Upper Arlington Northstar

Our Staff

Practice Owner & Veterinarian

Joanna Parson, DVM

Practice Owner & Veterinarian

Adam Parson, DVM


A.J Wildman, DVM

Hospital Manager:

Mandi Stauch

Veterinary Technicians & Assistants:

Kristi Edwards
Kathy Ball 
Carrie Coleman
Cecilia Baer
Jen Bowdish 
Jessica Kiffner
Kaitlin Jones
Susan May
Abbey McCune 
Rachel Leist 
Kathyrn Juarez
Susan May
Ashley Leach
Erin Knickerbocker
Taylor Corns
Katie Backus
Katie Wilson

Client Service Specialist:

Jenna Burt 
Chelsea Robinson
Maria Wingert


Amy Liss 

Support Staff:

John Borman

Practice Owner & Veterinarian


Joanna Parson, DVM

I am a veterinarian and practice owner of Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital and Northstar Animal Care. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY by Polish immigrants. My interest in the sciences and my love for animals grew strong throughout my childhood and I was heavily involved in animal rescue organizations in New York City. I was accepted into the Honors College at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook and completed a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. I then received my veterinary degree from The Ohio State School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 which is also where I met my husband and partner, Adam Parson. During the last three years of veterinary school I worked partime at Medvet Medical Center for Pets as a veterinary assistant in the department of Internal Medicine. Subsequently, I completed a veterinary internship in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Medvet and was then hired on as a full time doctor in the Emergency Department for the next 5 years. My experience at Medvet has proven to be invaluable in my veterinary education and they are hugely responsible for shaping me into the doctor I am today. In May of 2008, I partnered up with my husband, Dr. Adam Parson, in general practice and purchased Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital. My focus is to provide high quality medicine tailored to each individual canine and feline patient in a small intimate environment. My specific interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine, periodontal surgery, and pain management. I am happily married to Dr. Adam Parson and we have three children named Emma, Jack, and Chance whom we enjoy raising together in Upper Arlington. We also have 3 dogs (Hank, Julio, Bibby and Albert) and 2 cats (Mike and Nugget) in our family which keep also keep us busy. In my spare time I love my time with family, friends, and neighbors, as well as travelling, tennis, barre fitness, shopping, and her home. I feel truly blessed to practice in this community and to be able to work with such a wonderful staff who care so much about animals. I am grateful for all the relationships that have developed with my clients and pets throughout the years and look forward for what is to come in the future. I want to dedicate my success to my family and especially my parents who struggled and worked hard to give me every opportunity possible to succeed. Thank you, Mom and Dad.


Adam Parson, DVM

Hello, my name is Adam Parson. I love coming to work and practicing my profession. It has been a passion of mine from a very young age. My family and friends are very important to me, however, my career is a facet of my life that I love very much. Many experiences have shaped my life today and if you are reading this then you must want to hear about them, so here we go.....

I was born and raised in the small town Mt. Vernon, Ohio. This is where I obtained my first job during high school mowing grass and planting flowers for a fantastic veterinarian named Dr. Barry Reppart. Shortly thereafter I became part of the kennel staff and assisted in taking care of blue ribbon bullmastiffs which Dr. Reppart bred. He then took me under his wing as a veterinary assistant and I was offered the responsibility of assisting him in the surgery room. By this point I was hooked and never looked back. I continued to work for him through high school and during my future summers through my college career. I graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1993 and attended High Point University where I obtained a bachelors in Biology in 1997 and played on the Varsity Golf Team. My first attempt at admission into OSU Veterinary School was unsuccessful and I needed to expand my research experience to get into the program. I took a position in Dr. Krakowka's knotobiotic swine lab which was a grueling experience, but it helped me grow as an individual and ultimately helped me gain acceptance into the veterinary program. I graduated with a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2002 and was accepted into an internship program at what I consider to be the premier specialty referral facility in America, Medvet.

Medvet launched me into the profession. During my twelve months there, I rotated through all of the specialty services and worked in the emergency department as an ER doctor where I learned more in 12 months than most veterinarians learn in a decade. This experience definitely gave me an edge in my field. This clinical experience is one that will always be remembered and the knowledge I gained is invaluable. I am always grateful to Medvet for their expertise and drive to be the best in the profession.

We bought our first hospital, Northstar Animal Care, in 2006 and then Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital in 2008. We have been truly blessed with the pets and their families that we have gotten to know over the last 8 years. Our staff has played an integral part in our growth and make what we do even more enjoyable. My true passion and interest is surgery. I am proficient in soft tissue, orthopedic surgery, and ophthalmic surgery. Operating on the canine knee has been an area of focus in my practice as well continuing to offer new innovations in arthritis management including stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma. If I am unable to offer a surgical option for my patients, I will refer them to the appropriate specialist. I pledge to myself that I will continue to grow in the field of veterinary medicine and will not become stagnant.

I am married with three kids. I met my wife Joanna, a Polish New Yorker, during veterinary school. We married in 2002 and ultimately settled in Upper Arlington where we have raised our 3 children---Chance, Jack, and Emma. My parents were both born and raised in Upper Arlington and life kind of came back in full circle for us. Now I understand how truly special this place is and how blessed I am to be able to raise my family here. They are the best kids in the world and we spend as much time as we can with them. Our goal is to share with them the experiences we have had so they continue to grow and become even more successful as good people who want to give back to their community. We have 4 dogs (Hank, Julio, Albert, Bibby), 2 cats (Mike and Chicken Nugget), beta fish, and hermit crabs. We love spending time with our family and friends and journey to the country to have fun hiking, swimming, fishing, and having campfires with the kids. I enjoy travelling, backpacking, and skiing. I have recently developed an interest in fitness including weightlifting and I am trying to be a runner, but that is still a challenge. I have served on the OSU Alumni Board as president and continue to be an active alumnus. I have enjoyed my time as a member of the Tri-Village Rotary and will continue to give back to the community with a great group of people.

I hope to meet you and have the opportunity to care for your beloved pet. I value the team we have and know we will exceed all your expectations as a local practice. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. Talk to you soon.


Hospital Manager

Mandi Justus

Mandi Stauch

My name is Mandi Stauch. I have been in the veterinary business since 1998. I have worked for Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital since 2007. I have been the office manager of both clinics since 2010. I share my home my dogs Ellie, and Harvey. In my free time I enjoy fishing, boating, reading, going to concerts (especially to see Rascal Flatts) and spending time with my family and friends.

Veterinarian Technicians & Assistants:

Kristi Edwards

Kristi Edwards

My name is Kristi Edwards and I have been working at Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Vet. Hospital since 2007. I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford in 2007 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I live in Groveport with my husband Mac, our son Gavin, our daughter Emma, our daughter Mackenzie, as well as our many cats and dogs. In my spare time I enjoy pet sitting, watching Penn State Football, and spending time with my family. 


Kathy Ball Cotrell

Kathy Ball Cotrell, RVT

My name is Kathy and I have been a registered veterinary technician at Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital and Northstar Animal Care since 2010. I live in Clintonville with my husband, Dan and our daughter, Charlotte as well as our menagerie of 2 dogs, a Siberian Husky and a Shepherd mix and 7 cats. In my spare time I enjoy home improvement projects, reading and cooking. My special interests in veterinary medicine include anesthesia, internal medicine and trap, neuter and release (TNR) of feral cats.

Carrie Coleman

Carrie Coleman, RVT

Hello, my name is Carrie Coleman. I grew up on the east side of Columbus. After spending my first year of college at the University of Akron I returned home to attend Columbus State. I graduated from CSCC in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I returned to school a few years ago and graduated in December with my BS in Business Management from Ohio Dominican University. I've worked in small animal practices and at a specialty hospital prior to coming to Northstar Animal Care in 2010.

I've been married for nearly 8 years and have two young daughters and one son. We have one dog Tressel. I enjoy working with all animals but have a special love Great Danes and cats. I also enjoy working with pocket pets! I'm very passionate about my job and love being part of this team.


Rachel Liest, Veterinary Assistant

Hi, my name is Rachel Leist and I am graduated of the Ohio State University. I have loved animals my entire life and currently own four dogs of my own. I love training and spending time with my dogs as well as teaching dog obedience at Columbus All-Breed Training Club. I currently show my dogs in the American Kennel Club venues of obedience, agility, earth dog, and conformation. I plan to apply to vet school in the coming years and can't wait to further my veterinary career.



Kaitlin Jones, RVT

Hello! I was born and raised in Columbus where I attended the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School, graduating in 2011. My experience includes general practice and anesthesia at a specialty hospital. My interests include biking, kayaking, concerts and enjoying time with family and friends. I have a Jack Russell/Min Pin mix named Ritter, a Brussels Griffon puppy named Sprout, and a cat named Sharon. I am very excited to have joined the team at Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital!


Jen Bowdish

Jen Bowdish, RVT

I am originally from Findlay Ohio, my husband and I moved to Columbus from Indianapolis Indiana so I could pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology at Columbus State Community College. I am a recent graduate of the program and I am very excited to be working as a Registered Veterinary Technician. My husband and I have two sons, one dog and two cats. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and traveling when given the opportunity. Since graduating I am excited to now have the chance to finally begin pursing new and long-time interests.

Jessica Kiffner

Jessica Kiffner, RVT

Hi my name is Jessica Kiffner and I am a registered veterinary technician at Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital. I went to school at Purdue University and received my degree in Veterinary Technology. I have recently called Columbus my new home as my husband Kyle, our dog Juneau who is a Siberian Husky, and our son Kellen. I moved back to the Midwest from Austin, Texas. In Austin, I was a technician in the Oncology and Internal Medicine Department at a specialty hospital. In my free time I enjoy learning about new and upcoming treatments in veterinary medicine, kayaking, spending time with my family, photography, and traveling.



Kat Juarez, RVT

My name is Kat Juarez and I'm a graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. I am an owner of three dogs, a guinea pig, and a fish. I have always had a passion for animals. Originally planned on becoming a Veterinarian and through several circumstances was lead toward the Veterinary Technician career path instead. I instantly fell in love with it and haven't looked back since! I'm excited to be part of this team and further grow my abilities and knowledge as a Veterinary Technician. 

Kathy Ball Cotrell

Taylor Corns, Veterinary Assistant

My name is Taylor Corns, and I started working for Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital in August of 2015. I am a third year undergrad at The Ohio State University. I am studying zoology and intend on going to vet school at Ohio State as well. I am a very passionate person who loves animals and enjoys making their lives better. I personally have 2 dogs, King Louis and Piper, that are my entire world and motivation behind my future. 


Cecilia Baer, RVT

Hi! My name is Cecilia Baer and I am a recent graduate from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford. After spending 5 years in the hospitality industry, I decided to make career change and couldn't be happier. I live in Gahanna with my dog Spencer. He is a 3-year-old hound mix and I love him to pieces. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing by the pool, trying out new restaurants and hanging out with friends and family.  


Katie Wilson, Veterinary Assistant

My name is Katie Wilson and I'm a third year pre-veterinary student at The Ohio State University studying neuroscience and biology. I'm passionate about caring for all types of animals, and I enjoy volunteering at Capital Area Humane Society as well as helping out at a horse rescue organization called Equine Partners Unlimited. I have two cats at home, Holly and Pippen, whom I love very much. In the future, I plan to apply to veterinary school to pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I am very excited to be a part of the team at Northstar Animal Care & Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital!!


Katie Backus, Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Katie Backus and I am a third year vet student at The Ohio State University. I graduated from the Ohio State University with undergraduate degrees in Animal Nutrition ans Zoology in 2014 so I am a buckey through and through. I grew up in Dublin, Ohio so I have been around Columbus my whole life and love it. I spend most of my free time playing ultimate frisbee or hanging out with my dog, Cali. I am so excited to join the team here at Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital. 

Kathy Ball Cotrell

Ashley Leach, Veterinary Assistant

My name is Ashley Leach and I was born and raised in the beautiful buckeye state. I am a student at San Juan College in the Veterinary Technology Program. I will be graduating and taking my boards within the next six months. I am a United States Air Force veteran who separated to pursue my passion of caring for animals. I started my veterinary career in South Korea in 2013 and have primarily worked emergency medicine since returning to the United States in 2014. My husband recently retired from the military and we chose to return home with our son, Jaxon and our dog, Soon Hui, to settle down closer to family after many years of the busy military lifestyle. I am looking forward to this new chapter in the Columbus area and excited to expand my knowledge alongside the incredible Upper Arlington/Northstar team. I enjoy spending time with my family and have a wide range of hobbies to include most sports, skating, playing poker, hiking, and traveling.




Susan May, RVT

Hi, my name is Susan May and I was born and raised in Columbus. I recently graduated from Bradford Vet Tech Institute. I just passed my boards and I am officially a Registered Veterinary Technician. I have a Miniature Schnauzer named Burgan and my newest addition is a 5 month old Chocolate Lab named Lexi. I have been an animal lover my whole life and am fortunate enough to make it may career. I am excited and privileged to be a part of the team at Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital and Northstar Animal Care.

Natasha Bloomfield 

Erin Knickerbocker, Assistant

Hi! My name is Erin Knockerbocker and I am a third year biology, pre-vet student at The Ohio State University. I joined Northstar Animal Care team in December of 2014 and I am enjoying every minute of my time here. I currently live in Worthington with my Australian Shepherd mix named Aria, two guinea pigs named Brownie and Bubbles, a Goffin's Cockatoo named Charlie and a snake named Paco. In my spare time I enjoy taking pictures and doing gymnastics with the OSU Club Gymnastics team.


Client Service Specialist:

Jenna Burt

Jenna Cameron, Client Service Specialist

My name is Jenna. I have been with the practice since April of 2009 and have enjoyed every day of it. I graduated from the Ohio State University in 2005 with a degree in Sociology and moved around for a few years but settled back in Columbus in 2009. I love this city and all it has to offer. I have a old son Maxwell and a daughter June who are the light of my life. I married my husband Jeremy in June of 2014.  I also have a orange tabby named Buddy and a pit bull mix named Milo who I suppose are pretty awesome too ;) In my spare time, I like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Gardening, camping, hiking, canoeing, you name it-- as long as I get to feel the sun on my face I am a happy girl!

Chelsea Robinson

Chelsea Robinson, Client Service Specialist

My name is Chelsea Robinson and I started working for Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Vet Hospital in May 2014. I grew up in the small town of Covington, Ohio where I grew to love animals both large and small while spending time on my grandparent’s farm. My previous jobs include caring for over 200 calves on a dairy farm, working in a kennel, and most recently I was a preschool teacher. I moved to Columbus to attend the Ohio State University and fell in love with the city and decided to stick around after I graduated. I currently live in Grandview with my dog, Eddie, two cats, Nala and Barney, and guinea pig, Oreo. I really enjoy meeting new people and animals so I am very excited to have found such a perfect place to work!

Chelsea Robinson

Mariah Wingert, Client Service Specialist

My name is Mariah Wingert and I started working for Northstar Animal Care and Upper Arlington Vet Hospital in June of 2015. I am recently married and living in Columbus. I'm originally from the Westerville area, where I grew up most of my life.My two dogs are Hank and Holly, both are rescue hounds. Most of my free time is spent with them and ny husband. We enjoy fishing, camping, hiking, and napping on the couch. I'm currently taking classes at Columbus State Community College, where I aspire to be a Veterinary Technician and to continue my career with animals.



Amy Liss, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behaviorist

My name is Amy Liss and I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Behaviorist. I have worked with dogs all my life. I have always had a connection with dogs and feel that life is not complete without them. I have owned my own business, Amy's PAWsitive Dog Training, LLC, since January 2009. I received my certification from the Animal Behavioral College and am also certified to train and work with shelter dogs. I spent many hours volunteering at the Capital Area Humane Society and learned much about dogs who needed a second chance. My training program is based on leadership as well as fulfilling your dog mentally, physically, and socially to keep him/her happy and balanced. I am a positive trainer and believe that when we create trust and respect with animals, they comply to our commands to earn highly valued resources such as affection, a treat, or a game of fetch.

I offer Upper Arlington Vet Hospital and Northstar Animal Care patients a free 1/2 hour private in home consultation as well as a doggy social every Wednesday and Friday evening from 6:30-7:30 (weather permitting; year round) at the Northstar Fifth Avenue Location.

If you have any questions, please call me at 614-499-1902 or email me at amyspawsitive@hotmail.com. I hope to meet you and your best friend!