Our Doctors

Cynthia Hotz-Pelini, DVM

Dr. Pelini is a native of Toledo, Ohio and has been a Wayne County resident for the past 25+ years. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!!) College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in private practice for over 25 years. Her speciality is small animal medicine.


Dr. Pelini has three children and much to her disdain, none of them have followed in her footsteps to pursue veterinary medicine. She is a housemother to her dog Gypsy, and two cats, Hoot and Black Jack.

Owner, Veterinarian

Our Staff

Janet Werstler

Office Manager

You will meet Janet as you walk in the front door of our clinic. She is responsible for scheduling appointments, billing and other office procedures. She and her husband, Herb, are life-time Wayne County residents. She was a 4-H advisor for many years, and enjoys watching her grandchildren show their projects at the Wayne County Fair.

Cassandra Prochaska

Registered Veterinary Technician

Cassie graduated from Wilson College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medical Technology.  She completed her internship at Akron Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, where she gained experience in all departments, including internal medicine, emergency medicine, rehabilitation and cardiology.  She has also completed many hours of training in Ultrasound. She recently married her husband, Joe.  They live with their dogs Wiley, a rescued American Carolina Dingo, and Eleven, their Siberian Husky.  Cassie enjoys hiking and playing volleyball.

Dustin Lowther

Registered Veterinary Technician

Dustin is a graduate of Ross/Brown Mackie College where he obtained his Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. He passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination obtaining a Registered Veterinary Technician license in the state of Ohio in 2017. Dustin worked in emergency medicine before joining us here at Advanced Animal Care. He enjoys outdoor activities in his spare time.

Elise Weiland

Veterinary Assistant

Elise is another Veterinary Assistant here at Advanced Animal Care. Elise has completed her Pre-Veterinary in college with the hopes of becoming a Veterinarian one day! Elise loves animals of all sizes, and has a variety of pocket pets at home she cares for. Elise also teaches Zumba in her spare time, and took ballet for most of her life. 

Melissa Allenbaugh

Veterinary Assistant

 Melissa graduated from Florida Institute of Animal Arts with a degree in Vet Assistant II Exotics. She has two kids, two dogs, a bird, and several cats. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her kids and her pets. 

Stacy Gammell

Veterinary Assistant

Stacy is married to her best friend Ben and gained 2 step-children. Before Stacy was married she loved to travel and had lived in five states. She plans on traveling again once her and her husband retire. They have four pets, one English bull dog named Odie and three cats named Moonie, Sunny, and Monty. She would have more if her husband would let her! Stacy enjoys gardening and canning with her husband and family during the summer months. In the winter, she likes to relax and have fun with her family and friends.


- Vaccinations
- Micro-chips
- Surgical procedures
- Boarding

-Drop-off  and regular appointments available


8:00 AM - 5:00PM

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Closed Sunday


4401 Cleveland Road

Wooster, OH  44691


Email: aacwooster@gmail.com
Tel:  330-345-3999

Fax: 330-345-3898

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