Dr. Freesh opened St. Louis Cat Clinic in 1992. A cat veterinary practice had been her goal for many years. Dr. Freesh was born in Panama (formerly the Canal Zone) and when she was 18 moved to Tennessee to start college. She holds a BS degree in Agriculture and a MS degree in Zoology from The University of Tennessee. She graduated from Auburn University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Dr. Freesh is married and has two adult sons. Several wonderful cats, a Doberman Pinscher, and a rescued mutt grace her home.
Dr. Freesh has done volunteer work for three cat rescues and St.Louis Cat Clinic rescues some cats and kittens yearly. She has served on the Webster Groves Child Care Board of Directors, House of Representative Education Committee, Class of 2000 Graduation Party Committee as Vice President, served as President of the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association, and was the first woman elected as president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Kinnunen was born in Spain. She spent 5 years in Alaska as a child before her father retired from the Air Force and the family returned to Illinois. She holds a BS degree in Science/Chemistry from Southern Illinois University and studied Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Arizona. Her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree was granted by the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kinnunen has over 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine which include working in feline only practices overlapping with emergency medicine and in companion animal practices. She shares her home with several rescue cats.
Dr. Kinnunen has served on the Board of Directors for Tenth Life Cat Rescue and preformed feral cat neuters and spays in Illinois.
Dr. Bellrichard received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. During veterinary school she volunteered with SIRVS (Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services), a group which provides veterinary services to communities in need at no cost. Dr. Bellrichard also volunteered with Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity, a group which frequently visited the residents at a local nursing home with their pets.
Dr. Bellrichard shares her home with her husband, Mitch; 2 dogs, Twinkie and Oreo; 3 cats, Carmelo, Ragnar, and Aegon; a guinea pig, Goomba; 2 rats,Lemon and Lime; a parakeet, Daisy; a turtle, Crunch; a snake, Strangles; and a Betta fish. In her free time, she enjoys going to movies, hiking, and visiting zoos,aquariums, and wildlife parks. Dr. Bellrichard is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
St. Louis Cat Clinic has been blessed with a team of wonderful people. Our staff members have been with the clinic from a few months to 23 years. These are the people who answer the phones, greet clients, go over instructions at discharge, and care for our feline patients. They are amazing!
Angela (Angie) Harris was born and raised in St. Louis. She's had a lifelong love of animals, rescuing and re-homing dozens since she was a child. She spent several years working in human healthcare before joining the Humane Society of Missouri, as an Animal Care Technician. While there she participated in several large scale rescue operations, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Angie has volunteered with several local animal rescue organizations through the years; she's currently with Tenth Life Cat Rescue. In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and writing. Angie shares her home with a very understanding husband and four rescue cats.
Ever since childhood Jane Gregory has had a great love of animals and a desire to nurture and help them in their time of need. She kicked off her career in high school by going part-time to Lindbergh and part-time to South County Technical High School to get her certificate in Veterinary Assisting. After graduation from high school, Jane decided to continue her training in the Veterinary Technician program at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. While at Jefferson College, she did an internship at St. Louis Cat Clinic. After graduation, Jane joined the staff of St. Louis Cat Clinic permanently in 2009. Now as head technician for the clinic, Jane takes pride in sharing the knowledge she's gained of cats with clients and employees. She also enjoys being able to nurture and care for all the kitty patients that visit the clinic
making it her goal to keep them as comfortable and happy as possible. Jane has adopted 3 rescue cats from the clinic.
Kristin Brown is a graduate of the Veterinary Technician program at Brown Mackie. While in school she worked part time at St. Louis Cat Clinic and did her student internship here. She became an employee at the clinic after graduation. She has several cats and a dog at home. Her cat, Vincent, is legendary for having a poor opinion of all veterinarians and everyone except Kristin.
Laura is one of the newer staff members starting in early 2016 as a receptionist. This is the second animal clinic she has worked for. She moved to the St. Louis area in 2015. Kayaking, hiking, and walking with her dog Bisbee in Forest Park are favorite past times for Laura. Photography, both film and digital, is also a hobby.
Lori Burkhardt-Lurk has been owned by cats since she was a child. She discovered the St Louis Cat Clinic in 1997 when she needed to board her two cats. She was delighted to find a ‘cat only’ clinic and all of her cats became patients at the here. She joined the staff August 2014 while a student and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Brown Mackie in May 2015, graduating with honors. In addition, Lori has a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Maryville University and taught Kindermusik for 19 years (a music and movement curricula for infants to 1st grade and their families) owning her own studio for nine of those years.
In 2011, Lori and her husband, David, began fostering and volunteering for Tenth Life Cat Rescue. Since then, they have fostered over 40 kittens and cats for adoption, including many special needs cats. In addition to fostering, they are ‘parents’ to several cats, plus two dogs. Lori has played alto saxophone in the University City Summer Band since 1997 and has been a featured
soloist. Lori also enjoys singing, reading, genealogy, local history, cross-stitching, bowling (her parents were proprietors of Pacific Lanes in Pacific, MO for 40 years), and she and David go hiking, camping and canoeing. Lori tends to the Clinic’s Facebook Page.
In the photo, Lori is holding Albie, one of her Tenth Life special needs fosters. Albie was born in July 2012 and is challenged with Irritable Bowel Disease and requires a special diet and several medications.
After many years of successful retail management Marsha Freesh decided it was time to invest in something she cares about, animals. Currently, she has two pets of her own, both rescues. Big Wig is a Maine Coon mix. He followed Marsha’s daughter home one day and the rest was history. Louie is a Mastiff mix adopted from APA. It was a short 30 minute visit before Louie found himself at home in the backseat. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys tending to her garden full of banana trees, working out, or spending time with her husband,Jared, who is Dr. Freesh’s oldest son. Road trips to the beach or hiking are the best. A quiet evening cooking a new recipe together followed by an interesting TV show or movie is a close second.
Kerry (PJ) Rayford started working part time at St. Louis Cat Clinic in 2014. He worked for a veterinary practice in North County for several years. He is pursuing a BS degree at UMSL and will likely graduate in 2017. He works for Whole Foods Market as well as St. Louis Cat Clinic. PJ has a wonderful black and white cat named Diego
Tori has just moved back to St. Louis with her 2 cats, Kovu and Olaf, and her dog, Rizzo. In May, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Biology and Agriculture at Truman State University. While in school, she worked at a mixed animal practice for 3 years. In addition to working at St. Louis Cat Clinic, Tori currently works as a zoo keeper in the Children's Zoo at the St. Louis Zoo. There her daily tasks can range from taking an Alpaca out for walks to treating hedgehogs with monthly parasite prevention. Her biggest interest is in animal behavior. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, archery, and reading.
Verna has been with the clinic since 1994 when it was at it’s original location on Chippewa. Starting out as a part time receptionist and veterinary assistant she moved up to become our Business Manager. She currently has 4 cats. One was found living under a neighbor’s porch and the other 3 were clinic rescue kitties. Over the years she has been involved with community women’s groups, serving on the boards in various positions.
Seger is an Oriental Shorthair who loves to jump on shoulders and go for rides. He wanders the clinic looking for trouble usually. He loves to trash can dive and pull out everything just to see what is there. He has taught other cats and kittens to do it. He loves to sit in laps and get in the way if at all possible. He is funny and lovable.
Larry is a Domestic Shorthair kitty with an attitude and a short temper. He rarely will wander into the reception area. He prefers to harass staff and doctors. Larry was adopted as a kitten by an older client from St. Louis Cat Clinic. His owner came in 6 years later and asked Dr. Freesh if she would take Larry if she died. She left some money to care for him. What Dr. Freesh did not know was that Larry’s mom was sick and dying. Because a promise was made, Larry will live at the clinic and we will take the best care of him that is possible. There are stories on our Facebook about how unpredictable and ornery Larry can be sometimes. He can be sweet and endearing also. We just never know from minute to minute who Larry will be. So we understand that Larry has a few screws loose and we accept him for who is is.
Olivia is an Oriental Shorthair. She comes from the same cattery as Seger. When Seger’s best Oriental Shorthair buddy, Warren, died, Olivia was introduced because Seger was so lonely. She is slowly warming up to him. We have great hopes for a lovely friendship.
St. Louis Cat Clinic hosts high school students, veterinary technician students, and veterinary students as part of the clinic’s community outreach program.