Our Careteam

Marcie Sewell

Practice Manager

When Marcie needed a job after high school and signed up to be a dog-washer, she had no idea the lasting impact it would have on her life. She hasn’t stopped working with animals since! Now, Marcie has enjoyed a nearly 30-year career in veterinary medicine and is thrilled to continue serving as an advocate for pets as Animal Care Clinic’s Practice Manager.

Originally from Versailles, Kentucky, Marcie started in the veterinary field just out of high school and continued to serve pets while attending college at the University of Kentucky. She worked her way through the ranks, helping pets as a receptionist, Veterinary Technician, laboratory assistant, and even a pharmacy purchaser, before joining the Animal Care Clinic family. Her favorite part of the job is the team she works with—for her, nothing beats caring for pets alongside a group of animal-lovers just like herself!

Marcie and her husband have a son and a daughter, and also share their lives with three dogs—Chuck the Labrador Retriever, a Boxer mix named Ginger, and a terrier mix who goes by Bailey—and a crazy cat named Oliver. As a family, they love to spend time at the river or lake and go swimming, camping, and fishing in the great outdoors.

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Kayla Whitmer

Veterinary Technician

Kayla was first introduced to cows by her grandfather, which sparked a love for animals great and small that has persisted to this day. She simply can’t imagine doing anything other than caring for the earth’s creatures! Kayla gets to care for pets daily as one of the Animal Care Clinic’s Veterinary Assistants.

Kayla is from Columbus, Ohio, and attended the University of Kentucky to study animal science. She graduated with her degree in May of 2016, then joined the Animal Care Clinic team shortly afterward on the recommendation of her academic advisor. Kayla is happy to remain in Kentucky to pursue her love of animal care! Here at the hospital, she especially enjoys hearing fun pet stories, meeting new pet owners and animals on a daily basis, and learning something new every single day.

Kayla has two sweet canine companions: Cleo is a Border collie/beagle mix, and Eddie is a young Dachshund/spaniel mix. In her spare time, Kayla can be found training her dogs, heading to the dog park, and trying out new foods and restaurants around town.

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Heather Mullins

Veterinary Technician

Heather was taught to appreciate the earth’s creatures very early on in life, and always knew that she would love a career that allowed her to work directly with animals. As a veterinary professional, she gets to go home at the end of the day knowing that she’s made a real difference! Heather is happy to care for the pets of her hometown as a member of the Animal Care Clinic team.

Heather was born in Longmont, Colorado but moved here to Lexington when she was young. Her veterinary journey started at a feline-only practice when she was only 18 years old. After moving to Georgia, Heather happened to meet a local veterinarian through a mutual acquaintance, and ended up securing a job at the veterinarian’s 24-hour practice. A few years later, she relocated to Indiana and took a job at another high-volume clinic, where her veterinary skills were developed even further.

In June of 2016, Heather moved back home to Kentucky and joined the Animal Care Clinic family that July. Around the hospital, she’s fond of performing dental cleanings, monitoring pets under anesthesia, and watching the doctors perform surgical procedures. Most of all, Heather enjoys building relationships with clients and their beloved pets on a daily basis.

Aside from her interests in the animal-care world, Heather likes rock-climbing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, wading, and playing golf. She lives with two rescued pit bulls, Cecelia and Marty McFly; a rottweiler mix named Molly; Emi the vocal tuxedo cat; and a beautiful blue and yellow Betta fish named Mac.

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Veterinary Technician

Jenna has adored animals ever since she was a little girl, and would always attempt to bring home strays to help them find loving forever homes. Watching Steve Irwin on Animal Planet only inspired her further—she knew that she would love to help pets daily as a veterinary professional! Jenna is proud to do just that as a member of the Animal Care Clinic family.

Jenna was raised on a farm in Portsmouth, Ohio, and attended veterinary school online before securing a position at a hospital in Georgia. She joined the team here at Animal Care Clinic shortly after moving to the area, and now serves the pets and animal owners of Lexington as one of the hospital’s Veterinary Technicians.

When she isn’t tending to the pets of the area here at the clinic, Jenna can be found curled up with a good book or enjoying the company of her own animal friends at home. She and her boyfriend, Tim, share their lives with two loveable dogs: Zoey and Atticus.

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Josh Finley

Veterinary Assistant

Thanks to his parents’ military careers, Josh found himself moving around quite a bit while growing up. His pets at home were a constant source of companionship and stability—he’s never taken for granted the true value of our animal friends. Josh has always known that he wanted to give something back by caring for pets himself! He gets to do just that here at Animal Care Clinic.

Josh is originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina and holds a degree in biology. Upon moving to Lawrenceburg, he met a pair of veterinarians through his church and was introduced to the world of veterinary medicine—when he got a behind-the-scenes tour with a Veterinary Technician at the local aquarium, he knew that he’d found the perfect fit!

Josh joined the Animal Care Clinic team in March of 2017 and hopes to attend veterinary school in the future—he has a special interest in surgery and learning about new care techniques, but his favorite part of the job is working alongside an outstanding team of professionals to improve the lives of the area’s pets and animal parents.

In his free time, Josh loves to play tennis and also enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking in the great outdoors. He and his wife live with an energetic cat who goes by Janx, a grumpy dog named Boots, and Missy the beagle.

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Veterinary Assistant

Taylor was very young when she decided that she wanted to be a medical professional when she grew up. By the time she had finished her first year of pre-med studies in college, though, she realized she was lacking the passion that her peers seemed to have. After doing some soul-searching, Taylor decided to switch her major to animal medicine—that’s when everything clicked! She’s currently studying veterinary science in college and hopes to become a licensed veterinarian herself in the future.

Taylor is from Manchester, Kentucky and attends the University of Kentucky. Having previously worked at a clinic in her hometown, she has continued to expand her skillset here at Animal Care Clinic since October of 2016, when she joined the hospital team as a Veterinary Assistant. Taylor loves to work hands-on with patients and soak up all the knowledge that she can; she’s particularly passionate about drawing blood and shadowing the doctors during surgeries.

In her spare time between work and school, Taylor loves to go hiking and camping. At home, she lives with two cats: Daisy, who is very shy and prefers to keep to herself; and the much more sociable Gracie.

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Alla Derkach


Alla has always had a knack for customer service, and believes that helping animals is just as important as helping people. Being the friendly and welcoming face for Animal Care Clinic is the perfect way for her to utilize her compassionate nature while bettering the lives of pets!

A native of Ukraine, Alla worked in the human healthcare field before entering the veterinary industry. She joined the Animal Care Clinic family in May of 2015 and couldn’t be happier. Alla particularly enjoys interacting with clients and their pets, fixing scheduling problems, and staying on her toes in the fast-paced front desk environment.

In her time away from the clinic, Alla likes traveling and cooking. Her large family—she has six younger siblings—provides the perfect opportunity for her to hone her cooking skills. Once, Alla hosted her family’s large annual holiday party and managed to make a meal for 45 people!

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Leslie Pennington


Leslie grew up surrounded by pets—as soon as she was old enough to adopt an animal companion of her own, that’s exactly what she did! For Leslie, caring for pets is simply a way of life, and she’s thrilled to continue her journey in veterinary medicine as a member of Animal Care Clinic’s team.

A Lexington native, Leslie began her career in animal care at a hospital in Versailles before joining the Animal Care Clinic family in 2017 to gain even more hands-on experience with pets. She has a particular interest in emergency medicine, and her favorite part of her work is greeting the area’s pet owners with a smile—Leslie makes it her personal mission to treat each and every visitor to the hospital like a member of the family.

When time allows between her shifts here at the clinic and her studies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Leslie likes hiking, spending time on the lake, and relaxing with her pets at home. She has a German Shepherd named Dallas as well as three cats: Taz, Luna, and Minnie.

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A Lexington native, Teresa was a client here at the hospital long before she became an employee. When the opportunity arose for her to join the very team that had given her own animal companions health and happiness over the years, she jumped at the chance! Teresa is proud to now serve the area’s pets and animal parents as one of Animal Care Clinic’s front-desk receptionists.

Teresa spent 31 years in the banking industry before retiring in 2015. It wasn’t long before she decided to put her skills back to use and rejoin the workforce. One day while picking up dog food here at the hospital, Teresa heard that the clinic was looking for a receptionist. The rest is history! She’s been a member of the hospital family since September of 2016.

At home, Teresa and her husband, Charlie, live with two dogs: Tyla is the diva of the household, while Tigger refuses to go to bed until everyone else is properly tucked in. When she isn’t caring for pets here at the clinic or tending to her own dogs at home, Teresa likes spending time with her nieces and nephews, crocheting, and researching her family genealogy.

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Amanda Spencer


Amanda was very young when she first took notice to the strong bonds she shared with pets. She’s wanted to improve their lives in whatever way she could for as long as she can remember! Amanda believes that every animal has a purpose—she’s always wanted to give something back, and gets to do just that as a member of the Animal Care Clinic team.

Amanda was raised on a small farm, then moved to Versailles, Kentucky, with her family at the age of eight. After high school, she relocated to Colorado and worked in the customer service industry. Several years later, Amanda decided it was time to come back to Kentucky to be closer to family—that’s when she signed on at the Woodford Humane Society, where she would work in animal welfare for the next 10 years.

Amanda recently joined the Animal Care Clinic family to experience the medical side of the animal-care world, and couldn’t be happier to expand her skillset and soak up knowledge from her fellow team members. She’s found that she especially likes the fast-paced clinic environment!

Away from work, Amanda likes spending time with her husband, going on long drives through the country, catching up on her favorite television shows, and enjoying the company of her pets. She and her husband, Steven, share their lives with several animal companions. They have three dogs—Boo Boo, who loves bossing her larger canine companions around; a Boxer/pit bull mix named Spencer who can win any kissing contest; and Clyde Eastwood, who spends most of his time patrolling the house—as well as four turtles, five hermit crabs, and a Betta fish named Lloyd.

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Lyssa Neeley


Lyssa has been an animal-lover all her life. For her, helping pets to look and feel their best is more than a job—it’s a calling! She’s proud to serve the pets and animal owners of Lexington as one of Animal Care Clinic’s resident groomers.

Lyssa is originally from a small town in Indiana; it was there that she was offered a job as a dog bather by her aunt, who worked in a grooming salon herself. It didn’t take long for Lyssa to know that she was hooked—she hasn’t looked back since! She moved to this area to study at Nash Academy and become a certified pet groomer, and joined the Animal Care Clinic family shortly after graduating.

Lyssa lives in Lexington with her boyfriend and her own energetic and treat-obsessed dog, Willow. In her free time, she loves taking Willow to the park and relaxing at home with her family.

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Anna Hughes

Student Assistant

Anna grew up on a thoroughbred farm just outside of Lexington, where animals were a part of life from day one—her mother manages the farm, and her father works as an equine veterinarian. As she grew older, Anna began to realize that animals needed her just as much as she needed them! Now, she’s living her dream as an Assistant here at Animal Care Clinic while she studies veterinary medicine in college.

Anna is an undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky and hopes to become a veterinarian herself in the future. She joined the Animal Care Clinic family in the summer of 2015, and particularly likes assisting with surgeries and learning about the various medications used to solve pets’ ailments.

When time permits between her busy school and work schedules, Anna likes cooking, hiking in the great outdoors, and spending time with her own family pets. Fynn is a grouchy husky mix who always demands to get her way; Goose is a large Shepherd/Mastiff mix who thinks he is a lap dog; and Milo is the farm dog and enjoys running around excitedly all day. The four-legged portion of the family is rounded out by a pair of barn cats and Hootie, a recently-acquired hedgehog who is extremely cute when he gets mad.

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Student Assistant

Lillian has adored animals since she was a little girl, and her passion simply never let up—she’s always known that she wanted to work as a veterinary professional. She’s thrilled to gain hands-on experience in the animal-care world here at Animal Care Clinic, and hopes to attend school in the future to become a licensed veterinarian herself!

Lillian is from Taylor Mill, Kentucky and is currently studying to earn her undergraduate degree. She first started volunteering at an animal rescue, eventually shadowing the on-site veterinarian during surgeries, then joined the Animal Care Clinic team upon moving to Lexington. Lillian especially enjoys taking X-rays and ultrasound scans, and she loves the constant learning opportunities provided to her here at the clinic. Nothing beats supplementing her coursework with real-world experience!

When Lillian isn’t tending to pets at Animal Care Clinic or studying, she likes to go hiking, visit the dog park, and spend quality time with friends. She also enjoys staying active in her sorority and relaxing at home with her pet rabbit, Penelope.

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