Carla M. Carlton, DVM

Dr. Carlton received her degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.

She began her career in Houston, Texas at a multi-doctor, 24 hour care hospital. In 1997, she relocated to Indianapolis where she continued work as an emergency veterinarian. In 1998, she began splitting her time between the then Lake City Animal Clinic and Indianapolis where she worked at several veterinary hospitals filling in while their doctors took vacation. In 2007 Dr Carlton purchased Lake City Animal Clinic and relocated to Warsaw. Two of her goals once settled were to purchase and donate land for an off leash dog park and to build a new state of the art veterinary facility for her patients.

Rudy’s Dog Park opened it’s gates as a federally recognized not-for-profit in 2013 and Lake City Animal Health & Wellness Center opened it’s new facility in 2018.
Dr. Carlton shares her home with Tallulah, a rescued American Bull Dog and Cricket a rescued cat.

Lake City Animal Clinic was nominated as Business of the Year by the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and Dr Carlton has been nominated as Veterinarian of the Year and received Woman of the Year from the National Association of Professional Women.

In her spare time, Dr. Carlton enjoys reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.


Katie Van Dyke, DVM

Dr. Katie Van Dyke joined LCAHWC in 2016 after working as a veterinarian in Columbia City, Indiana for three and a half years. Originally from Muncie, Indiana, Katie developed a love for animals as she grew up with cats. After completing an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Cedarville University in Ohio, she completed her veterinary degree at Purdue University. Dr. Katie has special interests in internal medicine, diagnostics, and preventative care.

When she is not caring for your furry family, Dr. Katie keeps busy at home with her family. She and her husband enjoy staying active with their two young boys who can’t get enough of building legos, playing outside, and making messes. Two cats, Napoleon and Desmond, allow the two-legged creatures to invade their domain, but only when fed on what they deem to be appropriate intervals. The cats also marginally tolerate the two hound mixes, Sophie and Penny who create plenty of mischief and have a unique take on landscaping the yard. Dr. Katie also loves serving in her local church, playing games, and reading in her spare time.

Amy R.

Amy is our Lead Registered Veterinary Nurse. Leaving a career in the human orthopedic field Amy followed her true passion and went back to school to obtain her degree as an RVN. Working as an RVN since 2010 she joined the Lake City Animal Health & Wellness Center in 2015.

Amy is married with 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, 3 cats: Simon Little Man, Gracie, & Scully, an Italian Greyhound: Frank, and cares for a small colony of neighborhood strays (The Cat Farm). She’s also a huge advocate of feline TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release) programs. She can’t imagine a life without the constant companionship of animals.

Amy feels the most rewarding aspect of this profession are the success stories. To watch a patient thrive as the result of the combined efforts of his/her doctor, nurse, and family is so rewarding. Who doesn’t love a happy ending?

Amy M.

Amy is one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses and is also a certified Trainer. She graduated from Purdue University Veterinary school with her veterinary nurse associate degree in 1995 and from the Karen Pryor Academy as a certified training partner in 2016. Along with her nursing duties, she offers group puppy and adult training classes as well as one-on-one training/behavior modification sessions at our clinic or in owner’s homes.
Helping to ensure our patients’ physical and emotional health is the absolute best it can be is what Amy most loves about her job.

Amy shares her busy home with her husband Mike, their 3 children and several dogs and cats. During her free time, she can be found with her nose in a book or her behind in some bleachers cheering on her kids or her beloved Boilermakers.


Haley joined the Lake City Animal Health & Wellness Center team in May of 2017. She obtained her degree to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse from the Vet Tech Institute in Fort Wayne. In her spare time she enjoys camping with her fiance and 2 dogs and horseback riding. Haley also currently has 2 cats, 2 horses and 2 pygmy goats!


Mindy and her husband Ben live in Warsaw with their 2 dogs. Outside of work, Mindy loves running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
Mindy joined Lake City Animal Health in December 2021. She graduated from Purdue University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science then continued her education to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2006. She has worked in small animal medicine since.
Mindy and her husband, Ben, live in Warsaw with their 2 dogs. Outside of work, Mindy loves running, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.


Jill began working with us in the summer of 2022. When she is not in the clinic helping your pets, she is teaching the next group of veterinary professionals in local high schools. She graduated in 2019 from the Vet Tech Institue in Fort Wayne. Her favorite part of working in veterinary medicine is caring for geriatric animals, assisting with treatment of animals and client education. In her free time, she loves to cook, read books, and spend time with family. Jill currently lives in Milford with her husband and 3 dogs, Gander, Cassie, and Willow, along with a cat named Polly.


I graduated from Purdue University with both an Associates Degree and a Bachelors Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2012. Outside of work I enjoy working with and training my two Golden Retrievers, Fiona and Opie. I also enjoy spending time outside and hiking the trails with my husband and dogs.



Heidi originally began working with us in 1995. She worked as a nursing assistant for 10 years before deciding to stay at home and raise her girls. Heidi returned to work as a nursing assistant and kennel care technician in 2015. Heidi loves spending time with our boarding guests and making them feel at home while staying with us.

Heidi is married with three daughters, two dogs(French Bulldog and Jack Russell), four horses and five barn cats. She spends her weekends at horse shows with her daughters and also loves to camp.


Alexandra came back full time as our Lead CSR in April 2016. She loves seeing your bright and smiling faces and watching your fur babies as they grow up. You’ll typically hear her answer the phone or greet you as you walk in through our doors. Alex lives in Pierceton with her two daughters, her son, Rottweiler Hannah and her cat Oskar. If that isn’t enough to keep her busy, in her spare time she loves to be outside, read books, watch movies and clean.


Trista started in June 2020 and is a part-time CSR. She loves getting to know clients and helping them live a healthy and fulfilling life. Trista lives in Atwood and is married to her wonderful husband Jeremy and has a daughter, Avery. She also shares her home with her rescue Calico cat, Maizey. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, spending time with her family, and playing/watching any kind of sports.


Nichole joined our team in 2018 as a part-time kennel care technician and nursing assistant. She has been a client with us since she and her fiancé moved to this area in January 2017.

Nichole has two sons and one grandson all currently living in Southern Illinois. She has four pets: two Labrador Retrievers and two domestic cats.

Nichole already has a full-time job, but has always wanted to work with pets and now since her children are older, she is able to do that and is absolutely loving it.


I grew up raising horses and showing them and always had a passion for large animals. It wasn’t until I was a CSR at NIVES that I realized how much fun small animal care was. I really enjoy the bond I am able to form with so many dogs and cats that come for day stays and boarding. I love learning each individual animals personality and what they enjoy. I currently have a Australian Shepherd named Elio and a cat named Honey. In my free time I love going hiking with my dog as well as painting.


Working with animals has always been a dream of mine. I really enjoy being able to meet and bond with all the dogs and cats that come in for daycare and boarding. I love watching all the fur babies grow up and become confident with making new friends. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my own dogs and my family. Watching movies and cuddling on the couch is definitely one of our favorite things to do.


As a WCHS Co-Op at Lake City Animal Health and Wellness Center, I have had a great experience. I enjoy seeing the cute faces that come in daily, and I always look forward to coming in and caring for the animals in our boarding and day care center. Interning here has greatly prepared me for my college education and pursuit of a degree in large animal medicine. Outside of work, I enjoy exploring the outdoors and spending time with family, friends, and animals.


Adric has been with Lake City Animal Health & Wellness Center since 2015. Adric’s responsibility is to keep the facility in ship shape. He enjoys the rewarding feeling of working together to achieve a common goal. Adric lives on the outskirts of Mentone on a small farm that has several animals, including a horse, 4 cows, a dog, and a variety of barn cats. Adric enjoys musicals at The Wagon Wheel, storm chasing, video games and racing.