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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, DVM, DABVP (Exotic Companion Mammal)

Dr. Swisher is a Baltimore native and graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts.  After graduation, she completed a one year rotating internship and three years of specialty training in exotic animal medicine before becoming board certified in Exotic Companion Mammal Medicine by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2017.  She has co-authored several articles and book chapters on exotic animal medicine and spoken at local and national meetings.  Dr. Swisher’s professional interests include anesthesia and pain management.  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. 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 more than 16 years. She shares her home with a host of animals, including rabbits, a guinea pig, and several small birds.  Her special interests include avian behavior and enrichment, micro-farming and all thing Harry Potter.

 

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Caity Nemer, Head Veterinary Technician 

Caity Nemer 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 an adventure with unique challenges. She shares her home with a clowder of cats, two leopard geckos named Yoshi and Snidget, and a giant mischief of rats (which are her favorite exotic pet to own)!  

 

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Sarah Dehn, Veterinary Technician

Sarah became a registered veterinary technician in 2006. Most of her experience is with exotic animals and shelter medicine.  She is very active in the rescue community and volunteers a lot of her time with EARPS, Inc. (www.earps.org), AWC (http://indyhumane.org/AWC/) and IACS (http://www.indy.gov/eGov/ City/dps/accd/Pages/home.aspx).   Sarah shares her home with her husband and a variety of animals including 3 rabbits, 6 rats, 2 guinea pigs, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 snakes, 3 mice, a cockatoo, and a few tarantulas.  In her spare time she likes to listen to music, read, watch movies, and sleep. 

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Savannah Goins, Veterinary Technician

Savannah Goins is a registered veterinary technician who received her degree from the Vet Tech Institute at the International Business College. Her favorite patients are the scaley ones and she has a special interest in lizards. She has three pet rats and a snake permanently at home, and frequently a foster animal or two. She is also a published novelist and obsessed with dragons. if you like talking animals, you might like her fantasy novel, The Gwythienian. You can read more about the story here

 

 

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Casey Gardner, Veterinary Technician

CaseyCasey Gardner graduated from Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology in 2015 and is now 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 be more involved in wildlife rehabilitation. Casey has owned numerous animals including an iguana, sugar gliders, ferrets, cats, a corn snake, and a rabbit. Casey loves the outdoors and enjoys yard work and walking the trails at the local state park scouting for wildlife, though she spends most of her free time with her husband and their lap cats watching movies.  

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Hayli Faust, Veterinary Technician 

A Hoosier born and raised, Hayli is the newest addition to the AEAC vet tech team. After completing an externship with AEAC, she graduated with honors from Harrison College where she earned an associate’s degree in veterinary technology. As far back as she can remember, Hayli has always adored animals and spent most of her childhood asking strangers if she could pet their dogs. Hayli has a strong interest in wildlife rehabilitation; she one day hopes to use her RVT skills to treat and care for injured and orphaned wildlife. She currently shares her home with two dogs, three cats, and two chinchillas. Hayli spends most of her time trying to deter people from buying pets through pet stores and attempting to overcome her (healthy) fear of snakes. 

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Brie Worrell, Veterinary Technician, Boarding Supervisor

Brianna (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, Client Care Team

IMG_6100Lorelai Lowe is the head of our Client Care Team here at Avian and Exotic. Lorelai has worked with a variety of animals all her life. She has a love for the outdoors, including gardening, camping and anything wildlife related. She has a passion for working with people and their pets to help provide the best care possible. Lorelai shares her home with her husky, Marahute, 3 cats: Archimedes, Gidget, and Moses, and a chameleon named Joanna.

 

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Heather Sokol, Client Care Team

Heather

Years of experience managing a family of seven along with a myriad of pets left Heather well prepared to manage the back office at Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic. She entered the work force for the first time at almost 40 as part of our Client Care Team and enjoys using her background in computers to keep us all on track. Heather shares her little, old house with her husband Spencer, most of her five children, several pets, and a few other adult kids who return to home base now and then.

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Lauren Gordon, Client Care Team

Lauren grew up in Noblesville Indiana and fell in love with animals from a very early age. She went to Purdue University where she studied wildlife biology. After graduating, she moved to Alaska to work for Alaska State Parks as a seasonal naturalist. After moving home, Lauren did various jobs, but eventually found her way to the clinic. She enjoys seeing all of the exotic animals that come through and has a soft spot for the native wildlife. During the summers you may also find Lauren at the Indianapolis Zoo where she works part time as a zoo keeper for the bird department. Her and her husband Jason live in Carmel with their two dogs and two cats and enjoy spending time out in nature.

 

Aubrie Marker, Client Care Team

Aubrie grew up in Indianapolis. Starting at age four, she began caring for animals had has continued to do so ever since! She has had dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and much more over the years. Aubrie is excited to learn more about exotic animals as she joins our Client Care Team. She is most passionate about animal rights and plans to pursue a career in that field. In her free time, Aubrie enjoys playing with her pitbull Kakashi and her kitten Pookah. She also enjoys partaking in outdoor sports with her boyfriend, including hiking, running, rock climbing, kayaking and just about anything else nature-based!

 

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, a hamster, chickens, snakes, lizards, and a scorpion. Outside of school and work, he enjoys spending time outdoors. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jess Backherms, Boarding Team Leader

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 veterinarian field after finishing her undergraduate. When she is not working at the clinic, she is either running, studying, or taking care of her pet hedgehog, Kiki.

 

 

 

 

 

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Brenia Sokol, Boarding Assistant

Brenia Sokol is one of five kids in a house full of rescue pets. She loves working with the wide variety of animals we care for and can often be found singing along to show tunes while the birds dance in the inn. When not at work, she can be found spending her entire paycheck on music and makeup, studying for her high school classes, and performing in the color guard.

 

 

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Sadah, Boarding Assistant

Sadah has always been a wildlife warrior. Hoping to one day travel the world in the name of conservation and the greater good of the environment, she takes the time to learn about both domestic and wild animals. Sadah is currently enrolled in college classes at Ivy Tech Indianapolis and is the oldest in a house of 3 other siblings. Her hope is to one day use her studies and talents to open an animal sanctuary to enlighten children both the wonders and dangers of certain animals. You can usually find Sadah in the woods camping playing her guitar!