Our Veterinary Staff
Dr. Gwendolyn Steffen, DVM
Raised in rural Campbell County, Dr. Gwendolyn Steffen received her B.S. from Northern Kentucky University before studying abroad to receive her D.V.M. from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Christopher and Nevis. Dr. Steffen has never known life without an ever-present menagerie of animals to enrich her experiences.
From within her own tri-state, to Oklahoma, St. Kitts, Newfoundland, Greece, and Asia, Dr. Steffen has interacted globally with people who love animals so she may better understand the depths of the relationships and the cultural values held in areas way beyond the scope of her textbook and clinical training. As the sole owner of Companion Animal Medical Centre, Dr. Steffen now incorporates several holistic modalities that envelop the more traditional methods of practicing veterinary medicine.
Dr. Steffen also gives of her time and energy to move beyond the walls of her veterinary practice. She has provided relief work to veterinary clinics/hospitals in various locations, along with donating her time and skills to help animal shelters and other organizations in the tri-state area with spays and neuters. She has established and facilitates a lucrative fund-raising event, The Blu Cat Benefit, annually since 2009 to benefit local no-kill, non-profit animal rescues.
Dr. Steffen is also does philanthropic with the community and offers services to local 501c3 non-profit no-kill animal rescues in the tri-state region.
Dr. Steffen is a level II Reiki therapist and is the only veterinarian in the United States certified in Chiro + Kinesiology. She is trained in dōTERRA and Young Living essential oils, Standard Process, Thorne Research, and Vet Classics along with other nutraceutical product lines. She also has over 100 hours of continuing education in cannabinoid therapy and nutritional diets for companion animals suffering from cancer.
Past and Continuing Experience
Dr. Steffen was the Recording Secretary on The Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association’s Board of Directors for three years and a member of Business Network International for one year.
Dr. Steffen was appointed to the WAVE Foundation Board of Directors in the fall of 2013 and recently resigned from the organization after holding the following positions: Executive Secretary (2 years), Trustee (2 years), Chair for the Resource and Development Committee (3 years), Co-Chair on the Nauti Nite Committee (2 years), Committee Member (3 years), and on the David Fulcher’s Putt For Penguins Committee (3 years).
Other associations that Dr. Steffen belongs to include The American Veterinary Medical Association, The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The American Association of Feline Practitioners, and The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Veterinary Medical Associations.
Aaron Losey, Veterinary Practice Manager
Aaron is a native of Newport, Kentucky. Having spent many years in human medicine, he has decided to spread his education in veterinarian medicine under the direction of Dr. G. Steffen DVM.
Aaron not only obtained a medical/legal secretarial certification from D. Russel Lee Career technology, but he also studied dance at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Although he traveled many years performing, he decided to make medicine his main focus. Aaron has a 14-year young corgi/collie mix name Sarina, who often goes by fat mama! She has a gentle soul and loving spirit that will make anyone fall in love with her.
Aaron was featured in an article written by Trends Magazine during the summer of 2021. Read the article here.
Ashley Kelleher, Veterinary Technician
Ashley was raised in Loveland, OH, and has wanted to work with animals for as long as she can remember. She is going to school for business and to become a vet tech.
Her pets currently include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters!
Along with her pets, Ashley has a beautiful daughter who loves animals just as much as she does. She is excited to start her career of animal care with the team at Companion Animal Medical Centre.
Clarence Cooper, Veterinary Receptionist
Clarence is a native of Garrison, Kentucky. Clarence has spent over 20 years in the restaurant business and decided to make a career change and is now excited to start his career at Companion Animal Medical Centre and still do what he loves, which is providing customer service and caring for animals.
Clarence has two young Yorkshire Terriers named Max and Charlie.
Craig Gaines, Veterinary Assistant
Craig was born and raised in Chicago, IL before moving to Ohio where he is currently majoring in Biological Sciences at Cincinnati State University and is a certified PetSmart trainer. He has a passion for holistic/function medication for both humans and their pets.
Craig is a proud owner of a pocket bully named Tank.
Hannah Stone, Veterinary Registered Technician (Relief)
Hannah Stone is a Registered Veterinary Technician who studied at the University of Cincinnati—Blue Ash. She is also a graduate of Anderson high school and the Live Oaks Animal Science and Management program. She graduated from Anderson as a member of NHS (National Honor Society) and Live Oaks as a member of NTHS (National Technical Honor Society.) She has a strong passion for animal care.
At Live Oaks, Hannah was also a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) during her junior and senior year. She graduated from Live Oaks with a Certificate of Career-Technical Preparation and a Certificate of Achievement in her program. With the Animal Science and Management program, Hannah has been certified in Pet First Aid, Adult and Child CPR, AED Standard First Aid, and she has completed OSHA’s 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health Training Course in General Industry Safety and Health.
Hannah worked at Shar-Jo’s Pet Styling and later at Derbyshire Stables as a stable hand. She has volunteered at a Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic where she met Dr. Steffen, whom she shadowed.
Kelsey Simmons, Veterinary Assistant
Kelsey was raised in Loveland, Ohio and currently attends the University of Kentucky studying Animal Science. She plans to further her education and experience working with animals. She previously worked as a pet care specialist at Snagglefoot in Lexington, Kentucky and has volunteered at Circle Tail in Pleasant Plain, Ohio.
Kelsey has a passion for taking care of animals and currently has a dog of her own named Rocket. She has loved animals for as long as she can remember and enjoys being able to help and heal pets.
Vincent Clark, Senior Veterinary Technician
Vince is a native Cincinnatian and has always had a love for animals, and that is shown through his 7 pets. Vince has 2 dogs, 4 cats, and a freshwater aquarium. He attended Northern Kentucky University and Cincinnati State but always struggled to find his true calling until he came to work for Dr. Gwendolyn Steffen DVM in February of 2015.
Vince has worked his way up from a Receptionist to a Veterinary Assistant and loves working with companion animals. He hopes to continue to better himself in the veterinary field.
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