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!).
Victoria Capo, D.V.M.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Capo has traveled a long way to Horton Northeast. Beginning in high school and continuing into college, she assisted part time at a veterinary clinic in her hometown. She received her B.S. in Biology from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She committed to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine after just one tour and stayed in Columbia after graduating in 2019. Professionally, Dr. Capo is interested in behavior and nutrition. Though she loves Columbia and Missouri, she is still fiercely loyal to her Pittsburgh Penguins!
Dr. Capo is a converted cat person and currently has two cats at home, the mischievous Kylo Ren and the perfect princess Rey. Outside of work, Dr. Capo enjoys running, home improvement projects, photography, video games, and traveling to comic conventions. Both her and her husband are quite the nerds!
Ryan Fox, D.V.M.
A lifelong Missouri resident, Dr. Fox attended Mizzou for both his undergraduate and veterinary studies. Originally from Sikeston, Missouri, Dr. Fox has been a part of the veterinary community since high school. At sixteen, he began assisting part-time at a local veterinary clinic, a position which would provide invaluable experience and ultimately spark his interest in the profession. He subsequently attended the University of Missouri – Columbia to pursue a B.S. in Animal Science, which he received in 2014. From there it was just down the road to Mizzou’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated with his D.V.M. in 2018. After over 7 years in Columbia, Dr. Fox elected to start his career in a place that has come to feel like home.
Dr. Fox’s personal pets include two cats (Calvin and Miss Kitty) as well as a mixed-breed dog (Daisy) and leopard gecko (Trudy). Outside of work, Dr. Fox enjoys playing fetch with Daisy, going floating, watching Netflix, and attempting to leash-walk his cats.
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.
Abbey Whisnant, Receptionist
I currently am studying animal science at the University of Missouri. I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where I am hoping to move back to once I graduate and become a registered veterinary technician. I have two dogs Daisy and Duke who live in Seattle, Washington with my parents. In my free time I volunteer at the MU Equine Farm, as well as assisting with research projects with the Cancer Research Center.
Jennifer Parker, Receptionist
The daughter of a large and small animal veterinarian, Jennifer grew up with many animals and tagged along with her dad to work since she was a toddler. Once she was old enough, she worked alongside him at his clinic and did so most of her adult life. After his unexpected passing in February 2018, she began working at Horton Animal Hospital NE, and has come to call her coworkers “family,” as it truly feels like home. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys writing, reading, horseback riding, hiking, biking, fishing, floating, camping, traveling, and spending time with her 2 children and all her animals.
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.
Nicole Kasman, Receptionist
Tayler Ashcraft, Technician
Michael Meyers, D.V.M.
Although Dr. Meyers’ mother claims she hadn’t seen the “Austin Powers” or the “Halloween” movies before naming him, he still has fun giving her a hard time about it. 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, oncology, and orthopedics. 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.
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.
Sydney Mills, Technician and Receptionist
Sydney is originally from Liberty, Missouri and has had a passion for animals her whole life. She just graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and spent all four years dancing as a Golden Girl. Now Sydney has hopes of attending veterinary school within the next few years. She has two pets back in Kansas City; a dog named Slate and a cat named Stella. In her free time Sydney enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling, and hiking.
Kyndra Crippen, Receptionist
“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.”