Our Team

Meet the hard-working, compassionate team behind Fox Veterinary Hospital.

Our Team

Meet the hard-working, compassionate team behind Fox Veterinary Hospital.

SAMUEL W. SPECK III, DVM

Dr. Sam Speck received his DVM in 1989 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined Fox Veterinary Hospital that same year.

Outside of the hospital, he is a member of the Elyria Sunrise Rotary Club and a board member of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

He and his wife, Ellen, live near LaGrange.

JOSEPH A. URIG, DVM

​Dr. Joe Urig graduated in 1992 from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Having grown up in Eaton Township and now residing in Carlisle Township, Dr. Joe is involved in various community activities. He currently serves as a trustee for the Grafton-Midview Public Library and volunteers for several organizations.

SANDY NAXER RICHARDS, Practice Manager, RVT

Sandy graduated from Cuyahoga Community College, obtaining her Associates Degree in Applied Science, and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2009. Since graduating she has been involved in large animal medicine, companion animal medicine, emergency medicine, and medical research.

Sandy joined FVH in March of 2016. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking care of her small farm including horses, goats, chickens, cats, and dogs.

DR. BALLEW, DVM

Dr. Christopher, aka Dr. C, Dr. B, or the Disney Doc (named after Christopher Robin and a last name that sounds like Baloo), is a 2020 vet school grad and enjoys seeing a variety of pets—any pet of whatever species you have bonded to, he’d love to meet. He has a young, sassy, sarcastic, goofy, and smart son named Benito, who mirrors his personality a bit too much. He also has two dogs of his own: a true Heinz 57 named Sven and a Staffordshire Terrier named MargoRita.

Dr. C is obsessed with baseball and became a Guardians fan shortly after moving to Cleveland in 2020 (former Cubs fan *ducks*). But Dr. B also loves the Browns, his alma mater, Iowa State Cyclones, and his native Indiana Hoosiers in football and basketball. A self-described holder of useless information, he loves random trivia and learning (indicative of his student loan debt and five degrees). He is also a sci-fi nerd obsessed with Star Wars and Star Trek, and he has tattoos of both. And if you have good Bourbon or craft beer recommendations, he’s always game to hear them.

However, he most of all enjoys building the human-animal bond through health and wellness and contributing to the love between our pets and ourselves. Dr. C/B/Disney is excited to be part of the Fox Veterinary Hospital family and caring for your four-legged loved ones.

Our Technicians

We have 6 Registered Veterinary Technicians on staff including: Shannon, Angelica (aka Jelly – Lead Technician), Alea, Katelin, Evangelina (aka Evie) and Sandy (the Practice Manager)

We have 3 Veterinary Assistants: Becky, Melanie (Office Operations Coordinator), and Paige

Our Techs and Assistants make up a team that any Veterinary Hospital would be proud to have. The knowledge, skill, compassion and level of care coming from them is outstanding. Rest assured your pet is treated as one of our own.

 

Our Receptionists

Our receptionists are our first eyes and ears of what is happening. Their role is very important to us and we rely heavily on them to relay your pet’s needs. They are there to help you and your pet receive the best care possible and are glad to accommodate you in whatever way possible.

WILLIAM K. FOX, DVM

On October 1, 2014, Dr. Fox retired from the practice but was still active as a Board Member of FVH. ​In July 2020, Dr. Fox passed away, leaving behind his legacy that we continue to uphold.

CHARLES FOX, Founding DVM

In 1951, Dr. Charles Fox founded Fox Veterinary Hospital, serving the pets of Elyria with compassion and a dedication to high-quality veterinary care. In 1986, he retired from seeing pets, but his love of pets kept him involved with the practice until he passed in 2007. Fox Veterinary Hospital continues to honor his memory by upholding his standard of care and commitment to compassionate service.

Meet the team providing exceptional care at Fox Veterinary Hospital. Join our family of care today! We serve pets across Elyria, Oberlin, Lagrange, Grafton, and North Ridgeville, OH.