Dr. Schmitz was originally born in Oceanside, CA but was in a military family so they moved around quite frequently including Japan and North Carolina to name a few. Ultimately her family found their way to Columbus, OH where they would settle down and call home. Dr. Schmitz has always had a love for animals from a young age whether it be family pets, stuffed animals she cared for or ponies at parties. This led her to The Ohio State University where she attended for both her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences and then her doctorate in Veterinarian Medicine. While obtaining her doctorate from The Ohio University she graduated in the top twenty five percent of her class. In addition she received awards in Ophthalmology, Anesthesia, and Community Practice while obtaining her DVM.
After graduation she practiced veterinary medicine at a private practice for 3+ years in Columbus. She always had a love of the ocean and warmer weather, so 2+ years ago she decided to make the move to the low country with her family. Since this time she has loved getting to know the people, their fur babies, the community and the culture Charleston has to offer. While she may have not been native to South Carolina it has absolutely spoken to her heart and she is now happy to call it home.
In her spare time you can find her spending time with her family; which includes her husband Josh (her high school sweetheart), their two daughters with a third on the way in 2021 and two fur children Clover (Bernese Mountain dog mix) and Peppamint Pig (English Bulldog). They all love spending time at the beach , taking golf cart rides or visiting their home away from home, Disney World. She cannot wait to meet each and every one of you and your sweet furry family members. She will ensure they are getting the highest level of care they deserve by not just being their veterinarian, but being part of the Foxbank family!
Dr. Ruth grew up in central Kentucky. She spent high school actively involved with her local FFA chapter and her high school band. She attended undergraduate at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky where she also worked for 3 years as a veterinary assistant. On graduation from Morehead State University, Dr. Ruth attended Veterinary School at Auburn University and graduated in 2018. After graduation from Veterinary school, Dr. Ruth spent 2.5 years practicing in Kentucky. Her best friend from Veterinary school, Dr. Wetzel from Brighton Animal Hospital, convinced her it was then time to move out to the southeast coast, which is what brought her to the Charleston area.
Dr. Ruth lives in Summerville with her Fiance, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 3 guinea pigs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, boating, live music, and traveling with her friends and family. She loves spring and summer and looks forward to enjoying warmer weather here.
Dr. Ruth's special interests include cardiology, internal medicine, and preventative care. She also enjoys surgery and radiology. Dr. Ruth looks forward to meeting you all and your babies soon at Foxbank Veterinary Hospital.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Josh made the journey down south to the Low Country in 2018.
He started his professional journey in the business and education sectors earning his MBA with a Human Resources specialization and a Masters's Degree in Adult Education & Training.
Several years ago, he began to help the clinic where his wife was a veterinarian with some of their marketing and HR processes. This eventually led him to come on full time with the practice in Ohio and finding his true passion and calling.
They now reside in Summerville, where he, Dr. Schmitz, and their two girls live with their English Bulldog Peppamint Pig & Bernese Mountain Dog Mix Clover. In their free time, they enjoy going to the beach, swimming at the pool, and visiting their home away from home, Disneyworld.
Lauren is a Florida native but moved to South Carolina in 2006 after her dad retired from the navy. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals but was originally on the path to become a Veterinarian but soon learned that becoming a veterinary technician was the better option for her.
Lauren began working in the veterinary field back in 2011 and started as a kennel assistant and worked her way up while in school. She attended Tri-County Technical college and graduated from the veterinary technology program in 2014 and received her license shortly after.
She and her husband recently moved to Summerville to be closer to his family. They bought their first home and enjoy working on it in their spare time. They have quite the fur baby clan. There clan includes 3 dogs (Braxton, Khaleesi and Athena) and 3 cats (Domino, Toro and Little Man). Lauren is excited to be part of the Foxbank family and is enjoying building a bond with our clients and their babies.
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Previous Studies: Studied as an Electric Engineer, but fell in love with
Special Interests: Bowling, traveling and reading.
Pets at Home: 2 crazy Beagles, Fred and Ginger.
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina
Current Studies: Associates in Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology.
Special Interests: Riding horses.
Pets at Home: 1 Dog (Xena), 2 Cats (Baby Cat and Indy), and 1 Horse (Liberty).
Hometown: Gilboa, New York
Previous Studies: Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and
Certified Vet Assistant through Animal Behavior College.
Special Interests: Baking and going to concerts.
Pets at Home: 2 Dogs (Annie and Honey), and 1 Cat (Eddie).
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Previous Studies: Associates Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.
Pets at Home: 2 dogs (Jango & Brock).
Hometown: North Canton, Ohio
Previous Studies: Went to school at Ohio University for Sports Broadcasting/Journalism;
previously a receptionist & vet assistant at clinics in Virginia & North Carolina.
Special Interests: Crafting, going to the beach with her fiancée & stepson, and adopting all of the animals!
Pets at Home: 2 rescue dogs (Mulligan & Oakley), and 2 cats (Ellie & Emma).
Hometown: Marietta, Ohio
Previous Studies: Attended Coastal Carolina University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree
in Sociology and Political Science.
Special Interests: When she isn't at Foxbank, you can find her involved in anything and everything related to animals.
Pets at Home: Four dogs (2 pit bulls, a golden, and a Carolina Dog) and three cats.
She cannot wait to snuggle up with your babies when they come in for their next visit.