People Choose Cryan for the People

Whether you are looking for veterinary care in central Ohio, or looking to join a team, you can’t go wrong with Cryan. With over 50 combined years of veterinary medicine, our doctors treat every client in the way that they want to be treated, and treat every patient as if it was their own. We at Cryan, focus on giving our clients peace of mind by providing their pets with the best possible care. We empower our clients to become exceptional pet owners and companions and we mentor career-minded individuals to learn and grow professionally and personally. 

In regards to all things, at our core, we value honesty, fairness, compassion, respect, and strive to show these things every day in how we treat our clients, our patients, and each other. 

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Brian Carson


Work Days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday

I was born and raised on a farm and ranch in southeast Kansas. I attended college in Pittsburg, KS where I played football and ran track.

My interest in veterinary medicine started while working alongside the family vet treating the horses, cattle, hogs, dogs, and cats that lived on the ranch. This veterinarian was held in the highest regard both in the community and by my father, and this is what inspired me to pursue the vocation of veterinary medicine.

I was awarded the Jose Rodriquez scholarship for attitude and professionalism and was also class president, making the dean’s list while in vet school. After graduating from Ross University with honors I started working in a mixed animal practice in Lancaster, OH; after seven years transitioning to small animal only work.

I am one of the owners and veterinarians at Cryan part time, while helping manage two other practices the rest of the time. The rest of the Carson clan includes my wife Donya, who is an ER doctor at MedVet in Worthington; a son River, who is interested in fishing, hunting, and boy scouts; and a daughter Aspen, who runs track and loves to read. We have two cats, Theo and Simon, and a Lab/Golden cross whom we adopted from Canine Companions for Independence. In my free time, I enjoy all things outdoors, as well as attending the kid’s activities.

Dr. Deanna Balazs

Medical Director

Education: Veterinary University

Work Days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Bio Coming Soon…

Dr. Emily Hoffman

Associate DVM

I’m originally from Kentucky, but moved to the Columbus area when I was young. I completed my undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University and then went on to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I graduated from veterinary school in 2003. I spent three years practicing in the Cleveland area at a small animal hospital before deciding to return to Columbus to be closer to my family. I joined Cryan Veterinary Hospital in 2007.

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. Everything I did in high school and college was focused toward getting into veterinary school. I love animals. I wanted to do whatever I could to both help animals and help people strengthen their bond to their pets. It is a wonderful thing to be surrounded by people who are as passionate about our furry family members as I am.

My husband, Adam, and I were married in 2010. We have two children, Jane and Henry. So far, they seem to share my love of animals. We currently have a 14 year old mixed breed dog named Rocky and a 17 year old cat named Pete. They both have hit the “I need my 20 hours of sleep per day” phase of life. Eventually we are planning on adding a pet (or pets!) that will want to keep up with our very active children. For now, we are focusing on providing our current pets with a comfortable retirement.

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family. We try to get our kids out to see all the fun activities Columbus has to offer. Given the choice, though, my daughter Jane will always request to go to Mommy’s work to visit the cats and dogs. The kids are also helpful with my other passion- baking. Everyone at Cryan knows how much I love to bake. I continually subject them to my sweet experiments. Good or bad, they are always willing guinea pigs!

Dr. J. Eric Ratliff

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Bio coming soon…

Dr. Keith Dryburgh

Associate DVM

COMING SOON to Cryan Veterinary Hospital!

Dr. Terri A. Jones


Education: Veterinary University

Work Days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday

I grew up in a rural area of northern Ohio where my family raised sheep and chickens, and an assortment of other animals (ponies, dogs, ducks).   I always had an interest in medicine, and when I was in middle school decided to combine my love for medicine and animals into one career, veterinary medicine. I also decided at that time that the best place to accomplish my goal of becoming a veterinarian was to attend the Ohio State University. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a DVM degree from the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

I started my veterinary career in southwestern Ohio working in a mixed animal practice where I treated dogs, cats, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, llamas, and emus. It was the 1980’s version of the James Herriot practice; I had many interesting experiences there! After 7 years I moved back to central Ohio and started to do relief (temporary) work, traveling all over the state of Ohio. In 2007 I became a partner in Cryan Veterinary Hospital. I am also a partner in Lighthouse Veterinary Personnel Services, which provides veterinarians to clinics throughout the Midwest.

I have a 15 year old daughter, Jade, who attended St. Paul School in Westerville and is now a freshman at DeSales. Our pets are a 16 year old Scottish terrier named Meggie; and Millie, a 4 year old cat who was adopted from CVH after she was run over by a truck. They are frequent visitors to CVH. We reside in Johnstown on 9 acres.

A hobby of mine is active involvement in veterinary organizations, serving previously as a board member of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association, president of the Clermont County VMA and the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine, district representative, treasurer, and secretary of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and currently secretary of the OSU Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. I feel compelled to give back to the profession that has provided such a great career to me. Other hobbies include college football and gardening, and attending my daughter’s sports events.

I enjoy my home at Cryan Veterinary Hospital because it provides an opportunity for me to practice great medicine and surgery, and I enjoy helping the pets and their dedicated owners. Westerville is a great community with a rich history, and Cryan Veterinary Hospital has been part of that history for over 60 years.

Dr. Sarah Hayslip


I grew up in Galion, a small town about an hour north of Columbus. A science requirement in undergrad led me to a course in disease and that’s what got me hooked on studies in medicine! Interestingly, my undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  My degree is in printmaking, with minors in art history and business.  My goal was to be a museum curator.  Without advanced degrees, that was not going to happen.  So I took an entry level management position with a large Akron-based department store.  After almost 10 years in the business world, I wanted something different—a career where I might be able to do some good in the world!  So eight years after receiving my BFA I re-entered college to prepare for an advanced degree in some form of medicine.I had a hard time choosing between human and veterinary medicine.  While I preferred veterinary medicine, I studied all courses necessary for medical school in case I wasn’t admitted to vet school.

After several years in a mixed practice in my hometown, I moved back to Columbus and began doing relief work with Lighthouse Veterinary Personnel Services.  That was a good transitional choice, but I ended up really enjoying the travel and meeting new people—so much so that I stayed on!  I’ve filled a number of roles over the last 14 years, including as a Regional Representative and as the Director of Marketing.  I currently am the Co-Director of Operations.

My husband, Rob, is the principle in his civil engineering firm, BRH Group.  His projects typically center on large warehousing facilities and other commercial sites.  Outside of work, his primary focus is our 126 year old Queen Anne Victorian that we are working to restore.

Indigo (Indy) is our 8 year old black Lab who loves retrieving tennis balls, walks, and dinner above all else.  He believes he is a lap dog and spends a part of every evening on Rob’s lap!  Archie is a 13 year old yellow and white, long haired tabby who would be perfectly happy being held every minute of the day.  I adopted him as a youngster from a practice near Cincinnati where I did a lot of relief work.  Bella Luna (Bella) is a 7 year old black and white, long haired kitty.  I adopted her from Cryan as a very tiny kitten who had suffered from chronic herpes infection since birth.  Her mother was feral, so Bella is a skittish kitty, always on the look-out for potential predators!  She recently lost her very best pal, my Golden Retriever with whom she had a very strong bond.  Skittles is my 13 year old Sun Conure, and he rules the household!  He, too, was a rescue and came to live with us 10 years ago.

The restoration of our old Victorian occupies most of my time outside of work.  My strengths are in design, painting, woodworking, and of course…demolition!  I have a blog where I discuss our projects, offer some “how-to” advice, and show lots of before and after photos.  Much to my husband’s annoyance, gardening is a real passion for me.  For about 6 months each year, I am torn between playing in the dirt and helping with house projects.  I’m also an avid reader and music lover.