Dr. Lindsey Hedges, Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Hedges is a native of Indianapolis; she moved to Lebanon in 2007 while in veterinary school. She and her husband fell in love with the community and quickly decided to make it their home. Since graduating from Purdue, Dr. Hedges has spent the last 3 years at a busy four-doctor small animal practice in Lafayette. Her goal has always been to open her own practice in Lebanon and become a closer part of the community. Dr. Hedges’ interest include preventative care, stress-free handling, the human-animal bond, and cancer and cancer pain management. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking with her dogs, and traveling. Dr. Hedges lives in town with her husband, three dogs named Arti, Brie, & Emmy and three cats named Olive, Whiskers, & Arya.
Dr. Leslie Brooks, Veterinarian
Dr. Brooks is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and moved to Indianapolis soon after to be with her husband. After graduation, she did an intensive one-year internship at the VCA Advanced Veterinary Care Center and then worked in Muncie as a general practitioner for three years. She is very excited to now be working much closer to home and to work in a practice with a focus on fear-free and patient-oriented veterinary visits. She also has her own mobile veterinary practice, and is enjoying being a business owner. Her free time consists of volunteering, riding her bicycle, playing tennis with her husband, reading, photography, and traveling. She has two cats named Elvis and Callie.
Ted Gieseking II, Office Manager
Ted is an excellent multi-tasker: he is a part time office manager at Pleasant Paws, a full-time Technical Analyst at Navient, and Dr. Hedges’ husband. He is a native of Indianapolis and moved to Lebanon in 2007. He graduated from IUPUI in 2007 and has been with Navient ever since. In his free time, Ted plays bass guitar.
Erin Coonrod, Registered Veterinary Technologist // Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Technician
Erin first started working in veterinary hospitals as a kennel attendant and assistant in 2004. In that time, she realized that veterinary medicine was a delightful combination of her two most favorite things: pets and science. She decided on her career path and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology from Purdue University in 2012. Her professional interests include hospice and palliative care, anesthesia and surgery, and preventative medicine. Erin is a proud member of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, being outside, and spending time with loved ones. She shares her home with four cats: Rumpleteazer, Alonzo, Xena, and Yoda, and a dog, Grace.
Hayley Sawada, Registered Veterinary Technician
When Hayley was in kindergarten, she dressed up as a veterinarian on "what do you want to be when you grow up" day. She loved animals, so that left no question as to what she would do. After growing up and trying a few different majors, she realized that she should have listened to her kindergarten self to begin with, so she went to vet tech school. Hayley loves dog and cat behavior and wants to continue to learn all there is to know about our beloved pets. She enjoys spending her time with her two pit bull mix girls, Polka Dot and Helen and her dog nephew, Froggy. In the future, she hopes to live on a small farm with goats and pit bulls, and maybe a couple ducks.
Kelsey Guenther, Registered Veterinary Technician
Kelsey grew up in Noblesville, Indiana, taking care of her family animals. Since then, she has worked in almost every aspect of the veterinary industry, from kennels during her college days, to handling research samples, specialty practice, nonprofit practice, sales, and wildlife work. Her interests include animal behavior, nutrition, and enhancing client education.
Kelsey lives with her husband, dogs, horses, and goats on the south side of Indianapolis. When she's not working, she enjoys painting, volunteering, and spending time with her family.
Alissa Hartley, Receptionist/Vet Assistant
Alissa is a native of Darlington and has always had a passion for animals. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at the International Business College of Indianapolis in 2011. She has 2 years of prior experience working as a veterinary assistant. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her family and friends, and helping her parents on the family farm.
Keadron Ahl, Receptionist
Keadron recently moved back to Indiana after spending 15 years in Rhode Island and currently resides in Linden with her little fur family. She has a strong love for helping animals and many of her summers were spent volunteering at the local barns and animal shelters. She hopes to continue her knowledge and education of the veterinary world in the near future. She loves going on adventures and spending time outside, her bucket list of places to see is forever growing.
Melissa Melvin, Groomer & Canine Massage Therapist
Melissa has been grooming dogs for 14 years. When she first moved to Kansas City, she found a job at a pet store by chance -- it was one of the few places in the city she knew how to find! She quickly found that she had a natural talent for making pets beautiful. She started out as a grooming assistant and earned the opportunity to study at a grooming school in Michigan. While there, she had the privilege of working with and learning from some of the top groomers in the country. She is still happily grooming since returning to Indiana and is excited to expand into more creative styles of grooming.
Rachel Thomas, Veterinary Assistant
Rachel is a 2015 graduate of Lebanon High School, and is currently taking online classes through Purdue University. She has had a love for all animals since a very young age. Rachel started working with animals by volunteering at Animalia, and is now gaining valuable experience by assisting at Pleasant Paws. In her free time, Rachel volunteers at the Columbian Park Zoo, plays violin, and spoils her four kitties named Jazzy, Sophie, Ally, and Liesel.
Sarah Andrews, Receptionist/Vet Assistant
Sarah graduated high school from Guerin Catholic in Noblesville and has begun college at University of Evansville for Biology and Pre-Veterinary medicine. Sarah was asked as a small child what she wanted to be when she grew up and she said “a vet,” that answer never changed. She started by volunteering at All Animals Vet clinic in Lebanon and then spent some time volunteering at Avian and Exotic in Indianapolis, where she discovered her love of exotic companion medicine, as well as her sever allergy to birds. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading and loving on her old black lab named Guinness.