Our personnel strive to maintain the highest of standards of our profession.

We have approximately 20 employees including three Veterinarians, three Registered Veterinary Technicians and a staff of well-trained Receptionists and animal handlers, all dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care for you and your pets.

In addition, all doctors and employees receive continuing education to keep current with all of the advancements in veterinary medicine.


Dr. Steven Sawdai

Dr. Sawdai graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He grew up in Forest Park and started working at Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital while in middle school. He met Wendy, his future wife, who was also working at Mt Pleasant and attending Ohio State. Dr. Sawdai and Dr. Wendy married while in Veterinary School. Thirty years later they have a daughter, Lizzie, who is in medical school and engaged to be married. Their younger child, Daniel, is an engineering/ pre-med student at The Ohio State University. Dr. Sawdai enjoys running and ice hockey and spending time with his family.

Dr. Wendy Sawdai

Dr. Wendy graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She grew up in Ross, Ohio, and worked at Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital during high school and college. Upon graduation, she practiced at a small animal hospital in Hamilton and a mixed animal practice (working on horses, alpacas, and other farm pets) in Shandon, Ohio. Wendy took the next 14 years off to raise a family and joined Mt Pleasant in the summer of 2016. Her furry family includes dogs, cats, and horses. Dr. Wendy enjoys exercise, working out on her Peleton and teaching Sunday school at church. She thoroughly enjoyed the years spent raising a family before returning to practice.

Dr. Brady Hall

Dr. Hall has been with Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital since his graduation from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Originally from North College Hill/College Hill, Dr. Hall attended St. Xavier H.S. and Xavier University before pursuing his veterinary degree. Dr. Hall has a special interest in diagnostic imaging/ultrasound, but enjoys the variety of cases that general practice provides. When not at the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Teresa), son (Gabriel) and their two dogs (Charleston and Keegan). In his free time, Dr. Hall enjoys working in the yard and garden, caring for his aquariums, and playing piano or guitar.

Dr. Mollie Burwinkel

Dr. Mollie Burwinkel is a 2019 graduate of the The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is beginning her career at Mt. Pleasant, although she has worked at our hospital as an assistant since she was in high school. Dr. Burwinkel grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Shandon, Ohio and attended Ross High School. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree at The University of Findlay before going to vet school. Dr. Burwinkel has a special interest in behavior medicine and low-stress handling methods. In her free time, Dr. B enjoys drawing, running, camping, and spending time with her dog, cat, horses, and cows.


Danielle – Registered Veterinary Technician / Office Manager

Danielle graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and from Columbus State with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been with Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital since 2015. Danielle is a lifelong animal lover with 5 pets of her own: 3 rescue cats (Simba, Hershel, and Avery) and 2 dogs (Monte and Harley). She enjoys spending time with her family and working out at a local cross-fit gym.

Amy – Assistant Office Manager

Amy is a receptionist and Assistant Office Manager who joined practice in November 2020. She comes to Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital with over 15 years of experience in the veterinary field, and has enjoyed working in a variety of roles during that time. She is passionate about animal welfare and rescue, and spent several years actively volunteering for a Boxer Rescue. She enjoys spending time with her pets (currently a Boxer, a pit bull mix and 4 kitties) doing outdoorsy activities and traveling.

Diane – Registered Veterinary Technician

Diane graduated from U.C.’s Veterinary Technician program in 1979 and has worked for Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital for over 25 years. After graduation, she worked in medical research – first at Children’s Hospital and then at U.C.’s College of Pharmacy for 12 years. At one time, she showed dogs – cocker spaniels and then golden retrievers with hopes to breed them. Unfortunately, that dream has been on hold while she raised three children. When she chose this career, Diane’s intention was always to work with pets and their families. Mt Pleasant has allowed her to use her skills and experience to the fullest. She currently has a cocker spaniel named Charlie and two cats, Tabitha and Pyewacket.

Leah – Registered Veterinary Technician

Leah Graduated from Brown Mackie in 2010 with an associates degree in Applied Science. She later went on to get her RVT license. She is very passionate about helping as many animals as possible. She has a husband of 15 years, a daughter, two stepsons, and two dogs. She loves to travel and spend time with friends, family, and her fur babies.

Alexis – Veterinary Technician

Alexis joined Mt. Pleasant in 2019. She is planning on attending Penn Foster College to get her degree as a Registered Veterinary Technician. In her free time, she likes to go fishing, hiking with her pups in the woods, and spending as much time outside. She has 2 dogs: one is a pitbull named Hazzel and the other is a Brittany Spaniel named Tucker.

Nikki – Receptionist

Nikki has been working in the vet field since she was 15 years old. She started off in a kennel when she was younger and is now is working at Mt. Pleasant as a receptionist. She has three amazing daughters that attend Cincinnati Christian Schools. She also has 5 dogs (2 golden doodles and 3 rescue lab mixes)! Her and her better half love spending time with their girls and fur babies!

Olivia C. – Receptionist

Olivia is a receptionist at our hospital and enjoys competing in rodeo with her horses in her free time. Her favorite things to do are tending to her farm life at home with her boyfriend and hanging out for her fur babies. She has 4 dogs: 2 Border Collies, one German Shepherd and one Golden Bernese Mountain dog. She is currently putting herself through Veterinary Technician school.

Jessica – Receptionist

Jess has been a receptionist at MPAH since August 2020. She has fulfilled a variety of roles in veterinary medicine since she was 16. Jess is happily married to her childhood friend since 2018. Together they have 3 children ages 17, 12, and 9. She has two dogs, Hank & Isis; 2 cats, Mr. Brown & Flame, and a bearded dragon Peaches. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, gardening, and growing her house plant & cacti collection.

Kiara – Receptionist

Kiara is a student at Sinclair Community College studying to be a Veterinary Technician. In her free time, she enjoys crafting and hiking with her boyfriend Alex. She has two cats, Mowgli & Soline, and a dog Chewie.

Katelyn – Receptionist

Katelyn is a receptionist at our hospital and has been here since May of 2021. She has two pups, Mugsey the bulldog and Rocky the chihuahua. In her free time she enjoys reading, relaxing with her pets, and spending time with friends.

Kristie – Receptionist

Kristie has been in the veterinary field for 10 years, and recently joined our team in July 2021. She is a wife, stepmom, and step-grandma. She enjoys spending time with her family but would prefer to be on her couch with her fur babies which include 2 dogs, Champ and Katy, and 3 cats Dizzy, Duncan, and Abigail. She also loves church festivals, traveling, and country concerts.

Sam – Receptionist

Ever since she was younger, Sam has always been passionate about animals. While she has not been in the field for very long, it is her favorite one yet. Joining the Mt Pleasant team in August 2021, it has become a great place for her to be able to combine her love of animals with the ability to help others. Sam lives locally with her fiancé and is very much a homebody so can typically be found hanging out at home with their 5 fur babies, watching something good on TV, or playing board games. She also appreciates the occasional night out and will never turn down a drink or good food.

Tori – Receptionist

Tori has been with Mt Pleasant since August 2021. She has a certificate in Veterinary Assisting and graduated from Animal Behavior College in 2018. She has a cat named Bella, a puppy named Chessie and a Guinea Pig named Gus. When Tori isn’t working she enjoys hanging out with friends and participating in musical theatre with her theatre group.

Debby – Surgical Assistant/ Veterinary Assistant

Debby started with Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital in 1971 and has been a full-time employee for the past 25 years. She is currently the surgical assistant. She loves working with animals. Debby has a large 4 legged family at home. She has Labs, Corgis, Chihuahuas, Jack Russell mixes and Dachshund mixes. Debby has 3 grown children and 1 granddaughter.

Judy – Veterinary Assistant

Judy has been at Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital for 20 years. She is the mother of 3 grown children with 3 grandchildren. She enjoys watching TV and eating interesting foods. Her furry family includes 5 cats and 2 dogs. Judy enjoys working with animals and running around with her grandkids.

Shelby – Veterinary Assistant

Shelby has been a veterinary assistant at Mt Pleasant since 2011. She graduated from the Veterinary Science Program at Butler Tech in 2012. He passion is helping and working with animals. Shelby has 4 pets of her own, 2 cats and 2 dogs. 3 out of 4 she rescued. Squirt (cat) rescued at 3 days old. Her loving Pitbull Scarlet at 9 months, Cash (cat) rescued at 4 months. She also adopted her Rottweiler pup Brutus.

Hannah – Veterinary Assistant

Hannah is currently attending Ross High School and will graduate in 2018. She hopes to attend The Ohio State University with a major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She is involved in FFA, National Honor Society, Volunteer Advisory Board, Soccer, and Softball. She has one cat named Oreo.

Carrie – Veterinary Assistant

Carrie has always had a passion for working with animals. She is currently attending Morehead State University where she is studying Pre-Veterinary Science, in hopes of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. When not working, she loves to go camping & hiking with her German Shepherd pups Zeus & Lily and also loves to spend time with her cat Tilly.

Gabby – Veterinary Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

Cole – Veterinary Assistant

Cole is a veterinary assistant here at Mt Pleasant Animal Hospital. He has had a passion for animals for as long as he can remember. He is currently attending UC where he is studying Biology of Animals with the hopes of attending vet school. When not working, his hobbies include working with snakes in the research lab at UC, spending time with family, going camping, and attending football games. He also enjoys spending time with his cat Harley and his dog Harmony.

Caressa – Veterinary Assistant

Caressa Poehlmann is a veterinary assistant here at Mt.Pleasant and started in 2020. She’s been in love with helping animals ever since she could remember. In her free time she enjoys going to rodeos with her horses and taking care of her farm. She currently has 20+ animals ranging from a ferret, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks, cattle, horses, dogs and cats. She is currently putting herself through college to become an X-ray technician.

Katrina – Veterinary Assistant

Katrina is currently attending ButlerTech Natural Science Center for Veterinary Science and will be graduating in 2022. Since Katrina was young she has always wanted to work with animals.

Katrina hopes to stay on the track with veterinary medicine. She hopes to attend college after high school with a major in pre-veterinary medicine. When she is not working she loves to go bowling with friends, spend time with family, and volunteer. She also loves being with her 2 dogs Millie and Misty.

Tara – Veterinary Assistant

Tara is currently in her senior year of high school and plans to attend Miami University in the fall for veterinary school. Tara has two dogs a beagle named Rudy and a lab named Princess. Tara has a great interest in traveling and learning about psychology. Tara’s hobbies include watching documentaries, reading, and physical fitness.

Jayson – Veterinary Assistant

Jayson is an undergraduate student at Miami University studying to apply to Veterinary School. He and his family have 4 dogs, 2 cats and 5 birds. When he is not at school or working, Jayson enjoys reading, watching movies, photography, playing video games, showing his Minature Wirehaired Dachshund in AKC conformation shows and spending time with his friends, pets and family,

Alexis – Veterinary Assistant

Alexis joined Mt. Pleasant in June of 2020. She is currently a senior at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Biological Sciences and will graduate in Spring 2022. After graduating, she hopes to continue her education in graduate school.

Elaina – Veterinary Assistant

Elaina has been with Mt Pleasant since August 2021. Ever since she was a little kid she loved to be around animals. She is currently going to School at Miami University. When she isn’t in school, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends and playing with her two fur babies, Penny and Noodle.