When choosing a veterinarian for your pet, it is important to pick an experienced vet that will make your pet's health their first priority. For over 20 years, our veterinarians at Rockhill Pet Clinic have been providing the highest quality of veterinary care and pet grooming services to small animals throughout the Kansas City Metro area, including: Liberty, Raytown, Lee's Summit, Overland Park, and Grandview.
Our entire team understands that your pet is a part of your family. They deserve the best care possible to ensure they lead a healthy, happy life. That's why Rockhill Pet Clinic treats every pet as an extended member of our own family, and utilizes the most up to date technology and services available.
Whether you just moved to the area or need a new vet for your beloved pet, make an appointment with us today!
Meet Our Veterinary Staff
Dr. Patricia Stewart has been a pet lover her entire life. As a child, she constantly read books about dogs and cats, and dreamed of devoting her life to animal care. When her family visited relatives on the farm, Patricia always enjoyed playing with the cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals. She and the farm dog, Jack, spent many hours exploring the woods together and enjoyed a very special relationship.
After graduating from Rockhurst University with a degree in Biology, Patricia proceeded to the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Stewart graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, and her dreams became a reality.
After many years of practice, Dr. Stewart remains passionate about providing her patients with the best medical care science has to offer. That commitment is put into practice at Rockhill Pet Clinic through substantial investments in state-of-the-art medical equipment not commonly available at other animal clinics. As a pet lover, Dr. Stewart understands the important place that pets have in our lives. She has devoted her life to providing compassionate care for animals while maintaining a high level of professionalism and medical expertise. She works hard to educate clients and empower them to make meaningful decisions about their pet's care. Dr. Stewart's personal pet is a Havanese named Hank.
Dr. Susan Vodraska, known affectionately around Rockhill Pet Clinic as "Dr. V.," wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 3 years old, following in the footsteps of her grandfather. She has had many cats and dogs share their lives with her, coming from various backgrounds – newborns, abandoned or surrendered pets, and shelter adoptions. This love for cats and dogs is what drives Dr. Vodraska to pursue excellence, dedicating her life to caring for animals. Dr. Vodraska passionately pursues preventive health care for pets, promoting a long and happy life for her patients.
Born in Manhattan, KS and having grown up in various Midwestern and Western states, Dr. Vodraska received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1989. Dr. Vodraska then pursued veterinary studies at Kansas State University, graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Since graduating from KSU, Dr. Vodraska has pursued continuing education in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, including Acupuncture and Tui-Na massage, as well as Laser Therapy. Dr. Vodraska is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
In addition to Dr. Vodraska's veterinary studies, she is also a veteran of the United States Army, having served from 1985-2005. Her hobbies include quilt-making, crafting, sewing, reading, and home repair. And spending time with her family of furries at home, of course!
Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, Dr. Lavelle was a high school teacher before going to veterinary school. She received her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA in 2013. Upon graduation, she received the Lifelong Learning Award from the California Veterinary Medical Association and was nominated for the President's Society Award. After completing an internship with Animal Care Center of Topeka in December 2012, she was hired at the same clinic in May 2013.
In August 2016, Dr. Lavelle joined the Rockhill Pet Clinic team. Her veterinary career includes experience with all kinds of animals, including large, small, reptilian and exotics. She lives with her husband, son, two cats, two dogs and a few reptilian friends.
Hi, my name is Pam. I joined the Rockhill Pet clinic team in May of 2014. However, I have worked in the industry for over a decade. One question I always get asked is, "Why did you choose this field?" When I think back, the answer is pretty simple. It comes in the form of a sweet little girl with white fur, Dalmatian spots, a muscular frame, and a truckload of personality and sass. Her name was Shiloh.
After graduating from college, I happened upon a position running the front desk at a small veterinary clinic. Of course, I had always loved animals so it was no surprise that I enjoyed the work. Over the years, I also found that I had quite an aptitude for it. However, it was not until several years later, when Shiloh was diagnosed with a terminal illness, that my passion for veterinary medicine was ignited. I wanted to understand what was going on with my pet. I wanted to understand the diagnostic process, the progression of the disease, the treatment protocols and how and why they worked. In a situation where I felt powerless, I believed that knowledge would give me a sense of control.
In fact, I learned a lot over the next two and a half years. I learned that the diagnostic process can be difficult and tedious, but that it is necessary. I learned that disease can disguise itself in the body of a seemingly healthy individual. I learned the importance of screening tests and early disease detection. Most importantly, I learned that knowledge is power.
At 10 years of age, Shiloh was diagnosed with a disease that carries an average life expectancy of approximately two months. Under the loving care of a skilled veterinary team, she lived to be almost 13 years old. So, when people ask me why I do what I do, why I believe in client education and comprehensive care, I think of Shiloh. I am dedicated to the loving care of your pets because I am not just a veterinary employee. I am also a pet mom.
Baillie joined the Rockhill Pet Clinic team in August 2016 as the Communications Coordinator. After receiving a Communications degree from Truman State University in May 2012, Baillie worked in management and substitute teaching while obtaining her teaching certificate. After two years as a middle school teacher, Baillie decided to change career paths and focus more on educating pet parents about health care. At home, Baillie cares for her own menagerie—five cats and one dog.
Debbie has been a favorite among our pets for over a decade! A member of our experienced nursing staff, Debbie takes care of your pets from lobby to treatment room, sending them home after the best care possible. She is also trained as a surgery technician and periodontal procedure assistant. As a part of our administrative staff, Debbie is a wealth of knowledge for questions you may have about getting your pet the right care. Debbie also has a rambunctious crew at home —her dogs Jewel and Opal, and her cat Potsie.
Alison has been a star nurse to our patients for a decade plus! Taking care of your pet from start to finish, Alison admits patients, assists in their treatments, manages their care before, during, and after surgery, and releases them to their parents with thorough instructions. You will also be hearing from her on the phone—she is active in communicating with you about your pet’s care beyond the clinic. Alison has a busy home life as well, full of both four-legged and two-legged kiddos! Buddy, her St. Bernard, Eric, her husband, Wyatt, age 10, and Lyle, age 12.
Hi there! My name is Nikki, and I have been a part of Rockhill Pet clinic since March of 2015. Graduating from Maple Woods Veterinary Technician program, you can say that I have always had a love and fascination for animals and their care. Born and raised in Raytown, I've also always felt a part of this community and I am thrilled that I can give back by providing excellent care to you and your pets. I grew up with many animals like dogs, cats, and even horses! I currently have two cats, Ebenezer and Jordan, who are my whole world! It is my goal to treat each pet as if they are my very own, and provide them with the most loving care possible.
Although you may not have seen a whole lot of me in my two years as a Rockhill Pet Clinic team member, your pets sure have! I am there when your furry one is getting vaccines, during all parts of surgery procedures, and whenever I think the right medicine is cuddle time. While your pet is in the hospital, I strive to make them as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Of course, lots of treats help out that process! In order to stay current and the most knowledgeable while your pets are in my care, I am continually expanding my education with countless seminars and classes.
When I am not here loving on your kids, I have my own at home, Brody. I rescued Brody when he was just a little pup, and never really knew what type of dog he was or what his health background was. With the help of everyone at Rockhill, I was able to provide my baby with the best medical care possible. I even was able to get him a Royal Canin DNA test to find out that my 72 pound boy was part Pekingese!
My name is Judy Closson, and I have been a member of the Rockhill Pet Clinic team for over 11 years now. I have so enjoyed meeting every single pet that walks through our door and their owners. Working to help make a comforting and loving environment in the clinic is my specialty. This is because I truly care about each and every pet and person who walks in. Originally a customer of Rockhill Pet Clinic, I understand the extra mile each one of us go to make your pets comfortable and happy. I have two cats, Kael and Misty, who are my whole world!
Hello, my name is Eric. I joined the Rockhill Pet Clinic team in October of 2014 and have loved being here! I enjoy meeting and getting to know our patients and clients. Working with you and your pets is fulfilling and I often leave work proud of the job I get to do because I see the happy faces of pet-parents (plus, wearing scrubs is like getting to wear my pajamas to work every day).
I am the proud parent of a handsome black cat named Wesley. Wesley is my constant companion and friend; he is full of life and is a great playmate. He likes to chase tennis balls... oh, he also drools when he is happy – aren't our pet's quirks adorable even when slightly gross? I love my cat and I want the best for him. I know you love your furry friends and want the best for them. When Wesley has needed care the doctors have given him thorough and attentive care; I do not believe that because I work here, rather I know it is because of their shared passion and dedication to providing the best care in a loving manner for all pets and their families.
Aside from working at Rockhill Pet Clinic, I am a musician and composer. I perform regularly with The New Jazz Order Big Band, have lead my own ensembles, and recorded under my own name. I enjoy cooking and trying new food. I am also an avid baseball fan.
Hello! My name is Angela, and I have been a part of the Rockhill Pet Clinic team since September 2015. What drove me to work with such a fantastic clinic was my life-long passion for animals and their well-being. While growing up in the Kansas City area, I have always been surrounded by an array of many different pets, including: dogs, horses, chickens, lizards, and the list goes on. Discovering my life passion for animals and their welfare was truly fostered by my experiences with horses. Since I was four, I have been either riding horses or working for many local training stables, including time with Saddlebred Trainer Sug Utz. The ability to engage with owners who are passionate about the care for their pets, and pass on the knowledge I have gained could not be more fulfilling and exciting. I personally have four “kids” at home: Bronson, my handsome nine-year-old pit bull mix, Oswin, my two-year-old cat, and Reptar and Talyn, the pair of Leopard geckos.
Working at Rockhill for over 10 years, I have gotten to give countless spa days to your pampered kids. I have done everything from basic trims to lion cuts, and have enjoyed every single one of them. My favorite part of coming to work everyday is transforming each pet I see and making them feel like a million bucks! There really is no better feeling than to hear that, not only does the pet feel and look fantastic, but the owner loves it as well. I, personally, have two kiddos that I take care of at home, Lady and Scooter.
Lena joined the Rockhill Pet Clinic team in October 2016 as an animal caretaker. She is currently attending UMKC with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Ultimately, Lena would like to get certified as an anesthesiologist. In her spare time, Lena enjoys drawing, photograph, traveling, and spending quality time with her dogs--Bubby and Ellie--and her cat, Marty.
Phillip has been an animal caretaker since November 2016. Originally from San Francisco, California, Phillip served in the United States Army for 9 years. He worked as a Medical Lab Tech during this time. Phillip began studying biology at UMKC in fall 2016, and his personal goal is to work in the BioTech industry. Phillip and his wife have two cats at home: Chairman Meow and Scarlet.