MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Cahill, DVM
Owner and DVM
Dr. Cahill is the owner of Academy Animal Hospital. She purchased this practice in 2012 from Dr. Mark Storey. She embodies the hospital’s mission of going above and beyond to provide pets and their owners the best care. She considers each patient and pet owner part of the Academy Animal Hospital family. Dr. Cahill is committed to advancing strong lifetime bonds between people and their pets.
Dr. Cahill isn’t just a veterinarian. Being raised in a family with strong creative values, Dr. Cahill has a wide variety of artistic hobbies. When not caring for pets at the hospital, she can be found in her sewing room as she works on a new dress or knits a pair of socks. Her pets can often partake in the fun by exploring the two cat trees or napping on the futon in her pet-paradise of a sewing room. If not actively sewing, Dr. Cahill is likely dreaming up and designing her next cosplay. She also likes to unwind and watch anime or Netflix with her sons, William and Harrison.
In addition to her boys, Dr. Cahill’s family includes two dogs, Jimmy, a Mountain Feist, and Sara, a lovable mixed-breed. Her dogs even accompany her to work every day. Timmy, a six-pound, specially-abled and specially-spoiled cat is Dr. Cahill’s feline love. “The Girls” named Pinky Mabel and Lizzy, are Dr. Cahill’s other sweet feline family members that enjoy a bit of spoiling as well.
Dr. Helm, DVM
Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is that it is never the same, and every day presents its own adventures. She also highly values building relationships with our clients and their pets.
In her spare time, she and her children spend a large amount of time in barns and shows as they show their goats. Her family also has a cow and calf operation in addition to caring for honey bees. Dr. Helm greatly enjoys quilting and creating works of art for others on her long-arm machine.
Her pets at home include Shelby and Sasha, Great Pyrenees Australian Cross littermates. They are fantastic at protecting their does. Scout and Tonk, Great Pyrenees pups, love playing with the goats and watching over the barn.
Jessi Medeiros, RVT, BHS
Hospital Administrator, RVT
Jessi gives it her all each and every day. She has provided Academy Animal Hospital with her skill and dedication since 2012. When it comes to her work here, she finds making pets better and being able to see the joy in their families’ facing the most rewarding aspect of her job.
She successfully completed the Veterinary Assistant Program and Veterinary Technology Program at Crowder College then went on to earn her Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2015.
Jessi spends her spare time enjoying the company of her husband, her daughter, Kaydence, and son, Carson. Her pet-family includes Sidnee and Chance, a mini-Aussie and Aussie-mix, Sammi, a Siamese cat, and Lizzy, a sweet Leopard Gecko.
Anna Crooks, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Anna graduated from Crowder College in 2016 with an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.
She joined the Academy Animal Hospital family in June of 2015 as a summer intern. Her passion and determination impressed everyone so much, she was hired in a part-time role until she completed her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and could join the crew full-time.
Anna’s favorite part of her job is seeing the joy of new pet parents when they come in with a puppy or kitten. She has two cats, Chester Chadwick Cheeto and Herman Marie Monster. When she’s not encouraging her cats to purr, she can be found reading, exercising, running, or unwinding while watching a bit of TV.
Sidney Smith, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Sidney came to work with Academy Animal Hospital in July 2019. Her care and dedication to helping animals shine through her exceptional work. She gets to know each and every pet and owner. This isn’t just because she’s friendly — she knows that the better the bond she can establish with pets, the more they trust her. This results in pets feeling comfortable and safe in her hands.
Sidney is currently attending Crowder College, where she’s earning an AAS degree. When she’s not working or studying, you can find her kayaking and spending time with her family, including her pets. Her pets include Maggie and Steve, two adorable dogs, and Chico, a Green-Cheeked Conure. Sidney is always ready for adventure and her husband makes sure to provide plenty of them.
Paula is a passionate animal-lover with a knack for making others smile. We’ve been gifted with Paula’s ingenuity and talent since 1998. She loves every furry face and helping be an essential part of keeping our patients healthy. She especially enjoys it when she gets the opportunity to play with puppies.
Animals have always been a major part of Paula’s life. In fact, she currently has six dogs and one cat. Her pet family is comprised of Daphne, a Great Dane, Axel and Murphy, two sweet Pitbull Terriers, Opie, a Beagle, Maxine, a Husky, and Mr. Bohannon (Bo), a Dachshund, and her sweet kitty, Buzz. She spends a great deal of time keeping each of them happy while still making time for her human family.
Lori serves our clinic as a very talented receptionist where she enjoys seeing the loving bond between pet owners and their pets. She has been with Academy Animal Hospital since 2012 and worked alongside Dr. Cahill as a veterinary assistant prior to joining the AAH team.
She has a special place in her heart for elderly pets and worked as a veterinary assistant and groomer, beginning in 1998. Lori holds a nursing degree, which reflects her compassionate nature and deft skill in the medical field.
When not at Academy Animal Hospital, Lori can be found spending time with her beautiful grandkids and enjoying the great outdoors. She’s partial to dachshunds, especially her two lovable Doxies, Icus & Mazie who are 15 & 10.
Tiffany graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Western Governors University in 2020. She first joined Academy Animal Hospital in 2016 and then rejoined the clinic in 2022. Her favorite part of the veterinary world is getting to meet so many different cat and dog personalities. According to Tiffany, working with people who help create a light, fun, and easy work environment while still having a deep passion and respect for every animal that comes through the facility makes her work experience worthwhile.
Tiffany spends her free time cuddling up with three dogs, a turtle, and a good book when she’s not working. She also sets aside quality time with her family and friends. If it’s not too cold outside, Tiffany also enjoys going for a hike. Her home is incomplete without Loki, Hermes, Xena, and Hestia. Loki is an 8-year-old rott-shepherd mix who loves to be carried around like a toddler and gets the zoomies when it snows. Hermes is a 7-year-old dachshund who loves stuffed hedgehogs and curling up under all the blankets. Xena is a 7-year-old pit-boxer mix who loves hoodies and coats in the winter and meeting everyone she passes. Last but definitely not least is Hestia, a three-toed box turtle who is about 8 years old. She loves cantaloupe and cruising around the house with her dogs.
Veterinary Technician Student
Shauna is set to graduate from Crowder College Veterinary Technician Program in 2023. She came onboard Academy Animal Hospital in 2022. Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is getting to see something new everyday and watching pets grow. Shauna has always loved animals and knew she wanted to work in the veterinary field.
Away from work, all her spare time is dedicated to homework and time with her kids whether it be at football, cheerleading or choir. She shares her home with a great dane called Abaddon and three cats named RC, Castiel and Sam.
Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist
Chloe is taking up a degree in General Studies at Crowder College. In 2020, she began working at Academy Animal Hospital. The best part of working in veterinary medicine for Chloe is getting to see new fur babies they can care for and ensuring they have the best experience at the clinic. She decided to take on the challenge of being a kennel tech after graduating high school and the rest was a happy history for Chloe.
In her spare time, she likes reading romance novels, watching movies, and binge-watching Netflix series. She also sets aside quality time with family over weekly dinners and loves going on coffee dates with friends. When she’s not making dinner or out on a hike, Chloe relishes the time to take naps. Since she lives with her sister, she helps look after Maggie the schnauzer/dachshund mix, Walter the long-haired dachshund, and Carl the short-haired dachshund.