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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally from Iowa, Allie has lived in Springfield since 2002 and calls it home. She graduated from Missouri State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Companion Animal Science. Allie has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2016, and was happy to join the Hometown team in 2019. Allie and her husband share their home with their dog, Kino, and their three cats: Penny, Nyla, and Oscar. When Allie isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with family and crocheting.
Hannah is originally from Springfield Missouri but lived in Virginia from 2003-2010. Her family moved back to Missouri and she was lucky enough to start her veterinarian carrier in 2011. Hannah has always loved animals and after starting In the veterinarian field, knew this is where she wanted her career to be. She is currently working towards her associates degree in veterinarian technology.
Hannah’s home includes 5 dogs and a bearded dragon – Lucy, a bossy Aussie mix, Lucky, a little old man chihuahua/pom mix, Diesel, is a scaredy-cat terrier mix, Ada, is a sweet Husky, Chaos, who definitely lives up to his name Aussie, and Spike the bearded dragon. In her free time she likes to read, snuggle with her pups, and go on adventures with her boyfriend, Brennan.
Cassidy grew up in Springfield, Missouri. She did not grow up with any animals in her home, but always had an interest in them. Her family finally got a Bichon/Yorkie mix named Ginger when she started college at Missouri State University. Cassidy graduated from MSU in 2018 with two Bachelor of Science degrees; one in Animal Science and another in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Sales. While trying to figure out what do in her field, she found Hometown Veterinary Hospital.
Once Cassidy started working at Hometown, she found a new appreciation and love for the veterinary field by being an assistant and receptionist. Cassidy adopted her first puppy, a hound-mix named Charlie, after only working here for a month. In her free time she coaches cheerleading at Springfield Catholic, helps advise her sorority, and spends time with her family.
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Given her name, it’s fitting that Scarlett was born and raised in the peachy state of Georgia. Thanks to the Army, Scarlett and her family have had the chance to live all over the country, including Kentucky, Colorado, and New York. She and her husband have finally settled down in her husband’s home state of Missouri and are happy to be living around family once again.
Scarlett has been working with animals since 2003 when she began her career as a kennel tech. She eventually trained to become a veterinary assistant and then attended Pima Medical Institute in Colorado Springs where she earned her veterinary technician certification in 2012. While living in New York, she was introduced to canine rehabilitation, which has become a passion for her. When she’s not working, Scarlett loves hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing and camping with her husband and three kids as well as three dogs named Sorsha, Mossberg and Ty.