Veterinarians in Portsmouth, OH

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Dr. Gail Counts, DVM, Founder

Our StaffFounder Dr. Gail E. Counts started the Shawnee Animal Clinic in 1988 and has never looked back. “Every day of my life is memorable because I am fortunate enough to love what I do for a living,” she said. As of 2011, Dr. Counts was named the area’s top veterinarian for five years running.

She is a Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor through the American Red Cross. She is also an instructor for the Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

It is the day-to-day interaction with her clients and their pets that gives her the most satisfaction.

“The feeling I get knowing that I have been a part in keeping an animal healthy or even saving the life of a client’s beloved pet – that never gets old,” Dr. Counts said. Her areas of focus today are surgery, holistic medicine, and rehabilitation.

She received a B.S. in Anthropology from Ohio Dominican College in 1976, having graduated Magna Cum Laude, and went on to the University of Wyoming where she earned a Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition on a research assistantship. Dr. Counts earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1983, and earned a spot on the Phi Zeta Honor Society, which represents the top 10 percent of the class.

Dr. Counts is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. She also served as a District Representative for OVMA.

Dr. Counts also founded and is the Executive Director of the Sierra’s Haven Animal Shelter for New and Used Pets, an effort that is very close to her heart.

“I lost my little brother at the age of 42 to a heart attack and that inspired me to follow my dream before it was too late,” she said. “I was always rescuing pets at my clinic and had wanted a way to build a shelter. When my brother died and left his 14 year old cat, named Sierra, behind, I decided to get on with it. I created a Board of Directors and started raising money. We raised $500,000 over the course of five years and opened the shelter in 2006.”

Sierra’s Haven is a non-profit organization that operates solely on donations and has a functioning dog population between 40 and 60. Its operating budget is about $250,000 a year. You can visit them on the web at www.sierrashaven.homestead.com.

Dr. Counts has four dogs, including April, a yellow Lab; Jake, a 12-year old Lab mix; Briar Rose, a Husky Chow mix; and Zack, a Lab mix. She also has three cats: Corona, Chad and Tawny. Dr. Counts enjoys whale watching, biking, travel, meditation, writing, and antiquing.


Dr. Angela Sherman, DVM

vets_shermanGeneral Practitioner, Dr. Angela Sherman grew up on a farm in Wheelersburg, Ohio, where she was inspired to become a veterinarian by her father, Don. “He always encouraged me to help care for the animals. He taught me a lot about basic animal care and pushed me to learn more about animal health.”

Dr. Angie has been with Shawnee Animal Clinic since 1988. She started as an animal care worker and veterinary assistant. She has been a general practitioner with us since 1996.

Dr. Angie graduated from The Ohio State’s College of Agriculture with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1992. She received “The Animal Science Award” all four years of her undergraduate program.

Dr. Angie graduated from The Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 where she received “The General Practice Award”.

Her special interests include ophthalmology, large animal medicine and working through difficult cases. “Kilo”, a Boxer puppy, was one c·f those difficult cases. “Kilo” had severe bronchopneumonia. He did not respond to routine treatment. Euthanasia was discussed several times. After several weeks of care, Kilo did respond and is now happy and healthy.

Dr Angie also enjoys dealing with 4-H and educating participants on animal care and the correct use of medication in food animals and disease control.

Dr. Angie is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Veterinary Information Network, American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners.

Dr Angie shares her home with a number of companion animals including 9 dogs- Georgia, Shelby, Kashi, Oakey, Tiny Tim, Tinkerbell, Tiny Tessa, Lucky and Tallulah. She also has 6 cats – Cooper, Mickey, Ellie, Charlie, Mimi and Chick-a-boo and 3 cockatiels- Chipper, Angel and Robbie.

She spends her free time with her niece (MaryBeth) and her nephews (Dylan, Jacob and Drew) and visiting local schools educating students on basic animal care and volunteering at Sierra’s Haven for New and Used Pets Animal Shelter.


Dr. Naomi Dean, DVM

vets_deanAssociate Veterinarian, Dr. Naomi Joy Dean said her family had always encouraged her in whatever she aspired to do. Dr. Dean is a native of Hillsboro, Kansas and raised rabbits and homing pigeons as a child. She also shadowed at the Animal Care Clinic of Marion County while still in high school. Dr. Dean has been with SAC since June of 2008.

Dr. Dean has a B.S. in Animal Science & Industry from Kansas State University and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa sorority and the Ballroom Dance Club. She received her DVM from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.

Two of her most memorable cases involved amputating a cockatoo wing due to cancer and treating a cat that another veterinarian “had said was not able to be saved and helped her recover.”
Dr. Dean is married and has three children. Her home is filled with a variety of animals, including three dogs, Crimson, Jasmine and Popcorn; four short hair cats, Persio, PJ, Autumn, and Jeezy, a quaker parrot, a Pawniard, a goldfish, 2 betta fish, an alpine goat named Chase, and one homing pigeon named Grace. Dr. Dean is a member of Christ’s Community Church.


Dr. Kathryn B. Lowe, DVM

shawnee-animal-clinic-oh-81Associate veterinarian Dr. Kathryn B. Lowe grew up on a farm in Waverly, Ohio and graduated from Waverly High School in 2001. Dr. Lowe always wanted to be a veterinarian, since she was a small child. She raised multiple pet cows; her current cow is named Crickett Louise. Dr. Lowe was previously employed in Wilmington, Ohio prior to joining the staff of SAC in July of 2014.

Dr. Lowe has a B.S in Biology from Wilmington College. She was a founding member of the Veterinarians of Tomorrow Club, a member of the Aggies Club, and an Equestrian Team member. She has a Masers of Public Health with a Specialization in Veterinary Public Health from The Ohio State University. She received her DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Lowe is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Lowe has two cats in addition to her pet cow. Lucky Onyx is a 12 year old and Rye is a 2 year old, both are Siamese mixes and rescues. Dr. Lowe enjoys spending time with her family, scrapbooking, and maintaining her flower beds.


Dr. Lisa Franzen, DVM

shawnee-animal-clinic-oh-88Born and raised in Ohio, Dr. Lisa Franzen grew up with dreams of becoming a veterinarian and having a horse farm. She graduated from Western High School in 2005 with highest honors. She attended Shawnee State University where she graduated in 2008 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a Biomedical Science Concentration. While at SSU, Dr. Lisa was involved in a number of extracurricular clubs, activities, and organizations, including Cross Country, Track Club, Environmental Club, Chemistry Club, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, & Pre-Medical Club. She won the Dean’s Award for her research on the behavior of the American Pit Bull Terrier, which she presented on at the Celebration of Scholarship.

Dr. Lisa started her veterinary career at Shawnee Animal Clinic in 2006 shadowing in the surgery suite. She continued shadowing on various occasions over the next 2 years while attending SSU, and was hired as a kennel worker in November of 2009. She worked her way up to veterinary assistant, all the while continuing her journey towards becoming a veterinarian.

She was accepted to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in August of 2011 where she started her veterinary career. She continued to work here at SAC during her summer, Christmas, and spring breaks, as well as working different weekends. During her time at OSU, she was a member of the following organizations: Equine Club, Feline Club, Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP), Surgery Club, and Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA). She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in May of 2016, and accepted a position as an associate veterinarian here at SAC in June of 2016.

Dr. Lisa is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), The Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).

Her professional interests include Ophthalmology, Nutrition, Cardiology, Ultrasound, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Equine Medicine, specifically foal care.

Dr. Lisa has several hobbies, including running, fitness, horseback riding, reading, fishing, cleaning & organizing, and spending time with her family. She also shares her home with many furry friends, including horses, dogs, cats, and 1 rabbit.