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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.

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. 


Lauren joined the team at Ark Animal Hospital in November of 2015.  She has been in the veterinary field working with animals since 2001.  Her favorite aspect of the job is working with clients and helping to educate them on taking care of their pets.  Lauren enjoys spending time with her two little girls Elana and Caroline.   Her household is complete with her two cats, Raggs and Milo (Baby Tiny) and two horses, Flicka and Cheyenne 


I joined the Ark family in November 2016. I have been working in animal medicine for 3 years. My favorite part of the job is to educate the clients on how to keep their pets healthy. I enjoy working out, hunting, and taking runs with my dog, Roxi. 


Catalina joined the Ark family in October of 2016. She has interned and worked in the animal field for 4 years and is currently in her undergraduate studies with the hopes of becoming a veterinarian. Her favorite aspect of the job is seeing all the pets go home happy and healthy. Her little family is completed by her cat, Snickers, and her dog, Nashville. In her spare time she enjoys reading outside and taking her dog on adventures.