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Meet Our Team
Dr. Freeland opened the practice in 1999 as Companion Animal Hospital and Clinic. In 2013 he sold to Best Friends Pet Care, creating the Freeland Animal Hospital that people know of today. Staying on as Medical Director, Dr. Freeland continues the same level of patient care as he did as owner. Originally from Nebraska, Dr. Freeland received a degree from the University of Nebraska before receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1988. He enjoys general practice and has a special interest in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. When not at work, he enjoys running, hiking, hunting, football, and spending time with his two children, Grant and Kelly.
Mavis – Golden Retriever
Dr. Premo originally joined Freeland Animal Hospital as a veterinary assistant in 2011, but has since returned after obtaining her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine. She attended Ball State University for her undergraduate degree in Biology. Her special interests include behavior, dermatology, and internal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Premo enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, traveling, and trying new things. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dogs Jack and Ollie.
Jack-Mix, Ollie- Pitbull mix
Having previously owned three veterinary hospitals in Zionsville and the Geist Lake area of Indianapolis, Dr. Graves’s special interests are internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and practice management. For the past 14 years he has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in a group veterinary practice, with the last two years being spent at our sister location Best Friends in Indianapolis. A graduate of Purdue University, Dr. Graves received a B.S. in Animal Science in 1969 before obtaining his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He is a member of the AVMA as well as the Advisory Board of the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis. Two of Dr. Graves’s passions are cooking and nature photography with his wife, Jeanie. He is also an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, IN. He currently resides in Noblesville with his wife and their precious cat Snickles. They have one daughter, Kristen, and two grandchildren, Alex, a medical student at Semmelweis University of Medicine, and Iszabel, an eighth grader at Hasten Hebrew Academy.
Cori is a native Floridian that joined Freeland Animal Hospital in July 2008. She has been a registered veterinary technician since 2002. In the past she has worked in various fields of veterinary medicine including cancer research and shelter medicine. Outside of work, Cori enjoys gardening, biking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Yukon - Laborador Ret., Jazmine - Cat, Puma - Cat
Sam joined the team at Freeland Animal Hospital in 2014 as veterinary receptionist before becoming Hospital Administrator in 2016. Having a love for animals from a young age, she started working in the veterinary field at the age of 16 as a volunteer. She received an Associates of Applied Science degree from Harrison College's Veterinary Technology program in 2011, which led her to starting her career as a Veterinary Assistant. It was after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2016 from SNHU that she discovered she really enjoyed work in administration. When not working at the hospital, Sam enjoys reading, writing, sketching, and spending time with family and friends.
Caramel Corn - Cat, Kirara Bear - Cat, Diesel – German Shepherd
Crystal comes to us with over 20 years of experience working with various rescues as a foster mom and transporter. After obtaining her Associates of Applied Science degree from Purdue University’s Veterinary Technician Distance Learning Program at the age of 52, she joined our team as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She has been married to her best friend Tony since 1982 and has a grown son, A.J., and daughter-in-law Sarah. When Crystal isn’t working she spends her free time reading, motorcycling, working with her brood of dogs, crocheting, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.
Trixie – Papillion, Simba – Labrador Retriever, Clyde – Cocker Spaniel, Radar – German Shepherd, several ducks and geese, including Sammy the Muscovy and Dirty Bird the Goose
Kelly Freeland - Veterinary Assistant
For most of her life, Kelly has been helping out here at the hospital – from playing with clinic cats as a toddler to helping the doctors with patients as a young adult. She started working with us on an official capacity over the summer as a Technician’s Assistant. Though she starts her college career in January of 2018, she plans on continuing her position here on her breaks and vacations from school, where she is going to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. As a lifelong soccer player, Kelly also works as a soccer coach, teaching others the game she loves. In her free time she enjoys playing guitar, fishing, hiking, and reading. Kelly finds herself fluent in sarcasm, as well as semi-fluent in Sign Language; something that will help us here at the hospital, as well as her future career endeavors.
Mavis – Golden Retriever, Annie – Chow Mix
Madison McKinney - Veterinary Assistant
Madison, a former Animal Care Technician at Best Friends Castleton, joined our team in early October. With a passion for providing quality care to pets of all shapes and sizes, she has ambitions of attending a school of veterinary medicine in the near future. Madison keeps herself busy, and has two additional jobs, one as a Lead Pet Care Technician with PetSuites, and another as the Animal Caretaker of the Humane Society of Johnson County. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Marian University in 2016. When she does manage to find some free time, she loves relaxing at home with her pets, Ember the Irish Wolfhound mix and Buddha the Maine Coon mix (the former lobby cat of Best Friends Castleton!)
Melanie Atkins - Veterinary Assistant
Melanie graduated from Purdue University with her B.S in Animal Sciences in May of 2016. Before she joined our team, Melanie worked in the contract research field and then moved on to work at the Indiana Grand Race Course as a veterinary assistant. When she’s not at work, Melanie enjoys spending time with her fiancé and their 3 pets at home, riding her horse, watching random movies on Netflix, and cooking.
Pets: Ellie (Domestic Shorthair), Lexi (Husky/Shepard Mix), Yoshi (Rat Terrier), Try(Thoroughbred)
Originally from Chicago, Mary took on the position as groomer and joined the team at Freeland Animal Hospital in 2015. After moving to Indianapolis in 2010, Mary worked in different fields before finding her passion in grooming. With her love of animals in mind, Marry graduated from the Animal Arts Academy. In her free time she enjoys going on nature walks, relaxing with her best friend Cannikas, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Cannikas – Shih Tzu mix
Angela Semon, Kennel Assistant
Since joining the team in 2010, Angela has been a devoted kennel assistant both at Freeland and its sister locations. Currently living in Indianapolis, she has two adult twins, Mary and Andrew, and a cat named Chico. Angela also enjoys collecting different cat trinkets.
Chico - Cat
Traci began her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2004 as a receptionist with Dr. Freeland at Companion Animal Hospital. From there she worked her way to assistant and Office Manager. She returned to Freeland Animal Hospital in 2016 after returning from living in New Orleans for 2 years. She now lives in Indianapolis with her husband Mike of 2 years and her children Emma, 18, and Noah, 20 as well as 3 dogs and 2 cats. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, traveling, and helping out her husband with his brewery work.
Bruce – Chihuahua, Maddie – Lab Mix, Lennox – German Shepherd, Louise – Cat, Harry – Cat
Amy Holland - Veterinary Receptionist
Amy comes to us with a number of years in the Veterinary Field. July 2017 her husband, who is an Army Recruiter was reassigned to Indiana. She has spent many of her years in the service industry as well as the veterinary field, and watching her in action you can tell she loves people and pets. Amy shares her home with a loving husband Adam, son Daniel who is serving in the Army, daughter Krystin, and 3dogs.
Aubie-Boxer Mix and Piper- French Bulldog
Gracie came to us about 6 years ago from a client that could no longer care for her. She was overweight and needed to lose about half her body weight! Once we got her to where she needed to be, she has been on a strict diet. She spends her time in the treatment room where it is quieter and less stressful. She is the best cuddler anybody could ask for!
"Dogs have owners, cats have staff" - Unknown