I’ve spent most of my life in Springfield. I attended all local schools and married my high school sweetheart, Dr. Kara. In 2002 we took our dreams of ownership and started Homeward Bound Mobile Veterinary Clinic which has now transitioned to Hometown Veterinary Hospital. I have four amazing kids, who I adore spending time with. In my free time, I want to be outside playing (running, mountain biking, hiking…) making memories with my family. I enjoy serving people and the special relationship we have with animals.
Jessica White was born and raised in Springfield, where she grew up with many pets including dogs, cats, birds and lizards. She has always loved animals and, after taking a position in the field of veterinary medicine in 2001, finally found her calling. Jessica eventually ended up with us at Hometown Veterinary Hospital in 2005, and she has been here ever since. Jessica’s roommates include two dogs, Creek and Gabe and a kitty cat named Corona (all are rescue animals). Creek is a feisty little gal that loves river trips, Gabe is a laid-back fella that finds happiness wherever he is and Corona, meanwhile, is a lazy and loveable housecat. When Jessica has free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her daughter—they love gardening (especially butterfly gardening), going to the river and camping.
Kendall was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up with a dog named Oscar that she got in kindergarten. Oscar was her pal all the way into his high school years, and Kendall credits Oscar for helping her to understand the human-animal bond, as well as helping her see how connecting with a pet over many years can be a rewarding and great feeling. Currently, Kendall has two fur friends: Leia, a five-year old Yorkie/Pomeranian mix, and Solo, a two-year-old Yorkie. Of course, both dogs love cuddles and play time, and while Solo could play fetch all day every day, Leia prefers the simple serenity of a nice nap.
Lisa Kohler grew up in the great state of Iowa and moved to Springfield in 1997. Growing up, she always loved animals, and as such, had a variety of pets including cats, dogs, fish, a pony and even a couple of raccoons—at one point in time she even worked and lived on an Arabian horse farm in Iowa.
After starting work in the veterinary field as a kennel tech, she joined Hometown Veterinary Hospital in 2005 and has been with us ever since. Currently, she lives with a Pomeranian named Dash, who she adopted from a local rescue group in 2010. She also has two cats, one who is just named Kitty and another named Miss Crabby Pants, who is quite the pretty kitty despite her crabby meows.
When Lisa is not working at the hospital, she loves to travel with her sister—they try to take a trip every year. She also enjoys spending time with her grandson.
Growing up in Ash Grove, Missouri, Brittney has loved animals for as long as she can remember. She completed her studies at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri before joining us at Hometown Veterinary Hospital. Brittney is the mother of three dogs and a cat. Her dogs are named Roxy, Keona and Bohdan, while her cat is named Simba. Roxy loves hunting moles and going for car rides, Keona enjoys running and kayak floating, and Bohdan, an 80-pound pit bull, likes river trips and couch snuggles. Simba the cat is (of course) the boss of the household, and he often picks on the dogs and is an avid bird watcher in his spare time.When Brittney isn’t at work, she likes to go hiking, camping and kayaking with her boyfriend, but could just as easily be found hanging out in the backyard with the dogs while grilling.
Courtnie, Registered Veterinary Technician
Courtnie Vigesaa grew up on the north side of Springfield and began working at Hometown Veterinary Hospital in 2008 after moving back to the area. She wanted to be a veterinarian her entire life, but after learning the debt that she would have after vet school she decided being a registered veterinary technician would be a much better fit for her. Courtnie graduated from Jefferson College near St. Louis in 2006 and sat for her national and state boards shortly after.
She acquired her Jack Russell Mix, Roogrr, in vet tech school, where she raised him as an orphaned puppy and he still doesn’t know he is a dog! She also has three cats as well as horses, cows and chickens. When she isn’t helping animals at work, Courtnie enjoys anything outdoors, which fits her lifestyle as a mother of three little boys. Courtnie and her family love spending time fishing, kayaking, playing in the creek, gardening and big family gatherings.
Erica Byrd grew up in Marshfield, Missouri, where she always had a passion for animals. After she worked in human health for seven years, she decided to pursue her passion and join the veterinary field. She has since worked as both a technician and receptionist since 2010. In her free time, she loves traveling and spending time with her family.
Jennifer, Veterinary Technician
Jennifer is originally from New England, where she worked in emergency medicine in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She later moved to Missouri in 2009 and has been with Hometown Veterinary Hospital ever since. She went to school at Mount Ida College in Wesley, Massachusetts after high school and started working in the veterinary field shortly after.
Jennifer has always had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. Her home includes Razzle, an Aussie mix, and Remmy, an Australian Shepherd. These doggies love hanging out with her and her husband, and they even “help” put out hay by riding on top of the big bales on a tractor. In her free time Jennifer enjoys horseback riding with her horses Charlie and Punkin. Besides that, she is about to begin a new adventure—with chickens!
Karissa grew up in Rogersville, Missouri, around horses, cattle and all sorts of pets, so she’s always had an interest in this type of job. She is currently working towards her associate degree in veterinary technology and will graduate in May 2019. Karissa has one dog and one cat—Wesley is her 10-year-old Yorkie/Brussels Griffon and Lenny is her kitty—she’s a recent addition and they’ve been best friends since! When Karissa is not working, she loves to travel with her boyfriend, Seth. Whenever they have any free time, you can find them exploring new places and going kayaking and camping.
LeAnn Zimmerman is originally from Springfield and has been in the veterinary field for over 20 years. After getting married, she moved to Georgia where she worked in general practice for several years and in 2004, obtained her license as a veterinary technician. In 2005, her family moved to Colorado where she worked in a wonderful emergency practice for eight years.She is fortunate to share her home currently with three dogs: River, Toby and Guinness, and also four cats: Andy, Magnolia, Mindy and Emmett. Emmett, the youngest of her cats, runs the household and is on a constant vigil for paper towels, napkins or spinach leaves he can steal and shred. Or course, all the other critters have their own special quirks and antics, but Emmett is a daily challenge and keeps the house moving. In her free time, you can find LeAnn outdoors with her family or in a lawn chair with a good book.
Linda grew up in Springfield, but was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and lived in Massachusetts before her Dad retired from the Air Force. She has been in the veterinary field for almost 29 years and at Hometown Veterinary Hospital for over five years.
Linda went through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, where she obtained her rehab assistant certification approximately two years ago. She has had a dog in her life all through childhood as well as in her adult life and has always loved all animals.Now that her son Tyler is grown and married, she shares her small farm with six dogs, an array of cats, six Arabian horses, a flock of chickens, two rats and a fish. Her most special dog, Chesney, is an 11-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. They have competed in agility and Chesney has earned numerous titles over their years together as an agility team. Linda is looking forward to eventually playing agility with her five-month-old Red Heeler mix, Rheddi.In her free time, Linda enjoys stock car racing, spending time with her family and animals, being outside and antique/flea market shopping.
MacKenzie is from Willard, Missouri, where she graduated high school early and went straight to OTC and then, a few years later ended up getting her associate degree in veterinary technology from Crowder College in Neosho—she is now a registered veterinary technician. After getting a summer internship at Hometown Veterinary Hospital a few years back, she loved it (and we loved her) so much that MacKenzie was eventually hired. MacKenzie has plans to eventually get her bachelor’s degree in animal science before getting a master’s degree from MU in veterinary public health.MacKenzie has a five-year-old German Shepherd named Luke and a two-year-old Black Lab named Malachai—she also has recently taken in a stray kitten who has been christened as Skyler. MacKenzie expects to have more animals, stating, “There’s always room in our hearts for more animals so I’m sure the list won’t stop there.” When she isn’t at work or tending to her pets, she loves to hang out with her family, read, travel and be outdoors. She eventually hopes to one day have a little hobby farm.
Brandy, Veterinary Assistant
Brandy grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and ever since she was a little girl she knew that she wanted to work with animals. With that in mind, she attended Animal Behavior College then did her externship at Hometown Veterinary Hospital before eventually working here as a veterinary assistant. Brandy shares her home with a bevy of animals, which includes five dogs, two guinea pigs, a fish and a cat named Christian Grey. When she isn’t helping animals at work, she likes to swim, hike, camp, watch TV and hang out with her fur family and her friends.
Jeannie Williams has lived in several states before settling in Springfield in 2013. She earned her B.S. in ag-business from SEMO, and her love of animals led to her managing pet stores and working in veterinary clinics. She joined us at Hometown Veterinary Hospital in January 2018. Jeannie currently lives with a Golden Retriever named Ellie Mae and six (yes six) cats. Over the course of her life, she has lived with and cared for hamsters, gerbils, a guinea pig, a rabbit, snakes, fish, an iguana and a parrot. In her free time, she hangs out with her family and of course her pets, and also enjoys spending time at her family lake home, doing DIY projects and going to flea markets and garage sales.
Meaghan grew up in Windsor, Colorado, where she graduated from Colorado State University with a major in biological science. She moved to Springfield after college to be closer to her sister who lives in Bolivar, and after finding Hometown Veterinary Hospital, she knew this was where she wanted to be as she is working to one day become a veterinarian. Meghan has a cat named Jasper Tufts, who loves to go on walks with his harness—he even knows cool tricks like sit and shake! When Meaghan isn’t at the hospital, she enjoys trail running, nature walks and spending time at her parents’ lake house where she fishes and wakeboards. She also volunteers at Dynamic Strides pediatric therapy center, where she leads horses during hippotherapy sessions for children with special needs.
Rachel Duckwoth traveled a lot as a youth and has called many places home. She has lived in South Dakota, California, the Philippines, Warsaw (Missouri) and finally Springfield. She has always had a passion for animals since being a youth and dreamt of working at a veterinary clinic—Rachel states that, “taking care of animals and helping them is such a rewarding feeling.” It should come as no surprise then that she has a bevy of pets, which include a pigeon named Spencer, a duck named Duckworth, a blue gill fish named Fred, guinea pigs named Bugsy, Wizzy and Chiqui and a German Shepherd named Maya. When Rachel isn’t helping animals at work, she enjoys music, singing, dancing, family, friends, animals and traveling