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Veterinary Team

Rick Schrock, DVM

Dr. Rick Schrock has been treating patients at Three Trails Animal Hospital since 1986. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Missouri in 1984, and he specializes in surgery and reptile medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), ​the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association (KCVMA). Growing up on a farm, Dr. Schrock always enjoyed when the local veterinarian came to visit the animals. Watching the vet interact and treat the animals inspired Dr. Schrock to pursue veterinary medicine.  
 
One of Dr. Schrock’s favorite parts about being a veterinarian is building relationships with clients and their pets. He enjoys finding solutions on difficult cases and loves witnessing the joy this brings to both pets and their owners.  
 
Dr. Schrock has lived and worked in Independence, MO for over 30 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, five grandchildren, and three dogs. In his spare time he plays softball, reads, hunts, and loves to work outside on his property. A fun fact about Dr. Schrock is that he plays piano for his church, and also teaches Sunday school.  

Cheri Appling, DVM

Dr. Cheri Appling is an Associate Veterinarian at Three Trails Animal Hospital. She attended Truman State University for her undergraduate degree, and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Missouri in 2003. Dr. Appling has been working at Three Trails since 2004 and her area of professional interest is internal medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and​the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA).
 
Dr. Appling is originally from Kearney, MO. She currently lives with her husband, two boys, and Triscut, a Labrador Retriever, in Liberty, MO. She has a love for sweet barn cats and Labrador Retrievers. In her spare time, Dr. Appling loves hiking, reading, baking, and being outdoors. A fun fact about Dr. Appling is that she briefly went to culinary school and loves trying out new foods and restaurants. 

Emily Shearhart, DVM

Dr. Emily Shearhart is an Associate Veterinarian at Three Trails Animal Hospital. She graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Dr. Shearhart has worked at Three Trails Animal Hospital since 2008 and joined the team as a veterinarian in 2016. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and ​the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). 
 
Dr. Shearhart enjoys being a veterinarian because she loves learning all there is to know about veterinary medicine, science, and problem solving. Dr. Shearhart specializes in wound management, ophthalmology, and internal medicine.  
 
She currently lives in Kansas City, MO, and enjoys spending time with her family and three bad dachshunds.  

Sheryl Hemmer, DVM

Dr. Sheryl Hemmer is an Associate Veterinarian at Three Trails Animal Hospital. She attended Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2017. Her clinical training and internships included working at the Des Moines Shelter, Humane Alliance, and the Nebraska Humane Society. Her areas of professional interest include soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, and feline medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
 
Dr. Hemmer was inspired to become a veterinarian after volunteering at the Nebraska Humane Society where she walked dogs and made surgery packs. As a veterinarian, she loves that she’s making a difference in both pets and pet owners lives.
 
Originally from Humphrey, NE, Dr. Hemmer currently lives in Raytown, MO with her husband, two dogs, four cats, and one cornsnake. When she’s not practicing high-quality veterinary medicine, Dr. Hemmer enjoys playing volleyball, knitting, traveling, and attending concerts. A fun fact about Dr. Hemmer is that she is a world traveler and once backpacked through Europe! 

Vicki Moore, RVT, Office Manager

Vicki has been at Three Trails since 1996 and a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2000. She is a graduate of MCC-Maple Woods and enjoys spending her life on the farm with her horses, goats, chickens, and numerous dogs and cats.

Amby, RVT

Amby has been an employee at Three Trails since 1994 and a Registered Veterinary Technician since 1995. She is a graduate of MCC-Maple Woods and has her hands full with her brindle Mastiff, Otis, Terrier Mix, Keeper, and Mastiff Mix puppy, Ramsey. 

Megan, RVT

Megan has been at Three Trails since 2005 and a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2007. She is a graduate of MCC-Maple Woods and has filled her home with rescue dogs! Frank is a Mastiff and Daisy is a scruffy Shih-Tzu mix. 

Jana, RVT

Jana has been employed at Three Trails in 1997 and has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 1999. She is a graduate of MCC-Maple Woods and is a proud mom of three boys. She shares her home with her husband, her boys, and two Rottie pups, Hedwig and Petra. 

Katie, RVT

Katie has been with us at Three Trails since 2017. She moved to Missouri with her two young boys, and her house stays busy with several cats and a Terrier mix names Riley. She enjoys exploring the spiritual side of life and she offers hypnosis classes as well as meditation and massage.

Johanna, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

Johanna has been an employee at Three Trails since 2004. She likes to spend her time at home with her two and four-legged kids. She shares her home with two Lab mixes, Sophie and Cash, a Bulldog mix, Josie, and two furry cat friends, Remington and Munchie.

Lindsey, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Lindsey has been an employee at Three Trails since 2012. She currently works in both our boarding area and exam rooms. She has a German Shepherd, Rhea, a Chow mix, Luna, and is the proud new owner of a horse!

Brittany, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Brittany joined the Three Trails team in 2018 and shares her home with her young children, a German Shepherd, Leo, and a Lab mix, Cash. Outside of the hospital she enjoys rollerskating and outdoor activities. 

Makayla, Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Bio coming soon.

Ann, Veterinary Assistant

Ann has been at Three Trails since 2009. She graduated with an online veterinary assistance degree from ABC and works in both our boarding area and in our exam rooms. She shares her home with two Labrador Retrievers, Mona and Missy, a Lab puppy, Chip, and a Mastiff mix, Takoda.

Kayla, Veterinary Assistant

Kayla has been at Three Trails since 2011. She works in our boarding area as well as our exam rooms. She has a furry family at home that includes a rescued Chihuahua, Howie, a Pitbull, Pig, a Lab mix, Chevy, and their feline sidekicks, Auto and Bubbles. She also enjoys owning horses.

Tristan, Veterinary Assistant

Tristian has been with us at Three Trails since 2017 and is currently working towards her college degree. She shares her home with a Chow Chow, Petra, and two grey cats, Smoke and Mr. Grumbles. She enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with her friends in her spare time.

Brooke, Receptionist

Brooke joined the Three Trails team in February 2019. She stays busy with her two children and three Catahoula dogs, Bleu, Rouxe, and Cash. 

Melanie, Groomer

Melanie is a former groomer at Three Trails who rejoined the team in 2018. Her husband and stepdaughter are originally from Haiti, and she has a little girl who keeps her busy! Her dog Cora even made the return trip from Haiti with her as a puppy. 

Jennifer, Groomer

Jennifer joined the Three Trails team in 2019 and has over 20 years of grooming experience, including experience with show dogs. She currently resides in Independence with her daughter.

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