Animal Hospital of Syracuse Team
Dr. Chastain is a co-owner at the Animal Hospital of Syracuse, Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic and Aboite Animal Hospital. He graduated from DePauw University in 1988 and received his D.V.M from Purdue University in 1992. He previously was a veterinarian in Ft. Wayne at St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital from 1992 to 2012. He has a special interest in veterinary dentistry/oral surgery and enjoys general medicine and surgery. Dr. Chastain's wife, Tonya, is an elementary school teacher in Northwest Allen Community Schools. They have 3 children: Chandler, Caitlyn, and Caroline, and a cat named Pedro.
Dr. Bill Chastain
Dr. Koesters is co-owner of Animal Hospital of Syracuse, Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic and Aboite Animal Hospital. He earned his DVM from Purdue University in 2002. He has worked in Fort Wayne since that time. He and his wife, Jodi, have three girls: Raelyn, Maylee, Layna, and twin boys, Reid and Rube. They also have a black labrador named Charlotte.
Dr. Brian Koesters
Dr, Stover recieved her bachelor degree from Taylor Univsersity in 1999 and her DVM degree from Purdue University in 2006. In her final year of veterinary school, she was awarded the G. Edward Cummins Compassionate Care Award by her peers and professors.
She partnered with Dr. Chastain and Dr. Koesters in ownership of Animal Hospital of Syracuse, Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic and Aboite Animal Hospital. She enjoys preventative and internal medicine and has a special interest in holistic medicine. She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Grayson and Charley Jo, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Eevee.
Dr. Jamie Stover
Dr. Bethany Couture
Dr. Bethany Couture was born and raised in Warsaw and is a Warsaw High School graduate. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from the Purdue School of Agriculture and went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She came to the Animal Hospital of Syracuse in 2017 after initially working on many species including horses, cattle, sheep and small animals. She has special interests in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, diabetes management, and client education. She and her husband live on a small farm with their 2 children and enjoy their horses, cats and dog. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family and spending time on the lake, as well as being involved in the ministries of her church.
Dr. Theresa Schenkel
Dr. Theresa Schenkel is a native of Fort Wayne. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Saint Francis and later received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 from Purdue University. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the AVMA, IVMA and past president of the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. Since graduation, she has remained in Fort Wayne and practiced small animal medicine. She has developed a special interest in both veterinary dentistry and feline medicine and has completed many hours of continual education in both of these areas. She and her husband, Brent, have two children: Jonny and Gracie. Their household also consists of three cats: Prince Ali, Brucie and Frank, as well as a German Shepherd puppy named Garth. In her downtime, she enjoys watching her son play hockey and her daughter dance. She also enjoys reading, running and spending time at the lake.
Lue Ann has spent her life in Ligonier and graduated from West Noble High School. She started working in veterinary medicine in 1988 as a kennel technician and is now the hospital manager. Lue has been married to her husband, Terry, for 45 years. She also has four children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She also shares her home with a cat named Flipper. Lue most enjoys the continual relationships with clients and their pets. Outside of work, Lue enjoys spending time relaxing, gardening, and visiting with her family.
Registered Veterinary Nurses
Chelsey graduated from the Purdue University Veterinary Technology program in December 2008. She became a registered veterinary technician in March of 2009. She has been with Animal Hospital of Syracuse since January 2012. She and her husband, Tanner, have 2 daughters, Addison and Aisley. Their household also includes a German Shepherd named Mason, as well as a cat named Miles. She enjoys reading, gardening and spending time outdoors with her family.
Erica graduated from the Veterinary Technology Institute at International Business College and became a registered veterinary technician in 2008. She has been with the Animal Hospital of Syracuse since February 2013. She and her husband, Matt, have two childern, Kelton and Braelyn. She has two Australian Shepherds, Lambeau and Driver and two long haired cats, Medusa and Miette. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.
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Sam graduated from Purude University in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined the Animal Hospital of Syracuse team in 2020. She enjoys educating the clients about their fur babies and giving the best care while they stay in hospital. She married her high school sweetheart, Tim in 2014 and they have 3 children. Her fur family includes 2 dogs, Magnum and Lacey, one cat named Moo-Moo, one chicken named Ellen, a donkey named Alfred and 3 bunnies. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her family outdoors, crafting and watching her kids help and grow up on the family farm.
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Charlotte is a Registered Veterinary Nurse that works here at the Animal Hospital of Syracuse as well as our location in Leo - Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic. She graduated in 2016 with an Associate's Degree from the Veterinary Technology Institute at International Business College. She has since developed a passion caring for critical patients who require a little extra TLC. She enjoys fostering neonatal kittens and loves helping educate others on feline husbandry. When she's not caring for her four felines (Chester, Mabel, Dorothy and Harriet), she is backpacking and hiking with her family and husband, Max.
Michelle is part of Dr. Chastain's traveling dental team, which goes to all 3 hospitals: Animal Hospital of Syracuse, Aboite Animal Hospital, and Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic. Michelle has an Associate's Degree in Biology from IPFW and an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University. She worked at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo for several years before entering general practice, where she has been for the last 17 years. She has a strong interest in animal dentistry, nutrition and client education. She dedicates herself to aiding animals and being their advocate. She had her husband have a Golden Retriever named Luna, and 5 cats: Hobbes, Wally, Lenny, Penny and Winnie.
Karly started working at the Animal Hospital of Syracuse as a CO-OP student from Warsaw Community High School in 2007. After graduating Warsaw Community High School, she started working as a veterinary assistant in May of 2008. She has two kids named Anna and Christian, and a husband named Tim. Karly also has two dogs named Elli and Benni, and four cats named Finn, Karen, Isabelle, and Fuzzbert. She most enjoys working in surgery and never knowing what will walk through the door, gaining more experience each day. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family at the off road park and drag racing.
Amanda has been with Animal Hospital of Syracuse since 2012. She grew up in Fort Wayne, IN and now lives in Columbia City. She has two dogs, Lexi and Vito and two cats, Loki and Sprinkles.
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Joslynn recently joined the Animal Hospital of Syracuse as a veterinary assistant in January of 2022. Her natural love for animals since she was young is what inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She has worked in the veterinary field since 2019 and plans to further her education with Purdue University. She grew up in Chicago and now lives in Pierceton, Indiana. She loves spending her free time with family, relaxing at the lake, or snuggling at home with her two cats: Sprinkles and Apollo along with her rabbit, Iris.
Client Relations Specialists
Jacquelynn grew up as a local to the Syracuse area where she enjoyed spending time with her pets, family, and friends. After graduating from Wawasee High School, she continued her education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where she studied hospitality. While spending a short time working outside of the veterinary profession, she quickly realized her interest in the field. She thoroughly enjoys the daily interactions with clients, their pets, and the opportunity this profession provides to learn and grow.
Amy grew up in North Webster and graduated from Wawasee High School in 2005. She has been married to her husband named Aaron since 2009 and has one daughter named Emma. She also shares her home with her two dogs named Sprocket and Gidget and one cat named Oreo. Her family also raises cattle on their farm in Cromwell. She started working at the Animal Hospital of Syracuse as a kennel technician in 2002 and completed the CO-OP program through Wawasee High School to become a veterinary assistant. In 2005, she became a client communications specialist. Amy’s favorite part of her job is being able to assist clients with their pets, all while creating long term relationships with them. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors and camping with her family and pets.
April has lived in Syracuse all of her life. She has two dachshunds, Ryder and Jewel and a cat named Smudge. She has a husband named Rod, and four children named Adina, Angie, Anthony and Kelly. After spending time working outside of the veterinary profession, April quickly realized she was passionate towards helping animals. April began working at the Animal Hospital of Syracuse in 1998 as a client communications specialist. 27 years ago, April began dog grooming and has not stopped. Between grooming and working as a client communications specialist, April is happiest working with animals. Outside of work, April enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren and great grandchild. She also enjoys creating stained glass art and creating needle point pictures.
Karen joined Animal Hospital of Syracuse as a receptionist in October of 2014. She formerly was a medical assistant but has transitioned from humans to fur babies. She and her husband, Tom, have five children, 14 grandchildren and 5 (soon to be 6) great-grandchildren. They also have a Miniature Pinscher named Bubba. Karen enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing and traveling, especially with her best friend and fellow co-worker Karen Griffith.
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Karen grew up in Syracuse and graduated from Syracuse High School in 1967. She has been married to her husband, Terry, since 2002 and has four kids and eight grandchildren. Karen also shares her house with three cats named Tom, Sweet Pea, and Sparkle. She spent most of her childhood summers enjoying the lake and water skiing. Karen’s sister-in-law introduced her to grooming in 1988 and has not stopped since. She has now been grooming at the Animal Hospital of Syracuse since July of 2000. Karen most enjoys the friendships she has created with the clients and coworkers, along with helping animals feel their best with a new haircut. Outside of work, Karen spends much of her time traveling with her friends, doing photography, and water skiing.