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Meet The Team

Our Team

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Dr. Kurt Phillips

Owner and Veterinarian

Education
Butler University, B.S. in Biological Sciences, 1992
Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 1996

Professional and Personal
Dr. Phillips has a special interest in canine reproduction and English Bulldogs. He is a married father of two. His family includes Jenner, a Vizsla and Lex, a French Bulldog.

When he is not working with animals and running his record store, Square Cat Vinyl, Dr. Phillips loves to see live music and entertain guests in his home.


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Dr. Nicole VanDeLeest

Veterinarian

Education
Purdue University, B.S. in Animal Sciences, 2009
Purdue University School of Veterinarian Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2013

Professional and Personal
Dr. VanDeLeest has a special interest in feline medicine, surgery, and improving her ultrasound knowledge and use. She is married to Dr. Bill Hoffmeyer, who is a veterinarian as well,
and they share their home with a yellow Labrador named Rosie, a Redbone Coonhound mix named Annie, and their beloved orange cat, Elby.

In her free time, Dr. VanDeLeest enjoys baking, traveling, trivia night with friends, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, and exploring downtown Indy.


Dr. M. Elizabeth Shaw

Veterinarian

Education
St. Olaf College, BA in Biology & Sociology/Anthropology, 2002
University College Dublin, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine, 2009
Chi Institute of Europe: Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture: Small Animal & Equine, 2013

Professional and Personal
Dr. Shaw has a special interest in integrative medicine (acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy), pain management, and surgery. She is currently studying for certificates in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Chinese Food Therapy.

She is a co-minion with her wife, Anne, for their FIV positive, black & white man cat, Davos. In her free time, she enjoys globetrotting, trying new breweries, cheering for the Indy Eleven, and attempting yoga.


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Stephanie Baer

Operations Manager

Education
Indiana University, 2001 (BS in Criminal Justice)

Professional and Personal
Stephanie worked in the Criminal Justice field for over 20 years. Her jobs ranged from offering home based services, working in detention centers, being a probation officer, and running a medical records department for a treatment center. She decided to make a career change in order to pursue her love of animals and has been working for Dr. Kurt Phillips since 2012.

Stephanie and her husband, Will, share their home with their family of four cats: Gandalf the White, Dot, Nurgle J. Moose, and Pippen F. Took. They also have their beloved Great Dane, Jett, a rambunctious Beagle, Remi, and a Bichon named Buddy.

In Stephanie’s free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, training in martial arts, reading and playing the piano.


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Ken Clarke

Practice Director

Education
Indiana University

Professional and Personal
Ken moved to Indy in August of 2011, from Bloomington, IN, where he started his veterinary medicine career. For as long as he can remember, he has always been surrounded by animals – which bodes well for his love of dogs.

Ken has worked with Dr. Kurt Phillips since 2011 and was integral in the inception of our flagship facility, Mass Ave Animal Clinic, and has now helped establish all facilities that makeup the City Way Animal Clinics family. Beginning his journey as a Veterinary Assistant, Ken quickly grew into the Practice Director, overseeing all City Way facilities. His passion for community outreach, focus on team culture and deep care of animal wellness is heavily driven by the motivation and heartfelt care displayed by his City Way team members each and every day.

He and his husband, Mark, have two dogs: Augi, a French Bulldog, and Brooklin, a Boxer mix. In his free time, you can find him exploring his neighborhood of Fountain Square, traveling, working on his own health and fitness, or diving into a tech-blog!


Nicki Grider

Patient Care Manager

Education
Studied music at Milliken University

Professional and Personal
Nicki comes to our clinic with over 16 years of veterinary experience. She has worked in a variety of positions and is very excited to be back in the veterinary industry.

Nicki lives in Beech Grove with her husband, Barney, daughter, Poppy, four dogs and two cats – it’s a full house! In her spare time, Nicki enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and playing and writing music.


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Catherine Nichols

Lead Customer Service Representative

Education
Xavier University

Professional and Personal
Catherine has been involved in the animal health world since 2011 and is very excited to be on the new team at Fountain Square! She lives on the south side with her “princess,” a husky mix named Luna. When not working, she loves traveling, volunteering and playing with her pup.


Spenser Harper

Customer Service Representative

Education
Ivy Tech, 2013 (Associate’s in Human Services)
IUPUI, 2016 (Bachelor of Social Work) 

Professional and Personal
Spenser’s well-rounded career path has led him to join the animal health field! He’s excited and eager to learn more about veterinary medicine and provide excellent customer service to our clients. In his free time, Spenser enjoys reading, writing, gaming, and diving into the latest science fiction craze. 


Susan Friday

Customer Service Representative

Professional and Personal
Nearing two decades working in her passion of veterinary medicine, Susan’s focus has been customer service and hospital operations. She is excited to be part of the team at City Way Animal Clinics and is looking forward to working in the downtown area! She’s had a variety of pets since her young teenage years and currently has one dog, Hattie, a Pitt mix she and her husband rescued in January 2018. She also has a grand-dog, Emma, who is a German Shepard. Susan is married to John and they have two sons, Trevor and Logan. She enjoys reading, sewing, working in the yard, and spending time with family and friends.


Toni Malone

Lead Registered Veterinary Technician

Education
Harrison College, School of Veterinary Technology

Professional and Personal
Toni always enjoyed being around animals. Since as long she can remember, she has loved helping animals and figuring out ways to help them. Growing up that passion never left her, however, she found she was becoming more and more drawn to medicine as well. She decided in 2010 to combine her two deepest passions and pursue veterinary medicine. She graduated from Harrison College, School of Veterinary Technology in 2013 on the Deans List.

Outside of work, Toni enjoys cooking, sewing, doing yoga, and hanging out with friends, family and her two dogs, Jasmine and Simba.


Ben King

Registered Veterinary Technician

Education
Vet Tech Institute, Indianapolis

Professional and Personal
Ben comes to City Way Animal Clinics with years of experience including having worked at the Purdue Small Animal Hospital for a time as an ER/ICU technician. He shares his home with his wife, Britnee, and their dog, Ava. He’s a huge fan of Dr. Pepper, rhinos, and 90’s tunes. When not caring for animals, he enjoys reading, writing, and gaming.


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Jessica Wolfe

Veterinary Assistant

Education
Camden County College – Associates in Veterinary Technology

Professional and Personal
Jessica has been working in the veterinary field since 2010. After recently moving here from New Jersey, she wanted to continue her passion for pets. She resides in Fountain Square with her sister. Together they have a Maine Coon cat, Hailey, two Tortoises, Six and Sweat Pea, and a rescue rat, Cream.

When not at the clinic, Jessica enjoys reading, music, photography, and exploring downtown Indy.


Lauren Scott

Veterinary Assistant

Education
International Business College, 2014 (Veterinary Technology)

Professional and Personal

Lauren is so happy to join the Mass Ave Animal Clinic team after working at another clinic for the past year. She has always had a passion for animals and even as a child wanted to work in the veterinary field. Lauren graduated in 2014 and has been eager to further her training and education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

She loves living in Indianapolis with her sister, brother in-law, niece, and nephew, as well as their dog and three cats. In her free time she enjoys attending concerts and music festivals and spending time with friends and family.


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Ica Hyatt

Veterinary Assistant

Education
Triton Central High School / Central Nine Career Center

Professional and Personal
Ica has always been a devoted animal lover and care taker. She just recently involved herself in the animal health world in August of 2015. Her love mostly radiates towards her cat, Hercules.

In her free time, Ica enjoys boating, hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and tennis. She also aspires to attend Purdue University for vet school in the future.


Sara Sallee

Veterinary Assistant

Education
Harrison College

Professional and Personal
Originally born in Indiana, Sara moved to New York for a while and missed the Hoosier state so much, she moved back 4 years ago. Currently a student at Harrison College studying medical billing and coding, she plans to further her veterinary education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

When she’s not working or studying she loves hiking in the woods and shopping. Sara shares her home with two dogs, a Mastiff mix and Yorkie mix, and a cat.


Ashley Clark

Veterinary Assistant

Education

University of Indianapolis B.S. in Theatre, Minor in Biology 2013
Harrison College Veterinary Technology 2017-school closure

Professional and Personal

Ashley worked in the theatre field as a freelance stage manager, front of house manager, and backstage technician for four years. In 2017, she decided to make a career change to pursue her love of animals! She plans to finish her education to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She lives with her family and their loveable lab, Lieutenant Dan, and her feisty chinchilla, Ginger.

In her free time, Ashley continues to support local theatre. She also enjoys reading comic books, playing her ukulele, painting along with Bob Ross, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and watching too many TV shows.


Emily Lemke

Veterinary Clinic Cleaning Assistant

Professional and Personal
Emily doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t taking care of animals. Always having household pets, as well as being a foster home and pet sitter for many years, she always knew she loved creatures of the fuzzy variety. She began working with dogs professionally in 2016 at a local doggie daycare, and came to City Way Animal Clinics looking to learn more and pursue her growing interest in animal care.

When Emily isn’t hustling at the clinic, she’s managing her own photography business or taking art classes. In her free time, she loves to cuddle with her cats, travel, work on home projects, and mosey around Indy. Emily and her husband Richard are the loving owners of Arlo, their border collie flat-coated retriever mix, and their two black cats, Erevis and Drizzt.