Originally from Chillicothe, Dr. Marshall has more than two decades of experience in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Truman State University in 1988 with her B.S. in Biology before receiving her D.V.M. from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She married her husband the day after graduating from vet school and practiced in St. Louis for two years before returning to Columbia in 1994.
When Dr. Marshall has a chance to get away from the clinic, she loves to travel. Some of her favorite destinations include Italy, Ireland and Hawaii. She enjoys snorkeling, biking, hiking and attending concerts. She has two children and three cats – Storm, Lightning and Cosmo – and two dogs – Harry, a Border Collie, and Axel, a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix.
Kevin Shull, D.V.M.
Born in Higginsville, Missouri, Dr. Shull has had a diverse beginning to his veterinary career. After graduating from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008, Dr. Shull worked at a small animal hospital and a 24-hour emergency clinic in the St. Louis area, and most recently within a research company outside of Columbia. Dr. Shull’s foray into research helped him realize that he missed working with pets and their families, and we were excited to welcome him to the staff at Horton Northeast.
Dr. Shull and his wife are avid Mizzou fans and love Columbia, having both gone to MU. The Shulls were active in Marching Mizzou and involved with Newman Center Catholic Church while in college. In his free time, Dr. Shull enjoys running, photography, music (church choir and occasional guitar), and DIY home-improvement projects. Dr. Shull and his wife have been married since 2008. They have two children—and a cat named Truman (of course!).
Christine Fitzpatrick, D.V.M.
Originally from Norco, California, Dr. Fitzpatrick has taken the scenic route to Horton Northeast. She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, in 2011, where she fell in love with veterinary medicine. Then it was on to IUPUI in Indianapolis, where she completed her master’s degrees before another jaunt west to complete veterinary school at Colorado State University in 2016. Dr. Fitzpatrick spent a year in Lexington, Kentucky, while completing a small-animal rotating internship.
Outside of work, Dr. Fitzpatrick enjoys reading, traveling and spending time in nature (hiking, kayaking, biking or just a nice stroll). She has three pets: a terrier mutt named Wexford and two cats (Yersinia and Franciella).
Jenni Kavanaugh, Technician
Jenni loves to ride, swim, read and hike in her free time. Raised in Columbia, she graduated with her B.S. in Biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998. She has a variety of unique pets, including a desert phase California king snake and a Russian tortoise. She has worked at Horton Animal Hospital since 1992.
Tisha Burnett, Receptionist
Tisha was born in Columbia and has lived here her whole life. She has spent more than 30 years at Horton Animal Hospital Northeast, and she has a daughter who graduated from Hickman High School (like mom). When not working, Tisha loves taking care of her pets and tending to a small garden.
Lexi Jose, Receptionist
Lexi is our adventurous, sporty receptionist. Hailing from Hannibal, Lexi moved to Ashland in middle school and has been living in mid-Missouri ever since. Lexi obtained her associate’s degree from Moberly Area Community College and went on to secure a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from MU, where she currently is enrolled in the Master’s of Public Health program. Lexi lives in Columbia with her two dogs.
Tania Taylor, Technician
Tania hails from Moberly and has an animal science degree from Truman State University. Her docket of pets includes a blue and gold macaw named Radar, two German shorthair pointers named Otis and Nellie, a lab named Schuyler and a pair of cats. She enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, gardening and helping her dad on the farm.
Marissa Stark, Receptionist
Marissa graduated from the University of Missouri in spring 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. She owns an Arabian horse and enjoys dressage and trail riding. Marissa’s other pasttimes include reading, hiking, camping and going to music festivals. She grew up in Smithville, Missouri, with a variety of animals including dogs, a cat, sugar gliders, fish and rabbits.
Victoria Forck, Receptionist
Victoria moved north from Jefferson City to attend college at the University of Missouri. She grew up on her family’s cattle operation and was very involved in showing cows. Although she loves animals larger than her, she traded in the cattle chutes for a much smaller scale. She will be graduating in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. She currently lives with her two cats, Tazabell and Shadow.
Haley Lewis, Technician
Haley currently attends the University of Missouri, where she’s working on a master’s degree in public health and pursuing vet school. She received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science in Summer 2015. Haley has three dogs and one cat.
Bryanna McCarty, Receptionist
Bryanna is originally from Columbia and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. She recently got married and together they have a son. She currently lives in Boonville with her family and a dog named Piper.
Michael Meyers, D.V.M.
No, not that Mike Meyers. Although Dr. Meyers’ mother claims she hadn’t seen the “Austin Powers” or the “Halloween” movies before naming him, he still gives her a hard time about it, even though he loves most of his famous namesakes’ movies!
Aside from his famous name, Dr. Meyers also has gained notoriety in the veterinary community for his life-long involvement with animal care. He has worked at two small animal hospitals in Columbia since 2007 and focuses primarily on surgery, geriatric care and nutrition. Originally from Edwardsville, Illinois, Dr. Meyers also worked at two animal clinics and a horse stable throughout high school and college at the University of Missouri. In vet school at the University of Illinois, he worked at a wildlife clinic and a dairy farm.
Dr. Meyers’ own pets include a dog named Apple and a cat named Captain. He enjoys movies, wineries and spicy foods. In fact, ask Dr. Meyers about his hot pepper spice blend.
Ashley Chaligoj, D.V.M.
Dr. Chaligoj is originally from the very small town of Grandin in southeast Missouri. She grew up on her parents’ cattle farm, where they also had horses, dogs, cats, chickens and ducks. After high school, Dr. Chaligoj attended the University of Missouri. She studied animal science and was a member of the Pre-Vet Scholars program before being accepted at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she took her first job as a mixed-animal practitioner in Arkansas. She has also worked as an emergency practitioner in St. Louis. She is very excited to be practicing in Columbia, a town she grew to love during her college years!
Dr. Chaligoj enjoys reading, puttering around in her flower beds, traveling and wowing people with her extensive knowledge of song lyrics. She is a huge Tigers football fan as well! She has 3 fur-kids: a dog, Zoe; a cat, Andrew Craig (Andy); and a horse, Trip.
Patrick Rogers, Office Manager
Patrick grew up in a small town in Illinois called Colona before heading to Truman State University in Kirksville, but his interests are anything but provincial. Not only is Patrick a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but he’s also a certified scuba diver!
Patrick is infamous for being the office prankster. He enjoys home-improvement projects and loves to have a good time with family and friends, especially playing ball with his son; attending his daughter’s many band events; and going on walks with his wife.
Patrick has two dogs: Skye, an Australian Shepherd mix and Luke, a Golden Retriever. He also has a Domestic Medium Hair cat, Aniken, and a Siamese mix cat, Leah. Wonder if he’s a Star Wars fan?
Christina Montgomery, Technician
Chris grew up in Peculiar, Mo., and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003 with her B.S. in Animal Science. In the years since, Chris has worked as a medical laboratory technician, a veterinary technician and a grooming salon manager.
A devoted dog lover, Chris has been showing Mastiffs since 1989. Chris claims five dogs, two cats, five horses, countless chickens, a husband and two sons.
Ashlea Sidwell, Receptionist
Ashlea grew up working on her family’s farm that raised cattle, horses, sheep and goats. She helped with reproduction and maintenance of mares, foals and stallions. Ashlea is a certified therapeutic riding instructor, and she used to ride bulls at local rodeos. In fact, she was crowned rodeo queen twice and has also qualified twice for the US Team Penning Association Finals. She is married to her high school sweetheart, with whom she has a daughter. During the weekends you can find her and her family team sorting, team penning, camping or working on the farm. She is also very involved with her daughter’s activities like dance, T-ball, clover kids and showing horses. Her pets include four Quarter Horses, a Blue Heeler named Mylea and a tuxedo Domestic Shorthair cat named Gus Gus.
Ashlea graduated from Moberly Area Community College in 2004 with her A.A. in agricultural business. She received her bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Missouri in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in equestrian science from Stephens College in 2008.
Giulia Hall, Technician
A 2014 Mizzou graduate, Giulia brings cosmopolitan flair to Horton Northeast. She was born in Palermo, Italy, and moved to Chicago at age 7 before coming to Columbia for school. She started working in kennels at the age of 14 and taught camps at horseback riding school. Giulia has a cat and four dogs. An admitted adrenaline junkie, Giulia loves horror movies, skydiving, hiking, traveling and power lifting. She aims to knock one item off her bucket list each birthday.
Erica Bast, Technician
Erica earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science from Mizzou in May 2016 and is currently earning a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Public Health. After earning her master’s, Erica plans on attending a college of veterinary medicine where she would like to focus on zoonotic infectious diseases. Erica enjoys horseback riding and driving her motorcycle, as well as playing with her cat, Gatsby.
Kesha Freeman, Technician
Kesha grew up in the small Missouri town of Mercer on a farm with horses and dogs. She currently is studying Animal Science at the University of Missouri. She lives in Columbia with her dog, Summer. Kesha enjoys reading, drawing, and pretty much anything to do with animals.
“When I bring my pets to Hortons Northeast, I know they are in good hands. My pets are my family, I wouldn’t trust just anyone to care for them.”