Tonia adored the earth’s creatures ever since her earliest days growing up in Maryville with her parents, brother, and sister. She would attempt to take in any stray animal that she could find, and could never stand to have an animal stay outdoors. For Tonia, a career in the world of veterinary care simply makes sense—she’s been tending to the area’s pets and animal parents here for more than a decade!Tonia moved to Cleveland in 1983, and first joined the Community Animal Hospital family on a volunteer basis after bringing her own Cocker Spaniel to the clinic for care. She was hired on full-time in April of 2006, starting out helping pets in the kennel before transitioning into reception work. Tonia particularly likes forming lasting relationships with the hospital’s clients and patients, and strives every day to use her customer-service skills to foster a loving, family-oriented environment at the clinic.Outside of work, Tonia can be found cooking, traveling, spending time outdoors, and enjoying the company of her family and pets. She has a daughter, a stepdaughter, and two step-grandchildren, and she and her husband also share their lives with six dogs and a pair of cats.