Meet Our Team
Dr. Alice Toriello, DVM: Veterinarian/Owner
Dr. Alice Toriello graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 as the Vice President of her class. After an internship at the Cleveland Zoo, she practiced for three years in a busy urban vet clinic in Detroit, Michigan. She then worked for two years at All Creatures Veterinary Care in central Pennsylvania where she focused on exotic and pocket pet medicine. She purchased MetroPet in 2010 and has grown and expanded the clinic ever since, her main focus is to provide gold standard patient and client care.
Dr. Alice has volunteered for organizations such as:
- Centre County PAWS
- Berea Animal Rescue Fund (ARF)
- Ferrets Unlimited Rescue Service
- Healing Hearts Ferret Rescue
- Pennsylvania Ferret Rescue
- Friends of the Cleveland Kennel
- Berea Family and Childcare Center
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, Ohio State University Veterinary Alumni Society, and the Berea Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Alice attended undergrad at Hiram College in nearby Hiram, OH. She has two dogs, Gidget, and Penny Lane, who are known for their mischievous ways. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys hiking, scuba diving, traveling, and taking art classes. She lives in Berea with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Kim Hilinski, DVM: Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Kim grew up in Auburn Township caring about animals. Her mom is the president of a Freedom Greyhound Rescue, and her family has 2 greyhounds, 1 Italian greyhound, and 7 cats. She shadowed a veterinarian early in her life and was impressed by the role that the vet has for a family with pets. She decided then and there that she wanted to work in the veterinary industry. She worked as a technician before going to vet school, and she interned at MetroPet during her final year. Our philosophy about pets as members of the family meshed with hers, and we decided that we would be crazy not to bring her on as a part of the team.
In her free time, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with her parents, younger sister, fiancée, and Cali, her smart and energetic four year old Husky/Lab mix. She loves to travel, hike, run, garden, and relax around the bonfire with her family. She travelled to the Galapagos Islands in college, where she snorkeled with sea lions and sea turtles!
Dr. Kim graduated from Hiram College and then from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. She joined MetroPet in 2015 and we’re excited to have her here!
Dr. Nancy Elish, DVM: Relief Veterinarian
Dr. Nancy Elish is a one-of-a-kind and excellent veterinarian who has done relief work for MetroPet for many years. She has more than 15 years of experience in small animal medicine and surgery. She looks forward to continuing to care for your pets!
Dr. Nancy lives in Brunswick, OH with her husband and two children.
Dr. Linda Wiley, DVM: Relief Veterinarian
After 25 years of dedicated and caring practice, Dr. Linda Wiley will be catching up on some well deserved relaxation and travel. However, because she loves being a veterinarian so much, she will continue to see appointments from time to time.
Dr. Linda has two pugs and two parrots who will be joining her in her travels.
Dr. Michael Slawienski, DVM: Surgery Specialist, DACVS
Dr. Slawienski is a native of Buffalo, New York. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Cornell University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1992. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and trained as a resident in veterinary surgeon at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. Dr. Mike practiced at Associated Veterinary Specialists in St. Louis before moving to Ohio with his family in 2004. He has provided soft tissue, neurologic and orthopedic specialty surgeries for patients of veterinary hospitals in Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas since that time. Dr. Mike is an avid homebrewer and as a BJCP certified judge has judged beer competitions nationally and abroad. Dr. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and his three wonderful and busy young children. Dr. Slawienski has a sweet one-eyed pug named Boty and a very mischievous cat named Shadow.
Amanda, Animal Caretaker
Amanda is a Baldwin Wallace student from Lakewood, studying Exercise Science and Biology. Her family is tight knit, and love their dog Ollie and their cat Shadow.
Amanda joined us in 2015 when her Animal club at BW sent out our application. She will finish her degree at BW and then hopes to attend an accelerated nursing program to obtain her Bachelors in Nursing.
In her free time, Amanda is a student, but also loves to skydive, and is active in her sorority at BW. She loves to travel, experiment at new restaurants, and spend as much time as she can outdoors.
Hailey, Customer Service
Hailey joined the MetroPet family in 2016 as a Customer Service Representative. She has worked with the public for years, first as a retail associate and then as a receptionist, providing great customer service with her enthusiastic and caring attitude.
A lifelong resident of the area, Hailey shares her love of animals with all of our MetroPet clients. She has a strong bond with her Westies and she loves going on adventures in the MetroParks.
Jessica, Registered Veterinary Technician & Office Manager
Jessica was born and bred in Berea, Ohio, and lives there now with her family and her ruler, Ja Mocha the cat.
She joined MetroPet in 2015, and had been in the Veterinary field since 1996, earning her Associates from Tri-C and becoming an RVT. She has a passion for communication and teaching, and loves training new tech staff. She has a special interest in heart function, and is always pushing herself to learn more and improve at her job.
Jess loves being outside, reading, riding her bike, and being with her family. She enjoys ridiculous horror movies, and applying zombie make up. When she’s not at work, you can find Jess at a coffee shop, library, or enjoying the outside (maybe adding to her insect collection).
Jordan, Vet Assistant/Customer Service
Jordan is a veterinary assistant and customer service representative who lives with her family in Brook Park. She lives with her cat Toki and American bulldog Thor. She joined our MetroPet team in 2015, and is preparing for her career as a veterinary technician, currently attending Tri-C’s veterinary technician program to earn her license as an RVT.
Jordan enjoys heavy metal music, walking Thor and cross training in her spare time, Star Wars and video games. She also likes watching movies and spending time with her boyfriend, friends and family. When she’s not at work, Jordan can usually be found out and about looking for Pokémon or shopping.
Katie, Vet Assistant
Katie grew up in Strongsville with her parents and 2 brothers. She currently lives there with her significant other and 3 cats (Rosco, Colbie, and Oaklee) and 2 guinea pigs (Luna and Butterscotch). Katie has always had a love for animals and is working on her vet tech degree!
Katie joined our team as a Veterinary Assistant in 2016. When she isn’t at work, Katie enjoys watching Netflix, cuddling her cats, and she recently started painting. Katie loves seeing all the adorable pets that come in!
Mary, Vet Assistant
Mary is a Baldwin Wallace graduate from Parma who plans to attend Veterinary School next year. She has a lot of cats, but Grady (a Russian Blue) has the most personality. He greets her at the door and meows whenever someone sneezes.
She joined us as an animal caretaker in 2015 after her college professor recommended she apply to MetroPet. She is determined to learn all that she can to prepare for Vet school and to help animals.
While in college, Mary did a semester at sea, and visited 16 different countries, she enjoys travel, being outdoors, riding bikes, and getting ice cream. When she’s not at work, she is working hard on her Vet School applications or interviews..
Melissa, RVT & Surgical Technician
Melissa is a lifelong Clevelander, with a passion for animal rescue. She worked in rescues for 10 years before going to school to be a technician in 2001. She lives in Cleveland with her teenage son, 3 dogs (Duke, Lilly, and Bella), 5 cats (Ren, Ivan, Mama Kitty, Tommy, and Gangely), and two rats (Walter and Dale).
Melissa graduated from Tri-C as a registered Vet tech in 2011, and has been our surgical tech since 2014. She is the most proud of the tons of animals that she has fostered or rescued over the years, that otherwise would have been put down.
When she’s not at MetroPet, she can enjoys going to restaurants, movies or the lake, driving her son to activities, or playing online games (she loves World of Warcraft).
Rachel, Veterinary Assistant
Rachel has been at MetroPet since 2016. She is a Baldwin Wallace student from Valley City, studying Biology and Sociology. After graduating from BW, she plans on attending an accelerated nursing program to obtain her Bachelors in Nursing degree.
She has had a love for animals since any early age, and participated in her local 4-H club in both middle and high school. When Rachel is not at work or school, you can find her horseback riding, hiking, or watching World War II documentaries.
Rachel enjoys spending time with her three dogs, Bruiser an English Bulldog, and two German Short-haired Pointers, Sonny and Pepper. She also has a horse, named Britches and two mini ponies, Penelope and Cooper, that she rescued.
Sharon, Animal Caretaker
Sharon has lived in Northeast Ohio her whole life, and lives in Parma with her family. Her family includes her husband and 3 children, Nicole 26 (married), Jacob 15, Meagan 10. They like playing sports in their free time. Sharon also has two cats, “Buster” (16) and “Misty” (7) and a dog named “Max”(8).
Sharon has been at Metropet since 2012, and has been helping us care for inpatients since then. When not at work, Sharon can be found at a sport function, grocery shopping or spending time with her family. Sharon enjoys taking road trips with the family, camping and playing online games.
Terri, Registered Vet Technician
Terri resides in Strongsville with her husband Steve and their 4yr old Shepherd mix Chief. She graduated with an associates degree from the Tri-C Veterinary Technology Program in 2004 and has been working in the veterinary field for 27 years. Terri has been at MetroPet since 2016, when she joined us as a Registered Vet Technician.
When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two children, family, and friends on their boat VACATION and related water sports ( tubing, water skiing, and fishing). She loves to travel, her favorite place to be is on a beach in the Florida Keys! She also enjoys reading, crafts, camping, playing cornhole, and hiking. In 2015 she hiked the Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire with her husband and son. She enjoys jogging and participating in the Monster Mutt Dash in October in Berea every year to benefit the local animal shelter.
Tracy, RVT & Hospital Manager
Tracy is a native of Northeast Ohio, and lives in Brook Park with her husband, daughter, and stepdaughters. They have two dogs (Sadie and Pixie), and three cats (Madison, Millie and Maude).
Tracy has been in the Veterinary field since 1996, and has worked at MetroPet since 1996! She got her associates degree from Tri-C and became an RVT in 1999, and through the years has grown into the role of Hospital Manager (she manages the medical side of MetroPet, and we’re so fortunate to have her!). She is the most proud of having worked in only one vet clinic for her entire career. She has a special interest in dentistry.
She spends her free time with her family, enjoys being outside, camping, and going for hikes or bird walks. She is also an active church member, and donates her time for local shelters or pet events. She is eager to give back to the community, particularly by helping pets and pet owners.