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Meet Our Doctors

GCVS consists of four Veterinary Specialists: two are board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Joseph Bruner and Dr. Kay Allyson-Deal, one is board certified in Dermatology, Dr. Stephanie Bruner, and a Veterinary Surgeon, Dr. Susan Hodge. The Specialists see appointments Monday through Friday by referral and appointment only.

Joseph Bruner DVM, ACVIM Internal Medicine

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Dr. Joseph Bruner is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Zeta, the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing general small animal medicine for two years, Dr. Bruner completed a post-doctoral Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was the recipient of the Student Teaching Award. Following his internship, Joe completed a three year post-doctoral residency program in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and was board-certified as a specialist in small animal internal medicine. He has published numerous articles in distinguished veterinary medical journals and is a contributing author to several veterinary medical textbooks. Joe is an avid public speaker nationally and enjoys working with people and their pets.  He enjoys every aspect of veterinary internal medicine, but his special interests are respiratory disorders and oncology.

Dr. Joe Bruner is married to Dr. Stephanie Bruner. They reside in Cincinnati with their three children and large family of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures. On the weekends, the Bruners’ teach “Zoology 101″ to elementary school students in the community.

Kay Allyson-Deal DVM, ACVIM Internal Medicine

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Kay Allyson-Deal graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1990. After a year in Private Practice, she completed an internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then went on to complete a three year residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Guelph, where she also received a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree. Dr. Allyson-Deal has been working as an Internal Medicine Specialist in the Tri-State area since 1995.  She joined The Greater Cincinnati Veterinary Specialists in 2006. (and loves it!)

Kay and her husband live in Cincinnati with their daughter, son, cat, fish and a very large rabbit.
On weekends she enjoys her family time.

Susan Hodge DVM, DACVS Surgery

Soft Tissue, Orthopedic & Neurologic Surgery

Dr. Susan Hodge spent most of her childhood romping and tumbling amidst the snow and leaves.  After several moves as a child, the family settled in Columbus, Ohio where she finished Middle school and High school.

A graduate of the Linworth Alternative Program in Worthington, Ohio, she left her home to brave the cold during her undergraduate work in the Twin Cities. Her passion for animals lead her to pursue Veterinary Medicine and she returned home to fulfill those dreams after a successful collegiate athletic career. After completion of her DVM at Ohio State, she stayed in Columbus and worked as a general practitioner for three years. Realizing her passion for surgery, she left the comforts of home and spent time in Michigan and Indianapolis in pursuit of a surgical residency. Upon completion of her surgical residency at Michigan Veterinary Specialists in the Detroit area, Susan returned to Ohio and spent the last two years in the Cincinnati area focused on surgical cases. Dr. Hodge has recently become Board-Certified in Surgery.

Dr. Hodge has a vast array of experiences and interests in her professional life. She strives to give both patients and clients the best possible experiences. She performs a variety of surgeries in soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurology, and works to keep up-to-date on the newest procedures and technology in each area. Although there has not been much time for outside activities in the last ten years, she and her husband enjoy hiking, watching movies, and water skiing. Susan and her husband, Jeff, are joined by their two furry kids, a big goofy American Bulldog and a princess-like Calico cat.

Stephanie Bruner DVM, ACVD Dermatology

Diplomate, American Collage of Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Stephanie Bruner is a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she received the Upjohn Award for Superior Proficiency in Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Medicine and was inducted into the Honor Society of PhiZeta, the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Bruner returned to her hometown of Fort Wayne, Indiana to practice general small animal medicine for four years before returning to Purdue University as Visiting Scholar in Comparative Dermatology for a year. Stephanie was invited to stay at Purdue, completed a three year post-doctoral residency program in comparative Dermatology, and was the recipient of the Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching. After completing the residency, she became a board-certified specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. With more than fifteen published articles, proceedings, and veterinary medical textbook chapters to her credit, Dr. Bruner enjoys teaching through writing but actually prefers teaching through lectures and conversations with veterinary professionals, students,
and pet owners. Her special interests include diagnosis and management of allergic disorders, diseases of the ear, and immune-mediated dermatoses.

Dr. Stephanie Bruner is married to Dr. Joe Bruner, and they have three wonderful children. Dr. Bruner enjoys volunteering for numerous school and church-related activities.

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