The staff of the Animal Care Clinic is a unique collection of talents, abilities and personalities who share three important qualities:

  • We absolutely adore pets… ours and yours!
  • We absolutely love what we do, and derive great satisfaction from our work.
  • And finally, we are absolutely determined to be the very best in our field at what we do.

Dr. Alison Barulich

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Clinic Director

  • Joined the team: July 2013

  • Pets: 3 cats brought home from work (Sheldon, Leonard, and Hope the 3-legged/1-eyed diva), a spunky “Ozark special” shelter pup named Oliver, and a small flock of copperhead-killing chickens.

  • Hobbies: Trail running, weight lifting, hiking and exploring the Ozarks with our kids.

  • Favorite thing about the job: Having the opportunity to help our clients improve their pet’s quality of life through education and offering the best preventative care available. 

  • Did you know? Dr. Alison once completed a bicycle tour around Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Lacie Foltz, RVT

Team Supervisor
Registered Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined Team: September 2014

  • Pets: 2 dogs (Cricket the Morkie & the hairless wonder, Buddha), 4 cats (Felix, Little D, Ferris, and Trip), an opinionated African grey parrot (Alfie), and Spanky the Spur-Thighed Tortoise.

  • Hobbies: Camping, swimming, canoeing, spending time with family.

  • Favorite thing about the job: Interacting with our wonderful clients and their pets. “We have the nicest clients!

  • Did you know? Although Lacie has a fear of heights, at 5 years old she was the youngest ever bungee-jumper at the county fair. 

Amber Huggins

Pet Nurse

  • Joined the team: July 2020

  • Pets:  Macho, a sweet boxer/black lab mix; Mini, a pocket-sized chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix; and Rocket the cat, a fluffy mix of cuteness/attitude.

  • Hobbies: Reading/writing, playing video games, meditating, and spending time at the lake

  • Favorite thing about the job: Getting to know each patient’s personality and preferences, so that I know how to make their visits as stress-free and comfortable as possible. I love it when my fur friends are excited to see me the next time they come in!

  • Did you know? Amber loves ghost stories and all things creepy! She also enjoys learning about the histories of old lands and buildings to explore.


Kellie Walter

Registered Veterinary Nurse

  • Joined the team: June 2021

  • Pets: Colt, a young rescue dog, Casey, a senior Lab, and Stripes, a geriatric kitty.

  • Hobbies: Horseback riding, spending time at the lake, and hanging out with friends.

  • Favorite thing about the job: Helping manage interesting cases, nursing sick patients back to health, and always improving her technical skills.

  • Did you know? Kellie is double jointed in her elbows.

Noelia Maria

Pet Nurse

  • Joined the team: 2013-2015 then rejoined the team June 2022
  • Pets: A small herd of tiny, spunky Aussies–Cooper (teacup), Norman (toy), and Cisco (miniature).
  • Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family at our local lakes and creeks, reading, international travel.
  • Favorite thing about the job: Helping sick pets turn around and getting to see families’ reactions to great outcomes.
  • Did you know? Noelia did a solo, extended European trip at only 15 years old.

Jordan Stukenholtz

Practice Manager

  • Joined the team: July 2013

  • Pets: 1 dog (Oliver), 3 cats (Sheldon, Leonard, and Hope)

  • Hobbies: trail running, investing, following the Nebraska Cornhuskers & the Kansas City Chiefs, 

  • Favorite thing about the job: Making sure our staff has the tools they need to be successful

  • Did you know? Jordan has met Warren Buffett and is a huge fan of his.