saleen), 5 ornery cats (Luna, Angel, Achilles, Jigsaw and Ava), and 2 gorgeous step daughters. In her free time, you can find her writing music on her acoustic guitar and singing her heart out. She also enjoys crafts and animal photography. Her favorite past time is lounging around cuddling with her many critters.

Lauryn Ritter

Veterinary Technician

Lauryn received her veterinary technician degree in 2013 from Columbus State. She has always wanted to work with animals and enjoys helping each and every one of them. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys baking for both people and furry 4 legged friends, interior decorating and dancing. She has an adopted boxer-mix, named Presley.

Kayla McCloskey

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kayla is a 2018 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at the Bradford School. After graduating from the Bradford School, she took the VTNE in 2019 and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Kayla also is a Licensed Cosmetologist, and has been since 2016. Since childhood, animals have been a passion and a large part of Kayla’s life. She grew up helping with all the animals on her family farm. Kayla is the proud parent of three German Shorthaired Pointers, Cleburne, Higgins and Jackson. In Kayla’s spare time she enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, traveling, and going to country concerts.

Taylor Houser

Groomer

Taylor graduated from the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology and worked in the field for several years. Knowing her true love was working with animals, she decided to put her hair cutting skills towards grooming dogs and cats. Following an intensive training period with Groomer Allison Ripple, Taylor has been grooming dogs and cats at the Groveport Canal Animal Hospital. She loves making animals feel and look amazing.

Taylor has two wonderful children named Leighton and Lincoln, She also has two dogs named Ichi and Pig, two cats named Scooby and Priscilla, and a goldfish named Goldie. Taylor says she is glad to be part of the wonderful team at Groveport Canal Animal Hospital. We feel very lucky to have her grooming skills, and her compassion and kindness towards animals.