Dr. Sarah Hantz
Dr. Sarah Hantz spent her childhood in Fayetteville. Her family moved to Seattle, Washington when she was in junior high school. She received her BS in Biology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She then moved to San Francisco, California where she worked at a biotechnology company for five years before attending veterinary school at the University of California at Davis. After veterinary school, she completed a rotating small animal internal medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. She moved back to Fayetteville in 2008. She recently earned her credentials as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She lives in Fayetteville with her husband Matthew and their three dogs: Molly (a Pug), Shizzle (a Chihuahua mix) and Pickle (a Labrador mix). Dr. Hantz spends her free time jogging, cooking, exploring the outdoors and quilting.
Dr. Heather E. Williams
Dr Heather Williams is a native Arkansan, growing up in Arkadelphia and Hot Springs. While attending the University of Arkansas for her undergraduate degree, Dr. Heather Williams realized she had a passion for science. She felt veterinary medicine was the perfect career, combining both her love of animals and fascination with medicine. After obtaining her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from LSU, Dr. Williams completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Maryland. It was here that she developed her love for internal medicine and critical care, and began to appreciate the role she could play in helping a pet and their owners navigate a difficult or chronic illness. Dr. Williams is also passionate about advocating for pets and families in her community who are in need, and previously served on the board of directors for The Pet Pantry of Northwest Louisiana, a local non-profit that provides pet food through area food banks. She enjoys photography, music, and spending time with husband Dr. Jarod Williams, their two children, and Goldendoodle Betsy.
Dr. Jarod Williams, DACVIM (SAIM), CVA
Dr. Jarod Williams developed a love for animals from an early age, growing up surrounded by dogs in his family’s Connecticut home. His first word was even dog (technically it was “daw,” but his mother knew as he pointed out the window at neighborhood dogs). As a teenager, his menagerie grew to include birds, ferrets, several fish tanks, snakes, and a small dog sized monitor lizard affectionately named “The Punisher” who liked to sit on the couch and watch television with the family. After receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting, he realized that his professional passions lay elsewhere, and he moved to Virginia where he would eventually graduate with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia Tech University (Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine).
After veterinary school he completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at VCA Aurora and Berwyn in Chicago, starting a community based blood bank for pets in that region. He then completed residencies in both small animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Upon completing his residencies, he stayed on at VRA in a unique position within the soft tissue surgery department, spending over 10 years working in partnership with surgeon Dr. David Saylor. In this position, Dr. Williams managed all critical anesthesia cases, performed post-operative medical care of patients recovering from major surgeries, and trained in minimally invasive, endoscopic, and numerous soft tissue surgeries.
During his time at VRA he pursued training in acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and is currently one of only a handful of Veterinary Specialists with advanced training in Eastern disciplines.
Aside from clinical work, Dr. Williams has authored many peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and lectures frequently on a variety of veterinary medicine topics. When not hard at work, Dr. Williams can usually be found spending time with his wife, Dr. Heather Williams, and their two children. Dr. Williams has been a lifelong off road cyclist and swimmer, competing at the collegiate level and currently enjoys the water as a masters swimmer. He currently swims with the Northwest Arkansas Masters and rides his mountain bikes on the many trails that surround the NWA region.
Kennel Technician and Client Care Specialist
Grady McCoy is a University of Arkansas Poultry Science student from Little Rock, Arkansas. A self-proclaimed bird nerd, he is the proud pet-parent of two dogs, a cat, two green-cheeked conures, and a small flock of chickens. Grady enjoys baking, gardening, singing, yoga, bird watching, and taking his dogs on walks around the lake.
Veterinary Assistant and Surgery Assistant
Caroline graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Physics. She moved to Fayetteville to pursue a Master’s Degree in Animal Science which she will finish fall of 2016. Caroline has worked in emergency and day practice, as well as in equine and shelter medicine. She has 4 dogs, Shelby, Deuce, Klank, and Ratchet; 4 cats, Gizmo, Shine, Butterscotch, and Iris; as well as a plethora of farm animals such as her horse Golden Laced Peppy (aka Lacey). She enjoys camping, kayaking, being on the farm, and helping any animal in need.
Cid is from Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in the small town of Hardy, Arkansas on the Spring River. He has worked with small animals, large animals, and wildlife around that location. Cid graduated from Arkansas State University with a BS in Animal Science Pre-Vet. He also attended Ozarka College and attained three different associates. Cid has two dogs, Spencer (Lab) and Tank (Pit Bull mix), who were rescued within their first year. Cid enjoys Arkansas football, exercising, and is a professional canoeist. WPS!
Heather Blain has worked in the veterinary field since 1997. She began setting up vaccines and exam rooms for patient visits. Over time, her on-the-job training has afforded her positions as veterinary assistant and customer service representative. She has worked in day practices and emergency clinics alike, both in California and in Arkansas. In 2011, Heather graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology though her true passion remains in the animal world. She has a 13 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. In her free time, she enjoys painting and spending time with family and friends.
Client Care Specialist and Ward Technician
Haley has lived in Bentonville, Arkansas her whole life and has always had a soft spot for animals – especially dogs. As a kid, she was know as the “stray mom.” Haley graduated from cosmetology school in 2014 and continued her education at Petra Allied Health, Inc. to receive her Veterinary Assistant license in 2016. She plans to further her education to receive her certified veterinary tech license in hopes to specialize and to learn more about pathology in animals.
Malhoree is a northern California native who relocated to northwest Arkansas in 2013 with her daughter. She has worked in the veterinary field for three years. While she loves her job, she is most interested in client education. I have to many dogs that run my home, mostly rescue pups. Malhoree and her daughter like to fish and hike in our free time. “We love community events in downtown Rogers, AR and grow food in our garden.” She has “too many” dogs, mostly rescues.