Dr. Cuddihee grew up in St. Louis County where she enjoyed showing her dog in obedience trials and riding her horse in her free time. She moved to Columbia in 1984 to continue her education. She met her husband Bart in 1993 in Hartsburg and decided then that she would like to stay in Southern Boone forever. Dr. Cuddihee graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1994 and she and Bart opened Heartland Animal Hospital in 1996. One of her greatest joys has been expanding her circle of family and friends here and personally helping with the 4-legged family members, as well as the large animals belonging to her clients. When Dr. Cuddihee is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs at their farm in Hartsburg.
Dr. Andria St. Clair was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill, a small agriculture and technology school in beautiful upstate New York. While there she competed on SUNY's Western Stock Seat Riding Team and took up Team Roping and Mounted Shooting. From there, she attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2015. Dr. St. Clair shares her home with her husband Joe, German Shorthaired Pointer "Rowdy", 2 cats "Peewee" and "Bigguns", and her horse "Dally". She enjoys hiking, hunting, shooting, and is an avid horsewoman who competes in endurance rides. When she's not outside, she's reading or crafting. Dr. St. Clair loves taking care of her patients, equine and small animal, and helping clients make educated decisions regarding their pet's health.
Jessica Irwin has been with Heartland Animal Hospital since April of 2009. Jessica graduated Southern Boone High School and knows and loves the Ashland community, and considers it her "other hometown." She knew working in veterinary medicine was what life had in store for her from a young age. A deep love of animals in a family of "medical nerds" bred just the right set of skills and interest to make her career in veterinary medicine a successful one. Jessica worked in research, but never really felt at 'home' until being introduced as a member of the Heartland Animal Hospital staff, where she could really help animals, and the families that love them.
Jessica lives near New Bloomfield now, with her husband, three school-aged boys, three dogs (a German Shorthaired Pointer Mix, a Red Heeler, and a French Bulldog) and her two cats- the only other female companions in a house of all boys! Outside of work Jessica enjoys off-roading, cooking, and getting lost in a great movie or book.
Cheri Boutelle is originally from Warren, PA. She has worked in Animal Medicine since 1981, starting at a clinic in Norfold, VA. She has lived and worked in Missouri since 1986.
Cheri has bred AKC Whippets since 1984 under the kennel "Queenie's Whippets," named after a mix breed dog that she rescued. She has traveled alongside her Whippets, all over the country, competing in dog shows, obedience trials, lure coursing trials, as well as oval and straight track racing. Cheri has owned and bred dozens of multi-titled dogs over the years. She says her most famous dog was a female named Flame. Flame was the first and still the only female Whippet to hold a bench show championship and a major sprint racing title. Cheri has always bred for versatile Whippets. "One dog should be able to do all the events that its breed was produced to perform, and be the best at everything". Flame was a once in a life time dog for her. Cheri no longer competes with her Whippets, but she will always love the breed.
Cheri has lived most of her life "on the farm". She and her spouse currently have a small farm north of Columbia where they raise sheep, goats, and chickens. They also own several dogs, cats and fish. Cheri's hobbies are fishing, camping, hunting, wood working and taking care of her farm.
We are so fortunate to have Dr. Patti Cuddihee for our cats’ doctor. For 18 years, she seems to always know exactly what to do for our cats. We just wish we had a doctor for us humans that was as intuitive about our needs as Dr. Cuddihee is about our cats’ needs. She knows them all by name and loves them.
This year we had to have our most beloved cat euthanized. Dr. Cuddihee came to the house and, afterwards, hugged me and cried with me.
Usually, our stories are good ones. Recently, an 18 year old cat that is slowing down and has health issues had to have his teeth cleaned and extracted. He also had an ulcer in his mouth that Dr. Cuddihee had to treat. Unlike usual, he came home the same day ready to eat and cuddle and, by evening, go for a walk outdoors, with us.
The young ladies at the clinic are always so friendly and helpful, as well. Thanks, Dr. Cuddihee, for taking such good care of our beloved furry family.
Jim and Gayle Fry and friends