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Dr. Lee Hankins

Dr. Lee HankinsAs founding veterinarian and managing partner, Dr. Hankins has been treating pets at Springhurst Animal Hospital since 1999. He attended Western Kentucky University for his undergraduate work and then obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University. Dr. Hankins returned to Kentucky to begin his career as a veterinarian and accomplish his dream of establishing his own practice.

Thanks to his unending compassion for all animals, Springhurst Animal Hospital has celebrated 18 strong years of success and continued growth.

When not working, Dr. Hankins enjoys spending time with his family and his own pets. He enjoys traveling, golf, tennis, and anything pertaining to the equine industry.

Dr. Sherri L. Stello

Dr. Sherri L. StelloDr. Stello was born and raised in Elkins, WV. She obtained her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in 1999. She attended the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA until 2003. After vet school, she moved to Hollywood, FL and completed a 13 month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital focusing on medicine, surgery and emergency care. She remained at the practice for 3 additional years as an associate veterinarian.

In 2007, Dr. Stello and her husband Derek moved to Kentucky to be closer to family. She started at Springhurst Animal Hospital in the fall of 2007. They have since welcomed their daughter Eliza, and twins, Jet and Marley to the family. Dr. Stello is also mom to a St. Bernard mix, Griffen, and a Jack Russell, Teddy.

Dr. Lisa Keehner

Dr. Lisa KeehnerDr. Keehner specializes in animal rehabilitation and animal acupuncture.  Her practice focuses on dogs and cats who have need of a primary care veterinarian as well as weight and pain management. She is also proficient in ultrasound. Dr. Keehner has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2000 after graduating from Iowa State University. She completed a rotating internship in San Diego, California before moving to Memphis, Tennessee. She arrived in Louisville in 2002 to start a residency in Emergency and Critical Medicine at LVSES. She stayed on as a senior clinician. In 2007, she became a certified veterinary rehabilitation therapist (CVRT). She is also pursuing additional certification in pain management from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

She enjoys volunteering with the local veterinary medical association as well as at her daughter’s school. She enjoys reading, biking, and is a huge movie buff. Along with her daughter, she has two Labrador retrievers, Rosie and Millie, and two cats Garfield and Sam .



Mary Rauch, our Practice Manager, was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been in the veterinary industry now for over 20 years and joined Springhurst Animal Hospital in 2006. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology, from the University of Louisville, with a focus in Animal Behavior and Ecology. Mary’s family works with the Louisville Weimaraner Rescue Group. Mary has her own Weimaraner, Layla, and a Russian Tortoise, Natasha. Her hobbies include running, reading, camping, and hiking with her family. 



Kenny is Springhurst Animal Hospital's Lead Veterinary Technician and Resident Trainer. He brings his educational background and over 10 years of experience to the Louisville area. Kenny learned the art of dog training while living in Los Angeles and San Francisco for over 10 years. He then decided to bring his knowledge and skills back to the bluegrass state. He has been working at Springhurst Animal Hospital for over six years and has helped many dogs with basic obedience to behavior problems. Kenny deals with all issues, from puppy training to socialization to dog aggression, and everything in between. His combination of interpersonal skills and cutting edge philosophies on dog training, have made him a passionate animal lover, and one of the area’s most desirable trainers to work with.



Megan is our full-time groomer and has been with Springhurst Animal Hospital for a little over two years. At home, she has a Pit Bull mix, Midnight, and recently welcomed a new kitty, Jasper, to her family.



Kaela was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and has been with us since 2009. She attended the University of Louisville and received her degree in Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She enjoys doing projects and outdoor activities with her husband and their mix breed dog, Bella.  


Erin has been part of our reception team since 2015, and loves to greet all of our furry friends. She has a Pit Bull mix, Michael, and a cat, Tyson. In her spare time she enjoys going to the dog park with Michael and getting to interact with all the other puppies. In the summer, she volunteers at local animal rescues. 


Brittany is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but just recently moved back from Florida. She joined our reception team in October of 2016. Brittany rescued her cat, Mombo, from Woodstock Animal Foundation and still works with the no-kill shelter in her spare time.


Melissa recently moved to Louisville from Omaha, Nebraska. She is finishing up a double major in criminal justice and biology. Melissa comes to Springhurst Animal Hospital with a background of specialty in emergency veterinary medicine and is excited to be learning more about general practice. At home, she has a pomeranian mix named Teddy.


Deb is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, who recently joined SAH as a receptionist.  She has worked with animals in clinics and on farms for the last 15 years.  Her family includes Lulu, a 10 year old English Bulldog, and Angie, a 15 year old cat.

Veterinary Technician


Lindsay has been with Springhurst Animal Hospital since January 2009. She graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Lindsay then graduated from Purdue University’s Veterinary Technician program with an Associates Degree. She is a registered Veterinary Technician and has been working in the field for 17 years. She and her husband currently reside in Southern Indiana with their two dogs and two cats. 


Naomy is one of our Veterinary Technicians, and joined Springhurst Animal Hospital in May 2016. The secret to life is doing what you love, and Naomy is doing just that! She loves her job as a Veterinary Technician because she gives all animals the love and care they deserve. Shortly after graduating high school in California, Naomy moved to Louisville to pursue a career she had once dreamed of. She received her associate’s degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in March 2016. Naomy is passionate about her job and enjoys the rewarding satisfaction of helping all animals. Her heart belongs to her fur babies at home; Copper the Basset/Beagle and Cali the Pit Bull mix. 


Amanda has been with Springhurst Animal Hospital since November 2016. She has always enjoyed animals and started her career working with them in 2008. She shares her home with two dogs, Meeko and Luki, two cats, Nala & Wyatt Wayne, and her Gecko, Mowgli. When she is off the clock, she enjoys spending her time hiking with her dogs or cuddling with them while enjoying a Netflix marathon.  


Shelby has been at Springhurst Animal Hospital for almost 10 years. She started as a Kennel Technician and transitioned into a Veterinary Technician. Shelby has a labradoodle named Lucy and a chocolate lab named Pippa. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis.


Christen is from LaGrange, Kentucky and has been employed at Springhurst Animal Hospital for about seven months. She has two and a half years of Veterinary Technician experience and a heart-filled passion for animals. Christen has two beautiful Irish Setter sisters, Sissy and Bella, a short haired cat named DiDi, and two African fat-tailed geckos named Pippin and Titan. She is a mom to two boys and a loving wife to her husband, Tucker. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and nature.


Laura, originally from the tri-state area, joined the Springhurst Animal Hospital staff as a Veterinary Technician in December of 2016 after becoming a transplant of the Louisville area eight years ago.  Graduating in 1992 with a degree in Veterinary Technology from Mount Ida College, she has worked in and around animals since that time lending over twenty years of experience.  Taking time off in between to raise her four children, she has found herself back in the field of her passion.  With two dogs, two ferrets, a cat, a horse, and four two-legged animals, her spare time finds her in a gamete of activities.   Most favorite includes a book, a bonfire and family time!


Natalie Lyvers was born and raised here in Louisville.  She began working at Springhurst in November 2016 after graduating from Harrison College with a degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has 2 dogs, a Great Dane and a mix breed, and 2 black cats,that keep her very busy.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with family. 


Ashley was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  She recently joined our team as a veterinary technician, in February 2017.  She truly loves working in the animal industry and has over seven years of experience in the field.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and relaxing with her fur babies. 


Chandler is a Technician Assistant who has worked at Springhurst Animal Hospital for just a little over three years. She is a Certified Fear Free Professional and advocate of the Kentucky Humane Society. Chandler is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in strategic communication at Indiana University Southeast. Outside of school and work, she enjoys spending time with her boxer, Cali.


Molly has been with Springhurst Animal Hospital since September 2015. She is a full time student at the University of Louisville and plans to pursue her career as a veterinarian. Molly has two fur babies at home and spends her free time playing with them. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Animal Care Attendant


Amanda was born and raised here in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives here with her four-year-old fox hound Gage and kitten Byron Augustan Ernest aka Auggie. She's the Lead Animal Care Attendant at our hospital and has been with us for a year so far! She's also our weekend groomer! Amanda spent her summer of 2015 volunteering at Amics dels animals d'Esporles and caring for the village's pets in Mallorca, Spain. Amanda has been working in animal care for 3 years now but grew up surrounded by furry friends. When she's not at the hospital, she enjoys taking hikes around Louisville's parks with her pup, Gage. 


Marissa is originally from Aurora, Colorado. She joined Springhurst in August of 2016 and is currently the Lead Animal Care Attendant. She has three cats and a horse. In her spare time she enjoys being with family, reading, writing, and spending time with her pets. 


Harrison is from Hopkinsville, KY and works as a kennel technician at Springhurst Animal Hospital. He has five years of experience working in the animal field, but has been with Springhurst Animal Hospital for a little over a year. Harrison has a bachelor's degree in biology with an emphasis on animal biology. He has two rescue cats named Dora and Fred. In his spare time, he likes to spend the day around the Louisville Zoo.


Demaree is a Kentucky native and has always had a deep passion for animals since she was younger. She currently has a Pit Bull rescue, Mabel, who is the light of her life. Demaree appreciates her line of work and strives to make every pet’s visit comfortable.


Taylor was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where she works as a Kennel assistant here at Springhurst Animal Hospital. She has grown up surrounded by animals, and currently has a rescue boxer named Oscar. Along with taking care of Oscar, she is also a foster parent for the Kentucky Humane Society. Taylor enjoys having the opportunity make animals happy and comfortable so owners know they are having a great time during their stay at Springhurst Animal Hospital.


Emma has been working at Springhurst Animal Hospital for almost a year. She is 16 years old and a junior at Sacred Heart Academy. She’s lived in Texas and Illinois, but has resided here in Louisville for the past eight years. At Springhurst Animal Hospital, she works as a Kennel Technician and in her spare time, enjoys walking her five year-old golden retriever, Wishes. She also enjoys fostering puppies and dog-sitting for friends and neighbors


Olivia was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She has been around animals all her life but started working with them professionally in 2014. Olivia was previously a Camp Counselor at Camp Hi-Ho where she worked with children and animals. She recently joined our team as a Kennel Technician at Springhurst Animal Hospital. Olivia often volunteers at the Kentucky Humane Society in her spare time and has four dogs, two cats, and six horses at home.


John is one of our animal care attendants here at Springhurst Animal Hospital and has been with us for almost two years.  He is from Louisville, Kentucky and has a husky mix, Sitka, at home.  In his spare time, John enjoys working on his truck and spending time with Sitka. SaveSave