The Best Care for Your Best Friend

7299 West U.S. Highway 52

New Palestine, Indiana 46163

P: 317-623-5019     F: 317-623-5025

Katie is a New Palestine High School graduate who has loved animals since she was a little girl and now loves working with them daily! She enjoys every animal species, but dogs and cats are her favorite, especially big dogs.  

Her hobbies include CrossFit, weightlifting, hiking, boating, camping, hanging out with friends, and especially training and playing with her best friend and Doberman Pinscher “Mollie”. 

Wanting all animals to have the best care in the world, Katie is studying to become a veterinarian, so working at The Vet is her self-professed dream job. Part of NPHS's Early College Program, Katie graduated with an Associates Degree at the same time as her high school diploma! So, in Fall of 2021, Katie is delving directly into Veterinary Medicine classes at Purdue University immediately after high school.  

Katie is so thrilled to be working at The Vet and loves every minute working with Dr. Keating and the rest of the Care Team! 

Nicci    Registered Veterinary Technician

Amber's bio to come!

Nina   Clinic Assistant

Nicci is a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) at The Vet! Graduating with her Associates Degree in Animal Sciences from IBC in Fort Wayne way back in 2013, Nicci recently moved to Indianapolis from Fort Wayne and is ecstatic to be working for such a high-quality veterinarian such as Dr. Keating. Previously, Nicci enjoyed working for H.O.P.E. for Animals, a non-profit spay and neuter clinic located in Fort Wayne, for almost 6 years! 

Growing up in California, at one time, her family had 4 cats, 2 dogs, 2 geese, 4 chickens, a fish, a tortoise, and a lizard! 

Nicci has been married to her handsome and hard-working husband for 19 years, named Jorge, and has two wonderful children who are both in high school. Also residing in her household is a goldfish her son won at a festival over a year ago (we call him “Fishy”), and a Russian tortoise (named “Tortellini”) they adopted on from a shelter in Fort Wayne.  

Amber   Veterinary Nurse

Jennifer Kesler     Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Relief Veterinarian

"All the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend them."

Christy joined The Vet in December 2020 as one of two new, highly experienced, and compassionate Client Service Coordinators. Christy has worked in the veterinary medical field for the larger part of her professional working career in varying capacities, locations, and specialties. She began nearby in Fishers, Indiana before marrying and relocating to Hawaii, where she had the unique opportunity to work with an array of exotic island companion animals.  

Eventually relocating to South Carolina, Christy worked in both veterinary medicine and in the ministry as a children’s and youth pastor while homeschooling her three children. She also taught music and art to other homeschooled children in her community at a co-op she helped establish.  

Christy returned to Indiana and to ER veterinary medicine in 2013. Throughout the years, she and her family have enjoyed numerous pets, and her daughter Samantha is currently attending veterinary technician school in South Carolina. Christy could not be prouder!

Meredith thoroughly enjoys the rewarding experience the veterinary field provides; not just for pets but owners as well. She has five years of experience at a previous veterinary clinic and currently has a full-time position in the animal medicine research field. She is excited to be in the clinic on a part-time basis at The Vet and is eager for the opportunity to meet new patients and their owners and build a life-long bond.

Meredith shares her life with two Great Danes named "Ruger" and "Ava", a Frenchie named "Chevy"; three cats named "Simon", "Oliver", and "Sophie"; a horse named "Cooper"; and - of course - her wonderful husband, Derek.

When she has spare time, Meredith enjoys reading, training and riding her horse, and spending quality time with her family of furry ones and her husband.

Maddie is a senior at New Palestine High School who has loved all living creatures since she was a little girl and loves learning more and more about animals every day, as this is her first job working with them!

Her hobbies include playing instruments such as the guitar and the flute, reading, creating all sorts of art, and hanging out with her friends. 

Maddie shares her life with one Golden Retriever named “Jackson” and a brand-new, as-of-yet unnamed male kitten! She is currently participating in the Early College Program at NPHS which ensures that Maddie will graduate in midterm December of 2021 with an associates degree at the same time she earns her high school diploma! 

After high school, Maddie is planning on continuing into the Veterinary Medical field, while studying to be a Veterinary Technician. 

Maddie is very excited to be a part of The Care Team and  is looking forward to learning more and more every day!

"Gregory House, M.D." or "Greg"

Born February 2020

"Gregory House, M.D." or "Greg" was adopted by the Keatings in December of 2020 when he was a 10-month-old, full grown puppy with very little socialization!

At 130 pounds, "Greg" has several behavioral 'quirks' when interacting with new people and novel or exciting situations for him (not unlike his namesake), so you may be seeing more cute photos of "Greg" than the bad boy himself!

"Greg" does love to meet people and pups at the Paws and Play Dog Park, though, so you may see this tall giant galloping around the park and meeting new friends.

Kirsten is one of our newest members of the Care Team at The Vet! As a Client Service Coordinator, she will likely be one of the first voices you hear!

For the last five years, Kirsten worked in the human healthcare field for developmentally disabled children. This career was fulfilling and allowed her to pursue her passion of helping others.

In Kirsten’s spare time she enjoys roasting her own coffee, watching movies, and spending time with her husky, "Roman", who re-awakened her love of animals and led her to us! Kirsten is excited about her new career with The Vet and is looking forward to continuing her education in the veterinary field.  She hopes her love for animals shines through on every interaction she has!

Dr. Gina Santiago grew up in Puerto Rico where she found her love for animals. She moved to Florida when she was 17 years old to go to college. She completed a Bachelor’s in Animal Science and a minor in Entomology from the University of Florida. She then moved to St Kitts and Nevis to study veterinary medicine at Ross University. She completed her clinical year at The Ohio State University and graduated with highest honors.

Dr. Santiago moved to Indianapolis and worked as an Emergency Veterinarian at Noah’s Animal Hospitals until last year. Now she is a relief veterinarian in the Indianapolis area providing services to different general practice and emergency hospitals. She has an interest in teaching therefore she has traveled to Ecuador to teach veterinary students how to spay and neuter dogs and cats. Her interests include emergency and critical care, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, public health and toxicology.

Dr. Santiago shares her home with "Zeus", a yellow Labrador Retriever, and "Harvey", a cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She loves taking them on hikes, traveling around the world, and taking baking/cooking classes. 

Dr. Keating is so very appreciative of the relief veterinary care that Dr. Santiago has been providing at The Vet since January 2021!

Gabby    Veterinary Nurse

Jay's  Photo and Biography Soon to Come!

Gabby's bio to come!

Katie   Clinic Assistant

Adrianna's Biography to come!

Ashley   Practice Manager

Kirsten   Client Service Coordinator (CSC)

Megan   Lead Technician and Registered Veterinary Technician

Adrianna     Clinic Assistant

Gina Santiago     Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Relief Veterinarian

Kim is a Greenfield native who has recently decided to switch career fields and join the life of Animal Care! She has always had a love for animals ever since she was a child, and that love has followed her throughout her life. Kim gets super excited about exotic animals, especially hedgehogs! She also loves working with cats the most.

Kim has two cats at home named "Cleo" and "Clementine" that she loves to spoil. When she isn't hanging out with her cats you can find her baking, playing board games, going on road trips, or canoeing!

Kim is passionate about animals receiving the best care possible and that is what has led her to join the Veterinary field. She is looking forward to working with the Care team at The Vet. She hopes to continue her education and learn as much as she can from Dr. Keating.

Megan has always had pets growing up and enjoyed caring for them. Her love for animals is what interested her in this field. Megan earned experience in a pet boarding facility caring for animals since October 2013! 

Megan is very organized, reliable, and compassionate, which helped her in graduating in May 2018 from the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College in Indianapolis where she received an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician on September 18, 2018 and has been with The Vet the entire time! Because of all of her knowledge, skill, and innovative thinking, Megan was promoted to Lead Technician in 2020 and now also helps the Care Team provide exceptional veterinary care to each patient.

In her spare time, Megan enjoys playing with her four Shar Peis - "Oscar", "Taz", "Appa", and "Molly" - and spending time with her family. She also enjoys a relaxing evening watching Netflix.

Megan is excited to help lead The Care Team and looks forward to the adventures each day holds here! 

Christy   Client Service Coordinator (CSC)

Jay     Clinic Assistant

Meredith   Veterinary Nurse

Lauren Ball     Doctor of Veterinary Medicine; Relief Veterinarian

Maddie     Clinic Assistant

​Ashley is a graduate of IUPUI, where she majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science! She has always had a love for animals and many people told her that she was studying in the wrong field! 

Ashley was showing such a thirst for knowledge and devotion to The Vet's mission to help pets as a Client Service Coordinator (CSC) that she was promoted to Veterinary Nurse and then Practice Manager! As Practice Manager, Ashley provides Care Team support in the form of continual Team training and education and streamlining thorough patient care, among so many other tasks!

When she is not working hard at The Vet, she is spending time with her own pets. Ashley shares her life with her dogs Snickers, Tony, and Willow, and her cats Dobby, Khaleesi and Qetsiyah. Ashley also has a snake, hermit crabs, a bearded dragon, turtles, saltwater & freshwater tanks, and chinchillas. Ashley really enjoys learning about and further educating people about proper habitats and care for all kinds of animals.  

When Ashley has some free time, she helps her mom with a Paparazzi Jewelry business. Ashley also likes to relax and watch Netflix and listen to music!

Ashley is so excited to help your furry best friends as Practice Manager at The Vet!

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Kim   Client Service Coordinator (CSC)

Nina graduated from New Palestine High School in 2014. After graduation, she contemplated attending either an art school or a fashion school, but ultimately decided on neither! Although she enjoyed both, she realized that she would be happiest pursuing a career working with animals. 

Nina and her family share their home with "Frank" the Miniature Dachshund, "Boo" the Bullmastiff/English Bulldog/Shepherd mix, and cats "Mini", "Mouse", and "Fred". 
In her free time Nina enjoys creating digital art, felting, fashion, watching horror films and reading horror manga, listening to music (rock is her favorite), and of course spending time with her cats.  

Having previously worked at various dog daycare and boarding facilities, as well as having had dozens of pets of her own, Nina is excited to be able to express her love for animals as a Clinic Assistant at The Vet! 

Dr. Lauren Ball comes from a long line of professionals in her family, including many human physicians and even a board-certified radiologist in her family tree.  So, you can easily see where she gets her love of medicine!

Dr. Ball did her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH!) and then moved to Florida to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2009 and has spent much of her veterinary career practicing emergency medicine here in Central Indiana. Dr. Ball joined our team at Noah’s Caring Hands Animal Hospital in March of 2014.

In practice, Dr. Ball enjoys surgery and helping pets by utilizing some alternative therapy options. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and quite proficient with Herbal Medicine as well.  Dr. Ball ‘s furry family at home includes 2 dogs, a cat and a horse.

Dr. Ball has been providing great relief veterinary support to The Vet since June 2021!

-Douglas, Greenfield

Dr. Jennifer Kesler grew up in the small Central Kansas town of Bushton. The inspiration of her Grandfather, the love of animals, the interest in science and medicine, and the support of her family all led her in the direction to become a veterinarian. She received her Bachelors of Animal Science degree from Kansas State University. From there, she went veterinary school at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 2008.

After graduation she worked at a highly progressive veterinary hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, for five years where she gained invaluable experience in medicine and surgery. Dr. Kesler then worked as an Emergency Veterinarian at Flower Mound Emergency Pet Clinic in Lewisville, Texas for five years and two years at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care in Indianapolis gaining her love for emergency medicine.

She has now shifted to working as a relief veterinarian in the Indianapolis area and back in Kansas. Dr. Kesler, her husband Dave, and their daughter Grace love spending time traveling, enjoying sporting events and spending time with friends and family. Their animal family members are "Soco" (the most amazing boxer) and "Lulu" (the baby Great Dane). 

Dr. Kesler has been a wonderful addition to our clinic, providing Dr. Keating with much-needed relief veterinary support since October 2020!

"Gregory House, M.D." Keating  The Keating's Newest Dane

Clockwise from top left: "Mosby" at the  Paws and Play Dog Park at age 4; at the Greenfield's waterpark for dog day; working hard in reception at The Vet; yawning in the morning (mornings are tough); at age 3 laying with his guinea pig, "Masuka"; his first car trip home on mom's lap (look at those paws); at the Veteran's Memorial at the Sugar Creek Township Park; and at home laying on the ottoman instead of his dog bed!

"Mosby" Keating

August 22nd, 2011-September 27, 2020.

"Mosby" was Dr. Keating and Jake's first Great Dane.

This Merlequin boy first came home when he was three months old and he was already 28 pounds! He averaged a healthy 150 pounds, though his favorite buddies were guinea pigs, which he doted on as if they were his puppies. He adored Pup Cups at Frosty Boy. He had quite a loud bark when startled, but he loved people - kids especially.

Dr. Keating and Jake thank you all for your love and attention for him at events and at The Vet and he couldn't have had better support from our community!

"Mosby" Keating  The Vet's Mascot

Jake is Dr. Keating's husband and we are very lucky that he performs finance, administration, and technical duties at The Vet and still finds some time to provide support as a Clinic Assistant!

Jake graduated from Wright State University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Finance. He immediately began his accounting career with his family's business - one of the largest shoe lace manufacturers in the world! While it was fantastic learning experience, he elected to move to Columbus, Ohio to help support Dr. Keating while she attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University (OSU). After Dr. Keating graduated from OSU, she and Jake moved back to southern Ohio together for Dr. Keating's first career veterinary job in Wheelersburg. Later, they moved to Atlanta, Georgia to follow Jake's career with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). After a year in Georgia, they moved to Indiana to live and build a home very near family. 

As of October of 2020, Jake made the move to work at The Vet full time as our "Jake of All Trades"! He is very excited to be a part of this wonderful community and is loving every new meeting with your furry best friends!

Jake Keating   Accountant, IT Support, Administration, and Clinic Assistant

Meet The Vet Care Team

Christal Morita-Keating    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Owner

Dr. Christal Morita-Keating attended Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she graduated with departmental honors and a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology.  She received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from The Ohio State University in 2011. Upon graduation, she practiced with a companion animal veterinary hospital in Wheelersburg, Ohio.  

From 2013 until 2015, Dr. Keating practiced full-time at Banfield Pet Hospital locations in Greenwood, Avon, and Bloomington, Indiana; Douglasville, Georgia; and provided relief services for Willoughby, Massillon, and Medina, Ohio.

Dr. Keating is very excited to start a new chapter, as both Veterinarian and Owner of The Vet, where she will champion for the best preventative care for each patient at each visit!

Dr. Keating's interests are dentistry, ear and skin disease, allergy management, soft tissue surgery, as well as behavioral training and behavioral medical management. Small mammal exotics - especially guinea pigs - are also a passion of Dr. Keating's, which she has learned much about through self-sought continuing veterinary education.

Dr. Keating and her husband, Jake, gave all their love to their first Merlequin Great Dane and The Vet clinic mascot, "Mosby", who was euthanized in September 2020.

They adopted their newest Great Dane, "Gregory House, M.D." - or "Greg" for short - in December 2020. He has several behavioral issues that the Keatings are working on with him currently, so you may see only photos of him until those are curbed!

In her down-time, Dr. Keating loves to garden and has collected so many indoor plants that she and Jake started a separate houseplant business, also!

She also loves  to play Pokemon Go, play with interior design, paint, sew, craft, read, ballroom dance, learn Japanese, and pursue a vast array of quirky hobbies!