Lisa Grivois, Practice Manager
Lisa is the co-owner, practice manager, and occasionally throws on her technician hat here at Cat Hospital of Wichita. Her background is in business management with a focus on finance and client relations. She is member of VHMA, Vet Partners, and AAFP. It is important that Lisa continues her education in the practice management field to best serve her clients and staff.
As long as Lisa can remember she has had an abundance of animals in her life. There is no animal she doesn’t love (well maybe she doesn’t like snakes and spiders so much). She and Dr. Jones have been lifelong friends so, when the opportunity came to lend her skills to Dr. Jones and the growth of the clinic Lisa gladly jumped on board. After 15 years at the Cat Hospital she saw a need to provide the kitties of Wichita and their people great products that are made specifically for cats. Her retail store, Feline Groovy opened in November of 2018. The response is amazing and we continue to grow with the support of our clients and cat lovers across the state of Kansas.
“People and animals have always been my passion. I want everyone who steps into the Cat Hospital to feel welcome and appreciated.”~Lisa Grivois
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Lisa. Your experience here at the Cat Hospital of Wichita is very important to us and we want to make sure your needs are being met in every way.
Ashton Mellinger, Veterinary Technician
Ashton is our lead veterinary technician. As a vet tech her main responsibility is to make sure that your loved one is well taken care of while in our care. She monitors hospitalized patients, prepares patients for surgery, and assists Dr. Jones in surgeries and procedures. Ashton will be the person you talk to regarding your cat's needs if Dr. Jones is not available.
When she's not at the clinic Ashton enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She and her fiancé Alex have four cats, Quincy, Skip, Spotch and Olive. Ashton, Alex, and their cats are huge fans of the Kansas City Chiefs and try to attend as many games as possible.
Stefanie Reid, Veterinary Technician
Stefanie Reid has been caring for animals her entire professional career. She attended Humbolt State University and comes to the Cat Hospital of Wichita with 20 years of experience as a veterinary technician. She was born and raised in California and now lives in Kansas with her family, five cats, and three dogs. She is a big sports fan and loves spending time traveling to new places or going to see her favorite team play. A cat lover at heart, her connection and care for our feline friends comes out in all she does.
Cora Ogden, Kennel Technician
Meet our kennel technician, Cora. She takes care of your cats while they are boarding with us. She has been trained extensively in cat behavior which allows her to provide the best possible care during their stay. She gets to know each cat personally and caters to their different needs. She is known to break out in occasional song which the cats seem to really enjoy! She has told us their favorite is classical although according to Cora the cats enjoy a little classic rock from time to time. Cora is an animal lover through and through. Her background is in equine management and early childhood development. She lives in Newton with her fiancé Matt and their menagerie including: cats, dogs, horses, and a ferret. Cora says, “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!” and to that we respond, “EMAW!!!”
Meghan Carney, Client Care/Content Manager
Meghan has been a part of the Cat Hospital of Wichita since 2017. Her love of animals started as a child growing up on a horse farm and has continued on with volunteer work with multiple local organizations as well as with her own pets at home. She started with us as part time help at the front desk. As time went on she quickly realized she wanted to spend more and more time at the Cat Hospital so she changed careers after 14 years in healthcare. Often times you will see Meghan either at the front desk helping our clients or next door at Feline Groovy.
Doug Nienstedt, Client Care Specialist
Doug is usually your first point of contact at the Cat Hospital of Wichita. He focuses on client care and communication. Doug has a degree in Business and Marketing from Emporia State University. He has devoted his entire career to customer service. He is very passionate about providing the best service to you that he can.
Doug is also a nature buff. He likes hiking, swimming, and camping. He enjoys all animals, especially his own pets at home. In addition his hobbies include enjoying local music, cars, and remodling projects.
Tara Fortune, Technician Assistant
Tara is our Technician Assistant, she helps our technicians with lab work as well as making sure everything is set up when you come in for your appointment. Animals have always been a passion for as long as she can remember. Tara hasn't met an animal yet that she doen't adore. She can't imagine a better place to be than the Cat Hospital of Wichita, and she's so excited to be part of the team.
Clinic Cats: Official Door Greeters
Gracie, Head Greeter
Gracie came to the Cat Hospital in May of 2007. A passerby found her injured in the street, and quickly acted to rescue her. Gracie had critical head injuries and was in serious condition for several weeks. However, this brave kitten never gave up her spirit and has made an amazing recovery. Even though she is visually impaired, she doesn't let that slow her down. She has the most wonderful personality, other than her severe addiction to cat treats.
Fraidy, Assistant Manager
Found in a dumpster with a styrofoam cup attached to his head, Fraidy came to the clinic in 2009. He comes by his name naturally as he is a feral cat. Lisa has been working with him ever since and the two have a very close bond. Fraidy's pastimes include reading, listening to smooth jazz and is a performance artist in the evenings. He does private performances for the other clinic cats when the lights have gone down.
CHOW Mama, Desk Warmer
Mama came to us in 2008. We tried to find her a forever home but whenever a potential adopter would come around she would mysteriously disappear. She'd quickly reappear as soon as they left so ultimately she chose to stay with us at the Cat Hospital. She thinks she's in charge around here and we let her think that. Mama has several hobbies including watching birds, playing candy crush (she's already to level 110), and being Dr. Jones' desk troll.