MEET THE LOAH TEAM


Dr. Katie Rericha

My husband, James, and I bought Lake of the Ozarks Animal Hospital from Dr. Jim Wilsman when he retired in May 2016. I had been working under Dr. Wilsman since 2013 after graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Medically I'm interested in surgery and routine medical care. At home I have two sons, along with 2 big dogs and 2 cats. Eventually I'd like to have a bunch of animals, like our tech Lacey.


Dr. Tiffany Brentano

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I started at LOAH in August 2016. I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 4 years old . I went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed my clinical year at Kansas State University. While in Kansas I fell in love with the area and Lake of the Ozarks Animal Hospital.”

I come from a giant, loud and loving family, most of whom are in Oregon. I have a cat named “Sophie” who acts more like a dog than her feline relative and a dog named “Bella” who came from Dogwood Animal Shelter.  Boaz is my bay quarter horse gelding who is super smart, athletic and my best pal, and I can’t wait until he joins me in Missouri.”

When she’s not making sure your animals are happy and healthy she likes doing anything outdoors, painting, singing and horseback riding.


Dr. Jennifer Leffel

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I grew up in a small in Wisconsin came to Columbia for vet school, but decided to stay after falling in love with the winters, or lack of, ha ha! Medically I’m very interested in dermatology and radiology .

I come from a small family, but we’re all very close. I’m the youngest of two. My significant other and I have four fur kids: Sally loves everyone and everything and will lick you to death, Pumpkin is shy with strangers, but is very sweet and loves snuggles. Our most recent additions, Bitey & Lazarus, are two cats I raised as bottle babies: Lazarus loves food and his cat tree and Bitey enjoys watching the bids at our bird feeder.

When I’m not being a vet, I’m very much a homebody; I like snuggling, watching movies, playing video games, reading, writing drawing and coloring.


RECEPTION  

Sarah S., Receptionist

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I started working at LOAH in January 2017 and quickly grew my fur family. We were a two dog, two cat household until a client brought in a homeless heeler mix that was found in a dumpster. She had fear aggression issues that limited her homing options, but she loved our youngest dog, Percy instantly so we named her Syren and became a three dog household. Xena is our old girl who loves the creek and hide and seek. The cats, Jude and Babers are contents sleeping, eating grass, and bring brushed. When I’m not cleaning up all the fur in the house, I like to read and craft. On Sundays in the spring & summer we kayak and fish. 


Katie C., Receptionist

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I’ve been a client of LOAH since I’ve move to the lake from Kansas City about 5 years ago and it will always hold a special place in my heart because I adopted by Boxer/American Bulldog mix from one of your employees…. My family is from the lake and are a huge part of my life. As long as I can remember we’ve always had dogs and cats in the house. Fun, energetic BIG LOVABLE dogs are the BEST!! When I’m not at work I’m boating with family and friends, visiting my parents on their farm or taking mini road trips!

Sidney W., Receptionist

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I’ve been a receptionist since September 2017 and I love it! I have always been an animal person and had them growing up. I’m in college right now studying to be an RN, but working here might change my mind. My mom is and RN in Jefferson City and St. Mary’s hospital. She’s “my person” and I wouldn’t be who I am today without her! I have one dog, Pistol, a heeler mix and most of the time she lives out on my farm with my Papa. She LOVES riding the tractor and gator. My boyfriend has dogs: Jaxon a husky and Fletcher a husky-doodle. Jaxon loves meeting new people and Fletcher is loyal to his people, but slow to warm to new people. I love our dogs with everything I have. When I’m not working I love going on trips with my boyfriend, hanging out and his family’s bodyshop and working on cars.


VET TECHNICIANS

Brooke B., R.V.T

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I became a Registered Veterinarian Technician after graduating from Hickey College and passing the state board exams. For five years I worked in emergency hospital and specialty/referral practice. I was able to learn every day and polished my skills as a surgical technician, monitoring critical patients under anesthesia. My interests are pharmacology and anesthesia. I love surgery; it provides a constant challenge to monitor the patient under anesthesia and keep their vitals at the appropriate levels to support the vet performing the surgery. My husband and I decided to move to the Lake to be closer to family. We have one dog named Denver, he’s a lab mix and is VERY food driven. Be careful not to say his favorite word, “Cheese!” In my spare time, I’m usually boating, camping, fishing, and spending time with my family.


Lacey C., Technician

I started at LOAH in 2015 in the boarding kennel and soon moved into the hospital as a technician. I have always tried to help animals when I could by taking in homeless pets, nursing them back to health and rehoming them. Now I’m in school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, something LOAH is helping with, so I can do more at the Animal Hospital and make a greater impact every day at work. The best part of my job is seeing sick hospital patient get home healthy! It's hard for me to write about my pets, my farm really, without turning it into a novel because I have so many. I've got 2 cats, 4 dogs, 2 pigs, 4 goats, 1 horse and 4 cows. While they don't all live inside, they’re all my pets. When I'm not feeding and cleaning, riding my horse is one of my favorite things to do. I also like building things and riding my dirt bike. 

Jennifer S., Technician

I moved to the Lake March 2016 after living in Kansas City for more than 40 years. I started as a vet tech at a private practice and moved on to a work at a low cost spay/neuter shelter. My passion is helping owners care for their pets the best way that they can and assisting people and their pets who need it.  My spouse is tolerant of his crazy dog wife and it’s a good thing since we have 6 rescue animals. Two cats that are both fat and needy. We also have 4 dogs; Peaches is an 11 year old pit bull who is a very busy daddy’s girl, Lenny is also an 11 year old pit bull, but he’s a lazy mama’s boy. Cindy is our 9 year old Chihuahua who has my heart, but is not very bright and Diesel is a 7 year old Chihuahua who is smart and loyal and keeps all the other dogs in line.

Tanisha R., Technician
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I moved to the Lake area to be closer to my family while my husband and I raise our two boys and I become a Registered Veterinary Technician. I came to LOAH looking for an internship and pursued a job instead because I felt a strong sense of a work family here and I wanted to be a part of this team. When I’m not working I love knitting, fishing, cooking, family time and being outside.


Shelby S., Technician
I began working with companion animals in 2009 and decided I wanted to build my career around caring for them shortly after. I’m enrolled in school to become a Registered Vet Technician and will graduate in 2019. My husband and I have a large furry family with 3 dogs and too many cats, all of which we found from shelters. While they keep me very busy, in my small about of free time I enjoy photography and reading.

GROOMING

Julie C., Groomer

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I’ve been a Groomer at LOAH since 2008. I have over 12 years of experience grooming. My favorite part about my job is sending dogs home smelling clean and with a haircut that their family loves. When I’m not grooming, I’m spending time with my husband and kids hunting, fishing, and caring for 2 dogs, 1 cat, 5 horses and 4 calves.


Kerry F., Groomer
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BOARDING

Sandy P., Boarding Kennel Manager & Receptionist Extraordinaire

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I began my career as an advocate for people with physical and mental disabilities. Eventually I applied my care and compassion to the veterinary field as a vet tech where I worked for 10 years. I've been at LOAH since 2006 and my role is to ensure we provide quality care for each "fur kid" that boards with us. At home I have 5 cats and 1 dog, and they all have their own uniqueness. My family is also very important to me and we spend as much time together as possible.

Jill A., Boarding Kennel Tech

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I’ve always had a passion for animals, especially cats. Working at the vet hospital is a great job for me! I have a snowshoe siamese cat named Bleu Snow and a tortoiseshell cat named Kitty Softpaws. They are my girls and I love them with all of me. I hope to add a chihuahua and a Neapolitan mastiff to our family in the future. My favorite things other than animals are poetry, candles, and the animal shelter.


Morgan B., Boarding Kennel Tech

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I work in the kennel taking care of the pets that boarding with us. I like working here because I get to be around animals everyday. I graduated high school in May 2017 and I wanted to work here because I knew someone who worked here and they recommended it. I have a young English/Neapolitan mastiff named Winston who gets bigger every time I wake up. We also live with my dad’s chocolate lab, Bubba and my sister’s cat Princess. When we’re not working we love to go hiking at HaHa Tonka.



Jake K., Boarding Kennel Tech

I’ve been worked at LOAH since 2012. I’ve always had a passion for taking care of  animals. Being able to care for and love animals as a part of my job is an unbelievable opportunity! At home my Chihuahua, Suzie, rules the place and even bosses around our 105-pound Weimaraner. When I’m not working at the clinic I enjoy fishing, camping and working on my two Chevy sports cars. 

OFFICE 

Sammi E., Office Manager

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I started working at LOAH in 2014 as a technician. I have always enjoyed being around small animals, though I’m not sure I realized just how much until I started working here. In October, I began working as the Office Manager. I’ve got three boys and a four-legged baby, “Chubbs” who is a Great Pyrenees Mix. When I’m not at work I spend most of my time with my boys swimming and working on DIY projects.


Sara H., Website and Market Manager

I started working at LOAH in 2013 as a kennel technician 2013. I really enjoy helping all the dogs here feel comfortable while they’re away from home. In 2016 I began helping with our website and my new job grew from there. When I’m not at work I love traveling, reading, watching movies and hiking. I have two dogs: Feebee and Leana that I love to take with me to explore the Ozarks.