Our Support Staff

Technicians/Assistants

Brooke Howard

Brooke Howard

Start Date:October 2018
Hometown:Kokomo, Indiana
Education:Penn Foster Vet Technician, Ball State University – Wildlife Biology
Hobbies:Crafting, doing hair and makeup, shopping, watching movies/TV shows
Fun Fact:CPR/AED certified and excellent at home decorating!

What is your favorite thing to do with your pets?

Take them on walks outside and taking pictures of them being cute.

Deanna Partain

Deanna Partain

Start Date:April 2019
Hometown:Alexandria, Indiana
Education:Social Work at Ivy Tech and Penn Foster for Veterinary Technician
Hobbies:Doing makeup
Fun Fact:I have 9 animals in my house

What is the best part about your job

Getting to see all different breeds of dogs and cats.

Jessica Jarrett

Jessica Jarrett

Start Date:December 2015
Hometown:Middletown, Indiana
Education:International Business College – Fort Wayne
Hobbies:Photography, shopping, and party planning
Fun Fact:Left handed and the ultimate gift giver

What is the best part of being a vet tech?

The rewarding experience of helping our patients through their injuries and illnesses.

Kelsey Stafford

Kelsey Stafford

Start Date:July 2018
Hometown:Alexandria, Indiana
Education:3 college degrees – General Studies, Biology, Science in Liberal Arts
Hobbies:Sewing, yoga, collecting toy horses
Fun Fact:Learned to cook homemade meals at 6 years old

How do you help calm animals who come in and are scared?

Talk softly to them, give them treats, and show them lots of love!

Mia Showalter

Mia Showalter

Start Date:October 2018
Hometown:Muncie, Indiana
Education:Freshman at Ball State University
Hobbies:Photography, fishing, cooking
Fun Fact:My favorite color is blue!

What is your favorite part of being a vet tech?

Helping heal and cheer up sick pets and their owners.

Natalie Mers

Natalie Mers

Start Date:August 2017
Hometown:Muncie, Indiana
Education:Studied Biology
Hobbies:Camping, hiking, and swimming
Fun Fact:Certified SCUBA diver and Great Dane enthusiast

What is the best part of being a vet tech?

I get to work with so many interesting people and have made several lasting friendships along the way.

Rebekah Ditrapani

Rebekah Ditrapani

Start Date:May 2017
Hometown:New Orleans, Louisiana
Education:Loyola University – New Orleans
Hobbies:Going to the gym and playing video games
Fun Fact:I’ve always cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family!

What is the best part of being a vet tech?

The best part of being a vet tech is watching the progression of a patient. I love watching a case improve through our help and treatment plan.

Sarah Snider

Sarah Snider

Start Date:May 2015
Hometown:Albany, Indiana
Education:Associate Degree of Applied Science Veterinary Technology
Hobbies:Collector of vinyl records, socks, blankets
Fun Fact:Has an old soul

Why did you decide to become a vet tech?

I originally decided to be a vet tech because of my love for animals. Since being a vet tech, I have stayed in the industry because there is never a dull moment, I learn new things every day, and more than anything I like being the voice for animals.

Shelby Lockhart

Shelby Lockhart

Start Date:April 2017
Hometown:Middletown, Indiana
Education:Shenandoah High School and Vet Tech Institute at International Business College
Hobbies:Camping, boating, hunting, and spending time with family
Fun Fact:I am one inch taller than Danny DeVito!

What is your greatest accomplishment as a vet tech?

Running surgery and being able to see patients improve and feel better.

Kennel Staff

Cheyenne Moore

Cheyenne Moore

Start Date:February 2019
Hometown:Muncie, Indiana
Education:Current student at Ball State University – Zoology major
Hobbies:Being outdoors and caring for animals
Fun Fact:I’ve been to Peru, South America and it was beautiful!

How do you try to help nervous pets who are staying with us?

Give them treats and lots of pets so they know they are safe here!

Kylie Keifer

Kylie Keifer

Start Date:May 2019
Hometown:Hartford City, Indiana
Education:Studying Animal Science at Purdue University
Hobbies:Video Games
Fun Fact:I played the flute

What is your favorite animal and why?

Dogs because they like to play (most of the time) and are loving!

Mckenna Smith

Mckenna Smith

Start Date:June 2019
Hometown:Muncie, Indiana

Receptionists

Cheryl Webb

Cheryl Webb

Start Date:August 2019
Hometown:Anderson, Indiana
Education:Associates in Office Administration
Hobbies:Quilting and jewelry making
Fun Fact:I traveled to India for 10 days!

What is your favorite thing to do with your pets?

I enjoy taking a drive with Baxter watching out the window. I also enjoy watching TV with Baxter. He watches the TV and barks at the dogs and horses on the screen.

Courtney Jones

Courtney Jones

Start Date:July 2019
Hometown:Muncie, Indiana
Education:Muncie Central and Ivy Tech
Hobbies:Hiking, fishing, reading, and music
Fun Fact:I’m an aunt of two!

What is your favorite animal and why?

My favorite animal is elephants. I see elephants as gentle giants and I know elephants mean good luck and loyalty. I always look for good luck in my life and I am very loyal, so I can relate to them!

Dalya White

Dalya White

Start Date:November 2018
Hometown:Anderson, Indiana
Education:Current student at Purdue University Global – Business Administration
Hobbies:Fixing cars, building projects with boyfriend, and crafts of all kinds
Fun Fact:Has cooked Thanksgiving dinner for everyone since she was 19

What’s the best part about the clients here at Care?

Care clients are the best! Our regulars become part of the family and all of our clients are caring and patient, even on our busiest days!

Faith Kindred

Faith Kindred

Start Date:June 2019
Hometown:Windsor, Indiana
Education:Currently working towards a degree in Graphic Design!
Hobbies:Writing and photography
Fun Fact:I’ve co-piloted two small airplanes

What is your favorite thing to do with your pets?

I love taking my dog with me to walk on trails!

Administration

Jennifer Shopher

Jennifer Shopher

Office Manager

Start Date:January 2000
Hometown:East Chicago, Indiana
Education:Bachelors in zoology from Ball State University
Hobbies:Reading (loves Harry Potter!)
Fun Fact:I started in the kennel and worked my way up

Why did you decide to work in the veterinary field?

I started working here right after graduating from Ball State. At the time, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I started in the kennel and absolutely fell in love with this field. I love the variety of things I get to do here and it is an honor to be a part of so many patients’ and clients’ stories.

Lauren Candiano

Lauren Candiano

Accounting/Marketing

Start Date:October 2018
Hometown:Gaston, Indiana
Education:Business Administration and Leadership - Ball State University
Hobbies:Horseback riding, camping, hanging out with friends
Fun Fact:I owned a llama named Larry

What is your favorite thing to do with your pets?

My dog loves to go to the lakes, so we always make sure to take him swimming as many times a year as we can.

Melissa St. Clair

Melissa St. Clair

Practice Manager

Start Date:November 2018
Hometown:Bunker Hill, Indiana
Education:Business Management – Indiana Wesleyan University; Masters of Management and Leadership – WGU
Hobbies:Spending time with family and doing karaoke
Fun Fact:Sang the national anthem at the Indians game

What is your favorite thing to do with your pets?

Charlie is very active and loves all games where he can run. His favorite thing to do is swim and chase ducks. Giving him a bath after is not my favorite thing to do, but I do it frequently just so he can do what he loves!

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