Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Steph Burk

    I graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and after a year doing mixed practice work in Maineville, Ohio I moved back to Middletown and went to work for Dr. Oswalt at Western Hills Veterinary Clinic. It was definitely a homecoming for me in more ways than one, because Dr. Oswalt and before him Dr. Peck — the first owner of Western Hills — were our family pets’ veterinarians, so I had wonderful role models. In addition, my grandfather Sidney Cape worked as kennelman for Dr. Peck back in the early days of the practice, somewhere in the 1950’s.

    I am married to a very patient musician, Keith Lewis, whose most stellar quality — apart from putting up with me — is the fact that he accepted me with all my livestock in tow! We have a number of dogs, cats, chickens and horses, and enjoy every one of “our kids”.

    My favorite veterinary work includes helping geriatric patients live longer, healthier lives. I also enjoy surgery, particularly when it deals with the challenge of taking a nasty injury and making it “pretty” again — with our new technologies, before and after photos are much easier to obtain!

    Outside the clinic, I enjoy goofing off with the horses (two registered Connemaras and their “pasture pony” buddy Eddie, plus two rescued miniature horses, the 'little old ladies.'), gardening, reading, writing, and travel. I write an occasional blog, “Dog Physics and Other Observations”, and every once in a while get to blow off steam with a column in local newspapers.

  • Nan Gough
    Practice Manager

     have been a client of Western Hills Veterinary Clinic since Dr. Oswalt was the owner/vet. It seemed like a good time to start my second career here in 2014 when Dr. Burk offered me the position of Practice Manager. For the previous 20+ years I had been an Industrial Safety Manager/Consultant. At first glance, it may seem that “no way those two roles have anything in common”, but they do! My experience allows me to help run a safe and efficient, friendly and helpful office for you and your pets. Dr. Burk is freed up to focus on her priority, caring for our patients, your pets, along with our Technicians while our Reception Staff continues to focus on superior customer service to you. All this matters because you and your pets are very important to us, too.

    My spare time is taken up by my family: my husband Rick, his 3 children and their families, and especially our 7 grandchildren. This “Grandma” thing is just the coolest thing ever! Rick is a baseball Super Fan, so most of our travels include a baseball-related site (yea!), and we attend quite a number of Cincinnati Reds games each year. The grandkids are becoming big fans also – how could it be otherwise – which means more opportunities for our family to spend cherished time together.

    Over the years, I have collected a menagerie of dogs, cats and horses, including every stray and rescue that came my way (for a short time a fawn and a rogue goose). At one point my two outside dogs decided to “adopt” 2 of their own strays, seriously, they didn’t even ask! Age and time have called for many difficult decisions, and although I miss them all, I’m left with the happy, fun memories, and the limitless unconditional love that each brought into my heart. At present, I have 1 cat, Grumbles. My husband has asked that I don’t bring anyone else home. I’m currently complying. However, if something shows up in my barn ……….                     

  • Teresa Hitch
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Bio Coming Soon...

  • Stoneworth “Stoney” of the West Madison Hills
    Clinic Therapy Cat

    Stoney came to Western Hills after a group of small children rescued him at a Green Stone Stables horse show and brought him to Dr. Burk for her expert care. After an exam a shattered femur was found. Surgery repaired the femur; with much rest and care his injuries were healed. Ever since, Stoney has taken his rightful place as the Clinic King. Mostly his days are filled with napping and begging for food (any food), though his main job (as we subjects see it) is boosting moral, of which he does an excellent job, he is sure it is primarily to eat.


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  • "I have the greatest respect for the very compassionate, friendly doctors and staff. They do amazing things here and really care about the animals."
    Teresa H. / Facebook review