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Our Staff

All spay/neuter surgeries are performed by our licensed veterinarians (DVMs) and all animals entrusted to Humane Ohio are attended to before and after spay/neuter surgery by licensed veterinary technicians. We also have a great team of trained veterinary assistants and administrative staff who help make it possible for us to spay/neuter over 15,000 animals a year!

Humane Ohio Veterinarians

Dr. Monica Monto (DVM) is originally from Maumee, Ohio. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Animal Science in 2006. Dr. Monto previously worked as a HQHVSN veterinarian for a clinic in St. Paris, Ohio for two years. On weekends, she works for mobile low cost vaccine clinics. Dr. Monto works five days a week with Humane Ohio. She and her significant other, David, share their home and farm with a myriad of animals.

Dr. Emily Aslesen (DVM) is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, where she graduated from the UW School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Emily got her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies at UC-Santa Cruz in 2004 and a Master’s in Water Resources Management from UW-Madison in 2007. She worked at an ecological consulting firm for four years before beginning vet school. It was her involvement as a volunteer and board member at her local animal shelter that prompted her to study veterinary medicine; she knew that a career helping shelter animals and preventing pet overpopulation would be very fulfilling! She moved to Toledo after graduation to start work at Humane Ohio. She lives with her husband Nate, adorable daughter, Meryl, dogs Kip (Border Collie), Hannah (hound mix), Poppy (Lab mix), and and three cats: Gabby, Charlie and Weebles.

Dr. Terry Oakes (DVM) hails from Springfield, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Findlay in 2008 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2013. Dr. Oakes worked in a mixed practice in southern Indiana for 2 1/2 years prior to starting with Humane Ohio. He recently moved to the Toledo area and is excited about becoming familiar with what northern Ohio has to offer. During his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his Doberman Pinscher, Josie and Miniature Schnauzer, Raven.

Dr. Misty Sumner (DVM) is from Tecumseh, Michigan. She graduated Adrian College with a Bachelors in biology in 2009 and went on to attend Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2013. She worked in private practice for 3 1/2 years before making the switch to spay/neuter. In her free time Dr. Sumner enjoys reading, riding her horse, and traveling. Dr. Sumner and her husband share their home with one human puppy, Claire, and two furry pups, Rhox (Beagle) and Jax (Cattle Dog cross). 


“No other disease or condition of companion animals takes as many lives as euthanasia. In fact, no other disease comes close.”   ~ Janet M. Scarlett, DVM, Ph.D, Cornell University.

This quote drives the staff of Humane Ohio because we recognize the key to saving lives is prevention through spay/neuter, which is the best defense against pet overpopulation. Humane Ohio focuses on prevention, not reaction.

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