Joseph Gainey, DVM - Owner
Dr.Gainey is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of Belpar Pet Care Centre and Uniontown Veterinary Clinic. In December 2009, he and his wife, Angela, moved to Uniontown and purchased the Uniontown practice and in 2012 he then purchased Belpar. Prior to moving to Uniontown, he had practiced in Dover and Salem, Ohio where he worked with a wide array of medical and surgical cases. Dr. Gainey's passion for animals comes from growing up on a dairy farm in Holmes County, Ohio. He was raised around holstein dairy cattle, horses, dogs, cats, chickens and pigs. To this day, he does his best to find time to visit his mother, who is an avid rider, and enjoys riding his horse "L.B." His veterinary interests are in soft tissue and laser surgery, preventative care and chemotherapy. Dr. Gainey has been trained in Regenerative Therapies and Joint Injection by The Veterinarian and Orthopedic Sports Medicine Group. He has pursued regenerative medicine because pets are living longer and need the same cutting-edge treatment that humans have available. He and Angela have seven four-legged children, six dogs : Molly, Benson, Honza, Annabelle, Watson and Holmes, and one cat, Steiny.
Vedessa Meluch, DVM, CCRP, CCMT, CVA
Vedessa Meluch is a 2005 graduate from the University of Southern Mindanao, Philippines. While in the Philippines, she studied zoo and swine nutrition along with animal conservation. After shortly moving to the United States, she attended the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada for an intense year of skills and enhancement training in small animal medicine. In 2016, Dr. Meluch became certified by the University of Tennessee to practice canine and feline physical rehabilitation. She also obtained extra curriculum for conservative management of canine and feline osteoarthritis. She has brought to Belpar Pet Care Centre alternative forms of relief and treatment for obesity, osteoarthropathy, post surgical recovery, relief of pain, and help pets with mobility for neuropathic and orthopedic pain. Dr. Meluch and her husband live on a farm and have many cows, horses, ducks and dogs. She spends her free time driving a big tractor while harvesting corn and hay. She isn't afraid of getting dirty and changing the oil on the tractors, as well!
Samantha Bercheck, BVMS
Dr. Samantha Bercheck joined our team in August 2019 as one of our associate doctors. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow in Scotland in 2015. Having grown up in northeastern Ohio, she moved back to be closer to family. She lives with her partner Ron and wonderful furbabies: Chablis (German Shepherd), Floyd (Super Mutt), Jura (Cane Corso), and 3 cats- Squidden, Islay and Basil Hayden. When not around the clinic she enjoys working with bees, crochet, gardening, playing board games with friends and trying new restaurants.(She's always open to new recommendations!) Dr. Bercheck loves working in all areas of veterinary medicine, she especially enjoys behavioral cases.
"A picture is worth a 1,000 words. So much of veterinary medicine is communication; if your pet is doing something weird and you can't put into words, take a picture or get a video." - Dr. Bercheck
Michael McAndrew, DVM
Dr. Michael McAndrew graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. He received his Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Biology from the University of Findlay. He enjoys internal medicine and surgery. He loves people, animals and biology, and veterinary medicine is a perfect combination. As a Canton native, he shadowed at Belpar Pet Care Center for 12 years prior to being hired! (Some of you might recognize him!) He knew that he wanted to become a veterinarian from a young age and is now working in the veterinary practice that he grew up with long ago. A fun fact about Dr. McAndrew is that he is SCUBA certified. Dr. McAndrew has a cat named "Schecter."
"There's no such thing as a silly question. Ask us; we won't bite!" - Dr. McAndrew
Mike Slawienski, DVM, DACVS
Our Clinic Mascots
Kitty came to us the summer of 2012 after being hit by a car and had a broken pelvis and tail. After extensive therapy, she had to have her tail amputated due to the severity of the break. In her free time, Kitty enjoys napping in our break room on a chair, drinking water out of a faucet and hiding in random places and popping out when she wants to catch us off guard! She has a new talent of knocking on doors to have us open them for her. She has such a big personality for such a little girl.
Willis was found in the winter of 2013 by a nice family. After a thorough exam, he was found to behealthy, but his tail had something wrong with it. We believe it may have gotten caught in something. This caused damage to it to the point where it needed amputated. The plan was to keep him here for treatment, then find him a home. We all fell in love with his personality and he became our second clinic kitty. Willis loves to chase tennis balls, sleep, get lots of treats, hid in fun places and greet all of our patients coming in.
Jack joined our Belpar family in June 2014. His mother was moving into assisted living and could not take him with her. We tried to find Jack a home, but we quickly realized his home was with us! This sweet boy was used to being an indoor/outdoor kitty, so during the day, he has to stay in our back offices, otherwise, he would venture outside once a door opened! We do walk him outside frequently, and his favorite thing is eating grass! Jack loves taking his "cat" naps and being very vocal!
Angela serves as our Practice Administrator along with being a certified Veterinary Practice Manager, Interpersonal Communications & Business Administration. Ang has over 10 years experience in the veterinary field. She believes the human animal bond is so amazing. Helping pet owners give their pet the happiest, healthiest, longest life possible is very rewarding to her soul. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, quilting and crafts. In 2014, she was honored to be named Business Professional of the year by the Lake Township Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband, Dr.Joe Gainey, have 6 dachshunds; Benson, Annabelle, Honza, Watson, Holmes and Molly and a cat :Steiny. They also are very proud parents of a kiddo in the U.S. Navy.
"Pet Insurance! JUST DO IT. It pays for itself and allows you to choose the care you want for your pet. No more balancing care with cost! " - Ang
SHELLY, OFFICE MANAGER
Shelly is our Lead Receptionist and Office Manager. She has been employed at Belpar Pet Care Centre since 1991 and has been an asset to our office. You may not see her as much as before, that's because she does a lot of behind the scene work such as: inventory for entire office & payroll. Shelly enjoys being part of a team that gets along well and has a common goal of caring for pets. Working in the veterinary field is one of the greatest accomplishments of her life. She enjoys seeing all the dogs and cats come into the office when they receive routine and life saving help and seeing thankfullness in their eyes. Shelly states, "Working at Belpar isn't "work" when its doing what you love." She considers Belpar as her second home. She and her husband, Jeff, enjoy taking cruises on her time off, going to the movies, eating out and relaxing at home. A fun fact about Shelly is that with 2 artificial hips, she still can't dance! Shelly has a kitty named Eclipse and Cheyenne a red Doberman.
"It's a good idea to do research on costs of pets prior to getting one. Food, regular medical care and insurance all should be factors in your decision on affordability." - Shelly
Sarah joined our team in September 2012 and helps at the front desk and with marketing at both Belpar Pet Care Centre and at our sister clinic, Uniontown Veterinary Clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, reading, doing anything crafty, being outdoors, and working on home renovations with her husband. She and her husband have 2 beautiful daughters and a rescue Bernese Mountain Dog, Layne - from BARC, INC. and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. She enjoys working the in the veterinary field because by educating pet owners, it allows them to provide the best care for their pets and that is most important to her.
"Make sure to keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations and screenings to help guarantee their health!" -Sarah
Julie graduated from the Veterinary Tech Program at Kent State in 2009. Julie previously served our country through active duty in the Army before earning her degree. Along with her 3 children, 4 grandchildren, she also has 8 dogs (Conway, Tornado, Boobie Rex, Bailey, Luna, Brookes, Louie and Thorton) and 5 cats (Johnny, Nala, Sarah Sue, Merel and Mac Daddy). She loves helping families with their fur babies and educating them .Julie is an active foster through Ohio Fuzzy Pawz, a local shih-tzu rescue. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Julie has been a valued member of our staff since 2010. She began working at our Uniontown location and transferred to Belpar in June 2012.
"Always spay & neuter your pets!" - Julie
Kandis joined our team in March 2019 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has an associates degree of applied science in veterinary technology from Ross College. She works in the veterinary field because she feels like she has always gravitated towards pets. This is what she feels that she was born to do and why she was put on this earth. She loves being an advocate for her patients. If she can make a difference in even one pet, then she feels like she has succeeded. In her spare time she enjoys being creative (painting, crocheting, etc), spending with her family and 2 nieces. A fun fact about her is that she shares the same birthday as her dad! (Best birthday gift ever!). Kandis and her fiance, Andrew, have 2 cats: Tyrion and Thumbs. She will be getting married in November 2022! (woohoo!)
"Please be nice to your vet staff! We love your pets just as much as you do and we are trying our best."- Kandis
Olivia joined our team in October 2021. She is a recent graduate of Ross College. It has always been a dream of hers to work in the veterinary field. Just knowing she has had a hand in making animals feel better makes her feel so happy. She loves to sing Karaoke and has an American Pitbull, Buddy.
"Don't be afraid to be detailed!" - Olivia
Nicole joined our staff in July 2018. She is currently enrolled at Ross Medical College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys working in the animal field because she likes to be around animals and help them and their owners by making their lives better. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her pets; Major (Newfoundland), Gracie (mixed breed) and Patches(Guinea Pig). Something really neat about Nicole is that she lived in the Bahamas for 3 years and home-schooled her 2 children.
Kerry joined our front desk team in January 2021. She has had over 15 1/2 years experience working with animals. She loves her job for the slobbers and kisses of the loving pets she gets to see. She loves swimming and equestrian. She is also in the process of running a miniature horse carriage business. She has a dalmation named Sadie and a cat named Prism, along with many horses and farm animals.
"Call sooner than later when situations occur." - Kerry
Tina joined our staff in June 2020. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2003. She has 2 "Rottenweilers" as she says : Hank and Ava. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, beaches, boating and gardening. A fun fact about Tina is that her eye color tends to change on whatever color clothing she is wearing!
"Adopt - Don't shop!" - Tina
Abby joined our boarding staff in February 2021. She has been an important member of our Belpar family forever, since her mom is Julie our lead Technician! We are so lucky to have her on staff. Abby treats the animals as if they were her own. With her dry sense of humor, she brings a lot of laughs into the office. Her main hobby is eating food. She considers herself a single 4-legged mom of 3 - her 2 shih-tzus's Conway and Dicaprio and her cat(who thinks he's a dog) Waffles.
"Stay updated on your Rabies!" - Abby
Rachel joined our boarding staff in May 2021. She is currently enrolled at the University of Akron. She has 3 cats, Meow, Midnight and Twinkles and a dog named Snickers. She loves being around animals and taking care of them every day. Schoolwork tends to keep her busy in her "spare" time, but she also enjoys working out. She loves driving around in her Red Mustang.
Vicki originally joined our reception staff in 2012 at our Uniontown Veterinary Clinic. She then worked at our Belpar office for a while before being off for a few years due to surgery. She recently rejoined our staff and we are so happy to have her back! She enjoys working in the veterinary field due to the animals, of course! She also enjoys helping all the clients in whatever way she can. Vicki loves working with all of the staff at Belpar. In her spare time, she enjoys bowling, camping, anything to do with animals and spending time with her family. She is known in her hometown as the "girl to call about lost animals" and helps people find their pets or rehoming pets. Vicki has 2 sons Joe and Michael and 2 grandchildren. She is a caregiver for her father, as well.
"Always bring your pets to the vet in a cat carrier or on a leash. Prevent bad incidences before they happen." - Vicki
Hannah is a recent graduate on Ross with over 3 years veterinary experience. She joined our team in February 2021. When she isn't working at the Humane Society and with us, Hannah enjoys the piano and hiking. She enjoys working with animals and helping those in need and putting good in the world. Fun fact about Hannah is that she is a vegetarian.
"Spay & Neuter your pets!" - Hannah
Alejandra joined our team as an assistant in May 2021. She loves working in the veterinary field because she enjoys the fast paced environment, animals and the clients that she interacts with. She and her husband, Christian, were married in September 2020 and have 2 cats: Pepper and Nabi. Her infectious laugh can be heard throughout the clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting, stationary and playing video games. Her whole vocabulary is "quotes" and she loves memes.
Amy joined our staff in July 2021. She is currently a student at Ross College for Veterinary Technology. She started working in the animal field because of her love for animals and being their "voice." In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her 3 children (Hannah, Joe and Mason) her pets and watching Netflix. She has 2 dogs, Maddie and Buster and 2 cats, Cat-Cat and Jay Quan. A fun fact about Amy is that if she is listening to music in her car and has arrived at her destination and a good song is on, she will listen to the song in it's entirety before getting out.
Jenn joined our front desk in July 2021. With over 5 years veterinary experience, she enjoys the medical aspect of her job and the animals. She and her husband were married in 2016 and have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys painting, drawing, kayaking, riding ATVs, gardening, riding motorcycles and playing with her grandchildren. Jenn has 4 Newfoundlands, 1 St. Bernard and 2 cats.
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