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Dr. John Shepherd

Dr. John Shepherd graduated from Northview High School, Purdue University (BS in Biological Sciences, minor in Psychology), and Iowa State University (DVM). He started his practice career in a multi-hospital, multi-doctor practice in the Indianapolis area. After the first 6 months of practice in rotation through three of the hospitals he was given the responsibility of Hospital Director.

A transition was made in January of 2010 to a rural, farm town clinic provided an additional perspective on clinic and staff management. Here he was able to learn about how to serve the clients with an efficient staff and control inventory, as well as, focusing on providing as many opportunities for care to clients with concerns about costs.

Dr. Shepherd was able to institute new anesthesia protocols to improve the quantity and quality of the surgical cases performed in hospital. Pain management, expansion into orthopedic and advanced abdominal surgeries, enhanced lab diagnostics performed, and improved dental care gave clients more opportunities to choose greater care for their pets.

He now serves his hometown community with care and compassion!


Dr. Nancy Schenck

Originally from Florida, Dr. Schenck moved to the Wabash Valley area after obtaining her veterinary degree in 1990 with her late husband. She practiced in Terre Haute and joined the Four Loving Paws team in April 2016. Dr. Schenck has a long and distinguished career and achievements in breeding and showing Flat Coated Retrievers. Along with her high quality veterinary care in medicine, Dr. Schenck loves and has a strong skillset in behavior and training. She has brought her training expertise to the Four Loving Paws facility and our community. Her outgoing personality is infectious and has been a wonderful addition to our family.


Tonya Trackwell

Tonya has been a part of the Four Loving Paws family since 2014 and she came to us with 15 years of experience. She started in this field not only because of her love for animals but also to help them in their time of need and because they can't communicate with us. Starting as receptionist, with her hard work and determination, she became a veterinary assistant. She is planning on continuing her education and graduate with a degree in veterinary technology, and earning her title of RVT. She lives with her family in the country with her energetic German Shorthair Pointer Jager, Miss Poon a domestic shorthair cat, and several chickens, turkeys, and quail.


Brittany Baird

Brittany is a veterinary Technician here at Four Loving Paws. A member of our staff since September 2015, Brittany has 10 years worth of experience in the veterinary field. She started working at a Vale Park Animal Hospital in her hometown of Valparaiso, IN 2006 as a kennel assistant, and worked very hard to get where she is now. The thing she loves most about working at Four Loving Paws is the bond that our clinic forms with each and every one of our patients. She appreciates the passion and care we show to each of our furry babies. Brittany and her husband, John, have three fur babies. They are, in order, two cats named Dezzy and Mr. President, and one basset hound, Lady Bird. She loves spending her extra time with friends and family.


Melissa Barnett

Melissa is Veterinary Technician from Seelyville, IN. She joined the Four Loving Paws family in June of 2017. A 2003 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, IN, Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Psychology. Melissa loves working at Four Loving Paws because she likes the help and care she is able to give to each pet. She also loves that working at Four Loving Paws is like being part of the family. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her five-year-old daughter Joyln, her cats Bella and Bumpkin, and her dog, Rosabelle. She also enjoys singing and the great outdoors.


Jill Sinders

Jill Sinders joined Four Loving Paws in October of 2017. She is a native of Delphi, IN, and graduated from the nearby Perdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Production. Jill has a variety of experience in the animal field, from being a Veterinary Technician for Animal Health Research at Pfizer, to working as a clinical research associate at Schering-Plough. Jill also did Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance at Schering-Plough, before becoming a contract consultant for Quality Assurance at Amatsigroup. Of all of these experiences, what Jill loves most is working with animals and helping her patients to thrive in their environment! Jill says that the best part of working with Four Loving Paws is that we all care deeply about all of our patients, and want to do our best to help them experience the best life has to offer. Jill and her husband have two daughters, as well as three cats named Kit and Ella (named for the Cinderella movie!). Her newest cat addition is Kihap (pronounced “Key-up”), named for the Korean word for “yell”! Jill enjoys pursuing activities that help her maintain a healthy lifestyle and raise strong daughters, so she takes Tae Kwon Do, runs, hikes, and enjoys harming activities.


Betsy Baer

Betsy hails from Terre Haute, IN. She is a graduate of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, and Women and Theatre. She has a Masters in Musical Theatre from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Wales, United Kingdom. Betsy works at our main desk, and is also responsible for our digital and social media. Betsy loves working for the Four Loving Paws family because of all the good our office does for each and every patient. Her first ever job was with Dr. Shew’s Veterinary Clinic, and she loves seeing many of his people come to us! When Betsy is not at Four Loving Paws, she is a professor of theatre at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and works as a professional actor for the surrounding theatre companies. She is also the proud pet-mom of Fleur de Soleil, her Chihuahua-Yorkie puppy.


Carol Atkinson

Carol is originally from Terre Haute, IN. She began her career as a Finance Manager in the 1970’s working for CBS Broadcasting, later known as Columbia Records. She worked in the office of her father’s business, Atkinson & Sons Welding, from an early age until her father's retirement in 1984. Carol joined Four Loving Paws as our Finance manager in September, 2017. Carol enjoys working with the Doctors and staff, where she looks forward to spending many more years in our family-oriented office. Carol grew up on four acres of land, where her family had four registered quarter horses and two ponies. Her father even rode their horse, Comanche, in the Fourth of July Parade in the 1970’s! Carol is a mother of one, and a proud grandmother of three. In her free time, Carol loves dancing and karaoke, and enjoys watching baseball, football, and racing!


Chelsey Haase

Chelsey comes to us all the way from Gatesville, Texas. She started her career as a high school volunteer for a local vet, before beginning her work as a Veterinary Technician. Chelsey has worked for a number of veterinary clinics over the last six and a half years, including Crownhill Veterinary Clinic and Honey Creek Animal Hospital. Chelsey is currently studying Veterinary Technology at Penn Foster College. She came to Four Loving Paws for a new experience. In her spare time, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her pitbull, June, Bandit the beagle mix, her cats, Tormund and Patches, and her three ducks, Al Capone, Thelma, and Lucy. She also enjoys spending time outdoors.


Layni Razmus

Layni grew up in a family that loves animals and that participated in AKC confirmation shows showing Yorkshire Terriers. She has always loved the shows and having the opportunities to learn about the different breeds at the shows. She has also had a variety of pets growing up which started a love and passion for caring for animals. She is currently a Veterinary Technician student at Harrison College working towards graduation and becoming an RVT. She received an Associate’s Degree in General Studies before realizing she wanted to continue her education and career as a Veterinarian Technician. She has been with Four Loving Paws since July 2017. She currently has several chickens, a ferret named Rini, a Yorkshire Terrier named Kirito, and the newest addition is her Domestic Shorthair kitten Nala.


Amelia Seward