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

 

OUR TREASURED STAFF MEMBERS INCLUDE:

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. 

 

Heather Tucker DVM

Dr. Tucker came to our clinic in 2016. Heather grew up in southwest Missouri on a diversified livestock operation in Galena, Missouri. She graduated from Galena High School where she was involved in several organizations. She focused on FFA becoming a chapter, area, and state officer. She attended College of the Ozarks and finished her masters at Southwest Missouri State with a degree in natural and applied science specializing in reproduction. Heather went on to graduate vet school at the University of Missouri in 2002. 

Heather married a Dallas county native and area extension agent in 2003. The couple was blessed with a daughter in 2005. Aside from their full time jobs they also run a cow - calf operation. In their spare time they enjoy outdoor activities including trail riding as a family.

Abby

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 horse Stormy, dog Chester and cats Turbo and Timmy.

April

April grew up on a farm in the Bolivar area, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Missouri State University, worked at a large animal veterinary clinic for three years and gave horseback riding lessons before joining All Creatures in August of 2006. 

April has attended numerous continuing education classes and led the clinic in its conversion to electronic medical records.  She now serves as our Head Technician. 

April lives in the country with her beloved horses, cows, dogs and cats.  In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, motorcycle riding, gardening, camping and pretty much anything involving the outdoors.

Jamie

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, Tim, their sons, Colton and Wyatt, daughter Cheyenne,  their kitty companions Maverick, Mystery and Oliver and dogs Luke and Sadie.  In Jamie's free time, she enjoys recreational horseback riding.

Angela

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 multiple cats and dogs. 

Patricia

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 5 wonderful grandchildren.

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

Erin

Erin joined our staff as a kennel attendant in 2014. She is a graduate of Halfway High School. She graduated from OTC with an associates degree in December of 2016 and is currently working on her bachelors degree in creative writing. She lives on a farm near Halfway where she raises nubian goats and cattle. In her spare time she enjoys reading and crocheting.

Haley

Haley joined our team in May 2016. Haley was born and raised in the Bolivar area. She graduated from Bolivar High School in 2015. She is currently attending Missouri Valley with hopes of attending MU to finish her education with a degree in vererinary medicine.

Leah

Leah starting working with us part time in 2015. Leah was born and raised in Kansas and she earned an Associate degree in Veterinary Technology in May 2007 from Maple Woods Community College.  She brings work experience from a specialty dentistry practice, humane society/rescue work and a small animal practice.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, 2 dogs, reading and being on the lake.    

Whitney

Whitney was born and raised here in Bolivar. She joined our team as a vet tech in August 2016. Her family has 2 dogs, 2 goats, 2 horses & about 50 cows. She has always loved animals but wasn't sure until her senior year of high school that she wanted to be a Veterinarian. Whitney loves all the animals she works with everyday and can't wait to continue her college education. Whitney plans to go to MSU and transfer to MU for Vet school. In the future she wants to come back to Bolivar when she graduates and work at a clinic here in town. 

Abby Roberts

Abby came to work for us in January 2017 as a receptionist and is in training to be a vet technician. She graduated from Bolivar High School in December 2016. 

Abby lives in the Bolivar area with her husband Michael, dog Titan and cat Silver. In her spare time she enjoys antique shopping, gardening and spending time outside. 

Brooklyn Black

Brooklyn came to work for us in 2016 as a vet technician. She grew up on a farm in Richland before moving to the Bolivar area. Brooklyn graduated from Bolivar High School in 2015 and plans to graduate from SBU in May 2018 with a bachelors degree in environmental biology. 

Brooklyn loves animals and enjoys doing anything outdoors especially hiking and spending time at the lake. 

Kyla Minica

Kyla came to work for us as a vet technician in April 2017. She grew up in Flemington and graduated from Weableau in 2014. Kyla graduated from Crowder College in May 2017 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. 

Kyla enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, friends, her beloved dog Izzy and her kitten Millie.

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.

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.