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Groomer Annie Gregory has been working with animals for over 13 years, and joined the Falcon Valley team in 2008. Annie enjoys making pets feel and look better after a fresh bath and haircut. As the longest employed member of our team, Annie is essential to keeping things running smoothly!
She spends her free time with family and friends, or spoiling her 11 year old Pomeranian mix Fefe, and her 6 year old long-haired miniature dachshund Daisy.
"I enjoy working at Falcon Valley because we truly care for, not only the pets, but the owners as well. We work as a team to keep all of our clients happy and healthy."
Registered Veterinary Technician, Jamie Smith has been working with Drs Kontras and Stenstrom since August 2009, when she joined the staff at Cherokee Animal Clinic as a veterinary assistant. Jamie transferred to Falcon Valley in May 2012 after completing her Associate Degree in Applied Science - Veterinary Technician at Maple Woods Community College and assists with many tasks, including caring for the animals, assisting in dental exams, prepping pets for surgery and anesthesia monitoring.
Her three dogs Rocco, Enzo, and Livi keep her busy at home, although she also enjoys traveling, home improvement, and watching local sports teams.
"I like the family atmosphere here and knowing all of our clients and their pets by name."
Veterinary assistant Sarah shares her compassionate nature and cheerful spirit with every patient and client that come into our doors. She has been working at Falcon Valley since May 2012 and enjoys learning about how to keep animals healthy. She especially loves spoiling all the pets that are here for boarding.
Her experience with animals has been built up since childhood and she currently shares her life with three pets of her own, Biggles, an 8 year old Golden Retriever, Fitzgerald, a 2 year old Shiba mix, and Ms. Tibbles, her 12 year old Calico. In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, traveling, horseback riding, painting, and cooking.
"The best part of working at Falcon Valley is that all of the staff members truly care and get involved with our patients and clients, taking the time to do what is best for them. I feel like it is hard to find that level of care in most hospitals."
Office Manager/Receptionist Ashley Elder brought over 15 years of customer service experience to the hospital when she joined us in February 2015. She believes her positive attitude and desire to really get to know clients and their pets make her a great addition to the Falcon Valley team. Her two rescued dogs, Arlo and Ava, enjoy going to the dog park with Ashley and her husband, Adam.
She also enjoys crocheting, quilting, and cooking in her free time.
"Falcon Valley clients are so kind to trust us with their furry family members. The joy of seeing a sick pet get well and go home with their owner is the best part of the job."
Receptionist Lori Sachs joined the Falcon Valley family in January 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Arts from Kansas State University. Lori’s passion is helping others, which is why she became a volunteer at Wayside Waifs. This volunteering inspired her to take on the role of Adoption Counselor, and then continue on to work with Heartland Therapeutic Riding as a Volunteer Coordinator. We are excited to see her passion for helping benefit our clients and patients over the coming years!
Lori spends her free time with her husband, kids, and granddaughter, as well as volunteering, taking Pilates classes, reading, and taking horseback riding lessons. She has two furry family members at home: Sis, a 5 year old Labrador mix, and Zelda, her feline sibling. They love to wrestle together!
“The best part about working at FVAH is that every single person that walks through the door, be it client or staff, share a deep common bond: the love that we share with the animals in our lives.”
Kennel Assistant Lexi Heise is a junior at Olathe Northwest High School. She brought her love for animals and positive, uplifting attitude to our team in July 2016. Her favorite part of her job is hanging out with the pets and helping care for them.
In her free time, Lexi enjoys running with her two dogs, Zeke and Kate, and training her Labrador Kate in bird hunting exercises. She also shares her home with 2 cats, Roxy and Larry. She participates in service clubs and Junior committee at her school.
“I love the commitment to helping animals and their owners at Falcon Valley Animal Hospital. The staff is like my second family, and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!”
Kennel Assistant Mia McDonald came to our clinic with her outgoing personality and ability to bring a smile in November 2016. She is a junior at Mill Valley High School. Her long term goal is to become a veterinarian, so she is enjoying learning from the Falcon Valley staff how to care for pets. Her favorite part of the job is loving on all the pets that come in for boarding, grooming or appointments.
Mia shares her home with two tabby cats and a Golden Retriever named Bailey, who she enjoys taking out for runs.
When asked what she liked best about working at Falcon Valley Animal Hospital, Mia shared, “We all work as a team and are open to helping each other out, and who doesn’t love working around all the fluffy cats and dogs?!”