Meet The Team

Office Staff

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Office Manager

Melissa Martin

Melissa is an Indiana Dental Assisting Graduate and married Tom Martin in 1984 (go Big Red!). She started part-time at FWPH in 1986 and went full time in 1990 and fondly remembers being the only staff member in a busy family practice!

     Melissa feels blessed to enjoy and be a part of all the wonderful families in our practice.  She misses being at the desk all the time but loves her new office space and working with our growing staff. As a the mother of 3 and married to Tom Martin (oldest son of Dr. Lynn Martin and the oldest brother of Dr. Marcus), she loves being a part of the family business! Her hobbies include family time on the deck,  reading, crafting, service, being a leader for the St. Vincent's American Heritage Girls, ST Vincent's Venture Crew 2802 & Troop 2, helping 4-H when needed, and mudding in the woods with her Jeep!!  

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Receptionist/Prescription Food Lead

Angie Schmidt

Angie started working with us early 2017 and is another cheerfully serving  person that will check you in and out, also known as the chart goddess! She and her husband Todd have 4 children amongst them and 4 grandchildren. They travel all over the world and, like Sharon, enjoy beer tasting events. Angie is a Polynesian dancer, loves having cookouts, and enjoys grandbaby time! Other hobbies include jeeping with Todd, Missy, Tom, & Dr. Marcus (in his Hummer).  Angie manages our prescription foods department and do their best to keep your food needs current and available.

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Receptionist

Keighlea Martin

Keighlea is the eldest of Melissa and Tom Martin's 3 children and has worked at the family practice since 7th grade.  She is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School and has achieved a Photography, Journalism, & Video, Liberal Arts degree at Columbia College in Chicago.  

    She began working in the kennel room in high school and worked with us again full time after graduation.  You will see Keighlea at the front desk check out. She free-lances in her photography, blogging, podcasts, video documentaries , pet sitting and loves bicycling with her nieces and nephews!

    She, along with her grandfather, were actively involved in 4-H earning several awards for her woodworking and for poultry.  She won Silver Key for her Photography work at Bishop Dwenger. Keighlea was active in Girl Scouts and earned her Gold Award working with Black Pine Sanctuary.

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Receptionist

Pam Leach

Pam Leach started as a receptionist  in our practice in 2020. Her cheerful smile and willingness to help makes for fun times at the desk! Pam graduated college and was a teacher prior to being the proud mother of 4.  Pam is very active with the  Franciscan Center, Catholic Charities,  an Advisor for Saint Vincent Boy Scout's Venture Crew 2802 and continues to support Saint Vincent American Heritage Girls.  Pam also works as a greeter part time at the FairHaven Funeral Home where she enjoys helping families in their time of need.

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Receptionist

Miranda Rice

Miranda joined our practice in 2020.  She and  her husband Jared were married in 2019 and are expecting their first child this year.  She and her husband are a working part of The X Count Olympic Training Facility.  She is pationate about family, fur family and loves being a part of the Fort Wayne Pet Hospital family!

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Receptionist/Prescription Food Assistant

Roby Kaufman

Roby is a versatile staffer. Some days you may talk to her on the phone, see her working at the front desk, or an assistant in the rooms. Roby joined us when her youngest started school. She and her husband are avid runners and she is very involved with her kids at school and within her church. Her family loves everything Purdue and being active! They have an awesome cat- Felix, who is very tolerant of being dressed up by her kids. He is occasionally at work with Roby sleeping under the checkout desk.

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Phone Receptionist

Kathy Payonk

Kathy is Dr. Lynn's oldest child and began working here as a teenager.  After marrying her husband, Robert Payonk, and having her three children, she  returned to the practice in 1996 working as a Veterinary Assistant. In 2017 she multitasked phones and inventory oversite. Starting in 2018 she transitioned to full time phones and there is never a dull moment!

    She graduated from Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 1987 with an associates degree.

    Kathy is the mother of 3 active children, all of which worked in the practice at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital through college. Her hobbies include reading, antiquing, researching genealogy, relaxing at the lake. Kathy is a big fan of the Yorky breed.

Practice Maintenance Manager

Cindy Hess

Cindy joined our practice after the expansion to assist with overall maintenance our property.  Her son-in-law, Dr. Marcus has always appreciated her attention to cleanliness and overall property care.  On any given day you will see her outside handling lawn care, cleaning inside and out, assisting with daily supply run requests, and always available for a chit chat!  As a grandmother of 13 she is always up for some fun and snuggles.  She and her husband Dan are active and love spending time in the pool or at the lake with friends.  

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Receptionist

Sharon Shie

Bio Coming Soon

Registered Veterinary Technicians

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Lead Registered Veterinary Technologist

Cassie Edwards

Cassie R.V.T., B.S., is our lead Registered Veterinary Technologist. She received her bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University in 2014. Prior to joining our staff as a graduating R.V.T., she was a veterinary assistant her senior year at Carroll High School and during summers & breaks while attending Purdue. 

    Cassie enjoys her literal farm of animals at home and manages their care and website products for Happy Hooves and Hens. She has Nigerian Dwarf goats, chickens, a mischievous cat, two loving Cocker Spaniels, 2 Crested Geckos and a rescue Leopard Gecko. Recently her Cocker Spaniel is pursuing Agility Training and Nosework with her mom! Cassie was a 10 year 4-H member and still maintains a strong presence in the Allen County 4-H fair as the executive Poultry Board member. She is active with judging, bloodwork testing, Fair set up & tear down.

    In her free time she loves all things Purdue and Disney, road trips to Purdue for continuing education, Purdue games, hanging out with friends, fine wine, board games, being outside and on the water. 

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Megan Utley

Megan graduated from IBC in 2016. Shortly after, she accepted a position at Purdue University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital as an Emergency and Critical Care Technician. Megan worked there for two years until she decided to move home in 2019 to be closer to family. When not at work or taking care of other people's family members, she loves to come home to her dog and two cats! During downtime, Some favorites are singing, reading, and spending time with family & friends.
 

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Registered Veterinary Technician

Hannah Clark

Hannah (RVT) is always a joyful face when you bring your pets in to visit FWPH. She LOVES her cats at home and really enjoys painting and being creative in her free time. She graduated from IBC here in Fort Wayne and attended Columbia City High School. 

Veterinary Assistants

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Veterinary Assistant/Purchasing Manager

Kaylyn Thomas

Kaylynn Thomas has been with us since 2019.  She has 3 awesome dogs- one of which is Stark - the giant Great Dane that many of you will be welcomed by at the front reception desk.

Emilee is a graduate of Northrup High School, Class of 2018 and then went to IBC and graduated the Vet Tech Progam 2019.  She is currently studying for her VTNE.  She loves camping, wheeling in their jeep with family and friends, going lake side in Michigan.  Emilee has a sweet 3 legged girl Ava(good look trying to keep up with her 3 legged swiftness!), 2 crazy cats, and is a huge fan of the Beagle breed.  Her pet loving ways with puts pets at ease and her friendliness will make your visit fun!

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Veterinary Assistant

Beka Badders

Beka started in our practice with her family and pets. Later,  as a high school student in the externship program, she continued her love of animals working in our practice while discerning her career choice.  She is currently a pre-vet Purdue University student.  Post high school she helps out both in the rooms, as an assistant, surgical assistant, as well as a welcoming receptionist for us during the summer, holidays and weekends. Good luck Beka!

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Veterinary Assistant

Taryn Martin

Taryn joined our practice in 2019 as a Bishop Dwenger student interested in the Veterinary field.  Taryn is a cousin to Dr. Martin's family and while she is the the youngest in her family, she is a proud Aunt to many little Martins! While she decides if she wants to study to be a vet, she is working as an assistant in the rooms and often helps at the desk.  

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Veterinary Assistant

Abby Brelage

Abby started interning with us late in her High School career.  She was active in 4-H, track at Bishop Dwenger, hiking, and being with  her friends.  She is currently prevet at Purdue University!  Good luck Abby!

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Veterinary Assistant

Kariee Buchanan

Kariee joined our practice in 2020 and is graduate of IBC Veterinary Tech program. Kariee has love for all things animal.  She has many animals, including snakes, birds, spiders, cats, and dogs!  Her hobbies include fur time, dabbling in cosmetology, spending time with her boyfriend Keegan, and netflixing with the furbabies.  Her joy in the animal field always starts her day off with a smile.  

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Veterinary Assistant

Laura Holmes

Laura worked part time with us starting in 2016 and transitioned to full time in 2020. Her skills include constant contact with our new Rapport App and texting, bloodwork call backs, surgical assistant, a phone management as needed.  She enjoys running, working out, painting, and researching animal medicine.  Her menagerie includes rabbits, a cat, and the every ornery bulldog Clementine(alias Pig Sue) who often spends the day at work with mom.  She love animals and hanging out with Cassie's goats!

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Veterinary Assistant

Audrey (Hess) Ryan

Audrey started working with us as a student intern from Carroll High School in 2006.  After her internship, she decided that her passion was working with animals. Audrey began working  as a veterinary assistant full time at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital after her high school graduation in 2007. 

     In her free time, Audrey enjoys running, swimming, soccer, and has completed a triathalon.  She has three cats, Hazel and Mia, and a Labrador mix, Corbin. She is married to her long time friend, Andy Ryan. They have 1 daughter and 2 sons.

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Veterinary Assistant

Bayley Hitzemann

Bayley currently attends Purdue University in the Veterinary Scholars program - where she is planning to become a Veterinarian. She is a graduate of Concordia HS Class and has been with us as a volunteer for many years. She also joined us as an employee where she cares for pets that are kenneling, assists with rooms, and helps in the pharmacy. Bayley is passionate about animals and is working towards being a Purdue trained Veterinarian. She was an attendee at the Boiler Vet Camp in 2017. Her hobbies include sports, the great outdoors, playing with her 2 German Shepherds (Cree and Kaiya), helping on the family farm, and showing her beef calves and pigs in 4-H. Last year Bayley won the top 4-H title for all her hard work, 2016 Dairy Beef Senior Showmanship recipient.