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. 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.

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

Jessica Kaplan
Customer Service

 Jessica joined the Buckeye team at the end of August 2021. Before moving back to Ohio, she worked at the Animal Care Center of NYC helping animals find their forever homes. In her spare time she loves to get Artsy and find creative projects to enjoy with her nephews.

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.

Christine Walls
Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

In November 2021, Christine Walls became a team member at Buckeye Veterinary Clinic. Christine began her career thirty-one years ago as kennel help. In 1996 Christine graduated from Pierce College in Washington state with her Veterinarian Technology degree and passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam certifying her as a Credentialed Registered Veterinary Technician. With twenty-six years as a RVT, Christine has dedicated her career to be an educator, an advocate, and a professional nurse for the compassionate care of all creatures. Christine loves cats and is a passionate advocate for spaying and neutering as a reduction of pet overpopulation.

Jodie Stephen
Registered Veterinary Technician

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.

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.

Tricia Robertson
Veterinary Assistant/Tech School Student

I am currently in school at Ross university to become an RVT. I’ve been working with animals since 2018 when I started at a shelter. My love for animal behavior work pushed me to become a certified professional dog trainer in 2021 and I hope to continue behavior studies while I learn to be a good technician. I have a cat named Moshi Mushu and a beagle mix named Scooter who I’ve had since he was born. If I’m not around animals I’m usually playing video games or reading comics.