Our Team

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Our Team

We have your back.

Doctors

Allen R. Lueking

DVM

Dr. Allen R. Lueking is a graduate of Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced Veterinary Medicine full time in Sullivan and Linton, Indiana for 42 years before retiring. He has practiced part-time since retirement and still enjoys working with his patients and clients. Presently, Dr. Lueking is a founder and Board member of the Humane Society of Sullivan County, Indiana. He donates spays and neuters on a regular basis.

Dr. Lueking has five children, ten grandchildren and two rescue dogs.

Fun Fact: Whenever he is not in the room with a patient, you will find Dr. Lueking with an open book, researching and widening his horizons with more veterinary knowledge.

Meghann Jerden

DVM

Dr. Meghann Jerden received her undergraduate degree at Greenville University in Greenville, IL with a major in Environmental Biology. During this time, she also completed a behavior research internship at the Saint Louis Zoo. She attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she enjoyed working at the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in the Histology department.

Dr. Jerden enjoys raising chickens and geese at her mini farm. Her current pets include a Basset Hound named Fred, a Painted Turtle named Mr. Turtle, and three cats named Melvin, Mia, and Baby Kitten. Dr. Jerden’s interests include boating, fishing, camping, gardening, and playing video games.

Fun Fact: Dr. Jerden’s basset hound Fred accompanies her to work and is a very good boy whilst in the office. She will cheer him on and send furry visitors for him to “sniff out” throughout the day to make his stay more fun.

Mike Bailey

DVM

Dr. Mike Bailey has been practicing large and small animal veterinary medicine for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 2001. Since then, he worked in several clinics across the United States. He is licensed in five states, including Alaska, where he once darted a wild yak! He has been with Robinson Hospital for Animals since 2015.

Dr. Bailey is married and has three children. Due to allergies in the home, they confine their animal family to pet fish. Besides spending time with his family, Dr. Bailey loves to travel and enjoys hunting and fishing, not in his own aquarium of course!

Fun Fact: Dr. Bailey has an identical twin that is 18 minutes younger. During their grade school years, they had fun shooting off bottle rockets while watching their dog chase after them, sometimes catching them before they exploded – ouch!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou

Veterinary Technician

Ashley Plummer

Veterinary Technician

Ashley Plummer started her journey with Robinson Hospital for animals in 2006 as a part-time receptionist. She worked in this role until 2008 when she graduated high school and went off to Shawnee Community College to become a veterinary technician. Ashley returned “home” in 2011 as a full-time vet tech and has been here since.

Ashley combined her love for animals on a professional and personal level: She has seven cats, three dogs, six chickens, two pigs and seven horses. Ashley is married and mother of two boys and a girl. Her family loves horse riding, camping, traveling for her daughter’s softball team and attending horse shows and auctions.

Fun Fact: Although most her animals are female, she has to handle quite a bit of testosterone at home. A girl’s day with her daughter is the perfect solution: iced coffee, shopping, and Italian food for the win!

Ricki Brinkman

Veterinary Technician

Ricki Brinkman has been working at Robinson Hospital for Animals since 2010. She has worked in every position except for office manager and veterinarian. Ricki started at the hospital when she was still in high school and has been here ever since. She always wanted to work with animals and is passionate about helping them.

Her keenness for animals extends well into her home life: Ricki practically runs a zoo! She has 2 boys (human), a potbelly pig named Peppy, five horses, four dogs, seven cats, one rabbit, and 22 chickens. When Ricki can get away from her farm, she loves going “horse camping” with her boys and soon-to-be husband, and her horses obviously!

Fun Fact: Ricki has a pet cow name MooMoo. When she was just a calf she was not supposed to survive, but Ricki nursed her back to health by administering medicine and bottle feeding her! She is living her best life now on Ricki’s farm and loves head-butting everything!

Sara Raney

Veterinary Technician

Sara Raney has been working as a veterinary technician for 6 years. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician Institute at Hickey College in St. Louis in 2015. Sara has been at Robinson Hospital for Animals since July of 2020. Besides working at two different animal hospitals, she has also spent some time working at a local hog farm!

Sara’s love for animals also dominates her home life. She lives on a 200-acre farm with her husband and three horses, a mule named Mac, two dogs and a cat. Sara loves going camping and riding at Shawnee National Forest.

Fun Fact: Sara can bend her toes and wiggle just the pinky toe by itself – what an impressive skill! We know you are trying it right now!

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

– Leo Buscaglia

Kennel Technician

Denise McKinney

Kennel Technician

Denise McKinney has been working for Robinson Hospital for Animals since January of 2009. She was initially hired to clean the building when she was offered the fulltime kennel technician position six months later. She has been taking great care of our kennels and especially our “hotel guests” ever since. Denise has also been working for Animal control since 2015.

Denise has a son and shares her home with her chihuahua Rosco P. Coltrane, and two cats. When Denise has some time off, she enjoys hanging out with her family.

Fun Fact: Denise always has a go-bag in her car. Before she worked for Animal Control, she would just take off on a road trips over the weekend. Now all her road trips do not take her past the Crawford County line!

Jasmine Escobedo

Kennel Technician

Jasmine Escobedo is the newest member of our team. She graduated from Robinson Highschool in 2020. She works part-time as kennel technician, but the hospital is not new turf for her: Jasmine volunteered for a year and got to know the hospital, staff, clients, and patients. Jasmine has worked at several restaurants before opting to be around animals again.

Jasmine loves to paint and draw and during the summer months Jasmine plays travel softball for a team called Extreme. She loves walking her dogs and playing fetch with them at the ballpark, showing off her mad skills!

Fun fact: One of her dogs, Osie, is fluent in Spanish! He will sit, lay down, jump, and shake for you if you are familiar with the English or Spanish language. Bilingualism is possible across various species!

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Practice Manager

Kristin Drisko

Practice Manager

Kristin Drisko joined the team at Robinson Hospital for Animals in March of 2021 as practice manager. She had been working in retail management for over ten years. For the past year Kristin has been taking online classes to become a registered veterinary technician to eventually pursue a career in the veterinary medicine field. As they say, it was a twist of fate that she found Robinson Hospital for Animals!

Kristin’s managerial duties do not stop there: she is married with a son and takes care of two dogs and two cats at home. Kristin is originally from Germany hence in her free time she likes to video chat with her family back home.

Fun Fact: Kristin and her husband are raising their son to be bilingual, although dad does not speak German. Watch out, dad – they might be ganging up on you!

“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”

– Seneca

Client Care Specialist

Peighton Arnone

Client Care Specialist

Peighton Arnone joined Robinson Hospital for Animals as a full-time client care specialist in January of 2021. She previously worked in home health care for over 2 years. Her time working at the local shelter encouraged Peighton to continue working with and for animals.

At home, Peighton cares for five Labrador retrievers, a teacup chihuahua and three cats. She enjoys gardening, swimming, and sightseeing. Peighton loves to go on walks – her dogs would rather cuddle, so their walks are rather short!

Fun Fact: Peighton keeps in touch with a lot of international friends as her family hosted several exchange students over the years. They live anywhere from Spain to Germany, and even Australia!

Tosha Cafin

Client Care Specialist

Tosha Cafin has worked a few different jobs before she entered the medical field. She is a certified pharmacy technician and phlebotomist. Although sticking people with needles for a living for almost two years was fun, she decided that a change of scenery was in order. Tosha joined the team at Robinson Hospital for Animals in 2016 as a full-time client care specialist.

Tosha is married and has two daughters. She is also mom to four German shepherds, a chihuahua mix and four cats. In her free time, she enjoys rollerblading with her girls… the humans, not the female dogs!

Fun Fact: Tosha grew up with a pet bear named Elroy – yes, an actual black bear!