Meet Our Team

  • 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 for a number of years before starting Ark Animal Hospital in 2014.   She enjoys the excitement of daily practice and likes to spend her free time with her family. Samson is her shadow and her cat Jasper is full of vigor.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Kate Wilkinson

    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 cats, Wicca and Absinthe. 

    In her free time, she enjoys working towards her CVPM Certification, spending time with her kids, enjoying the outdoors, and taking unexpected trips here and there.   

  • Erica Holmquist

    Erica joined Ark in January of 2019, after making the move from Wisconsin to Illinois. Previously, she taught Kindergarten and Pre-K for many years before her love of animals slowly overpowered her love for teaching, but not for learning, however. She aspires to learn more about VetMed and its intricacies, while being an amazing receptionist. Not only does she love animals, but she also loves specializing in client communication and care.
     
    In her free time, Erica enjoys spending quality time with her supportive husband, her two wonderful children, and of course all of their fur babies. 

  • Abby Grant

    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. 

  • Andy Bienemann

    Andy joined Ark at the end of March 2022. He has been in the veterinary field for almost four years, and is continuing his education through Penn Foster’s online program with one semester left. Before entering VetMed, Andy did landscaping where he found his love for his own pets and others more interesting and fulfilling. He found his true passion in caring for animals and proceeded to pursue it. While beginning his career in teching, Andy found he enjoyed the surgical aspects his most favorite.
    In his free time, Andy enjoys playing guitar and drums, as well as, hiking and playing video games. He currently has a Persian cat named Gurt, which he believes is the best name ever. 

  • Aubree Dolkey

    Aubree joined Ark Animal Hospital in April of 2021. She previously received her degree in Environmental Studies at McKendree University where her Animal Science courses brought forth her interest in the veterinary field. While completing her degree, Aubree worked for Petco where she cared and tended to small animals, reptiles, and avians. While she loved working with the many different animals there, Aubree was ready to step further into the VetMed world, thus leading her to Ark. In the past year she has been with the clinic, she has developed a stronger passion for her career and continues pursuing further learning, in order to better herself and the animals she sees on a daily basis.

    When Aubree is not working, you can find her at home with her best friend, and their two cats, Hunny and Christopher Robin, whom love to play fetch and give cuddles. 

  • Brittanie Hancock

    Brittanie joined Ark Animal Hospital in the fall of 2021, after previously working as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. After working in human medicine, Brittanie found that her passion was working with animals. Brittanie’s favorite part about working alongside the wonderful staff at Ark Animal Hospital is the care she helps provide to the animals by using her previous knowledge from human medicine and making a difference in the patients’ lives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 dogs, and her cat. 

  • Braelyn Heightchew

    Braelyn joined Ark in November of 2021. Before joining the hospital, she previously attended Murray State University, where she graduated in the spring of 2019 with her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology. After graduation she pursued further knowledge and, in November of 2019, Braelyn passed her national board exam, thus earning her the title of LVT. Her love of animals began at a young age, after growing up in Kentucky and spending her time in the world of Agriculture, and continued to transpire as she grew older. She previously worked in a fast-paced E.R. clinic for a year before moving to Illinois.

    Since moving to Illinois, Braelyn enjoys spending free time at the lake near where she resides, as well as, all the cuddles her kitty Speckle has to offer. 

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Monday:

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

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Thursday:

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Friday:

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Saturday:

8:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

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