Practice Manager Ashley Elder brought over 15 years of customer service experience to the hospital when she joined us in February 2015. She moved from Mississippi to Kansas in the summer of 2012 and has thoroughly enjoyed the transition to her new "big city" mid-west life. 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, taking painting classes, quilting and sewing, reading, collecting Lego, playing video games 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."
Groomer Annie Gregory has been working with animals for over 12 years, and joined the Falcon Valley team in 2008. Annie enjoys making pets feel and look better after a fresh bath and haircut. She has a wide range of knowledge of breed-specific cuts, and she can help keep your pet looking its best. 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 12 year old Pomeranian mix Fefe, 7 year old long-haired miniature dachshund Daisy, and 4 year old Wire-Haired Pointer mix, Howard Wolowitz.
"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 and cleaning, 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 four pets of her own, Biggles, an 8 year old Golden Retriever, Fitzgerald, a 2 year old Shiba mix, Franny, a 1 year old hound 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."
Shelby Younkin, Veterinary Assistant, came to us in August 2017. She brought along almost two years of experience and knowledge in the veterinary field. She was an active member of Future Farmers of America in high school and continues the tradition with her brother, breeding his maroon-bellied Conures. Pictured with Shelby is her 7 year old, blue and gold Macaw named Kahuna. The team at Falcon Valley is proud to have another excellent team member to help care for our patients.
Shelby spends her free time fishing, hunting deer, elk, quail and pheasant, and being outdoors. She also has previously volunteered her time at CLO's Midnight Farms.
Shelby likes the warm and welcoming atmosphere at Falcon Valley Animal Hospital. "We give the best care possible to all patients, and being around animals all day long is very calming and rewarding."
Receptionist Merissa Delgado joined Falcon Valley Animal Hospital at the end of August 2017. Merissa has proved to be a capable asset so far, and she is eager to share in the patients' lives. She brings along experience in retail customer service to help serve the clients of Falcon Valley, as well as kindness, empathy and previous volunteer experience as a Kennel Assistant.
Her two dogs, Nova and Nellie, keep her busy with training and going to dog parks. She also likes to spend time at the zoo and with her family.
"I really like the environment. Everyone is really nice, and that makes it easy to work together. I always want to come to work!"
Kennel Assistant Lexi Heise is a senior at Olathe Northwest High School with plans for heading to college next year. 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 they make me excited to come to work!”
Kennel Assistant Mia McDonald came to our clinic with her outgoing personality and ability to bring a smile in November 2016. She is a senior 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.
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?!”
Kennel Assistant Grace Dixon took on the responsibility of her first job in August 2017. She is a junior at Olathe Northwest, and enjoys baking, biking, hiking and gardening. Grace has a very sweet, gentle nature and is very good at taking care of our boarding pets.
Grace has two Border Collies named Dixie and Toby. Toby participates in Kansas City Disk Dog and loves his frisbee.
"I like working here because everyone is super nice, and I know that they treat every animal with compassion. I feel good knowing I am helping the animals here live happy healthy lives."