OUR TEAM

Meet our team of animal-lovers who are dedicated to the well being of your Best Friends. When you visit us, you’re part of our family.

Doctors

Dr. Tim

Hutson

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Dr. Timothy Hutson is a St. Louis native who graduated with a BA in Biological Sciences from SLU in 2008. After 18 months of lab work in medical research at Washington University, he decided to forgo a career in human medicine and instead chose a career in veterinary medicine. He applied to the veterinary college at UMC and graduated in May 2013. Upon graduation, Dr. Tim decided to join My Best Friend, having been impressed and pleased to see their commitment to high quality medicine, along with their wonderful clientele. He brings with him special interest in dermatology, dentistry, and nutrition, and loves talking with clients about these topics. Dr. Tim took over the Clinic in 2018 from Dr. Bill, who is now enjoying his well-deserved retirement in sunny Florida!

Dr. Tim enjoys fishing, woodworking, bonsai, and playing ice hockey in his free time. He is also an avid fan of the Cardinals and Blues. Most of all, he loves spending time with his family. Dr. Tim and his wife, Irina, have 2 children, Anna and Cameron. They also have two furry children, a French bulldog named “Corndog” (named by their daughter), and a sassy cat named “Rosie”.

Dr. Chelsie

Bivens-Meinders

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Dr. Chelsie came to My Best Friend Veterinary Center in February 2020. Originally from Springfield, IL she began her pre-veterinary studies in Kentucky at Murray State University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she had many opportunities for exotic experience including volunteering at Riddle’s Elephant Sanctuary in Quitman, AR and briefly studying Marine Biology abroad in Belize. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Murray State she was accepted into University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Graduating in spring of 2019, Chelsie began working in a small animal private practice.

Dr. Chelsie’s wonderful family consists of her husband and three dogs; Millie, Murray and Max. Her three dogs are spoiled rotten and she would love to show you a picture of them. Chelsie is always up for an adventure. She has been skydiving four times and hopes to get her skydiving license someday.

She loves a good “dad” joke.

“I have an appointment with the doggy doctor. How that dog became a doctor, I don’t know.”

Dr. Erin

Reiter

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Dr. Erin Reiter was born and raised in St. Louis and attended Indiana University for her undergraduate studies. In 2009, she moved back to Missouri to attend veterinary school at Mizzou. Dr. Erin graduated from Mizzou in 2013 (with Dr. Tim!) and then moved to Denver the following year where she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. She then worked as an associate in private practice for 5 years before moving back to St. Louis last summer. She has been working here as a relief veterinarian until starting with our hospital in June 2020.

Dr. Erin is thrilled to be a part of a profession where she has the opportunity to help people and animals on a daily basis. While she loves every aspect of general practice, her particular interests include internal medicine and feline medicine. In her free time, Erin enjoys traveling, running/cycling, yoga, and spending time with her family. Erin and her husband, Mike, have 2 young daughters, Caitlin and Olivia. They also have four furry children including “Greta”, their dog, and their 3 cats named “Riley”, “Rufus”, and “Russell”.

Hospital Staff

Janet

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Janet, Office Manager. Janet began her career in veterinary medicine at Kirkwood Animal Hospital, starting as kennel help and achieving the position of office manager in just twelve years. She joined My Best Friend Veterinary Center in 1995 as our office manager and has been running the show ever since. Janet shares her home with her partner, Tiffany, a very naughty tabby cat “Jack”, her crazy Jack Russell mix “Ruby”, and a Mastiff mix “Theo”. Her daughter Madison is away at college in Kentucky, but you might still find her helping out at the clinic when she’s visiting home.

Laura

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Laura, Veterinary Assistant. Laura came to My Best Friend Veterinary Center in January of 2008, having had a passion for animals her entire life.   She seems to always be watching Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel to satisfy her desire to continue learning.  After purchasing her pug she began to discover the desperate need for adoption of homeless mixed breeds in the animal shelters.  Over the years she has added six such dogs and a cat to her home.  Her current five pets enjoy their home in Ferguson with Laura and her longtime partner Denise (our pet stylist).

Julie

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Julie, Veterinary Assistant. Julie may be a familiar face, having worked at My Best Friend from 2001 to 2008 as a veterinary assistant. She left for California in 2008, had a daughter, and had a lot of great experiences both in life and in the veterinary field, but ultimately came back to the Midwest and rejoined us in January of 2017. “Home is where the heart is” she says.

If you are at the clinic and hear a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice emanating from the treatment area, you’ll know Julie is around… She is quite active in the local theater scene and loves her showtunes! Her other passions are animal rescue and rehabilitation, and hiking or anything outdoors. Her daughter Phoebe and their Lhasa/schnauzer mix Jack along with cats Huckleberry and Sawyer keep Julie on her toes…

Kayla

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Kayla, Veterinary Technician. Kayla graduated in June 2020 from Midwest Institute with her associates degree as a veterinary technician, she also has an associates degree in general education from Saint Charles Community college. After graduation she adopted an energetic but loving Labrador Retriever named Sarafina. In her free time she loves to be outdoors with good food and family. She continues to be intrigued and very eager to learn more as her compassion with animals grow.

Brad

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Brad, Technician Brad came to My Best Friend in February 2020. Born and raised in West Kentucky, his background includes a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Murray State University and working for multiple veterinary and human medical services. Most recently he worked at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine’s Diagnostic Laboratory as a Research Laboratory Technician, and as a Veterinary Assistant at Banfield Pet Hospital in Independence, MO.

He has three dogs; Millie, Murray, and Max. He is happily married, and in the summer he and his wife, Chelsie, take their dog Millie to Dock Diving competitions, in which she has competed nationally. In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, and hunting, as well as travelling and spending time with family. Brad is a sports fan as well. He played rugby for Murray State as well as briefly for CRFC in Columbia, MO, and he enjoys Cardinal baseball as well as Blues hockey.

“The only time I set the bar low is for limbo”- Michael Scott

Emily

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Emily, Veterinary Technician. Emily earned her associates degree in Veterinary Technology at Hickey College in 2013. Her special interests are surgery, snuggling patients post surgery, and caring not only for the patients but their owners as well. Emily has an Australian shepherd named Iris, a Corgi named Benny, a cool meow meow named Stormageddon (The Dark Lord Of All) and a human son named Elliot with her soulmate Matt, they are the coolest dudes in this world. She enjoys a brisk fall morning, long rides to the coffee shop, and laughing at her own jokes.

Voaxa

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Voaxa, Veterinary Technician. My name is Voaxa (it’s pronounced like Woh-Kah)! I’m a Vet Tech graduate from Hickey College. I have a variety of animals: a beautiful Australian Shepard named Millie; an array of freshwater fish; and a bearded dragon named Chonk. I have always loved animals and decided when I was very young to devote myself to their care. I joined the MBF team in March 2020.

Irina

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Irina, Business Manager. Irina joined the MBF team in 2019 as the business manager. She’s married to Dr. Tim, and is the co-owner of My Best Friend. Irina started her career in scientific research, and she has a master’s degree and molecular biology. She’s then worked in the field of endocrinology research at Washington University and University of Missouri over the course of 10 years.

After she and Dr. Tim purchased the clinic from Dr. Bill, she decided to transition into veterinary medicine. While her main responsibilities are to take care of the business side of things, she’ll often help answer phones and assist the vet techs with procedures. At home, Irina helps care for her and Dr. Tim’s two children, Anna and Cameron. They also have a sassy cat named Rosie, and a stubborn French Bulldog named Corndog (named by their 5-year-old daughter). She also enjoys baking and growing succulents.

Brandy

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Brandy, Receptionist. Brandy joined us with a variety of experience in retail, photography, and teaching. She has brought her positive attitude and organizational skills to our reception area. All her professions have prepared her to expect the unexpected and be ready for anything (her husband and child have added to that experience as well) which comes in handy everyday here at My Best Friend. She is happy to help your pet live their best life!

She lives in Maryland Heights with her husband, Chris, son, Lincoln, and their cat, Ma$e . . . yes, there should be a dollar sign. He was named by her husband back in the early 2000’s when the rapper was popular. Brandy and her boys love to play board games, snuggle up for movie nights, and all things Harry Potter and Disney!

Aimee

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Aimee, Veterinary Assistant. Aimee grew up on a farm outside of Rolla, MO that raised and cared for a variety of animals. She is the only girl in her family; five brothers helped her prepare for just about anything life could throw her way. At the age of nine, her family immigrated to Brisbane, Australia. She learned to quickly appreciate Australia’s wildlife and to respect all creatures, great and small. Aimee acquired a Bachelors Degree in English from Lindenwood University in 2007, and a subsequent Masters of Education in 2009. She has been happily married to John since 1993. She has two beautiful daughters, Gabriella and Marissa. She has one amazing grandson, Asher and a granddaughter Amelia. Aimee has a Siberian cat (Mimi), a blue and gold macaw (Billy), and a rescue cockatiel (Jojo). She also loves dogs, and recently lost her pug, “Norman”. She likes to travel, fish, write, bake, craft, read, play trivia, and makes a seriously delicious lasagna. Aimee brings five years of veterinary experience to My Best Friend. She looks forward to lovin’ on your pets!

Grooming Staff

Tiffany

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Tiffany, Pet Stylist. Tiffany joined My Best Friend in April of 2018. Her extensive work background includes 13 years at Petsmart in Bridgeton, MO making her very experienced in all breeds. She loves what she does and is excited to be here. She personally owns four standard poodles so she is especially good at grooming poodles and doodles. This native St. Louisan loves to travel and take long walks with her dogs Fancy, Penelope, Ringo and Miley.

Denise

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Denise, Pet Stylist. Denise was introduced to dogs by her partner Laura and decided to attend the grooming school at Petropolis in November 1999. The bulk of her initial grooming experience came from her work at Bal-Coeur Animal Hospital. She joined My Best Friend Veterinary Center as our grooming expert in 2006. Although purebreds are emphasized in grooming books, she enjoys the mixed breeds that visit her because they bring out her creative side. After years of grooming she feels the key to success is a lot of coffee and Red Bull.