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Promoting your pet's wellness from birth through the golden years


Dr. Shannon Flegle, Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Shannon Flegle earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  She practiced in Minnesota until December 2010 when she joined Murphy Animal Hospital. Dr. Flegle grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota and has always had an interest in veterinary medicine.  She got her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Dr. Flegle realizes that there is a complex bond that exists between people and their pets.  Understanding this bond helps people and their pets form a healthy relationship that meets not just the pets physical needs, but also meets the emotional needs of people and their pets. Dr. Flegle has particular interest in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and surgery. She will work hard to provide her clients with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Flegle enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their 3 dogs and 3 cats.  She also enjoys playing volleyball, walking and flower gardening.


Dr. Julie Mayabb, Veterinarian

A general practitioner at Murphy Animal Hospital since January 2015, Dr. Mayabb wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was seven years old. She most enjoys helping animals feel better and stay healthy.

A native of St. Louis, Dr. Mayabb attended the University of Missouri - St. Louis and received her bachelor's degree in biology in 1994. She continued her veterinary education at the University of Missouri - Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1999.

Medicine and dermatology are among her many professional interests. Dr. Mayabb is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assosciation, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medican Association.

Dr. Mayabb's animal companions include a cat named Tessa, a Greyhound named Ferris, and two goldfish: Leonard and Sheldon. Ferris has his Canine Good Citizen Certification and is a certified therapy dog. Dr. Mayabb and Ferris often visit mursing homes for pet therapy programs.

Outside the hospital, she enjoys gardening, reading, watching St. Louis Blues hockey games, and spending time with her husband, Brent.


Dr. Timothy Holt, Relief Surgeon

Dr. Holt was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He studied chemistry as an undergraduate and continued on to complete his DVM at the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1982. In 1993, Dr. Holt graduated from the second class of the AAHA Veterinary Management Institute at the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University.

He was the first veterinarian in the St. Louis area to purchase and use the Luxar (now Lumenis) Laser system in June of 1998. Since then, he has performed over seven thousand surgical procedures using the Lumenis Laser technology. Dr. Holt served as a past president of the St. Louis Metro East Veterinary Medical Assosciation and the Southern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association. In 2002, Dr. Holt underwent advanced surgical training in a partial surgical residency at the University of Georgia Colloe of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2005, Dr. Holt started Relief Surgical Services, a Midwest based traveling referral surgical practice that provides select veterinary hospitals with in-house advanced surgical procedures and treatments. Dr. Holt is certified in Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, Sliding Humeral Osteotomy, Helica Total Hip Prosthesis, and the Modified Maquet Procedure for Tibial Tuberosity Advancement.

Dr. Holt currently resides in Wentzville, Missouri with his wife, Stefanie, and his two children, Ashlyn and Austin.


Samantha Palmer, Registered Veterinary Technician

Education: Jefferson College - Veterinary Technology Program

Samantha joined Murphy Animal Hospital in 2013. Being our longest tenured technician, Sam has worked closely with Dr. Flegle to ensure our client’s receive the best possible care for their pets.

In her spare time, this avid Blues fan, enjoys riding her horse Jag, and spending time with her three dogs, Kaci, Captain and Lexi, and two cats Copper and Kitty. She loves being outdoors, reading, and spending time with her husband Phil.


Kristina Rumble, Registered Veterinary Technician

Education: Jefferson College – Veterinary Technology Program

Kristina joined Murphy Animal Hospital in 2015. She has worked in small animal practice since 2014. Among the many tasks Kristina performs here, she enjoys educating the clients about their pets the most.

Outside of the clinic, Kristina enjoys reading, watching Cardinals baseball, and spending time with her family as her father participates in dirt track racing. She shares her home with her two furry family members, Chance the pitbull and Maggie the yorkie.


Andrea Kimbrell, Registered Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon.








 


Stacie Gronemeyer, Veterinary Technician

Education: Jefferson College: Associate of Applied Science

Stacie has worked in small and large animal practice since 2013. Stacie started at Murphy in April of 2015. She has two dogs, a Jack Russel Terrier mix named Belle, and an Australian Shepherd mix named Cap'n Diesel. She also has two cats named Porkchop and Meeko. Stacie has two Quarter Horse crosses named Boo and Rhett. Stacie's hobbies include riding her horses, puzzles, back packing, and baking. She also loves curling up with a good book with her dogs by her side.


Julie Brown, Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon.








 


Kate McVay-Robbins, Veterinary Technician / Receptionist

Education: Hickey College – Specialized Associate in Veterinary Technician English and Linguistic BA’s from University of MO – Columbia

Kate joined our team at Murphy Animal Hospital in 2017. Since she was little, she has always wanted to work with animals and couldn’t imagine a career doing anything else.

Away from the clinic, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, along with rooting for the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. She also uses her free time to catch up on reading, listening to music and enjoying anything relating to animals or art.


Kelly Hamilton, Veterinary Assistant

Education: High School

Kelly began her experience as a veterinary assistant in 2007, and began working at Murphy in 2015.
She has a shaded golden tabby Persian cat named Benjamin Cooper.

Kelly enjoys reading, being outdoors and riding ATV's. She also likes fishing, gardening, and she even has a store on E-Bay.


Donna Birch, Veterinary Assistant

Education: Thirty Five Years of Experience

Donna began working at Murphy Animal Hospital, with only her love of animals to back her up. She now assists in everyday surgeries, as well as taking care of the pets in the clinic. Donna also works in the kennel and takes care of pets that board with us. Her cosmetology training taught her to be a very sanitary person, so one of her main goals is to keep the clinic as clean as possible.

Donna has a sixteen year old black and white cat, and she also has a black Chihuahua.

In her pastime, Donna enjoys sewing, cooking, and gardening. She is a hairdresser of thirty five years, and she loves making the world beautiful.


Holly Sweeney, Receptionist

Education: Webster University: Bachelor of Science - Biology

Holly began working for Murphy Animal Hospital in the kennels in 2013 before becoming one of the receptionists.

Prior to working at Murphy, Holly worked as a stablehand at William Woods University while she attended school.

Holly has an Australian Shepherd named Finnegan, a golden retreiver named Maddie, and a cat named Lyra.

She enjoys reading, writing, and photography in her spare time. She also loves hiking and watching Blues hockey. She shares her home with two dogs, an Australian Shepherd named Finnegan and a Golden Retriever named Maddie. She also has a gray and white cat named Lyra.


Patrice Denney, Receptionist

Education: AAS Animal Health Technology, Columbia St Community College, Columbia, TN

Patrice brings over 20 years of emergency and small animal practice experience to Murphy Animal Hospital. She plays an important role in helping our clients, new and established, feel welcome and ready for their appointment. Away from work, Patrice enjoys motorcycle riding with her husband, camping and spending time with her family, her three dogs Bandit, Tim, and Tootie, and close friends.


 


Rachel Lewis, Receptionist

Education: University of Missouri - St. Louis, currently enrolled 

Rachel has worked with dogs and cats since 2009, focusing in kennel care and management before becoming a front desk receptionist at Murphy in 2014. 

Rachel has four pets of her own, two cats, a dog, and a horse. Both of her cats, Blackie and Patches, were rescues. She adopted Jaz, her Chihuahua, in 2013. Rachel has owned her horse, Bandit, since 2010. 

When she isn't studying or at work, Rachel's biggest passion is horses. She spends time riding her horse as much as possible. She also enjoys anything outdoors, especially being at the lake. 


Courtney Flood, Boarding/Daycare Manager

Education: University of Missouri - St. Louis, currently enrolled

Before joining Murphy in December of 2014, Courtney worked as a kennel employee starting in 2007, and managed a kennel for over a year starting in 2013. She loves being able to work with dogs.

Courtney has a German Shepherd named Rebel. She grew up having shepherds, but Rebel is the first one she has owned herself. He is very outgoing and has a BIG personality!

She spends a lot of time with friends and with Rebel, but she also enjoys reading, watching movies, painting, and listening to music.


Maria Higgins, Groomer

Education: Petsmart Grooming Academy

Maria's experience in grooming started in 2007 working through Petsmart. Since then she's mastered all breed cuts and have dealt with many temperments. During her years of grooming, she has managed and developed many groomers on her own, sharing her passion for pets.

She has one sassy girl named Sissy. She's a sweet girl who's always looking out for our family.

Grooming is Maria's number one hobby. But when she's not at work, she spends most of her days spending time with her young son doing arts and crafts.


Elizabeth Wiley, Doggie Daycare Attendant

Elizabeth is currently enrolled at Missouri Baptist University and is expected to graduate in May 2018 with her Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership. Afterwards, she plans to pursue a master’s degree and eventually manage an animal care organization.

Liz has one dog, a beagle named Penny, who believes herself to be royalty. She also has three musical parakeets Outside of work, Liz enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and volunteering.


Dodge, Clinic Cat







 


Lucy, Daily Operations Supervisor/Greeter

Education: School of Hard Knocks

Lucy came to us in August of 2014, and hobbled her way right into our hearts. She enjoys long walks through the grass, playing outside with her friends in daycare, and napping through the afternoon while everyone works in the hospital.


Kirby, Clinic Cat







 


Spook, Clinic Cat/Greeter

Education: Nine Lives School of Cookie Tasting

Spook came to us in February 2014, and has added a vibrant personality to the front desk of the clinic. He enjoys greeting clients and their pets as they come in. In his free time, Spook enjoys receiving pets from hospital staff, scheming ways to steal cookies from the front desk, and sun bathing on the front counter.

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