Meet Our Veterinarians and Support Staff
We’re proud to call Indianapolis home, where we welcome pets and people from Nora and many other areas to our practice. Together, our veterinarians have nearly 50 years of experience in the field and work closely with our small but incredibly skilled and compassionate team of technicians and assistants. At Monon Animal Hospital, we’re all passionate about helping people by caring for their pets. You can be sure we will work to provide your four-legged family members with the exceptional treatment they deserve.
Sara Rueter, DVM
In 1995, Dr. Rueter graduated from the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Indianapolis area for over 25 years and worked in Broad Ripple for close to five years. Her areas of special interest include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine cases.
Dr. Rueter’s philosophy of practicing veterinary medicine is to always be mindful that every pet is a loved member of a family, and she considers herself to be the other “family doctor.” She enjoys working with clients to develop the best possible healthcare plans for their pets.
Dr. Rueter resides on the north side of Indianapolis with her husband, Greg, (who is also a veterinarian) their three children Sam, Megan, and Ben, two cats (George and Mama Sophie), and a Golden Retriever (Josie). Outside of work, Dr. Rueter enjoys running, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Ken Simpson, DVM
Dr. Simpson graduated from Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He truly enjoys the unusual and challenging cases that are often seen in general practice and has a special interest in dermatology, dentistry, and pain management. He loves to educate and inform clients about how to improve the quality of their pets' lives. Dr. Simpson has practiced in the Broad Ripple/Nora area for over 25 years and enjoys the diversity found in this community.
Though a native of Florida, Dr. Simpson has a great affection for England, where his father grew up. He has on occasion returned to his ancestral roots by attending small animal continuing education courses overseas. Some of his favorite memories include a visit to the James Herriot Museum in Thirsk, England and seeing where his boyhood hero practiced.
Dr. Simpson, his wife Ellen, and their son Patrick share their home with a 3-legged Beagle named Lou (even though he hates that description!) and a 4-legged cat named Albert. When he isn't busy with his work or his family, he enjoys playing the guitar.
Debra K. Baird, DVM, PhD, Diplomate (ACVR)
Dr. Debra Baird is a board-certified specialist in diagnostic imaging and presently maintains a private consultation service in Indiana. From 2001 to 2012, Dr. Baird was a faculty member at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been associated with the Monon Animal Hospital since 2009. We are very fortunate to have her expertise to help assist us with our most challenging cases.
Tiffany has been the practice manager at Monon Animal Hospital since 2015 when she and her husband moved to Indianapolis. Her interest in working with animals spawned from an early age and has since led her to a 13-year career in the veterinary field. During that time, Tiffany has had the privilege of working alongside some amazing doctors and other staff, which adds to her love for the industry. She and her husband, Cory, have 2 four-legged babies. Ginger is a Beagle/Shepherd mix, and Lita (Fat Mama) is a Maine Coon mix. When not wrangling the pets, you can be sure to find Tiffany with her nose in a book.
Head Veterinary Technician
Alissa joined the Monon Animal Hospital team in 2010. She attended Purdue University where she earned a degree in Wildlife Science. Having grown up in Indianapolis with lots of pets including everything from iguanas to rabbits and horses, she always knew she wanted a career involving animals. Over the years, Alissa has worked at animal shelters and several veterinary clinics, including a couple of specialty centers. Alissa enjoys working with people who care about their animals and never minds taking that extra call or answering a question if it will help ease a client's concerns. When she isn’t working, Alissa enjoys camping with her husband Jim and their rescue dogs and letting the cat guard the house.
Lauren grew up in Indiana surrounded by horses and dogs. She graduated from the International Business College with an Associate's in Veterinary Technology in December 2009. Lauren has cared for everything from mice to horses. She currently lives in Zionsville with her dog Riata. In her free time, Lauren likes to go camping with her beloved four-legged animals. She joined Monon Animal Hospital in November 2017.
Jenna is a veterinary assistant who joined the Monon team in October of 2020. She's had dogs and cats all her life and currently is the proud mother of three perfect kitties: Winston, Bella, and Cricket. Taking care of animals has always been a joy of hers as she spent many years as a pet-sitter on the north side while working and going to school. Her biggest flaw is that while writing her medical records she will invariably describe every animal in her care as "sweet".
The blue haired girl on the team is Diana. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in April of 2016. She is the proud momma of 4 cats: Mau, Primrose, Ellie and Rover and a hedgehog named Crouton. Diana has always known she wanted to work with animals. She started volunteering at shelters/vet clinics when she was in high school. When she’s not at work, you can find her at a concert (pre-covid), trying out new restaurants around the city and going on adventures with her boyfriend, Matt. Diana LOVES cats and is known as the cat lady of the clinic.
Megan moved to Indiana as a child and is no stranger to pet ownership. Having grown up with a small pet menagerie in her home, Megan has cared for all types of animals ranging from dogs to small rodents to ducks and turtles. Despite her childhood in animal care, she graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a degree in Law and Public Policy. After finding out her true passion was caring for animals, she began a career in animal care before joining Monon Animal Hospital in June of 2020. Currently located in Fishers, she shares a home with her fiancé Derek, their son Travis, and their three dogs, Flynn, Brute, and Perdita. In her free time, Megan can be found working on her digital art, writing short stories, or spending time with her family and pets.
You guys are beyond wonderful with all my fur babies, especially Teddy! You guys did a great job with him! Thank you again!
- Nikita V.
Thank you all so much!! Everyone here is so great with Maggie and takes such good care of her (and me)! She loves coming to see all of her friends at the office.
- Holli and Maggie H.
If I could give more than 5 stars I would. They are so good to my dogs!
- Katie Jo P.
Carlisle (my Shih Tzu) & I have enjoyed coming to Monon Animal Hospital for the past 7 years. Carlisle loves coming here and this is due to all of the loving & caring staff, especially Dr. Rueter & Dr. Simpson. I cannot say enough good things about Monon Animal Hospital!
- Erin Q.
The Physicians and staff at the Monon Animal Hospital more than meet my criteria. Many thanks to them for all the excellent care they have provided through the years. Highly Recommended.
- Patricia D.
Adore the staff and the Docs. Best compassion and care ever!!
- Jeanie S.
I love Monon Animal Hospital and the staff so very much. Dr. Rueter and Dr. Simpson are a great combination of knowledge, cheer, and calmness. I have a "problem child" for a dog and they have been so helpful with her anxiety and allergies. I can say that my dog loves coming to the vet to get her shots so she can see Rick and Alissa. Highly recommend!