Meet Our Team

Dr. Holly Ray


Dr. Ray earned her B.S. in Biology from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. During the following five years, she lived in Dublin, Ireland, where she completed her Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine from University College Dublin. In her free time, she is an avid equestrian and enjoys competing at horse shows. She is also a huge history fanatic. She has helped to organize several educational conferences and is an active participant in the living history community. She and her husband have horses, dogs, cats, a parrot, peafowl, and chickens.


Lead Veterinary Technician

Nicole is our lead Registered Veterinary Technician. We are extremely fortunate that she has been with us since 1998. She is a wealth of knowledge and experience and has been a comforting presence her for both pets and their parents alike. In her free time, she enjoys family time, travel, and taking care of the pets. She is mom to her 2 Shih Tzus, Chloe and Gabrielle, her cats, Cashmere and Posey, as well as her numerous turtle rescues.


Veterinary Technician

Brooke, a Registered Veterinary Technician, is a 2020 graduate of Kent Trumbull Branch. Brooke's quiet and calm demeanor is very pleasing to the animals and makes them feel at ease. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, K-Pop and Anime. She is proud Mom to Dazai, Toby, Rouis, Mirio, Eri Ezmae, Friend and Mowgli.


Technician Assistant

Justin received his Bachelor’s degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Baldwin–Wallace University in 2000. Justin has enjoyed working as a Veterinary Assistant for Champion Animal Hospital since 2011. His free time consists of singing and musical-directing with local performing theatre companies and ensembles. He loves going to the movies with friends, and spending time with his family and beloved dogs.


Technician Assistant

Josie has been with Champion Animal Hospital since 2021. She is a fantastic Technician Assistant. Dr. Ray's nickname for her is "The Cat Whisperer". Her love of animals has led her to pursuing an additional career in pet grooming. She enjoys spending time with her 4 cats, Lucy, Finn, Stormy and Kitty.


Office Manager

Natalie is the administrative heart and soul of the hospital. She has worked in the animal care field for as long as she can remember. She brings to us a lifetime of experience in pet knowledge, human relations, customer service, computer technology and veterinary hospital needs. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, her rescue dog and cat and participating in outdoor activities.



Wendy has been a part of the Champion Animal Hospital team since 2008, working as a receptionist. She is a 1996 graduate of Kent State University. Wendy and Bo, her husband of 22 years, live in Niles with their 2 children. Wendy has always had an interest in fitness. She enjoys running and traveling. Wendy's family also includes 3 beautiful Siamese-mix cats: Sushi, Maui, and Bonzai.