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Dr. Stephen L Sollman

Dr. Stephen L. Sollman is a native of Fort Branch, Indiana. He was raised on a small farm just outside of town, where his father raised hogs, cattle, and grain crops along with a primary job in the post office. He was encouraged to be involved in the farm work and became familiar with "chores" at a young age. The early exposure to livestock, dogs, cats, and farm life led to an interest in veterinary medicine as a career. Upon graduation from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 he was employed at Jennings Veterinarians as an associate veterinarian, becoming a partner in the business when Dr. Max Joseph retired in 1984. Dr. Sollman is active in community service, having served on various boards and committees in the Jennings County community. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, woodworking, winemaking, sports and other outdoor activities. He is a member of several professional organizations and has special interests in bovine medicine and practice management. He works in our practice as a mixed animal practitioner seeing food animal, companion animal and equine patients.

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  • Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine-1982
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • Special interest in Food Animal Medicine
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Dr. Patricia Vayo-Sollman

Dr. Patricia Vayo is a native of Massachusetts who was born and grew up in the outskirts of the Boston area. While attending Wilmington High School she participated in band and worked as a volunteer in a veterinary office. She also had many great experiences as a member of the local Girl Scouts organization. For a period of time during her childhood the family lived in an area that allowed her to have a horse, and she still remembers the fun she had caring for and riding that horse After graduation from Wilmington High as a member of the class of 1974, she was accepted into Regis College as a member of the class of 1978. She graduated in May 1978 with a degree in Chemistry and Biology. Dr. Vayo was accepted into the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 1982. During her tenure at Purdue, she met and eventually married a native Hoosier and fellow classmate, Dr. Stephen Sollman. Upon graduation, she accepted employment at Jennings Veterinarians and began her career here in May, 1982. Upon the retirement from private practice of Dr. Max Joseph, she became a partner in the practice in July 1984. Dr. Vayo is the mother of four children.

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Regis College-1978

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine-1982

Special interest in companion animal medicine and soft tissue surgery.

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Dr. Kami L Simpson

Dr. Kami Simpson has been employed at Jennings Veterinarians since her graduation from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine with the class of 2004. Dr. Simpson grew up in the small town of Rising Sun, Indiana. Her parents, Stan and Linda Phillips, owned a small crop and livestock farm and kept her active on the farm. Experiences on the farm spurred her lifelong interest in becoming a veterinarian. During her childhood she was very involved in 4H showing many animals, including cattle, hogs, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and cats. She especially enjoyed dog obedience training and spending time with her horse. In high school, she was active in several clubs and also enjoyed playing basketball, softball, and soccer. In 1996 she graduated from Rising Sun High School and began attending the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in biology at USI, and began her studies at Purdue in the fall of 2000. While in veterinary school, Dr. Simpson was a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and enjoyed activities of the Equine Club. She married her high school sweetheart, Denton (also from Rising Sun) in 2001. Dr. Simpson won an award in 2002 for outstanding academic achievement and in 2004, won the senior student award for excellence in large and small animal medicine and surgery. Since 2004, Dr. Simpson and her husband have lived in North Vernon. She enjoys the variety of practicing both small and large animal medicine. She enjoys seeing and hopefully contributing to the bond between animals and humans. Her daughter, Alyssa, was born in June 2006. Her son, Landon, was born in May 2009. Denton began a career as an insurance agent at Farm Bureau Insurance in the fall of 2007. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling (the Grand Canyon, Mexico, Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica...), playing and watching sports, and spending time outdoors. Dr. Simpson has 1 dog, 2 cats, and a small "herd" of two cows. She also has added a pony for her daughter to enjoy.

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University of Southern Indiana-2000

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine-2004.

Special interest in Equine Medicine

 

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Renissa Maschino, RVT

Renissa is a resident of Hayden, IN where she grown up on a small cattle farm. She currently has two Border Collies, the Chancey and the nosey Oscar. Renissa has one brother Ryan, who is three years older than her. She was a four year member of the FFA, serving as an officer for three years. Renissa enjoyed participating in ten years of 4-H at the Jennings County Fair, during which time she showed cattle, swine, sheep, chickens, and goats. Being around animals all her life is what enticed her to pursue her dream of working in the animal field.

Renissa went to Jennings County High School, where she held a 2-year internship at Jennings Veterinarians. Following her graduation in 2007, she attended college at the International Business College of Indianapolis. Renissa achieved an associate's degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2008 and has earned her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

These days, Renissa enjoys spending most of her time with family, friends, and being outdoors. She loves fishing, hunting, and camping, as well as ATV riding. Renissa also takes pleasure in scrapbooking with her grandmother.

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Julie Gearries

I am Julie Gearries, one of the receptionists at Jennings Veterinarians. I work at the front desk to meet and greet you and your pets when you visit the office and to schedule appointments and answer your questions on the telephone.

I joined the team in February 1996 after being away from Jennings County for 15 years. I am a native of Jennings County, born and raised on Hicks Street in North Vernon. After graduating from Jennings County High School I started working at Muscatatuck State Hospital. My husband at the time enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1977 and we moved our family, a son and daughter, to Norfolk, Virginia. While living in Virginia Beach I started working as a kennel assistant for a small veterinary clinic. From those beginnings, I eventually became a veterinary assistant, receptionist, and eventually hospital manager. With two children, a husband at sea most of the year, and a full-time job, I still managed to get some business and law courses completed at Tidewater Community College.

My life is currently filled with my two dogs, Liberty Bell and Gunther, and two housecats, Trickster and Holly. I live on the family farm South of Vernon and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

I am currently taking courses to be certified as a dog trainer/instructor. I have been training dogs and puppies on my own for several years.

I believe you should never stop in your efforts to improve yourself and that one should always do their best to be honest, sincere, and follow through with anything you may say.

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Megan Powless

Hi!. My name is Megan Powless. I am the newest face you will see in the office. I started working for Jennings Veterinarians in late October 2013. You will usually see me greeting you as you walk through the door, checking you in for your appointments, and answering the phones. 

I have two dogs that are my only children for now. I have miniature Australian Shepherd named Pepper, who is sweet and shy, and a Boston Terrier named Dixie, who is well behaved and rotten all at the same time. Although the dogs have opposite personalities they play very well together and bring a lot of entertainment to the house.

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Caroline Short

Welcome. My name is Caroline Short, better known around here as Carrie. I am a 1998 graduate of Jennings County High School.

I began my services for Jennings Veterinarians working part time in 1998, tried out other occupations for a while and hired back as a full time veterinary assistant in December 2000. The duties of an assistant to the doctors are not limited to restraining pets for the safety of all involved. We also fill prescriptions, educate pet parents, ensure the hospital is clean and sanitary, and a myriad of other things.

My interest and experience in the veterinary field began long before I began my work here. My mother, Julie Gearries, has worked in this business for 27 years, so veterinary clinics have been a second home to me. I was born in Indiana, but, being a navy brat, lived my first 16 years in Virginia Beach, VA. I have always had critters to care for and couldn't imagine a life without pets.

I feel that every animal is unique. I take pride in my patience to get to know the personality of each one I handle. I hope I can gain your beloved pets trust and help make their doctor visits as comfortable as possible. I will listen to your concerns and do my best to answer questions you may have about their well-being.

My time away from work is mostly spent at home with my other half (Carl), 2 daughters (Adrian, 11; Carmon, 6), 2 dogs(Cain, Merlyn), 4 cats (Willow, Pixie, Jade, Ariel). I have a thirst for knowledge and like to keep my brain busy. I enjoy puzzles, music, and being a "big kid". I have interests in the paranormal and out of the ordinary things. I dabble in woodwork and mechanics, and like the problem solving involved in fixing stuff. I love nature and enjoy the chances I get to relax and admire it.

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Ashley Johnston

Hello, my name is Ashley Johnston. You may not see me often, as I am a veterinary assistant at Jennings Veterinarians, normally working in the exam rooms and other areas of the hospital, assisting with treatments, taking care of patients, and doing other things to make life easier for the doctors.

I have been employed at Jennings Veterinarians since May 2008. Prior to my employment here, I worked as a CNA at a nursing home for three years.

I was born in Columbus, Indiana and for the last 23 years of my life I have been living in Jennings County just outside of a small town called Dupont. I grew up with one sister. I have two dogs, the old and wise Bear, and the young and relentless Magnum. I also have a cat named Tiger.

Some of my hobbies and interests include "mudding", riding four wheelers, shopping, horseback riding, and hanging out with my friends and family.

 

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Harold Stadtfeld

Hello, I am Harold Stadtfeld, "Harry" to most.

I came to Jennings County in 1996 after spending nearly 16 years in the United States Marine Corps. Over the years I have helped raise 6 children, the youngest of which is still in school. I have worked in a factory, spent many years in food service management, and even tried my hand at constuction.

I started working here at Jennings Veterinarians in April 2013 as the Large Animal Assistant. I find the job both challenging and rewarding, and hope to spend many years here learning and growing with the staff.

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