Our Talented Veterinarians
Dr. Sandra Kessen
Dr. Sandra Kessen received her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Her interest include small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, small animal ultrasound as well as small animal medicine. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, boating, snow and water sking and fishing.
Dr. Jason Kessen
Dr. Kessen received his undergraduate degree in biology from John Carroll University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Kessen’s interest include equine lameness and sports medicine as well as small animal medicine. Recently Dr. Jason graduated from Options For Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Kansas, and is now available to perform chiropractic exams and adjustments on equine and canine patients. Dr. Jason enjoys spending his free time fishing with his family, snow skiing and coaching wrestling.
Dr. Anthony Fernandez
Dr. Anthony Fernandez was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida, where he acquired his first horse and learned the importance of the human-animal bond. After high school, Dr. Anthony moved to Laurinburg, North Carolina to attend Saint Andrew’s University, where he obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and was heavily involved in their nationally-ranked hunter/jumper and western teams. After college, he worked on a dude ranch in Colorado for two years as a ranch hand and wrangler. He then attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts. Dr. Anthony initially wanted to specialize in equine podiatry, but during his clinical year at Oklahoma State University, he developed a passion for treating all species. Upon obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, he moved to Ohio to practice mixed animal medicine. As a veterinarian, Dr. Anthony pursued additional training at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida to become a Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner. Since receiving his CVMMP certification, Dr. Fernandez has enjoyed integrating his training into his practice, as it allows for a multi-modal approach to treat the whole horse. While he is currently only certified to perform chiropractic adjustments on equine species, he plans to obtain this certification for other species in the future. In addition to medical manipulation and orthopedics, Dr. Anthony also has a strong interest in small animal surgery. Dr. Anthony joined the Kessen team in 2021 and can be found treating mainly equine, canine, and feline species; however, he is open to seeing the occasional ruminant, pig, or exotic species. He is appreciated by our clients for his straight-forward personality and practical approach to veterinary medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, running, and going to the gun range.
Dr. Laura Powell
Born and raised in Lima, Ohio, Dr. Laura Powell can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a veterinarian. Growing up, she cared for many dogs, cats, and horses, which undoubtedly fueled her desire to pursue this profession. Dr. Laura earned her Bachelor’s of Science at Saint Mary's College, where she also minored in Dance. She then worked at The University of Notre Dame with laboratory animals for one year, prior to following her dreams all the way to the Caribbean for veterinary school. Dr. Laura attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), located on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, for three rigorous years of veterinary training. She then came back to the United States to complete her clinical year at Oklahoma State University. Upon graduation with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Laura moved back to Ohio to practice veterinary medicine here at Kessen Veterinary Clinic! Dr. Laura has been with us since 2016, and sees mostly dogs and cats. She is loved by our clients and staff for her positivity, empathy, and attention to detail. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, animal behavior, and low-stress handling. In her spare time, Dr. Laura enjoys traveling and creating new experiences with her family: her husband, young daughter, and their muttley crew: a spirited Pomeranian, an anxious “Coconut Retriever”, and a derpy old Beagle.
Dr. Amanda Durand
Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Durand joined our Equine Department of Kessen Veterinary Clinic in March of 2016. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University, after completing her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Connecticut. Her veterinary interests include reproduction, foal medicine, ophthalmology, wound care, and preventative medicine. In her spare time she enjoys traveling with her dogs Poncho and Peter.
Dr. Alex Lauf
Dr. Alex Lauf, a native to Lima, OH, is one of our talented small animal veterinarians. Dr. Alex attended the University of Findlay for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Animal Science and Biology, and minored in Chemistry. He then went on to veterinary school at Lincoln Memorial University in Cumberland Gap, TN. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Alex came back to the Lima area to practice veterinary medicine. He has been with Kessen Veterinary Clinic since 2019, providing veterinary services to mainly dogs and cats. Dr. Alex is appreciated by our clients for his kind-hearted nature and compassion. In his free time, Dr. Alex enjoys going out to dinner with his family and playing with his awesome Jack Russell Terrier named Rachel. Dr. Alex also enjoys swimming and would one day love to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef.
Our Amazing Customer Service Representatives
Tracey, our head customer service representative, has been with Kessen Veterinary Clinic since October of 2011. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, where she majored in animal science. Tracey is loved by many of our clients for her compassion, willingness to listen, and assistance in getting their pet the care it needs. In addition to her excellent customer service skills, Tracey helps manage our social media networks, coordinates office events, and performs many administrative duties. Tracey’s special veterinary interests include feline behavior and environmental enrichment; she has 7 furry felines of her own that she strives to give the best life possible. When not at the clinic, Tracey can be found working at the Ohio SPCA and Humane Society as a veterinary assistant and a member of the board. Animal rescue and the humane treatment of animals is one of Tracey’s biggest passions in life, and she has been working in the field for many years.
Angie has been a part of our team since 2018 and had 5 years of experience in the field prior to coming to Kessen Veterinary Clinic. Originally from Cincinnati, she attended Thomas More College where she has a Bachelor’s of Arts and an Associate Degree in Art History. She found a way to combine her love of animals with her career when she moved to the area and became certified as a veterinary assistant. When not at the clinic, she can be found spending time with her husband and their 3 cats; Morgan, AJ, and Dalton.
Kim is our newest Customer Service Representative. Kim has nearly 40 years of experience within the veterinary field and has worked in various clinics across the United State and even Germany! She has worked in every aspect of the clinic from kennel help to management. Kim found her calling for animals at a very young age. At age 5, Kim would find stray, wounded animals (cats, birds, rabbits) and keep them under her house, she would feed them and try to heal their wounds as best as she could. Kim extremely family oriented, she loves to spend time with her husband, children and 5 grandkids. In her spare time, she is very involved in her church and works with one of the church’s ministry teams. She also loves to ride motorcycles, read & garden. She has 3 of her own fur babies at home - a Maltese named "Herbie" and two kitties named "Wyatt" and "Paige."
Our Dedicated Small Animal Department
Jamie is our Lead RVT. Along with supervising our team to add efficiency to our day, she still enjoys assisting in surgery and performing dental cleanings. She has been part of the KVC team since August 2010. She attended Brown Mackie College in Findlay, Ohio, where she obtained her degree in veterinary technology in 2010, obtaining her RVT license in 2012. Jamie has a rescue dog named Geo, who is the love of her life (beside her husband of course). She has a leopard gecko Nerezza, who she loves as well.
Stephanie, one of our experienced RVTs, has been an integral member of Kessen Veterinary Clinic since December of 2013. She obtained her degree in veterinary technology from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School in Columbus, Ohio. While Stephanie has a wide array of responsibilities here at KVC, she most enjoys her duties as a surgery technician and helping to educate clients on their pet’s health. Outside of work, you can find Stephanie being a loving mother, wife, and tending to her mini-farm of goats, chickens, and dogs.
Tori is one of our fabulous veterinary assistants. She obtained her Associates of Applied Science - Veterinary Technology degree from IBC in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2016 and has been with us since March of that year. She has 2 felines, Beanie and Oreo. Beanie enjoys lots of attention and playing with her mouse toy, while Oreo loves eating and getting his belly rubbed! Tori's favorite things to do outside of the clinic are hanging out with her friends and family, traveling, and sleeping!
Ashley is a registered technician and graduated from Brown Mackie College in June 2014. She has worked in veterinary medicine since March 2014, but knew she wanted to work with animals from a very early age. She has special interests in surgery and client education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, friends & family. Her fur kiddos consist of her two French Bulldogs "Ruger" & "Hadley" and her cat "Max."
Madison, one of our skilled RVTs, has been with Kessen Veterinary Clinic since October 2018. She received her degree in Veterinary Technology from the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Madison's veterinary interests include emergency medicine, feline medicine, and client education. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and practicing the art of cosmetics. Madision resides in Delphos, Ohio with her fiance, 5 furry felines and 2 crazy dogs.
Miranda is one of our newest veterinary assistants. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2018. After receiving her degree, she spent one year at a 24-hour veterinary specialty hospital before joining us here at Kessen Veterinary Clinic. It has been Miranda’s lifelong dream to become a veterinarian, and she is currently applying to veterinary school. She has special interests in farm animal and emergency medicine. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys practicing the art of photography and spending time with her family and friends. She and her boyfriend have two loveable dogs named Hoss and Jim, a feisty cat named Hazel, a chill rabbit named Alfie, and a surprisingly active turtle named Finnegan.
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Our Hard Working Equine Department
Morgan is our Office Manager. She graduated from the University of Findlay in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in science-related applications. Morgan joined our team right after she graduated from college in the spring of 2014 after shadowing our equine department for two summers. She has 4 horses, 2 cats "Diesel" & "Zeke", and 1 dog "Lila". In her free time she enjoys showing her horse Wyatt at horse shows around Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana, as well as helping her family race and raise Standardbred racehorses. And if that is not enough, she volunteers for her home county 4-H Horse program as a Volunteer and Junior Fair Board Advisor.
Kristina is our talented equine RVT. She graduated from Kent State University in 2016 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science - Veterinary Technology. She joined our Equine Department in the spring of 2018. In her free time she enjoys showing her horse Itchy and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs Nika and Kaydo.
Angie graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio in 2015 with an Associate's Degree in Agricultural Business/Management. She joined Kessen Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 2016. She has a horse "Leo" and a Chihuahua "Angel." When she is not working she helps out on her family's Hereford show cattle farm. In her free time, she enjoys trail riding with "Leo" and spending time with "Angel". She also volunteers with Challenged Champions Equestrian Center and is involved with many activities with the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 715 in Fort Jennings.
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