Where else in Temperance can you find seven outstanding veterinarians under one roof? We're proud to introduce our experienced veterinary team, and we invite you to learn more about them in the bios below.
Dr. Christine Ravary, D.V.M.
Dr. Ravary was born and raised in North Toledo. After graduating from Toledo Central Catholic High School, she attended Bowling Green State University for her undergraduate studies.
Dr. Ravary began as an associate of Temperance Animal Hospital in 1995 after receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. In 2001, Dr. Ravary became the owner of Temperance Animal Hospital. She strives to present veterinary medicine to clients in an understandable and educational way. Her time is spent between practicing medicine and managing the business and team of T.A.H.
Her family includes her two sisters, one nephew, and her Boston Terrier “Maya”. In her time away from T.A.H., she enjoys yoga, vacations, and OSU sports. Go Buckeyes!
Dr. Todd Smith, D.V.M.
Dr. Smith was born in the hills of West Virginia and grew up in nearby Adrian, Michigan. After graduating from Adrian High School, he attended Michigan State University for both his undergraduate and veterinary programs.
Upon receiving his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1995, he returned to his home town to practice for four years before joining Temperance Animal Hospital in March of 1999 (and moving to Bedford shortly thereafter). In October of 2010, Dr. Smith joined the ranks of Bedford Small Business Owners by becoming a Partner at Temperance Animal Hospital.
Dr. Smith’s special areas of interest lie in preventive health care and managing complex internal medicine cases. His career passion focuses on helping our patients and the families that love them cope with, fight, and survive cancer with dignity. Since 2001, he and our Oncology Team have treated numerous cancer patients.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association, the Human Rights Campaign, and Equality Toledo. He is a past-President of both the Southern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association.
In his spare time, Dr. Smith can be found enjoying life -- perfecting his practice of Yoga; celebrating the diversity of the arts; writing amateur movie reviews; traveling; or enjoying a good book over a cup of coffee.
Dr. Kristina Whitmer, D.V.M.
Dr. Whitmer was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University and completed a Bachelor's of Science in Zoology in 2006 prior to receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After practicing small animal medicine in northern Indiana for two years, she decided to move back to Michigan and joined Temperance Animal Hospital in May 2012.
Dr. Whitmer is passionate about Fear Free veterinary care and believes that every patient should receive the benefit of a calm, comfortable, and secure visit when they come to the office. She helped lead our staff to becoming Fear Free Certified and is currently working on her Level 2 Certification. She also has a special interest in dentistry and oral surgery with a focus on early intervention and preventive care.
Outside of the office, Dr. Whitmer shares her life with her two whippets (Emmett and Quinn) and two cats (Elroy and George). Dr. Whitmer is passionate about living a whole food plant based lifestyle and enjoys cooking and developing new recipes. She also likes sewing, painting, and spending time with her pets.
Dr. James Garcia, D.V.M.
Dr. Garcia was born on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After moving several times, his family settled in Wellington, Ohio when he was 11-years-old. After graduating from Wellington High School he joined the United States Air Force where he served as a computer programmer for six years.
While serving in the Air Force, Dr. Garcia continued his education by taking night classes, later transferring to The Ohio State University where he completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 2013.
The areas of Veterinary Medicine that Dr. Garcia enjoys the most are Surgery, Cardiology and Oncology but also enjoy the varied aspects and challenges faced by being a General Practitioner.
Dr. Garcia is married, and he and his wife Tiffany have two children Eden and Crosby. They relocated to Temperance and are proud members of the Temperance community where they share their home with a Labrador Retriever mix (Jesus) a Miniature Schnauzer (Zeke) and a English Setter (Birdie) and a Devon Rex cat (Ticker). The Garcia family love traveling, spending time outdoors hiking, camping and exploring wildlife.
Dr. Cody Pollins, D.V.M.
Dr. Pollins was born in Hillsdale, Michigan and grew up right here in Temperance. After graduating from Bedford High School, Dr. Pollins began his Undergraduate studies at Monroe County Community College. In 2012 he transferred to Michigan State University where he completed his Undergraduate studies and went on to complete his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2017.
Dr. Pollins decided to return home after graduation and has re-joined the Temperance Animal Hospital Team as an Associate Veterinarian. The special areas of interest in Veterinary Medicine that appeal to Dr. Pollins the most include Orthopedics, Laser Therapy, Surgery, and Dentistry.
Dr. Pollins’ family includes his Fiancé, 4 chickens, Goldendoodle, “Maui”, and Soft Wheaten Terrier, “Daisy”. When not at work, he enjoys playing sports such as soccer and volleyball, and woodworking.