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 has been a veterinarian for 14 years. Her 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. Bryn Nicholl
Dr. Bryn Nicholl grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, but has also spent parts of her life in Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, Louisianna, Chicago, Illinois, and Paris, France. Her love of animals and a calling to be a veterinarian started when she was a child. She enjoyed spending time outdoors and had cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, lizards, and fish for pets.
Dr. Nicholl was especially inspired by her pet cat, Lightning, who embodied the curiosity and resiliency for which cats are known. Her family adopted him as a kitten when she was two years old, and he survived many rough and tumble accidents through the careful help of local veterinarians. When he passed away at the age of 20, Dr. Nicholl knew she wanted to honor his place in her heart by pursuing veterinary school.
She hadn’t always intended to be a veterinarian, however, and graduated with her undergraduate degree in business from The Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans. While attending Tulane, she spent a lot of her free time interning at the zoo and local animal shelters and was the president of her school’s trap-neuter-release program club for the campus’ feral cat population. It became clear that animals were her undeniable passion, so she completed her science prerequisites at Loyola University in Chicago before being accepted to the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated as a veterinarian in 2018.
As a veterinarian, Dr. Nicholl is especially fond of surgery and medical procedures that require dexterity. She also enjoys building bonds with the pets in her care and their pet parents. In her free time, her interests include traveling, cross-fit training, reading, and painting. She lives in Cleveland with her fiance, Jason, and their two cats, Nedward Daniel “Ned” and Snack Pack “Jimmy.”
Dr. Michelle Scollan
Dr. Scollan has been a part of our team since June 2019 after graduating from Tufts Veterinary School in Massachusetts in May 2019. 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.
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.