Jon H. Ellis, DVM, CVA
Along with Dr. Martin Fuhrer, Dr. Jon Ellis is one of the founders of Veterinary Associates. He graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1966. He has been practicing in Greene County his entire career, serving the pet, food animal, and equine population. Dr. Ellis is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and currently works primarily with Standardbred race horses.
Dr. Jon remains an active Veterinarian which includes his enjoyment of Continuing Education. Dr. Jon has always been at the forefront of new knowledge. When he started as a Veterinarian, he would sneak your pet into the local human hospital after hours for advanced diagnostics, where now we offer many of those things in house! He considers every day he gets to practice a gift and is an inspiration for those that know him. Dr. Jon truly is passionate about serving his community through the care of animals and doesn’t know a day of work as work truly is his passion. He does enjoy in those rare out of work hours, spending time with his family, grandkids and many grand-dogs and cats!!
Brett F. Ellis, DVM, CVSMT
The son of Dr. Jon Ellis, Dr. Brett Ellis started at Veterinary Associates as a kennel assistant in 1983. After graduating from Xenia high school and Wilmington College, he attended the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He returned to Veterinary Associates after graduating in 1999. Dr. Brett enjoys practicing medicine and surgery on all domestic species. He has received advanced training in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine including acupuncture, herbology, and food therapy, which he applies in an integrative approach to all patients.
Jodi A. Moorman, DVM
Dr. Jodi Moorman is a 1990 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up on a farm near Utica, Ohio where she participated in 4-H, FFA, and sports activities. Since starting her career with Veterinary Associates, Dr. Moorman has enjoyed mixed animal practice, often treating multiple species in a day. She has a special interest in small ruminants. She and her family raise registered Nubian dairy goats on their small property outside Xenia. Dr. Moorman has a developing interest in animal behavior. She is Fear Free certified and tries to make visits as stress free as possible for her patients. Outside of work, she enjoys participating in dog agility, teaching dog Obedience, reading, gardening, and serving in her church.
Deanna Clark, DVM, CCRT, CVSMT
Dr. Deanna Clark was raised on a small dairy farm in central Wisconsin. As a small child caring for the farm animals and pets, she knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science from UW-Madison and her dream came true as she attended the UW-School of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2004. From there she practiced only on Bovines, and quickly realized how much she missed companion animals. She then worked at the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic as a mixed animal veterinarian for the next 13 years.
Her passion in canine sports, athletes and injuries grew and in 2013 she received a certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy –which also covers cats and other species. (Rehabilitation therapy is like Physical Therapy for people and involves focused study on musculoskeletal injury diagnosis, pain relief and recovery.) She has since become more focused on small animal medicine and really enjoys all facets of general practice. “I really enjoy getting to know my patients and clients and thrive in a team environment working together to determine what is best for a particular patient.” She tremendously enjoys behavior and helping people manage puppyhood through senior stages. She became certified in Low Stress Handling in 2018. She is open minded and likes to include integrative and more natural therapies. In 2017 she earned her degree alongside Dr. Brett Ellis in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (which is chiropractic therapy and functional neurology) and decided to come join the Team at Veterinary Associates in May 2018. In her free time she enjoys family time including their cats, four pointer mixes and chickens. She also enjoys competing in skijoring with her pointers and sharing her passion for canine sports.
Becky Warden, DVM
Dr. Becky Warden graduated from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Following graduation, she moved to the UK and worked in a busy small animal practice. Because of her passion for nutrition, she joined a market leading pet food company as a Veterinary Advisor which furthered her education in the Pet Food Market. She moved back to the US in 2018 and joined Veterinary Associates in 2020. She continues to have special interests in small animal nutrition and integrative veterinary care. Her passion is sharing her love and knowledge of exercise, whole health and Great Danes with her clients and patients. Dr. Becky is also a devoted wife and Mum of two young girls.
Jennifer graduated from the Ohio State University in 2004 with a BS in Agriculture. She has been employed with Veterinary Associates since 2007. Jen is the Director of Operations, helping to make our hospital as efficient as possible. She is our Human Resources Extraordinaire and is indispensable with the organization of so many creative, brilliant and differing minds. She has a passion for all things Buckeye—especially sporting events and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Not to be left out are her loving cats and dogs.
John H. Grice
John Grice has been with Veterinary Associates since 1984. John started out caring for animals in the kennels, and is now the Kennel Manager which includes Groundskeeping. Since we only offer special medical boarding, John is the primary caretaker for these very fragile patients. He enjoys working with both large and small animals, and is especially skilled at assisting with those less than cooperative patients—the dogs always end up trusting John! In addition to working at Veterinary Associates, John also serves as a Greene County animal control/humane officer since 1995. He retired from the United States Air Force Reserves in 2013 with a 27 year rank as Master Sergeant. He was also NCOIC of Combat Arms and a Security forces member of the 445th Secruity Forces Squadron. John’s family includes his wife Michelle, three sons Devon, Ryeley and Ethan, as well as dogs and cats.
Lacie has been a vital part of our team since 2008. She started as a client care specialist, was a fantastic veterinary assistant and has become a leader and mentor amongst our team today. Lacie will often be the smile that greets you on those-oh so early surgery check-ins, as well as the smile behind the voice that often answers your questions on the phone. Her main role today is helping with virtual care, and she is the main client-patient-pharmacy liaison to help ensure online orders are correct. She also manages the specialized health tests we send to outside laboratories for large and small animal care as well as facilitating complicated health certificates to prevent errors. Lacie is an incredible artist, and baker-she spoils us at Christmas with creative gifts and ensures we all enjoy a special home-made treat for our Birthdays! Lacie enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and friends. She has charismatic cats and dogs that also enjoy her nurturing care and we enjoy the stories! Lacie is a Xenia native and, In the summer, can be found kayaking on our many Ohio Rivers with family and friends.
Monica Sexton, RVT, Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer (ABCDT)
Monica joined our amazing team in July 2013. As a working mom with 4 boys, she was able to attain an Associate’s Degree in Health Sciences in 2019 and then earned her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology in 2020. She is our most experienced RVT. Monica is one of those people that can do everything. Having worked years as a surgery assistant, her expertise is invaluable, but you will also see her helping our care staff assist clients, answer phones and help keep our facility sanitized for the next patient. Monica also has a passion for animal behavior-I mean she did raise four successful boys of which three are currently serving in The United States Army! We are excited to see what she can do with her training degree and she hopes to set up puppy classes at Veterinary Associates hopefully within this next year. She will continue to further her education in behavior as well to help with more challenging situations. She has experience training dogs at 4 Paws for Ability and continues to learn from her two Chihuahuas, Pit Bull and Bernese Mountain Dog. She can definitely help you with many behavior questions you may have with your own pets. Monica resides in Xenia with her family and not to be left out–her two kitties as well.