Our Staff

Creekside Animal Clinic

Creekside Animal Clinic is a service-oriented veterinary medical facility located in Norton, Ohio, on the corner of St Rt 21 and 261. The professional and courteous staff at Creekside Animal Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical and dental care for their patients. We are committed to promoting preventative health care in conjunction with health and behavior-related client education. Creekside Animal Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Western Summit and Eastern Medina counties. Please take a moment today to contact us to learn more about our veterinary practice and to learn how Creekside Animal Clinic can serve you and your cherished pet's needs.

Michelle Messner, DVM

Dr. Messner started working for Dr. John Toth in April of 1993 and on January 1, 1994 she became the practice owner and the name Creekside Animal Clinic came into being. She truly likes being in the N.E. Ohio area well, maybe not the cold part :) Dr. Messner looks forward to every day spent working with her patients, clients, staff, associates, and colleagues at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. She has three children (so far not one has showed an inclination to be a vet), she is a teaching Black Belt in Taekwondo and also teaches SCUBA diving with a local dive shop.

Amy Cummings, DVM

Dr. Cummings grew up in Wadsworth and West Akron and started working at Creekside while in high school. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, she moved to Utah and practiced there for several years. Family eventually drew her back to North East Ohio, and she joined the team at Creekside in October of 2013. Dr. Cummings has years of experience in both general practice and emergency medicine. She enjoys surgery and educating her clients so they can become the best pet parents they can be. Dr. Cummings currently lives in New Franklin with her husband Tim, her sons Sutter and twin boys Marcus and Davis ,a black Lab named Wrigley, two rotten cats and two dozen laying hens. In her free time, which she never seems to have, she enjoys jogging, reading, and drinking wine.

Brian Crane, DVM

Dr. Crane joined the Creekside team in January 2014. He was born and raised in North Dakota and came to us when his wife Dr. Ashley Crane took a position at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. He did his undergraduate at the University of Nebraska and then went on to Iowa State Univerisity for vet school. His wife Dr. Ashley Crane also joined our practice in 2019!They have one daughter Ellie , 5 cats: Arnold, Curtis, B , Squeak, and General Custer, 1 dogs: Diaper. His hobbies are: exercising, movies (particularly older ones) and sampling recipes with his wife.

Ashley Crane, DVM

Dr.Ashley Crane

Dr. Ashley Crane hails from Iowa - the REAL Midwest. She met her husband, Brian, in veterinary school at Iowa State University. After graduating, the Cranes moved to Ohio, where Dr. Ashley started an internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. She stayed on and worked with the neurology service for several years prior to practicing primary care. Dr. Ashley still enjoys neurology, however, she most enjoys the relationships she builds with clients from the time she sees their pet as a puppy or kitten until their pet is a senior citizen. Dr. Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, watching and re watching Game of Thrones, cheering on the Green Bay Packers( we are working on that! Go Browns!)  , and defeating her husband in fantasy football.

Dr. Carlen Ledain - DVM

Dr. Ledain grew up in Queens,New York and did her undergraduate studies at Florida International University in Miami,Florida.She studied abroad at Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine.Dr.Ledain joined Creekside Animal Clinic as our newest associate in January of 2018 after finishing a short term internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. She enjoys small animal and emergency medicine. She is excited to learn and grow as a young doctor.In her free time, Dr. Ledain enjoys salsa dancing,painting,reading,drinking wine and watching scary movies. Dr. Ledain lives in Wadsworth with her two beta fish ,Echo and Sonar,her spoiled cat Jolie and her neurotic dog Dex . They are trying hard to readjust to the cold after enjoying life in the islands for a few years. The sun is truly missed!

Dr. Megan Vessalo-DVM

Dr. Megan Vessalo joined our staff in 2018.She went to vet school at Ohio State University and graduated in 2010, Shen went on to do a small animal rotation internship at the University of Minnesota. She is happy to be back home  in Ohio with her husband and son after living in South Carolina for a few years.

Carol Cleckner, Vet Assistant

Carol joined Creekside in 1994 as a Veterinary Assistant. She lives in Wadsworth with her husband Dave .They have three daughters Brittany, Haley, and Kensi. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren Evie and Kelson.. Carol is also an EMT for Wadsworth EMS for the past 20 years . Carols four legged family consists of three Labradors Barley, Pager and Arson. She also has three cats Bunker, Ambo and Tanker.

Lee Flath, Vet Assistant/Receptionist

Lee was born and raised in Wadsworth. She joined the Creekside staff in July of 1999. She  lives in Wadsworth with her husband Tim and two daughters Mikaela & Brenna. They share their home with 2 cats Neville and Harry,  4 dogs George.Fred,Credence and Newt & the "Turtles" who shall  remain nameless. In her free time, Lee enjoys spending time with her girls , reading, gardening, and cross stitching. Lee also has four  grandchildren  Carter, JT , and Hayes and Mia.

Jenny White, Office Manager

Jenny was raised in Wadsworth. She joined the staff in October of 1994 as our daycare person. She then transferred to Vet Assistant in 1999. Then in April 2017 she became office manager . She and her husband Draton have two children Kiersten & Mason who are allowed to live in the house with 5 cats & 1 dog; Grizz, Otis, Tigger Stinky Tucker (one cat, three names), R.J., Squish and Buckeye "The Dachshund!"

Tracie Sega, Vet Assistant

Tracie has worked at Creekside since December of 2008. She and her husband John reside in Wadsworth and have 4 children: Brittany , Audri, John and Trevor . They also have 4 cats , one dog and 2 grand pups. . Tracie enjoys spending time with her family and crafting.

Sam Bacher - Vet Assistant

Sam has worked at Creekside since July 2014. She and her husband Josh live in Akron with their small zoo of animals. They have 8 cats-Loki,Rick,Hathor,Cleopatra,Amelia,Van Helsing,Selene, and Medusa who run the house.The rest of the gang are Ash the dog ,a snake named Snape,1 Sun Conure parrot named Ra and an assortment of freshwater and salt water fish tanks.In her free time she enjoys reading,gamingand camping.

Mandi DeLarec- RVT

Mandi joined our Creekside family in 2017. She was our first RVT! She graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in 2006 with an Associates in Farm & Ranch Management. She then transferred to Middle Tennessee State and graduated with a Bachelors in Animal Science in 2009. At MTSU she was a member of the Sigma Alpha sorority. She received her Associates of Applied Science degree from Brown-Mackie in 2013 where she made the Deans list and Honor roll. Her work interests include emergency medicine,anesthesia and surgery. She loves Hot Pink! In her free time she is an avid drag racer and loves spending timer with her nephews!

Catie McClendon - Vet Assistant

Catie joined Creekside as a vet assistant in 2016 wanting to utilize the knowledge she gained as a biology major at the University of Akron. She currently lives in Akron with her boyfriend James but they are hoping to buy a house with a lot of land soon to keep BB and Laredo(Catie's trouble maker horses)close by! Catie would like to get her RVT license one day but in the mean time she enjoys reading while eating large bowls of ice cream,riding her horses and making plans for some traveling in the near future.

Crystal Stafford - RVT

Crystal was raised in Doyelstown. She attended Stautzenberger College in 2011,where she received an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. Crystal joined the staff in January 2018, but she is no stranger to the clinic.She worked for Creekside for 5 years prior to getting her license in 2011. Since then she has been working at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital,our central hospital.Crystal was ready to come back to general animal practice and couldn't think of a better place than Creekside!She and her husband Scott have one child,Andy. they share their house with many fur kids,two dogs Reese and Charlie,four cats Punky,Lily, Luke and Liam.

Olivia Faulkner - RVT

 Olivia joined our team in October 2018. She was born and raised in "the state up north" . She has a Bachelors of Science degree from MSU and will be taking her VTNE for her Registered Veterinary Technician license this spring!. She lives in Norton with her husband Sean who is a veterinarian in Canton.! Their babies include  2 American Staffordshire terriers Lars and Jerry, 3 cats Bunny,Glen and Smalls, 3 snakes Maximus ,Lola and Adrianna. last but not least "The Spider" who is a Tarantula!!! In her free time she enjoys  hiking,reading,and traveling. She also works with Remi's Pet Recovery out of Cleveland

Echo King - Receptionist

Echo joined our Creekside family in April of 2018. Some of you may recognize her from Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital where she was a receptionist for 2 years. She and her husband Mark have two boys, Zach and Avery. She enjoys spending time with the family, traveling, watching movies, and taking her Boxer Atlas James for walks. Penny Pam the princess of the King castle is fitting right in! Although her mouse catching skills are still a work in progress.


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Our Regular Schedule

Norton Office


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7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-7:30 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-12:30 pm