Our Team


Our Doctors

Dr. Zeke Zekoff
Dr. Zekoff and his wife Barbara have lived in the Cincinnati area since his graduation from the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. They have 3 children, Alex, Austin and Ashley, who are either in college or out in the working world. This officially makes them empty nesters. Ashley’s dog, Hunter, keeps them busy at home while Ashley is at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his full-time job as owner and founder of Towne Square Animal Clinic in 1986, Dr. Zekoff has donated countless hours utilizing his professional skills to help a variety of Animal Care and Service Organizations such as rescues, shelters, and feral cat groups. In working with these nonprofit agencies over the past 29+ years, Dr. Zekoff has noticed a need for a tighter and more efficient community among the Animal Care and Service Organizations that serve the Tri-state area. Coupled with his passion for helping the community and the apparent need for a more collective effort in assisting animals in need, Dr. Zekoff founded the United Pet Fund in 2010 to help fill this need. Past honors have included President of the Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association, President of the Ohio Animal Health Foundation, and Co-Winner of the 2010 Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Distinguished Service Award.


Dr. Julie Dwertman
Dr. Julie Dwertman graduated from Belmont University in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After being given her very first dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, she began working in the veterinary field. She started with Towne Square Animal Clinic in 2007 as a veterinary assistant/office manager and then went on to pursue her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine which she obtained from The Ohio State University in 2013. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her husband, Jimmy, and their four dogs: Scarlet Begonia and Zeke (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels), Halo (German Shepherd), and Bricks (Belgian Malinois). She enjoys running, biking, and spending time with her husband and dogs outdoors.



Our Staff

Christine McFarland
Christine graduated from Washington University with a degree in Psychology. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in Education from Xavier University in Agency and Community Counseling. After working for eight years in Children’s services, she decided to make a career change into veterinary medicine. She has worked for Towne Square Animal Clinic since 2005. Christine has three children, Ella, Audrey & Cecelia. She also has a wonderful little dachshund named Opie. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends as well as working on home improvement projects!



Whitney Barker
Whitney has a BS in Biology from Ashland University and a BA in Zoology from Miami University. She started working for Towne Square Animal Clinic in 2009. She has two boxers, Toby and Tiki, and two cats, Diego and Diva. She enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, and spending her free time with her family.





Molly Ernst
Molly graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked in the education field for over 6 years before deciding to make a career change by entering the field of veterinary medicine. Molly has been passionate about animals since she was a small child, and chose to work at TSAC to fulfill her love for animals and desire to learn more about medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, Bentley and Paisley. She also enjoys painting, music, and spending time outdoors with her husband.

Kiersten is currently studying Biology and Zoology at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked at Towne Square since February 2014, and owns a 1 year old Dalmatian named Riley. She enjoys spending time hanging out with her friends, riding her bike, pet sitting, and exploring the Cincinnati restaurant scene.


Hunter joined the TSAC crew as its official canine mascot in December 2010 when he was a gift for Dr. Zekoff’s daughter, Ashley. While she is in college, his official duty is to greet all the TSAC clients and assist Dr. Zekoff in the exam room by lightening the tension for those canine patients that may be a little nervous about their visit. Hunter is also known to join in the consult at the end of the visit by jumping on top of the exam table after each visit to take a quick nap on it.

Diablo, joined the crew in the Fall of 2007 when his ‘devilish’ ways as a kitten with another family earned him sanctuary here at TSAC. Where Rosebud may be the Princess, many times Diablo serves as the Court Jester. He likes to be in the middle of things, and has been known to come in to the exam rooms in the middle of visits to aggravate other cats just by walking into the exam room and jumping on top of their crates.


In Memoriam

Unfortunately, we lost Rosebud at the end of May. Her spirit will live on in our clinic forever.





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