Meet Our Team

Dr. Navkaran Bal


Dr. Bal is our newest dedicated veterinarian committed to healing animals since 2012. With a foundation in mixed animal practice, Dr. Bal has navigated the challenges of emergency care and small animal practice, wearing hats as an associate veterinarian, practice owner, and chief of staff.

Dr. Bal's career has unfolded in diverse settings, from rural to urban landscapes, showcasing adaptability. Cherishing every facet of veterinary medicine, from emergency interventions to general surgery, Dr. Bal remains aware of cutting-edge advancements for optimal patient care.

Beyond the clinic, a passion for DIY projects at home, a love for movies, and an appreciation for captivating books define Dr. Bal's downtime.

Dr. Van de Motter


Dr. Van de Motter grew up in Chagrin Falls. She attended the University of Montana, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She then attended Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed two equine internships at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She then moved to Montana, where she practiced at a large animal clinic for eight years, focusing on equine and small ruminants.

Dr. Van de Motter is excited to be moving back to Chagrin Falls to raise her two young boys near family. She loves many areas of veterinary medicine, from general wellness checks and internal medicine cases to small ruminant medicine. She prides herself on going the extra mile for her patients and clients and cannot wait to provide care to local pets in the community.

In her free time, Dr. Van de Motter loves spending time with her two boys. She is an avid skier, cyclist, and enjoys riding horses.

Melissa Dusek RVT, ALAT, LAT

Lead Veterinary Technician

Melissa grew up in Hinckley Ohio where her love of animals began early in life. On the farm where she grew up she cared for many different animals including cows, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and miniature donkeys. Melissa graduated from Stautzenberger College in 2009 with her associate in veterinary technology. After graduation Melissa spent several years in general practice caring for dogs and cats. She went on to care for animals in the research setting. While being a vet tech in general practice Melissa learned the need for more unity in this field and decided to continue her education and graduated from DeVry University in 2019 with her bachelor’s in business management. She loves and enjoys working with all types of animals not just dogs and cats. However, her passion is managing a team to become more caring and compassionate in the veterinary field.

When not at work, Melissa can be found around the farm taking care of animals with her husband. Or at a rabbit or poultry show. She has shown rabbits at large conventional shows and poultry at the world’s largest show Ohio Nationals. Melissa also enjoys walking at the park with her Australian Cattle dogs and relaxing and watching movies.


Vet Assistant

I am married and live in Chagrin Falls. My husband is Jon and we are the proud parents of twin girls, Lucy and Neve. I have worked in the veterinary field for 15 years. I worked for five years at a clinic that specialized in exotic animals and the last 10 years have been here at Chagrin Valley Vet!

I have lots of interests besides animals! We have two dogs, Moche, a 12 year old black lab and Woodie, a four year old Jack Russell Terrier; and a 16 year old cat named Renfield. We also have two horses, a pony, Midnight, who is 10 years old and Miles, a four year old Hanoverian. We have two goats as well, Coco and Sarah! And lots of fish!

I love to work at Chagrin Valley Vet. We girls are all good friends, get along well, and working with Dr. Griffith is super.


Vet Assistant

Montana graduated from Maplewood Career Center in 2023, focusing her studies on animal science, inspired by her deep love for animals. With her successful completion of the vet assistant test at Maplewood Career Center and a lifetime of caring for pets, she is excited to bring her expertise to support the health and happiness of your beloved companions.



Abigail, a recent graduate of Otterbein, lives in Medina, where she shares her home with her boyfriend, roommate, and cherished feline companions. Having experienced life in five different states, she has adapted to change while maintaining her passion for animals and people.

Since the age of fourteen, Abigail has volunteered and worked in various animal-centered fields, a testament to her commitment to helping others. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her cats, indulging in games like Animal Crossing or Baldur's Gate, discovering new films and shows, exploring the area, and hunting for house décor.

Abigail looks forward to joining the team and meeting everyone!



Ryleigh is originally from Aurora, Ohio, and is an aspiring veterinarian! She just completed her bachelor’s in animal science/pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Findlay and will be attending The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the fall. She hopes to pursue a career in small animal medicine upon graduation.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Ryleigh enjoys hiking, powerlifting, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. She has two dogs of her own, a golden retriever named Saylor, and a yorkie-mix named Zoey.