Our Registered Veterinary Technicians
Melissa Martin is an Indiana University Graduate and married Tom Martin in 1984 (go big red). She started part-time at FWPH in 1986 and went full time in 1990.
Melissa feels blessed to enjoy and be a part of all the wonderful families in our practice. She misses being at the desk all the time but loves her new office space! As a the mother of 3 and married to Tom Martin (oldest son of Dr. Lynn Martin and the older brother of Dr. Marcus), she loves being a part of the family business! Her hobbies include family time on the deck, reading, crafting, service, being a leader for the St. Vincent's American Heritage Girls, ST Vincent's Venture Crew 2802 & Troop 2, helping 4-H when needed, and riding in the woods in her Jeep!!
Julie Young worked at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital from 1976-2018. She married Dr. Lynn's cousin, Randy Young in 1984 and left the practice later that year when she was pregnant with her first child. She returned to the practice in 1997 and worked with us until passing in 2018.
In memory - we are all grateful for the time and services Julie provided our office, clients, and community.
Sharon Shie joined our staff in 2016 and cheerfuly assists you when you arrive and check out. Sharon and Keith are the proud parents of two children and both grew up in Fort Wayne. You can find her with family and friends at the lake whenever possible. Sharon and Angie both have a hobby of trying interesting new beer flavors.
Keighlea Martin is the eldest of Melissa and Tom Martin's 3 children and has worked at the family practice since 7th grade. She is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School and has achieved a Photography, Journalism, & Video, Liberal Arts degree at Columbia College in Chicago.
She began working in the kennel room in high school and worked with us again full time after graduation. You will see Keighlea at the front desk check out. She free-lances in her field, pet sits, and works as a nanny.
She was also actively involved in 4H earning several awards for her woodworking and for poultry. She won Silver Key for her Photography work at Bishop Dwenger. Keighlea was active in Girl Scouts and earned her Gold Award working with Black Pine Santurary.
Cassie Edwards R.V.T., is our lead registered veterinary technician. She received her bachelors degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University in 2014. Prior to joining our staff as a technician, she was a veterinary assistant during high school while she attended Carroll.
Cassie enjoys her literal farm of animals at home. She has dwarf goats, chickens, a mischievous cat, two loving Cocker Spaniels, and a little lizard. She maintains a strong presence in the Allen County 4-H fair's poultry and goat projects.
In her free time she loves all things Purdue, hanging out with friends, fine wine, and being outdoors.
Our Veterinary Assistants
Sam Landrigan R.V.T., graduated from Whitko High School in 2010. She attended Purdue University and earned her Bachelor degree as a Veterinary Technician in 2014. She has been with us here at FWPH as a full time RVT since mid 2016. She is active with her local 4-H club and was a 10 year member herself. She is married to her husband Tim, and they have an adorable little girl and baby boy! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors. She has 2 dogs (Magnum and Lacey), many barn kitties, 1 donkey (Alfred), cows, 2 ducks, and chickens!
Kathy Payonk is Dr. Lynn's oldest child and began working here as a teenager. After marrying her husband, Robert Payonk, and having her three children, she returned to the practice in 1996 working as a Veterinary Assistant. In 2017 she multitasked phones and inventory oversite. Starting in 2018 she transitioned to full time phones and there is never a dull moment!
She graduated from Purdue University, Fort Wayne in 1987 with an associates degree in nursing.
Kathy is the mother of 3 active children, all of which have been or are currently employed at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital. Her hobbies include reading, antiquing, researching geneology, relaxing at the lake, & going to sport activities with her children. Kathy is a big fan of the Yorky breed.
Audrey (Hess) Ryan started working with us as a student intern from Carroll High School in 2006. After her internship, she decided that her passion was working with animals. Audrey began working as a veterinary assistant full time at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital after her high school graduation in 2007.
In her free time, Audrey enjoys running, swimming, soccer, and has completed a triathalon. She has three cats, Hazel and Mia, and a Labrador mix, Corbin. She is married to her long time friend, Andy Ryan. They have 1 daughter and 1 son and are expecting another child this year.
Aaron is the youngest child of Kathy. He has worked at Fort Wayne Pet Hospital in the kennel room since his freshman year of high school.
He is a graduate of Carroll High School and graduated from IPFW in 2018. He was actively involved in 4H and St. Vincent Boy Scouts. He is the second of Dr. Lynn's grandsons to earn his eagle award (2011.) Aaron enjoys watching motocross and riding motorcycles in his free time. Aaron loves German Shepherds.
Rylie Allen (RVT) graduated from Carroll High School in 2013. She then enrolled in the Veterinary Technician program at IBC in Fort Wayne where she earned her Associates degree in 2017. She started at FWPH in 2016 as an intern and was hired on full time in January 2017. She enjoys socializing with family and friends, reading a good book, and taking long runs (while trying to keep up with her boxer (Mya), Husky (Blitz), Rottweiler (Nyke), Great Pyranees (Chubb), and 2 cats.
Meet Bayley: She is a Concordia HS Class of 2019 student and has been with us as a volunteer for many years. Last year she also joined us as an employee where she cares for pets that are kenneling, assists with rooms, and helps in the pharmacy. Bayley is passionate about animals and is working towards being a Purdue trained Veterinarian. She was an attendee at the Boiler Vet Camp in 2017. Her hobbies include sports, the great outdoors, playing with her 2 German Shepherds (Cree and Kaiya), helping on the family farm, and showing her beef calves and pigs in 4-H. Last year Bayley won the top 4-H title for all her hard work, 2016 Dairy Beef Senior Showmanship recipient. Good luck Bayley in 2019 with your senior year of 4-H.
Angie Schmidt started working with us early 2017 and is another cheerful person that will check you in and out, also known as the chart goddess! She and her husband Todd have 4 children amongst them and 4 grandchildren. They travel all over the world and like Sharon enjoy beer tasting events. Angie is a Polynesian dancer, loves spending time caring for her mother, having cookouts, and grandbaby time! Other hobbies include jeeping with Todd, Missy, Tom, & Dr. Marcus (in his Hummer).
Coral Martin is a pet loving Tech! She is always ready for the rigors and joys on the job. She has 3 dogs and a cat at home. Coral recently brought her lovely daughter into the world and is enjoying being a new mother!
Roby Kaufman is a versatile staffer. Some days you may talk to her on the phone, see her working at the front desk, or an assistant in the rooms. Roby joined us when her youngest started school. She and her husband are avid runners and she is very involved with her kids at school and within her church. Her family loves everything Purdue and being active! They have an awesome cat- Felix, who is very tolerant of being dressed up by her kids. He is occasionally at work with Roby sleeping under the checkout desk!
Leslie is one of our cheerful receptionist you will meet when you first walk in the door! More bio to come.
Alexa Hoy R.V.T. She not only has a great passion for all the dogs and cats of the world- but her son is the sunshine in her life. Alexa externed with us while in school. We hired her after graduation in 2017. She loves hanging out with her son, friends, pets, and her hobby is going to concerts.
Ciana Cross is our newest assistant. She was a Carroll high school extern with us before joining us while attending college with aspirations of becoming a veterinarian herself!
Kaylynn Wilhelm is our newest Tech! Bio and picture to come!
Beka is our extern that helps out in the afternoons in the rooms and is a welcoming receptionist for us on the weekend. Her plans are to also become a veterinarian!