Dr. Scott Smith
(Co-Owner and Chief Veterinarian)
Dr. Scott Smith grew up in northern New York near the Canadian border. He completed his undergraduate degree at Saint Lawrence University and, afterward, graduated from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. During this time, he worked as a student pharmacist and was the first student intern for a national veterinary pet food nutritional company. His work there helped create programs that veterinary colleges across the country still utilize.
Dr. Smith loves running a veterinary hospital with his wife, Dr. Hitchcock, and the freedom it allows them to help animals in the ways they truly need it. At Oak Tree, your pets are always treated like family. He is especially interested in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, geriatric pet care, and internal medicine cases. Additionally, he enjoys mentoring veterinary students completing their externships here at the hospital.
When he’s not helping pets and their owners, Dr. Smith enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible with his family. He and Dr. Hitchcock have two young children, and he likes creating family memories while hiking, fishing, camping, riding ATV’s, and landscaping with them.
Dr. Tracey Hitchcock
(Co-Owner and Chief Veterinarian)
Dr. Hitchcock’s love of animals began as a child growing up on a dairy farm in Andover, Ohio. She felt a calling to care for all kinds of animals – big and small, from calves to kittens – and decided to make it her profession!
She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. During this time, Dr. Hitchcock enjoyed playing on the school’s volleyball and rugby teams. After graduation, she began working at a local pet clinic as a Veterinary Assistant before starting her graduate degree at Ohio State University. While at OSU, she was a research assistant in veterinary epidemiology and graduated as a veterinarian in 2006 from their College of Veterinary Medicine.
After this, Dr. Hitchcock worked as an Associate Veterinarian for seven years before she and her husband – co-owner Dr. Scott Smith – decided to launch their dream of practice ownership and opened Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Hitchcock particularly likes helping pets with chronic illnesses and building lasting relationships with pet owners. One of her favorite things about running her own practice is that it allows them to focus on stress-free techniques, which makes every visitor feel more comfortable.
Although helping animals is her passion, Dr. Hitchcock also enjoys being outdoors, boating, fishing, reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite trips so far has been a visit to Rome during a Mediterranean cruise! She and Dr. Smith have two children and two sweet cats, Minnie and Blackie, who were adopted from Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Michelle Scollan (Associate Veterinarian)
Dr. Scollan is a proud graduate of Tufts Veterinary School in Massachusetts. Prior to receiving her DVM, Dr. Scollan attended The University of Notre Dame where she studied biologic anthropology. While she still loves exotics, Dr. Scollan’s passion lies in helping animals medically through preventative medicine and innovative research.
Dr. Scollan grew up in Aurora, Illinois with her two brothers. Throughout her childhood, she played the saxophone, and eventually went on to play in the Notre Dame marching band with which she traveled across the country and played many games. Her family also played an important role in her inspiration to become a veterinarian as her aunt and uncle were both veterinarians.
Dr. Scollan loves helping her patients, especially small mammals. One of her favorite memories is delivering puppies for a first-time dog mom and seeing the joy that it brought to the client and the entire clinic. She loves seeing her patients improve after each visit and practicing fear-free medicine as it truly impacts the success of treatment.
Dr. Scollan is married to her husband, Dr. Joseph Scollan, who is an ortho surgery resident. Together they share their home with 4 furry friends: Gia, Watson, Tia, and George. Gia is a 3-year-old female cat, Watson is a 4-year-old male rabbit, Tia is a 2-year-old female rabbit, and George is 4-month-old male kitten.
Dr. Scollan is proud to be a part of the Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital team and is glad to be serving the Cleveland Heights community.
Dr. Lyndsay Tucker (Associate Veterinarian)
Dr. Lyndsay Tucker spent most of her life growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Tucker has always loved animals and has dreamt of becoming a veterinarian since she was young. While completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Kent State University, she regularly volunteered at local animal shelters and worked in various small animal clinics. In addition to working with animals during her undergraduate career, she had the opportunity to explore other interests. She was president of an organization dedicated to empowering women in STEM fields, and she also participated in the Annual Kent State Fashion Show. After graduating from Kent State, Dr. Tucker was accepted to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her DVM.
While studying at the University of Illinois, Dr. Tucker was involved in multiple extracurricular organizations that provided care for exotic pets and wildlife. She loves working with multiple species and believes that all animals are deserving of proper veterinary care. Along with her passion for exotic pets, Dr. Tucker has a special interest in internal medicine and enjoys working diligently to provide excellent medical care to even the most complex medical cases.
Dr. Tucker also thoroughly enjoys forming relationships with people. Her passion lies in connecting with people through the mutual goal of caring for their animals. Dr. Tucker values public education and helping local communities and has volunteered through various outreach programs during her education in Ohio and Illinois.
Dr. Tucker enjoys spending her free time practicing yoga, reading, and spending quality time with friends and family. She shares her home with her own “small zoo” which includes her two adopted cats Nellie and Nova, two snakes Maui and Yoshi, leopard gecko Mango, and an assortment of fish.
Dr. Tucker is excited be back in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio helping pets and their humans as an associate veterinarian at Oak Tree Veterinary Hospital!
Wow, over 17,300 veterinary professionals from around the world in attendance and Dr. Smith and Dr. Hitchcock are two of the attendees.
Here we are at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Florida. Our doctors at Oak Tree Vet attend over 120 hours of continuing education every year! We learn new techniques, new medical therapies, and we get to explore cutting edge technology and treatment options. All to make sure that our patients receive the best veterinary care possible. Rest assured, we are looking out for our patients.