Our Team


Dr. Emily Leonard

Dr. Leonard started practicing veterinary medicine in 1999 after graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. Her veterinary career started in Upstate New York practicing companion animal, large animal, and emergency medicine. She and her 2 girls, Brooke and Lily, moved back to her hometown of St. Louis in 2009. In St. Louis she worked at Veterinary Specialty Services in the emergency and critical care department as well as in a private practice for companion animals in Manchester. Dr. Leonard always admired Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital founded by Dr. Christine Simcik. In July 2014 Dr. Simcik contacted Dr. Leonard with tears in her eyes and said she was ready to retire and felt the Leonard family would continue the practice with each individual patients best interest at heart.


Dr. Michelle Nack

Dr. Michelle Nack has been in private practice since she graduated in 1997 from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.  She started her career in Joplin, MO, then later moved to Glen Carbon, IL and practiced for a few years there.  Since 2004 she has been in practice in St Peters MO.  Her special interests include ophthalmology, nutrition, and helping families navigate the difficult end-of-life decisions.

Michelle met her husband, Bob Nack,  in vet school and they have been married since just before graduation.  They have FOUR boys: Will, Sam, Max, and Benji, all ALMOST out of the house and off on their own. Her husband Bob also practices in the St Louis area.

They also share their home (currently) with four demanding cat children: Jack, Moe, and the sisters Gwen and Annie.

Dr. Nack has been working on/off at CHVH for the last 2 years and is THRILLED to be able to join this wonderful team!!


Pam Eder, Office Manager

Pam lives in Fenton with her husband Skip and her 6 rescue dogs/cats…Ralphie, Evee, Penny, Karl, Simon & Glenn.

She has always had multiple pets and animals have always been her passion. She started working in the veterinary field in 2012 and immediately fell in love with being in the animal care environment.

When she’s not working at CHVH she is helping to rescue animals and volunteers with several local rescue organizations, works with her husband in real estate, kayaking, gardening, and spending time with her 2 adult sons.


Avery Rogers, Registered Veterinary Nurse & Hospital Manager

Avery Rogers is a Registered Veterinary Nurse who has been employed in the veterinary medical industry throughout the St. Louis area since February of 2008. Upon graduating from Sanford-Brown College – Fenton in 2009, she has worked in private companion animal medicine, emergency medicine, and most recently shelter medicine.

Her interests include anesthesia/surgery, dentistry, and radiology. In the summer of 2017, Avery volunteered at the St. Louis Zoo Veterinary Hospital and assisted the nurses there with procedures on a wide variety of species.

Avery lives with her husband Dave and daughter, Twila. She has a sassy tortoishell named Dee and an English Bulldog, Chuy – the sweetest girl in the world. In her spare time, Avery loves to collect bones, read books, and tend to her growing collection of indoor plants.
Avery is excited to be a part of Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital and strives to deliver compassionate and progressive veterinary medical care to the entire community.

Cricket, Reception (aka Donna Riehlman)

Cricket has always had a passion for animals and while growing up brought home strays with the hopes of keeping all of them. She was born and raised in Kentucky and became active in creating a local SPCA. Through determination and hard work, their group was able to raise the funds to build a much needed animal shelter. In 1981 she moved to St. Louis with her family, worked in a local insurance agency for 30 years and is now happy to be working as a receptionist at Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital.


Brooke Leonard, Veterinary Assistant/Reception

Brooke is one of Dr. Leonard’s daughters. She currently attends The Fulton School. Brooke works as a receptionist as well as a vet assistant.  Outside of work, she practices basketball, and volleyball. Brooke is looking forward to meeting new clients and patients at Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital!


Lily Leonard, Reception

Lily was born in Upstate New York on November 30, 2007. She is another daughter of Dr. Leonard’s. Now she lives in St. Louis and attends school at The Fulton School at Saint Albans. Lily is a receptionist at Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital and can’t wait to meet new dogs and cats!


Sarah Saak, Receptionist

Sarah was born in St. Charles, MO but started moving around the country when she was only 3. Her passions growing up were playing sports and working with animals. She volunteered at local vet offices and humane societies. In 2005, at the age of 19, she started working at a veterinarian’s office in Texas. She moved back to MO in 2010 where she continued working in the vet field. She started with us

in 2021. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from St. Louis Community College. She is happily married, has one young son, and one young, big Great Dane. In her spare time, she enjoys attending rugby games with her husband, going to the movies, and she loves to read.
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