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Meet Our Team

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APPOINTMENT
MJ Wixsom

MJ Wixsom

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. MJ Wixsom moved around frequently while growing up. The one constant was her family dog—she and Ike were practically inseparable. Her early experiences with animals made one thing quite clear: she would love to help foster the special bonds between pets and owners by becoming a veterinary professional! Dr. Wixsom is able to do just that every day as the owner and chief veterinarian here at Guardian Animal Medical Center.

Before entering the veterinary field, Dr. Wixsom spent four years as a member of the United States Coast Guard and was even in the first female graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy. After a knee injury sidelined her career at sea, she decided to return to her childhood passion: animal care. Dr. Wixsom went back to school during her last tour of duty to receive a second Bachelor’s degree in biology and then headed off to veterinary school to earn her Doctorate.

Dr. Wixsom volunteered and then worked for a local mixed-animal practice during her veterinary studies, and also earned a Master’s degree in veterinary parasitology to become the first student at her university to earn dual degrees during veterinary school. She came to eastern Kentucky for an externship during her senior year, and it wasn’t long before she was determined to open her very own clinic to serve the pets and people of the Flatwoods area, and she’s been here ever since.

Dr. Wixsom is a believer in state-of-the-art progressive medicine and surgery, and loves to learn about new techniques whenever possible; she makes a commitment to attend over 40 hours of continuing education courses per year. She’s also passionate about client education and loves to mentor her staff members to help them grow in their own personal veterinary journeys.

Along with her husband, Matt, and their daughter, M’Kinzy, Dr. Wixsom shares her life with a menagerie of pets. They have three Labrador retrievers—Whiskey, Tango, and Ryker—as well as a Malanois named Crash and three cats who go by Jarvis, Tigre, and Parker. The animal portion of the family is rounded out by two Amazon parrots, 17-year-old water turtles, chickens, pheasants, guineas, and bees!

When she has a spare moment between family life and her duties here at the hospital, Dr. Wixsom loves to spend time outdoors and has gone rock climbing, kayaking, motorcycle riding, back-country camping, snorkeling, and scuba diving. She also likes crafting and working with her Girl Scout troop. Most of all, though, Dr. Wixsom enjoys reading and writing. She will typically read anywhere between five and 20 books a month, and she’s published four books of her own.

Erika

Erika

Practice Manger

Erika is Originally from Greenup, Kentucky and has been a member of the Guardian Animal Medical Center team since 2018. In addition to her duties as Practice Manager, she often helps out with Technician tasks, kennel work, and even some grooming tasks. Erika’s favorite part of her job is educating the area’s pet owners on how to best tend to their four-legged friends’ needs. Erika’s interest in this job started with her passion for animals. Erika has owned animals for as long as she can remember.

Erika’s current pets include Ember (the rescue from our Facebook page), Jax, Rosie, and and Remi and Gemma. All of Erika’s hard work and dedication to helping make animal lives better sparked from treating each animal as if it were her own.

When Erika is not at work she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and daughter. She has a love for outdoor adventures and enjoys hiking and riding rzr’s.

Drake

Drake

Patient Care Representative / Pre-vet Student.

Bio coming soon!

Katie

Katie

Veterinary Student

Bio coming soon!

Mary Lara

Mary Lara

Kennel Lead

Mary Lara has been with the Guardian Animal team since 2020. Mary Lara came to our team as a current client wanting to help give back to our team. Mary Lara’s favorite part about her job is getting to learn about and care for a variety of animals hands on. Mary Lara plans to go into animal care and conservation and says this job is a perfect introduction.

When Mary Lara is not working she enjoys reading, crocheting, hiking, and being a part of the Girl Scouts community. Mary Lara is always looking for a way to help here with the clinic and out in the community.

Mary Lara has a love for our adoption cats at Guardian Animal and enjoys spending time with them while they await their forever homes. The love she has for those cats started with her own. Mary Lara has four cats at home ( Pitch, Inkpot, Barry, and Selena), last but not least her most recent adoption is Indy, her dog.

Brian

Brian

Kennel Assistant

Brian grew up with a beagle, Sam, who was his constant companion. He learned very early on in life the true value of our animal friends! Brian has always wanted to give something back, and he’s able to do just that as a member of the Guardian Animal Medical Center family.
Brian is originally from Russell, Kentucky and began here at the hospital in 2008. He serves as a Kennel Assistant, and his favorite part of the job is the variety of animals that he gets to interact with on a daily basis. Every shift is full of surprises!

Outside of work, Brian is a car enthusiast and enjoys working on his vehicles whenever he gets the chance. He also likes playing video games and spending time at home with his family and his dog, Max, a rescue that Brian brought home after he received treatment here at the hospital

Katie AKA K2

Katie AKA K2

Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Bay

Bay

Kennel Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Cindi

Cindi

Client Service Representative

Bio coming soon!

Brynn

Brynn

Bio coming soon!
Merry

Merry

Bio coming soon!

Catie AKA K3

Catie AKA K3

Bio coming soon!

We’ll be there when you need us.

Our Location

918 Bellefonte Road
Flatwoods, KY 41139
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Our Hours

Mon, Tues, Fri: 8:00AM – 6:00 PM
Wed: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Thur: 8:00AM – 7:00PM
Sat: 8:00AM – 12:00PM
We will be closed on some Saturdays. Please contact us to confirm our hours.

Contact Information

Call/Text: 606-928-6566
E: GuardianAppt@gmail.com
Tri State Animal ER: 304-453-5700

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