Dr Lee Hankins
As 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 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 three additional years as an associate veterinarian. She is a certified Free-Free 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 named Griffen.
Dr Lisa Keehner
Dr Keener has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2000 after graduation from Iowa State University. She completed a rotating internship in San Diego, California, before moving to Memphis, Tennessee. She arrived in Louisville in 2002 for a residency in Emergency and Critical Medicine at LVSES, now Blue Pearl. She stayed on as a senior clinician until joining Springhurst Animal Hospital. She is a graduate of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, a certified veterinary rehabilitation therapist, has studied with the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a certified Free-Free veterinarian.
Dr Keehner focuses on dogs and cats who need pain management. She uses a combination of weight management, medication, physical therapy, laser therapy, and acupuncture. She is also proficient in ultrasound.
Dr Keehner enjoys time with her daughter, fiance, two yellow Labs, Rosie and Millie; Leonberger, Forrest; two cats, Garfield and Sam; and guinea pig. She enjoys volunteering with the local veterinary medical association as well as at her daughter’s school.
Dr Nicole Varon
Dr Varon was born and raised in Louisville. She earned her BS in Biology from the University of Louisville and her veterinary degree from Kansas State University in May 2018, joining us at Springhurst Animal Hospital in June. She is certified in Fear-Free Training and is very passionate about using these techniques in her practice.
In her spare time, Dr Varon enjoys time with her husband, Tim, cooking, running with Friends, and movies. She is a mom to Sophie, a Yorkie/Maltese mix who knows about 12 tricks; Bentley, a Dachshund/Corgi mix who is very lazy; Joey the cat who plays fetch; and Teddy the attention-loving rabbit.
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.
Megan is our full-time groomer and has been with Springhurst Animal Hospital since 2014. At home, she has a Pit Bull mix named Midnight. She loves being outdoors in her free time. She enjoys hiking all the beautiful and amazing trails throughout Louisville with her sidekick Midnight.
Erin has been part of our reception team since 2015, and loves to spend her time loving on puppies and kitties and caring for her three pups at home, Michael, Beaux, and Max
Brittany is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but just recently moved back from Florida. She joined our reception team in 2016. Brittany rescued her cat, Mombo, from Woodstock Animal Foundation and still works with the no-kill shelter in her spare time.
Having spent 15 years as a PA and traveling consultant, Susan is excited to be back in the field she loves.
Kylee moved to Louisville in June 2018. She was born and raised in Illinois, and lived in South Carolina for two years before coming to Louisville. She previously worked for an animal shelter is still advocates rescue. She loves spending time with her husband, Jared, and their two crazy cogs, Bailey and Riley.
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 joined Springhurst Animal Hospital in 2016. The secret to life is doing what you love, and Naomy is doing just that! She loves her job as a Certified 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, speaks fluent Spanish, 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.
Shelby has been at Springhurst Animal Hospital since 2008. She started as a Kennel Assistant 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.
Natalie Lyvers was born and raised here in Louisville. She began working at Springhurst in 2016 as a Certified Veterinary Technician 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 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.
Amanda was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives here with her Fox Hound, Gage and cat Byron Augustan Ernest aka Auggie. She joined us at Springhurst in 2016 as Kennel Assistant, progressing to Lead Animal Care Attendant, and now Veterinary Technician. 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 many 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.
Kate, originally from Norwich, Connecticut, moved to Kentucky when she was 19. She joined Springhurst Animal Hospital in 2018 with a 12 year career as a Veterinary Technician. She and her husband have three cats and a dog and enjoy traveling to different beaches.
Animal Care Attendant
Victoria was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky where she attends high school. She joined us in 2017 and has a German Shepherd/Boxer mix, and a Boston Terrier. She loves spending time outside and plans on attending Morehead State University to earn a degree in sonography.
Hannah was born and raised in Louisville. She attends Eastern High School and loves spending time outside with friends, family, and her Blue Healer, Cookies, and Yorkie, Coco.
Kristen called Miami, Florida home until moving to Louisville. She joined out staff in 2017 and returned after completing her first term at the University of Kentucky. She loves what she does, and does not believe it is work. She enjoys being outside and gardening with her Golden Retriever, Boone.