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Veterinary Team

Micheal L. Steward, DVM, APF

Dr. Steward graduated from Oklahoma State University with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1979, and immediately started practicing at Shawnee Animal Hospital. He is best known for inventing the Steward Clog, a wooden shoe designed to relieve acute and chronic laminitis in horses. He has spoken at numerous conventions throughout the country about how to construct and apply the Steward Clog, helping other veterinarians treat laminitis in their patients.

In 2009, Dr. Steward was awarded for his contribution to equine medicine with a spot in the International Equine Veterinary Hall of Fame. He was presented with this distinction at the International Hoof Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Presentation Award from the American Farrier Journal in Ohio for his lectures on the Steward Clog. His breakthrough has been written about in numerous publications, including Speedhorse, America's Horse, Thoroughbred Times, American Farriers Journal, and more.

Dr. Steward's wife, Alice Gay Steward, is also highly involved with the local animal community. Dr. Steward and she own and train race horses and raise beef cattle for show. She also actively supports 4-H and FFA programs.

Dr. Steward is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Professional Farriers Association.


Alex Simpson, DVM

Dr. Alex Simpson has been a valued employee of Shawnee Animal Hospital since he started working on the staff in his early teens. After pursuing his dream of becoming a veterinarian, he returned to Shawnee Animal Hospital to serve the area's animals with expert, loving care. Dr. Simpson enjoys all aspects of working at a mixed animal practice, but he especially loves working with large animals.

During his studies at Oklahoma State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Simpson worked on world-renowned Thoroughbred stud farms in Ireland. The rest of his family currently lives in Prague where they raise and race Thoroughbred racehorses.


Our Support Team


Richard Filbert, Hospital Manager

Richard started working at Shawnee Animal Hospital in 2012, but his family has been clients of the hospital since long before that. Richard went to Seminole State College and graduated with an associates degree in Criminal Justice. He will be attending Oklahoma Christian University to further his education in Law.

Richard is the loving pet parent of his dog Blaze, who often likes to come to work with him. In his free time, Richard enjoys fishing, reading, bowling, playing video games, and spending time with his family and friends.


Linda Langston

Linda has worked at Shawnee Animal Hospital since 1988. Prior to joining us, she worked at clinics in Mississippi and Tennessee for a total of 36 years. Linda and her husband Phil live on a farm in Shawnee with their three French Bulldogs, Ginger, Murphy, and Kevin. They also have 7 horses, 18 head of cattle, 2 goats, a cat named Woodrow, and a parrot named Hombre. Linda and Phil have two grown children and a beautiful granddaughter.


Gail Loman, Surgical Supervisor

Gail started working at Shawnee Animal Hospital in 2005. She was the salutatorian of her 2004 graduating class in Maud, Oklahoma. Gail also earned her Associates Degree in Life Sciences from Seminole State College, and studied Animal Science at Oklahoma State University. Her favorite hobbies are watching movies, playing video games, horseback riding, and spending time with friends. Gail enjoys caring for the great variety of animals at Shawnee Animal Hospital.


Laura Atkinson, Vet Assistant

Laura has worked at Shawnee as a Large Animal Assistant for over 10 years. She was born in New York, where she began working with large animals when she was just 11-years-old. Laura lives on a farm with her husband and 7-year-old son Jacob, raising registered cattle and barrel racing horses. Laura enjoys barrel racing, fishing, spending time with her family, and taking care of her animals.


Tyler Gehrke, Vet Assistant

Originally from Tulsa, Tyler moved to Shawnee in the fall of 2017 and started working at Shawnee Animal Hospital in January 2018. Tyler first started on her animal career path as a kennel/ reception at Small Animal Clinic of Tulsa in 2014, after working there for so many months, she decided to go to school to further her education at community care college on vet assisting. Before finishing the program she got offered a job as a vet assistant at Catoosa Small Animal Hospital, getting her first taste of what it is like to be an animal nurse at a animal hospital. She worked there for three years before she met her now boyfriend Dakota in March of 2017. They now live in Tecumseh with their 2 dogs, Bo & Brinkley, 4 cats, Pudgy Sue, Jax, Ryder, and Biggie and 1 bearded dragon, Rowdy.


Jillynn Hoffman, Vet Assistant

Jillynn has worked with Shawnee Animal Hospital since 2016 as a Certified Vet Assistant. She has been around all kinds of animals all her life. Jillynn was born in Texas and move to Oklahoma in 2017. She also showed Boer goats and horse when she was in high school. She has a 7 year old daughter BryAnna (Bree). She enjoys caring for animals as if they were her own. Her hobbies are fishing, trail riding, spending time with her daughter and family, and spending time her animals.


Taylor King, Vet Assistant

Taylor was born and raised in Shawnee, OK and has been working at Shawnee Animal Hospital on and off since 2013. She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Her desire is to pursue a career working with animals, in whatever capacity that may be, and loves working with all the animals that comes through Shawnee Animal Hospital. She is pet parent to her American Bully, Titan, who will always be her baby, but who now has to share mom with his little human sister, Savannah. Taylor is open to the possibility of one day going back to school to become a vet but for now enjoys being part of the team in caring for the Shawnee Animal Hospital clients.


Katie Brooks, Vet Assistant

Katie grew up on a small farm in central Oklahoma with dogs, cats, chickens, goats, and horses. She could never imagine a life without animals in it which led her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Her career actually started in 2012 when she worked for Shawnee Animal Hospital as a kennel tech while she was in college. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University, and completed two years of Pre-Veterinary Medicine studies there as well. During college she gained experience at an emergency veterinary clinic, as well as worked with racehorse veterinarians in New Mexico. Following that, she decided to stick with working in primary care veterinary clinics, and ended up back with Shawnee Animal Hospital where she started. She married her husband Logan in February 2018 and they are expecting a baby boy, Riley, in July of 2018! One of her past times has been showing American Bully dogs and she has 3 of them herself: Mochi, Cali, and Bear. She is so proud to be their owner, especially Cali who is an ABKC Grand Champion, multiple best in show winner and placed first in his class at the ABKC Nationals in 2017. She also enjoy spending time with her twin sister and family, drawing portraits of pets, and traveling.


Lorraine Bean, Kennel Staff

Lorraine grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. She was nicknamed "Ellie May Clampet" growing up because she was always playing with a critter. Lorraine loves her job taking care of the kennel guests and hospitalized patients at Shawnee Animal Hospital. She lives with her husband Larry, to whom she has been married for over 19 years.


Billie Joe Sing, Kennel Staff

Billie Jo has worked at Shawnee Animal Hospital since 2011. She was born in Shawnee and grew up in Macomb, Oklahoma. Raised on a small farm, Billie Jo has always been an animal lover. Now she lives on that farm with her boyfriend and numerous animal companions. Her favorite hobbies are trail riding, ranch sorting, reading, hunting, running, and working out at the gym or on the farm. In 2007, she graduated from the Purcell Horseshoeing School and has worked part-time as a farrier since. Billie Jo enjoys caring for animals of all shapes and sizes, and she treats every animal as it it were her own.


Kim Haney, Receptionist

Kim started working for Shawnee Animal Hospital in November of 2017, but has been a client here since 1999 along with her family. She graduated from Tecumseh High School in 2012 and went on to Seminole State College where she graduated with her associates degree in 2014. In 2017, she graduated from St. Gregory's University with a degree in Natural Science. She has 2 horses and previously barrel raced on one of which has an NBHA Oklahoma State Championship, and the other who has qualified and made to the finals of NBHA world championships. She also has 3 dogs and a 4 year old little boy who all like to keep her busy and on her toes.


Becky Bell, Receptionist

Becky started working for Shawnee Animal Hospital in 2012. She grew up in Arizona and moved to Oklahoma in 1998, where she has been a client of Shawnee Animal Hospital since. Now she works at Shawnee to provide exceptional care for the community’s animals. Becky is married and has two wonderful children. She is continuing to further her education in business administration and management. In her spare time, she enjoys riding.


Jami Mathis, Receptionist

Jami started working at Shawnee Animal Hospital in 2015. She has loved animals all her life and loves working with them on a daily basis at Shawnee. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Jami went to Wetumka High School and plans to pursue a college degree.


Donna Fish, Receptionist

Donna has worked in the nursing care business as an administrator for a number of years and serves on the Meeker Roundup Club in various positions. Donna and her husband Gerald own a horse farm and raise miniature Australian Shepherds. Animals bring joy to her and her family.