Our Team

The team at Kokomo Animal Hospital is dedicated to providing you with the best service in a friendly, professional manner. We appreciate the importance of the human-animal bond–we experience that pleasure everyday in both our personal and professional lives. It is our delight to join with our clients in recognizing and appreciating each cat or dog for their unique qualities and special gifts.

Our mission is to continually challenge ourselves, to be receptive to new ideas, and to promote patient comfort and client education. We are never too busy to answer a question, share an experience, or offer a word of encouragement. We are dedicated to pets and the people who love them.

The Team at Kokomo animal hospital

The Veterinary Team at
Kokomo Animal Hospital

office manager at Kokomo animal hospital

Marissa Mc Gowen
Office Manager

She has been with KAH since 2006.


Jami Caven

Jami Caven, receptionist at Kokomo Animal HospitalJami is pictured in the middle!

Kim Hendricks

Kim Hendricks, receptionist at Kokomo Animal HospitalKim is pictured on the right!

Carrie Parkhurst

Carrie Parkhurst, receptionist at Kokomo Animal HospitalCarrie is pictured on the left!

Ganiece Schaaf

Ganiece Schaaf, receptionist at Kokomo Animal HospitalGaniece is pictured on the left!

Emily Teller

Emily Teller, receptionist at Kokomo Animal HospitalEmily is pictured on the right!

Veterinary Technicians

Athena Steele

Vet techs at Kokomo Animal HospitalAthena is pictured far left.

Athena Steele has been working in the veterinary field since 2001. Initially starting as a Kennel Technician in high school, she migrated to Indiana from Oregon after graduating from Portland Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Graciously being granted experience at Kokomo Animal Hospital during an externship through school, she joined the team in 2006 as a Veterinary Technician.

Athena and her husband Derick have been married since 2006 after a long engagement while they each waited for the other to graduate. They have two two-legged children as well as two dogs, a cat, and two horses.

When not at work, Athena enjoys many creative hobbies such as crocheting, creative writing, and playing her ukulele. The Steele family is active in various areas of the community including their Church, Crossroads Community Church.

Marla White

Technicians at Kokomo Animal HospitalMarla is pictured far right.

Marla White grew up in Kokomo IN., and graduated from Northwestern High School. While in high school, Marla worked in the kennels at KAH and fell in love with the veterinary field. She received a Bachelor's degree from Purdue University in 2009, while coming back during summer and winter breaks to continue working as a veterinary assistant and receptionist. In 2010, she graduated from the Purdue Veterinary Technician program with a degree as a Veterinary Technologist.

Marla and her husband, Seth, were married in 2011 and now have 3 energetic young boys and one dog, Bristol. Together they enjoy operating their family farm, fishing, spending time on the lake and community gatherings.

Marla enjoys coaching the local swim team in Rochester as well as running mini-marathons, reading and being an active member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

Veterinary Assistants

Jami Caven, B.S. - Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Jami Caven, receptionist at Kokomo Animal HospitalJami pictured in middle!

Jami Caven grew up in Kokomo after moving from Oceanside, California when she was four years old. She graduated from Indiana University Kokomo in 2015 with a Biological and Physical Sciences degree.

She enjoys long walks on the beach, pulp romance novels, and watching vampires on TV.

When she isn't giving your pets all her love and attention you can find her in the garden with her husband Michael or playing with her 3 fur-babies: 2 spoiled dogs and an affectionate cat.

Brianne Rhine, B.S.

Brianne Rhine, veterinary assistant at Kokomo Animal HospitalBrianne is pictured second from the right.

Brianne Rhine first started at Kokomo Animal Hospital in the fall of 2001 as a kennel assistant. She graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences with a specialization in Production. After graduation she came back to KAH to pursue her career as a Veterinary Assistant.

Brianne married Bryce in 2011 and they have two children, a son and a daughter. They often refer to their dog Wheatley as their third child. She is a mixed breed that they recused from the clinic in 2008. They love family time and making their house the home of their dreams.

Shelby Riedford, B.S. - Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Shelby Riedford, veterinary assistant at Kokomo Animal HospitalShelby graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University Kokomo in 2015. She has  been with the Kokomo Animal Hospital team since 2012 working as a receptionist and Veterinary Assistant.  Shelby has always been interested in animals and science.

When she was growing up, Shelby moved every few years for her father's job and has lived in South Korea,  Germany, Rhode Island and North Carolina. Understandably, she has a great love of travel. On one of her  more recent trips, she got engaged to be married to Kaleb. The other man in Shelby's life is her labrador  mix, Toby. She also has a mischievous cat named Ellie.

Staci Tinsley - Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Staci Tinsley, veterinary assistant at Kokomo Animal HospitalStaci Tinsley has been with Kokomo Animal Hospital since 2004 starting as a receptionist and working as a Veterinary Assistant for the last several years. A lifetime resident of the Kokomo area, Staci has two grown children and several pets.

Staci has previous experience as a Telemetry Technician at Howard, managing two salons and owning her own, and along with working here at the hospital she offers dog training. She is K-Lynn Certified and has been doing private training classes for over 10 years. Staci is an active member of her local church, loves gardening and being outside, watching her son and her favorite team the Cubs play baseball.

Kennel Assistant