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

    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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • Jennifer Russell

    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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • Carrie White
    Veterinary Technician/CSR

    Carrie is one of our nurses at our Thompsonville location. She has been with our team for over 5 years. Carrie will be graduating from SIU in May with a Bachelors in Animal Science. In her free time, Carrie is busy taking care of her two dogs Beau and Lucy. They can usually be found swimming or exploring their property with her husband, Peyton. Lucy frequently participates in hunt tests or dock diving competitions.

  • 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.

  • Jude Meekin
    Veterinary Assistant

    I love animals, reptiles especially. I’ve been catching snakes since I was 6 years old, and am more than happy to be able to work in an environment to spread awareness and educate people on their pets and how to best care for them.

  • 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.

  • Alison Hileman
    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.

  • Sarah Brown
    Client Advocate

    Sarah is originally from New Baden, IL, but has spent much of her adult life in the Southern Illinois area. She joined our team in December of 2021 as a Client Advocate, with over a decade of service experience in Human Resources, Hospitality Management, and most recently Elder Care. She is pursuing her BFA in Pre-Art Therapy at SIUC and plans to continue toward an advanced degree in Psychology and Elder Studies. Outside of PWC, Sarah enjoys baking, reading, hiking, fishing, drawing, gardening, and laughing with her family and friends. She loves birdwatching, good coffee, and playing with her dogs, Ash and Roz.

  • 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 uptrained 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.  

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