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
Biography coming soon.
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
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.
Nicki’s been with Academy Animal Hospital since 2014. She receives great gratification from helping pets and their owners and has loved animals since childhood.
Nicki’s veterinary career began in 2008 when she earned her veterinary assistant certificate. She will continue to grow her professional expertise by beginning a veterinary technician program, beginning in Fall, 2020.
Nicki loves spending time with her own fur babies and her husband in her spare time. Her pet family includes three dogs, June Bug, a Chihuahua-mix and Pequena and Little Bit, Min Pins, and her cat Lenny. June Bug and Pequena both keep her extra busy.
Sidney Smith, RVT
Veterinary Assistant en route to 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.