Main Street Pet Care Inc.

1910 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64804

(417)782-7387

mainstreetpetcare.com

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

Main Street Pet Care, Inc. - Joplin, MO - Shelby VanHouten

Shelby - Practice Manager

Shelby graduated from Missouri State University in 2006 with a BS in Marketing and Management, and is currently working on getting her MBA from LSU. She was born and raised in Joplin, MO. In her spare time, she spends the day relaxing with her sweet pups Annabelle and Olivia.

Why do you like doing this? "I come to work everyday because of my compassionate co-workers, amazing clients and super cute patients!"

When did you join the practice? March of 2016

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Right now, its meatloaf and mac & cheese!"

What's a fun fact about YOU? "I LOVE PLANTS!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Mandie Matthewson RVT

Mandie RVT - Veterinary Technician Manager

When did you join the practice? 2012

Mandy was born in Florida and moved to Missouri in 2000. She now lives in Stella, MO with her 2 dogs, Flea and Betty, one cat, Dollar, and her horse, Cricket.  She completed the Veterinary Technician program at Crowder College in Neosho, MO in 2012 and is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She loves to work, ride her horse, as well as hunt and fish in her spare time.

Favorite part of the job? "Trauma cases."

Bri - Kennel Technician Manager

Bri owns and operates "Lead Your Dog", she has been working with animals for the last 13 years. Her first job was at a veterinary office, working with the animals; where she just felt more at home. She grew up on both coasts of the country and she finds herself loving the middle of the continent the most. 

 Why do you like doing this? "I would want to have someone like me to care for my dogs, if I dropped them off."

When did you join the practice? Summer of 2017

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Popcorn and fruit snacks."

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I like Sci-fi and Comicon, I also enjoy reading comic books, road trips and B horror movies."

Janet - Client Services Manager

Janet has worked in customer service management for over 15 years. She has made her home in the Joplin area, with her three teenage sons. Janet spends her spare time, working as a youth leader and lounging with her three pooches!

Why do you like doing this? "I love being around animals, but dogs especially. I also enjoy working with everyone I work with!"

When did you join the practice? October of 2017

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

What's a fun fact about YOU? "I love Jesus Christ with all my heart!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Sarah Hawkins RVT

Sarah RVT - Veterinary Technician

Sarah was born in Richmond, VA, but has lived in Neosho practically her whole life. She now resides in Joplin, MO. Sarah graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Crowder College and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She also has two Cocker Spaniels, named Leo and Lily.  

Why do you like doing this? "I like to educate clients about being responsible pet owners, and of course I love to work with the animals and try to make a difference!"

When did you join the practice? April 4th, 2014

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

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I played the flute for eight years and went to state four of those years. I am also really into photography!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Seth Dahle-Melsaether

Seth RVT - Veterinary Technician

Seth graduated from Monett High School in 2011, and carried on to complete a degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2014. Seth then moved to Joplin in 2015, and has worked in a veterinary practice since he was 17 years old. He enjoys the outdoors, doing things that include: bouldering, rock climbing and anything to do with bicycles.

Why do you like doing this? "It brings me joy to help owners celebrate the most birthdays possible with their furry friends."

When did you join the practice? Summer of 2015

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Tacos, and french fries"

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I'm equally as good at crashing my bike, as I am riding it."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Samantha Burnett

Sam RVT - Veterinary Technician

Sam was born in Joplin, but moved to Bentonville, AR where she graduated from high school in 2010. She moved back to Neosho and began working at MSPC in 2013. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. She is the oldest and only girl out of five children. She has 4 dogs: Snow, a Chow Chow; Sky, a Siberian Husky; Ross, a Pomeranian; and Maya, a Blue Heeler/Aussie Mix.

Why do you like doing this?  “I have always loved working with and being around animals.

Rose RVT - Veterinary Technician

Rose grew up the majority of her life in Colorado, in various foster homes. But that didn't stop her, from getting her degree in May of 2017 to become a Veterinary Technician through Crowder College in Neosho, MO. In her free time, she enjoys coloring and crocheting; and spending time with her beloved husband and three children.

Why do you like doing this? "I love working at Main Street, because I get to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves."

When did you join the practice? July of 2017

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

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I was born in Germany and have visited many placed in the US."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Casey Ward

Casey - Veterinary Assistant

Casey lives in Joplin and is currently attending Crowder College to become a registered Veterinary Technician. In her free time she loves to get to spend time with her little "boss" Eli, crafting and spending time at the lake. 

Why do you like doing this? "I love my animals and how much happiness each one of them brings to my family, its an honor to think that I get to help other families enjoy their pets the way that I do." 

When did you join the practice? February of 2014

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "My Mama's chicken and noodles."

What's a fun fact about YOU? "I have an animal of every color, a black cat named Marium, brown Labrador Retriever name Maddie, and a white Labrador Retriever name Max!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Christine Messner

Christine -Inventory Manager/Veterinary Assistant

When did you join the practice? February of 2003.

Christine graduated from the Franklin Tech Medical Assistant program in 2003 and has been working at Main Street Pet Care ever since.  She is married with two children, Kaleb and Lydia. Also in her free time she enjoys quilting and spending time outdoors with her family and pets. 

Why do you like doing this? "I like to talk with and educate clients about their pets, I have also always loved taking care of animals and learning about the medicine."

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

What's a fun fact about YOU? "I am a big fan of the television show, Friends!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Dusty Reece

Dusty - Veterinary Assistant

Dusty has diligently worked in the veterinary practice for 22 years. She grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma but now resides around the Joplin area. Dusty spends most of her spare time riding her seven horses and loving on her five dogs. 

Why do you like doing this? " To educate people so they can take better care of their animals."

When did you join the practice? 1996

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

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I used to build power plants."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Heather Rich

Heather - Veterinary Assistant

Heather joined our team in December of 2016.

Heather is currently a student enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Crowder College.  She has been married to her best friend, Sam, for 10 years and together they have two kids: Spencer (8) and Ashlyn (12).  When she's not at work she enjoys reading books and watching TV with her family.

What is your inner nerd?  80's Hair Metal

Why do you do this?  "There is nothing more satisfying than helping to solve a mystery and to heal an animal in the process.  A grateful look for a big sloppy kiss are some of the best rewards there are."

Main Street Pet Care, Inc. - Joplin, MO - Maggie Cates

Maggie - Client Services

Maggie moved to Neosho, MO in 2013; where she met the love of her life, Andy and they are now raising their two very beautiful children, Owen and Daphne. In her free time, she enjoys browsing Pintrest for crafting ideas, baking gourmet dog treats, drawing cartoons, and doing DIY crafts. Maggie also, enjoys training her puppy Benny and snuggling with her English Bulldog, Bean on the couch. 

Why do you do this?  "I like working in veterinary medicine because I feel like I can leave work everyday knowing I helped at least one person and their baby.  Animals shaped me into the person I am today and I love giving back."

When did you join the practice? May of 2016

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "My sweet Mama's green bean casserole."

What's a fun fact about YOU? "When I was growing up and still to this day collect dog breed encyclopedias. I have spent many hours studying skimming through the thick books." 

Paris- Client Services

Paris grew up in Neosho, MO and would like to pursue a degree to become a dental hygienist. She enjoys snuggling with her cat, Ollie; an orange tabby cat and her dog, Murphy; a 1/2 Great Dane 1/2 Neopolitan Mastiff and according to Paris she is a "huge baby." 

Why do you do this? "I love seeing new puppies continue to come into the practice, it's so cool to see the babies grow up!"

When did you join the practice? August of 2017

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Potatoes. All the potatoes, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and fried potatoes!"

 Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I really enjoy crafting and have nearly 30 Pintrest boards!"

Jennifer- Client Services

Jennifer grew up in Seneca, MO. She now resides in Joplin, MO with her dear husband and her two beautiful German Shepherds, Abigail and Hooch. "They are her world!" She also enjoys collecting coins and participating in Tough Mudders and anything fitness related. 

Why do you do this? "Ive wanted to work at a veterinary practice since I was seven years old!"

When did you join the practice? August 1, 2017

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Any kind of pizza!"

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I would love to travel, and experience all different kinds of foods! Oh, and I also LOVE sriracha!" 

Morgan - Client Services

Morgan lives in Joplin, MO; where she gets to spoil her super sweet disabled kitten Mr. Wobbles.

Why do you do this? "I love getting to see all the different fur babies!"

When did you join the practice? December 26th, 2017

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

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I cannot wink, and I'm super funny." 

Sarah- Client Services

Sarah grew up as a Navy kid, so she moved around a lot for the beginning of her life. Her family settled in Sarcoxie, MO and then they moved to Carthage, MO. Where she resides now. Sarah is a full-time mom, to a year old son and part-time to a 3 year-old. When she finally gets to take a break, she likes to snuggle up with her pup; Pearl.

Why do you do this? "I loved to get the opportunity to work with animals."

When did you join the practice? November of 2017

If you could only live on one dish, what would it be? "Real homemade mac and cheese, and coffee."

Whats a fun fact about YOU? "I like to be outdoors!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Sherry Pierce

Sherry - Groomer

Sherry has been in the grooming profession for 18 years. She started grooming at Petsmart eleven years ago and was a manager in their grooming department. She joined the MSPC family seven years ago and has been offering quality grooming services to our patients ever since. Sherry has also taught grooming classes through Franklin Technology Center. Aside from grooming, Sherry enjoys spending time with her family and helping out on her family’s horse and cattle farm.

Why do you like doing this?  “I love my job because of the challenge and the fun I have from working with animals. I like to help make them look and feel their best.

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Mike Vogt

Mike - Maintenance

Mike was born in Carthage, MO and is a graduate of Carthage High School.  He now lives in Joplin.  Mike has been our maintenance man since 2011 and is responsible for upkeep and many of the improvements you see around the clinic.  He has a Yorkie named Toby and a Chihuahua named Batman.