Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Buckeye Veterinary Clinic in Akron! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet services for your pets!

Please call us at (330) 644-4700 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Charlotte Pavlik
Practice Owner/Veterinarian

Raised just down the road from Buckeye Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Charlotte Pavlik graduated from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Dr. Charlotte went on to graduate from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She Opened Buckeye Veterinary Clinic October 2010.

Dr. Sean Faulkner
Associate Veterinarian

Born and raised in NE Ohio, Dr. Faulkner graduated from the University of Akron in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry. He then obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. His first two years of practice were spent in Ann Arbor, MI before moving back to the Akron area. He has practiced in Medina and Canton and joined the Buckeye team in July 2019.

Dr. Gerardo Vega
Associate Veterinarian

Raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, Dr. Vega graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at ROSS University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and completed his clinical year at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He Joined the Buckeye Veterinary Clinic Team January 2016.

Megan Banyas
Office/Inventory Manager

Megan joined Buckeye Veterinary Clinic in early January 2021. Before coming to BVC, she was a Client Service Provider for almost three years at a veterinary clinic in Stow. Megan graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management and Marketing Management in 2009. She currently lives in Ravenna with her wife, Lily, as well as their zoo of three dogs, Buddy, Sully, and Sammie, and six cats. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors or relaxing at home.

Terry Gaskell-Kasen
Floor Manager/Credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Terry is a Credentialed Technician (CVT) and is a 2011 graduate of Stautzenberger College. He did his externship here at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic in 2011 and we were so impressed with him we wanted him to stay on as an employee. He is licensed with the Ohio Medical Licensing Board and has passed the National Veterinary Technician Examination.
Terry was born and raised in the Canton area where he currently lives with his spouse, Jacob, and a small heard of furry and feathered children. His kiddos include three dogs (Ralphie, Penny & Tillie), several fine felines (Poe, Sundae ,Maude, Burt, and Kyle), plus a few feathered hens.

Terry enjoys being an integral part of the Buckeye Veterinary Clinic Technical Staff and is your lead contact for any concerns, comments, or praise dealing with your visits. He can be reached via email at TGaskell_Kasen@BuckeyeVetClinic.com.

Chelsy Harte
Customer Service Manager

Chelsy currently lives in Coventry township with her husband Derrick, son Logan, and her two dogs, Nessie, a Mini Dachshund, and Blitzen, a Great Dane. She has been around animals her whole life, and for as long as she can remember has always wanted to work with animals. Chelsy has been with Buckeye since they opened in October of 2010 and is the Lead of the Customer Service Team.

Sam Murray
Customer Service

Sam has been with Buckeye since October of 2017. She is a graduate of KSU Fashion but her love for animals has brought her to a career in the veterinary clinic. Her companion Bingo is a Great Dane, born in 2016. In her spare time, her and Bingo enjoy hikes or hanging out on the couch binge watching Netflix!

Kay Mathews
Customer Service

Kay joined the Buckeye team at the beginning of February 2021. Before starting at Buckeye, they were a dog groomer for seven years. They like to have game nights with their friends and enjoys writing and reading. They also spend a lot of time with their dog and cat

Liv Faulkner
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Liv joined BVC in January 2021 but has been in the veterinary medical field since 2010 and an RVT since 2019. She has loved animals since she was old enough to sit in the dirt and play with worms and toads. She has two dogs, four cats, and 3 snakes at home. Liv’s favorite breed is the pit bull and she is a big advocate for both Anti-BSL (breed specific legislation) as well as Low Stress handling. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, traveling, and reading.

Laura Dayton
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Laura has been with the team here at Buckeye since 2012 as an RVT. She has 9+ years in small animal practice and 10 years’ experience in emergency veterinary medicine. Laura grew up in, and now continues to grow and live in Norton with her own family (husband, 2 rambunctious boys, hound, corgi, cats, lizard, fish, and whatever else wanders into the yard). When not at the clinic, you can usually find her and her boys hiking, biking, and having fun in the metro parks.

Christin Gerstenslager
Credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Christin is a credentialed veterinary technician and has worked at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic since 2011. She is a 2006 graduate of Cuyahoga Community College’s Veterinary Technology program and has worked in veterinary medicine since 2002. She holds a current license with the Ohio Veterinary Medical licensing board.

When Christin is not at BVC, she is most likely spending time with her family, horseback riding, or working as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital. Christin shares her home with her two very opinionated cats, Cosmo and Martini, and her dog, Gabby.

Lexi Zabur
Credentialed Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Lexi was born and raised down the road from Buckeye on Manchester. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Ross College (formerly Brown Mackie College) in June 2017, and passed the VTNE in December 2017. She has been around animals her whole life, and her first job was working at a local pet store before starting her career as a Customer Service Team Member at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic in April of 2015.

When not at Buckeye, you can find her hiking with her beloved dogs, reading with multiple cats on her lap, caring for her hoard of plants, or slinging coffee as a barista.

Lexi currently resides in Summit County with her pets including two dogs: Mylee (mixed breed) and Bowzer (Rottweiler), four cats: Nacho, Minah, Rocco, and Nüdle, a betta named Sushi, and an axolotl named Krayt.

Jodie Stephen
Veterinary Assistant/Technician in Training

Jodie recently graduated from the Ross College Veterinary Technology program in December of 2020. She did her externship here at Buckeye and loved it so much she wanted to stay. Jodie is eagerly waiting to take her VTNE to become licensed technician. She lives with her husband, Kurt, and three feline fur babies: Stardust, Xavier, and Mister Cait. Jodie also has two rats: Admiral Whiskers and Marty McRat. Her hobbies include watching movies on her couch, game nights with friends, listening to David Bowie, and eating tacos! She would really like to open and operate a cat rescue and sanctuary.

Katherine Gooch
Veterinary Assistant

Katherine came to Buckeye in July of 2018 as a member of our Customer Service team. Her previous career before joining our team was being a Zookeeper. Her education is a degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. Her house is busy with her family & pets. The two dogs are Koda & Panda and Varuna is her African Side Neck Turtle. Katherine and her family enjoy hiking and traveling.

Kait Orr
Veterinary Assistant/Tech School Student

Joined the team at Buckeye in June of 2018 and is currently back at school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kait shares her home with her feline soulmate, Noel, a sphynx, her wild black kitten, Squid, her red tail boa constrictor, Eleanor, and Laslo, her axolotl. Kait’s favorite part of veterinary medicine is assisting in surgeries. Kait enjoys yoga, Netflix, and shopping in her spare time. She also has a love for the beauty industry and all things spooky and scary.