Our Team

Our Team

Dr. Jerry L. Risser

Dr. Jerry L. Risser began laying the groundwork for Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center in 2006, after fourteen years in small animal practice. He began practice after completing his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University (1992).

Born in northern Indiana, Dr. Risser grew up in the Midwest before his move to Texas, where he attended high school and completed his Bachelors degree in Veterinary Science (1989), also at Texas A&M, prior to veterinary school. He returned to Indiana after graduation, practicing in group practices in Bloomington and Fishers before launching Fall Creek Veterinary. 
Dr. Risser loves the opportunity  for extended, "one-on-one" time with his clients and patients, and especially the role he can play in sharing the most up-to-date and helpful information available to help people best care for their pets.

Though Dr. Risser is excited by advancements in all areas of veterinary medicine, 
special interests include dermatology, endocrinology, and surgery, particularly soft-tissue procedures. His professional memberships include the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA). He was the past president, and is a current member, of the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the 2015 IVMA President. He has been involved with the Hamilton County Animal Task Force, been a recipient of the Excellence in Continuing Education and 2013 President's Awards from the IVMA, and been a preceptor for a Shelter Medicine course with Indiana University. Dr. Risser enjoys involvement with his children's school, working with the Boy Scouts, Campus Life, and the Marching Pride of Lawrence Township, and is on the board of the KidsFirst foundation, which works in the area of international adoption and orphan care. As a proud Texas Aggie, he enjoys being part of the Central Indiana Texas A&M Club.

In May of 2011, he completed a Master of Arts in Bioethics degree from Trinity International University, in Deerfield, Illinois, and is working toward an MA in Theological Studies now. He has delivered an animal welfare lecture at the American Scientific Affiliation, where he is a member.


Dr. Risser's wife, Rebecca, is a Speech/Voice Pathologist with the IU Health. They have three children: son Jameson (18) and daughters Laine (18) and Lydia (16). The Risser family has four dogs, Pippa, a 9-year old who is a mix of a zillion breeds that include Boxer and Irish Setter, and is a happy, bouncy creature, Brecken, a 2-year old Miniature Australian Shepherd, Tima, a 1-year old Sheltie, and Scarlett, a "Red Fox" Labrador Retriever puppy.

In time away from practice, and when not chasing after three teenagers, Dr. Risser enjoys gardening/ landscaping, bicycling, running 5Ks, reading, and travel (or at least thinking about it). You can e-mail at drrisser@fallcreekvet.com.

 

Dr. Aaron M. Luth

Dr. Luth was born in Lafayette, Indiana and is a native of Attica, Indiana. Following high school he attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine credentials from Purdue University in 2014. He enthusiastically joined Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center as a full-time Associate Veterinarian in June of 2014. All have enjoyed his medical skills, ready smile, and warm professionalism.

Dr. Luth's largest areas of interest in the veterinary field include small animal internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, and ultrasound. He, among our doctors, exclusively performs ultrasound services. When not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Luth enjoys various hobbies including drawing, painting, and woodworking, and has published medical illustrations. He also enjoys spending time outdoors, with particular interests in both freshwater and saltwater fishing, waterfowl hunting, and shooting sports. He and his wife, Megan, were married in 2017, and reside in Noblesville. Their beautiful first daughter, Caroline, was born in 2019.
 
The Luths have two dogs: Lucy, a 10-year old golden retriever, and Poppy, a cavapoo that just celebrated her third birthday.
 
Dr. Luth is a member of several local and national veterinary organizations. These include the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (CIVMA), and the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association (PVAA). He recognizes the importance of organized veterinary medicine and has a true appreciation of the value of the highest medical standards. He serves on the Executive Board of the CIVMA as a Member-at-Large.
 
With two Aggies already in the practice, it seemed high time for a doctor who could proudly declare: Boiler Up, Hammer Down, and Hail Purdue!
 
You can contact him at drluth@fallcreekvet.com.
 

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Becker                        

Dr. Becker was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, growing up the child of her veterinarian father. Following high school she attended Purdue University in West Lafayette where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2014. She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue in 2017. After graduation she worked in Crawfordsville, Indiana, for one year before deciding to move to the Indianapolis area with her husband, Tim. They currently reside in Hamilton County.
 

Dr. Becker’s largest interests in include ophthalmology, dermatology and dentistry. She particularly enjoys the opportunity to teach and to work “one-on-one” with clients.
 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog Riley.  She and her husband are also very involved in their local church. She also enjoys painting, home projects, reading, and spending time outdoors. In the summer she enjoys spending time with her family at Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky. 

You can contact her at drbecker@fallcreekvet.com.

 

 

Kali Wilson

Kali Wilson

Kali Wilson is the Practice Manager for Fall Creek Veterinary Medical Center. A native of Lapel, Indiana, Kali started working in the veterinary field in high school and knew she had found her niche. She loves being involved in the diagnostic and treatment process, and working as a team to improve the quality of life for her patients. Her years of experience have proven invaluable to the practice,of which she has been a part since we opened. Kali is famous for her lightning-fast memory, thoroughness and amazing warmth and concern for the patients in her care. Currently she is wife to Kurtis and mom to six animals of her own: two Boston Terriers named Brennan Alexander and Herbert Eugene, Malaki Allen, a Humane Society-adopted kitty, a Labrador Retriever mix stray from Tennesse named Josephine Marguerite, an Irish Wolfhound named Steuben Fitzgerald and Agatha Bernice, a rescued Shih Tzu.

You can contact her at kali@fallcreekvet.com.

Kristin Curts

Kristin Curts

Kristin Curts is our Director of Business Operations and has been here since we opened in 2007.  She has lived in the Indianapolis area almost her entire life, attending Bishop Chatard High School and then Indiana University. She has two sons, Tucker, who graduated from Indiana University, and Connor, who attends the University of Dayton. Kristin's family also includes three crazy dogs: Molly and Dodger are beagles, and Murphy, a "Heinz 57" mix. In her free time, Kristin is very active in her church, and enjoys being an adult leader in the youth group LifeTeen.  She is also passionate about IU Hoosiers basketball and the Pacers.  She enjoys attending concerts, gardening, reading and walking at local parks, and keeps busy with pet-sitting. You can contact her at kristin@fallcreekvet.com.

Leona Melton

Leona Melton

Leona joined the front desk staff at Fall Creek in 2012, with experience in veterinary hospitals that followed thirty years of work in banking. Born in Washington, D.C., Leona has lived most of her life in Greenfield and currently resides in Lawrence with her husband, Rick. She is mother to two grown children and grandmother to three boys.

Known for her knowledgeable, calm and steady, but warm and cheerful, demeanor as a receptionist, Leona finds that her childhood dream of working with animals has been fulfilled. She enjoys seeing familiar faces and getting to know people and their pets personally. She has a love for dachshunds and shelties and has a rescue dachshund named Greta. When not working, she enjoys gardening and spending time with family. She and Rick also enjoy camping in their replica 1947 Kit Teardrop Trailer (and they are members of "Hoosier Tear Jerkers" as a result!). You can contact her at leona@fallcreekvet.com.

Mellissa Wilson

Mellissa Wilson

Mellissa Wilson's is often the first big smile clients see as they enter our office and check in at the front desk. She grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and attended John Marshall High School.  She and Phil, her husband of 13 years, have two dogs, "Labrajacks" Dolche and Pepper, with whom they share fun times and their home near Fortville. Mellissa loves her job, with opportunities in this environment to see all the different breeds, and playfully interact with the animals. She also enjoys interactions with the humans who appreciate her warm and caring attitude. When away from her role in Client Services, she spends as much time as possible in nature with her family, two- and four-legged, especially fishing and camping.

You can contact her at mellissa@fallcreekvet.com.

Megan Danforth

Megan Danforth

​A native of New Castle, Indiana, Megan enjoys the opportunities to build relationships with our clients and to "love on their pets, too!" as a member of our client services team. Her own pets include Simba, a pomeranian/ shihtzu mix and his "stubborn shihtzu" sister, Nala. Sir Socks, Jr. is a black and white kitty, is the baby, and is described as the one who "thinks he runs the place."  Megan and her husband have a (human) pre-school daughter, Hadley, and welcomed a second daughter, Madelyn, in 2019. They enjoy being parents, watching their girls learn and grow. In time away from veterinary medicine, Megan loves spending time with family and friends, camping, hiking, going to concerts and enjoying the night sky. You can reach her at megan@fallcreekvet.com.
Kim Denune

Kim Denune

 

Kim is from Columbus, Ohio where her and her husband Jeff raised their daughter Brooke. Kim has always loved animals. Prior to moving to Indiana, her family raised Akitas and showed them competitively. Kim currently has one Akita named Murphy along with one grand-dog, Chloe the Frenchie, who lives in California with her daughter Brooke. Kim and her husband moved to Indiana in 2018 when her husband started his own research and development company studying wound care and prosthetics. After nearly 25 years of experience as a client services member in human medicine, combined with her love for animals, Kim truly enjoys working as a client services member on our team. 

 

You can contact Kim at kim@fallcreekvet.com

 

 

 

Michael DeVries

Michael DeVries

Michael DeVries is a Fishers native, and graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2013. While he began working for us as an animal care attendant, his sharp mind, strong technical skills, great sense of humor and genuine kindness to animals and their people made it obvious we wanted him to grow his role, and he now primarily serves in the surgical services area of the practice. He loves the fast-paced, dynamic nature of the practice, where he's "never doing the same thing twice" and is always learning from doctors and co-workers. In time away from us, he enjoys life with his high school sweetheart, Megan, whom he wed on April 27, 2018, and with Gus and Rex his golden-doodles. They are both newlyweds and new homeowners, so much of Michael's time is spent on home projects. He also enjoys playing hockey, spending time with friends and family, shooting sports, and fishing.

You can contact him at michael@fallcreekvet.com.

Sydney Paschal

Sydney Paschal

Sydney Paschal grew up in Pendleton, Indiana, and is a graduate of the International Business College Vet Tech Institute. She primarily works with our outpatients, where she thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to both educate and learn every day, and to see our patients grow (her enthusiasm for puppy and kitten appointments is infectious!). She also has extensive responsibilities caring for hospitalized patients, where, in her words, "if there are problems with patients, it's a privilege to be able to assist in "fixing" them to make them healthy and happy again!" In time away from the practice, Sydney loves hiking, crossfit, traveling and spending time with her energetic Great Dane, Kylo!

You can contact her at sydney@fallcreekvet.com.
Grace Corman

Grace Corman

Grace is a McCordsville native, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School, and currently is studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She began her career with us doing inpatient care, but now serves with the outpatient nursing team. She always knew she wanted to work in veterinary medicine, but her years working with our kennel and inpatients confirmed her desire to become a veterinary technician. She is currently apart of Purdue Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program. Our patients (and their humans, too!) love Grace's friendly, reassuring and kind manner. She enjoys her own pets, Ronnie, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Charlie, a turtle. Grace is a busy dog-sitter when not working with us, and also enjoys photography.

You can contact her at 
grace@fallcreekvet.com.

 

Heather Winter

Heather Winter

Heather is a member of our nursing staff. Heather grew up on her family’s farm in the Indianapolis area where they raised sheep and horses.  After high school she attended IUPUI where she completed her paralegal certification. Heather then decided to change her path and attended the Veterinary Technology Institute in Indianapolis. After completing her schooling she went on to obtain her license as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Heather and her husband have one dog, Freyja, and one cat, Hazel. In her free time Heather enjoys horseback riding, exploring new vegan cuisine, and caring for her garden and houseplants. 
You can contact her at heather@fallcreekvet.com

 
Lori Gay

Lori Gay

Lori serves with our inpatient care team lead, primarily weekday mornings, where her cheerful outlook and commitment to pets with us for the day or for extended stays are fed, walked, cleaned and generally "loved on" by Lori. She enjoys the opportunity to help and care for others' pets, but also has furry family of her own. This includes one kitty, Areas, and three dogs, Kiyee, a  greyhound, Koko, a chihuahua, and Sweet Pea, a chihuahua . A native of Indianapolis, Lori and her husband enjoy time together involved in family and church activities.

You can contact her at lori@fallcreekvet.com.

Tahni Weeks

Tahni Weeks

Tahni is a part-time Animal Care Team member. Tahni is home schooled and enjoys gymnastics, sketching and fostering litters of kittens in her free time. During her time in gymnastics her greatest achievement was winning the title as Regional Champion for Level 8 Uneven Bars. Tahni has three cats of her owner named Kukri, Toffee, and Valkyrie. She truly enjoys working with animals and hopes to make a difference in the lives of the animals through her work here and through fostering.

Laine Risser

Laine Risser

Laine works as part of our inpatient care team, where she loves the opportunity for "one-on-one" contact with the dogs and cats that she cleans, feeds, and walks. She is a busy student at Lawrence North High School, and has her own menagerie of pets at home, including two dogs, Pippa, a mix of Shar-pei, Boxer, Irish Setter, and Boxer (!!) and Brecken, a tri-colored Aussie pup, as well as an Abyssinian guinea pig, Adeline Beatrice. Her hoobies include tennis (she is on the LN tennis team), kayaking, photography and (her favorite) taking naps. She will attend Central Michigan University in the fall of 2021 to study biology, with a molecular and biomedical focus.

Isabella Garza

Isabella Garza

Isabella is a part-time Animal Care Team member. She is a senior at Mount Vernon High School. In her free time Isabella enjoys participating in her school’s musicals and working on art projects. She is also an active member in her schools National Honors Society. Isabella has always been passionate about animals and she relishes the opportunity to care and learn more about them through her work at Fall Creek. Isabella has a dog named Annie; three cats named Molly, Oliver, and Ricky; two mice named Margo and Lola, and a Betta Fish named Valentine. She has a long term goal of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and hopes to someday even open her own practice. 

 

 

Luke Pfanstiel

Luke Pfanstiel

Luke is a part-time Animal Care Team member. He is an upperclassman at Hamilton Southeastern High School. Luke has two pets at home, Louie and Torre, both Mini Goldendoodles. In his free time Luke enjoys participating in track, cross-country, ski club, and camping with his family. Luke’s favorite part about Fall Creek is not only caring for extended stay guests but also observing the nursing team and veterinarians as they care for patients. Luke would like to pursue a degree in Biology and possibly continue on to veterinary school.

 

 

Lauren Thomas

Lauren Thomas

Lauren  is a part-time Animal Care Team member. She is a student at Hamilton Southeastern High School. In her free time she enjoys participating in her school’s chapter of FFA, and particularly being a part of the horse judging team. At home, Lauren has a dog and cat named Walker and Reagen, respectively. She really enjoys the opportunity to care for animals as part of the Animal Care Team and wants to use the knowledge she learns here to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She hopes to focus her studies on either equine medicine or mixed animal (large and small animal) medicine.

 

 

Gaby Manner

Gaby Manner

Gaby is a part-time Animal Care Team member. She is a 2020 graduate of Lawrence North High School, and currently attends Baylor University, where she is studing neuroscience. Outside of work and school, she enjoys playing tennis, playing with her miniature dachshund, Bu, and doing art projects. She enjoys getting to work with many different cats and dogs as well spending time with her awesome co-workers.

 
Kelly Curry

Kelly Curry

Kelly Curry is an upperclassman at Lawrence North High School. At school she enjoys participating in marching band and was the Drum Major this year.  At home Kelly has six pets; Nermal (cat), Sonny (cat), Arlo (cat), Dottie (mixed breed dog), Leo (French Bulldog), and Mia (Lizard). Kelly has a goal of continuing to work in the veterinary field after high school and hopes to attend veterinary college focusing her education on exotic animals.