Who We Are
We are the people who will care for your pet as we care for our own. Our staff members come from all walks of life and are united through our passion for animals. Every day, we work hard to make sure your animal friends receive the best possible treatment available. Find out more about the incredible individuals who make up Gallardo Family Animal Hospital.
BRUCE GALLARDO, DVM
Director of Medicine
Dr. Gallardo was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was raised in Staten Island, New York. He completed his BA in Biology at Hunter College in midtown Manhattan and received his DVM from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his clinical year of studies at the University of Georgia where he was able further develop his special interest in exotic pets. Dr. Gallardo was one of the founding members of the only herpetological society in NYC and to this day is active in multiple exotic animal organizations. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).
Dr. Bruce now calls Ohio his home and lives with his wife Tara and their sons Saverio and Lorenzo. They have a zoo of animals including 5 dogs, 2 cats, a tortoise, a snake, 2 bearded dragons, two horses, and several fish. When he isn’t spending time with his family or working, Dr. G enjoys music. He plays several instruments and is in a cover band with Tara. He also loves baseball, building Legos, and traveling.
Tara was born and raised in Cincinnati. Her background is in sales management and has worked in several of Americas largest cities managing retail chain stores. Her childhood dream was to own an animal hospital, so she switched career fields and made her dreams come true! Tara is one of the most passionate people you may ever meet when it comes to animal healthcare and welfare. Tara is currently enrolled at Miami University working towards completing her BS in Small Business Management and is also very close to earning her CVPM certification (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager). She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).
Tara feels so fortunate to be able to work her dream job every day helping pets and their people. She loves spending time traveling with Dr. G and teaching their sons Saverio and Lorenzo all about animals and wildlife. Tara is also an equine enthusiast and in her spare time enjoys gardening, riding and spending time with horses, volunteering with rescue, swimming, and of course spending time with her family.
Jack may be the person you see the least at GFAH- but he is the reason it is operating! Jack joined our GFAH family in January 2017. He handles all of our "behind the scenes" tasks including managing inventory, ordering supplies, banking, and much more! Jack has been a successful entrepreneur for over 20 years in the construction industry. He decided to switch fields in order to utilize his company management skills in an indoor setting and wanted to be a part of a team improving the life of pets. Jack is also Tara's dad! He has one dog and enjoys the outdoors as well as spending time with his children and grandchildren (grandogs/grancats included!).
Human Resources Manager
Rebecca joined the GFAH management team in February 2021; she comes to us with a strong background of over six years in the veterinary management field and a lifelong interest in animals. Rebecca’s favorite part of being in the team here is not just meeting the variety of patients, but also working with an incredible group of individuals who make every day feel like the best day ever! Rebecca’s educational background is in art; she graduated from Miami University–Oxford with a master’s in Art Education and an undergraduate degree in Photography. When she isn’t at GFAH she can be found crafting, working with glass, or spending time with her 5 dogs and her family and friends.
Bekah has been with GFAH since February 2020 and comes to us as a graduate from the Live Oaks Veterinary Assisting program. Her favorite part of working here has been getting to know each pet’s individual personality. The best part of her day is when pets are as excited to be here as she is to see them!
Bekah spent 5 years working with horses before deciding to broaden her career horizons into the small animal and exotic veterinary field. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and their animal family, consisting of one dog, one cat, one bearded dragon, and two guinea pigs.
Emily has been with us since February 2020. What she loves most about working at GFAH is developing relationships with clients and patients, and being able to treat our patients the same way she would her own. Prior to being a GFAH family member Emily worked in several small animal practices as well as at one of our specialty referral partners, The Animal Eye Institute. Emily enjoys wood-buring and spending time with her 3 dogs and 4 cats.
JANEL JACOBSEN, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Janel has been a part of the GFAH family since the summer of 2020 and is a Registered Veterinary Technician, earned from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. The most enjoyable part of the job for Janel is client education, as she enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others. Janel has experience in both the veterinary and research fields as well as human pharmacy; but by far enjoys the smaller, family-oriented veterinary practice here at GFAH.
Janel and her husband live in Liberty Township with their three dogs and two cats. She has a variety of hobbies including concerts, trivia nights, photography, sewing, and being crafty.
Lydia’s favorite part of GFAH is the environment in which she is able to learn something new each day. Lydia joined the team in December of 2020 and is currently enrolled in the Veterinary Nursing program with Purdue University. School and learning are nothing new for Lydia as she already possesses bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Russian (yes, the language). She also has a Master’s degree in Publishing and a postgraduate diploma in Animal Welfare.
Lydia and James, her England-native husband, adopted their rescue dog Monty in April of 2020. In her spare time Lydia enjoys taekwondo, knitting, traveling, and gardening.
Client Care Specialist
Kristen joined GFAH in July of 2020 and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Kristen’s favorite part of working for GFAH is meeting all the diverse animals.
When Kristen isn’t helping clients on our phones she can be found in Wyoming, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and stepson. Kristen loves traveling, concerts, art, and watching movies snuggled on the couch with her two dogs and cat.
Client Care Specialist
Heather joined the GFAH family in November 2020 and her favorite part of being here is the puppy snuggles she gets to steal on a daily basis! Heather came to us from the human healthcare industry where she worked as a State Tested Nursing Assistant, having graduated from Live Oaks.
Heather was born and raised here in Milford, and currently resides in the city with her husband and their two children under the age of 5. Heather spends her spare time attending Ninja or swim classes, hiking, or cooking. She has two dogs and two cats, and she and her family are really looking forward to being able to travel again in the coming months.