Our Team

Veterinarian/ Founder of Elm Ridge Animal Hospital

Dr. Butera, a Stark County native, has over 20 years of intense emergency experience and now 11 years and counting as the owner of ERAH. As the former owner of the Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic, she has treated over 100,000 emergency cases in her career.

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Heather Kinney grew up in Dalton, Ohio.   She attended Lake Erie College and received her Bachelor's Degree in Equine Studies.  She followed this with her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr.

Veterinarian/ Vice President/ Head of Small Animal

Dr. Jeff Fink has divided responsibilities between small animal surgery/ medicine and management. Dr. Fink joined the Orrville Veterinary Clinic in 2002. He and his wife, Beth, are kept busy with their four children and farm outside of Dalton.  On their farm, they raise grass fed beef and free… more

Veterinarian/ Treasurer

Dr. Hofstetter's veterinary interests include small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Marissa enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, gardening, traveling, and watching Ohio State football.


Dr. Paul is at our Canal Fulton/ Jackson Elm Ridge Animal Hospital weekly to perform surgeries and just to brighten our day with his friendly disposition. Dr. Masters had been a founding partner in the Orrville Veterinary Clinic and Orrville Pet Spa and Resort.

Veterinary Assistant

Our veterinary assistant Jessica has been with us for nearly TEN years and we would be absolutely lost without her. Jess is at the clinic nearly every day to make sure your pets receive the TLC they deserve.

Veterinary Technician

Noel is a graduate of Brown Mackie College of Veterinary Technology and first joined our staff as an extern. Noel keeps busy with her fur babies and family, soon to be a family of four.  She is here to give your pets the care that they deserve with love and compassion.


Ashlee is a THIRD generation Elm Ridge employee!! Her mother, Sherry Cooper Todd, and grandmother Pat worked with Dr. Butera at the emergency clinic and were here when we opened Elm Ridge in 2005. Ashlee is a very hard worker and a compassionate, professional young lady. 

Veterinary Assistant

Priscila graduated with her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in May of 2018 from Kent State University at Tuscarawas. She and her fiance, Tanner, just moved to Cleveland with their Boston Terrier, Ruxton.


Our goose Elmyra stands guard at our door and enjoys greeting people, showing off her latest fashions. See them here. Elmyra was injured during a burglary in 2011. The culprit knocked off her head! The horror!!


Pat was our receptionist from the first day ERAH opened and had worked for Dr. Butera for many years before that at the emergency clinic. She loved our clients and their pets like her own family, and nothing was more important to Pat than family.


Dr. Lebeau was Dr. Butera's vet when she was a young girl and was the one that hired her for the emergency clinic in 1986. She is so honored to have known him and have him as a mentor for so many years.  He was with us when we opened ERAH, but  formally retired (again) in 2008.