Meet the highly trained and experienced animal lovers who comprise the Hidden Valley Animal Hospital Team.
Dr. Mel Falk, DVM
Dr. Mel Falk, the practice owner, founded Hidden Valley Animal Hospital in 1993 as the culmination of a life-long dream. Ever since Dr. Falk was a boy growing up on a farm near a small Kansas town of Alta Vista, he had dreamed of being a veterinarian and opening his own facility. After graduating from Kansas State University in 1974 with a degree in veterinary medicine, he soon found his way to the Independence area, where he worked as a small animal practitioner for a number of years before making his dream a reality. During this time, he thoroughly researched the latest in hospital designs and learned many lessons that would help Hidden Valley Hospital become the outstanding facility it is today, in design, clinical practice, and loving family atmosphere.
In addition to being a dedicated veterinarian, Dr. Falk is an active member of Timothy Lutheran Church, and has served as vice Chairperson of the congregation. Dr. Falk is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Veterinarians, the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Falk has been married to Koko for more than 30 years, and they have four sons, two grandsons and six granddaughters.
Dr. Logan graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She worked at a shelter and in a small animal private practice in Louisiana until March of 2017 when she and her family moved to Lee’s Summit, Missouri in May 2017. Shortly after, she started working at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital. Dr. Logan’s interests are dermatology and internal medicine. She lives with her husband Joe and 4-year-old son Liam. They love hiking and being outdoors whenever the weather permits.
Dr. Huelsman Graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. He then worked in a companion animal practice in Boston, MA for 1 year before moving to a mixed animal practice in Atchison, KS for 2 years. He joined our team in June of 2018 and quickly became one of the Hidden Valley Family. He prides himself in keeping current and practicing the most effective medicine. In his free time, He enjoys spending time in the outdoors running, biking, kayaking, or hanging out with his 2 cats, fiancé (soon to be wife in 2019), family and friends.
Bobbi has been a registered technician since 2013. Originally from Nebraska, she moved to Kansas City after she was accepted into the Maple Woods Veterinary Technology program. Her favorite part of her job is how well we work as a team to provide your pet with the best care possible.
When she’s not at the clinic, you can find her at home taking care of her own menagerie, which includes her husband, dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and peacocks. She also enjoys trying new recipes, crafting, and watching true crime documentaries.
Katie graduated in 2011 from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, CO. She worked at VCA Alameda East for 4 years in Emergency and Critical Care. In 2016, Katie and her husband, Chris moved to Missouri to be closer to family. She worked at Blue Pearl in Emergency and ICU before joining Hidden Valley in March 2017. In her free time, Katie is an avid reader, professional couch potato, sometimes gamer, and ameteur knitter, all with the help of her horde of 3 emotional dependent dogs, Havoc, Anarchy, and Motley and 7 mostly neurologic cats, Riot, Pandemonium, Mutiny, Mayhem, Fury, Nemesis, and Rampage.
Lucy graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2004. She lived and worked in Colorado for 13 years before moving to the “Show me State” with her Husband and Daughter. In the realm of veterinary medicine, quality of care is of up most importance to her, and she strives to not only continue to better herself, but also the rest of our staff.
Heather, Veterinary Assistant
Heather is a proud wife, and mother of three children, and three dogs. When not at work caring for our patients and clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children (and furry children) in the great outdoors, or playing bingo. At work, she prides herself in establishing relations with you as the client, and your pet as the patient by employing fear free techniques during appointments.
Jackie, CSR & Veterinary Assistant
Jackie Joined the Hidden Valley team in 2016 as a Pet Care attendant and quickly learned how to do a multitude of positions throughout the hospital. Jackie is a loving wife and mother to two daughters, Reagan and Kennedy. She is also the proud owner of 2 dogs, 2 snakes, and a brand new kitten. She loves to paint, bake and go hiking. Jackie has traveled extensively around the US with her Military Husband.
Bailey, Veterinary Assistant
Bailey moved to Missouri from California with her husband Don, 3 years ago. She previously worked in a 3 hospital practice for over 10 years as a receptionist and vet assistant. She is currently attending MCC Maplewood’s Veterinary Technology program to become a registered veterinary technician in the summer of 2020. She is a mom to her 2 foster children,4 dogs, 2 cats, and over 20 chickens and guinea fowl.
Kyla, Pet Care
Kyla is originally from Wisconsin. She moved to Missouri when she was ten years old with her parents and younger brother. She is currently enrolled at Metropolitan Community college to earn her Veterinary Technician degree. She has been with Hidden Valley since July of 2017. She wishes to provide the best care for all animals who come through the clinic. Kyla’s interests include taekwondo, spending time with her family, boyfriend, and friends and being the best “dog mom” to her two dachshunds.
Jessica, Pet Care
Jessica started working in pet are in May 2018. She takes pride in working with clients and patients to ensure comfort, care, and a happy stay for all of our boarders. Her favorite tasks at Hidden Valley are assisting the techs and doctors, and spending one on one time with all of our patients. She is the middle child of 7 and has 5 pets she loves dearly: two german shepherds (Koda and Sydka) a shih tzu-Maltese (Chewee) and two cats (Ariel and Prince Olaf Joseppi ). She currently lives at home while attending metropolitan community college working towards a veterinary technician degree. She hopes to work with both large and domestic animals. In her free time, she enjoys Cat naps with Olaf, outside activities (when it’s warm), and being with friends & family.
Lauren, Pet Care
Lauren joined the Hidden Valley team in September of 2018. She joined the pet industry because of her love and passion for animals. She plans on staying in the animal industry as long as she can. She is the proud owner of her crazy pup, Savage. In her free time outside of work she spends her time hanging out with her coworkers, spending time with her pup, and getting tattoos.
Sarah, Assistant Hospital Manager
Sarah Joined the Hidden Valley team in 2017 with extensive Customer Service and Management experience. Her love for animals drew her to the veterinary field and she quickly became an integral part of the team. Sarah is the proud owner of 4 dogs and a dedicated care giver to her neighbor cat. In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling to Colorado and Mexico with her amazing husband of 20+ years.
Here is Janet, our CSR, and her pet Rosie, who was adopted here at Hidden Valley Animal Hospital. Janet is a mom to a daughter and twin boys, and a first time grandma to her favorite granddaughter Charlotte!