Meet Our Team

At Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, we are proud to employ a team of highly skilled professionals who are wholly dedicated to the care and well-being of your pet. We strive to offer the utmost quality of healthcare and service to all of our patients and their families. Additionally, the staff of Cleveland Heights Animal hospital regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that you receive the highest level of care possible. You are always invited to come in for a visit; we would be happy to introduce ourselves and give you a tour of our beautiful facility.

Robert Houghton, DVM (owner)

Dr. Robert Houghton is a 1998 graduate of George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Auburn University and a DVM from St. George’s University. After completing his clinical year at North Carolina State University, he received additional training as an intern at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital.

Dr. Houghton and his wife, Jackie, have a full household, with their three children; Adrienne, Ellis & James, and three dogs- Jorge, Clive, and Phil.

Dr. Houghton is the Owner and Medical Director of Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. His goal is to continue the tradition of excellent medical care for the clients and patients of the hospital. Through our focus on compassionate care, personal service, and unsurpassed professional medical attention, we look forward to the next generation of healthy pets and lifelong relationships.

At Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital, we are proud to employ a team of highly skilled professionals who are wholly dedicated to the care and well-being of your pet. We strive to offer the utmost quality of healthcare and service to all of our patients and their families. Additionally, the staff of Cleveland Heights Animal hospital regularly participates in continuing education programs to ensure that you receive the highest level of care possible. You are always invited to come in for a visit; we would be happy to introduce ourselves and give you a tour of our beautiful facility.

Robert Houghton, DVM (owner)

Dr. Robert Houghton is a 1998 graduate of George Jenkins High School in Lakeland, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Auburn University and a DVM from St. George’s University. After completing his clinical year at North Carolina State University, he received additional training as an intern at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine teaching hospital.

Dr. Houghton and his wife, Jackie, have a full household, with their three children; Adrienne, Ellis & James, and three dogs- Jorge, Clive, and Phil.

Dr. Houghton is the Owner and Medical Director of Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. His goal is to continue the tradition of excellent medical care for the clients and patients of the hospital. Through our focus on compassionate care, personal service, and unsurpassed professional medical attention, we look forward to the next generation of healthy pets and lifelong relationships.

Jessica Robinson, DVM

Dr. Jessica Robinson is a native Floridian, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on lighting and audio engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Robinson attended veterinary school at the Western University of Health Sciences in California (2010 graduate) whose main philosophy is a reverence for life and problem-based learning. The problem-solving based philosophy is practiced in her work on a daily basis, from solving flea issues to sleuthing internal medicine quandaries. She has a full house at home living with her twin sister, Rachel, her veterinary companion, Dr. Lee Burstiner, their dogs Sammy (Border Collie), Olive (schnoodle mix), their chickens and native bees. Dr. Robinson enjoys international travel when possible, and native Florida plant and victory gardening. Her Schnoodle (schnauzer and poodle mix) Olive is the light of her life. The chickens are named Buffy, Shia La Poof, Dorothy, Rose and Princess Buttercup. The bees do not have names that we are aware of.Dr. Robinson is proud to be a long-term associate of Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. Her goals are to serve people through serving their animal companions. It is truly her life’s work to help you with your pet today.

Ashley Langford, DVM

Dr. Ashley Langford graduated from Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan in 2001. She performed her undergraduate work at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After three years at Purdue she was accepted early into the veterinary program at Texas A&M University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her DVM from Texas A&M in 2008. After graduation she completed a rotating internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida. Dr. Langford then received advanced training in oncology at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010, following her time at Angell, Dr. Langford joined the Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital team. Since their move to Lakeland, she and her husband have welcomed three children to their family. Her professional interests include internal medicine and oncology. Having been a member of our team for over ten years, Dr. Langford appreciates the opportunity to develop relationships with owners and walk with families through all stages of their pet’s lives.

Chase Washburn, DVM

Dr. Chase Washburn is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her bachelors degrees from the University of Georgia. (GO DAWGS!) After graduation, she moved to New York City for a couple years working in the fashion industry before she returned to her lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian. She received her DVM from Ross University in 2018 just before moving to Lakeland with her husband, Eric. Dr. Washburn has a passion for the human-animal bond and behavioral medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and is Fear Free Certified. In her spare time she loves flying and traveling to new places with her husband as well as spending time with their two doodles, Ginger and Charlie.

Lester Monterrey, DVM

Dr. Lester Monterrey is originally from Cuba. He graduated from the University of Havana in 2005 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he was a professor of anatomy, histology and morphology for 2 years at the University of Havana. He then spent his time in Cuba working on an aquatic project, became a quality control veterinarian for several different aspects of the production animal industry where he ended up practicing as the manager of a production farm. After Dr. Monterrey and his family relocated to the United States he pursued his veterinary license and achieved his dream of working with companion animals. He has a professional interest in orthopedics and ophthalmology and a passion for dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons as well as continually expanding his knowledge in the veterinary industry.

Jessica Robinson, DVM

Dr. Jessica Robinson is a native Floridian, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on lighting and audio engineering at the University of Florida. Dr. Robinson attended veterinary school at the Western University of Health Sciences in California (2010 graduate) whose main philosophy is a reverence for life and problem-based learning. The problem-solving based philosophy is practiced in her work on a daily basis, from solving flea issues to sleuthing internal medicine quandaries. She has a full house at home living with her twin sister, Rachel, her veterinary companion, Dr. Lee Burstiner, their dogs Sammy (Border Collie), Olive (schnoodle mix), their chickens and native bees. Dr. Robinson enjoys international travel when possible, and native Florida plant and victory gardening. Her Schnoodle (schnauzer and poodle mix) Olive is the light of her life. The chickens are named Buffy, Shia La Poof, Dorothy, Rose and Princess Buttercup. The bees do not have names that we are aware of.Dr. Robinson is proud to be a long-term associate of Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital. Her goals are to serve people through serving their animal companions. It is truly her life’s work to help you with your pet today.

Ashley Langford, DVM

Dr. Ashley Langford graduated from Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan in 2001. She performed her undergraduate work at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. After three years at Purdue she was accepted early into the veterinary program at Texas A&M University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her DVM from Texas A&M in 2008. After graduation she completed a rotating internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida. Dr. Langford then received advanced training in oncology at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2010, following her time at Angell, Dr. Langford joined the Cleveland Heights Animal Hospital team. Since their move to Lakeland, she and her husband have welcomed three children to their family. Her professional interests include internal medicine and oncology. Having been a member of our team for over ten years, Dr. Langford appreciates the opportunity to develop relationships with owners and walk with families through all stages of their pet’s lives.

Chase Washburn, DVM

Dr. Chase Washburn is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. She received her bachelors degrees from the University of Georgia. (GO DAWGS!) After graduation, she moved to New York City for a couple years working in the fashion industry before she returned to her lifelong goal of becoming a veterinarian. She received her DVM from Ross University in 2018 just before moving to Lakeland with her husband, Eric. Dr. Washburn has a passion for the human-animal bond and behavioral medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB), Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA), and is Fear Free Certified. In her spare time she loves flying and traveling to new places with her husband as well as spending time with their two doodles, Ginger and Charlie.

Lester Monterrey, DVM

Dr. Lester Monterrey is originally from Cuba. He graduated from the University of Havana in 2005 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he was a professor of anatomy, histology and morphology for 2 years at the University of Havana. He then spent his time in Cuba working on an aquatic project, became a quality control veterinarian for several different aspects of the production animal industry where he ended up practicing as the manager of a production farm. After Dr. Monterrey and his family relocated to the United States he pursued his veterinary license and achieved his dream of working with companion animals. He has a professional interest in orthopedics and ophthalmology and a passion for dentistry. He enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons as well as continually expanding his knowledge in the veterinary industry.