Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Kirtland Veterinary Hospital in Kirtland! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 440-256-3319 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Joel Percival


Ohio State University

Welcome to Kirtland Veterinary Hospital! My name is Joel Percival. I have been practicing veterinary medicine since I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1987. I am a lifelong resident of Lake County. I graduated from Riverside High School and attended Hiram College prior to entering veterinary school. After working as an associate veterinarian for four years, I started Big Creek Veterinary Hospital in Concord as a solo practitioner in 1991and in 2003 I purchased Kirtland Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Kroh. I was hired by Dr. Kroh right out of veterinary school and I had the pleasure of working for him for two years. Now I have the pleasure of continuing to grow the practice he established in 1967.

I truly enjoy the small town feel of Kirtland Veterinary Hospital and having the time to get to know our clients and their pets at a more personable level. I have always enjoyed the variety and challenge of working with small animals. I especially enjoy the surgery aspect of the practice.

I am currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Northeast Ohio Equine Practitioners Association. Over the past several years, I have been especially proud of the excellent staff and the veterinarians that we have been able to assemble as a team here at Kirtland.

Dr. Mike Peplowski


Ohio State University

Hello! My name is Mike Peplowski. I grew up in Lake County and was active in 4-H where I developed a passion for animals and veterinary science. I went to college at The University of Findlay where I studied Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Western Equestrian Studies. From there I went on to veterinary school at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, I was able to join the staff at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital, where I spent time as an assistant in high school and college. I enjoy the challenges of practicing veterinary medicine and I love meeting people and their pets. Outside of work I enjoy showing reining horses, deer hunting, and anything outdoors.

Dr. Stephanie Abramczyk


University College Dublin

Hello, my name is Stephanie Abramczyk and I am a 2016 graduate from the University College Dublin. My interest in veterinary medicine started at a very young age and grew as I participated in Lake County 4-H and worked at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital as an assistant. After graduating high school, I attended Otterbein University where I received my Bachelors Degree in biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. During the summers of undergraduate school and veterinary school I continued to work at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital as well as Big Creek Veterinary Hospital. I am excited to be back with the Kirtland family and look forward to meeting you and taking care of your pets.

When I am not working I enjoy horse back riding, playing with my dogs and traveling.

Samantha Rohricht, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician

Cuyahoga Community College

My name is Samantha, and I am a registered veterinary technician. I graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2012, and began working at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital in April of 2015. I grew up in Mayfield Heights, but spent many of my summers and weekends at my grandma’s farm in Pennsylvania. My passion for animals began there, where I was surrounded by cats, dogs, sheep, goats, cows, and chickens. Today I live with my beautiful cat, Walter. In my free time I enjoy gardening, hiking at the metroparks, going to trivia events, and spending time with friends and family. I am very excited to be a part of the Kirtland veterinary team, and to help care for all the patients that visit us!

Melissa Muir

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Melissa Muir and I am a Registered Veterinary Technician at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital. I graduated from Tri-C in 2005, earning my degree and passing the board exam. I decided to become a veterinary technician because I love animals and enjoy caring for them. I currently have two cats named Paws and Blue who I have had since they were kittens. In my free time I enjoy spending time outdoors and hanging out with my family and friends.

Theresa Sedlak

Registered Veterinary Technician

Hello, my name is Theresa Sedlak, I have been a Registered Veterinary Technician since graduating from Cuyahoga Community College in 2005.  I spent the first 12 years of my career working in Internal Medicine and Oncology at a specialty hospital in Copley, Ohio.  In 2017, my family and I fulfilled our goal of becoming residents to Kirtland, we absolutely love this charming community!  Two years ago, I decided to switch gears, working closer to home became my new focus and gifted me more time to spend with my family.  This decision, by the grace of God, lead me to join the amazing team at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital.

Grace Barber


I grew up in Painesville where I graduated from Riverside High School.  I live in Willoughby with my husband and two children and many pets. When I started working I was an assistant but have since changed my role to a receptionist.  Every day is different from the last. I look forward to meeting you and your pet.

Debbie Erkskine


Hello, my name is Debbie Erskine. I started working at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital in June 2012. I graduated from Riverside High School and attended Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and Chapman University in California. Prior to working as a receptionist, I was a teacher and coach in the Ledgemont School District for 5 years.

My family is my pride and joy. My husband Chris and I have 2 teenage daughters that are very active in sports. My family enjoys being in the outdoors whenever the weather allows. Some of our favorite activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, spending time at the beach and traveling.

Tracy Arcuri

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Tracy Arcuri, I live in Concord, Ohio. I have three delightful dogs, one cat, and two wonderful, grown children, Angelina and Bronson Arcuri.

Alex Sajewski

Hello, my name is Alex Sajewski. I started Working at Kirtland Veterinary Hospital in June of 2018. I graduate from Riverside High School and attended Bowling Green State University. I have one energetic pooch named rocky.

Laurel Nolan

Hi, my name is Laurel Nolan. I just got the news that I am going to be starting the vet tech program at Tri-C in Fall 2021. I currently have two dogs, four cats, and a Crested Gecko. I joined the Kirtland staff in September 2019. I have always known that I wanted to work with animals, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this amazing team and to meet everyone’s pets.

Cassandra Crouse

Hi, my name is Cassandra Crouse. I live in Kirtland, Ohio. I joined the Kirtland Veterinary Hospital staff in January 2020. I have one wonderful dog named Tucker. In my free time, I enjoy caring for my saltwater fish tank, horseback riding, traveling and being outdoors. 

Ryan Lucas

My name is Ryan Lucas and I started working for Kirtland Veterinary Hospital since November of 2019. My desire to start working here came from my love of caring for my own animals at home. When not working you can find me cuddling up to my three cats on the couch.