West Park Animal Hospital Partners
Borys Pakush, DVM
Dr. Pakush was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio. Being of Ukrainian descent, Dr. Pakush was raised with many special traditions and customs and speaks fairly fluent Ukrainian. He received his bachelor's degree in 1988 and his DVM in 1992, both from The Ohio State University. As a partner of West Park Animal Hospital, Dr. Pakush concentrates on the daily operations of the practice and takes pride in providing excellent service to all of his patients. Dr. Pakush and his wife, Leslie, have two children, Maksym and Natalia.
Kane Henderson, DVM
Dr. Henderson was born and raised in Beloit, Ohio. He received his BS from Marietta College in 1992 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1996. He has been a partner of West Park Animal Hospital since 2000. His interest lies in veterinary surgery with a special interest in pet orthopedics and rehabilitation. Dr. Henderson is married with two children, Alexys and Brayden, and lives in Medina. He has a yellow lab, cat, and guinea pig. In his off time, he enjoys spending time with his family, doing yard work, and enjoying the outdoors.
Kari Swedenborg, DVM
Dr. Swedenborg was born and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where she attended the University of Akron for her bachelor's degree in biology. She then attended The Ohio State University and obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She has been a partner at West Park Animal Hospital since June 2006. Her special interests include exotic and pocket pet medicine. She currently resides in Rocky River with her husband, Jack, and two young children. In her free time, she enjoys time at the lake having fun with the kids.
Megan Culler, DVM
Dr. Culler was born and raised in North Olmsted, Ohio. She attended The Ohio State University, where she received her bachelor of science degree in 1996 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in June 2000. She joined West Park Animal Hospital in June 2001 and became a partner in October 2006. Her special interests include ultrasonography and internal medicine. She currently resides in Olmsted Falls with her husband, Tom, and her daughters Claire, Caitlin, and Caroline. She also has two cats named Coogee and Matilda. In her free time, she enjoys camping, spending time with her family, and enjoying the outdoors.
Scott Zielinski, DVM
Dr. Zielinski joined West Park Animal Hospital in 2003. He is a native of northeast Ohio, having been born in Cleveland and raised in Copley. He received his bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1996 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2003. His special interests include soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He lives in Solon with his wife, Kathleen; son, Kelan; two daughters, Hazel and Josie; dog, Pedro; and cat, Pearl. In his free time, he enjoys boating, fishing, and golfing.
Nicole Plantner, DVM
Dr. Nicole Plantner was born and raised in North Olmsted, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2003 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She was the recipient for the AAHA Student Achievement Award and the Award for Excellence in Small Animal Community Practice in 2009. Her interests include internal medicine, preventative medicine and behavior. Currently she resides in Olmsted Falls with her husband, Phil; two sons Zachary and Nicholas; and daughter, Katherine. They have two rescue hounds, Edgar and Watson and a cat named Tiki. In her spare time, Dr. Plantner enjoys jogging, camping, hiking and cooking.
Rebeccah Urbiztondo, DVM
Dr. Urbiztondo was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She left the island at the age of 18 to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 from Iowa State University and completed a combined MS/Clinical Pathology residency training program at The Ohio State University-CVM and IDEXX Laboratories in 2011. She became board certified in clinical pathology in 2012. She enjoys all aspects of general practice, but has a special interest in oncology and internal medicine. She currently resides in Lakewood with her husband, Billy; son, William; and four pets, Stella, Oliver, Sierra, and Pearl.
Anna Merriman was born and raised in Westlake, Ohio. She joined West Park Animal Hospital in 2003. She currently resides in West Park with her four cats, Bozo, Junior, Pickles and Yeager, two rescued Chihuahuas Harvey and Henri and a Bloodhound named Buford. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs, spending time with family and friends and running a dog rescue group, Mutts in a Rut Rescue.