Welcome! Referring veterinarians may call in their referrals to (317)879.8633. After you have called in your referral, please instruct your client to call our office for appointment scheduling and information.

Our Staff

Dr. Angela Lennox

Dr. Lennox is a 1989 graduate of Purdue IMG_9270University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has practiced exclusively exotic animal medicine for more than 20 years. She is currently Indiana’s only board certified exotic specialist, with three specialty degrees; one in avian medicine (American Board of Veterinary Pracititioners-Avian, and two in exotic companion medicine (American Board of Veterinary Practitioners-Exotic Companion Mammal, and European College of Zoological Medicine-Small Mammal).  She is an adjunct professor at Purdue University, and has written and has lectured extensively throughout the US and internationally, including the International Conference on Exotics where she was awarded Exotic DVM of the Year, and at the North American Veterinary conference where Dr. Lennox was voted Exotic speaker of the year in 2009 and 2010. She received the Oxbow Animal Health Professional award in 2013. She has written and edited many books, book chapters and articles on topics in exotic medicine including the Rabbit and Rodent Dentistry Handbook, and Clinical Radiology of Exotic Companion Mammals. Dr. Lennox served as president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV www.aemv.org) a group dedicated to improving the standards of exotic mammal medicine, and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

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Dr. Samantha Swisher

Dr. Swisher is a Baltimore native and a 2012 graduate of Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.  After graduation, she completed a rotating internship in Maryland at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates and a specialty internship with the Exotic Animal Medicine Service at North Carolina State University before moving to Indianapolis to complete her residency in Exotic Companion Mammals with Dr. Lennox.  She has co-authored several book chapters on exotic animal medicine and spoken at local and national meetings.  Dr. Swisher’s professional interests include anesthesia, pain management, and exotic pet behavior.  While her residency was focused on exotic mammals, she enjoys working with all of the species that we see at AEAC!

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Dr. Kim Le

Kim graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 and has completed a Masters in Conservation Medicine.

Since graduation Kim has maintained a strong interest in the field of exotics and avian medicine and surgery. Kim has undertaken externships in exotics and wildlife medicine in Minnesota and Louisiana and more recently an internship in Avian and Exotic Medicine at the University of Guelph Canada.

Kim’s spare time is spent rock climbing, mountain biking and traveling the world for exotic food! 

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Dr. Taylor Lewis

As a lover of all animals, Dr. Taylor Lewis always wanted to be veterinarian. If she could, she would also have her own farm so she could enjoy the company of as many animals as possible. However, before both of those dreams could become a reality, Dr. Lewis started her training at Purdue University, earning a Bachelor’s in Animal Science. Next, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Tennessee where she received a strong introduction to exotic animal medicine. She completed two internships, one at IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Center on the south side of Indianapolis, and the other at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She is now happy to have been able to come back home to start her Exotic Companion Mammal Residency with the wonderful staff at AEAC! At this time, Dr. Lewis shares her home with a spunky rabbit named Bailey and an energetic rabbit-watch-dog named Morgan, but is always on the lookout for potential adoptees!

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Corina Lennox, Practice Manager

Our Practice Manager is Cori Lennox, a 2010 graduate of Purdue University, who has worked for the clinic in various capacities for nearly 14 years. She shares her home with a dog, two cats, a rabbit, a hedgehog, 4 rats, and a small flock of budgies.  Her special interests are avian behavior and enrichment, and client education. See her section on enrichment tips for birds here: http://www.exoticvetclinic.com/care-sheets/pet-owners/birds/enrichment-tips-for-birds/

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Caity Nemer, Head Veterinary Technician 

Caity Nemer, RVT, is a graduate of both Ball State University and the International Business College Veterinary Technician Institute. She enjoys exotic animal medicine because each and every day is a new adventure! She shares her home with three cats, six rats, a dog, and a leopard gecko named Yoshi! Caity is currently working towards becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Clinical Practice- Exotic Companion Animal. 

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Sarah Dehn, Veterinary Technician

A native of beautiful Northern Michigan, Sarah received her veterinary technician degree from Baker College in 2006, and has 9 plus years of exotic animal experience.

Sarah is the founder and president of EARPS, Inc., a 501(c)3 exotic animal rescue and pet sanctuary whose mission to improve the quality of life for pocket pets, exotic pets, and non-traditional pets through fostering, adopting, and educating, as well as helping control the pet population through spaying and neutering.  It is quite common for Sarah to have a wide variety of unique foster animals in her home such as the 2 ft. alligator that lived in her living room (in an enclosure) and the 10 ft. boa that would soak in her bathtub. (www.earps.org)

On the side, Sarah is also a “spa girl”.  She brings the spa to her clients in their own home or into their work place to teach them how to, and give them permission to relax and take care of themselves.  Sarah says the even though she’s not a girly girl, she loves doing spa because her clients get to have fun girl time with her most stressed out friends and she just squirts product in people’s hands and tells them where to put it.  (www.beautipage.com/sarahdehn)

In her free time, she sleeps…sometimes.

 

Savannah Goins, Veterinary Technician

Savannah is a recent graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at the International Business College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She is currently in pursuit of her RVT. While studying for her degree, she spent nearly three years working in a University lab with mice, rats, and axolotl salamanders. Savannah has always had a special affinity for reptiles, especially lizards. She has more than ten years of experience keeping and caring for an assortment of reptiles including bearded dragons, crested geckos, leopard geckos, green and brown anoles, a ball python and a Mali uromastyx. She also especially loves rats! Outside of her interests in exotic animals, Savannah also enjoys various arts such as painting, sketching, reading, creative writing, and sewing.

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Casey Gardner, Veterinary Technician

CaseyCasey Gardner is a recent graduate of Harrison College with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Casey is currently a Veterinary Assistant and is applying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Casey has always had a passion for animals, especially exotic and wild species. She looks forward to a lifelong career caring for animals and hopes to one day also work with wildlife rehabilitation. Casey has owned numerous animals including sugar gliders, an iguana, ferrets, cats, and a rabbit. She enjoys reading, movies, and being outdoors.

 

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Hayli Faust, Veterinary Technician 

Hayli Faust has finished her veterinary technician course studies, including an internship at the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic, and will soon take the final steps towards her registered veterinary technician degree.

 

 

 

 

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Brie Worrell, Boarding Supervisor, Veterinary Technician

resized_20161012_170821Brianna (Brie) Worrell is an RVT at AEAC as well as the Boarding Supervisor. She graduated from Harrison College, School of Veterinary Technology in 2015. Her passion for animals stems from living on a small Hoosier farm. She has cared for a variety of animals since she was a little girl, including: sheep, goats, water fowl, chickens, a peacock, cats, dogs, bunnies, a bearded dragon, and hedgehogs. She also has experience in a college laboratory working in research on grasshopper mice, beach mice, axolotls, bull frogs, and laboratory rats.

Eventually, Brie hopes to pursue animal disaster relief and rescue with a focus on animal rehabilitation.

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Kim Lowe, Lead Receptionist

IMG_6100Kim has had a love for animals her entire life. Starting as a child working in kennels, she has worked in various positions in the animal industry for over 14 years, and wouldn’t have it any other way! Kim has a passion for the outdoors, including gardening and anything wildlife related! She enjoys working together with clients and their pets to help provide the best care possible and hopes to eventually become a certified wildlife rehabilitator! Kim shares her home with her husky, Marahute, 3 cats: Archimedes, Moses, and Gidget, and a chameleon named Joanna.

 

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Heather Sokol, Receptionist

HeatherHeather Sokol is excited to be part of the reception team, joining the work force for the very first time at nearly 40. She has spent almost 20 years as a stay at home mom and has been married to Spencer for most of her life. Together, they run Studio 27, specializing in design, development, and social strategy to help small businesses tell their stories.

They share their little stone house with three cats, two dogs, two ferrets, a rabbit, a gerbil, two chinchillas, several rats, and a variety of other foster pets that come and go. The animals are primarily cared for by one of her five children, who hopes to be an exotic vet one day. Heather mostly just drives and buys the food.

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Mary Alice Peoples

Mary Alice Peoples, aka MA was raised in the Nora area of Indy, has lived in St.Louis, Bloomington IN, and South Florida. She has two college age children who still spend some time living at home. When they aren’t around, she enjoys her adopted budgie, her 12 year old rabbit and her grand(rat)children. She also enjoys nature photography and birdwatching and can often be found creeping around pretending she is a wood sprite. 

 

 

 

 

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Jack Bennet, Boarding Assistant

Jack Bennett is currently attending the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College to pursue a career as an RVT.  At home, he cares for dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, snakes, a crested gecko, and a scorpion. Outside of school and work, he enjoys spending time outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Backherms, Boarding Assistant

Jessica Backherms is currently studying Biology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has a life-long interest in animals and plans to continue on to a career in the field after finishing her undergraduate. When she is not working as a boarding assistant at the clinic, she is running, reading, or sleeping. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brenia Sokol, Boarding Assistant

Brenia Sokol is in high school and enjoys spending time with her friends, listening to music, and watching scary movies. She spends her time outside of working as a Boarding Assistant, participating in color guard, studying for her honors classes, and volunteering for an animal rescue. She also greatly enjoys listening to show tunes. 

Brenia hopes to go into exotic vet medicine when she’s older. She is thrilled to be joining the team at the Avian & Exotic Inn, since she doesn’t get enough animal-time caring for the 20+ animals her family owns or the rescues she fosters daily.