Dr Pipkin grew up in St Louis County attending Ritenour High School. She taught school for several years at Meadow Heights and Parkview State School before attending Vet School. She got her B.S. in education at SEMO and then later attended the University of Missouri-Columbia Veterinary School.
She has a Tennessee Walking Horse named Abraham and a Golden mix named Bennie. Dr Pipkin has one sister Charlotte who lives in Springfield MO with her husband Wiliferd Lair. Dr Pipkin enjoys teaching and doing bible studies and helping the international students at SEMO University.
Dr Daume grew up and attended high school in Jackson, MO. She attained her B.S. in Animal Science and her DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She states, 'I love the variety of working in Veterinary Medicine, you never know what is going to walk through the door each day. We obviously love to see the new cute puppies and kittens but we also love seeing a pet for it's entire life. We care for your pets as if they were our own.' She lives in north Cape County with her husband Stephen. They have two grown children, Danielle and Joshua. They also have two corgis named Dave and Dixie, and two Quarter Horses and cattle. Dr Daume attends Cape County Cowboy Church. She loves reading and scrapbooking and taking pictures of her kids and dogs.
Dr.Karen FieserAssociate Veterinarian
Dr Fieser returned to Deer Ridge as a full-time veterinarian in September 2018. She is married to Randy Flowers and lives near Millersville with their mixed breed dog Honey and two rambunctious cats, Swiss and Gouda. She is very proud of her son, duaghter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Dr Fieser grew up in Campbell, Mo. After high school she graduated from SEMO with a BS in Biology, obtained her MS in Biology degree from St. Louis U and went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia with her DVM in 1999. She worked as a veterinarian in the private sector for several years followed by 9 years as public health veterinarian for the USDA. Dr. Fieser says she is very glad to be back 'home' here at Deer Ridge where she loves the staff and clients. Her hobbies include wildflower gardening, camping, target archery, reading crocheting cat toys, and babysitting her grandchildren.
Tonya MyersOffice Manager
Tonya became our office manager in 2015. She grew up in Daisy, MO and attended Oak Ridge R-6. She currently resides in Oak Ridge with her husband Brian where they raise beef cattle. They have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. They also have one Australian Shepherd Ellie Mae. When not working, Tonya enjoys reading, crafting, sewing, and fishing. She is a member of First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge.
Terri Degenhardt - MeyerVeterinary Technician
Terri grew up in Perryville, MO. She currently resides in Cape Girardeau with her husband, Russ. Terri has been employed with Deer Ridge Animal Hospital since 2006. Surgery tops her list of what she likes most about working here. She has three dogs Brody, Stark, Walter and seven cats Charlotte, Chuck, Dennis, Buffy, Lucas 2, Wynonna and Jasmine. In her spare time, Terri enjoys running, hiking, four wheeling, and traveling.
Chantalle PelletierRegistered Veterinary Technician
Chantalle joined the Deer Ridge staff in 2015 when she moved to the area from Northern Maine. She holds an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology. Chantalle is currently attending Southeast College of Nursing pursuing an RN degree. She enjoys riding motorcycles, working out and discovering new places to eat. She and her fiance have two cats, AKA 'The Girls' Gracie and Getsi and 2 dogs, Leia and Kara.
Brooke StephensVeterinary Technician
Brooke has been employed with Deer Ridge for 15 years. She lives in Jackson. In her spare time Brooke like to read, she also makes super cute dog collars which can be purchased at the clinic or from her. Brooke also enjoys spending time with her precious dog Josie.
Sheila joined the Deer Ridge staff in October 2013. She grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated from Central High School. She currently resides in Jackson with her husband Ricky, her two cats, Beckham & Jughead, and three dogs, Great Dane - Drogon Dracarys, Spaniel Mix - Raini, and Australian Shepherd - Jethro. Sheila has a son, R.J, daughter-in-law, Lori, one grandchild and another on the way. She likes to walk her dogs, ride bikes and spend time with family and friends.
Bree was raised in Oak Ridge, Missouri. She is a graduate of Oak Ridge High School and Southeast Missouri State University. Bree has been employed with Deer Ridge for 14 years. She currently resides in Oak Ridge with her husband and 2 sons. Bree and her family enjoy their furry friends Grizz, Pria, Snitch, and Pebbles.
Lynne has been an employee of Deer Ridge Animal Hospital for 16 years. Although she's 'retired', Lynne still fills in when we need some help and for that we are very grateful. She and her husband are residents of Jackson, MO. Lynne attended 1st grade through high school in the suburbs of Chicago. After relocating to this area, she attended SEMO. Lynne has 1 French Bulldog, Barbara Jean and a cat, Tia.
Laura AndersonReceptionist/Veterinarian Technician
She is from Cape Girardeau and says her schooling for working at Deer Ridge has been 'on the job training'. Laura joined the Deer Ridge family in May of 2016. She started off working as a Pet Nurse in Kennels and working as a receptionist. Currently she splits time between reception and veterinarian technician although she pitches in wherever help is needed. Laura is an extremely talented artist, she is great at making tie dye shirts, drawing/painting, you name it...she even designed our new Deer Ridge Logo. Laura has 2 dogs, Isha and Fritzi and 1 cat, Nova. When she isn't working, Laura loves to hoop and twirl fire batons and she's amazing to watch. She also enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and yoga. We certainly feel lucky to have her on staff.
Jody has been employed with us for 23 years. When she began with Deer Ridge she worked Kennels and did grooming. Actually, she said she was the 'Jack of All Trades' doing whatever was needed. She transitioned to full time groomer once her clientele was built. Jody grew up in Rochelle, Illinois but has lived in Jackson for many years. She and her husband have one dog and 2 cats.
Brynn MyersPet Nurse
Brynn started working in Kennels in August of 2015 while she was a sophomore in high school. After graduating from Oak Ridge HS in 2017 she went on to SEMO where she is majoring in Chemistry with a Forensic Science emphasis and minoring in Criminology. Her favorite thing about working at Deer Ridge is being able to care for any animals that come to stay with us and making them feel loved. When not working or doing school work, Brynn is an avid reader and loves to write stories, who knows maybe one day we'll see her name on the best seller list. She lives in Oak Ridge with her German Shepherd, Jaxx and a cat, Orion.
Next to Dr. Pipkin, Barbara has been employed for the longest period of time. She has been here from the beginning...June 1994. Barbara has seen and done it all. She has gained a vast amount of knowledge of all aspects of the business. Barbara was office manager for many years but in 2015 she decided it was time to step out of that role and step into a receptionist position. In 2017 Barbara decided it was time to retire, however we have convinced her to continue to work periodically because she is such a big help. Barbara and her husband live in Jackson with their dog Sammer.
Kimi MoorePet Nurse
Kimi came to us in July 2019 looking for some part-time work to help fill her days after retiring from her full-time job. She says she really enjoys meeting the animals and their people. Kimi is from Cape Girardeau and a graduate from SEMO. She likes to hunt, target practice and spend time with her family and friends, especially her 2 daughters and 2 grandsons. In addition, she likes to spend time with her 3 dobermans, Sniper, Xena, and Kevlar and 2 Beagles, Clover and Pickles.
Jody ThompsonPet Nurse/Groomer
Jody has been a long time employee with Deer Ridge, beginning in 2002. One thing she notes about Deer Ridge is 'We are all like family here'. Jody attending school at Oak Ridge and later attending cosmetology school. Jody splits time between working in kennels and putting her cosmetology skills to use only on pets. She has several cats, dogs, and horses. She enjoys showing her racking horses.
Abby KieferDVMAssociate Veterinarian
Dr. Abby Kiefer joined our staff in September 2020. She obtained her bachelors degree in Animal Science from Mizzou and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2019.
Dr. Kiefer lives in Perryville with her husband, Dillan, their Australian Shepherd, Duke, and the newest family member a kitten, Pancake. She and her husband were both born and raised in Perryville and are members of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
In her spare time, Dr. Kiefer enjoys putting together puzzles, cooking playing frisbee with Duke, playing soccer, hunting and fishing, traveling, and raising monarch caterpillars/butterflies.
When speaking of veterinary medicine, Dr. Kiefer states, 'I love the constant day to day change with veterinary medicine. Every day is different and challenging but offers so many learning opportunities. I enjoy dentistry, internal medicine, anesthesia, and preventative medicine.'