Dr. Jeff Grady, DVM
I grew up working with my father, Dr. Karl Grady, at Grady Veterinary Hospital. I always thought it was great to be able to help animals in this way. Even today, clients will tell me, “I remember when you were 5 years old and your father gave you a nickel for cleaning under the exam tables!” So I guess you could say I grew up around the business. I never really considered another career. Even in high school, I concentrated on math and science because I knew that would help me get into veterinary school.
I graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and began working at Grady Veterinary Hospital the next week. I took over the practice in 2001 from my father. He taught all of us here the importance of treating clients as we would want to be treated. In addition, he was always at the forefront of advances in veterinary medicine. We continue to embrace these values today at Grady Veterinary Hospital.
I'm lucky to have a wonderful and supportive wife, Karen, who is also a veterinarian and is understanding of the demands on my time. We are blessed with three great children, Olivia, Bennett, and Avery; along with three dogs, Dottie and Dewey (Boston Terriers), and Hannah a Golden Retriever; and three cats, Jewel, Cleo, and Kelly.
I'm very fortunate to love my work. While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, I have a special interest in surgery. I'm very proud to oversee the team of 50 professionals that provide exceptional service to you and your companions.
Dr. Ashley Barnett, DVM
I have wanted to be a veterinarian since my mother defined the word as "dog doctor" when I was 6 years old. Since high school, I have volunteered and worked as a technician in several veterinary clinics near Florence KY, where I grew up. I was a dog groomer while attending Thomas More College, where I received my bachelor's degree in biology and associate's degree in chemistry. I also worked for a summer at the Cincinnati Zoo. I attended veterinary school at Auburn University, and joined the Grady Veterinary Hospital family in 2016. I have special interests in emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery.
I currently live in Florence with my boyfriend Kevin and two feline fur babies, Koda and Beau. We enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, reading, and traveling in our spare time.
Dr. Jessica Brownfield, DVM
Like most veterinarians, I felt called to this profession even as a young child. When I was 15 years old I started working with animals in my first job as a kennel assistant. I continued my work as a veterinary assistant and technician with our companion animals throughout high school and college. I also tried my hand at bovine and equine work during my time at the University of Kentucky where I studied Animal Science.
I am a graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After four years away from the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, I decided to return home to be close to my family. I joined Grady Veterinary Hospital in May of 2012 as a emergency veterinarian. My professional interests include emergency and critical care medicine, internal medicine, soft-tissue surgery and ultrasound.
My fiancé and I have several four-legged children including two dogs, Amelie and Leonard, and two cats, Boomer and Little Foot. We enjoy camping, traveling, reading and watching movies. We are also enthusiastic sports fans, following UK basketball, Auburn football and, of course, the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals.
Dr. Mary Ann Gottschlich, DVM
As a youngster, I’d beg my parents to take me to the SPCA to play with puppies and kittens, and I was obsessed with Animal Planet. Growing up in Evendale, I surrounded myself with pets –rescue dogs, a cat, guinea pig, fish (I even adopted a goat through 4-H!). I realized I wanted to devote my life to animal health and welfare by becoming a veterinarian.
My Grady Veterinary Hospital career began as a volunteer in high school, and I advanced to Veterinary Assistant in college. After attaining my Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton, I attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During vet school, I spent time at Chiang Mai University College of Veterinary Medicine, achieving a certificate in conservation medicine; I hope to engage in veterinary mission work in Thailand, Africa, and beyond.
During my formative years at the hospital, I was impressed by the high-quality care, professionalism, camaraderie, compassion, and commitment to excellence that sets us apart; I’m thrilled to return as a general practitioner and contribute to our mission of veterinary excellence. My professional interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, and the satisfaction of enhancing the bond between people and their fur babies.
I also enjoy playing piano, training for my next half-marathon, and binge-watching Harry Potter with my Border Collie/Aussie mix, Nellie. I love to travel, and I’m an avid Buckeyes, Bengals, UD Flyers, and Cleveland Cavaliers sports fan. I look forward to meeting you and having the honor of being your “dog-tor.”
Dr. Lauren Jurgens, DVM
Both of my parents are in the dental profession, so I knew from a young age that I wanted to do something in the medical field. I decided I wanted to become a veterinarian when I was 9, fueled by my ever-growing love for animals. I started working as a kennel assistant when I was 15, and through the years held several different jobs involving animals; one summer I even worked as a zookeeper because I thought I might want to go into zoo medicine.
I graduated from Wheaton College, near Chicago, where I was on the varsity swim team, and moved to Ohio for the first time to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. My special interests include emergency medicine, surgery, dentistry, and behavior.
Some of my hobbies include swimming, running, rock climbing, hiking, reading, and going to concerts. I also love trying out new restaurants and occasionally try my hand at baking. I have a black lab mix named Jasmine, who I adopted after fostering her through a shelter program, and a cat, Khali, also a rescue. I’m new to the area and am excited to explore Cincinnati and find out all the great things it has to offer.
Dr. Beth McElravy, DVM, DACVIM
Board-Certified Small Animal Internal Medicine Specialist
I was born and raised in Cincinnati and attended Walnut Hills High School. I continued my education at The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2003.
I pursued additional training to become a small animal internal medicine specialist. The next step was a one-year small animal internship. In this year of training, new doctors gain more experience working with dogs and cats while learning about emergency medicine and many other specialties. After completion of the internship, I spent the next three years training specifically in small animal internal medicine at Oklahoma State University. Simultaneously, I completed the requirements to become board certified in small animal internal medicine. Internal Medicine specialists see patients upon referral from another doctor (your family vet or an emergency doctor). Internists provide more in-depth testing and care for a variety of disorders, including, but not limited to: gastrointestinal disease, liver disease, kidney/urinary tract disease, lung disease, hormonal diseases, infectious diseases, immune system diseases, metabolic diseases, blood disorders, etc. I love all of internal medicine, so it's hard for me to pick a favorite part!
As soon as I finished all of my training and board certifications, I moved back to my hometown, where I have been practicing for over 10 years. At home, I live with my two Labrador Retrievers (Zen and Jules) as well as my handsome orange tabby cat (Holmes).
Dr. Debra Quiles, DVM
I graduated from Mississippi State University in 1988, and started practicing veterinary medicine at Grady Veterinary Hospital in June 1988.
For six years, I worked the night/emergency shift (7:00 pm - 7:00 am) at the hospital and thoroughly enjoyed it. My special interests are internal medicine, feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, and ultrasound.
Dr. Allison Rumboll, DVM
I am originally from Lexington, Kentucky. I attended Colby College in Maine for my undergraduate degree and went to veterinary school in Edinburgh, Scotland. Studying abroad allowed for many travel opportunities and experience with many types of veterinary medicine. During my final year of veterinary school, I developed an interest in emergency medicine and I really enjoy being a part of the ER team at Grady Veterinary Hospital. In my free time, I enjoy training for triathlons and spending time with my husband and our two very spoiled chihuahuas.
Dr. Carolyn Russell, DVM
I have wanted to be a veterinarian since childhood. I attended undergraduate school at the University of Kentucky and graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
My hobbies are skiing, golf, and scuba diving, and pets include two dogs and one cat.
Dr. Katie Shea, DVM
I grew up in upstate New York, outside of Albany in the small town of Watervliet. I knew I wanted to become a veterinarian after getting my first dog, Jake (a cute and feisty Papillon mix). As soon as I was old enough to work, I obtained a job in the veterinary field where I have been a kennel assistant, a receptionist, and a technician. I attended SUNY Albany for my undergraduate degree in Biology, then moved to the small island of St. Kitts for veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. I finished my clinical studies at Oklahoma State University. I have strong interests in emergency medicine, soft tissue surgery, and client education.
Outside of veterinary medicine I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I recently moved to northern Kentucky with my family and five spoiled rescue pups.
Dr. Jimmy Swinney, DVM
From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I think my motivation for following this dream stems from the human-animal bond I saw firsthand with my pets growing up. My parents were instrumental in demonstrating to me the compassion and care necessary to work with animals.
I feel very fortunate to have the privilege of working with animals. My professional mission is to strengthen the human-animal bond by providing health and wellness care for animals and educating their owners.
I am a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. I am a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky, graduating with a degree in biology. My interests include orthopedics, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, and ultrasound.
I am the proud owner of Shelby, a Border collie mix I adopted from the SPCA. In my free time, I enjoy golf, hiking, backpacking, camping, traveling, and following UK basketball and football and the Cincinnati Reds.
Dr. Julia Walton, DVM
As a child growing up in Maryland and Virginia, horses were one of my first loves. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of hours spent riding horses, and playing with the cats and dogs that lived on the farms. My parents tell me that I declared my intention to become a veterinarian at the age of 5, an intention that never wavered in the subsequent years.
I earned my undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Miami University and then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. I worked in vaccine development during veterinary school and had some great opportunities to work in other types of veterinary research as well. During my clinical rotations, I discovered my passion for emergency medicine, which led me to join the Grady Veterinary Hospital team.
In my spare time I enjoy watching baseball, reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and pampering my cat, Piper.