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 Veterinarians

Dr. Joe Gainey

Dr. Gainey is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary medicine and the owner of the Uniontown Veterinary Clinic.  In December 2009 Dr. Gainey and his wife Angela moved to Uniontown and purchased the practice from Drs. Dave and Denise Ballinger.  Prior to moving to Uniontown Dr. Gainey had practiced in Dover and Salem, Ohio where he worked with a wide array of medical and surgical cases and had the opportunity to work with and learn from a large number of other veterinarians.  Dr. Gainey's passion for animals comes from growing up on a dairy farm in Holmes, County Ohio.  He was raised around holstein dairy cattle, horses, dogs, cats, and a few chickens and pigs.  To this day Doc does his best to find time to visit his mother, who is an avid rider and to ride his horse "L.B." His veterinary interests are in soft tissue and laser surgery, preventative care, and chemotherapy.  Dr. Gainey and his wife Angela live in Uniontown with their four footed children, four dogs "Annabelle," "Benson," "Honza"  and "Webster" and two cats "Steiny" and "Angus".   

Dr. Denise Baltic

Dr. Baltic is a 1996 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Baltic completed her undergraduate work at the University of Akron.  Dr. Baltic has been a staff member since 2010.  Prior to joining the Uniontown Vet Clinic staff she was a very popular veterinarian in Dover, Ohio for 14 years.  She has a special interest in reproduction, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

 

Dr. Vedessa Meluch

Vedessa Meluch is a 2005 graduate from the University of Southern Mindanao, Philippines. While in the Philippines, she studied zoo and swine nutrition along with animal conservation. After shortly moving to the United States, Dr. Meluch attended the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada for an intense year of skills and enhancement training in small animal medicine. In 2012, Dr Meluch became a licensed veterinarian in the state of Ohio and began practicing in a small animal hospital in Boardman.

Dr Meluch's passions for veterinary medicine include dermatology, dentistry and physical rehab. She hopes to bring to Uniontown Veterinary Clinic alternative forms of relief and treatment for obesity, osteoarthropathy, post surgical recovery, relief of pain, and help pets with mobility for neuropathic and orthopedic pain.

Dr. Meluch and her husband live on a farm and have many cows, horses, ducks and dogs. She spends her free time driving a big tractor while harvesting corn and hay. She isn't afraid of getting dirty and changing the oil on the tractors, as well!


Our Clinic Mascots

Benson, Webster, Honza & Annabelle

Webster is a Miniature Dachshund owned by Dr. Gainey and his wife Angela!  You can find him usually snuggled with his brother, Benson, in our back office!  He loves to greet everyone with a friendly bark.

Benson is a Wirehair Dachshund.  He also is owned by Dr. Gainey and his wife Angela! The wirehair dachshund is normally known as "the clown" of the dachshund family, and that he is!!  Benson loves to play and come and say hello to everyone when they arrive for their appointment.  He doesn't know a stranger!  He has been competing in dog shows with his mom, Angela, and has achieved his "GRAND CHAMPION" status!

Annabelle is the smallest Wirehair of the family.She is such a tiny peanut.  Dr. Gainey and Angela got her for the intent to continue showing Wirehair Dachshunds. She, also, is a clown! She is so spunky and full of energy.  She loves to play with her brothers and "talk" to all the patients coming in for their visits.   

Honza is the newest Wirehair to join the family!  He came from Poland (Yes, the Country!) to compete in AKC events.  He is a total mama's boy. His hobby is Barn Hunt and chasing his cat brothers around the house.

Next time you are in our office, feel free to ask if the Gainey kids are working, and they will sure be glad to see you!!

Our Staff

Angela Gainey

Angela serves as ourresized_400x300_100_0013.JPG Practice Manager. She takes care of human resources, accounting, inventory and marketing for the clinic. She networks within the local Chambers of Commerce and the BNI Green Initiative Chapter. She is also an advocate for The 3/50 Project, a nationwide program that promotes local spending and supporting small businesses. She and Dr. Gainey have 6 pets; two cats, Steiny and Angus, and four dogs, Annabelle, Benson, Honza and Webster. Her favorite part about working at the Uniontown Veterinary Clinic is working alongside her husband and providing quality care to the community's four-legged family members.


Beth 

Beth is the longest tenured member of the Uniontown veterinary staff (30+ years... hooray) Beth graduated from Hoover High School and continued her education through the Aultman Paramedic Program.  She enjoys helping our clients with the health of their pets and bonding with them.  Her hobbies include collecting Barbies, reading cook books and trying new foods. Her and her husband, Dave, have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.  When she's not at work, she is busy taking care of her 4 legged children: Gidget (Papillon Mix) Panzer (Munchkin Cat) and Boo Boo (Blue Maine Coon).

 "When your pet is on a step-down dose of steroids, I suggest using a calendar to pre-mark the days, then you can just cross them off as you give meds." -Beth


Mandy

Mandy is another valued receptionist here at Uniontown.   Her favorite thing about working in the veterinary field is being able to care for all the dogs and cats and treat them like her own. In her spare time, Mandy and her husband enjoy hiking, reading, kayaking and spending time with their Chihuahua, Lola.

"New situations can make your puppy nervous.  Take him or her lots of places, especially to the vet for fun visits like weight checks and to pick up prescriptions.  This gives your pet a chance to make new friends and visit without the nervousness of always getting poked!" - Mandy


Brittany, RVT

Brittany, also known as "Nay-Nay," is a graduate from Brown Mackie College in June of 2015. When she was younger, Brittany knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field because she found great interest when she would take her pets to the vet with her family.  Her favorite part about working with animals is helping them because they can't tell you what is wrong; It is both challenging and rewarding all at the same time. She enjoys hanging out with her family, cooking, art, all Cleveland sports,listening to music and spending time with her 2 cats; Kitters and Jasper.

"Just as animals can calm us, we can calm them.  They also feel our anxiety and nervousness.  It's best to try and stay relaxed when they are nervous." - Brittany


Danielle, RVT

Danielle has an associates degree in Applied Science from Cuyahoga Community College.She has experienced 9 years working in a veterinary field; 4 as an assistant and 5 as an RVT. What she likes most about working as an RVT is being able to use her skills to help animals. She has 3 pets of her own; Juniper (pictured) Rex, and Peaches. In her free time Danielle enjoys traveling, camping and cooking.


Ashley, RVT

Ashley is a 2013 graduate from Brown Mackie College with an associates degree in Applied Science. After her internship with us, she first started working with us at our Belpar office helping with boarding pets.  She transferred to our Uniontown office to assist in surgery and room assisting until she received her RVT in 2014. A fun fact about her is that she is the oldest of 8 children and she likes exotic animals. Ashley enjoys nursing pets back to health and sharing her knowledge with others.  Her hobbies include candle making, scrap booking and spending time with her daughter, Lilly.

"Education is key.  Do your research whether it be food, breeds, whatever, make sure you use reliable sources and when in doubt ask your veterinarian!" - Ashley


Craig

Craig is one of our students that works with us during winter and summer breaks.  Through the University of Akron, Craig earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  He is currently enrolled at Ohio State University in their Veterinary Program.   Born in South Africa, his Grandfather took him on a Safari at a young age where he saw Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and Rhinos. The excitement of being up close and personal with them is where his passion for animals started.  What Craig enjoys most about working in the veterinary field is observing surgery.  In his spare time, he enjoys backpacking, bike riding, hanging out with family.  Craig has a Parakeet named "Sunny."