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.


VETERINARIANS

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Dr. Hilary Seals
    Large/Small Animal DVM

    Dr. Seals graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020.  Dr. Seals practices both large and small animal medicine and provides ambulatory farm services. She is passionate about animal reproduction and preventative medicine. In her free time, Dr. Seals enjoys hiking, playing piano, and spending time with her husband and dog.  

  • Dr. Richard Ashe
    Small Animal DVM

    Growing up in Southern Illinois, Dr. Ashe developed a kindred bond with its wonderfully diverse natural resources. With parental influence, accountability was developed at an early age towards not only nature and our native species of plants and animals, but also our domesticated ones from pets to farm animals large and small.

    After graduating from Marion Senior High, he was off to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for eight years, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture first, and then four years later in 1981 a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with Honors.

    Veterinary medical and surgical experience was gained from an early age from summer jobs and internships during high school and college, then after graduation several general practices in Kentucky and Oklahoma. He also enjoyed working on Avian and Exotic species in a specialized practice in addition to emergency medicine in an afterhour’s hospital in Kansas. Dr. Ashe has done relief/consulting work and surgery for a local animal rescue facility.

    Dr. Ashe appreciates living and working in Southern Illinois, finding time for outdoor activities and hobbies like fishing and boating, spending time with family and friends, not to mention helping people and their critters. Traveling to Africa with Marion Medical Mission for three weeks in the fall each year to install water wells is extremely fulfilling and rewarding.

    Dr. Ashe likes not only the medicine and patients but also the staff and clients. “It is truly a blessing to be able to go to work and all the while doing what one thoroughly loves.”

Nurses / Client Advocates

  • Kendall Russell
    Veterinary Assistant/Lodge Nurse

    Kendall was welcomed to our family in March of 2022 as a kennel nurse and now is a nurse assistant and planning on working her way up to a nurse. She is currently going to Rend Lake College to complete her Veterinary Assistant Certification and plans on continuing her education in vet medicine. She has a lot to offer to this family and were looking forward to seeing her grow.

  • Marisa Thompson
    Client Advocate

    Marsia joined the Greater Vision Vet Care family in October of 2022. She started at our sister clinic Marion Vet Clinic and now welcomes our clients and patients at Pet Wellness. She is a bright and knowledgeable young lady, and we are happy to have her our family. On her free time, she loves to spend time with her 6 children (4 Cats and 2 Dogs). 

  • Jude Meekin
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jude has been with PWC for over a year. She is currently enrolled in vet tech school through Penn Foster. She is certified as a vet assistant and laser therapist. You can also find her in the pharmacy helping out. Outside of work you can find her catching snakes and loving on her many pets. She works hard every day and is a great member to our family.

  • Sidney Whorton
    Laboratory/Nurse Assistant

    Sidney has been with us since April 2022, as a Nurse & Laboratory Assistant. She is a mom to 4 year old twins, Remington & Aurora, 2 dogs, 2 cats and her adorable pet opossum, Poppy. She has spent most of her life around animals working on numerous farms in the Chicagoland area in high school and college. She moved to Southern Illinois in late 2012 where she got involved in local rescue groups helping foster, transport and network for high volume facilities in the area. She worked at Herrin Animal Control as an officer from 2015-2018 before leaving to raise her twins. She enjoys hanging out with her kids and working at a local Police Department in her free time. 

  • Amberley Webb
    Lodging Nurse

    Amberley has worked at pet wellness center since April 2021. She has started out in the lodge and is still work over in lodge once in a while. Now she is being trained as nurse over at Thompsonville veterinary clinic. She went to rend lake college for veterinary assistant in 2020. She is also a mom of 1 dog (radar) and 3 cats ( Zina, ziggy, and Ms. B).

  • Ivory Bradford
    Client Advocate

    Ivory joined Greater Vision Vet Care family in September of 2021. She is a Client Advocate for Pet Wellness Center and Thompsonville Veterinary Clinic. She is a loving dog mom of three Cleo, Atlas, & Buddy. We look forward to watching her grow and become more knowledgeable in her carrier.

  • Dawn Merritt
    Client Advocate/Standard Process Representative

    Dawn is from Harrisburg IL, She has been a Client Advocate with PWC since March 2020 and has over 7 years of customer service experience from working in the health and wellness field.

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  • Kassandra O'Bryan
    Certified Nurse Assistant

    She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has been employed with Pet Wellness Center since April 2022. Kassie is a float back and forth from our Thompsonville Clinic and PWC. She is planning to continue her education and become a certified nurse in the next couple of years. She has always wanted to work with animals since she was a little girl and has finally let her dream become true. When Kassie has free time she enjoys to hang out with her friends, spend time with her family, and go horseback riding.

  • Angela Frerking
    Head Veterinary Nurse

    Angie had joined Pet Wellness Center in April 2011 as a kennel technician and over the years has moved up to the Lead Vet Nurse.  She has a passion to provide care for pets and knowledge to owners for a lifetime of health.
    If you ever see her at the clinic, she usually always has a smile on her face!

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  • Sharon Kobler
    Vet Nurse/Pharmacy Assistant

    Sharon joined Pet Wellness Center in 2015 as a Veterinarian Assistant. She attended Southern Illinois University and received a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. She married Cory in 2009 and they have 2 daughters, Cayla and Cadence.

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  • Tina Maciell
    Lead Hospital Nurse

    Graduated from Veterinary Technician School in Tucson, Arizona June of 2005.  I primarily have worked in emergency medicine since then; which is a special interest of mine.  I relocated from the west coast to be near a part of my family that I hold dear.

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  • Whitney Walker
    Lead Surgery Nurse

    Hello my name is Whitney Walker and I am from Harrisburg, IL. I have worked here at Greater Vision Veterinarian Care for five years. I have been positioned as the lead Veterinarian Surgery Nurse on our team.

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  • Zach Moffitt
    Physical Therapy Nurse/Veterinarian Assistant

    Zach Moffitt has been with Greater Vision Vet Care since September 2021. He grew up in Springfield IL. This is where he started his career volunteering at his local animal shelter in 2013. Since then, Zach has worked at multiple animals hospitals before landing him here in the Williamson County area to be closer to family. Zach is certified in Stem Cell treatment and has a passion for Physical Therapy.
    In his free time he enjoys spending time with his son Brewer, working out, going out with his family, and playing video games. He has four cats ( Dolores, Junie, Oliver, and Marley) and two dogs ( Duke, and Draco).
    Zach would like to note that he wouldn’t be where he is without the help and support of his loving Grandmother Darlene.

  • Kresna Elam
    Certified Hospital Veterinary Nurse

    Kresna is from Harrisburg IL and has 5 years of experience working in ER and critical care after graduating from SICCM in 2018. She obtained an associates degree and earned her veterinary technician certification. Her passion is ER and nursing care. She is also a mother of 4 beautiful dogs and 1 cat. She has been with us since March 6/22/22 and continues to grow, learn, improve, and get better.

  • Kameron Cole
    Hospital Nurse

    Kameron has an Associates Degree in biology and Bachelor's Degree in animal science with a concentration in pre-veterinary science. She was born and raised Anna, Illinois and strived to become a certified veterinary technician starting fall 2022. Her mission is always to give her 100% to help out every patient, in the best way possible for them, every time. She is interested in all things animal related from dogs, cats, ferrets, and guinea pigs to horses, cattle, goats and exotics like big cats, bears, wolves, cavies, all birds etc. She also love's  doing something called diamond painting and have quite a few completed over the years!

  • Trey Widger
    Hospital/Surgery Nurse

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  • Kirstyn Tucker
    Certified Veterinary Nurse

    Kirstyn has been working in vet med for over 10 years. She grew up on hog and horse farms and has always had a passion for animals. She has 2 children that she adores along with 3 horses, 2 pigs, 4 dogs and 3 cats.

  • Matt Deal
    Veterinary Technician

    He has attended Southeastern Illinois College and Murray State University. His passions are raising cattle and Australian Shepherds. He has around 50 head of cattle. His herd consists of registered Angus, Hereford, and Simmental Cattle. He also has a herd of Australian Shepherds. When he's am not at work, He's found in the cow barn or pasture with my cows and dogs. He grew up Raising Game birds, cattle, and swine. Bringing over 20 years' experience in animal Husbandry. He plans on completing the Purdue University Vet Tech program and furthering my education in Veterinary Medicine. Matt is also one of the 4-H leaders for the Pioneers 4-H club in saline County. He serves on saline county 4-H livestock committee and Management committee. He loves helping teach our youth about livestock and agriculture and hope I am able to do so for years to come

  • Rebecca Henson
    Veterinary Technician

    I have been a team member at Pet Wellness since December of 2020. I long to continue my education and work my way up to becoming a Veterinary Technician. In my free time I like spending time with family and my 3 dogs. I am the oldest of 6 siblings. My boyfriend got me into the hobby of fish keeping and working out. I enjoy hiking on a nice day and watching movies on a rainy one.

  • Alison Hileman
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Alison has lived her whole life in Anna, IL She graduated from Shawnee Community College in May 2018 with an associates degree in science and from SICCM veterinary technician school in May 2018. Since she was a little girl, she has been responsible for pets on her families farm. She currently has 3 dogs and 3 cats. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her furbabies and her twin nephews Korbyn and Klaytyn.

  • Alison Riddle
    Veterinary Technician

    Alison completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Southeastern Illinois College in December 2021. She interned at Thompsonville Veterinary Clinic from August-December 2021 and was hired right after her internship. Since December, Alison has worked her way up to working as a Nurse. Her favorite thing about working in Veterinary Medicine is having a relationship with clients and their pets. She enjoys getting to work with many species of livestock on farm calls with Dr. Kozak and Dr. Seals. She has 3 goats, 3 dogs, a horse, and a miniature horse. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her goats and spending time with family.

  • Erin Larrison
    Nurse Assistant

    Erin joined our family in November of 2022. She is a Senior at Marion High School and plans to attend Murray State in the fall of 2023 got Pre-Vet. She has 3 dogs, Brodie, Millie, and Charlie and also 2 rabbits Finn and Ferb.

Administration

  • Jacob Elias
    Lab/Advertising Manager

    Jacob has worked at multiple clinics throughout his life before coming to us. He has went to John A Logan to get his associates degree in science and SIU to get his Bachelors degree in Science.

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  • Amber DeNoon
    Veterinary Technician/CSR

    Amber is one of our nurses and site manager at our Thompsonville location. She has been with our team for a little over 5 years. Amber joined our team the summer of 2016 after graduating from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal science with a specific emphasis in Equine science. Amber grew up in the small village of Galatia on her family’s farm. Growing up she enjoyed helping out on the family farm, playing sports, camping, spending time with her 4-legged friends and family, trail riding and entering barrel races with her best pal Bailey. Now Amber spends her spare time raising her two children, Tinsley and Stetson, along side her best friend and husband, Doug. As a family they like to spend time teaching their kids the country way of life, they enjoy camping, boating, bailing hay, and horseback riding together.

  • Jennifer Russell
    Accounting

    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.

  • Angela Millner
    Inventory Manager/Pharmacy

    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.

  • Jessica Richey
    Lodge Manager

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Client Advocates

  • Dawn Merritt
    Client Advocate/Standard Process Representative

    Dawn is from Harrisburg IL, She has been a Client Advocate with PWC since March 2020 and has over 7 years of customer service experience from working in the health and wellness field.

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  • Ivory Bradford
    Client Advocate

    Ivory joined Greater Vision Vet Care family in September of 2021. She is a Client Advocate for Pet Wellness Center and Thompsonville Veterinary Clinic. She is a loving dog mom of three Cleo, Atlas, & Buddy. We look forward to watching her grow and become more knowledgeable in her carrier.

  • Hannah Johnson
    Lead Client Advocate for GPL

    Hannah recently graduated from Crab Orchard High School in 2021 and has been working for Pet Wellness since August of 2021. She's the Lead Client Advocate over at Lodging and Grooming side of the facility. She enjoys working with animals and learning about different animal behaviors. She has had animals all her life and enjoys coming to work every day! She has stepped up and took charge over the time she's been here and we can't wait to see what else she can offer.

  • Marisa Thompson
    Client Advocate

    Marsia joined the Greater Vision Vet Care family in October of 2022. She started at our sister clinic Marion Vet Clinic and now welcomes our clients and patients at Pet Wellness. She is a bright and knowledgeable young lady, and we are happy to have her our family. On her free time, she loves to spend time with her 6 children (4 Cats and 2 Dogs). 

  • Tiffani Stone
    Client Advocate

    Tiffani joined the Greater Vision Vet Care family in June 2022 as a client advocate at Pet Wellness Center. On her day's off she loves to go hunting, horseback riding and traveling  with her 2 dogs, Dolly and Ahuli. When you walk into our clinic you will be welcomed by a warm smile from her.

LODGING

  • Sarah Doris
    Lodging Nurse

    My name is Sarah Doris and I am a Lodge Technician at Great Paws Lodge. I graduated from SIUC in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Zoology and a minor in Psychology and STEM Leadership. I have always loved working with animals and I hope to one day open my own animal rescue with my sister.

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  • Amberley Webb
    Lodging Nurse

    Amberley has worked at pet wellness center since April 2021. She has started out in the lodge and is still work over in lodge once in a while. Now she is being trained as nurse over at Thompsonville veterinary clinic. She went to rend lake college for veterinary assistant in 2020. She is also a mom of 1 dog (radar) and 3 cats ( Zina, ziggy, and Ms. B).

  • Sage Grinnell
    Lodge Technician

    Coming Soon!

  • Hannah Dorris
    Lodge Technician

    Coming Soon!

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Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed