Dr. Greggory Earl Evans, DVM, Medical Director

Greggory Earl Evans, DVM is originally from northwest Arkansas where he attended the University of Arkansas for pre-veterinary studies, then graduated Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine. He chose veterinary medicine because of his passion to help furry friends and the people who care for them.  Going to work does not seem like a job to be but more of a purpose for life for Dr. Evans. “I feel very fortunate to love my career!” He says he wants to continue practicing medicine and assisting others in their time of need. Dr. Evans enjoys triathlon and outdoor activities and aspires to complete a 100-mile trail race within the next couple years.

Dr. Jana Doege, DVM

Jana Doege, DVM is a Fayetteville, AR native who joined New Hope Animal Hospital in 2017. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelors of Animal Science and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After spending seven years in Baton Rouge for school, she moved to Georgia for a post-graduate large animal internship at UGA. From there she took a job outside of Pittsburgh, PA at a mixed animal and emergency practice. In 2011 she moved into a small animal exclusive practice. While in PA she met her husband, Stephen, playing Ultimate Frisbee. She has two young girls, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. She loves to do most things outdoors, including gardening, raising chickens and other farm animals, hiking and camping.

Dr. Lauren Thomas

Dr. Lauren Thomas has been a valued member of the New Hope veterinary team since July 2017. In 2003 Dr. Thomas began her career in veterinary medicine as a receptionist in a mixed animal practice outside of Little Rock where she grew up. In 2005 she graduated with a Bachelors of Science from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Thomas received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 2009. While she began her career of loving animals in 2003, Dr. Thomas has always felt that animals have enriched her life and the lives of others in so many ways. She believes that animals give of themselves selflessly and that it’s our responsibility to care for them to the best of our ability.

When outside of the hospital, Dr. Thomas can be found hiking, camping and canoeing. She is also actively involved in her local church. For her downtime, she spends time at home with her two dogs, two cats and her handful of backyard chickens.

Front Office

Heather Blain

Floor Manager

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.

Sierra Mitchell

Client Care Specialist

Sierra Mitchell has been a Veterinary Assistant at New Hope Animal Hospital since 2017. This Memphis, Tennessee native grew up loving animals. She enjoys being able to work with animals because of their innocent souls and their ability to communicate in such special ways with humans.


When not at New Hope, Sierra is busy studying for her classes at the University of Arkansas. You will also find her reading books and enjoying peaceful walks. Sierra is smart, compassionate and embodies all of the New Hope values.

Angie Swanepoel

Customer Care Specialist

Angie Swanepoel is a Customer Care Specialist and has been at New Hope Animal Hospital since 2018. Angie is a Rogers native who grew up loving animals for their entertaining personalities and playful souls. Working with animals and keeping them happy and healthy is very rewarding for her. When not at the hospital, you can find Angie gardening, coloring, reading and spending valuable time with family and friends.

Esmerelda Merlos

Customer Care Specialist

Esmeralda Merlos is a Client Care Specialist and has been a member of the New Hope team since 2018. She has years of experience in customer service and a lifetime of experience in loving animals. She has dedicated her life to assisting in keeping pets both happy and healthy. Esmeralda is from Los Angeles, California but now is enjoying her life in Arkansas where she can take time to be outdoors with friends and family.


Cid Herlein

Practice Manager

Cid Herlein is New Hope Animal Hospital’s Floor Manager as well as Inventory Manager. Cid has been with New Hope since 2015 but has been working in the veterinary field since he began volunteering in 2005. Cid is originally from Hardy and attended Arkansas State to receive a Bachelors in Animal Science.

Cid values being able to advocate for patients especially because they cannot tell us what is wrong. Cid is proud to be working at one of the only 900+ hospitals across the county to be AAHA certified. When not at the hospital, Cid is spending time outdoors with family enjoying activities such as canoeing and exercising.

Jenna Lemmon

Veterinary Technician

Jenna Lemmon is a Veterinary Technician at New Hope and has been a member of the team since 2017. Jenna has been working in veterinary hospitals since 2010. Jenna is a Northern California native who attended the University of California, Santa Cruz for her Bachelors of Arts and furthered her education by attending Carrington College to become a Veterinary Technician. Jenna is a dedicated animal activist. She finds that her passion lies in standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. She has a tremendous passion for animals and their well-being. Advocating for patients is her priority.

When not at the hospital loving and protecting patients, Jenna can be found watching monster movies, cooking and refurbishing antique furniture. She is passionate, creative and gifted and New Hope is lucky to have her.

Kayla Rhoads

Veterinary Assistant

Kayla Rhoads is a Veterinary Assistant and has worked at New Hope since October of 2017. Kayla has her Bachelors in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Her favorite part of being a Veterinary Assistant is that every day is different, every animal is uniquely special and she finds she has a calling to advocate for the animals who cannot do so for themselves. Kayla is originally from Springdale, AR, and when not at the hospital she can be found running or horseback riding. She is also creative and enjoys painting and sewing.