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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 18 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 things Harry Potter.

 

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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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Casey Gardner, Veterinary Technician and Boarding Supervisor

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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Amanda Long, Veterinary Technician

Amanda graduated in May 2018 from Macomb Community  College’s Veterinary Technician Program in Macomb, Michigan. She has been working in veterinary practice for 3.5 years total, with 1 year in exotic medicine. She has two crazy dogs, a border collie named Cisco and a chow chow mix named Koda. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking.  

 

 

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Jack Bennet, Veterinary Technician 

Jack Bennett is a registered veterinary technician that graduated from International Business College in May of 2018. He has a passion for reptiles, especially snakes, but admires every animal there is. His pets include snakes, lizards, fish, scorpions, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, and more. 

 

 

 

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Brianna Manns, Technician Assistant

After completing her externship with us, Brianna graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in August of 2018 and promptly joined our team! She enjoys the variety of species seen here at the clinic and has a particular fondness for reptiles, birds and wildlife. At home, Brianna has a chihuahua named Tater Tot, two cats Jesse and Leo, a leopard gecko named Rin, a blue-tongued skink named Ryuuk, and a beardie named Kota. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys reading and walking nature trails.

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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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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!

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Vanessa Shockley, Client Care Team

Hi! My name is Vanessa. I am 51 years young and a proud mom of two girls and grandma of three grandchildren. I have 20 years of customer service, and I just love work here at the Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic. My motto – Keep pushing forward, as God is in control. Peace, love, and happiness! 

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Ross McMichael, Client Care Team

Ross McMichael is a student of history, rhetoric, political sciences, and other liberal arts. A Greenfield, Indiana native, Ross was drawn to Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic by coworker Sadah Robinson of the Boarding team at AEAC. Ross enjoys his position on the Client Care Team, helping to support one of the best veterinary teams around. Each work day for him is an invaluable learning experience. Coming from a customer service background, he appreciates the opportunity to put his talents to work while adopting a whole new world of information and a whole new skill set. Ross enjoys the efficiency and the compassion that clinic staff retains in their daily tasks. He enjoys research, history, writing, and the theatre. 

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Natasha MacDowell, Client Care Team

Natasha grew up watching animal planet instead of cartoons, which lead her to get a degree in biology. She is hoping to one day use her degree for wildlife rehabilitation. She has a passion for all animals, furry or scaly. She has one pet – a fluffy orange cat named Floofus. Her favorite hobby is painting. Fun facts: She was named after her Dad’s dog, and she has a sister who is 21 years younger than her.

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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 Robinson, 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!

 

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Katie Lennox, Clinic Videographer

Katie is the clinic’s official videographer, photographer, and website manager. She creates all of the educational videos for our clients and the videos Dr. Lennox uses for teaching at veterinary conferences. Katie also regularly creates content for the Oxbow Animal Health Company and their veterinary continuing education courses. Katie is a graduate of Purdue’s Film and Video Studies program. She has been surrounded by animals her whole life, and has been helping out at the clinic in some capacity for 15 years. You can see more of her work and contact her at www.katielennox.net.