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Dr. Donald K. Allen

Dr. Allen was born and raised in Rockford, IL. Shortly after graduating from high school he enlisted in 1967 in the Air Force for four years, serving as a military journalist in the Philippines and at George AFB, CA. He attended Midwest Horseshoeing School in Macomb, IL, and became a licensed horseshoer, which he used to help work his way through college, along with the GI Bill. Dr. Allen received a bachelor degree in animal science at the University of Illinois, then a master’s degree in animal nutrition. He worked at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago for a year before being accepted to the UI College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with a BS in veterinary science and then a DVM in 1980. He moved to Youngstown in 1984 and started his own practice in 1992. He served over 16 more years in the Air Force Reserve as a public health officer at Wright-Patterson AFB, retiring in 2010 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Dr. Allen presented several conference lectures on dermatology and veterinary practice in Lithuania and Latvia, and started a joint-venture veterinary supply business in Kaunas, Lithuania. An amateur WWII historian, he wrote “Tarawa - the Aftermath” in 2001, and served as veterinary support for cadaver dog searches for missing in action WWII soldiers and Marines, traveling to Tarawa and Belgium with a team from History Flight.

Dr. Allen is an advanced certified SCUBA diver, and holds a second degree® black belt in taekwondo. He is an expert marksman with both pistol and rifle, but does not hunt. He and his wife, Paula, enjoy travel, reading, photography, and their pets, cats Yul, Gus, Meriwether, and Finn, and German shepherds Dagny and Eva, who often visit the front office.


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Julie graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in criminal justice. Julie has been working for Dr. Allen on and off since 2004. Outside the clinic Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, Randy and two children, Randy Jr., and Gabriel. She has a cat named Wyatt and just adopted Rolo, the sweetest three-legged kitten ever! She also has a pride of outside cats. Julie graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in criminal justice. Julie has been working for Dr. Allen on and off since 2004. Outside the clinic Julie enjoys spending time with her husband, Randy and two children, Randy Jr., and Gabriel. She has a cat named Wyatt and just adopted Rolo, the sweetest three-legged kitten ever! She also has a pride of outside cats.

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Julz graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in psychology. She has been working for the clinic since 2014. Julz has three retrievers, Camryn, Ella and Jayjay, and two cats, Sidney and Tigris.

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Marissa started at the office in 2017. She graduated from Veterinary Assistant school in 2016. Marissa is an 8 year Army National Guard Veteran. Marissa and her husband are hoping to start a family soon. They have the “Morris Zoo” consisting of 3 dogs, Duke, Sophie, and Mya and 4 cats Willow, Zoey, Rue, and Odin.

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Nikki started working at the office in July of 2019. She is a 3rd year veterinary student at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She is interested in becoming a general practitioner in small animal medicine and is so eager to start saving animal’s lives! In her free time, she likes to hang out with her two Golden Retrievers, Jackson and Jordyn, sing, and watch Harry Potter on repeat.

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Alexa joined our office in October 2019. She graduated from Trumbull Career and Technical Center with a certification in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy. Alexa has 2 Golden Retrievers, Zeppelin and Maverick, and 3 Ragdoll cats, Zima, Zadi, and Astro.

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Mandi has worked in the veterinary field since 2008 and started working for Dr. Allen in October of 2019. Outside of the clinic Mandi enjoys drawing, cooking, working out and spending time with her energetic Doberman Pinscher named Sarge.

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Max is the big handsome Siamese who always has a lot to say. He is calm, cool, and loves to pick on his office siblings. Max also loves children.

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Hobo, found himself at Westside cats after his owner passed away. He came and visited the clinic for observation and as cheesy as it sounds the rest is history. He spends his time working the front desk as well as supervising everyday tasks. He enjoys long naps on laps and good snacks.

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Ennis, was found by a good samaritan and quickly brought to the clinic after being tossed from a car. He was so tiny that he often took naps in the pockets of our scrubs. Ennis is pretty shy around the clinic and rarely makes public appearances, but if you are quiet enough you just might be able to catch him at the bird feeder.

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Emma "The Baby" is the newest and youngest member of the group. She can be found in any carrier left unattended. Emma is the sweetest but also can be pretty sour with a quick nip when she has had enough love.