At Shaker Square Animal Hospital, we believe in a holistic approach to caring for your four legged loved ones. This means combining the best practices of traditional medicine with alternative modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicines, food therapy and laser therapy. This type of veterinary care focuses on the evaluation of the whole animal and on the prevention of disease and maintenance of health, not just on the treatment of disease and the suppression of symptoms. An integrative approach to veterinary medicine can improve the likelihood of resolving an underlying disease condition, prevent or minimize adverse drug effects, and improve the quality of life of your pets.
Dr. Nam Kim
For me, veterinary medicine required a career change: in my previous life I worked in the business field. After obtaining an MBA in finance and working for around 10 years in the finance and non-profit sectors in New York City I realized the business field wasn’t right for me. I remember one night just thinking I couldn’t see myself doing what I was doing for the next 20 years. I’ve always loved animals and knew I would find so much more fulfillment working to try to better their lives, so I submitted my resignation the next day and enrolled in science classes to get prerequisites I needed to get into veterinary school. After so many years out of school, it was a bit intimidating walking into Chemistry 101 with a room full of freshman undergraduates, but fortunately it went smoothly and a year and a half later I started studying at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While at Ross, I was able to meet so many like minded faculty and students with a love for animals and a deep desire to help better their lives. While at Ross I served as student class president, represented Ross University at the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and co-founded the Pain Management Club. I have very fond memories of my time there, especially the opportunities I had to work with a wildlife preservation group in South Africa and a non-profit organization offering free spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary services to small towns in Central America. After completing my course work, I finished my clinical year at The Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine.
After veterinary school I returned to New York City where I began my career at a small animal clinic in Brooklyn and East Village. It felt so good to start putting into practice what I had been studying for the past four years. But after a year of practicing, I realized two things: 1. as veterinarians, we’re not educated enough on proper nutrition; and 2. we prescribe too much medication that cover symptoms but have long term negative effects on our patients. I knew there were better ways to treat my patients, so I began studying veterinary acupuncture, herbal medicine and food therapy at the Chi Institute of Chinese Veterinary Medicine. It was there that I met a native Ohioan. A year later I packed up my two dogs and cat and moved to Cleveland. Although I miss aspects of New York City, I find living near the Shaker Square area a great compromise with it being walkable with nice restaurants and shops and full of diverse interesting people without all the traffic. Between starting a new business and welcoming our baby girl (Eloise) this past summer, it’s been a busy time since moving to Cleveland, but I’m really looking forward to our future here and am excited to become a part of the Cleveland and Shaker community!
Dr. Allison Spansky
Rebecca Husteck, RVT
I’m a proud 2009 graduate from The University of Cincinnati Vet Tech program. In 2007 I got my start as an assistant and receptionist for a veterinary clinic in Cincinnati working under the leadership of 5 veterinarians. This foundation of outstanding education and hands on experience provided me with a great introduction into my career as a Vet Tech. In 2013 we moved to Cleveland with our dog Cleo and two cats Timber & Suma. Since then, I enjoyed working as the Surgery Team Leader for a busy clinic on the east side. One of my favorite aspects of the field of veterinary medicine is meeting and interacting with clients and their companion animals! I truly enjoy the personal component to working for a small veterinary practice and look forward to building these new relationships. I am really excited to work for this new practice at Shaker Square, bringing high quality and innovative veterinary medicine to this area! In my free time I enjoy providing pet therapy with Cleo at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and being outdoors running or having adventures with my family.
I am 25 years old and currently a student with Penn Foster College to become a certified Veterinary Technician. I have been working in the veterinary field for 4 years now. I have three small children of my own and four adopted fur babies that consist of one dog and three cats. My favorite colors are lime green, pink, and black. I want to do so much in my lifetime just to be proficient at what I enjoy and to be able to say I accomplished that. My life’s purpose is to show my children you can do anything no matter where you have been and what you have been told as long as you can believe in yourself. I also aim to be the voice for the animals who cannot speak for themselves so that one day they can be at peace. It's always an amazing feeling knowing that you have saved an animals life, being able to see them play again and show you affection with appreciation, is so euphoric.
I began working part-time as a veterinary assistant in 2013 while studying International Business at the University of Akron. After graduating, I left the field and worked as an analyst for just a few short months before realizing that business was not for me, so I returned to the animal field and have since worked for a mobile vaccine clinic and a wildlife rehabilitation center. I love animals and having the opportunity to be part of a team that enriches their lives and the people who love them, which is why I’m very excited to be a part of the Shaker Square Animal Hospital staff. I have three cats of my own and routinely foster kittens for a local animal rescue. Outside of work my interests include being outdoors, hiking, running, travelling, and local wildlife conservation.