Main Street Pet Care Inc.

1910 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64804


Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Meet Our Staff

Main Street Pet Care, Inc. - Joplin, MO - Shelby VanHouten

Shelby - Practice Manager

Shelby was was born and raised in Joplin, MO.  She graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing and Management.  She is married to her loving husband Trevor and they have two Boxers (Gracie and Annabelle).  In her free time she enjoys relaxing at home with family.

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Mandie Matthewson RVT

Mandie RVT - Veterinary Technician

Mandie joined our team in 2012.

Mandy was born in Florida and moved to Missouri in 2000. She now lives in Stella, MO with her 2 dogs, Flea and June, one cat, Dollar, and her horse, Cricket.  She completed the Veterinary Technician program at Crowder College in Neosho, MO in 2012 and is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  Mandy keeps busy by also working at the Emergency Pet Center of the Four- States.  She loves to work, ride her horse, work, hunt and fish and work in her spare time. Her favorite part of her job is trauma cases.

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Sarah Hawkins RVT

Sarah RVT - Veterinary Technician

Sarah was born in Richmond, VA, but has lived in Neosho practically her whole life.  She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Crowder College and is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She has two Cocker Spaniels, who are the sweetest dogs, named Leo and Lily.  She also has a Poodle named Bear, who is a little grumpy, but she loves him anyway.

Why do you like doing this?  "Because it's what I've wanted to do since I was 5 years old.  It makes my day getting to work here and be with the animals as we help them.  Plus animals are AWESOME!"

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Seth Dahle-Melsaether

Seth RVT - Veterinary Technician

Seth was born in Utah and moved to Missouri when he was four where he lived with his family in Monett.  His first job was working as a kennel technician and has been working in veterinary medicine ever since.  He went to Crowder College's Veterinary Technician Program and after graduation moved to Springfield where he worked at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic.  He is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  He has a cat named Kitty Purry that he rescued.  Seth also enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything that includes being on the water.

Why do you like doing this?  "I like working in veterinary medicine because I love animals.  We always had animals (dogs and cats mostly) around the house growing up."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Samantha Burnett

Sam RVT - Veterinary Technician

Sam was born in Joplin, but moved to Bentonville, AR where she graduated from high school in 2010. She moved back to Neosho and began working at MSPC in 2013. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. She is the oldest and only girl out of five children. She has 4 dogs: Snow, a Chow Chow; Sky, a Siberian Husky; Ross, a Pomeranian; and Maya, a Blue Heeler/Aussie Mix.

Why do you like doing this?  “I have always loved working with and being around animals.

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Casey Ward

Casey - Veterinary Assistant

Casey lives in Joplin and is currently attending Crowder College.  She is very close with her amazing family, her two older brothers and mom.  When not in school or working Casey enjoys doing art projects, volunteering, and hiking with her side kick, a yellow lab named Max.  Growing up she would always put bandages on her hundreds of stuffed animals.  She is now living her dream, helping our furry companions with more birthdays at Main Street Pet Care.

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Christine Messner

Christine - Veterinary Assistant

Christine has been with Main Street Pet Care since 2003.

Christine graduated from the Franklin Tech Medical Assistant program in 2003 and has been working at MSPC ever since.  She is married with a son (Kaleb) and daughter (Lydia).  She has one cat (Elina) and a Golden Retriever (Clark).  In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, going for walks, playing ball, and all kinds of games.  Her favorite parts of her job are dental procedures and client education.

What's your inner nerd?  "Quilting and reading."

Why do you enjoy working in Veterinary Medicine?  "There are many things I enjoy about Veterinary Medicine.  I enjoy the puzzle of medicine, being challenged, and learning new things daily.  I enjoy taking care of animals, helping to educate clients, and the bonds that form."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Dusty Reece

Dusty - Veterinary Assistant

Dusty has worked in veterinary medicine since high school. Dusty has four children, two dogs, ten horses and a parakeet. One of her daughters followed in her footsteps into the veterinary profession. She likes to read and ride horses. Her favorite part of her job is talking to owners about nutrition and puppy breath.

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Raegan Craig

Raegan - Veterinary Assistant

Raegan was born in Blue Springs, MO and raised in Clinton, MO.  She has one older sister.  She is currently enrolled at Crowder College where she is working her way to becoming a Veterinary Technician.  She has 4 dogs (Moose, Hank, Izzy, and Monkey), 2 cats (Max and Milly), and recently lost her life long horse (Pusher).  In her free time, she enjoys adventuring and exploring the outdoors with her boyfriend (Tyler).  She also enjoys spending time with her family back home.

Why do you do this?  "Ever since I was little, I have been surrounded by animals ranging from dogs, cats, and horses to ducks and raccoons.  There was never a question in my mind about what I would do with my life.  That's why my family says I'm the female version of Ace Ventura."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Heather Rich

Heather - Veterinary Assistant

Heather joined our team in December of 2016.

Heather is currently a student enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at Crowder College.  She has been married to her best friend, Sam, for 10 years and together they have two kids: Spencer (8) and Ashlyn (12).  When she's not at work she enjoys reading books and watching TV with her family.

What is your inner nerd?  80's Hair Metal

Why do you do this?  "There is nothing more satisfying than helping to solve a mystery and to heal an animal in the process.  A grateful look for a big sloppy kiss are some of the best rewards there are."

Main Street Pet Care, Inc. - Joplin, MO - Maggie Cates

Maggie - Client Services

Maggie was born in Bolivar, MO and moved to Neosho to pursue a veterinary technician education.  In the mean time she met her husband Andy and together they have a son named Owen.  They also have two fur children named Bean and Bo.

Why do you do this?  "I like working in veterinary medicine because I feel like I can leave work everyday knowing I helped at least one person and their baby.  Animals shaped me into the person I am today and I love giving back."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Sherry Pierce

Sherry - Groomer

Sherry has been in the grooming profession for 18 years. She started grooming at Petsmart eleven years ago and was a manager in their grooming department. She joined the MSPC family seven years ago and has been offering quality grooming services to our patients ever since. Sherry has also taught grooming classes through Franklin Technology Center. Aside from grooming, Sherry enjoys spending time with her family and helping out on her family’s horse and cattle farm.

Why do you like doing this?  “I love my job because of the challenge and the fun I have from working with animals. I like to help make them look and feel their best.

Aubrey - Groomer

Aubrey joined our team in September of 2016.

Aubrey grew up in Garfield, AR and her entire family on her mother's side has lived on the same road since the homestead.  Away from work, she mostly just takes care of her two kids.  She enjoys watching anything animated and drawing in her spare time.  She also enjoys restoring and customizing vintage My Little Ponies.  Aubrey has two cats (Zoe and Simpkin).

What's your inner nerd?  "Vintage My Little Ponies and animated movies."

Why do you like doing this?  "I've always been very passionate about animals."

Main Street Pet Care - Joplin, MO - Mike Vogt

Mike - Maintenance

Mike was born in Carthage, MO and is a graduate of Carthage High School.  He now lives in Joplin.  Mike has been our maintenance man since 2011 and is responsible for upkeep and many of the improvements you see around the clinic.  He has a Yorkie named Toby and a Chihuahua named Batman.