The neurologists at the Veterinary Neurological Center are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). In order to obtain the title of specialist and receive board certification, individuals must first receive an undergraduate degree, complete four years of veterinary school, typically followed by advanced training during a one-year internship program. Then they participate in a three-year residency program (such as the VNC’s neurology residency training program) completing specific training and caseload requirements under the supervision of board-certified specialists, as well as conducting research and publishing in scientific journals. Following this training, candidates must submit a credentials' application and then pass a rigorous examination evaluating competence in the specific area of specialization. Once all credentials have been met, and the individual passes the exam, the status of board-certified specialist is granted.
Dr. Plummer was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His interest in veterinary medicine and veterinary neurology (in particular) was first sparked as a young boy when his puppy developed seizures related to an infection from the canine distemper virus. Dr. Plummer’s professional interests focus on spinal surgery. Click here to read more.
Dr. Knowles was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised primarily in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Knowles professional interests include congenital and acquired deafness, vestibular disorders, epilepsy and infectious diseases of the nervous system. Click here to read more.
Dr. Stainback was born in Plantation, Florida and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. Her interest in neurology began as an undergraduate while initially studying electrical engineering. “I was interested in the transmission of electrical impulses but was more drawn to this in a biological field as opposed to working with computers which is how I ended up in veterinary school. My interest in neurology evolved as I realized it combined my interests in impulse transmission and my love for “brain teasers” in a way that is unique to the neurological examination”. Dr. Stainback’s professional interests include inflammatory CNS disease and surgical neurology. Click here to read more.
Dr. Moore was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Moore’s interest in neurology stems from a deep desire to help those patients with no voice recover from debilitating injury and illness. Dr. Moore's professional interests include: All aspects of neurology and neurosurgery, in particular minimally invasive surgical intervention of neurologic diseases, spinal stabilization for traumatic and congenital/developmental disorders, and inflammatory brain disease Click here to read more.
Dr. Kelley was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. Her interest in neurology began with her introduction to the field through her own dog's struggles with intervetebral disc disease. After learning more about the field of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, she knew this was the career path she wanted to pursue. “I became captivated by the organized complexity of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and the way in which a patient’s neurological signs enable the clinician to pinpoint the precise location of the disease process". Dr. Kelley’s professional interests include neurosurgery, emergency medicine and critical care, and feline medicine and surgery.
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Dr. Shoup was born in Rochester, New York and raised in Dallas, Texas. Her interest in neurology first began after learning about the action potential of the neuron during undergraduate school. Dr. Shoup's professional interests include all aspects of neurology, client interaction, and parasitology. Dr. Shoup has a personal interest in marine mammals after having participated in a care and training internship with the US Navy Marine Mammal Program in 2012..
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The VNC Team
(Number in parenthesis = years employed at the VNC)
Client Service Team(Front Office Supervisor: Rio Elena Lopez)
Client Service Representatives:
Jennifer Cornwell, C.V.T. (7)
Samantha Fletcher (6)
Rebecca Roberts (4)
Danni Straube (<1)
Sarah Clissold (<1)
Makenna Wingo (<1)
Patient Care Team(Technical Supervisor: WIl Levesque)
Kim Hoover, C.V.T. (25)
Jose Jayme* (12)
Nathaniel Nellessen (7)
Mike Meier (4)
Fernando Fernandez** (4)
Carrie Schmertz (1)
Stephen Wilson (1)
Isabel Montoya (<1)
Jocelyne Nevarez (<1)
Technician Assistant / Building Maintenance:
James Burton (21)
Nighttime / Weekend Patient Caretakers:
Caitlin Evangelesta (<1)
Brandy Johnson (<1)
Sara Torres (<1)
Lauren Niemira (<1)
* Foreign Veterinary Graduate (Philippines)
** Foreign Veterinary Graduate (Mexico)