Devoted. Talented. Caring. The team at Hillcrest is diverse in ability and united in mission: to care for you and your pet like you were our own.

Doctors

Scott Murray

Doctor / Co-Owner

A 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University and co-owner of Animal Hospital, Inc. He is married, the father of three children, and has both cats and dogs. Dr. Murray’s hobbies include snow skiing, physical fitness, road biking and playing the bagpipes. He is on the board of directors of the Willoughby Rotary and is a member of the Willoughby Black Sheep Pipes and Drum band.

Debbie Dennis

Doctor / Co-Owner

A 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University who grew up in Cleveland, Dr. Dennis has been co-owner of Animal Hospital Inc. since 1991. She is the mother of three young adults, and enjoys perennial gardening and training and showing her adorable Corgis.

Megan Barnhizer

DVM

A 1999 graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr Barnhizer began practice at AHI that same year. Raised in Bainbridge, Dr. Barnhizer is married with two children and has many cats and dogs (and two horses!). Her professional interest include; ophthalmology and ultrasound. She is an accomplished competitive amateur dressage rider, and in her spare time enjoys dancing, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Drake Johnston

DVM

A 2007 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Johnston joined Animal Hospital Inc. in 2008. Her professional interests include internal medicine & exotic species medicine, especially regarding sugar gliders. She is married with two daughters & has two dogs & two cats.. In her spare time she enjoys running & hiking with her husband.

Christine Hadley

DVM

Introducing Dr. Christine Hadley. A 2013 graduate of Michigan State University. She is married with one dog, one cat and many chickens. Her interests include many areas of veterinary medicine and supporting the human-animal bond. She enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, camping and spending time with family.

Christi Hanzel

DVM

Dr. Christi Hanzel is a 2012 graduate of St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. She completed her clinical year at The Ohio State University. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine, and several other areas of small animal veterinary medicine. She grew up in the Chardon area and now lives in Lake County with her fiancé, stepson, and cat. Her interests outside of work include snowboarding, horseback riding, and traveling (both locally and afar).

“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”

–AD Williams

Care Team

Ali

Practice Manager

Bio coming soon..

Alana

Bio coming soon..

Emily

Bio coming soon..

Deborah

Joined us September 1, 2005. She is married, has a daughter and an adorable grandbaby! She has one dog, Samantha and a cat, Grey Grey. In her spare time, Deb enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, cycling, swimming and snuggling with her pets.

Kristy

Kristy joined us in July of 2017. She has two dogs, Juno and Archie. In her spare time she enjoys karaoke and eating. She is currently pursuing a degree in graphic design.

“Cats are angels with fur”

–Sark

Administration

Kelli Sue Kerwin

CVPM, Hospital Administrator

Kelli joined Animal Hospital Inc. in 1998. She is married and has two children, two beagles, and two turkeys. Kelli has a certificate In Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University and from Patterson University’s Veterinary Management Institute. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family.

Renee

Executive Assistant

Renee joined Animal Hospital March 1, 1999. Renee enjoys spending time with her family which includes her two sisters, brother, 2 nieces and her nephew. She also enjoys reading, cross stitching, and collecting anything Wizard of Oz. She also has an adorable cat named Babes!