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. Amy 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.
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!
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.
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.
In January of 2019 my love for animals brought me to join the team at Ark Animal Hospital. After many years of teaching Kindergarten and Pre-K, the love for animals over powered my love for teaching but not my love for learning. I decided to pursue a new career and enrolled in an online Veterinary Technician program at Penn Foster College in October 2018. After finishing my degree, I aspire to get my Veterinary Technician Certification.
In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my supportive husband, our two wonderful children and of course snuggling with our fur babies.
Hello my name is Abby! I have almost three years of veterinary experience and graduated from Midwest Institute in November of 2018. Since I was little I knew I wanted to help animals and I couldn’t be happier to be a veterinary nurse here at Ark Animal Hospital. I am very eager to learn new things and excited to find more favorite parts of the job. I love to meet new pets and get to know each of their personalities. In my free time, I like to relax at home with my family and my sweet rescue Daisy.
Caity joined Ark Animal Hospital in June of 2018. She goes to school at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and is majoring in Biology. Caity hopes to follow in her Grandpa’s footsteps and become a Veterinarian. Caity has two cats, Charlie and Shayla. In her free time, Caity loves spending time with friends and family. Caity’s favorite part of the job is learning
something new about animals every day.
Katie grew up in the Edwardsville area. She joined Ark in August 2019. She has been in the animal field since 2013, but grew up with a variety of different animals including exotics. She has four cats; Jeffrey, Baby, Bonita, and Lulu. Along with her cats she has five dogs, two Dalmatians named Arsen and Engine, two yorkiepoos named Penny and Clark, and a shih tzu mixed named Nemo. She also has a guinea pig and a tortoise. When she is not working she is spending time with her husband while chasing her son around.
Hello! My name is Samantha. I have been in the veterinary field for about 4 years now. I started here at Ark Animal Hospital November 2019. I have always had a strong passion for animals. I have 2 dogs of my own, Dozer who is a Pit Bull and Maggie who is a Lab Akita mix. I love working in this field because every day is different. Each pet as a different personality. In my free time I love to go hiking, camping and spending time with my son.