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Our Staff

Kerry Balding, Manager


Kerry joined Indy Paws in Aug 2019. Kerry works as a split time Practice Manager between Indy Paws and The Paw Patch, where she has been loyally employed since 1995. Kerry’s passion is working in health care (animal or human) and she has enjoyed spending some time as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

Kerry loves to help people and find solutions to issues.  She has two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and one husband. During her free time, she enjoys riding her bikes (mountain and gravel), camp, vacation in warm places, and supporting her family in their bike racing adventures. Kerry will give you a big smile next time you are in!

Athena Steele, Lead RVT


Athena has been working in the Veterinary field for over 20 years, and has been a Registered Vet Tech for over 14 years. Originally from Oregon where she completed her vet tech degree, Athena moved to Indiana 14 years ago after marrying her husband Derick. They have two human children and a small farm of animal children. Athena started at Indy Paws as the Lead Technician in June of 2020 and enjoys the pace of general practice.

In her spare time, Athena enjoys all sorts of creative pursuits including crochet, painting, calligraphy, and journaling. She also enjoys writing and has goals of publishing a children’s book one day.

She is excited to have joined the Indy Paws family and loves to come alongside owners and help them help their pets live their best lives!

Sarah Taylor, Veterinary Assistant


Sarah joined Indy Paws family in April of 2020 after graduating from the International Business College and Vet Tech Institute, where she worked with both large and small animals. Sarah has loved the opportunity that she has had to grow since starting her career at Indy Paws. She states she knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals: she loves being their voice and advocating for them, since they are unable to communicate for themselves. Sarah has always had many pets (horses, chickens, and others) and she says she cannot imagine her life without having them as part of her family. She currently has a small zoo: 5 dogs and 2 cats that make her crazy, but she wouldn’t trade them for the world!

Sarah’s goal at IPVH is to make our clients and patients happy, help every patient that walks through our door, and make all of our patients feel safe and loved. She looks forward to her future in the veterinary field and loves that she can learn something new every single day.

“I have found when you are deeply troubled, there things you get from a silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source” – Unknown

Nicholas Yeager, Veterinary Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Nicholas Patterson, Client Service Representative

Nicholas joined Indy Paws in July 2020 but has prior experience in the Veterinary field. He enjoys Thai Boxing and Painting in his spare time, very different extremes. He has a little Bichon Frise at home and enjoys doing what he can to help people and pets alike. He is very excited to get to know each of you in our Indy Paws family as he continues his journey here!

Andrea Heald, Client Service Representative


Andrea was born and raised in Indianapolis. She recently moved to Indy Paws from an emergency Veterinary hospital in Fishers and will be furthering her education in Animal Behavior and Professional K9 Training. When she isn’t helping your pet families, she enjoys creating her abstract art, camping, and hiking with her German Shepherd, Koda.

Brittany Smith, Kennel Assistant


Brittany joined Indy Paws in June of 2020 as a kennel assistant. Brittany is currently wrapping up her B.A. Psychology degree at IUPUI, and was recently accepted to Veterinary Technician school where she will be start classes in July 2021. She helps keep our hospital clean and assists in the care of your pets behind-the-scenes.

In her free time, Brittany enjoys making music, spending time with family, and volunteering at animal sanctuaries.

Brittany is excited to grow with the Indy Paws family, learn more about the veterinary field, and meet all of your amazing pets!

Jana Wiley, All-Around Helper


Jana Wiley grew up in Indianapolis, graduating from IU where she met her husband, Tim. They raised their 3 children in Zionsville and have enjoyed watching them each find their own special journey with work. Jana and Tim have always had a dog in our home to cuddle, walk, love and spoil…right now, his name is Hank. Or Hankster Prankster. While Jana loves being with family & friends, cooking, reading & exercising – her favorite place until recently was spent horseback riding with her horse, Hunter. She has enjoyed different jobs through the years in sales, youth development at Junior Achievement and the local Chamber of Commerce. But it has been a real joy to work along side her daughter (Dr. Wiley) and the amazing team at IPVH, as they treat and care for the visiting clients and furry families of Indy Paws. Hope to meet you soon!

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