Meet The Team
Danielle N. Rastetter, DVM
Chief Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Rastetter earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hiram College and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses. Dr. Rastetter has over nineteen years in private practice including nine years working in the field of shelter medicine. She was honored to be able to volunteer her services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita in 2005 through multiple avenues both locally and at a temporary shelter near the disaster area. Her very active household consists of two sons and an often fluctuating number of dogs and cats.
Education is a passion of Dr. Rastetter’s – not only for clients but also for her colleagues. As such, Dr. Rastetter is an Adjunct Professor for Sinclair Community College’s Veterinary Technology Program. Other veterinarians have also spent time at Pets In Stitches to learn her surgical techniques.
Dr. Rastetter established Pets In Stitches after recognizing the community’s need for affordable surgical services. Dr. Rastetter is passionate about reducing the pet overpopulation crisis, pain management, shelter and disaster medicine, and client education. Few veterinarians have her level of spay and neuter experience and enthusiasm.
Marilee Koogler, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
While Marilee always loved animals, she had trouble figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She underwent knee surgery at 16 years old and was terrified. All her nurses were so compassionate, patient, and caring which reassured her greatly. That experience inspired Marilee to offer that peace of mind and caring presence for sick and hurt pets.
She graduated from the Sinclair Community College’s Veterinary Technician program and passed her national boards in 2016. She enjoys spending time with her silly Great Dane Dexter and her better half, Darren.
Sarah Hussong, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Choosing a career in animal care was easy for Sarah. For years, her family actively fostered for a local shelter and inspired her love of animals. She began working at the same shelter in 2000 and held many positions during her nine years including animal care technician, adoption counselor, veterinary assistant, foster, and trainer. Sarah was especially drawn to training and behavior modification to help dogs on the adoption floor become well-mannered and ready for their fur-ever homes. In 2009, she had the exciting opportunity to travel out of state to work with Service Dogs and Urban Search and Rescue which was incredibly rewarding for Sarah. Sarah earned her Veterinary Technician degree in 2016.
Since helping the animals in our community is important to Sarah, she sought her position as Registered Veterinary Technician with Pets In Stitches. Sarah believes that affordable spay and neuter combined with community education is crucial to decreasing the number of pets in shelters and euthanized.
Sarah currently resided with 2 four-legged pointy ear dogs and 2 two-legged daughters that keep her busy and happy.
Brooke grew up in South Florida and has a long-time affinity for animals. She rescued two cats, Mittens and Spot, when she was 12 years old and also raised hamsters as a child. She even risked her life to save her neighbor’s dog when a nearby transformer exploded!
She adopted her first dog, a Jack Russell named Blake, when she was 21 and, the more she learned about caring for her new family member, the more her interest grew in veterinary medicine. She started taking Blake to a local veterinary clinic for four years, then started working at the clinic herself! While there, she attended the North American Veterinary Conference from 2008 to 2016 learning about such fields as cancer care, animal restraint, and animal behavior. For seven years, she was an assistant to an Internal Medicine specialist assisting with cancer treatments, heart evaluations, and ultrasounds. She enjoys the fast pace environment and the myriad of animals she encounters on a daily basis at Pets In Stitches.
She currently lives with her husband and two dogs, Blake and Roxy. She enjoys hiking and time outdoors with her dogs, riding motorcycles, and time with her family.
Office Assistant and Veterinary Assistant
Jenny graduated from the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s veterinary assistant program in 2014. Upon completion of the program, she was invited to become a member of the MVCTC’s advisory committee. As a committee member, she helps plan the MVCTC’s curriculum for future veterinary assistant students. Jenny has also been asked to appear as a guest speaker to share her experience in the work force and emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering. She volunteers her own dog as a clinical lesson dog, helping teach students technical skills such as venipuncture, subcutaneous injections, obtaining vital statistics, and properly wrapping extremities.
Jenny was raised on a large farm where she had several cats and a dog. She also helped care for the livestock. She and her Siberian Husky, Shaina, currently reside with her parents in her small hometown of New Lebanon. She has also provided foster care for cats and rabbits. Jenny has also helped rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome close to a dozen horses.
Brittany has interacted with animals her entire life. Cats greeted her when was brought home from the hospital. She welcomed her first family dog, Doogie, when she was three years old. Shortly after Brittany’s family moved to a farm house, Brittany started caring for more cats, dogs, a goat, and a sheep. She also spent time around show cattle.
When Brittany was a teenager, her mom purchased their first purebred cat, a Bengal. From there, they started a breeding program for Bengal cats. Brittany raised several litters of kittens and even assisted when they were born. In 2005, she attended her very first TICA (The International Cat Association) show. Later Brittany became a member of TICA and obtained her Master Clerks license to assist in TICA shows. Brittany has traveled extensively throughout the United States and parts of Europe showing cats and clerking. She and her cats have won many awards and certificates as well.
Brittany is also involved with several rescues in Ohio, Wisconsin and California and has helped many animals along the way.
Disease Control Aide
Kaye’s love for animals started when she was a little girl. Her household was filled with mice, birds, fish, and a special gerbil names Elton. Kay was in the second grade when she adopted her first kitten and she hasn’t been without a cat since then!
She has worked with animals for over sixteen years. She fostered many kittens and adopted what she lovingly calls “Kaye’s Krew” which consisted of nine cats and three dogs. Sadly, she now only has three of that “krew” left.
A few years ago, she was busy caring for cat strays in her neighborhood including spaying and neutering them before adoption. The few cats that remained from this colony managed to snuggle their way into her heart and home!