Meet the friendly staff at Striegel Animal Hospital!

  • Dr. Brandy Doggett
    Veterinarian /Owner
    Dr. Doggett has been the owner of Striegel Animal Hospital since October of 2014. Her journey to Carbondale has been a long one. She was brought up in a Navy family and knew that military service was in her future from a very young age. She joined the Navy after graduating from high school, and soon began her first career as an Aviation Electronics technician. After 9 years she knew it was time to pursue her other dream, Veterinary Medicine. After being honorably discharged from the Navy she moved to Knoxville Tennessee to help her family, and begin her long and rewarding journey into Veterinary Medicine. For Dr. Doggett, this was just another way she could live a life of service, while at the same time living her dream.
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  • Dr.
    Emi Hayashi
    Dr. Emi Hayashi is an associate veterinarian. She moved to Southern Illinois when her husband accepted a tenure track position at SIU. Dr. Emi dreamed about being a veterinarian from the time she was 4 and got her first puppy, a Chow-German Shepherd mix named Ntasha. (She did try to name the dog Peter.) She loves the application of science and the treasure of the human-animal bond, which makes being a veterinarian the perfect calling. Dr. Hayashi is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (Class of 2005). She has completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, and a neurology/neurosurgery internship at the Center for Veterinary Specialty Care in Carrollton, Texas. Her veterinary passions include neurology, clinical research, teaching/mentoring, and science communication. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physiology at SIU studying animal models of traumatic brain injury. She loves learning and now has a cumulative 16 years of college and post-doctoral training in her repertoire. Dr. Emi lives with her amazing husband and best friend Logan, an associate professor at SIU. She also shares her home with the Grand Duchess Illinois Alexandria (“Pooga” – long story, don’t ask) and Court Jester Vermont Paige (“Paigey-Poops). Her amazing extended family lives in Richmond, Virginia; New York City; and Cincinnati, Ohio. She is blessed to be able to work a few hours a week at Striegel Animal Hospital. The clinic cats help lower her blood pressure and she loves the Fear Free and AAHA certifications that are a first and only in Southern Illinois. She is honored to work with the technicians, receptionists, and staff that make it a fun and relaxing place to work. Her personal interests are varied but include yoga, kitty snuggles, curling up with a good book, Dr. Who, the works of Joss Whedon, and eating delicious foods. She dreams about being on the TED talk stage one day, celebrating over 50 years of marriage to Logan, and having Pooga be the first cat to live to 100.
  • Michelle R
    Certified Veterinary Technician / Personnel Manager
    Michelle graduated from Murray State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Her area of study, focused on animal health which allowed her to pursue her certificate as a Veterinary Technician. Michelle’s career started in Louisville, Kentucky as an emergency Veterinary Technician. In 2003 she and her husband, Eric moved to Southern Illinois where she has worked as a Veterinary Technician from 2003-2011 and particularly at Striegel Animal Hospital from 2009-2011.
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  • Debbie M
    Office Manager
    Debbie is the Office Manager at Striegel Animal Hospital. She previously worked at DuQuoin Vet Clinic for Dr. Bates, working with large and small animals. Debbie came to Striegel March of 1996 as a receptionist and in 2014 she became the Office Manager.
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  • Betsy W
    Certified Veterinary Technician
    Betsy graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Indy in December of 2009. While in school, Betsy worked as an animal caretaker at Best Friends' Pet Care and also worked as a veterinary assistant at Greenwood Animal Clinic. After graduating, she moved to southern Illinois so her husband, Matt, could attend SIU for forestry.
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  • Madyson R
    Veterinary Receptionist

    Madyson is a Southern Illinois native and lifelong animal lover. She enjoys the company of her partner Evan, 3 cats, and their dog, Remy. She has been involved in animal welfare as a volunteer transporter and shelter worker since 2013. She joined the team at Striegel as a receptionist in November of 2017 and is loving every minute of it.

  • Jessica C
    Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Assistant

    Jessica joined the team at Striegel Animal Hospital in January 2018. She started as a kennel caregiver and after a couple of months she became a vet assistant. She enjoys working at Striegel because of the team's deep love and compassion for animals. Jessica shares her home with her husband, Carlos and her 4 rescue animals Luna, Keela, Sylvia and Cleo.

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  • Rebecca A
    Veterinary Receptionist / Kennel Assistant

    Rebecca has loved animals for as long as she can remember. She joined Striegel's team in August of 2018, and loves being able to greet every client and pet with a cheery smile.

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  • Carla D
    Practice Manager

    Carla graduated from Western Governors University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Business Management. While her career before coming to Striegel was mainly focused in IT Management, she is excited to put her business management degree to use serving Carbondale and the surrounding community's as part of the amazing team at Striegel. 

  • Palmer
    Palmer can usually be found in his kitty condo in the lobby looking out the windows. Palmer's favorite day is Saturday, when he gets a special treat of catnip. He is not the most graceful kitty in the world, but we love him!
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  • Piper
    Piper loves to greet clients at the front counter. When she is not greeting clients, she is sleeping in one of her many beds. She loves to play and have her belly rubbed. Piper also loves to climb in clients purses and help them write checks. She has Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy as well and takes medication to help her heart.
  • Walnut
    Trouble Maker
    Walnut is a trouble maker but can be oh so sweet. He loves to go garbage diving and eat everything. He loves to be right next to you when you are eating and try to steal your food. Walnut, Ford, Palmer & Piper all came from a place in Ohio where we got to test out food! What a life, right?
  • Ford
    Official Facial Giver
    Ford is a very petite little girl with bilateral hip dysplasia problems, although, she doesn't let that stop her from climbing or jumping on anything. For the most part, you can find her in Debbie's chair. Ford's favorite part of the day is when Debbie picks her up so she can bird watch. She is a very sweet girl and love to lick anyone and everything.


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