Mike Tarrant, DVM, CVA, CVCHM (IVAS),Graduate Diploma VCHM (CIVT)
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 music lessons and learning guitar. Mike is also restoring his 1966 Chevelle in his garage.
Natasha Tarrant, Practice Manager, Co-Owner
Natasha has grown up with and been involved with animals from a very young age. She started as a volunteer at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, KS when she was 12 years old. She was able to assist 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. The Tarrant's lost their Great Dane Zen to a disease called Mega colon and their Rottweiler Capone to Renal Carcinoma in 2012. It took some healing time, but then in early 2014 they found Cricket the Bully Pit and Arrow the Doberman to help fill the home with canine love. They also have 2 Sulcata Tortoises, 1 Leopard Tortoise, Crested Gecko's, a Corn Snake and a Ball Python. Wildlife, gardening and photography are also a big part of her life. “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!”
Pamela S. Smith DVM, CVA, Associate Veterinarian
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 W,, Client Care Specialist
Judy W., Client Care Specialist
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.
Casey J. , Groomer Extraordinaire
Casey grew up in the small town of Clarinda, Iowa. She has a love and passion for helping animals. Growing up she helped her mother rehabilitate lots of wildlife who needed a little assistance to get back on their feet. Anything from peacocks and raccoons to potbelly pigs and owls. Casey has fostered many furry babies on her own and has worked with LL Dog Rescue, finding homes for over 50 pets so far. Casey worked as a pet nurse and office manager for a vet clinic for 5 years before deciding to try her hand at grooming in 2008. "I love grooming. It's so gratifying to see your work when you are done. The dogs always seem to have a skip in their step and a wag in their tail after a good groom. It's great to see!" When she isn't scissoring away, Casey enjoys doing crafts and drawing, hanging with friends and family and spending time with her husband and their pets.
Abbey K., Veterinary Assistant
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.
Leeana H., Veterinary Technician
Leeana joined Arbor Creek in 2015 as a Veterinary Technician while completing an externship for her Associate’s in Applied Science: Veterinary Technology. Leeana spent 6 years volunteering and then working for Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, KS where she cared for approx 35 animals most days. At home, she cares for her husband, two children, two Blue Heelers, and two cats. Leeana’s favorite part of being a veterinary technician is being able to help animals.
Alecsa D., Kennel Attendant
Bio coming soon!