Meet Our Team

Dr. Brandy Doggett

Veterinarian / Owner

Dr. Doggett has been the owner of Striegel Animal Hospital since October of 2014. Her journey to Carbondale has been a long one. She was brought up in a Navy family and knew that military service was in her future from a very young age. She joined the Navy after graduating from high school, and soon began her first career as an Aviation Electronics technician. After 9 years she knew it was time to pursue her other dream, Veterinary Medicine. After being honorably discharged from the Navy she moved to Knoxville Tennessee to help her family, and begin her long and rewarding journey into Veterinary Medicine. For Dr. Doggett, this was just another way she could live a life of service, while at the same time living her dream.

As of now, her local family consists of 4 dogs, 5 cats, and 2 goats. She plans to add some chickens to the clan soon! She was able to accomplish her dream of having an underwater treadmill at Striegel Animal Hospital and being able to offer physical rehabilitation for her patients. She loves helping her patients, and the pets of the community, by providing the highest quality of care for pets with mobility issues such as those recovering from surgery (especially back surgery or orthopedic surgery), needing weight loss, and older pets that are suffering from arthritis. By giving back to the pets, she feels that she is in some small way, returning the unconditional love that they give to all of us.

Dr. Nicole Cressey


Dr. Cressey has been practicing veterinary medicine for nearly a decade. Her career has been varied ranging from being a swine only veterinarian to working in mixed animal practices in Southern Illinois and Wyoming. Dr. Cressey’s last practice was AAHA accredited like Striegel Animal Hospital where she cared for mainly dogs and cats with a handful of exotic and large animal patients.

One of Dr. Cressey’s favorite parts of veterinary medicine is preventative care. She enjoys creating lifelong wellness plans that include vaccinations, nutrition, dental health, and monitoring of your pet’s wellbeing. She also enjoys the bonds created between herself, clients, and their pets when getting to care for them over the course of several years. She has a soft spot for large breed dogs (the St. Bernard especially) and pigs but is willing and able to see a variety of creatures.

Dr. Cressey and her husband reside in southern Illinois with their two dogs and two children. Their hope is to be able to build on family  farmland and create a small self-sustaining farm with hogs and cattle to pass along to their children.

Dr. Emi Hayashi


Dr. Emi Hayashi is an associate veterinarian. She moved to Southern Illinois when her husband accepted a tenure track position at SIU. Dr. Emi dreamed about being a veterinarian from the time she was 4 and got her first puppy, a Chow-German Shepherd mix named Ntasha. (She did try to name the dog Peter.) She loves the application of science and the treasure of the human-animal bond, which makes being a veterinarian the perfect calling. Dr. Hayashi is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University (Class of 2005). She has completed a small animal medicine/surgery internship at the California Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, and a neurology/neurosurgery internship at the Center for Veterinary Specialty Care in Carrollton, Texas. Her veterinary passions include neurology, clinical research, teaching/mentoring, and science communication. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Physiology at SIU studying animal models of traumatic brain injury. She loves learning and now has a cumulative 16 years of college and post-doctoral training in her repertoire. Dr. Emi lives with her amazing husband and best friend Logan, an associate professor at SIU. She also shares her home with the Grand Duchess Illinois Alexandria (“Pooga” – long story, don’t ask) and Court Jester Vermont Paige (“Paigey-Poops). Her amazing extended family lives in Richmond, Virginia; New York City; and Cincinnati, Ohio. She is blessed to be able to work a few hours a week at Striegel Animal Hospital. The clinic cats help lower her blood pressure and she loves the Fear Free and AAHA certifications that are a first and only in Southern Illinois. She is honored to work with the technicians, receptionists, and staff that make it a fun and relaxing place to work. Her personal interests are varied but include yoga, kitty snuggles, curling up with a good book, Dr. Who, the works of Joss Whedon, and eating delicious foods. She dreams about being on the TED talk stage one day, celebrating over 50 years of marriage to Logan, and having Pooga be the first cat to live to 100.


Carla D

Practice Manager

Carla graduated from Western Governors University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in Business Management. While her career before coming to Striegel was mainly focused in IT Management, she is excited to put her business management degree to use serving Carbondale and the surrounding communities as part of the amazing team at Striegel.

In Carla’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her wife doing home improvement projects, building furniture, listening to audio books and seeing movies at the theater. Carla shares her home with multiple cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes, but she will always have soft spot for any dog that is a pit mix.

Debbie M

Office Manager

Debbie is the Office Manager at Striegel Animal Hospital. She previously worked at DuQuoin Vet Clinic for Dr. Bates, working with large and small animals. Debbie came to Striegel March of 1996 as a receptionist and in 2014 she became the Office Manager.

In Debbie’s spare time she loves to work on her 1980’s RV, going out on the lake, going on jeep runs, hanging out by the pool, traveling to FL with her friends and family and reading. Her family consists of her husband Charlie, 1 turtle Turtle man, 3 cats: Cuddles, Leo & Teddy.

Madyson R

Veterinary Receptionist

Madyson is a Southern Illinois native and lifelong animal lover. She has been involved in animal welfare as a volunteer transporter and shelter worker since 2013. She joined the team at Striegel as a receptionist in November of 2017. When not greeting clients and their pets at Striegel, Madyson loves the outdoors, crafting, and spending time with her partner Evan, their dog Rembrandt and 3 cats, O’Malley, Turner and Rudy.

Rebecca A

Veterinary Receptionist / Kennel Assistant

Rebecca has loved animals for as long as she can remember. She joined Striegel’s team in August of 2018, and loves being able to greet every client and pet with a cheery smile.

Her own pets, cat Delilah, and dogs Saige and Shilo, keep her on her toes. She is currently attending Southern Illinois University, and after college hopes to work in human rehabilitation using animals as a therapeutic tool.

Crystal M

Veterinary Receptionist

Crystal is an Illinois native, born and raised in Peoria. She spent 13.5 years in the Air Force and now is currently attending SIU, majoring in Paralegal Studies with a pre-law specialization. In her spare time, she enjoys working on jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, taking pictures, and traveling. Crystal has visited 21 countries and 45 states. Her goal is to get to all 50….and a few more countries.

Her dog Chewie and cat Clumsy keep her pretty busy as well. After graduation, she plans to attend law school, with animal rights being one of her areas of study.


Official Face Licker

Ford is our official face licker and Debbie’s personal butt warmer.  Rarely seen outside of the chair she so graciously shares with Debbie-mom, she can sometimes be seen and heard begging to be lasered.  If you’ve ever needed convincing that laser therapy works, just ask Ford, who has bilateral hip dysplasia. Our oldest feline resident, she doesn’t let her age or condition slow her down one bit- as evidenced by the times she gets the “zoomies” and runs the length of the building in a wild tizzy.  Besides enjoying laser therapy and licking faces, Ford also loves chewing on paper, and is string cheese and cat nip obsessed!


Scaredy Cat

Beetlejuice is our resident 3-legged scaredy cat. He was brought to us by a client as a stray she had found in a very sad condition.  He clearly had a very rough start to life and so is rightfully extra cautious. Beetle however LOVES CATS and so has been coming out of his shell with the help of his best friend, “emotional support animal,” and sometimes Striegel resident, Banshee.  You may see him stalking the halls around lunch time or watching the birds from his lobby tower, avoiding most people at all cost. He’s just a shy guy so don’t take it personally 😉



Piper on the other hand is our resident greeter who can’t get enough attention. She can usually be found in her window seat, snoozing in reception, or waiting eagerly on the counter to beg clients for pets. Be careful with any open bags or purses as she will try to climb in and go home with you.  If you’re allergic to cats, she knows it and will be ever persistent in swishing her tail in your face. She’s a lover with no respect for personal boundaries.


Trouble Maker

Walnut knows no boundaries when it comes to food. He’s even been known to steal  employees’ whole lunches. A former IAMS food tester he was likely fired for being too indiscriminate.  If you want to see Walnut just rustle a treat bag or drop a single kibble on the floor and he will come running.  He has volunteered as one half of our “clean-up crew” and so can usually be seen waiting outside of exam rooms to take care of any leftover peanut butter or cat food.  Or sometimes even in exam rooms inspecting the garbage for any edibles. Ornery but lovable, that’s our Walnut.


Gentleman of Leisure

Palmer is the other half of our “clean-up crew.”  Though a more distinguished mooch than Walnut, Palmer is also highly food motivated and has been known to tip a trashcan or two. He is a gentle soul who keeps to himself most of the time except for when on the job, which he takes very seriously. He and Walnut often act as unofficial paper weights on the lab counter.  Palmer enjoys the finer things in life, like head scratches, belly rubs, cat nip, and sleeping in oversized dog beds. He is a true senior gentleman.

Michelle R

Certified Veterinary Technician / Personnel Manager

Michelle graduated in 2001 from Murray State University with a bachelor in science. She went on  to gain her certification as a veterinary technician and began her career in the field as an emergency vet tech in Louisville, KY. In 2003 she and her husband Eric, moved to southern Illinois where Michelle continued work as a technician, joining the Striegel team from 2009-2011. In 2009 Michelle began pursuing a nursing degree from John A. Logan college and went to work as an LPN from 2011-2015. Although this new career path was a wonderful experience, Michelle never stopped missing working with animals, and in 2015 when the opportunity to rejoin the Striegel team arose, she jumped on it! In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with her family: husband Eric, kids Helen and Lucas, and furred family members Penny the golden retriever, and kitties, Luna, and Marshmellow.

Betsy W

Certified Veterinary Technician

Betsy graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis in December of 2009. Having a deep love for animals, Betsy worked as an animal caretaker and also as a veterinary assistant at two different facilities in the area while attending school.

After graduating, she moved to southern Illinois with husband Matt, so that he could attend SIU for forestry. From there Betsy became a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been at Striegel Animal Hospital since April of 2010. Betsy and Matt fell in love with southern Illinois and so bought a house in Cobden and are enjoying country living. When not working, Betsy loves spending time outside and with friends going to music festivals, hiking, camping and canoeing. She also enjoys sewing and spending time with husband Matt, puggle Willis, and kitty Junebug.

Tiana D.

Certified Veterinary Technician / Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner

Tiana is currently working towards her Zoology degree at SIU. She worked under a board certified veterinary behaviorist for three years prior to moving to Carbondale. She specializes in companion animal behavior and works maintain the human animal bond. Her favorite animal is the giraffe and she hopes to continue research in behavior ecology in the future. When she is not working or at school, she spends her free time helping her daughter with homework and to improve her tennis techniques. GO TERRIERS!

Jessica C

Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Assistant

Jessica joined the team at Striegel Animal Hospital in January 2018. She started as a kennel caregiver and after a couple of months she became a vet assistant. She enjoys working at Striegel because of the team’s deep love and compassion for animals. Jessica shares her home with her husband, Carlos and her 4 rescue animals Luna, Keela, Sylvia and Cleo.

In her down time Jessica loves spending time with her fur babies and husband. She enjoys going on hikes, taking her pups to the lake, and vegging out at home.