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. 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

    Angie joined Pet Wellness Center in April 2011, she started as a kennel technician and over the years has moved up to the lead technician.  She has a passion to provide care for pets and knowledge to owners for a lifetime of health.   Angie and her husband, James lives on a small but growing farm filled with geese, ducks, chickens, guineas, peacocks and their newest addition –goats!  They also have a yellow lab named Dakota, and a sassy Calico cat named Zoey!  In her extra spare time Angie loves to paint, sew, embroider, wood burn and do anything crafty!  If you ever see her in the clinic, she will always have a smile on her face!   

  • Whitney Walker
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Bio coming soon...

  • 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. She enjoys any outdoor activity, watching movies and weekend adventures with her family. She has an interest in animal behavior and is partial to chihuahuas and the bully breeds. She believes in the right to life and that all creatures 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

  • Tina Maciell
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    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.  I live in Herrin, Illinois and share my life with my two cats Jackson (Jax) and Nin.  I love anything having to do with  art; creating it or appreciating it.  I like seeing different cultures through traveling and enjoying nature.

  • 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. 

  • Jacob Elias
    Lab 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. Jacob is wanting to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian but at this time he is getting the experience he needs to strive to become a great care taker for your animals.  He has lived most of his life on a farm and has had quite the experience with multiple different types of animals. Right now he has 2 standard poodles, 1 maltese, and 1 chihuahua.  Jacob is over our in-house and outside laboratory diagnostics and part of the advertising committee for the clinic which includes the clinic's signs. 

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