Dr. Kent Stauffer

Surgeon, Medical Director

Dr. Stauffer grew up on a farm in Grand Island, Nebraska, where he was surrounded by animals. He also loved medicine growing up since many members of his family were physicians! Veterinary medicine was the perfect fit for him from a young age.

Kent graduated from the University of Nebraska and attended veterinary school at Kansas State University. After owning a clinic and practicing in Nebraska for 10 years, he completed a surgical residency at Mississippi State. He came to Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care two years ago and is now the clinic’s board-certified surgeon.

Being an orthopedic surgeon, says Dr. Stauffer, combines almost all aspects of the veterinary world: medicine, radiology, surgery, and diagnostics! This is what he loves most about his career in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Stauffer and his wife, Linda, have a son named Dillon and a daughter named Sydney, both of whom are very active in school sports. The family has three dogs: Bill, Belle, and Missy, as well as two cats named Stevie and Buttons. Kent says that most of his free time is spent with his family or taking the kids to their various obligations. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys taking care of the lawn and working on projects around the house.

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Dr. Mary Grabow

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Grabow knew she wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was in the 4th grade. Her love of animals, people, and medicine has inspired a 30-year-plus career in veterinary medicine!

Mary was born in California, but moved to Connecticut when she was only one year old. In the 7th grade, she moved to Indiana and has lived here ever since. She started working as a kennel assistant when she was only 14, and worked her way up by filling any position that she could.

As a veterinarian, Dr. Grabow particularly enjoys client education, preventative care, behavior, and training. She also has a special interest in reproduction and purebred dogs; she says there’s nothing better than performing a flawless c-section and helping puppies come into this world!

At home, Mary lives with her husband and two children. Her kids are active in Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, AKC dog shows, and sports. Mary’s husband is in the Indiana National Guard and has completed two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The family has a multitude of pets: three dogs, a guinea pig, three cats, three lizards, and three African Thigh Spurred tortoises.

Outside of work, Dr. Grabow likes spending time with her family and traveling. She also loves sea turtles, and even got to see the turtles lay their eggs on the beach during a recent South Carolina family vacation!

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Dr. Michelle Edwards

Internal Medicine Veterinarian

Dr. Edwards graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She then went on to complete her internship and residency at the Michigan Veterinary Specialists located near Detroit, Michigan. She received her ACVIM board certification in 2004 and went on to practice as an internist for two years with the Michigan Veterinary Specialists.

Her main interests are in nutrition, GI disease, hepatic disease, endocrinology, immune mediated disorders, and nephrology. She is also proficient in ultrasonography and endoscopy (GI, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy).

Dr. Edwards is married and has 2 kids, 2 dogs and 1 cat. We are thrilled to have her as part of our VSEC team!

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Dr. Melissa Hawkins


During her high school years, one of Melissa’s dogs, Lady, had a dangerous encounter with a car. The veterinarian fixed Lady up, and Melissa was incredibly impressed with the vet’s skill, compassion, and manner. She decided she wanted to help people and pets the same way!

In the summer between high school and college, Dr. Hawkins shadowed a veterinarian for 40 hours a week. She was hired as an assistant, gaining a lot of valuable experience. She studied hard and finished her Bachelor’s degree in three years, and was accepted into veterinary school on her first application!

Pet dentistry is a special area of interest for Dr. Hawkins. She loves seeing the results of a good dental cleaning. She also likes working with more exotic pets like turtles, rats, and guinea pigs.

Melissa lives with her supportive husband Nate, their two dogs, Biner and Tex, and a cat named Spooky. Along with her husband, Dr. Hawkins enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and canoeing. She also likes yoga and says it has helped immensely with stress and self-improvement! Melissa and Nate also enjoy traveling and have been to Germany, Italy, Canada, Hawaii, Peru, South Africa, and Costa Rica!

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Dr. Gretchen Statz

Internal Medicine Veterinarian

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Dr. Heather May

Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Zach Bault

Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Shelly Zacharias

ER Director

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Dr. Wendy Stoots

Emergency Veterinarian

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Dr. Liz Pearlman

Emergency Veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Pearlman grew up in Chicago’s inner city, where she experienced a natural kinship with animals from the time she was young. Early on, she felt she had a knack for dog training and could always tell when a family pet wasn’t feeling well. It wasn’t long before she had decided that a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect choice for her! Now, Dr. Pearlman proudly serves the pets and animal owners of Indianapolis as a member of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care family.

At only 15 years of age, Dr. Pearlman started looking for a nearby animal clinic or shelter that would allow her to volunteer. A classmate referred her to a local hospital, and she hasn’t looked back since—Dr. Pearlman worked as a member of the kennel staff there for many years, gaining several important mentors along the way. After high school, she completed her undergraduate studies before being accepted into Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate.

Dr. Pearlman joined the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care team in 2016 on the recommendation of a colleague. She’s proud to practice the highest-quality veterinary medicine possible alongside her talented and compassionate co-workers, and truly feels that she’s become a member of the family in just a few short months. Dr. Pearlman’s favorite part of her job is communicating directly with animal owners; for her, nothing beats imparting essential information in order to better the life of a pet.

Outside of her interests in the world of animal care, Dr. Pearlman enjoys sailing, visiting the beach, and exploring the neighborhoods of Indianapolis. She’s often accompanied on her city excursions by her loveable odd-ball dog, Lentil. Dr. Pearlman also shares her life with a pair of Zebra Finches who have recently hatched a clutch of five baby birds.

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