105 Whispering Hope Dr.
Villa Ridge, MO 63089

Phone: 636-451-4655

Fax: 636-451-3595

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Our Doctors


dr-markDr. Mark Cassells - is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Cassells professional interests include sport horse practice, and lameness diagnosis and treatment. He competed in dressage and eventing before veterinary school and now rides jumpers for fun. His wife, Katy, rides jumpers competitively. Dr. Cassells and Katy own several horses, many rescued dogs, and one goat. Dr. Cassells is the Animal Health Foundation President.


dr-derekDr. Derek Craig - is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Murray State University. He practiced in Washington and Tennessee before coming to Homestead Veterinary Hospital in 2001. Dr. Craig's professional interests include small animal and equine ophthalmology and dentistry, and surgery. The Craig's also share their home with Mr. Pickles- the super dog, and friendly feline Elmo. Dr. Craig enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and snow skiing in his time away from the clinic.


dr-aarahDr. Aarah Craig - is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the practice in the fall of 2012. Prior to Homestead, Dr. Craig practiced in the St. Louis area for 10 years specializing in small animal medicine and surgery. She enjoys all aspects of companion animal practice and also serves as Homestead's office manager. Dr. Aarah Craig and Dr. Derek Craig are married. They have two daughters who attend Pond Elementary. Dr. Craig enjoys snow skiing, camping, and riding horses in her spare time.


dr-sawyerDr. Cecilia Sawyer - a Kansas City native, is a 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the practice in April of 2016. Prior to Homestead, Dr. Sawyer externed at large referral practices including: Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Woodford Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, as well as Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital and Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Ocala, Florida. Dr. Sawyer moved back to the Kansas City area as a solo resident veterinarian and broodmare manager at Rodrock Ranches. She established an embryo flushing program at the ranch with the mentorship of Dr. Rob Foss. Dr. Sawyer is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA) from the Chi Institute of TCVM in Ocala, Florida. Dr Sawyer's professional interests include reproduction, ophthalmology, neonatology, internal medicine, emergency medicine and acupuncture.


Dr. Amiee Schlanger - is a 1999 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri. She practiced small animal medicine in Ohio and at the Animal Emergency Clinic before coming to Homestead Veterinary Hospital in July of 2015. Dr. Schlanger practices small animal medicine at Homestead and works every Monday and some Saturdays. Dr. Schlanger and her Husband have two sons and they share their house with their lovely cat Lily and chickens. Dr. Schlanger loves to go biking as well as to knit and read.


IMG_6560Dr. Donald Walsh - has been in practice since 1969. He officially retired from clinical practice in 2015. He is currently the Director of Clinical Research at Homestead and is devoted to finding a way to free the horse from laminitis, a devastating crippling disease. Dr. Walsh has an international reputation as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Laminitis. Dr. Walsh is the founder of the Animal Health Foundation, AHF, which is a St. Louis based non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for a cure and prevention of Laminitis/Founder. http://www.ahf-laminitis.org



IMG_6560Dr. Michelle Thornberry - joined the Homestead team after graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Prior to receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drury University. She grew up in Springfield, MO where she developed a strong passion for everything equine. She enjoyed showing her Missouri Fox Trotter, affectionately known as “Sis,” in arenas all throughout the Ozarks before attending veterinary school, and the pair now enjoys recreational and trail riding. Dr. Thornberry enjoys all aspects of equine practice, and especially lameness diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Thornberry comes from a long line of St. Louis Cardinals fanatics, and she loves spending an evening at the ballpark with her family. Her husband, Brandon, is a small animal emergency veterinarian.





Registered Veterinary Technicians


A Veterinary Technician is a graduate from an Associate program, which is American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited.
A Veterinary Technologist is a graduate from a Bachelor Program, that is AVMA, accredited.
Both are required to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and Missouri State Boards to become registered.


tammyTammy Seaborn, Head RVT, Registered Veterinary Technologist - has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since 2005. She graduated from Murray State University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Health Technology. Tammy handles many administrative duties, preforming inventory, and running coggins testing. She also can be found attending to hospitalized patients, and loves performing small animal dental procedures. Tammy has one canine companion, named Wendy Bird. She also has a Thoroughbred Paint mare named Toots that she competes in Eventing and Jumpers.


trishaTrisha Ruyle, RVT, Registered Veterinary Technician – has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since July 2016. She graduated from Hickey College - Vet Tech Institute in December 2013 with an Associates in Veterinary Technology. She lives in Eureka with her three dogs, Holly, Stormy, and Bailey. She was raised on a farm near Springfield, IL. Trisha likes to spend her free time shooting her bow, hunting, trail riding, and working on the family farm.



IMG_4670Emily Anich, RVT, Registered Veterinary Technician - has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since 2010. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in May 2011 with an Associates in Veterinary Technology. She works full time at her family's business and is a part time employee at Homestead on the weekends. At home, she has three dogs, Dakota, Sissy, and Hooey. She also has five retired horses at home. Emily has shown jumpers and now runs barrels on the weekends.




Veterinary Assistants:


rachelRachel Davis - has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since September 2013 as Dr. Cassell's Assistant. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Equine Science in 2004 from William Woods University. Rachel has been working with Hunter/Jumper barns since graduating, including two years with Olympian Leslie Burr Howard on the east coast. Rachel shares her home with two cats and two thoroughbred horses. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys competing in the Jumpers.


006MJ Lhotan - has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since May 2016 as Dr. Sawyer's Assistant. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Equine Science in 2015 from William Woods University. After college, MJ was a professional Hunter/Jumper for a year and a half; While she worked at Mechlin Farms in Wright City. MJ has a handsome mutt named Red who is the apple of her eye. In MJ's spear time she likes competing in Hunter/Jumper and hanging out with friends.


img_5181Laura Lorentz - has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since May 2016 as Dr. Derek Craig's Assistant. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science from University of Missouri and plans to attend College of Veterinary Medicine. Laura is from Cedar Hill had shares her family home with two dogs named Duke and Bella, her fetching cat Absolem, and two goats Flo and Dory. In Laura's spare time she likes to go hiking, rock climbing, trail riding, and traveling, she plans on traveling to Scotland soon.





Staff


loriLori Julius - has been with Homestead since 2000 as a receptionist. She is trained and certified to preform, in house Coggins testing. She completed an intensive two year program in animal science and has received her certification in large animal rescue. Lori is an active member of the Missouri Emergency Response Service (MERS) team that volunteers their time to assist large animals in life-threatening situations. Lori has a multitude of rescued animals which includes ten horses, five dogs, five cats, and a pot-bellied pig.


img_5211Kylie Maxwell - has been with Homestead Veterinary Hospital since April 2016 as a receptionist. She attended college while her husband served in the military and hopes to one day finish her degree(s). She works full time as an office manager for a doctor and is a part time employee at Homestead on the weekends. At home, she has two dogs Addie and Zoey, and one cat, Domino. Kylie enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and family, and you can often find them traveling/camping or at a race track.