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Doctors

Dr. Rick Nelson

Dr. Nelson began his career at the Fishler Animal Hospital in Elkhart in 1976 after graduating from Michigan State Veterinary School. He opened Animal Aid Clinic South in 1980 and has been practicing veterinary medicine here ever since. He and his wife, Barb, have two sons. Jesse and his wife reside in Lansing, MI and...
Dr. Rick Nelson

Dr. Minerva Anderson

Dr. Anderson has been a veterinarian at AACS for over 20 years. She is a graduate of Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband, Dave, have two boys. Charles is 12 years old and Nicholas is 10 years old. They also have three dogs named Spotty, Stubby and Hairy. Stubby is a 2...
Dr. Minerva Anderson

Dr. Stacey Dean

Dr. Dean has been a part of the veterinary team at Animal Aid Clinic South since June of 2003, shortly after her graduation from the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. She got married to Kelly in July of 2010. Their daughter, Jasmine, was born in 2012. She and Kelly have two cats named Lola and...
Dr. Stacey Dean

Dr. Samantha Dawson

Dr. Samantha Dawson is a relatively recent graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and  relocated to the Northern Indiana area in 2015, with her husband Paul and young daughter, Charlotte. Dr. Dawson and Paul welcomed their second daughter, Nora, in 2016.  She is originally from New York, and before going back...
Dr. Samantha Dawson

Dr. Barbara Kieszkowski

Dr. Barbara Kieszkowski recently began working at the Animal Aid Clinic South after graduating from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana and is happy to be able to call northern Indiana home again.  Dr. Kieszkowski has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology and surgery just to name a...
Dr. Barbara Kieszkowski

Technicians

Amy Marquez R.V.T.

Amy is probably the technician that our clients know the best. She has worked at Animal Aid Clinic South since her graduation from Purdue University’s veterinary technician school in 1996. Amy has a son, Ethan, who is 12 and keeps her busy with band and multiple sports. She is also a stepmom to Kaylie, Alexandra,...
Amy Marquez R.V.T.

Samantha Johnson, R.V.T.

Samantha Johnson (aka Sammi Jo) has been a part of the AACS crew since November 2014. She attended the Veterinary Technician Institute of Indiana Business College and graduated in February of 2014. She has been a part of the veterinary world since she was 16, working as a kennel attendant, an assistant, daycare provider, etc....
Samantha Johnson, R.V.T.

Staff

Kim Newman

Kim Newman has been our kennel manager and resident “Dog Whisperer” for the last eight years. Kim is a graduate of Purdue University with B.A. in Agriculture and English and a minor in Animal Science. Kim and her husband Charles have a small dog named Poaloe and a cat named Hazel.  Kim enjoys interacting with the animals...
Kim Newman

Britt Newman, Receptionist

Britt Newman started as a receptionist 27 years ago and has been our front office manager for the last 15 years. Many of you know her by her bright smiling face and big blonde hair! She and her husband, Kelly, have a daughter, Ashley, who is 22. Ashley blessed Britt and Kelly with a beautiful...
Britt Newman, Receptionist

Tara Byers

Tara Byers has been on the AACS receptionist team for 17 years. Tara enjoys working one on one with clients the most. She has made lots of good friendships with our clients and is always happy when they walk through our door. She has an 11 year old daughter, Emma. They also have two wild dachshunds. Beamer is...
Tara Byers

Vanessa Huddleston, Veterinary Assistant

Vanessa has been a part of our Animal Aid Clinic South family for almost 5 years. She has two cats. Turbo is a naughty “meezer”, and Vinny is a lazy baby. She has three dogs. Beamer is a schipperke mix, Louie is a pitbull mix, and her newest guy is Boston who is, ironically, a...
Vanessa Huddleston, Veterinary Assistant

Whitney Miller, Receptionist

Whitney Miller joined the Animal Aid Clinic South team in August 2015.  She has moved back to the area (she grew up on Lake Wawasee) after spending a stint in South Korea, and another in beautiful Hawaii.  She was married in 2010, and her daughter, Makahaila, was born in 2013.  They live with a small...
Whitney Miller, Receptionist

Holly Leatherman, Receptionist

Holly joined our team in April 2016.  Prior to starting at Animal Aid Clinic South, she was a zookeeper and groundskeeper at Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend for nearly 10 years.  She has a deep passion for animals and nature, and has participated in various conservation efforts.  She is currently renovating our landscaping to not...
Holly Leatherman, Receptionist

Edsys Akuna, Receptionist

Edsys has been with the Animal Aid Clinic South team for one year. She is our bilingual receptionist. Her family moved back to Indiana in April 2015 after her husband, Connor, served in the US navy for 5 years. During that time, they have lived in California and Virginia. She is very happy to be...
Edsys Akuna, Receptionist