Dr. Calvin W. Washington – Veterinarian, DVM

Dr. Washington started the ECVH in 1981 after graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His dream was to establish a Veterinary practice that serves the needs of the community. In achieving his vision, he provides high quality, affordable veterinary care-with compassion! Dr. Washington also cares deeply about the downtown and the East Columbus neighborhoods. He has been involved in numerous civic and community initiatives. This includes mentoring students, participating in career days at local schools and being involved in community programs for troubled youth. He has worked with the Livingston Avenue Business Association, The Fountain of Hope, the Big Brother Program and Toastmasters.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University in 1977 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from The Ohio State University in 1981. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and was active with the Association’s Committee on Diversity.

Dr. Washington is retired from the U.S. Army Reserves, completing 26 years of service and attaining the rank of Colonel. He has completed three combat tours of duty, serving in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal twice for his outstanding military service, and received the Legion of Merit for outstanding service over his career.

Dr. Washington is happily married to his wife Janet. They have 4 children, three grandchildren and two “senior” kittens.

Hobbies and special interests include: exercise, playing the trombone (jazz and blues) and traveling.


Lesa – Veterinary Technician

Lesa interned with us while she was in school at Columbus State but always kept in touch. She then received her Veterinary Technology degree and started working in the Research area at Children’s Hospital.

September of 2005 we needed someone to help fill in on Saturdays and Lesa was more than happy to become part of the staff.

Lesa was born in Washington State. She enjoys traveling, decorating, gardening, and hanging out with people she considers her family.


Amanda Stiffler – Technician

Amanda Stiffler grew up in Pataskala Ohio on a farm with cows, chicken, geese, dogs, and cats. She moved to the suburbs when she was 16 and graduated from Reynoldsburg High School. Amanda’s passion has always been for dogs. She worked at Halo Animal Rescue Shelter in Phoenix Arizona while going to school for Vet Tech at Anthem College Phoenix. Amanda’s favorite breed to work with are pit bulls. Amanda have no children so the animals are her children.


Ryan Rhodes – Technician

Ryan started as a student intern at ECVH winter of 2012. Then shortly after became part of the ECVH family in 2013. You might see him in the clinic running around like a chicken with his head cut off or showering every puppy or kitten with love.

Ryan graduated with honors from Franklin University in 2019 with a degree in Healthcare Management.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his two Yorkshire Terriers Benji and Bubbles and his Cat Lilly.


Monica Rushton – Veterinary Technician

Monica Rushton joined the staff of East Columbus Veterinary Hospital as an intern in 2016 and has worked as a receptionist since 2017.

Monica was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio along with her brother. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a bachelor of science degree in biology. She will be starting nursing school in the fall of 2021.

She has two beloved pets, a dachshund named Woody and a lizard named Remi. She enjoys reading books, baking tasty desserts, playing the clarinet and oboe and singing show tunes.


Arabella June – Veterinary Technician

Arabella joined our team in the summer of 2020 as one of our wonderful reception
ists. She joined us to get into the medical industry, specifically to work with animals.

She loves meeting our new clients as well as seeing the familiar faces of ones who have been with us for years. She enjoys learning something new every day.

Arabella was born and raised in Columbus, OH, and is currently a full time student at Columbus State Community College pursuing a degree in biology.

Arabella is the proud owner of two wild pups, “Bailey” her two-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, and “Atlas” her one-year-old boxer/pit mix. She spends her free time painting or taking her dogs on walks and frequent trips to the dog park.


Stephanie Zag – Technician,Groomer, RVT

Stephanie Zag is married to Samuel Zag since 2008. They have seven children and four grandchildren between the two of them. Stephanie enjoys entering her dogs Carmen and Candace in dog shows. Candace had won first place and best female in both AKC and UKC dog shows. Stephanie also enjoys spending time with family and sketching or playing piano in her free time.

Stephanie Zag is both a Registered Veterinary Technician graduated from Columbus State Community College in 2002, and a Professional Pet Stylist. Her career initially began in 1996 volunteering at the Franklin County Animal Shelter which led her to East Columbus Veterinary Hospital as a Kennel Technician in 1997. After graduation, Stephanie gained more experience as a Pet Nurse at Banfield, and an Anesthesia Technician at OSU in 2006-2008. Stephanie started grooming in 2002 taught by two seasoned groomers at ECVH. She took a break for a while and started grooming again in 2008. She has a top headliner in Learn2groomdogs.com under member stories, is a Registered Member in good standing of the National Dog Groomers Association of America. Is also a member in good standing of International Professional Groomers, Certified with the AKC in both poodle and bichon frise grooming, senior pet certified through Barkleigh, and specializes in compassionate, and artistic grooming. Stephanie has a desire to continue her education and attends seminars and workshops yearly.


Patricia Cato – Office Manager, RVT

Patricia has been a fixture at ECVH since 1996. Her dedication to our clients and their animals is well known to anyone who has the opportunity to meet her. She is very serious about helping senior citizens take care of their pets, taking her own time to pick up and return pets to their owners who are home bound.

Patricia is a native of Dover, Ohio, and has been in Columbus since 1989. She attained her degree (suma cum laude) in Animal Technology from Columbus State University in 1999. She also graduated from Mansfield Business College attaining a degree in Business Management (with honors). She has attended Kent State and The Ohio State Universities.

Patricia is the proud mother of two children and two grandchildren.

The pets in her life currently include Princeton and Blu.

Her interests include, church, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, and camping.


Joyce Madison – Administration

Joyce joined the staff of East Columbus Veterinary Hospital in April of 2006. She serves as our Administrative Assistant doing many customer service related tasks. She is one of the friendly people who will call you for customer service follow-up, managing our payment plans, and social media.

Joyce is a native of Meherrin, Virginia. She graduated from Cortez Peters Business School, and has over 30 years of experience in the administrative field. She is also very computer savvy, which comes in handy for us.

Joyce is married with two adult children and two grandchildren. She loves to travel, cook, and stay fit with exercise and line dancing.


Muslimah Muhammad – Receptionist/Accounting


Muslimah joined the staff of East Columbus Veterinary Hospital in 2013 and works as a receptionist and accounting technician.

Muslimah was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She comes from a large family of 9 children. She is a graduate of Franklin University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Although she currently does not have any “fur babies” at home, she enjoys other people pets.. She enjoys spending time with family/friends, reading, dancing, traveling, volunteering and discovering new cool places to take her nephews for fun.