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Meet Our Team

We want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful veterinary team.  They help us on our daily adventure of running a veterinary facility and make us smile.  It just wouldn't be nearly as much fun without themJ



Mark Hale, DVM

Dr. Hale grew up as a typical farm boy in Northern Arkansas.  The family raised cattle and chickens and harvested hay.  He spent his leisure time riding horses, team roping with his brother, fishing, hunting and camping.  His first dog, a little dachshund named Penny, went everywhere with him.


Having grown up on a farm, he naturally thought his veterinary career would consist mainly of cattle and horses.  Upon graduation from the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine, he practiced at a mixed animal clinic for nine years before opening All Creatures Animal Clinic, Ltd. in 1999. 


Over time, he came to realize that he wanted to concentrate on companion animal care.  Although All Creatures started out about 50% large animals and 50% small animals, over the years, it has evolved into a companion animal practice. 


Dr. Hale strives to provide excellent patient care and client education in the hope that these tools will allow our furry friends to achieve, health, happiness and longevity. 



Abby is the wife of Dr. Hale and partner in All Creatures serving as the Practice Manager.  She grew up in Central Missouri near Columbia and met Mark while he was attending the Veterinary College where she worked.  The couple married in May of 1990 in Springfield.

Abby graduated from the College of Agriculture at Southwest Missouri State University.  She has an extensive office background and has also worked as a Certified Missouri Nurseryman and a tax preparer. 

She lives with Dr. Hale in the country near Bolivar with their dogs Chester, Patrick, and cat Clint.


Jamie grew up in Springfield and has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 2003.  Jamie relocated to Bolivar and joined All Creatures in October of 2008 as a Veterinary Technician.  She brought experience from both general practice and emergency medicine. 

Jamie's primary duties are assisting Dr. Hale in surgery and the exam rooms and caring for hospitalized patients, but she may also be found assisting clients at the front desk where she is very helpful with pet healthcare topics. She enjoys companion animals and is a pro at handling scared felines. 

She lives in the country outside of Bolivar with her husband, 4 children, their kitty companions and dogs.  In Jamie's free time, she enjoys recreational horseback riding.


Angela describes herself as an Army Brat, growing up in Alaska, then moving to Texas.  She worked for nearly six years at the busy Animal Medical Center near Ft. Hood.  She relocated to Southwest Missouri and joined All Creatures in September of 2011. 

Angela's primary duties are assisting Dr. Hale in surgery and the exam rooms and caring for hospitalized patients, but she may be found assisting clients at the front desk where she is very helpful with pet healthcare topics.

She lives with her daughter Bailey and her beloved pets. 


Patricia joined our team as a receptionist in March 2014 after working for Bolivar school district the past 15 years. She is a native of Halfway and has lived in Bolivar over 30 years. She has 2 boys, a daughter and is a proud Nana of 13 wonderful grandchildren.

Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, scrapbooking and gardening. 


Haley joined our team in May 2016. Haley was born and raised in the Bolivar area. She graduated from Bolivar High School in 2015 and from Missouri Valley in May 2019 with a degree in vererinary medicine.

She has graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine at MU and we are so excited about her future as a vet!! 


Erin started working for us in 2014 as a kennel technician.  She graduated from Halfway High School and received her associates degree at OTC.  She is now working on her Bachelors degree in creative writing at Missouri State University.

Erin lives on a farm outside Bolivar where she raises a few goats and Old Time Scottish Collies. She enjoys training and spending time with and her dogs as well as traveling the world. 


Heather grew up in Bolivar and graduated from Bolivar High School in 2019.   She attended OTC in Springfield for 2 years studying animal science.  

In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband or relaxing at home with her 2 dogs.   She also enjoys fostering pets for the Polk County Humane Society.  

Her hobbies include painting and being outdoors.


Kyla joined our team in 2017.  Kyla is a native of Weaubleau Missouri. 

She graduated from Crowder college in 2017 as a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her growing family and beloved dogs.  


Makayla grew up in Bolivar.  She graduated from Bolivar high school in 2017.   She attended college to earn a degree in teaching, but decided after working at a daycare, that was not the career for her.  She started working with us in 2021 as a receptionist and is enjoying learning how to be an assistant.  

In her spare time Makayla loves to bake and paint.  She aslo enjoys spending time with her family and church.  


Lindsay joined our team in the fall of 2022.  She is originally from Denver Colorado.  She moved to the Bolivar area with her Husband and daughter in the spring of 2022. 

She has a BS in Zoology from OK State University and she was a keeper at the OKC Zoo.  

She has experiance working with exotics and enjoys wildlife rehab.   In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and pets.  


Tanya grew up in Walnut Grove and graduated from Marion C. early high school.  After graduating She married a Marine and moved to CA.  She rasied 2 amazing childern while moving wherever the Marine Corps took them.  Her husband retired after 20 yearsand they moved back to MO to be closer to family.  

She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, taking photos, and scrapbooking.  

In Memory of Tom

Tom was brought to the clinic to be euthanized shortly after we opened in 1999.  He was found in a ditch after being hit by a car.  His injuries were serious.  His jaw was broken and part of his face was crushed.  He looked up at Dr. Hale from the exam table and we knew we had to give this little guy a chance.  Dr. Hale wired his jaw shut and for the next month, Tom was fed by syringe.  In order for his wounds to mend, he was confined to a cage.  Of course, he was not neutered, so in those early days, we referred to him as "the Tom cat."  One day he decided he was healed and started making a huge racket.  He was tired of that cage and wanted OUT.  We let him out of the cage and, of course, neutered him.  He supervises the activities of all clinic staff and greets clients.  We spoil him shamelessly.

In Memory of Toughie

Toughie was a kitten when he was brought in after being mauled by a dog.  He was so injured that we couldn't even see if he had an eyeball in his swollen socket.  He had bite wounds in his sides that continued to drain for weeks.  He was a brave little kitten considering all of the wound-flushing that had to be done.  That is why we started calling him Toughie.  That was years ago and he has lived here with Tom ever since.  He lacks the laid back attitude of Tom, but has endeared himself to us nevertheless.  He also is spoiled shamelessly.