Vet Clinic Team

Our BloomingPaws Vet Clinic team has over 30 members.
This page gives you the chance to meet some of our leaders.

Our Veterinarian & Practice Manager: Dr. Melissa Francis

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Biography: Dr. Melissa Francis is a Midwestern native who always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. She grew up in Paris, IL with dogs, cats, horses and hamsters. Dr. Francis graduated with honors from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 and completed her clinical residency at Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Francis began her veterinary career in Phoenix, AZ at a clinic that specialized in dogs, cats and exotic pets. Her years of veterinary practice in the Southwest gave her invaluable experience treating exotic pets. She later practiced in southeastern Oklahoma for four years before she and her family were able to return to their Midwestern roots here in Monroe County. Bloomington has been her permanent home since 2011.

Dr. Francis is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Veterinary

Medical Association, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians. She has a special interest in small mammals and reptiles.

When not at work, Dr. Francis and her husband, Chris, are raising their two daughters and caring for their two dogs and one rabbit. She enjoys reading, camping and singing with her church’s praise team.

Philosophy & Goals: “I want to improve the intimate bond between pet parents and their pets. My first practice goal, therefore, is to educate pet parents about their pet’s health issues. A well informed pet owner can provide me with additional insights into their pet’s symptoms and behavior, which will improve my diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

“Ultimately, pet owners must be well educated in order to make the best decisions to improve their pets’ quality of life and strengthen the bond we all share with our pets. This is true for disease prevention, behavior improvement and treatments when inevitable health issues arise. It starts at birth and continues through the end of life, whether the pet is a dog, cat, hamster, ferret, rat, turtle, lizard or rabbit.

“With the help of well-educated pet parents, my goal is to provide the highest quality, compassionate medicine for my patients, no matter what the species.”

Our Veterinarian: Dr. Melissa Dickinson

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Biography: Dr. Melissa Dickinson is the most recent veterinarian to join the Clinic team at BloomingPaws. She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. She moved to the Midwest, with her parents, as a teenager. She received a Bachelors degree from Denison University in Psychology before deciding to become a veterinarian. She worked at a veterinary clinic as kennel help at first, and eventually as a veterinary technician, before going off to vet school.

Dr. Dickinson attended the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she did an externship at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in California, in the Behavior Department. Also, while at the U of I, she volunteered at the Wildlife Ward, and worked for the Decatur Zoo, in Decatur, Illinois. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002.

Since graduating, Dr. Dickinson has worked throughout the Midwest, including at an all-exotic animal clinic, and a homeopathic clinic. She has a husband (Eric), a cat (Pepsi), 2 dogs (Dottie and Chopper), and 3 birds (Dusty, Phineas, and Ferb). In her spare time, she likes to go camping. Melissa Dickinson is a British car enthusiast, and she likes to write short stories.

Our Clinic Supervisor: Lisa Broukal

Lisa Broukal

Biography: Lisa joined our clinic as a Veterinary Assistant in March of 2013. She has a deep love of animals and the cookies’s she carries in her pocket are designed to make a pet’s experience at the doctor’s office a positive one. She graduated high school at 16 and attended three years of college for business before deciding to pursue her passion and dream of working with animals. Active in the veterinary field since 1994, the Chicago native brings a depth of experience:

  • Started out as kennel help and worked her way up to Veterinary Assistant
  • Worked as a surgical assistant for several veterinarians, including an orthopedic surgeon at a large veterinary clinic
  • Took correspondence courses in animal care while taking time off from work to be at home with her five children
  • Attends continuing education clinics to expand her knowledge of animal care

Lisa’s husband, Ray, is a diesel mechanic and small business owner. Together they are the parents of five children from age 10 to 22. Their son, Devin, inherited his mother’s love of animals by volunteering as a wildlife rehabilitator at Wildcare Inc. Lisa and Ray are pet parents to a boxer mix, an English bulldog, and a Pomuahuah. They also have 5 cats, 2 lovebirds, a tortoise, and a pot-bellied pig named Rosie.

Philosophy & Goals: “My personal mission is to make both the pets and their parents experiences with us very positive by building a bond with the pet. The more positive the experience, the more likely the pet parents will bring in their pet for preventative care and therefore result in a healthier and happier life for the pet and the parents. Also, a close existing bond with a pet will allow me to treat the pet more quickly and with less stress in the event of an emergency. I try to achieve this by:

    • Offering positive reinforcement
    • Properly read and communicate with the pet
    • Understanding how animals read behaviors and actions

“I believe it is never too late to earn the trust of a pet. Whether it is through patience, slow movements and a soft voice or through treats, ear scratches and belly rubs, I hope to achieve the end result of a compliant, happy pet that loves to go to the vet.”

Our Veterinary Nurse: Ashley Lee

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Biography: Ashley was born in Indiana and raised on the East side, graduating from Knightstown High School in 2006. She has always had animals in her life. Her father was a dog lover so they would have anywhere from 1 – 5 dogs at a time. Ashley had one dog in particular that they got when she was two, who lived to be 19 years old. From caring for him, especially in his older years, grew her fondness for senior pets.

Ashley currently has four pets: two dogs, both Humane Society rescues. Charlie, her terrier mix, she found when she lived in Michigan, on Petfinder.com. She did not have animals at the time, having just moved to Michigan, and life just was not complete without the pitter-patter of little paws. Batman, her Lab/Shepherd mix, was a Humane Society foster failure. She also has two cats. Lil Boy, who is anything but little, weighing in at 22 pounds. And then there is Annabell, she was Ashley’s solution to Lil Boy’s weight problem. If she got him a kitten, she figured it would force him to play and run around, helping him lose weight … now she has two fat cats but states that she in no way supports animal obesity!

They all live together in her house that she bought in 2012, located in Martinsville. It’s a fixer-upper, so a lot of her free time is spent completing all of the various repairs around the house. When she gets tired of that, she runs away and spends time with her family and friends.

Ashley has been with BloomingPaws since the beginning of October 2014 but has been a Veterinary Assistant since 2010.

Philosophy & Goals: “I believe that animals are our greatest joys. They are family. I will, more than likely, greet an animal before I greet the client, just out of excitement to see them. I try and make the experience as relaxing as possible by offering the pets a slow introduction, on their terms, so they don’t feel overwhelmed and giving hugs instead of restraints.

“Client education is important to me as well. It’s important to realize that, something that might be common knowledge to us, a client may not know and it is our duty to educate them, so they have the same opportunities to treat their pets with best possible care.

“I plan to be in this field for as long as possible. There truly is no other job out there for me. I love what I do.”

Our Veterinary Nurse: Patricia Ramos da Rosa

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Biography: Patricia Ramos da Rosa is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She grew up moving city to city because her father was in the Brazilian army. Her mother was a teacher who now is retired. Her brother also followed a career in the military, as had her father. Patricia received her Bachelor in Animal Science from Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (in mid-western Brazil). She then pursued advanced studies, receiving a Master of Science degree in Animal Science from Federal University of St Francis Valley, Brazil, with a focus on Animal Behavior.

Patricia Ramos da Rosa started working at BloomingPaws in 2015 as a Group Play Guardian, while receiving training to be a Veterinary Assistant. In November of 2015, she got her Veterinary Assistant Certificate, and now works at our Veterinary Clinic.

Patricia is married to Jeff Todd, who works for a family business. Together they have one cat (Zak) and three dogs (Tango, Hermione and Legolas). All three of their dogs were rescues.

Philosophy & Goals: “My philosophy is being positive, kind, and funny to everyone — maintaining happiness, and a good mood, can always make your day better, as well as for everyone around you. I am very passionate about Animal Nutrition in general, and this is due to my background as an Animal Scientist, but I have always wanted to learn more about pet nutrition. So my goal is to specialize in Pet Nutrition, and finally to become a Pet Nutritionist.”

Our Vet Technician: Angie Brooking

Angie Brooking

Biography: Angie is a former dog groomer in Bloomington, IN.  She had a very successful business, which she greatly enjoyed but had always wanted more. She decided to pursue her dreams and attend Harrison College of Veterinary Technology full time while still running her grooming business part time. She graduated with honors in the fall of 2011 and received her RVT license in spring of 2012. In the past few years, Angie has specialized in high volume surgery and is now excited to be returning to a full-service practice. Her passion is surgery & dentistry, and her future goals are to become specialized.  She would also like to further her career by pursuing canine rehabilitation and therapy certification.

Her husband, Barry, is a mail carrier in Paoli, IN.  He shares her love of dogs and they currently have 3 Boxers and a Boston Terrier. Together they have 3 children and one granddaughter. In her spare time, Angie is a proud member of the Corn Fed Spartans and loves running races with them. She enjoys trail running and obstacle mud runs. She is currently training to complete her first marathon in August 2016.

Philosophy & Goals: “My dogs are my family, and my mission is to make every pet I care for feel that love. I want their experience to be as positive as possible, and I want them to feel safe, loved, and happy to return. My work is my passion, and I feel blessed every day to be able to do what I love and to be a part of such an amazing veterinary team!”

Our Veterinary Nurse: Magen Hammons

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Biography: Magen is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana though she moved to Bowling Green, Indiana 3 years ago. She attended Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College from 2008-2011 in their Pre-Vet program but due to the cost was unable to finish. After a year off from college Magen decided that working with animals is what she wanted to do with her life. She started going to the International Business College Vet Tech Institute in 2012 to become an Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and graduated in 2013. She is currently working on getting her license as an RVT while enjoying all aspects of working in a clinic. She enjoys helping with surgeries as well as helping those patients that come into the clinic for appointments. Her goal is to become specialized in animal dentistry as she enjoys this aspect of surgery the most and to become specialized in feline and canine behavior. She would also like to eventually go back to school to finish her pre-vet degree and eventually become a veterinarian.

Magen is engaged to her fiancé Chris and is currently planning a wedding for the year of 2017. Together they have 3 dogs (Queen, Damon, and Princess), 2 rats (Penelope and J.J.), 2 rabbits (Morgan and Reed), and 1 beta fish (Bob). In Magen’s spare time she is training to run her first 5K with the help of her co-workers.

Philosophy & Goals:  “I want to improve the intimate bond between pet parents and their pets. My first practice goal, therefore, is to educate pet parents about their pet’s health issues. A well informed pet owner can provide me with additional insights into their pet’s symptoms and behavior, which will improve my diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

“Ultimately, pet owners must be well educated in order to make the best decisions to improve their pets’ quality of life and strengthen the bond we all share with our pets. This is true for disease prevention, behavior improvement and treatments when inevitable health issues arise. It starts at birth and continues through the end of life, whether the pet is a dog, cat, hamster, ferret, rat, turtle, lizard or rabbit.

“With the help of well-educated pet parents, my goal is to provide the highest quality, compassionate medicine for my patients, no matter what the species.”