Veterinarians in Portsmouth, OH

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

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.

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 would laugh and always encouraged me to be involved with the farm,” Dr. Sherman said. She has been with Shawnee since 1988, first as a veterinary assistant. She has been a general practitioner with us since 1996.

Dr. Sherman graduated from the Ohio State University College of Agriculture with a B.S. in Animal Science. She was the recipient of the school’s Animal Science Award each year for her four years at school, from 1989 – 1992. She was also a member of the Ohio State Saddle and Sirloin Club and the Ohio State Pre-Veterinary Club. Dr. Sherman graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1996, also from Ohio State.

Her special interests today include ophthalmology and large animal medicine. She derives particular satisfaction in “seeing cases that are extremely difficult and have a poor prognosis respond and do well.” She remembers specifically the case of Kilo, a boxer pup with severe bronchopneumonia who was doing poorly for several weeks. “We discussed euthanasia several times, but I kept wanting to try. After several weeks of care, Kilo started acting great and is now a 3-year old happy, loving boxer,” said Dr. Sherman.

Dr. Sherman is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Veterinary Information Network, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Heartworm Association, the Academy of Rural Veterinarians, and the Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program.

Dr. Sherman shares her home with a number of companion animals, including 12 dogs named Colorado, Austen, Georgia, Sheeby, Molly, Kashi, Kansas, Tiny Tim, Tiny Tara, Tiny Tessa, Darla, and Toby. She has five cats, Sebastian, Woodsy, Mimi, Charlie, and Okie, and four cockatiels, named Freebie, Robbie, Chipper, and Angel. She spends her free time with her nieces and nephews, reading, and volunteering at the Sierra’s Haven Animal Shelter.

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.

Kathryn B. Lowe, DVM

vets_loweAssociate 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.