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.
Rachel Bushdiecker, Veterinary Nurse
Rachel graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College. She grew up in St. Charles with a huge passion for all animals and wanting to be the voice for those who do not have a voice of their own. She has 2 Catahoula Leopard Hounds names Leo and Rocko that she rescued as puppies. Rachel’s first dog, Lady (a Golden Retriever), is one of the main reasons she decided to become a veterinary nurse. Before joining the staff at Cherry Hills, Rachel interned at Elm Point Animal Hospital and worked at the Humane Society. Her hobbies include singing and playing the piano or guitar.
Destinie Jones, Veterinary Assistant
Destinie is currently one of our hospital’s Veterinary Assistants. However, she started her journey with Cherry Hills in the summer of 2016 as an intern. Destinie also is an alumna of Eureka High School and is a student at Maryville University. There she plans on following her passion for Veterinary medicine to one day become a Veterinarian. Destinie has always had a love for animals and is excited for what the future holds.
Destinie currently has two dogs, Max (yellow Labrador Retriever) and Roxie (Shih Tzu Poodle mix. Also, she has a cat, Shadow (Domestic Shorthair), and a beta fish named Cosmo. Destinie hopes that one day she can add on to her animal family but for now she enjoys giving out plenty of hugs, kisses, and good belly rubs.
Taylor Krupp, Veterinary Assistant
Taylor has been a member of the Cherry Hills staff since January of 2016. She is currently studying Biology at Maryville University of St. Louis and plans to graduate in May of 2018. Taylor has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered at numerous local animal rescues as a kennel cleaner, adoption event leader, foster mom, and veterinary assistant. Taylor’s dog, Dakota, is actually a “foster fail”- she was just too special to adopt out to anyone else. Dakota is a Collie mix who can be referred to as “Perfection” by some! Dakota and Taylor enjoy walking in local parks, having playdates with Dakota’s littermates and neighbors, and playing fetch with tennis balls.
Lauren Jones, Veterinary Assistant
Lauren recently joined as a veterinary assistant! Before, she worked as a preschool teacher and nanny. Upon realizing that working with kids is not what she wanted to do, she soon found her passion lies with animals. She currently has three dogs, one cat but would LOVE to give every homeless animal a loving place to live.
Holly Luechauer, Office Manager/Reception
Holly graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in December 2007 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and was married to her husband, Nathan, in June of 2008. After about 4 years of teaching in various settings, she realized that it wasn’t her true passion. The next 3 years was full of new experiences as she followed her husband around the country during his career with the United States Air Force.
She has always been an animal lover and has two Yorkshire terriers, Bentley and Caroline, who are her fur babies! She decided to make a career change and started working at a veterinary hospital in Memphis, TN, as a receptionist. She quickly realized this was the career for her.
Holly has a certification in Canine Assisted Therapy from the Animal Behavior Institute in North Carolina. She is currently an active member of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She and Bentley go on visits to many different hospitals, nursing homes, libraries and schools to be companions for children and adults who need some extra love and encouragement.
She came to Missouri in December of 2016 due to her husband’s job transfer, and she instantly began looking for a job in the veterinary field. Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital was the perfect match!
She loves to kayak and take advantage of all that nature has to offer with her husband and friends.
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. Brooke is a pet sitter and boarder. She moved here in 2009 from Upstate New York and drove with her family of 12 (four of them had 2 feet, one with wings, and 5 barked while 2 meowed)! She and her family have lived here ever since. She currently attends The Fulton School at St. Albans. Animals are a big interest for Brooke and that is why she loves the opportunity to work at Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital. Brooke works up front in the lobby as well as in the treatment area. She takes care of simple tasks like checking clients and patients in as well as checking them out.
In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, reading, playing the guitar, and singing. One of her biggest companions is a black Standard Poodle named Bonnie. Bonnie lives with Brooke and her family along with three others, Moon, Fig, and Rosie. Brooke is looking forward to meeting new clients and patients at Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital!
Lily Leonard, Puppy and Kitten Caretaker
Lily loves animals because they are amazing.
Lily was born in Upstate New York on November 30, 2007. She is another daughter of Dr. Leonard’s. Lily has 4 dogs, 2 cats, a goat, chickens and a pond. One of her dogs is named Fig, another one is Rosie, and then there is Bonnie, and last but not least Moonie. Moon is a Great Dane. The name of her cats are Billy Leo and Purr Purr. Now she lives in St. Louis and attends school at The Fulton School at Saint Albans. Buttercup Billy is the name of her goat. Her chickens don’t have names and if they did, she wouldn’t have been able to keep track. (written by Lily)
Lily loves to play and be with their animals and kittens, she also loves drawing. Lily is also a greeter at Cherry Hills Veterinary Hospital and can’t wait to meet new puppies and kitties!