Gahanna Animal Hospital now has eight associate veterinarians in addition to the owners. The hospital offers full-service wellness care, vaccinations, internal medicine diagnostics, hospitalization, intensive care, radiology, in-hospital laboratory, mobile ultrasound, allergy testing, acupuncture, dentals, surgical procedures, long-term case management, behavioral consultations, emergencies, grooming, boarding, puppy classes and doggie daycare.
Dr. John Worman
Dr. Worman's Bio
Dr. John, and his wife, Dr. Paula Marrie, have two children, Jason and Jenny, who both work at Gahanna Animal Hospital. Dr. Jason is a veterinarian and Jenny is a Client Care Representative and works in Advertising and Social Media as well. Dr. John and Dr. Paula have 2 dogs, Keady and Jeorge, 2 cats, Goofy and Bimby, a yellow-naped amazon parrot, Patrick, a turtle, and 12 chickens. Dr. John is a very big supporter of Ohio State football, and outside of work, you can often find him at the Shoe! If he’s not there, he will surely be found at Lake Erie. His favorite past times are boating and exploring the lake.
Dr. Paula Marrie
Dr. Marrie's Bio
Her favorite community contribution is teaching the animal safety portion of Gahanna’s Safety Town Program, which she has been doing since 1984. She is delighted each time she encounters a young child in the community who is practicing the technique taught in her program. Dr. Marrie spends her spare time taking care of her chickens, 33-year-old parrot, turtle, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She has been Irish Dancing with Columbus Celtic Dancers since 2002 and this year (2018) participated in a group of 8 dancers that performed an 8 Hand Jig and became the North American Irish Dance Champions.
Dr. Nancy Rich
Dr. Rich's Bio
Dr. Nancy Rich has been with Gahanna Animal Hospital since 1989. She is a graduate of Purdue University. She specializes in the reproduction of AKC registered breeds as well as O.F.A. procedures. She also treats rabbits, ferrets, and pocket pets.
She enjoys surgery and is exceptional in internal medicine. She is also the primary veterinarian for Columbus Cocker Rescue. She shows and breeds Rhodesian Ridgebacks in her free time.
Dr. Debbie Riebel
Dr. Riebel's Bio
Dr. Riebel and her husband, Doug, have 2 wonderful daughters. The family shares a house with their 2 dogs, Woodley and Heath, 3 cats, Tanner, Izzy, and Crazy, 2 toads, 2 fish, 2 lizards, and a hermit crab. Dr. Riebel adopted Woodley and Heath from a client who had rescued a pregnant dog, adopted Tanner from the GAH Adoption Program, took in Izzy after she was abandoned at GAH, and rescued Crazy from a park during her daughter’s soccer practice. Tanner, the GAH adoptee, has a special place in Dr. Riebel’s and her daughters’ hearts. Tanner will let the girls pretend that she’s a baby and carry her around like one. The girls even play dress up with Tanner and style her in the latest Build-A-Bear fashion. Crazy truly lives up to his name by running around the house, pouncing on the other cats, and playing with anything and everything. He even likes to chew on hair!
Outside of work, Dr. Riebel’s biggest passion is her family. Her daughters are involved with travel soccer, piano and voice lessons, gymnastics, and Chinese classes. When Dr. Riebel is not traveling to extracurricular activities or school events, she enjoys spending time with her family at the zoo, Zoombezi Bay, COSI, and the park.
Dr. Deborah Rausch
Dr. Rausch's Bio
Dr. Rausch and her husband, David, have a teenage son, Nate, a rescue Greyhound, Jack, and a rescue cat, Earl. Her hobbies include playing the piano, creating art, horseback riding, camping, home decorating, and gardening.
Dr. Cate Drost
Dr. Drost's Bio
Dr. Drost and her family live just outside of Columbus on a 200-year-old farm with many different animals of all sizes. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, house restoration, and equine activities like dressage.
Dr. Joy Harkins
Dr. Harkin's Bio
Dr. Joy Harkins declared her plan to become a veterinarian during a kindergarten class project. Her earliest memories include diagnosing and treating her “sick” stuffed animals. Her passion for animals grew as she did. She graduated with a BS in Biology from Youngstown State University and went on to receive a MS in Physiology from North Carolina State University. She received her DVM from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and began working at Gahanna Animal Hospital shortly after in 2004.
She enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially internal medicine, surgery, senior wellness, and preventative care. She proudly works alongside several local rescue groups. She is a member of the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM) and is certified in Acupuncture. She is a strong proponent of utilizing low stress handling to make veterinary visits a positive experience for her patients.
Dr. Harkins and her husband, Todd, have been married for over 20 years. Together they have 2 wonderful sons, Chris and Drew. The boys are active in travel soccer, basketball, scouts, and piano. Dr. Harkins and her husband also have 2 fur sons, Bradshaw, a boxer mix, and Junior, a pit mix. Dr. Harkins fostered Bradshaw through a local rescue group and he quickly became a permanent member of the family. Junior is also a rescue. He was found on the streets of Cleveland, severely emaciated, suffering from pneumonia, and cruelly abused at the hands of strangers. Instead of becoming aggressive, Junior remained a kind and gentle soul. After he was brought to GAH to be treated, Dr. Harkins quickly fell in love and adopted him into her family.
Bradshaw and Junior absolutely love getting the kids up in the morning. They patiently wait at the boys’ bedroom doors until they are allowed to run in, jump on their beds, and unleash a wrath of kisses until they begin to wake up.
Outside of work, Dr. Harkins enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She particularly enjoys kickboxing and also has a passion for reading.
For better or worse, all of the cases that Dr. Harkins takes on, impact her life. She becomes emotionally invested and works hard to give every animal the same level of care and concern that she would give her own. Dr. Harkins finds that being a veterinarian is truly rewarding, and although it can become stressful at times, she wouldn’t have it any other way.