dr michelle balas dvm Dr. Michelle Balas, our Chief of Staff, grew up in Lorain, Ohio, and currently resides in Amherst, Ohio. She received both her undergraduate and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University. In addition to working at Douds Veterinary Hospital throughout the last several years, Dr. Balas has also practiced in Lorain and North Ridgeville, Ohio. Her special interests include behavior and internal medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Balas enjoys horseback riding, reading, yoga, and hiking. She has two dogs, three cats, four horses, and four ducks.


Dr. Emily Nicely, DVMDr. Nicely obtained her veterinary and teaching degrees from The Ohio State University and began working at the practice in 2002. She feels the human-animal bond that occurs between people and their pets is something to be cherished and helps owners make decisions that honor that relationship. She believes that client education is one of the most important aspects of veterinary practice, and also has a special interest in dentistry, gastrointestinal problems, senior wellness and comfort, and staff education.

Outside of work she values her time with her husband and two children. Their family includes a Boston, Finn, and two cats, Tut and Cosmo. Relaxation comes in the form of yoga, spinning, geocaching, and bird watching. 

Dr. Sara Miesse, DVMDr. Miesse, originally from Celina, Ohio, now resides in Elyria with her three cats, Mozzie, Caffrey, and Libby and numerous tropical fish. She received her veterinary and undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and joined the practice in 2002.

She especially enjoys feline medicine, cardiac and respiratory cases, general surgery, and client education. Her free time is filled with gardening, scrap booking, movies, and mystery novels.

Dr. Erica Keller, DVMDr. Erica Keller joined our practice in the spring of 2014 shortly after moving here from Washington State. She had seven years’ experience in medicine, surgery, emergency/on-call work, and behavioral consultations in both a rural and suburban setting. She received her B.S. degree in Animal Science at Cornell University and her DVM degree at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Keller enjoys the daily challenges of varied medical and behavioral complexities. Enabling owners to better understand their pets’ health and mental wellbeing warms her heart.

Her home life is shared with her husband, a toddler, and an infant son as well as a dairy goat herd of LaManchas. Cheese and yogurt making have become fun weekly events, as well as goat showing through spring and summer.

Dr. Melissa Marmaduke, DVMDr. Marmaduke received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay in 2013 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2017. She joined the Douds team in January 2018 and fit right in! Dr. Marmaduke has a special interest in behavior medicine and is our first veterinarian certified in Fear Free. While in veterinary school she led her OSU Behavior Club and does behavior counseling here at Douds.

Dr. Marmaduke lives in Lorain, Ohio with her husband and zoo of animals which includes multiple dogs (including Pomeranians, a Collie, Beagle, Husky and Great Dane) and cats (which include Savannahs, a Bengal, and multiple rescue DSHs), finches, fish, and her Quarter Horse, Willow. Dr. Marmaduke is known affectionately for her love of Pomeranians, Disney, and horseback riding.

Dr. Eve Schaming, DVMOriginally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Eve E. Schaming graduated from Cornell University in 2007 with an undergraduate degree in Animal Science. She then attended veterinary school at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, earning her DVM degree in 2011.

Dr. Schaming has worked in mixed animal, small animal, and educational settings since graduating. In her down time, Dr. Schaming enjoys hiking with her dog Happy.