Our veterinarians

 

Dr. Thomas Parell, DVM, Founder & Owner

Dr. Parell (also known to his clients as “Doc Tom”) established his first of three veterinary practices in 1993. He was born and raised in Newark, NJ and attended St. Benedict’s Prep School, following the footsteps of his three older brothers. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villanova University & Dickinson College with a major in psychology and a minor in chemistry. It was after spending a day in a local veterinary clinic that he fell in love with veterinary medicine, which led him to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. Dr. Parell then went on to earn his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania - a school whose MBA program has been ranked No. 1 in the world.

He is a member of a number of veterinary associations including the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and the Montana Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).

Suitingly, Dr. Parell met his wife, Barbara, in a veterinary office before working together on a pig farming project.. They have 5 children - two of which are in veterinary school - and they spend much of their time in Indiana and Montana where they can fish, ski, enjoy photography, hike, and Dr. Parell can practice flying. Now that their children are grown, Dr. Parell and his wife share their home with their three dogs, Alba (Bull Terrier), Trapper (Hungarian Vizsla), and Scout (German Shepherd).

 

 

 

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Dr. jessica cox, dvm

Dr. Jessica Cox (also known to her clients as “Doc Jess”)  joined the St. Francis' Pet Hospital team in 2007. She was born and raised central indiana, where she attended Decatur Central High School and graduated valedictorian. Her love for animals began at an early age, much in part due to her own assortment of pets, including dogs, cats, reptiles, rabbits, and the like. Time spent on her extended family’s farm in Tennessee even further sparked her interest, and after graduating high school she went on to earn her bachelor's in biology from attend Franklin College and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).

Dr. Cox and her husband reside in the Indianapolis area with their three rescue dogs (Phoebe, Dairy, and Kean) and two cats (Campy and Sam). Her passions include running, traveling, hiking, biking, and spending time with family.

 

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DR. BOB SIEVERS, DVM

Dr. Bob Sievers (also known to his clients as “Doc Bob”) joined the St. Francis' Pet Hospital team in 2001. At a young age, his adopted dog, “Hot Dog” sparked his interest in considering a career in veterinary medicine, which led him to later earned his Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences from Vincennes University and go on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) and the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (CIVMA).

Dr. Sievers and his wife, who is also a veterinarian, have two daughters. Their family includes two dogs (Sam and Bunny) and five cats (Coa Coa, Oliver, Cookie, Hoeboe Charlie and Lowie). Dr. Sievers enjoys the great outdoors, whether it include hiking in state parks, gardening, bow hunting, or catching a movie at the local drive-in theater.

 
 
 

DR. SUZANNE OSTLE, DVM

Dr. Suzanne Ostle became a member of the St. Francis’ Pet Hospital team in the fall of 2017. Raised in Iowa, she attended Wartburg College, earning a degree in Biology, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the College of Veterinary Medicine - Iowa State University in 1985.

Dr. Ostle and her husband now reside in Central Indiana and have three sons. She enjoys traveling with her family, touring wineries, and spending time with her pets - especially her beautiful long-haired Dachshund, Sylvia.

 
 
 

DR. DEBBIE MARTIN, DVM

Dr. Debbie Martin (also known to her clients as “Dr. Debbie”) joined the St. Francis’ Pet Hospital team in the spring of 2017. From a young age, and with the help of her grandfather, she began learning how to care for and responsibly approach animals - including his cows, which she affectionately referred to each by the name of “Pretty”. Dr. Martin went on to earn her bachelor’s in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

She’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).

Dr. Martin and her husband spend time with their two Golden Retrievers (Hozer and Ella) and their alleycat (Tidbit). In her freetime, she enjoys appreciating nature by bird watching, biking, and taking walks.

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