Meet our Staff

Veterinarians

Dr. Joseph Farkas
Veterinarian

Joseph  Farkas

Butch grew up in South Euclid and graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor in Zoology and The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine.  He moved back to the Cleveland area in 1998 to join his parents in practice at Belvoir Pet Hospital.  Butch lives in Highland Heights with his wife, Lissa, and their sons Tyler, Sam and Jack.  Life is very busy, but he still finds time to participate in races (biking, running, swimming) and enjoys yoga.  He can also be found driving Tyler back and forth to swim practice and attending his meets! The Farkas family adopted a new puppy named Finn in 2016 whom they all just adore!

 

 

 

Dr. Chris Laskin
Veterinarian

Chris Laskin

Chris graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor in Zoology, and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1994.  While planning for her career in veterinary medicine, she worked as a veterinary assistant for 7 years.  She has been practicing since 1994 and started here at Belvoir in May of 2009.  Some of her interests are emergency medicine, dentistry and general surgery.  Some of her hobbies include cooking, gardening, and of course, her pets : a Cane Corso with Addison’s disease and a cat posse.  Chris is also a strong advocate for environmental conservation.

 

 

 

Dr. George Banta
Veterinarian

George Banta

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Dr. Banta received his Bachelors in Chemistry at Trinity College in Hartford, CT; Then a Masters in Chemistry at Purdue University. He worked for 8 years as a rubber compounder for Bridgestone/Firestone before graduating with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University.  He interned at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Greensboro, NC.  Much of his career has been spent working as an Emergency Veterinarian in specialty hospitals.  Dr. Banta also ran the Brown Mackie College Veterinary Technichian program in Akron, OH for 2 years. He has special interest in emergency and critical care and has 2 cats named Zorro and Freya.

Vet Techs

Laura Stephens
Veterinary Technician, RVT

Laura Stephens

Laura graduated from Columbus Tech, in 1983. She and Judy were both hired in 1983 and have been working here together ever since. Laura is Belvoir’s core dental and surgery technician. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and crocheting and she has a cat named Thomas.

 

 

 

Veronica Carr
Veterinary Technician, RVT

Veronica Carr

Veronica graduated from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri C) in 2007 and has been working in the veterinary field since 2006. She was hired in November of 2010 and loves the client interaction and feels that client education is important. Veronica used to sing in a band before she had her two children, so now she sings to them! She enjoys family time and has two cats and one dog and a bird.

 

 

 

Selina Tyson
Veterinary Technician, LVT

Selina Tyson

Selina Graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 2009. She earned her associates of Veterinary Technology from Stautzenberger College in 2013.  In her spare time she enjoys drawing, nature, fashion and her pets.  She has 2 rabbits named Panther and Cheetah.

 

 

 

Sarah Riedthaler
Veterinary Technician

Sarah Riedthaler

Sarah joined the Belvoir team in October of 2019 as a Veterinary Assistant. She has also been attending Tri-C for an Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degree.  She will start the Veterinary Technology program at Tri-C in the Fall of 2021.  Sarah graduated from Wickliffe High School. Even though Sarah was hired as an assistant in Oct., she has stepped up her role and has become our COVID-19 Runner and Curbide champion! You have all probably seen her running through the parking lot, making sure your fur-babies are brought in safe and sound! She also enjoys running in her free time away from Belvoir and loves doing crafts and making jewlery. She has one dog named Jessie.

Office Staff

Meghan Fox
Receptionist

Meghan Fox

Meghan graduated from Cuyahoga Community College in 2006 in Applied Business in Visual Communication and Design with a concentration in graphic design. She also received a certificate of proficiency in graphic design. In May of 2008, Meghan joined the crew at Belvoir as a receptionist. In her spare time away from work, she loves to shop, bake, and go to the movies.

 

 

 

Lea Galgoczy
Receptionist

Lea Galgoczy

Lea is a Mayfield High School grad and currently a Cleveland State University student. She has been with belvoir since 2017 and works as a Receptionist and Surgical Assistant. She enjoys forensics, playing video games, reading, and puzzles.  She has a gorgeous kitty named Diana; along with Melba, Indy, Orion and Max whom reside in the family household.

Dustin Salmi
Veterinary Assistant

Dustin Salmi

Dustin Graduated from Miami University(Ohio) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, and a co-minor of Environmental Sciences. He has been in the Veterinary field since 2014 ; He inspires to work at the Zoo and he enjoys handling animals.  In his spare time, Dustin enjoys Gaming, Hiking, Trail Running, Collection Pokémon cards and Tattoos.  His pets include April(dog), Kitty(cat), Chong(cat), Harley(cockatiel), Zuzu(finch), Lulu(Green Iguana), Dudley(tortoise), Amy(turtle), Toasty(ferret), Kahlua(hedgehog).