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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 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 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.
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 is our resident clinic kitten. Her primary goal in life is to stalk and attack her best friend Samson!
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.
Chelsey joined Ark Animal Hospital in October 2017. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2012. Chelsey is continuing her education at Lewis and Clark Community College. In her free time she loves spending time with her adorable dog, Peyton. She also enjoys being outdoors and visiting with family and friends. Her favorite part of the job is keeping patients happy and healthy while expanding her education in this field.
Kate joined Ark Animal Hospital in January of 2018. She comes with 20+ years of working in the veterinary field. Kate grew up in a veterinarian practice helping her father on after hours emergency calls, farm calls or anything else he asked her to assist with. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2007 with a BS in Biology. Her favorite part of the job is client education and surgery. Kate and her husband, Jake, reside north of Edwardsville and have four children: Kylee, Colby, Casen, and Ledger. They also have two dogs, Paxton and Ripken, and two cats, Wicca and Abner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, enjoying the outdoors, and taking unexpected trips here and there.
Sara joined Ark Animal Hospital in December 2017. Sara grew up on a buffalo farm in Northeastern Missouri and Since the age of six, she knew she wanted to make animals her life-long career. She entered the veterinary field in 2010 and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since. She is a graduate of Hickey College’s Vet Tech Institute. Sara has a passion for Dentistry, Surgery & Emergency Medicine and loves making a positive impact in the lives of her patients and their very special owners!
Maria has recently moved here from Austin TX, and has been a veterinarian technician since 2007. She has always worked with animals and can’t imagine doing anything else! She loves the fast pace and taking care of patients as well as their owners, especially during difficult times. Currently Maria is working towards her veterinary technician certification. When she isn’t caring for patients, Maria enjoys listening to live music, working on crafts, and spending time with her family and pets.