Lauren Cross, DVM — Chief of Staff
Dr. Lauren Cross is Chief of Staff here at Ridgeville Animal Hospital. She grew up in Bay Village, attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and then went on to earn her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 2013.
Before joining our team, Dr. Cross practiced large and small animal medicine in upstate New York before moving back to her hometown of Cleveland. She has taken a special interest in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and pocket pet medicine.
Dr. Cross has two rescue tabby cats named Fiona and Charlie, and an affenpinscher named Olaf. In her spare time, she loves spending time her with daughter and family, baking, and traveling with her husband.
Amber Ziemba, DVM
Dr. Amber Ziemba has been practicing at Ridgeville Animal Hospital since 2009. She grew up in Hinckley and now lives in Avon Lake, Ohio. Dr. Ziemba completed undergraduate studies at Miami University before attending Ohio State University (OSU), earning a DVM degree in 2004. Prior to joining the Ridgeville Animal Hospital team, she practiced veterinary medicine in Xenia.
In her free time, Dr. Ziemba enjoys traveling, downhill skiing, and reading. Her pets include a Labrador Retriever mix named Olive; three cats named Chooch, Fonzie and Shiva; and a goldfish.
Melanie Belcik, DVM
Dr. Melanie Belcik grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and currently resides in Avon, Ohio. She received an undergraduate degree from Muskingum University and earned her DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Ridgeville Animal Hospital team, Dr. Belcik practiced in Stow, Ohio. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and feline medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. Belcik enjoys ballroom dancing, skiing, jogging, fitness classes, traveling, and spending time with her husband. She has a Russian blue cat and corn snake
George Stokes, DVM — Retired
Dr. George Stokes has been practicing at Ridgeville Animal Hospital for 35 years. A native of Lancaster, he now resides in Grafton, Ohio. Dr. Stokes completed his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University (OSU). He then pursued veterinary studies at OSU, earning his DVM degree in 1978. Prior to Ridgeville Animal Hospital, Dr. Stokes worked for a year at a dairy and small animal practice in Ashland. He has a special interest in extensive dental procedures and has been receiving veterinary dental referrals for over 25 years.
Dr. Stokes enjoys golf, OSU sports (particularly football and basketball, he's a season ticket holder), good food, and spending time with family, including his pets — a Shih Tzu named Sparky and a cat named Salem. He and his wife, who is a retired North Ridgeville City school teacher, often visit their two daughters and two grandchildren in Columbus.
Dr Stokes has recently retired. To learn more, read Dr. Stokes' Farewell Letter that he wrote to his community.