Northwood Veterinary Hospital

We are a full-service veterinary medical facility, with kennel and grooming services located in Springfield, Ohio. Our professional and courteous staff seeks to provide the best possible medical, surgical, and dental care for our highly-valued clients and patients. (Mon-Fri 7A-7P for scheduled appts.) 

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. We strive to offer excellence in veterinary care to Springfield, Ohio and all of Clark and Champaign counties.

Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Northwood Veterinary Hospital can serve the needs of you and your pet.



  • 3681 Middle Urbana Road
  • Springfield,OH 45502
  • Phone: (937) 390-2283
  • Fax: (937) 390-2284
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  • Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat: 8:00 AM - Noon
  • Sun: Closed
  • After Hours Emergency Doctor
  • On Call: (937) 390-2283
  • John B. Bruce, DVM

    Owner, Veterinarian


    Doctor Bruce is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He practiced in Raleigh, North Carolina for three years before purchasing Northwood Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Henry in 2006.

    Doctor Bruce grew up in rural Geauga County Ohio and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

    He is married to Linda Bruce and their family resides in Springfield.  They have four children - Jack, Maggie, Lizzie, and Stella.  Doctor Bruce's children attend Catholic Central Schools in Springfield.

    Doctor Bruce sees medical appointments, performs surgery, and has a special interest in orthopedic surgery.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2003
    Education:
    Ohio State Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Jessica Brugler Johnson, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Doctor Brugler Johnson grew up in Bellefontaine, Ohio with two brothers in a tight-knit family.  She attended Muskingum University for her undergrad and double majored in history and biology.

    After graduating from vet school, she did an internship at CROW on Sanibel Island, Florida.  Following her internship, she worked at the local Humane Society in Labelle, Florida.

    Doctor Brugler Johnson loves animals of all types, but has a special fondness for Welsh Corgis.  She currently shares her residence with her husband Zac, five dogs, seven cats, two sheep, multiple birds and reptiles, and a Llama.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Education:
    Ohio State Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Dermatology, parasitology, behavior, and wildlife medicine
    Email:
  • Polina Rivers, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Doctor Polina Rivers is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Otterbein University, where she double majored in Molecular Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine.  Doctor Rivers then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    She currently resides in Marysville, Ohio, with her husband Justin, their dogs Ava and Jax, and cats Ped and Zeus.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 24, 2015
    Education:
    Ohio State Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Horseback riding, reading, being outdoors, spending time with family
    Email:
  • Jessica Johnson, RVT

    Registered Vet Technician

    Jessica grew up Illinois and has lived her adult life in Urbana.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.  Jessica completed her Degree in Veterinary Technology at Columbus State Community College.

    She has worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician for 10 years. Included in her family are three college students - Taylor, Will, and Cassidy, one dog - Halo, and four cats - Lexi, Rondo, Re, and Finn.

    Education:
    Columbus State Community College
  • Kayla Gabriel, RVT

    Registered Vet Technician

    Kaya has lived in Springfield her whole life.  She currently resides with her parents and two younger brothers, Tyler and Evan.

    Kayla has a passion for Corgi dogs.  She has two Corgis - Scamp and Lady Waffles of Rumperfluff, aka Waffles!  Kayla also has a cat - Katie, a rabbit - Anna, and a guinea pig named Goober.                  

    Education:
    Miami Jacobs Career College, Associates Degree
    Interests:
    Exotics Medicine, Corgis, reading
  • David McKinney, RVT

    Registered Vet Technician

    David is from Springfield and moved back to Springfield after College.  He enjoys helping with medical cases that are out of the ordinary.

    David has three cats - Tiger, Biggy, and Johnny.

                   

    Education:
    Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School & Assoc. in Criminal Justice from Clark State
    Interests:
    Sports, history, meteorology, and being outdoors
  • Christina Kaye-linn Gawlikowski

    Animal Aide
  • Amanda Goheen

    Vet Tech Assistant

    Amanda works at Northwood as a Vet Tech Assistant.  She has lived in Springfield her whole life.  She was an assistant girls soccer coach for 11 years at Northeastern High School. 

    She currently volunteers at Brukner Nature Center, helping take care of the wildlife.  Amanda has run 5ks, 10ks, and a 15k.  She is working up to run a half and full marathon.

    Amanda has two cats she rescued - Psycho and Riley Pool.

    Education:
    Penn Foster Graduate 2016 - Vet Assistant
    Interests:
    Columbus Crew Soccer, broadway plays, and running
  • Michelle Brown

    Vet Assistant

    Michelle was born in Springfield and raised by her paternal grandparents.  She has one teenage son, Kanye, and a mixed breed dog named B.J. 

    Michelle loves all animals, but she really loves to rescue mixed breed dogs.

    Her other passions include trying new recipes (baking and cooking), and singing.  She enjoys spending time with her family.


    Education:
    Penn Foster Career School
    Interests:
    Football, basketball, reading, traveling
  • Sandy Tritle

    Office Manager - Receptionist

    Sandy was born in Springfield and has lived here all her life.  She has been Northwood's Office Manager for 22 years!  Now that's a lot of friends and pets she has gotten to know and help throughout the years.  Sandy is married to Marc, has two adult children, and five grandchildren.

    She likes to rehabilitate dogs that have been abused and starved.  Sandy also has a quirky knack for taking care of abandoned baby squirrels and nursing them until it is time to release the little critters.

    She has four dogs - Slugger, Homer, Rosie, and Fred.  Sandy has a passion for raising Rottweilers and Mastiffs.

    Education:
    Clark State Business Degree
    Interests:
    Rehabilitate abused dogs; Nurse abandoned baby squirrels
  • Michelle Adkins

    Receptionist

    Michelle has worked at Northwood as a receptionist since 2002.  She currently works full time at Assurant.  Prior to working at Northwood, she worked at a veterinary hospital in Tucson, Arizona in 1992 for six years and Sumter, South Carolina for four years.

    She has two cats - Orange Boy and Marcy.

               

    Education:
    Associates Degree from Clark State
    Interests:
    Spending time with family and friends
  • Susie Johnson

    Receptionist

    Susie has been a receptionist at Northwood since 2007.  She previously waited tables at Colliers in Springfield.  Susie is married to Tom, has two adult children and one granddaughter. 

    Their household has four Chihuahuas - Chica, Izzy, Mikah, and Paco, and a 19 year old cat named Blackie. 

    Education:
    Associates Human Services & Child Care Management
    Interests:
    Bowling; being outdoors
  • Paula Massie

    Receptionist

    Paula has lived in Springfield all her life.  She is married to Glen and is very proud of her two adult sons, Justin and Zach.  Paula has one grandson named Bennett.  She has been a receptionist at Northwood since 2007.

    Paula has four dogs - Baby Girl, Tyra Banks, Kyra, and Prince Albert; and three cats - Gracie, Gray, and Lulu .  All of her pets are rescues!  Along with being a mom, a grandmother, and a busy pet owner, Paul teaches Sunday school at her church.


              

    Interests:
    Church, family, and pets
  • Cindy Stevenson

    Receptionist

    Cindy works as a receptionist at Northwood.  Prior to working at Northwood, she worked at Stevenson Heating and a law office. 

    Cindy loves spending time with her yellow Labrador, "Pickels."  She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Lindsay and her grand dogs - Snickers, a chocolate Labrador (of course), and Bear, a Czeck Shepherd.  Cindy is active in her church.           

    Education:
    Shawnee H.S. and Clark State - Peace Officer Training
    Interests:
    Church, spending time with friends and family
  • Cheri Randall

    Receptionist

    Cheri began working at Northwood in 2016 as a receptionist.  Prior to working at Northwood, she worked as a critical care nurse for 32 years in Springfield and Columbus, Ohio, and St. George, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona.

    Cheri has two adult daughters.  Nikki (married to Chris), with grandson T.C. and grand dogs Winston and Willie; and Kelly (married to Tony), with grandsons Brayden and Brenden, and grand dogs Buford and Baylee, and Bella, a cat.


    Education:
    Associate Degree in Registered Nursing
    Interests:
    Reading, puzzels, movies, and spending time with family and Bo, a rescued German Shepherd
  • Lori Sasson

    Receptionist

    Lori was originally from Urbana, but now resides in Springfield with her husband Stuart.  She has two adult children and one granddaughter named Zoey.  Lori is retired from medical transcription after 35 years. 

    She enjoys playing with granddaughter Zoey, and her two dogs Odie and Pookie.  Lori also has two cats - Charlie, and Allie who was adopted from Northwood!  She enjoys taking vacations to St. Croix or really any beach.

     

    Interests:
    Spending time with granddaughter, pets, and beach vacations
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Miller

    Groomer

    Elizabeth "Liz" has been grooming at Northwood since October of 2013 and grooming since 2008. 

    She was raised in Degraff on a farm and has been around animals her entire life.  Liz currently resides in Urbana with her boyfriend, Wes, and their son, Braydon, who is now in his terrible twos.  They have a dog, Jaxson, who comes to work with Liz to visit and Ricky, a cat who is more like a dog, probably because he was adopted from Northwood.

    Education:
    Ohio Hi-Point - Animal Management & Grooming and PetSmart Academy Dog & Cat Grooming
    Interests:
    Spending time with her family
  • Vicie Reynolds-Bitler

    Manager of Kennel and Grooming

    Vicie has worked at Northwood since June of 2011.  She is the Kennel and Grooming Manager.  Prior to coming to Northwood, Vicie worked for the Department of Public Safety, Ohio State Highway Patrol.  She was a dispatcher for 21 years and a dispatcher manager for 9 years.

    Her dream retirement job was to work at a veterinary facility where she could spend more time around animals -- "living the dream." 

    Vicie and her husband, Doug, reside in Springfield (Northridge).  They are proud parents of a boxer named Reagan.                 

    Education:
    Ft Wayne Intl Business College, Northwest Technical College, and Clark State College
    Interests:
    Dogs - Boxers, French Bulldogs, and hunting breeds; reading, being outdoors, sports - football, tennis, basketball, golf, and horse racing
  • Tyler Apple

    Kennel Staff
  • Megan Schmitt

    Kennel Staff
  • Morgan Miller

    Kennel Attendant

    Morgan is a kennel attendant at Northwood.  Born and raised in Springfield, Morgan currently resides in Urbana with her husband, Logan, and their Lab - River, and Saint Bernard - Utah. 

    She has always had a strong passion for animals her entire life, especially dogs.  Morgan's special spot in her heart goes to Labs and Saint Bernards.  Guess all is well with her heart!


                   

    Education:
    B.S. in Business Administration from Shawnee State University
    Interests:
    Animals, basketball, traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and her dogs
  • Madison Bush

    Kennel Staff

    Madison has worked as a part time kennel attendant since she was in High School.  She is currently attending Bowling Green State University to become a Special Education teacher.

    Madison has three dogs at home - Chewy, Woofy, and Fuzz.                 

    Education:
    Currently attending Bowling Green University in Special Education
  • Brooklyn Janney

    Kennel Staff
  • Austin Paul

    Kennel Staff

    Austin is a Senior at Kenton Ridge High School and is scheduled to graduate in May 2017.  He has worked in our Kennel since 2015.  Austin's love of animals is quite obvious and he enjoys spending time with our boarding and daycare pets.  He wants to go to veterinary school to become a veterinarian.

    He has two dogs at home - Chloe and Bentley.             

    Education:
    Attending Kenton Ridge - Senior
    Interests:
    Soccer, tennis, working with animals
  • Ericka Ray

    Kennel Staff

    Ericka attends Kenton Ridge High School and is a Junior.  She works part time in our Kennel helping to take care of boarding and daycare pets.  She lives in Northridge with her younger brother Mickael.

    Ericka enjoys playing basketball and softball.  She has two dogs - Jezzy, and Buttercup.               

    Education:
    Kenton Ridge High School - Junior
    Interests:
    Basketball, softball, and animals
  • Christopher Nuss

    Kennel Staff
  • Bailey Davis

    Kennel Attendant

    Bailey attends Kenton Ridge High School and is a Senior scheduled to graduate in May 2017.  He is a part time kennel attendant at Northwood.

    Baily has quite a few interests:  Soccer, hiking, building things, drawing and painting, technology, dogs, riding ATV's, taking pictures, and an interest in learning about WWII.               

    Education:
    Kenton Ridge High School - Senior
    Interests:
    Dogs, soccer, hiking, drawing and painting
  • Patrick McCombs

    Kennel Attendant