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Support Staff

ACM's Support Staff

Heather Waltrip is a pleasant addition to our reception staff, with her warm and inviting smile. She joined us in August of 2013 as a full time Receptionist and now is our Head Receptionist. 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!

Shelby Lakey, born and raised in the Purdy area, joined our team November 2016 as a receptionist. Shelby is now our Inventory manager, working hard to keep both the clinic and the Joplin Regional Stockyards stocked. 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.

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.

Veronica Diaz joined our team in 2015 as our new bi-lingual technician as well as our part time groomer. 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!”

Christy Cornelius has been with the ACM family since 2015 as one of our technicians. 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 2 grandchildren to keep her occupied, plus horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, dogs, and cats.


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 4 cats, and is excited to learn more about animals. She will be pursuing school at Crowder College Fall 2017 to get her License as a registered veterinary technician.

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

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.


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.

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Animal Clinic Of Monett


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