Dr. Suzanne Hurst, Veterinarian
As a child Dr. Hurst started out as a Navy brat and a city kid in the New England area and wound up living on a large farm in southern Missouri. On the farm she took it upon herself to name each and every cow and chicken and bandage them whether they needed it or not, and occasionally dress the calves in clothing. After high school she attended The University of Tulsa, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Unsure what to do then, on a whim she took a job as a veterinary assistant. It became suddenly clear to her that her calling was in the veterinary field. She promptly moved to Stillwater, was fortunately accepted into the veterinary program, and has never looked back. After earning her veterinary degree in 1996 from OSU she headed for a warmer climate and landed in Florida.There she co-owned a multi-doctor, two hospital practice. She returned to Oklahoma in 2008 to be closer to her family and opened Kindness Animal Hospital in February 2010. She is thrilled to be back in Tulsa and, despite the cold weather, is relieved to get to experience actual seasons and be surrounded by hills and trees and alligator-free lakes and streams. Although she loves all animals, she has a special bond with cats. We think she may have been a cat in a former life as she is always seeking out warm spots and loves to watch birds. Dr. Hurst lives with her 4 legged kids: Pudge the Pug and Jersey Girl the Chihuahua as well as several beloved kitties.
Dr. Karen Nickle, Veterinarian
Born and raised in a suburb of Seattle, Dr. Nickle knew from age 7 that she wanted to be a veterinarian. After graduating with her Bachelor's in Animal Science from Washington State University, she moved to St. Kitt's in the Eastern Carribean to attend Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. While completing her clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, she met her husband. They have two beautiful children, three rescued cats, and a mixed breed dog from St. Kitts. Dr. Nickle misses her pets that have crossed the rainbow bridge- a great dane named Lexi, and a retired racing greyhound named OddMoe. In her spare time, Dr. Nickle plays violin and enjoys spending time with her family.
Dr. Emily Hall, Veterinarian
Dr. Hall was born in Ponca City, Oklahoma but didn't stay any place long as an oil kid with her dad moving the family frequently with Conoco. She grew up mainly in San Angelo and Katy Texas, then Anchorage Alaska for a little bit before coming back to finish high school in Owasso, Ok. After high school, she went to Oklahoma State in Stillwater to complete her prerequisites for vet school. After 3 years there, she was accepted to Ross University Medicine where she lived on the island of St. Kitts for about 3 years and finished her clinical year at University of Illinois Veterinary School. During her time in vet school she took opportunities to work with exotic animals like dloing research with the leatherback sea turtles and vervet monkeys as well as going to South Africa to work with a veterinarian there with a variety of species including white rhino, African painted wild dogs, and sable. Her love for exotics continued into her clinical year as she completed externships at both the Houston Zoo and Calgary Zoo. Even right after graduating, she continued her passion for exotics by doing a short externship with the OKC Zoo and going to multiple educational exotic symposiums and conferences to soak up as much experience and knowledge as possible. While her passion is still exotic animal medicine, she enjoys getting to be back close to friends and family in Oklahoma and has put her previous plans of further specialization on hold. She loves having more time now to spend with her fur kids which include Orca the dog that has been with her through her entire educational journey, Timber the husky, Kalina the 3 legged collie mix she rescued from the island, Katniss her Kittian kitten, and the other two cats in the family Sophie and Thomas. She also has an elderly chinchilla that loves his dust baths and treat time!
Kim Brown, Business Manager
Kim is a true Floridian. She was born on Ft. Myers Beach, Florida and lived in the Ft. Myers area for almost 40 years. She loves the Tulsa area and has recently learned to drive on ice and snow. She has spent most of her career in management, most recently as Assistant Service Manager at Don Carlton Honda. She has successfully rescued, fostered and placed many feral kittens and cats, including 3 from Don Carlton Honda and 11 from the Honda dealership she worked at in Ft. Myers.
Jessica Good, Practice Manager
Jessica is a local girl from McAlester, Oklahoma. She started her veterinary career in 1999. She has 2 daughters at home as well as 2 Great Danes (Zeke & Oracle), a Sphynx cat named "Smeagol" and a Siamese cat named "Rusty". Jessica has always loved animals and when we asked her what she enjoyed doing in her spare time she said, "What is that, ha-ha." All kidding aside, her spare time is reserved for her 2-legged and 4-legged kids as well as her family.
Cathi Matthews-Tebben, Veterinary Assistant
Cathi began her career with animals at a pet store in Alaska in 1997. She had worked her way up from Kennel Assistant to Veterinary Assistant by 2001. After moving from Alaska to Hawaii, she worked at the only 24 hour emergency clinic in Hawaii. During her employment there she was trained in surgery, ER and ICU. Cathi has successfully bottle fed several litters of stray kittens and 1 litter of puppies. She has been married to her husband, Rob, for 24 years. They have two kids, Joshua and Jenifer. Their family pets include 5 cats and 2 dogs, all of which are rescues. She said her family accuses her of being a "work-aholic". Her response is, "With a job like this, who wouldn't be?
Jesse Raffensparger, Veterinary Assistant
Jesse started in the veterinary field in 2008 by attending and completing a veterinary assistant program through Carrington College. Originally from Arizona, she now resides in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Jesse has a great husband of 15 years and 2 wonderful sons at home as well as 4 Chinese Crested Terriers ( Aby, Z,Hairy, and Clippy) a Sphinx (minion) and a gecko(Grendal). Outside of work Jesse spends her time with family and in the wonderful world of books.
Tonya Weaver, Veterinary Assistant
Heather Corwin, Kennel Technician
Heather has lived in the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area most of her life. Her family moved here from New York when her father received a job offer from American Airlines. Heather has grown up with many pets over the years and therefore has developed a great love for animals. She has worked in the veterinary field for almost 7 years. She has a grown son, Corey, a grown daughter, Ashley, and a 6 year old grandson named Gabriel. In her spare time Heather is quite the movie buff and is an avid game player on Pogo. She also loves spending time with her family and playing games with her grandson.
Kayla Best, Groomer
Kayla moved to Bixby 4 years ago and has been with us since she moved here. She has been working with animals all her life and grooming for 6 years. She grooms by AKC standards. She has a registered paint horse named "Fancy" and 2 dogs a Sheperd Mix named "Bailey" and Shih Tzu named "Cooper". She also has a cat named "Row". Kayla spends most of her time trying fun cuts and colors on Cooper (haha), riding her horse and spending time with family and friends.
Tony, "Official Greeter", bird watcher, and clinic clown
Chances are if you've ever been to our clinic, you've met Tony. He always makes a point to come visit. He knows no strangers, especially dogs. The bigger the dog, the better. He is the youngster of the bunch at 4 years of age. He loves laying in the sun and playing with his fuzzy mice (fake of course).
Tippy Toes came to us in March 2011 as a feral cat from a woman who had a Street Cat voucher to get her spayed. She was pregnant and at full term. We asked her "Mom" if we could keep her for 8 weeks, long enough to give birth and get the "kids" adopted. She gave birth to 4 beautiful kittens the next day, 2 girls (Kona and Kehei) and 2 boys (Milo and Otis). Her Mom was unable to take her back after her kittens were adopted. Tippy is a very timid girl but has come a long way since we first met her. As you can see from the picture she doesn't have a hard time relaxing most days.
Piper was living behind the clinic when we managed to trap her. She was feral , but has settled in nicely to her role as one of the clinic cats. Which entails running as fast as she can down the hall ways and skidding around corners. She also gives a good massage.