Meet Our Team
All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman and Wadsworth, OH, is pleased to be staffed with a team of experienced veterinarians to care for your pet.
Meet the Team
All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge in Rittman and Wadsworth, OH, is staffed with a team of nearly a dozen support staff. As pet owners ourselves, we’re happy to welcome your pets to our clinic and lodge facilities and treat them with the care they deserve. Learn more about each team member below. If you have questions about or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, please feel free to call us.
Dr. Larry D. Markley
Dr. Markley's Bio
Dr. Markley is the co-owner and leading veterinarian at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge. He founded the practice in 1980 and has been providing quality, compassionate care to Ohio’s pets ever since. His veterinary journey began on his family’s dairy farm, where he enjoyed working with large and small animals. His interests continued with his participation in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. Put simply, Dr. Markley absolutely loves working and interacting with animals!
He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University with a specialty in preventive medicine and is a member of various veterinary organizations. These include the Summit County American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Behavior Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, including Wadsworth Community Television’s Rosie Award for the “Animal Crackers” show.
Since his time on his family’s farm years ago, Dr. Markley has worked in both large animal (dairy and swine) and small animal practices. He enjoyed working with farm families who dedicated their lives to dairy and crop farming. As a small animal veterinarian, he also enjoys working with clients to help their dogs, cats, and other small animals live longer, healthier lives. Although being a veterinarian has included many difficult cases that require research and creating treatment plans, he gladly welcomes the diversity of the practice.
To stay current on the latest in veterinary medicine, Dr. Markley regularly completes continuing education courses in laparoscopic surgeries, orthopedic surgeries, behavior science, CT scan, imaging, neurology, zoonotic diseases, and oncology. As the leading veterinarian, he applied these and other skills to implement state-of-the-art technology to enhance the clinic’s diagnostic services and increase staff knowledge base and applications.
Dr. Markley is married to Sally, the practice manager at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, with whom he has five grown children, five grandchildren, and eight “grandpets.” He and Sally also have their own pets, including five dogs, six cats, and two horses. When he’s not at work, he spends time with his family and pets. He also enjoys scuba diving, farming, fishing, boating, traveling, and repairing machinery.
Dr. Emily A. Jackson
Dr. Jackson's Bio
Dr. Jackson joined our team in 2010 after earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University. Her decision to pursue veterinary medicine as a career stemmed from her desire and ability to not only heal and help pets with medical needs but to help the people who love them.
With special interests in various pet species, her specialties include small mammals, reptiles, and exotic pet medicine. She attends annual conferences to stay current on the latest in veterinary medicine, with topics ranging from exotic pets to surgery to special procedures. She also maintains affiliations with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.
As one of the associate veterinarians at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, Dr. Jackson loves being able to save pets’ lives due to the advanced technology at the practice. She also relishes being on the cutting edge of veterinary medical advancement and improving the lives of pets and their people.
Dr. Jackson is married and has three cats named Buddy, Holly, and Gypsy; a golden retriever named Gabrielle; an English Bulldog named Lilla; and a red-footed tortoise named Bixby. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and hiking.
Dr. Julie Fitzwater
Dr. Fitzwater’s Bio
Dr. Julie Fitzwater is one of the newest veterinarians at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge. An Ohio native, she grew up in Tallmadge and attended Kent State University, where she received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. Her decision to join the veterinary profession stemmed from her love of medicine and the bond between people and their pets. She has been active in the veterinary field since 2009.
In 2016, she graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with honors as a Phi Zeta Honor Society member. While in veterinary school, she was the president of the Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity and was involved with many veterinary student organizations as well as volunteer efforts throughout central Ohio. She is currently a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medicine Association (OVMA) and American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).
Dr. Fitzwater’s main areas of interest are emergency medicine and surgery. She first gained experience in these areas through various externship opportunities in emergency medicine and general practice throughout veterinary school. She has worked alongside board-certified orthopedic surgeons, gaining firsthand experience in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery as well as neurosurgery.
Her favorite part of working here is the diverse nature of the practice, where she can utilize new technology and procedures to help both pets and people. She also enjoys working alongside the highly trained staff that cares so much about the pets they treat and the communities they serve.
Dr. Fitzwater resides in Norton, OH, with her husband, Kevin, and her dog, Balto, who was adopted from the central Ohio prison program. She is a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’ and an avid hiker whose goal is to travel and hike all the national parks.
Dr. Chellene Zahurak
Dr. Zahurak's Bio
Since the age of five, Dr. Zahurak knew she wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian because she loved the idea of taking care of animals. She saw her dream come to fruition years later when she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1996.
Now, as one of the associate veterinarians of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, she loves being able to work with pets alongside a great veterinary team and support staff. She also welcomes the diversity and unpredictability of every day and seeing the caring pet owners who would do anything for their pets.
Dr. Zahurak is affiliated with the American Animal Hospital Association, Summit County Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association. To stay current on the latest in veterinary medicine, she completes 50 hours of continuing education every year in various subjects, including the latest diagnostics and how to treat heart failure.
Dr. Zahurak is married with four children. She is also the proud pet mom of two dogs named Tank, a Pekingese, and Buddy, a faithful mutt. When she’s not at the practice, she spends her free time with her husband and children. She also enjoys cooking and reading.
Ashley has been with our practice for some time now, and we’re thrilled to have her on the team! Since she wanted to learn more about the veterinary field, she attended and graduated from the Registered Veterinary Technician program at Cuyahoga Community College. Ashley loves spending time with her husband, Andrew, and their numerous four-legged friends. Three cats (Checkers, Slushy, and Bagheera), two dogs (Bella and Castiel), and a bunch of chickens keep them quite busy, to say the least! When she is not managing the practice, Ashley enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with family.
Lauren is a veterinary assistant here at All Creatures and has had experience with all types of animals throughout her career in the veterinary medicine field. At home, she has five pets, including three Beagles (Fancy, Wally, and Bandit) and two cats (Piper and Lincoln). Lauren loves hiking, kayaking, watching Netflix, motorcycles, and spending time with family/friends when she is not working.
Veterinary Assistant/Kennel Assistant
Always willing to lend a helping hand, Dustie is one of our veterinary assistants here at All Creatures. She loves getting to know all of the clients on a personalized basis. Dustie lives at home with her significant other, and she has one daughter named Skyla. Rounding out the family are their four feline friends named Sadie, Sugar, Lilly, and Tiger. In her free time, Dustie enjoys baking, crafting, and spending time with family.
Client Service Representative
Sara is a graduate of Kent State University, and we’re happy to have her as a part of the All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge family. When not assisting our clients, she loves cooking, baking, reading, and walking at local metro parks. Sara shares her home with a four-legged friend who means the world to her; her cat named BoBo Toulouse.
Client Service Representative
Michelle is a part of our Client Services team and plays an important role here at the clinic. She loves helping our clients in any way she can and giving our furry-friends lots of extra care. Michelle lives with her husband, Patrick, and her daughter, Kaylee. Joining them in their humble abode are two dogs (Colt and Kyan), two cats (Mara and Amelia), two birds (Petie and Snowy), and a dwarf Hotot rabbit (Bebe). In her free time, Michelle enjoyed camping, hiking, crochet, and gardening.
Client Service Representative
Natalee has been a great addition to our client services team. Her goal is to always provide our clients with any advice needed while also showing their pets lots of love and kindness. Natalee lives with her significant other and their two pets, a Shih Tzu named Sully and a cat named Midnight. Natalee loves cooking, hiking, traveling with friends, and car shows when she is not working.
Client Service Representative
Dawn graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in childhood education. Nonetheless, she has always had a passion for animals since she was young. Now, Dawn owns her own working ranch with some cattle, horses, and a donkey. She enjoyed activities with horses such as barrel racing, rodeos, and working out/running. Dawn runs the ranch with her husband, Brant. They have three daughters (Britney, Brooklyn, and Brystol) and seven dogs that keep them quite busy. When not working on the ranch, Dawn can be found providing exceptional customer service to all our clients or spending time with her family.
Casey is our lodge manager here at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic & Lodge. We’re honored to have her on the team to ensure the entire practice runs smoothly and efficiently. At home, Casey loves spending time with her husband (Ben) and their two children (Jase and Josephine). After work hours and on weekends, Casey loves snowboarding, boating, outdoor activities, and watching her kids play various sports.
Lodge Client Service Representative
It’s been a pleasure having Landri at our practice. Landri did basic training directly after high school. Now, she is honored to be celebrating five years in the Army National Guard. Landri is the youngest of six siblings and loves spending time with her family. Landri lives with her significant other (Tyler), and they have two German Shepherds named Diesel and Jazmine. In her free time, she loves exercising, hiking, snowboarding, watching Netflix, and going to the beach.
Katie has been an integral part of our team for some time now and she helps with a myriad of tasks within our practice. Before joining us, she took classes at Wayne County Schools Career Center to learn more about the veterinary medicine field. While Katie loves all the pets we see at the practice. However, she has a special affinity to her own dog at home named Ginger. Katie’s hobbies outside of work include bike riding, swimming, and family vacations.
Amanda has been part of our team since February 2011, after earning her associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from The Vet Institute at Bradford School in Columbus, OH. As one of our registered veterinary technicians, her favorite aspect of her position is assisting with surgical, dental, and CT scan procedures. Amanda is the proud pet mom of three coon hounds named Sue, Maizie, and Frank.
Alexis is an integral part of our boarding team and loves giving personalized attention to all the pets in her care any chance she gets. Alexis gets quite the warm greeting when she gets home from work. She has one dog (Gypsy) and two cats (Vodoo and Tig). In her spare time, Alexis loves horseback riding as well as spending time with her husband and two sisters.
Megan is one of our hard-working veterinary assistants who started technician school last year. She plans to return soon to finish the program. When not helping our clients and doctors, you can find Megan camping or riding UTV’s with friends and family. Megan has a son named Asher and a step-daughter named Oakley- she adores them both. She also has some furry friends rounding out their family, including three dogs (Bella, Thor, and Jane) and a cat (Elsa).