Main Street Pet Care Inc.

1910 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64804


Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Meet Our Doctors

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Ben Leavens DVM

Ben Leavens DVM

Dr. Leavens grew up in Houston, Texas and Underwood, Minnesota. He graduated from Missouri Southern in 1985 with a degree in Biology and Sociology, and also went to school to get his Respiratory Therapy degree from Northwestern University Medical School and also graduated from College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1992. Dr. Leavens has many hobbies but he most enjoys reading, swimming, writing and spending time with his beautiful wife Becky, six children, and six grandchildren. Dr. Leavens loves applied science and animals, so Veterinary Medicine has been a great fit for his life’s work. He is active in his church, Christ’s Community UMC and also a Rescuer with Newton County Rescue and Recovery. He is also a member of the USDA’s National Animal Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC) and the Show-Me Volunteer Veterinary Corps.

Why do you like doing this? "God led us to Dr. Swanson and Joplin, Dr. Swanson and Sally helped us take over Main Street Pet Care."

When did you join the practice? "We took over the practice on August 11, 1995."

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Steak."

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "One of my certifications is in oil well drilling." 

Pamela A Helm DVM

Dr. Helm is a graduate of Iowa State University. She is from Algona, Iowa, but has lived south of Joplin since 2006. She practiced mixed animal medicine for the first 4 years of her career and has been at Main Street Pet Care since then. She is a member of the American Medical Veterinary Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Helm has a wonderful husband, Maxwell, and two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth and Audrey. In her spare time, she has numerous animals to tend to on her farm. Her family operates a honey bee operation with over one-hundred hives, a cow-calf operation, and also they raise and sell butcher pigs. Her daughters usually have a few goats around to show at the county fair. She is active in her church, and oversees sheep, goats, and pigs at the Newton county fair. Then when, she isn't handling the animals she's cozied up quilting, knitting and crocheting. 

Why do you do this? "I am a veterinarian because I enjoy the medicine and hopefully offer quality medicine to my patients and clients."

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "I don't think I can narrow it down to just one dish, because I love a variety of foods!"

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I make lip balm, and soap to add value to our honey bee operation!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Anna Blick DVM

Anna Blick DVM

Dr. Blick is from Wichita, Kansas where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Newman University.  She then traveled to Columbia, to attend the University of Missouri to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Blick's special interests within the veterinary field include small animal dentistry, general surgery, and client interactions. Coming from a large family, Dr. Blick loves any opportunity she can spare to spend time with her siblings, and endless nieces and nephews. She also enjoys spending time with her kitties, Johnny and Gus, watching movies, and pursing her creative talents in artwork with drawing, oil painting and ceramics.

Why do you do this?  "My passion is educating owners about their pets so they can truly understand how to better their pets' health.  That way, we can work as a team to keep their fur-babies happy and healthy!"

When did you join the practice? December of 2015

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "I'll eat just about anything, I love food!"

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I was in choir all through school, and now serve as a high soprano in my church choir at Saint Pete the Apostle."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Sara Brewington DVM

Sara Brewington DVM

Dr. Brewington grew up in a suburb of St. Louis, growing up she had some cats, a couple dogs, several guinea pigs and hamsters. Through highschool and college, Dr. Brewington also enjoyed riding horses. In her spare time, she enjoys running long distances, especially half and full marathons and loves snuggling up with her two dogs, Jackson and Mabel and guinea pig, Otis. 

Why do you do this? "I really enjoyed meeting the staff of Main Street Pet Care. I could really tell that everyone here, works very hard to provide the best possible care for our patients." 

When did you join the practice? October of 2016

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Fettuccine Alfredo."

What's a fun fact about YOU? "I'm left handed, but I do most tasks with my tasks right handed. Also, my favorite running buddy is my dog Jackson!"

Kent Arnold DVM

Growing up in a veterinary hospital, Dr. Arnold has always known that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He received a bachelor's degree in biology at Missouri Southern, and graduated from veterinary school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After graduation, he joined his father's practice; Companion Animal Hospital in Joplin, MO. Later he assumed ownership of the practice. He has also been the owner of Banfield Animal Hospital in Springfield, MO and co-founded an emergency pet clinic in Southwest Missouri. Dr. Arnold and his wife, Mary live in the country and are restoring their old farm house. They share it with an elderly heeler mix, Romeo, and a domestic shorthair, Tiffany. They've also taken in four stray cats, and the adoption of an adult three-legged hound, Annie, prompts Kent to say about pets, "We're currently at our saturation point." In his spare time, Dr. Arnold like bicycling and hiking. He's also a firearms instructor and has a commercial pilot license with an instrument rating. He is dedicated to excellence in medicine, surgery, and dentistry. 

Why do you do this? "I love providing life long care to support relationships between people and their pets."

When did you join the practice? December of 2017

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Fettuccine Alfredo"

What's a fun fact about YOU? "I am an instrument rated commercial pilot."