Mike grew up in a small farming town in Oklahoma. He attended college at the University of Kansas and Oklahoma State University where he graduated in 2003 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Mike worked in a mixed animal practice for 3 years and then he and his wife decided to open Arbor Creek Animal Hospital in 2006. Opening Arbor Creek Animal Hospital would enable him to provide high quality medicine in a family friendly and warm environment. Some of Dr. Tarrant’s professional interests include anesthesia and pain management, dentistry, nutrition, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. Tarrant became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2004 through the International Association of Acupuncture and received his certifications in Chinese Herbal Therapy in 2013. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. When not at work, he enjoys time with his family and friends, watching movies, motorsports, archery, helping his 2 boys with sports and going to lots of their games.
Natasha has grown up with and been involved with animals from a very young are. She started as a volunteer at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, KS when she was 12 years old. She was able to help the keepers in all areas of the zoo and explore the various options a zoo career had to offer. After working with many animals at the zoo, she found that her heart was in the Herpetarium (Reptiles & Amphibians). She cared for a wide range of animals including fish, frogs, Aldabra Tortoises, Komodo Dragons, McGregors Tree Vipers and Freshwater Stingrays. She then accepted a position at the St. Louis Zoo and had the opportunity to be a part of caring for many endangered and threatened species. “Working with animals that are so rare is such a gift; I am so lucky to have been a part of their care!” Natasha then went on to become a manager at a large horse breeding facility in Wichita, overseeing the care of 50+ Saddlebred horses. During her work there, she was able to closely assist the veterinarian that cared for the horses and found a new calling. She transitioned from her manager position with the horses to an assistant position at an equine and small animal practice outside of Wichita. Little did she know that would lead her to her future husband and a lifelong career! When not at work she enjoys time with her husband, trying to keep up with their boys Asa and Gage, having one or all three of their cats in her lap or at her feet no matter where she is in the house, gardening and photography. “Arbor Creek Animal Hospital is a dream comes true for us. We have a family business where we can help people and their pets have happier and healthier lives. Our boys can grow up seeing firsthand how important pets are to people and they can see how great a doctor their daddy is!! I’m a pretty lucky person!”
In September of 2013, Dr. Smith joined the practice at Arbor Creek Animal Hospital. She graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and has been a practicing veterinarian ever since. She has been involved in many aspects of veterinary medicine over the years, and has enjoyed learning from patients, clients, colleagues, and respected mentors. She became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2011 at Colorado State University, and has seen the benefits of adding acupuncture to her pain management protocol. She is especially interested in relieving chronic pain in our older pets using a combination of medication (both traditional and herbal), acupuncture, laser therapy, supplements, and diets. “The profession of veterinary medicine has changed so dramatically over the years with improved medicine, surgery, preventative medicine, the huge growth and acceptance of alternative methods of therapy, and it has opened up a wide avenue of options to improve both the length and the quality of life for our four-legged friends that they deserve. Arbor Creek Animal Hospital has the perfect blend of traditional and alternative veterinary practice, and we work together as a team to come up with a plan to help your pet live longer, healthier and more pain-free lives.” Dr. Smith has two grown children, Emma and Grant, and is married to David, a Physical Therapy Assistant with Aegis. They share a love of music, travel, food and movies, and of course, their 4 year old Chihuahua, “Ollie”.
Judy joined the Arbor Creek Animal Hospital Family in 2012 after being a stay at home mom for ten years. Along with being a mother to her eleven year old son Mitchel, Judy has been involved in fostering dogs and cats until they found their forever home since the early 90’s. For the last five years she has fostered for Mo-Kan Border Collie Rescue, where she fell in love with Cooper one of her fosters, that is now a permanent part of her family. Cooper joined two other furry residents, Chief, the Shih Tzu and Sweet Pea, the resident kitty cat. Judy enjoys spending time with her son and attending his sporting events, playing Frisbee, ball and taking walks with her pups and taking part in school fundraisers. Judy’s motto is “It is not just a pet; it is a family member”. Judy is our go to person for front office everything! We could not do it without her! If she is not at the front desk you will find her cuddling a surgery patient that is waking up, straightening a blanket for one of our boarding patients or filling a water bowl for the resident kitties. She is always aware of all those little things that help make the pets more comfortable. She is truly a fantastic person with a huge heart.
Alyson has a long history of working with pets and their people. Prior to joining Arbor Creek Animal Hospital in 2013 she was a Veterinary assistant and kennel manager at a veterinary clinic and has over 10 years of experience with Doggie Daycare and kennel management. She has been an avid animal lover her entire life. She is very involved with animal rescues as well as dog sitting. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and is highly motivated to do the very best she can at everything she does. When not at work she enjoys time with her husband, children, 3 dogs and a fish. You will often find her camping, fishing or hanging out with Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops.
Megan Jackson joined the team at Arbor Creek Animal Hospital in September 2013. She is a fantastic groomer as well as a fun people person! The animals seem to be the best judge of character and by the way they respond to her we are super confident that she is a perfect team member! She was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas. Throughout her life, she has always loved and appreciated animals of all shapes and sizes. Ever since she was little, she always dreamed of working with animals. In March of 2006, she started working for Tender Touch Pet Grooming as a bather. In May of 2007, she graduated from Olathe South Senior High School. She was involved in tennis, running, and danced on the Olathe South Golden Girls Drill Team. After graduation, she attended Johnson County Community College. During that time, she explored different employment opportunities, while grooming on the side, but soon came to realize that grooming was her true calling and that she simply loves the grooming profession. A few years later in June of 2011, Megan married her husband Cameron. In July of 2013, she gave birth to their first born, Hannah. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending quality time with her family, watching sports, going on walks, playing tennis, fishing, camping, singing and painting. On the side, Megan owns her own business called MJ’s Designs where she paints murals on walls and on canvas. Art has always been a passion of hers. Megan has two animals at home, a cat named Kitty and a dog named Charlie. Kitty was found by Megan and her husband in 2010 along with his 3 brothers and sisters when they were just 2 weeks old. Kitty is now enjoying the high life where he is spoiled rotten! Charlie is a whopping 9lb Shih Tzu. She was born in March of 2012 and, until the real baby came along, was Megan’s baby who is also spoiled rotten! “I absolutely love what I do! I have a real passion for grooming and am so thankful to have found something that I not only love doing, but am good at it too! A lot of people nowadays can’t say that they truly enjoy what they do and I feel so blessed to be one of the lucky few that can.”
Emily has been at Arbor Creek since November 2012. Prior to that she worked overnights for four years at an emergency animal hospital, and seven years at a small animal clinic in Kansas City, MO. She helps in many areas of the hospital including client service, assisting with appointments and in our treatment area as well as overseeing many things in our kennel area. Her and her family currently live in Kansas City, MO, with three rescue dogs: Jethrine, a coonhound mix; Puppy, a German shepherd/shar-pei mix; and Flash, a bagel (basset/beagle mix). “I came to Arbor Creek because I was intrigued by the holistic approach that Dr. Tarrant takes with many of his patients, and also the wide range of animals that the hospital treats. Snakes, lizards, ferrets, sugar gliders, turtles and tortoises . . . it’s a lot of fun not knowing what may walk through the door next!” Emily loves helping people, and is always double checking the comfort of all the pets. I truly believe that she would do anything she could to help make an animal happy and comfortable. We always know the animals have been taken care of in every way when Emily is watching over them.
Abbey joined the team at Arbor Creek Animal Hospital in 2013, although new to veterinary medicine she has wanted to do this her whole life. “Nothing makes me happier than coming to work and being able to take care of animals.” Dogs are her favorite animal, and beagles are her favorite breed. Yes, she is a crazy beagle lady :-) Her favorite thing about this job is praising an animal after it's done very well during a procedure or given a vaccine. Abbey has a great love of veterinary medicine and a strong desire to help pets and their people! She is a great addition to our team and is a very dedicated person.