Dr. Justin Bricker, Veterinarian

Dr. Bricker has been a part of the Pipe Creek Animal Clinic family since 2000.  He started working for Dr. Pearson while in high school.  After graduating from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 he returned as a full time veterinarian. In January 2016 Dr. Bricker purchased the clinic.

Dr. Bricker and his wife Heather make their home in Amboy with their 3 children. They have a sheltie named Oliver and a cat named Scooter.  Dr. Bricker enjoys hunting, fishing, farming and gardening.

“I love the constant variety of my profession. Each day brings new patients and cases to stimulate my mind.”


Dr. Ben Schmitt, Veterinarian

Dr. Schmitt joined Pipe Creek Animal Clinic in June 2017 after graduating from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Jasper, IN, he grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm, which spurred his interest in veterinary medicine. He currently resides in Greentown, and enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, dog, and two cats.

When not at the clinic, Dr. Schmitt enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, kayaking, gardening, playing softball, and spending time outdoors. He is an avid Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Cardinals, and Purdue sports fan.

“I love the variety of cases and unknown challenges that each day brings in this profession. I continue to learn something new every day, which makes this a challenging, yet rewarding job.”


Shea Buck, Practice Manager

Shea has a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University.  Shea joined our family in January of 2007 and can be found helping out anywhere she is needed as well as handling her many duties as our Practice Manager.  Shea is always busy keeping our practice as organized as possible.

Shea is originally from Greentown and now lives in Swayzee with her husband Greg and their 4-legged children; a dog, Heifer; cats, Frank and Oreo; and three horses named Woody, Rain, and Red.

She likes to go horseback riding and make crafts when she is not working in the clinic.

“I do love my job, love getting to do something different each day.”


Lella Sadnavitch, Registered Veterinary Technician

Lella interned at Pipe Creek Animal Clinic in the summer of 2003 and received her Associates Degree from Purdue University in December of 2003.  She joined our team on January 19, 2004.  Lella says she would love to become a certified wildlife specialist in the future.

Born and raised in Marion, Lella lives in Gas City with her husband, 2 sons and stepdaughter.  They have one horse, four dogs, five cats, four bunnies, one cockatiel, three parakeets, and a bearded dragon.

Lella’s hobbies include reading, nature walks and spending time with family.  She is very involved in her children’s activities as well as her church.

“Animals have always been one of my passions. I am a firm believer in owner/client education.”


Kay Shafer,  Assistant

Kay has worked in veterinary medicine since 1972.  She became a part of our Pipe Creek Animal Clinic team in December of 1999.

Born in Pleasant Township, except for 2 years in Muncie, the Marion area has always been home to her.,

Kay has 4 grown children, 8 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  She also has a retired show horse named, Barney, 2 cats, named Twili and Fritz, that adopted her.

When Kay is not here at the practice she enjoys riding her old horse and going to shows with her daughter and her horse.  She also likes gardening vegetables and flowers, being with family and riding motorcycles.

“Veterinary medicine is so interesting because you encounter so many different challenges each day. I enjoy being a part of a team that is able to help pets, and thus also their owners to live a happier more healthy life. I am so thankful I can still do this.”


Joy Smith, Kennel Assistant

Joy joined our team in March of 2008.  She enjoys working with our patients, taking care of them and seeing them feel better.

She is originally from Marion and now lives in the Swayzee area. Joy’s family includes a Basset/Beagle mix named Molly, 3 Pitbulls named Dinky, Snapper and Brindy, a mixed breed dog named, Todd and a Lab mix named, Dalilah.  She also has 9 cats; Kiddo, Ginger, Foxy, Colt, Crybaby, Lovey, Sleepy, Spade and Tigger.

When Joy is not at Pipe Creek Animal Clinic taking care of your pets, she likes walking her dogs in the woods, playing volleyball and having cookouts.

“I like being around the animals and seeing them get better, I love all animals.”


Heather Sullivan, Veterinary Technician

Heather is a graduate of Marion High School and received her Associate’s degree from Indiana Business College in 2010. Before joining the Pipe Creek team in 2015, Heather worked for the Marion-Grant County Humane Society.

Heather lives in Marion with her three dogs and enjoys watching basketball, tv, and reading.