Meet the Team
Dr. Amy Bess
Dr. Amy Bess is from nearby Huntington, WV and settled here in Russell after her graduation from the University of Georgia in 1994. She is also on the Board of Directors of Tri-State Animal ER and occasionally fills in there as an emergency vet. Dr Bess is also a founding partner of Riverside Urgent Pet Care which sees urgent care cases 3 nights a week here in our office. Her husband Rob is a teacher and retired basketball coach at Symmes Valley High School. She has two grown children, Riley and Katie, both of whom live nearby with their spouses. She has one grandchild, Graham, whom she loves to spoil. Her family loves road trips and they have visited all 50 states. Dr. Bess and Rob are working on visiting all the National Parks and have been to about half of them. At home Dr. Bess has two chihuahua mix dogs Millie and Marlow and two old cats, June and Jr. She also has a hobby of raising and selling pet axolotls. Check out her Facebook page AB's Lazy Lotls Axolotls.
Diane graduated from Morehead State University's veterinary technology program in 1979 and has worked in the area since then. She has worked here since 1993 and is now the practice manager. Her family includes her husband Joe, two daughters Amanda and Kari, two grandsons Wyatt and Knox and a granddaughter Lennon. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, camping, turkey hunting with her husband. She has 1 "furbaby": Dash.
Lisa is one of our technicians and has worked here since 1995. Besides being a technician Lisa sometimes changes hats and becomes our in house "handy-woman". In her off time she enjoys being outdoors hunting, fishing and going to dirt track racing with her oldest brother's race team. Lisa has 3 furry family members: Pippen, Tom, & Bubby
Trish is one of our technicians and has worked for us since 1999. She studied animal science through Penn Foster College and more recently became certified in dog obedience training, with a focus on positive reinforcement. Trish enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband. Trish has 1 furry family member: Grayson
Glynis has worked here since 2003, she is one of our receptionists. Before taking the position as receptionist she was part of our kennel staff, if she is ever missing you can always find her loving on one of the pets in the kennel. Glynis treats them all like they are her personal pets!!! She has 2 "furbabies": Dallas & Bella
Susan is our Professional Pet Stylist, she graduated from the NASH ACADEMY of ANIMAL ARTS (which is internationally known for training the best pet care professionals in the industry) in Lexington, KY in 1989 and has been an employee with us since 1993. Susan does a great job, her customers love her and it shows by her schedule, she is usually booked up months in advance!! She has many furry family members that include a dog and several cats and ferrets.
Mary has been a member of our staff since April 2016 and is one of our technicians. She has one son, Justyn. She is very passionate about treating every baby that walks through our doors with love and compassion just like they were her own pets. Mary's pets include: Oomi, Suhka, Barley, Baby, Ari, Galahad, Betty, Willow, Hope, Trever, 7 axolotyls and 2 oscars Sherlock and Holmes.
Kristy became a member of our technician team in May of 2021. She has worked in the field of veterinary medicine since 2002 and brings a lot of knowledge and experience to our clinic. She has one daughter-Holly, one dog-Cupcake and one cat-Tux. Kristy enjoys hiking with Cupcake, fishing, being outdoors and spending time with Holly in her time off.
Emily has been working at Bellefonte Animal Clinic since May of 2020. She was part of our animal care team and is now one of our receptionists. She loves all of the animals and is a very compassionate caretaker. She is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a veterinary technician! On her days off she loves to kayak with family and friends. She also enjoys going on walks with her dogs Bentley and Marley.
Hannah joined our animal care team in May on 2023. She has several years of experience working with animals and we are happy to have her as a member of our team.
Kayla joined our team in August of 2020. She is part of our animal care team. She is a very dedicated worker and loves the animals as if they were her own.