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Meet Our Team
Veterinarian/Owner- Barbra Karner, VMD
Dr. Karner grew up in Hopewell, but has lived and worked in the Butler area since graduating from the University of Pennyslvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She was in equine practice for 3 years. Shortly before having her first son, she entered small animal practice where she remained for 7 years. In 2008, Dr. Karner accepted the Medical Director position at the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. She directed this program for 6-1/2 years. Aside from general administration duties, her responsibilities included caring for a large number of dogs, cats, rabbits, farm animals and rodents. She instructed numerous courses, including both small and large animal surgery and medicine. Upon leaving the Vet Tech Institute, Dr. Karner joined a home euthanasia service for pets of all types. She feels that humane, dignified treatment of dying pets is sometimes overlooked in veterinary medicine and at home care during this time is best for the pet and the family. Dr. Karner continues to provide in home euthanasia services, but wanted to offer more for her clients. With much encouragement from family and friends, she made the decision in 2015 to open Muddy Creek Animal Clinic, LLC.
Outside of the office, Dr. Karner has been the volunteer Coordinator for the Butler County Animal Response Team since 2009 and an active member since 2007. She is a volunteer member and k-9 handler with Canine Aided Emergency Search and Rescue team. She and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Epi, earned their trailing certification in 2014 as members of the International Police Work Dog Association. She is also a member of Meridian United Presbyterian Church.
At home, Dr. Karner lives with her husband, Tim, 3 sons and 1 daughter. The family shares their 6 acre farm with one horse, 2 cows, 8 chickens, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs, 2 cats, one frog and numerous fish. If she ever has free time, she likes to walk her dog and ride her bike.
Veterinarian - Abigail Davidson, DVM
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Abigail Davidson as the newest Veterinarian to join our team here at Muddy Creek Animal Clinic. She grew up in Ellwood City, PA and decided to pursue her professional education in the veterinary sciences far from home. In June of 2016, Dr. Davidson graduated from Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the Southern Caribbean and completed her final clinical year in Dublin, Ireland. It comes as no surprise she has a passion for traveling! Dr. Davidson is happily looking for a permanent place to settle back home now where she lives with her Caribbean special needs dog, Stella; a 3-legged rescue dog, Rhys; one Dove and her 13 cats! Dr. Davidson is proudly accepting she is and always will be one crazy cat lady. Due to her love for felines, she takes a special interest in feline medicine. She also plans to further her knowledge in geriatrics, hospice and home care.
Head Technician- Theresa Cuffin, CVT
Theresa comes to us from New Castle. She graduated at the top of her class from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, December 2015. Theresa lives with her parents, dogs and cats. She really enjoys working in surgery and helping people with new pets. Theresa passed the national board exam in March of 2016. This is a very difficult exam which she passed on the first attempt! She is now licensed by the state of PA as a Certified Veterinary Technician!
Receptionist- Dawn Smith
Dawn is from Slippery Rock. She lives with her husband, dogs, cats, horses and chickens. Dawn is the smiling face you will see when you arrive. She is also the calm voice you will hear on the phone. Dawn is extremely well organized and keeps our office running smoothly, we would be lost without her!
Assistant/Receptionist- Carol Warner
Carol comes to us from Boyers. She previously worked in the human nursing field. However, her love has always been for animals. Carol has rescued many dogs. She also worked at PetCo as a Certified Groomer. Carol is a Jack of all Trades! She helps us in the back with surgery and appointments, she also works at the front desk and gives a hand to our groomer when needed. She joined our team in February of 2016, we are so happy to have her!
Linda Grose, Receptionist
Linda Grose is originally from upstate New York, and now lives with her husband, Glenn, in Kennerdell. She has 3 pugs, 3 cats, 1 bulldog and 1 horse. An active volunteer in animal rescue groups as well as church work - including NYC projects (sidewalk Sunday school), children and youth Bible studies, and mentoring African-American kids - Linda and her husband are sponsoring 3 children. Having semi-retired after 20+ years in a dental office, Linda fills her free time with horseback riding, antiques and music. If you see her smiling face at the front desk, stop and say hello!
Kelly Huff, Groomer
Kelly is from Slippery Rock where she lives with her husband and 2 children. After finishing grooming school, she ran a successful grooming business for many years. She took time off to be at home with her 2 kids who are now 11 and 15. Kelly is very patient with all of our grooming patients, but especially those who are nervous. She has hours by appointment. Contact Dawn to schedule!