Tami, Hospital Manager
Tami is responsible for keeping hospital operations running smoothly. She works closely with Dr. Fox to maintain the high quality everyone has grown to respect and appreciate at Westside. Although Tami often works behind-the-scenes, you will regularly see her lending a hand at the front desk; she loves interaction with clients and their pets.
She grew up on a farm in Wolf Lake, Indiana. Tami says she spent more time in the barn with her horse than she did in the house! She went to college at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and moved to Fort Wayne in 1980. She worked at US Foods as a manager for 22 years before joining Westside as Hospital Manager in 2003. Tami has 3 dogs and 2 cats of her own. She enjoys her work at Westside; even on stressful days she can always find a puppy to cheer her up!
Kelsi, Registered Veterinary Technician
Kelsi graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in Denver, Colorado. Since then she has worked in both primary and emergency medicine. Her own pets include dogs, cats, llamas, and horses, and are far too numerous to name! Kelsi has a special interest in helping maintain healthy relationships between pets and their owners and in practicing the highest quality preventative medicine.
We love the technical expertise that Kelsi brings to Westside. Because of her background in emergency medicine, Kelsi has seen it all. Her skills in patient care and monitoring are first-rate!
Kristy, Registered Veterinary Technician
Kristy graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Fort Wayne International Business College in 2008. After graduation, she worked at a low-cost spay-neuter clinic in Indianapolis for 1½ years. During that time, she assisted in the spay/neuter of approximately 18,000 dogs and cats. Kristy enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Her hobbies include mountain biking, camping, dirt biking, and riding her tandem bike on the Rivergreenway. Kristy has two cats — Lilly and Daisy.
We appreciate the kind, thorough care that Kristy provides to the patients at Westside.
Rachel, Receptionist / Technical Assistant
Rachel was born and raised in Ossian, Indiana, and moved to Fort Wayne in 2000. She started working in the veterinary field in 2005 and joined the Westside team in 2008. Rachel has a dog and a Rose-hair tarantula, plus a young daughter and two stepsons that keep her on her toes. Outside of work, Rachel stays busy keeping her household running, attending college classes, and working on small art projects for herself and her friends.
In addition to her duties as a receptionist, Rachel often assists the doctors with treatments and with surgery. Rachel is also heavily involved with inventory management — not a small task in such a large, busy animal hospital! Rachel helps ensure that everything you may need for your pet is readily available.
Jena has lived in Fort Wayne her entire life and graduated from Northside High School in 2006. She started working at Westside in 2006. Jena has always enjoyed animals and currently has one dog named Diezal. She also has a young daughter named Nevaeh Sierra. Jena enjoys getting to know all of the Westside clients and their pets, and likes helping contribute to quality patient care. Jena says, "If I am having a bad day, all it takes is a puppy to come in and lift my spirits!"
You won't find a friendlier person or a more smiling face than with Jena. Clients love the vitality she brings to our front office and lobby.
Kellie grew up in Fort Wayne and started working at Westside as a kennel assistant when she was 15. In March 2008, Kellie began working full-time as a receptionist. Since she started working at Westside, she has rescued a cat and adopted an African Grey Parrot. She has 4 dogs, 5 cats, and a Savannah Monitor. Kellie loves working with animals and is currently pursuing a career in criminology.
Kellie is a shining star, and it comes through in her interaction with pets and their owners. We love the youthful energy Kellie brings with her each day!
Jenna Marie, Receptionist
Jenna graduated from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne and is a licensed cosmetologist. Although this is Jenna's first job in the veterinary field, she has had animals of many kinds throughout her life. She has a daughter named Kyah.
Ashley was born and raised in Fort Wayne and has always been interested in working with animals. She attended Bishop Dwenger High School and is currently attending IPFW. She hopes to one day work with service/therapy animals. Ashley loves to spend time outdoors — especially scuba diving and hiking.
Emily started working at Westside as a kennel assistant in 2009. She graduated from Homestead High School in 2010 and now attends IPFW. She has two pets — a cat and a rabbit. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, reading, biking, and playing guitar.
Tammy was born and raised in the Fort Wayne area and has always been interested in animals. Growing up in a rural area, she had dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and a horse. She competed in the 4-H Horse and Pony Program for 10 years, as well as area horse shows. Tammy has always enjoyed working with children as well. She has been a part of the Westside team since January 2005 and really enjoys meeting clients and their pets. Tammy currently has a Welsh Corgi named Sydney, and two cats named George and Gracie.
Tammy is a part-time receptionist. All of our clients and patients love her!
Jamie, Kennel Supervisor
Jamie does a wonderful job as Westside's kennel supervisor. She gives each pet individual care and attention. Jamie's love of animals began as a young child. One evening she eagerly brought a handful of mice she had discovered into her home to show her parents; however, her parents were not as excited!
Jamie pursued her love of animals by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Ball State University in 2006. When she is not caring for pets at Westside, she spends time with her own pets. She loves exploring the outdoors on nature hikes and is usually carrying binoculars or a camera.
Rosemarie has been our groomer at Westside for over 30 years. She has loved animals her entire life, and started grooming and showing dogs as a child.
Rosemarie has always said there is nothing else she'd rather do in life. She loves making pets look as good as they can be!