Michelle D. Marshall, D.V.M.
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. Wasting no time, she got married to her husband Ronald the day after graduating from vet school. After graduation, she practiced in St. Louis for two years before returning to Columbia in 1994. She and Ronald have two children, Rachel and Eli.
Dr. Marshall has three cats – Storm, Lightning and Cosmo – and two dogs: Harry is a Border Collie and Axel is a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix.
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 namesake’s 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 cat named Captain and a dog named Apple. He enjoys movies, wineries and spicy foods. In fact, ask Dr. Meyers about his famous hot pepper shake.
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, Emily, 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 Emily have been married since 2008. They have two children, Cecilia and David, and a cat named Truman (of course!).
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 CoMO, 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, Jordan; attending his daughter Allie’s many band events; and going on walks with his wife, Angie.
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?
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, Russian tortoise and red-eared slider (a type of turtle).
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.
Tisha Burnett, Receptionist
Tisha was born in Columbia and has lived here her whole life. She has spent more than 20 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.
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 United States Team Penning Association Finals. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jason, with whom she has a daughter named Raylea.
Ashlea graduated from Moberly Area Community College in 2004 with her A.A. in agricultural business, from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007 with her B.S. in animal science and from Stephens College in 2008 with her B.S. in equestrian science. Her pets include several horses, a Blue Healer named Mylea and a Domestic Shorthair cat named Gus Gus.
Lexi Henson, 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.
Giulia Lino, 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. Her collection of pets is diverse: a cat, a hedgehog, a pit bull, a crested gecko and two ducks. An admitted adrenaline junkie, Giulia loves horror movies, skydiving, and riding her motorcycle. She aims to knock one item off her bucket list each birthday.
Tania Taylor, Technician
Tania hails from Moberly and has an animal sciences degree from Truman State University. Her docket of pets includes a blue and gold macaw named Radar, a German shorthair pointer named Otis, a pug named Mac, a lab named Schuyler and a pair of cats. She enjoys hiking, fishing, reading, gardening and helping her dad on the farm.
Erica Bast, Receptionist
Erica is in her final year of undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, where she will be earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science in May 2016. Afterwards, she plans to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mizzou, where she plans to focus on small animal and equine medicine. Erica enjoys horseback riding and driving her motorcycle, as well as playing with her cat, Gatsby.
Marissa Stark, Receptionist
Marissa is studying Animal Science at the University of Missouri. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking and listening to music. Marissa grew up in Kansas City with a horse, a cat, dogs, sugar gliders and a variety of fish.
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.
Victoria Forck, Receptionist
Victoria moved north from Jefferson City to attend college at the University of Missouri Columbia. 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 Bachelors in Animal Science. She currently lives with her two cats Tazabell and Shadow.
Bryanna Gates, Receptionist
Bryanna was born and raised in Columbia. She graduated from Hickman High School in 2012 and is currently enrolled at the University of Missouri. She is on track to graduate in December 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science and wants to continue her schooling to eventually become a nurse practitioner. She enjoys spending time with her family and playing spades with friends. She lives with her kitten Natalie, cat Gracie, and her dog Hollie.
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.