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Dr. Sarah Smith

Dr. Sarah Smith grew up in the Chicago suburbs and studied her undergraduate work at Purdue University. She graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and then moved to Edwardsville.  After graduation, Dr. Smith practiced in Alton. She was the 2010 FIVE STAR Veterinarian, as seen in St. Louis Magazine, and the Best of Alton for 2011-2013 presented by the US Commerce Association. She enjoys the excitement of daily practice and likes to spend her free time with her family. Her cat, Lilly is well loved by their family and is learning to adjust to Samson.

Dr. Kristin Stahlheber

Dr. Kristin Stahlheber joined the team at Ark Animal Hospital in 2016. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois, and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Illinois in 2007. Dr. Stahlheber has practiced veterinary medicine in the Metro-East area since that time, and has experience in both general practice and emergency/critical care. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, their three daughters and their pointer, as well as volunteering in the girls’ classrooms and teaching Sunday School.

Dr. Mueller

Dr. Mueller joined Ark July of 2017.  She has worked in the Metro East since 2009.  She graduated from St. Matthew's School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Purdue University.  
Her professional interest include dermatology and geriatric medicine.
She enjoys her free time with family, friends and three cats.

Super Samson

Samson is Dr. Smith's best friend forever (BFF). Samson's favorite thing to do is follow Dr. Smith, his eyes light up and his tail goes crazy when he hears her voice!

Scarlet Rose

Scarlet is our resident clinic kitten. Her primary goal in life is to stalk and attack her best friend Samson!


Kara has been part of the Ark family from the initial opening.  She has no greater joy than greeting the pets and their parents as they arrive at Ark Animal Hospital in Edwardsville, IL.  Kara has over 15 years of office experience in which 3 of those have been for a pet hospital.  Working with animals has been her dream come true.  Kara and her husband share their mutual love of their 3 beautiful pugs, Zia Marie, Gia Noelle and Eli James of which 2 are rescues.


I joined the Ark Family in April 2015.  I have worked in animal medicine for 5 years.  I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in 2010.  My favorite part of the job is client education.  I share a house with my three wonderful pets:  my dog Judy, my cat Louises and my goldfish Muriel.  In my spare time I enjoy going on walks and being outdoors. 


Meghan joined Ark Animal Hospital in November 2016 after moving here from Pennsylvania, where she has worked in the veterinary field since 2013. Meghan is currently working towards her certification to be a licensed veterinary technician. Her favorite part of the job is showing the compassion she has for every patient and to educate the clients on how to keep their pets healthy. In Meghan’s spare time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her two adorable fur babies, Roxi and Ottis.  


Kayla joined the team at Ark Animal Hospital after moving to Edwardsville from Olympia, Washington in June 2017, where she had worked at a small animal hospital since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is helping people keep their beloved pets happy and healthy, while gaining new skills and knowledge every day. She spends her free time reading, cooking, playing outside, and exploring her new home here in Illinois with her canine children, Phoebe and Dexter. 


I joined the Ark team in February of 2017. I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in 2015 and received my certification in 2016. My favorite part of my job is meeting new people and their pets. I have three cats at home: Gwen, Jackson, and baby Cashew. When I’m not working I can usually be found with my nose buried in a book or out taking photographs with my camera.