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Jessie Musterer
Jessie Musterer
Hospital Administrator
Jessie’s mother worked her entire adult life in the field of veterinary medicine. Jessie remembers going to work with her and helping clean kennels, walk dogs, and observing her mom work in her office. It just made sense for Jessie to lean into veterinary medicine, as her mom did. Being raised on a farm further instilled her passion for taking care of animals. Jessie has enjoyed being in this field for a number of years, and is thrilled and thankful to be working for Dr. Brian and Dr. Jessica!

Jessie is a Rose Hill native and started her veterinary journey a number of years ago in Wichita. When the opportunity arose for her to help the pets and animal parents of her hometown here at Hodes Veterinary Health Center, she knew that she couldn’t pass it up. Jessie became a member of the hospital family in September of 2017, and helps keep every area of the clinic running like a well-oiled machine as the practice’s Hospital Administrator.

Here at the practice, Jessie likes working closely with her fellow team members, and she loves to take on special projects that help improve the experience that each and every client and patient has here at Hodes Veterinary Health Center. Jessie also loves learning new things on a daily basis—she finds that no two days are ever quite the same!

When time permits between her duties here at the practice and her collegiate studies—Jessie has returned to school at Kansas State University and is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in business management!—she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends, or on the farm, or in her faith.

Her husband, Jamison, supports Jessie’s love for animals. Together they have four horses and four dogs. The horses are Doc-a Quarter Horse, Elmer- a Thoroughbred, and Dancer and Angel-both sweet little Miniature horses. Their home is shared with the four dogs: A Yorkie named Croix, who is the boss of the house; a protective and loving German Shepherd named Casey; a food-obsessed Pomeranian mix who goes by Crazy Mayzee; and a sweet and sassy Miniature Australian Shepherd named Gracie.
Amelia Pitcher
Amelia Pitcher
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Amelia, like most veterinary professionals, enjoys the opportunities of enriching the lives of animals through medicine and rehabilitation. A highlight of Amelia’s career however, is helping people. For her, assisting people in a difficult time or situation makes what she does very personally meaningful.

Amelia has known Drs. Brian and Jessica for many years. She was offered a Veterinary Nursing position after graduating from Colby Community College’s Veterinary Technology program in May of 2018. Since then, Amelia has taken part in all aspects of our multifaceted practice. She most enjoys anesthesia and surgery; with all they entail.

At home, Amelia has a dog named Ripley, and her Horse, Reo. Ripley is an incredibly intelligent dog whose cleverness never disappoints. He also can’t get enough of being told how extremely handsome he is! Reo is a 25-year-old, medicine cap pinto, who is every bit of a geriatric gentlemen. His attention to people and tenderness will make anyone around him feel special. Outside of work, Amelia treasures time with her family and loved ones.
Morgan Darter
Morgan Darter
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Morgan knew she wanted to be a Veterinary nurse after spending time in an animal hospital with her Aunt. While spending her time there, she was introduced to the profession and shown the impact that a Veterinary Nurse can make on the animals and people they work with.

Morgan grew up in a small town, just outside of Kansas City. She later earned her Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University. Morgan is passionate about providing exceptional gold standard care to patients of any and all species. Some of Morgan’s favorite parts of her work include emergency and critical care cases, and performing phlebotomy. She also uses her Fear-Free certification to help make visits to the practice less stressful for anxious and nervous pets.

When not at work, Morgan loves spending her free time with family and friends. She also enjoys growing succulents, cooking and baking, and playing with her delightful collie named Phoebe. Fun facts of Phoebe: Her favorite pastimes include destroying toys, pouncing on insects, and sleeping upside-down.
Natalie McTaggart
Natalie McTaggart
Registered Veterinary Nurse
Natalie grew up with an innate passion for animals, and frequently participated in animal shows as a member of the 4-H club. She’s always known that she wanted to work hands-on with the earth’s creatures—that’s why she decided to join the world of veterinary medicine. Natalie cares for the pets of the Rose Hill area every day as a Registered Veterinary Nurse!

Natalie is originally from Little River and attended Colby Community College to earn her degree in veterinary technology. She launched her veterinary career at a mixed-animal practice in Hutchinson, then became the Animal Hospital Manager at a feed operation. Next, Natalie moved to Wichita and worked in small-animal medicine for seven years before joining the Hodes Veterinary Health Center team in 2012. She’s been here ever since!

Equine care is a particular passion of Natalie’s, and she loves the way that every case is unique. She’s also fond of neonatal care. Above all, Natalie likes meeting pet owners and their wonderful companions on a daily basis.

Natalie’s love of horses extends outside of her job—she loves to compete in dressage on her Mustang, Just Bob. The pair received the First Level honor in National Mustang Dressage from the United States Dressage Federation in 2019! At home, she and her husband, Patrick, have a Heeler/Australian Shepherd mix named Lucy, a Heeler named Charlie, and five horses: the aforementioned Bob, a quarter horse named Hotrod, and Patrick’s three horses named Jenny, Bert, and Ernie.
Anna Castillo
Anna Castillo
Veterinary Technician
Bio coming soon!
Jamie Rogers
Jamie Rogers
Veterinary Technician
Jamie had always loved biology and chemistry, but her mind wasn’t completely made up until her internship in wildlife rehabilitation. She was responsible for a rabbit who had an unfortunate encounter with a car. Jamie refused to give up and two weeks later, the rabbit was released happily back into the wild. Ever since that moment, she knew that she was destined to help animals professionally!

Jamie is originally from Wichita and moved to Andover for her high school years, and she attended the University of Kansas to earn a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Next, she went back to school to pursue her dream of working in the world of veterinary medicine. When Jamie had to pick a clinic to complete her mentorship with, she selected the very same hospital that she had been bringing her own pets to for many years: Hodes Veterinary Health Center. She’s been a member of the clinic family since the fall of 2017, and was hired on as an employee early the following year.

Around the practice, Jamie enjoys studying samples under the microscope and doing other tests in the lab. She finds that she never stops learning on the job! Jamie also loves to interact directly with the area’s pet owners and develop lasting relationships with pets and their loving parents.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Jamie enjoys drawing and painting. She’s even done custom pieces for friends and family! She and her husband, Thomas, have a daughter named Zoe, who loves sharing her home with their pets. The family has two cats: Loki, a Maine Coon who considers himself the king of the house, and a black cat named Salem who plays fetch and comes when called. Jamie also has two dogs: a tripod Chihuahua named Foxx with a big personality, and a loyal and loving German Shepherd who goes by Sammy.
Trish Cornejo
Trish Cornejo
Veterinary Technician, Director of Social Media, Apparel Coordinator
Trish grew up in Augusta, Kansas, where she was surrounded by horses at a young age. She has fond memories of watching Animal Planet programs that her Grandma recorded for her during her early years. She suspects that the shows deepened her desire to help pets professionally. Now, Trish gets to live her dream: she helps pets daily as a Veterinary Technician here at Hodes Veterinary Health Centerr!

Trish attended Kansas State University and graduated with her animal science business degree in May of 2017. She knew Drs. Brian and Jessica Hodes personally, and she knew that she had found the perfect fit when she heard about the practice they were opening. Trish has been here from the very beginning and loves to help all of the pets she possibly can on a daily basis. She particularly likes working on large animal patients, especially cattle, and she also loves the great variety that her work offers.

Much of Trish’s free time is spent showing her mare, Walla, in reining and ranch riding. Along with her husband, Kolby, Trish shares her life with many animal companions: an Australian Shepherd, Mercedes, who can often be seen right here at the clinic; a pair of wire-haired Pointing Griffons named Roxie and Rover; Waylon the mustang; and two Quarter Horses, Willie and the aforementioned Walla. Six barn cats round out the animal portion of the family: Mama, Croc, Scrap, Ocho, Oreo, and Cheney.
Chelsea Stebbins
Chelsea Stebbins
Client Care Coordinator
Chelsea has adored animals ever since her earliest days, and she’s always had a special passion for working with large animals like cattle and horses. For her, a career in the veterinary world just made good sense. She’s thrilled to work for the same veterinarians that have treated her own horses and cows by serving on the Client Care Coordinator team here at Hodes Veterinary Health Center!

Originally from Haysville, Kansas, Chelsea worked as a Kennel Assistant during her teenage years, then went on to serve as a front-office receptionist and administrator at another facility for the next 10 years. In October of 2019, the opportunity arose for her to work at the practice owned by her animals’ own veterinarians, Drs. Brian and Jessica Hodes. Chelsea jumped at the chance to be a member of the hospital family.

At home, Chelsea and her husband, Jacob, run a small cow/calf operation and also have seven horses and four loveable dogs. Much of her free time is spent starting colts and training mustangs. Chelsea also loves to read a good book, catch a movie, play the piano, and listen to and sing along with her favorite Disney songs.
Lori Richardson
Lori Richardson
Client Care Coordinator
Bio coming soon!
Stacey Parker
Stacey Parker
Client Care Coordinator
Stacey loves working alongside a team of animal-lovers just like herself, and nothing beats getting to meet and greet the area’s pet parents and their companions on a daily basis. She’s proud to serve as a Client Care Coordinator here at Hodes Veterinary Health Centerr!

Stacey grew up in Andover and spent her college years in Kansas City. She later moved back to this area and worked in the dentistry field, but eventually decided to make a change. Stacey became a member of the Hodes Veterinary Health Center family in the summer of 2019, and has been enjoying every moment since!

Around the clinic, Stacey enjoys developing new relationships with the pet owners and getting to dote on their adorable companions at the front desk. She also enjoys learning new things and observing the clinic’s doctors.

In her spare time, Stacey enjoys spending time in the great outdoors and putting her pastry skills to good use by baking cakes, cookies, and other goodies for friends and family. She lives in Rose Hill with her husband, Lance, their son, Kolby, and Stacey’s two step-sons, Austin and Aaron. The family shares their lives with an energetic and sweet Boxer named Ramey.
Alissa Fair
Alissa Fair
Kennel Attendant
Bio coming soon!
Emma Stebbins
Emma Stebbins
Kennel Attendant
Bio coming soon!
Halle Ramsey
Halle Ramsey
Kennel Attendant
Halle lives in Rose Hill, where her family owns land outside of town that they keep cattle on. Halle has been around animals her entire life, so working in the world of pet care just seemed like a natural fit! She’s proud to help animals daily as a member of the hospital’s kennel staff.

Halle first shadowed the other members of the kennel team here at the practice, then joined the hospital family officially in September of 2019. Her favorite part of the job is the variety it brings—Halle is always kept on her toes, and no two days are ever quite the same.

Away from work, Halle is an avid artist and also loves to spend quality time with her family and pets at home. She has three dogs: Gracie the Goldendoodle; a MinPin/Pomeranian mix named Khloe; and a Heeler mix named June.
Hannah Gillepsie
Hannah Gillepsie
Kennel Assistant
Hannah knew that she wanted to work in the medical realm in some capacity. Both of her parents, as well as her brother, are human healthcare professionals. But Hannah suspected that she wanted to pursue a slightly different direction—veterinary medicine was the path for her. Now, she gets to help pets as a member of Hodes Veterinary Health Center’s kennel team!

Hannah is from Andover, Kansas and was first introduced to the clinic when one of the hospital’s veterinarians came to Hannah’s family home for a farm call. Hannah shadowed here at the practice a few times, and knew that she would enjoy working here. It wasn’t long before she had signed on as a member of the staff!

When she’s not at work, Hannah likes cheerleading for her high school and spending time with her family and pets at home. She lives with two rambunctious dogs named Buddy and Piggy, a pair of guinea pigs, and five cats: Chloe, Simba, Pumpkin, Lulu, and Stitches. Three horses named Snoozer, Cowboy, and Cal round out the four-legged portion of the family.
Jonathan Stuver
Jonathan Stuver
Kennel Assistant
Jonathan can’t remember a time when he wasn’t passionate about the health and well-being of animals. His own experiences early on in life with the earth’s creatures left no doubt in his mind: he would love to help pets in any way he possibly could! For Jonathan, working in the world of animal care is simply a natural fit.

Jonathan was born in Missouri but moved to this area with his family at a young age, and he’s been here ever since. Having known the Hodes since he was only 11 years old, Jonathan was hired on here at the practice in 2019 and has been enjoying learning new things on a daily basis. Jonathan helps pets in the practice’s kennels, where he loves to meet a wide variety of animal personalities during every shift.

Jonathan is a former gymnast and participated in the activity for a total of eight years. He was crowned State Champion for five of them! He also enjoys playing the guitar, a hobby he picked up in only two months, and currently plays in the youth band at his church.
Tammy LaFever
Tammy LaFever
Kennel Attendant
After many years spent raising her family at home, the time came for Tammy to rejoin the workforce. The opportunity arose for her to join the team here at Hodes Veterinary Health Center, and Tammy didn’t waste any time—she knew that she wanted to help pets hands-on as a member of the hospital team!

Tammy is from the area. She became a member of the Hodes Veterinary Health Center family in October of 2019, serving as a Kennel Attendant. Tammy enjoys meeting all kinds of new canine personalities, and she finds that she never stops learning new things.

Tammy has two daughters, Breana and Emma. At home, she and her husband, Mark, have two pets: Bella, a sweet and loving Chihuahua mix, as well as a food-obsessed cat named Buster. The family also keeps 10 chickens and a pair of ducks. When she isn’t at work or spending time with her family and pets, Tammy can be found making shirts and decals for the local community.
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