Gretchen Zarle, DVM
Chief of Staff
Dr. Zarle's dad grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, so her Ohio roots run deep. She came from high school in Massachusetts to attend The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in Dairy Science in 1986. She then attended veterinary school in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, graduating in 1989. She initially practiced near Indianapolis, IN and returned to Ohio in 1992 to join Bartels Pet Hospital. Dr. Zarle enjoys educating clients and working up medical cases, but she loves surgery and dentistry. She also works with the Humane Society of Ashland County and helps to teach surgical assisting to vocational high school students in their veterinary science program.
On the flip side, when not taking care of your pets, Dr. Zarle loves to explore, cook, read, and travel. She often enjoys the company of her three young adult children. Dr. Zarle's little menagerie currently consists of a cat Vito, and dogs Danny and Clara.
If she were not a veterinarian, she would likely be a dairy farmer (remember that undergraduate degree?). The avocation of her dreams, however, would be an adventure travel blogger. She has parachuted from a plane, slept in a Maasai hut in Africa and is always on the search for the world's tallest roller coaster. Dr Zarle has always been a bookworm. Her favorite book genres are narrative non-fiction (think anything by Erik Larson) and historical fiction (favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird). Her perfect day would be alternating playing in the ocean waves with sitting on the beach with a book and a beer.