Meet Our Team

Pet Wellness Center is made up of dedicated, passionate veterinary professionals whose number one priority is the health and well being of your pet. We have an exceptional group of certified technicians, veterinary assistants, and doctors on staff that provide a wealth of knowledge, skill, and years of experience. Armed with the latest diagnostic tools, we are confident a firm diagnosis and thorough treatment plan will be just what your pet needs to lead a happy, healthy life with you for years to come.


  • Dr.
    J. Craig Smith
    Owner/Veterinarian

    Dr. J. Craig Smith is the Practice Owner and Senior Veterinarian at Pet Wellness Center, PC. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University. Dr. Smith has special interests in surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and dentistry. He has two pets of his own; a yellow labrador retriever named Sadie and a quarterhorse horse named Jesse. Blessed with a large family, he and his wife, Cera Smith, have five daughters: Ashley, Cera Ann, Jessica, Katherine, and Lauren. When he's not practicing medicine at the clinic, you can find him showing horses and raising his cattle. His compassionate nature and dedication to helping people and pets has helped shape Pet Wellness Center into an industry leader in veterinary excellence.

  • Dr.
    Melanie Rossin-Gray
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr Melanie Rossin-Gray is an Associate Veterinarian with Pet Wellness Center. She joined the practice in 2014, after practicing in Carbondale, IL. She attended McKendree College and Souther Illinois University at Edwardsville for her undergraduate and graduate training, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2011. Dr Rossin-Gray's love of animals began in her early childhood when she was responsible for caring for family pets, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, ferrets, exotic birds, goats, and more. She is particullarly interested in surgery, opthalmology, oncology, and exotic animal care. When not in the clinic, you can find Dr Rossin-Gray spending time with her husband, Justin, her three step children, four cats and her dog, Tucker. She looks forward to getting to care for your furry, scaly, or feathered family members. 

  • Dr.
    Kristine Kozak
    Associate Veterinarian

    Dr. Kristine Kozak is originally from Homer Glen, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in May of 2018.  She enjoys working with all animals: dogs, cats, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, and pigs. Especially when she gets to visit them on farm calls. When not working, Dr. Kozak relaxes by gardening and going to the movies with her husband, Peter.  She also likes to take long walks with her rough-coated collies named Dex and Sunshine. 

  • Angela Frerking
    Veterinary Technician

    Angela Frerking has been caring for your pets at Pet Wellness Center since early 2011. She enjoys shopping, being crafty, and making flower arrangements.  Angela has a true passion for animals and appreciates each one individually. 

  • Whitney Walker
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon...

  • Sharon Kobler
    Technician Assistant

    Sharon joined the Pet Wellness Center in 2015 as a Veterinary Assistant. She attended Southern Illinois University, where she received a Bachelors in Psychology. She is happily married to Cory, her husband, and they have a daughter named Cayla. She has lived in Southern Illinois most of her life and considers this home. She enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, anything outdoors, and movies with her family. She has an interest in animal behavior and training. She is partial to the Staffordshire Terrier and Bulldog families. She believes that all species have the right to life, and that mother nature should be respected and cherished. 

  • Angela White
    Customer Care Specialist

    Angela joined the Pet Wellness Center team in August of 2016 bringing over three years of veterinary office experience with her.  Her passion for animals and providing exceptional customer service led her to the veterinary field.  Angela resides in Ava, Illinois and enjoys spending time with her two children, Blake & Cassie and their beautiful yorkie, Sophie.  

  • Jennifer Russell
    Customer Care Specialist

    Jennifer joined the Pet Wellness Center team in November of 2016 bringing over three years of veterinary office experience and over twenty years of business management experience with her.  She has a flair for marketing and design and loves spending time with her husband, Shane and their son, Riley.  

  • Taylor Doerner
    Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon

  • Mikayla Stokes
    Certified Veterinary Techncian

    Graduated SICCM in 2017. Licensed since January of 2018 but have 6 years experience in small animal. I've worked in fear free clinics as well as an internship in a mixed practice before coming here. Love my three cats (old man Thomas, sweet Rooster, and fiesty calico Ellie Mae) and two dogs (Addy my waterfowl Hunter and Dixie my couch potato heeler) at home.

  • Joanna Smith
    Veterinary Assistant

    Joanna Smith joined the Pet Wellness team in March of 2020. She is currently enrolled in the online Veterinary Technician program through Purdue University. While working towards her degree she is being trained as a Veterinary Assistant. In her free time she's busy taking care of her two horses and two dogs. Joanna also enjoys spending her time with her parents, three local siblings, and visiting her two out-of-state brothers, sisters-in-law, niece and nephews. 

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