Meet Our Caring Team of Professional Veterinarians & Staff

West Park Animal Hospital Partners

Borys Pakush, DVM

Borys Pakush, DVM
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

Kane Henderson, DVM
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

Kari Swedenborg, DVM
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

Megan Culler, DVM
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

Scott Zielinski, DVM
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.

Associate Doctors

Nicole Plantner, DVM

Nicole Plantner, DVM
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.

Beth Lorenz, DVM

Dr. Beth Lorenz was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. She graduated from The University of Findlay with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 and from The Ohio State University with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Her interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and feline behavior issues. Currently she resides in North Olmsted with her husband Chris and their two children. Their four-legged kids include their two dogs, Maxie and Chessa, and their two cats, Scotchy and Sonic. In her free time, Dr. Lorenz enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and reading.

Brendan Crowley, DVM

Dr. Crowley was born and raised in Hollis, New Hampshire. He graduated from University of Massachusetts of Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2007 and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2013. He became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2014. His special interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and holistic medicine. He currently resides in Strongsville with his wife, Lacy, and their son, Connor. Their pets include 2 dogs, named Jack and August, as well as 3 cats, named Bizzy, Angie and Frank. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with his family.

Rebeccah Urbiztondo, DVM

Rebeccah Urbiztondo, DVM
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.

Management Staff

Anna Merriman

Anna Merriman
Anna Merriman

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.



Melissa Palmquist

Melissa Palmquist was born and raised in North Ridgeville, Ohio. She joined West Park Animal Hospital in 2010. She currently resides in Parma with her boyfriend, Elliot, and her 2 cats, Chloe and Hobbs. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors with her boyfriend, spending time with family and friends.

Kelly Hagy, Head RVT

Kelly Hagy was born and raised in Parma, Ohio. She received her Associates degree in Applied Sciences from Manor College in 2004 and received her Vet Tech license in 2005. She currently resides in Parma with her 3 children and her dog, Georgie Pancakes. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, hiking, exercising, and traveling.