Our Staff


David Pitkin, DVM - Practice Owner

 Years in Practice: 34

Purdue University, B.S. 1979                          
The Ohio State University, M.S. 1981             
The Ohio State University, D.V.M. 1985        

Professional Membership Affiliation
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Association of Equine Practitioners

South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. David Pitkin started Cross County Veterinary Service as a large animal ambulatory practice, in the spring of 1991. Over the years the practice has evolved into a full service small animal practice. He continues to make farm calls to see local horses and cows.  

When not at work, Dr. Pitkin enjoys  cycling, running, studying military history and enjoying time with his rescue dog Jaxon, his daughter, son and granddaughter. If you ever attend a local high school football or basketball game you might see him in a black and white striped shirt. For the past 40 years, Dr. Pitkin has been an OHSAA licensed football and basketball official. 


Mary Ellen McCullen, DVM


Years in Practice: 12

Education  The Ohio State University B.S. 2002           The Ohio State University D.V.M. 2005

Professional Membership Association American Veterinary Medical Association Ohio Veterinary Medical Association American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners 

Dr. Mary Ellen McCullen is a lifelong Delaware County resident and first shadowed Dr. Pitkin just after high school. She joined the practice as an associate veterinarian in February, 2011.

Professional interests include surgery, behavior, and small ruminants. "Forming relationships with owners and their animals is my favorite part of practice." Mary Ellen lives in Sunbury with her husband and young children. In any spare time, she is an avid flower and vegetable gardener. She also serves on the Community Library Board of Trustees. Family pets include "Shorty," a Beagle mix, four cats, two rabbits, sheep, goats, and chickens.


Melissa Handler, DVM

 Years in Practice: 4

The Pennsylvania State University B.S. 2010         
The Ohio State University D.V.M. 2014

Professional Membership Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Ohio Veterinary Medical Association 

 Dr. Handler was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Ohio to attend The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She has special interest in dentistry, behavior and surgery. 

She graduated in 2014 and ended up back in Ohio after a brief stint in NJ. In her free time, Dr. Handler enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and three cats. 



Samantha Askins, Practice Manager


Samantha was born in Cincinnati but raised in Delaware. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, bonfires, video games and long drives in the country to watch meteor showers! She became officiated in 2015 and officiates weddings on the weekends. 

Sam is a big football fan. She loves the Buckeyes & the Bengals, but appreciates any good game! Her furry friends include an adopted orange cat named "Zazzles", a previous barn kitty named "Ziggy",  a rescue Chihuahua mix named "Zippy" and the newest addition, "Herman"... an 8 month cat full of spunk! 


Emily Snyder, RVT

 Emily is a graduate from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford, and she has an Associate degree in Animal Science. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and reading. 

Emily has a fond passion for animals. She has two dogs and four cats. "Enzo"is her mixed breed dog and her best bud. "Stella" is a Yellow Labrador and her family's dog. "Cosmo" & "Lewi" are her indoor cats, and "Cacoon" & "Sylvester" are her rescued outdoor cats.  


Jaime Francis-Love, RVT


Jaime has been involved with animals from a young age. She grew up with an array of farm animals and many dogs and cats. After she treated a horse that was lame she knew healing animals was for her. 

She received her Bachelor's in Animal Science from The Ohio State University in 2005. After working at a clinic in Columbus and watching and learning from the veterinary technicians she decided that was the career she wanted to pursue. She obtained her Associate's in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State Community College in 2009. 

Following graduation from that program she worked at MedVet (Worthington) in the Emergency Department for 6 years. She discovered she missed working with large animals and pursued her position here at Cross County. Her current pets include Bear, an Akita mix; Ziva, a Pitbull; Lexi, a Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix; Chop a Rottweiler and her four cats (Buttons, Bitzy, Clovis and Ollie) and 6 chickens


Lindsay Nelson, RVT

Lindsay grew up on a farm and has 10 years of veterinary experience. She enjoys running a horse boarding facility with her family in Mount Gilead, raising and showing quarter horses, and reading.

She has two dogs named "Daphne" & "Lois." "Daphne" is Boston Terrier and "Lois" is a French Bulldog. She has a habit of rescuing cats and has a barn full of rescues. 


Kendal Hotsinpiller, Veterinary Assistant

Kendal is a student at Columbus State set to graduate in May 2019 as a Veterinary Technician. 

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors. She loves spending time with friends, snowboarding and bonfires. 

Kendal has five dogs, seven cats, five goats, two ducks and one bunny! She aspires to add chickens to the family one day! 



  Jones was a stray cat that wandered to our practice in May 2007. He was so small that at first glance he looked like a kitten. After examined he was determined to be around 2 years old! He weighed a mere five pounds, but he has happily put on some weight in his 9 years at the clinic. He turned 13 years old this winter. 



Mr. Stubbs

  Mr. Stubbs, a former barn kitty, came to live with us in April 2013. You can always find him at the desk seeking attention from everyone or harassing the front desk staff. He may also be found laying on the printer, causing paper jams!  



  Wally is an 12 year old domestic tiger cat and has been with us since April 2014. He is super sweet & affectionate, and has been known to jump up into our arms! ​You can find him fighting Mr. Stubbs for attention at the front desk, while possibly munching on your hair!  



Lizzy is a sweet 16 year old domestic cat who came to live with us in August 2017. The shyest of our clinic cats, she spends her time behind the scenes. Her favorite pastime is sleeping in her heated bed! 

In Memoriam...



 Misty was a 12 year old domestic white & tiger cat who came to us in September 2014.  She was talkative and loved to eat! She was a shy girl, but developed close bonds with her people. Misty prefered to be behind the scenes at the clinic.

Our sweet Misty crossed the rainbow bridge in November 2017. She was a loving, sassy girl during her tenure at Cross County and is missed by us all.  



 A car hit Kenzie in October 2001. A good samaritan carried him in with a shattered back leg and a badly injured hip. The man was not the owner, but he agreed to pay for Kenzie's x-rays and bloodwork if we would find him a good home. Kenzie's leg was so badly mangled that he ending up losing it. He spent 4 weeks in our clinic rehabilitating and learning to walk on three legs. By the time he rehabilitated, the entire staff was so attached that we decided to keep him. He and Jones had been close friends since Jones arrived. They loved to play and relax with one another.

We said goodbye to our beloved Kenzie on May10, 2016. He was a loyal and faithful companion here at the clinic for 15 years. Kenzie was always such a happy boy, full of enthusiasm and love. We will miss him dearly. 



 In 1999, Binx came to our clinic on Christmas Eve. She was hit by a car and her hip needed to be surgically repaired. Her previous owners could not afford her surgery and no longer wanted her. Dr. Pitkin repaired her hip the day after Christmas with the intentions of finding her a good home.

For 14 years, she had a great home here as part of the Cross County Veterinary family. You would most likely see her: (1) sleeping behind the computer (2) vying for attention at the front desk (3) or keeping the other clinic cats in line.
On November 28th, 2013 at age 18, we lost our beloved Binx to an inoperable tumor. She will be sadly missed.