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. Deanna Balazs

Medical Director

Education: Veterinary University

Work Days: Monday, Tuesday, Friday

Bio Coming Soon…

Dr. Elizabeth Cherry


My name is Dr. Elizabeth Cherry, DVM and I have been a veterinarian for 3 years.

Growing up on a farm in rural Southeastern Ohio, I always enjoyed spending time with animals.  I completed my Bachelors in Biology at Ohio Northern University and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

I live with my husband (Brian) and 2 cats (Clara & Bob Barker) in Clintonville. Outside of work I enjoy any excuse to spend time outdoors. My hobbies include gardening, hiking, and rock climbing.   

Dr. Ryan Ritchie


Dr. J. Eric Ratliff

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

My path to a career in veterinary medicine was different.  While most of my colleagues started with a house full of animals, my path began on a “snow day” when my mother, a home economics teacher, and I were home from school.  To entertain me she asked what I was going to do when I grew up.  I shared that being the bass drum player in the marching band looked pretty good, but Mom had bigger plans.  Working our way down from President, mom was probably getting a little desperate when she pointed out that I really loved our dog, a wonderful hunting English setter named King.   Perhaps I should become a veterinarian?  My real interests were in wildlife, fishing, all things outdoors and sports.  Human medicine had already been crossed off the list because dealing with death was a little too intimidating for a 9-year old, but operating on animals sounded about right – so I was going to be a veterinarian!  Over the ensuing years I grew more interested in endangered species preservation which reinforced my goal.

I grew up in Lucasville, a small village in southern Ohio where I loved to read and play music, wrote part of our senior class play, and eventually became my school’s first National Merit Scholar.   I chose The Ohio State University for undergraduate studies, and then graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.  While at OSU I was also a 4 year All-Big 10 athlete on the Varsity Rifle team, 3-time Scholar Athlete, won the OSU intramural championship in billiards and bowling, and played in OSU’s military band.  Being a member in Omega Tau Sigma, a veterinary fraternity, and serving as their representative on the College Honor Council were high points of my time in veterinary school, and I have since been awarded their Gamma Award for Alumni service. 

Graduation from college saw me back in southern Ohio for a year of mixed animal work before returning to Columbus to become the lead surgeon in a 3-doctor practice.  In 1988, I co-founded what became Lighthouse Veterinary Personnel Services — a professional temporary agency.  At the same time I started to narrow my practice focus to small animal surgery.  About 15 years ago I officially limited my personal practice to orthopedic and non-elective soft tissue surgery, while also spending a lot of time working on the business side of medicine.  Now leading the surgical team as a partner in Cryan Veterinary Hospital, I have also worked as a professional consultant in veterinary medicine, been published in Veterinary Economics, served as a contributing editor to Flex-Vet, and currently serve on the board of directors for Alumni Society of College of Veterinary Medicine.

My wife Diane holds an MBA and owns her own financial and administrative support business.  We enjoy our home in the woods, and our pets are the many wild animals we see every day.  Playing bridge, attending theatre and musical performances, softball, scuba diving, fishing, bowling and cooking also fill our time.  Personally I still love to read, dabble in music, and develop innovative business systems. 

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.

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. Susan Borders


Growing up in Medina, Ohio on my family’s horse farm, I was blessed to be
surrounded by animals of all kinds. I knew at an early age that I wanted to
become a veterinarian after working at my family veterinarian’s office and
seeing first hand what an amazing difference I could make in the lives of
animals and their families. I graduated from The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 after working for many years at The
Columbus Zoo caring for a wide variety of exotic animals from reptiles,
birds, small mammals and even elephants and rhinos. I started my vet
career working in a mixed animal practice and later became part owner of a
small animal hospital where I treated many species of animals with a strong
emphasis on exotic companion mammals (rabbits, rodents, ferrets, sugar
gliders, hedgehogs etc).

I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio
Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Exotic Mammal
Veterinarians and The House Rabbit Society. I am a regular supporter of
local rabbit rescue groups such as the Columbus House Rabbit Society
and the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue. I am a regular speaker at the annual
Midwest Bunfest, a local house rabbit conference sponsored by the Ohio
House Rabbit Rescue, where I love to educate rabbit owners about proper
health care.

I have always been passionate about exotic animal medicine and surgery
but absolutely love working with dogs and cats as well to help them live
their best life. After 20+ years of practicing veterinary medicine, I truly love
the variety that comes with veterinary medicine and continue to embrace
the opportunity to learn new skills and stay current on the best ways to care
for my patients!