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ACM's Support Staff 

We are proud to introduce the people at the reception desk and behind the scenes who work hard to take care of our patients and clients.

Angie Strong Angie Strong has been working at the Animal Clinic of Monett since January of 2002. When not taking care of the kennel and hospitalized animals, she is at home on the farm caring for my husband, 3 children, and a host of pets. Angie says “I enjoy many aspects of my job, especially loving on the animals, but also cleaning up after everyone because I have made many dear friends that truly feel like family to me. I have lived in the Wentworth area for most of my life. I feel very blessed to have a job that I can enjoy and people and animals that I love dearly!” We’re blessed having you here, Angie!  Angie is pictured with her little one-eyed Chihuahua/Papillon/Dachshund mix canine best friend/nap buddy "Dottie", whom she adopted from the clinic many years ago

Natalie Moennig came to join the ACM team as a part time receptionist October of 2011 but is now our head receptionist. She grew up on a farm outside of Pierce City where she still lives with her daughter, Bentlie. Natalie is a part of a big family and enjoys spending time with them whenever she can.

Natalie Moennig

Jackie Maggard joined our team in February 2012 as our Inventory Control & Purchasing Manager. After working for a veterinary clinic in Northwest Arkansas for 13 years, she moved to the Avilla area where she lives with her husband Kevin. Together, Jackie and Kevin have 4 daughters, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. Jackie has had many pets over the years, but currently has a Blue Heeler named Zap, and 3 horses. Her activities include hunting, fishing and riding horses. 

Heather Waltrip is a pleasant addition to our reception staff, with her warm and inviting smile.  She joined us in August of 2013 and has become an invaluable member of our team.  Heather is married and they have a young son.  In her free time, she likes to cook and make memories with her friends and family.  Heather enjoys life and all those who are in hers!

The most recent addition to our technician staff is Christy Cornelius. Christy worked in human health care for several years and is very excited to be working with animals here at ACM. She has already earned the  trust of several of our more timid patients with her gentle voice and kind demeanor. Christy has 2 children and a grandchild to keep her occupied, plus horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and cats. 

Chassidy Freeman joined our team in 2014 and is now our Head Technician. Chassidy is a lifelong resident of the Farview/Wheaton area, graduating from East Newton High School.  While in high school, Chassidy worked half-days for 2 ½ years at a veterinary clinic.  Her favorite parts of being a technician? Working with animals daily and the new experiences they bring, and being a part of the care and treatment of our patients. Chassidy is a very busy person, working, attending online classes, and keeping up with family and friends.

Veronica Diaz joined our team in 2015 as our new bi-lingual technician.  Veronica and her husband moved from Chicago to a farm in the Monett area in 2006.  They and their 3 sons care for 2 dogs, sheep, cows, horses, and chickens on their farm, so she knew that working with animals would be her dream job.  “There’s never a dull moment at Animal Clinic of Monett” says Veronica. “I love my job!”  Welcome to the ACM team Veronica!
Shelby Strong started at the Animal Clinic of Monett in July 2015 as a member of our kennel staff. She has lived in Wentworth her entire life. When not working at the clinic, Shelby likes to quilt and work on her small farm that mainly consists of Registered Irish Dexter Cattle and an assortment of chickens. Shelby  enjoys spending time with her family, friends, cat "Fuzz", and dog "Rowdy",  whom she adopted from the clinic. 
Layna Essary joined our staff as a receptionist in October 2015. Layna is a hometown girl, having graduated from Monett High School. She is a new mom to a beautiful baby boy Grason. Her spare time pursuits include spending time with family and friends and her little dog Millie.
Cathy Renkoski worked at the Animal Clinic of Monett from 2002 to 2006, then returned in 2012 as a member of the kennel staff.  She enjoys being with the animals in the kennel and working with the veterinarians. When she's not in the clinic Cathy is a full time childcare provider. Cathy is married and has a son and 3 grandchildren. In her spare time she raises registered Pembroke Welsh Corgi and registered Irish Dexter Cattle. She also has 4 registered Quarter Horses. She has lived on a farm in Wentworth most of her life. Cathy enjoys rodeos, basketball, and baseball. She is pictured here with her dog Snickers. 


Shelby Lakey, born and raised in the Purdy area, joined our team November 2016 as a receptionist. She lives in Rocky Comfort with her son SJ and her red heeler Cowboy. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family and also going to live music shows.

Ethan Epperson is a recent graduate of Central Methodist University with a degree in Biology. He came to work at ACM in June and we are putting his talents to good use. Currently he is helping out at the stockyards as well as “teching” in the clinic. Whether you are a small or large animal client, you will likely work with Ethan in the near future.

A SoCal native, Ann Branch moved to Monett 20 years ago, at which time she became a client at ACM. She is now a valued member of our reception staff. Ann enjoys the slower pace in Monett which gives her more time to spend with family and friends. She loves to walk her dog Wiley (an ACM adoption), music, yoga, and baking.

Sam Schmidt, born and raised in Miller, MO grew up raising Labrador Retrievers. She now lives in Friestatt, MO with her 4 fur babies; Abe, Sadie, Quincy, and Virgil. Sam became a part of the receptionist team March 2017. She is excited to be apart of the Animal Clinic family and meet all the amazing clients we have. 
Macy Brattin also joined our team as a receptionist March 2017. She has always lived in the Wheaton area. Macy is expecting a baby girl (Gracie Jo) May 2017. In her spare time she likes to go hunting, fishing, play softball, and go to the Motocross track. When she is at home she also enjoys spending time with her family and 2 dogs, Penelope and Caliber. 
Leslie Chavarria was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She joined our team as a technician January 2017. Leslie worked at a boarding kennel and a veterinary clinic in Texas. In her spare time she volunteers at Faithful Friends in Neosho, and enjoys riding motorcycles with her fiance. Leslie has 3 dogs and 3 cats, and is excited to learn more about animal. She will be pursuing school at Crowder College Fall 2017 to get her License as a registered veterinary technician.  
Kylee Peetzs originally from Fort Myers, Florida, and was raised in Wentworth, MO, joined our team as a technician December 2016. Kylee has worked at Joplin Humane Society, Emergency Pet Care in Joplin, and Best Care Pet Hospital in Omaha, NE. In her spare time Kylee enjoys riding horses with her son and reading a relaxing book.


Our goal is complete care for our patients. We have a Veterinarian on call 24 hours every day. 
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