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Dr Melissa Girard-Lemons (Dr. Missy) was born and raised on a poultry, swine (farrow to finish) and cash crop farm in Osceola, Nebraska. Her parents are Ron and Deb Girard of Osceola, Nebraska and she has a younger sister (Kara) and younger brother (Tim). She attended undergraduate school at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was active and held several offices with campus organizations such as Pre-Vet Club, Mortar Board, College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources Student Government and the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Missy graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She has practiced for over 15 years in Grand Island, Nebraska, with the Animal Medical Clinic and in 2005 she purchased the practice and built a new building in 2007. Animal Medical Clinic is a three doctor progressive small animal veterinary clinic where an emphasis is placed on education, communications and passionate caring. She enjoys getting to know each and every client and pet to better meet their medical needs.
Missy and her husband, Tim, were married in June of 2008 and have six, four legged children of various sizes and shapes. (Tim was a client of the clinic and that is how the romance sparked. Gained a husband; lost a paying client!!) Together Tim and Missy have 10 nieces and one nephew.
Dr Missy is involved with the Prairie Pioneer Quilt Guild and severed on their board of directors for 7 years, has been a member of Alpha Sigma philanthropic sorority for 15 years, and currently serves on the City of Grand Island Animal Advisory Board. Dr Missy is an avid and active supporter of the Central Nebraska Humane society. She is currently the Past President for the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and continues to serve on the continuing education, scholarship and legislative committees.
She is an active member of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Foundation and has helped develop the new fundraisers "Pottery of Promise" and " NVMA Talent Showcase Auction" with the Friends and Family of NVMA. She is also active and involved in the Nebraska State Fair Birthing Pavilion where she helps organize the volunteer veterinarians and has enhanced the poultry display by incubating and hatching chicks. In her free time she enjoys quilting, cooking, gardening and of course spending time with her critters and husband.
Dr. Jennifer Summers: Dr. Jen grew up in York, NE, then went to the University of Nebraska at Kearney after spending a year as an exchange student to Finland. She graduated with a Biology Comprehensive degree from UNK then went on to veterinary school at Kansas State University and graduated in 2000 with her DVM. Dr. Jen joined the Animal Medical Clinic in 2004. She is married to Kirk Summers and lives on a ranch south of Gibbon. Noah and Skyler are their children. The Summers family has a Golden Retriever, Joey and a Chihuahua mix, Bella. Their many cats include Doc, Okie, Fluffy, Rapunzel, Buttercup, Buddy, Radar, Reese and Squirt. They also have Muscovy, Ancona and Pekin ducks and Red Angus Cattle.
Dr. Emily grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska, graduating from Northwest in 2005. She spent 3 years at Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas and 1 year at Iowa State University. She was awarded a Bachelor of Science in General Science from Fort Hays upon graduating from veterinary school at Iowa State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Emily has worked at AMC in couple different capacities over the years before graduating from vet school and started with us as a veterinarian in November 2014. She lives in Kearney where her husband Drew Buettner farms along with her fur family- a corgi named Ellie, an aussie named Dixie, a labradork named Raven, a cat named George, and a horse named Jax.