Mike TarrantDVM, 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.
Pamela S. Smith DVM, CVAAssociate 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”.
Sara H.Office Manager
Sara grew up in Wildwood, MO and knew from a young age that animals were her calling. She received a Biology Degree from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and from there began interning at the Kansas City Zoo. Through a series of events she eventually came to Arbor Creek starting out as a technician in the Spring of 2015. Her home is warmed by her 6 cats and 2 betta fish. During her off days she volunteers her time at the Cedar Cove Big Cat Sanctuary in Louisburg, KS. There she helps take care of a range of exotic animals including lions, tigers, bobcats, wolves and many more! When she isn't working or volunteering, she is embracing her inner nerd with video games, Hulu tv shows, or playing board games with her friends.
Casey J.Salon Manager/Groomer
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.
John H.Veterinary Technician
John has lived in the Overland Park/Olathe area since 1977. He loves living in Kansas City, but could do without the freezing cold winters we have. John started his Veterinary Technician career in September of 1988 in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended Kansas State University and has two degrees in Business and Business Administration Management, however, he has found he loves working with the animals more. He has 3 dogs, Lillie (a Catahoula Leopard Brindle), Oz (an Australian Shepherd), and Maddie (an Australian Shepherd). He also has a cat named Puma. In March of 2019, he married the love of his life, Julie, and they combined their family of two sons and a daughter, Griffin, Jessica and Matthew. John loves spending as much time as possible with his family and friends by exploring new restaurants and going to the Royals, Chiefs and Sporting KC games.
Kelsey was born in Logansport, IN. In 2007 she moved to Gardner, KS and in 2017 was introduced into the vet field. From there she moved to Overland Park, becoming a kennel manager, receptionist, vet assistant, vet technician and then finally getting the amazing job at Arbor Creek Animal Hospital. She and her fiance are now back in Gardner where they live with their beautiful daughter Kaia, a happy English Shepherd named Ellie and 2 playful cats named Sebastian and Luna.
MaKenna grew up in Gardner, KS and moved to Manhattan, KS to attend Kansas State University, where she graduated in 2018 with her B.S. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. She has always had a passion for studying animals and enjoys working with them in any capacity. She likes to spend the majority of her free time outdoors, whether it is hiking with her dogs (Lady Hawk and Lad), working in the yard, or occasionally chasing storms. When she is not outside, she is usually reading, cooking with her husband, or binge watching old movies.
Dawn joined Arbor Creek as a receptionist when she decided to make a career change after over 20 years of assisting people with intellectual disabilities. Always an animal lover, she goes home to her own small zoo: a bearded dragon, Donkey; two crested geckos, Moose and Squirrell; a betta fish, Kitty; two dogs, Reggie and Gmork; a husband; and two kids, all of whom rely heavily on her for their day to day survival. While her family firmly believes her hobby is doing laundry, she actually prefers good books, board games with friends, and live music.