Veterinarians of St. Francis' Pet Hospital

St Francis VeterinarianThomas Kevin Parell, DVM, Owner

Dr. Thomas Kevin Parell is the owner of St. Francis' Pet Hospital. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Montana Veterinary Medical Association, and his professional interests include surgery, dentistry, alternative medicine and general veterinary medicine. Dr. Parell opened St. Francis' Pet Hospital's first location in 1993, and its second location in 1996.

"I enjoy developing long-term relationships with pets and their human families," says Dr. Parell. "I do this by not just talking about their pet's needs, but also about how life is treating the client and his or her family. I enjoy talking to kids about setting life goals and how to go about attaining them. I comfort owners at the critical times in making tough decisions regarding their pet's care, and I use these special opportunities to share with them my beliefs in the meaning of life and the important role their pet is designed to play in their lives. Pets are examples of the manifestation of unconditional love, learning to cherish each day, and not to be anxious about tomorrow or fearful about yesterday."

Dr. Parell attended St. Benedict's Prep School in Newark, NJ in "one of the roughest neighborhoods in the city," he says. He then attended Villanova University and Dickenson College for his undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in chemistry. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, he decided to pursue veterinary medicine after spending the day at a local veterinary clinic. "That was the 'God shot' of my life," he says. He attended the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1981.

Dr. Parell and his wife Barbara share their home with two dogs, Trapper and Alba; five horses, Honor, Ginger, Rapha, Braveheart, and Remington; as well as multiple barn and front porch cats and chickens. Together, they have five children and two grandchildren. In his free time Dr. Parell enjoys telemark skiing, flying, photography, fly fishing, and hiking.

St Francis VeterinarianJessica Cox, DVM

Dr. Jessica Cox has been a member of the St. Francis' Pet Hospital team since June 2007. She is a member of the American Veterinary medical Association and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. After graduating valedictorian from Decatur Central High School, she attended Franklin College where she majored in biology. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University. Her professional interests include surgery and general veterinary medicine.

Dr. Cox grew up in the Camby and Mooresville area and recalls bringing her family pets to St. Francis' Pet Hospital. She was also fascinated by animals at an early age and spent time at her aunt and uncle's farm in Tennessee. She grew up with dogs, cats, turtles, toads, rabbits, and even a pet crawdad.

"The most satisfying thing about being a veterinarian is the variety of cases we see every day," she says. "Our days are never the same."

At home Dr. Cox has three rescue dogs, Dairy, Kean and Phoebe; and two cats, Campy and Sam. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her niece, Krista.

St Francis VeterinarianBob Seivers, DVM

Dr. Bob Seivers has been a member of the St. Francis' Pet Hospital team since March 2001. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Central Indiana Veterinary medical Association. His professional interests include small animal medicine and general veterinary medicine.

Dr. Seivers attended Vincennes University for his undergraduate degree, earning a Bachelor's in Animal Sciences in 1987. He attended Purdue University for his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1991.

Dr. Seivers grew up in Vincennes, Indiana. At the age of 6, his family adopted their first dog. "Hot Dog was his name," says Dr. Seivers. "He was very good at escaping his pen. One time he got loose and came home hours later bleeding from his paw. We had to take him to the emergency veterinarian to stop the bleeding and for a transfusion. I came home covered in blood from head to toe that night, but all ended very well and Hot Dog lived." Dr. Seivers says Hot Dog's recovery was a major factor in his decision to become a veterinarian.

Dr. Seivers and his wife Sarah, also a veterinarian, have two daughters: Molly and Grace. They share their home with two mix breed dogs, Sam and Bunny, as well as five cats: Coa Coa, Oliver, Cookie, Hoeboe Charlie and Lowie. In his free time, he enjoys going to the movies – especially the Centerbook drive-in – hiking in state parks, bow hunting, and gardening.

Shey Diaz-Martinez, DVM

Dr. Shey Diaz-Martinez has been a member of the St. Francis’ Pet Hospital team since June 2017. She’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Michigan Veterinary Association, and the Indiana Veterinary Association. Dr. Shey graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2012 with a General Science degree, where she achieved the highest GPA in the science department, before attending veterinary school at Michigan State University.

“The most satisfying thing about being a veterinarian is that I can use my skills to improve the quality of life of my patient and help strengthen the bond between pets and their owners,” she says.

When she was a child, Dr. Shey would love to rescue stray animals from the streets. She had once found a kitten at her school’s playground and brought him home with her. After receiving the necessary love and care it deserved, it became her grandmother’s favorite cat. Dr. Shey has wanted to make changes for the better in life, including her own, which motivated her to become a veterinarian.

At home, Dr. Shey spends time with her husband Trent, who’s a veterinary student, and their two dogs, Sailor and Evangeline. She enjoys salsa dancing, hiking, and pure barre training.

Debbie Martin, DVM

Dr. Debbie Martin has been a member of the St. Francis’ Pet Hospital team since March 2017. She’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. She attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Biology before attending Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue her career.

Animals hold a special place in her heart since she spent a lot of time on her grandparents’ farm as a child. With the help of her grandfather, she learned how to behave around the animals so that she could gain their trust. She also has a very specific name for every cow on the farm, all of which were called “Pretty!”

“It is a pleasure to help owners take good care of their pets by giving them the professional services and information they need,” Dr. Martin says when asked about what’s most satisfying about being a veterinarian.

In her free time, Dr. Martin spends time with her two Golden Retrievers, Ella and Hozer, and a street cat named Tidbit. She also enjoys going for walks, bike-riding and bird-watching.

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