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Meet Our Team


Dr. Jill Sandler, DVM - Owner

It’s been over 20 years since Dr. Jill Sandler took over the reins at Heartland Animal Clinic. Dr. Sandler, a 1984 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, had previously received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at K-State. Upon graduation, Dr. Sandler served a two-year stint at Gage Animal Hospital in Topeka. She and her husband Andy then moved to the Kansas City area where she practiced at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Overland Park. She also served as a relief veterinarian for local animal clinics. In 1989, she became an associate Veterinarian at what was then called Santa Fe Animal Clinic. Two years later the clinic’s owner retired; Dr. Sandler purchased the practice and renamed it Heartland Animal Clinic to reflect its regional scope, as well as our mission to deliver compassionate care. Dr. Sandler has been married to Andy for over 30 years, and has a cat and two French Bulldogs.


Lori - Finance Manager

Lori started in the Veterinary business in 1989 as a kennel worker and Veterinary Assistant. She joined Heartland Animal Clinic in November 1993 as a receptionist. Lori was promoted to Office Manager in 1999. Although, Lori now only works from home as finance manager for Dr. Sandler and her staff she still believes in the highest level of customer service and encourages our clients to give us feedback to help improve our patient care. Lori's family includes her husband, Greg, two children, Skyler and Dylan as well as a Pointer and Italian Greyhound mix.


Monica -Receptionist

Monica joined our team in November 2011. She has been a long time client herself and is a pro in giving excellent customer service with a smile. Monica's family includes her husband Derek, 2 dogs & a cat named "Pickles."


Melynn -Registered Veterinary

Melynn is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with us since 2006. She received her Bachelors of Animal Science from K-State in 2000 & her Associates of Applied Science from the Bel-Rea Institute in 2002. She has also spent time as a zoo keeper for the Bronx Zoo. Melynn also appeared on a episode of Animal Planet's Emergency Vets. Her family includes 3 cats, 3 greyhounds & a conure named Deanie.


Jenny - Groomer & Assistant

Jenny has always had a love for animals and started as a bather/ brusher over ten years ago with Petsmart. She is trained to groom all breeds, as well as having taught the art of dog grooming while she was with Petsmart. Jenny has also recently been trained to assist the doctors as well as our technician. In addition to a cat named "Karin", Jenny owns three chihuahua's named Mango, Crackers and Speck.

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