Dr. Leslie Brown, DVM
Dr. Brown was born in Sacramento, California and spent her formative years both there and on the beaches of Santa Cruz. She moved from Sacramento to Evansville, IN for high school and was then off to Hanover College. Her lifelong love of animals and her desire to care for them as a veterinarian focused her on the study of both Biology and Chemistry. Graduating from Hanover with honors in Biology, Dr. Brown’s hard work was recognized by Purdue University where she was accepted by their prestigious veterinary school. She graduated in 1999 with a studied interest in exotic and wildlife animals, surgery and small animal medicine. Since that time she has lived, traveled and practiced in many places around the country - spending time in Bloomington, San Francisco, and Prescott AZ. She and her family - husband Hewett, their two children, two cats, two gerbils, one dog and an “adopted” horse - are pleased to now call Louisville home. So much so, that she is further planting her roots here with LIVS. After many years of practicing conventional medicine and surgery, Dr. Brown felt she had too many clients whose illnesses and injuries were simply not responding positively to the medical options in her current toolbox. Some even became more sick. This was not good enough. Dr. Brown began to explore complimentary methods of care and has become certified in both Acupuncture and Chiropractic. She is also nearing the end of her certification process for Chinese Herb practice, as well as Homeopathy with the renowned Dr. Richard Pitcairn - a leader in the movement to provide complimentary and alternative health options to our four-legged family members. Central to all of Dr. Brown’s work is the daily diet and nutritive needs of her clients. Dr. Brown stays abreast of not only new developments in animal medicine, but also nutrition and healing diets for chronic disease.
Head Veterinary Technician and Office Manager
Erin’s love for animal healthcare and well-being started at a very young age. She began at 16, dipping her toes in the waters of veterinary care with her first job as a tech at her local animal hospital in Southeastern Kentucky. She was fortunate enough to work with both small and large animals and immediately knew she this was what she was meant to do. Erin attended the University of Kentucky, studying Animal Sciences and continuing her work in the veterinary field during that time. She eventually found her way to Louisville and fell in love with the city, it’s culture and her amazing husband. She has three wonderful young boys and feels blessed for the opportunity to spend a lot of her time with her children and work part time with furry patients. In her home they have 3 sweet kitties and two lovely, rescued pit bulls. Animal rescue has always been a big part of Erin’s life and she has fostered and rescued many animals along her journey. Erin’s most famous rescue/foster was a sweet little dog they called Cracker Jack. He was featured in the local news multiple times and even has his own Facebook page. Read his story at http:// www.facebook.com/savecrackerjack. “I truly love what I do and look forward to meeting you and your furry family members for the 1st or 100th time!” - Erin Jewell
Vanessa L. Smith, CVT, LVT
Vanessa was born in New York and grew up in the Tampa Bay area. She has wanted to work in the veterinary field since childhood, but college initially took her on a different path. Vanessa graduated from the University of Tampa with a B.A. in Communication and worked in the radio industry for nearly a decade before deciding to pursue her true passion. Most recently, she gradated with honors from St. Petersburg College earning her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and is currently licensed in both Florida and Kentucky. Vanessa is a fitness enthusiast and CrossFit trainer and loves spending time outdoors and exploring new cities. She and her husband fell in love with Louisville after visiting friends over the years and decided to pick up and move to a city that better suits them! They have two, four legged children, Rufus, a deaf American bulldog mix and Gogo, a border collie mix.
Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist
Sarah grew up on a farm in Oldham County surrounded by lots of dogs, cats and of course, being true to her Kentucky roots - lots of horses as well. She graduated from nearby Hanover College and is now back in Louisville as a proud member of our staff at LIVS. Outside of work her hobbies include playing with her foster kittens and her own fur-babies, attempting to garden from her 2nd story apartment balcony, taking care of orphaned and injured wildlife at the local wildlife rehabilitation center, (and generally immersing herself in the care (and snuggles!) of furry and feathered friends), binge watching tv series, or occasionally taking afternoon naps. “My favorite part of working at LIVS is that everyday I get to work alongside some truly wonderful women that are just as passionate as I am about animals and learning new ways to improve their lives.” - Sarah Erler
Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist
Jamie McCollum is a Louisvillian through and through. Born and raised here, a graduate of Atherton High School and U of L, she has worked for quite some time in the animal welfare field. Her primary focus has been in animal shelters helping one of Louisville’s most vulnerable animal populations. Jamie has a rescue cat named Digby whom she loves dearly, along with yoga and all things chocolate. She is excited to be a part of LIVS and our fantastic team, appreciating the quality of care we pride ourselves on providing and very much looks forward to meeting all of our patients and clients.