Theresa Bednar, DVM
Dr. Theresa Bednar is our Medical Director and a General Practitioner who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since 1991 when she started as a veterinary assistant and then as a veterinarian in 1998.
“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a veterinarian,” she says, “but when I started working here as a veterinary assistant it helped me see that this is exactly what I should be doing. I also remember my first day here as a veterinarian. I was completely terrified and completely excited and exhilarated all at the same time. I loved it.”
For her undergraduate studies Dr. Bednar attended Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State) where she majored in Pre-Veterinary Science. In 1994, she enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Her areas of special professional interest are surgery, feline medicine, ultrasound and ophthalmology. She is also a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Dr. Bednar and her husband, Craig, have two children, Jessica and Zachary. They also provide a home for German a mixed breed named Milly and cats named Kali and Miss Kitty.
Dr. Bednar’s interests include quilting, sewing, cooking, baking, and seeing musicals at the Fox Theater and The Muny.
Deborah Cays, DVM
Dr. Deborah Cays is a General Practitioner who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since 1991 when she started as a kennel attendant and then as a veterinarian in 2003.
Asked what influenced her to become a veterinarian, Dr. Cays says, “I have always wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 3 years old and I had unbelievable support from my family and friends throughout my life.” Now that she is a veterinarian she says, “The thing I like most is waking up each morning and looking forward to going to work.”
A native of St. Louis, Dr. Cays attended the University of Missouri for her undergraduate studies and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998. She then enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Her areas of special professional interest include dermatology, endocrinology and pediatrics. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Cays is married to Dr. Allen Weltig, DVM. They were in the same graduating class in veterinary school, and the couple has two children named Elizabeth and William. Their pets include two cats named Gelpie and Logan (both are rescues), a 3-year-old Abyssinian guinea pig named PJ, a yellow lab named Duncan, a hedgehog named Penny and an assortment of lizards, snakes and tortoises.
Dr. Cays’ interests include basketball, fishing, shopping, walking and movies.
Paige K. Stroud, DVM
Dr. Paige K. Stroud is a General Practitioner who joined the medical staff at Rock Road Animal Hospital in July of 2007.
Originally from Paducah, Kentucky, Dr. Stroud says that the desire to become a veterinarian solidified during her time at a local veterinary hospital. “I worked with a young, ambitious veterinarian during high school and college,” she says. “She was 5’4″, confident, in charge and taught me that veterinary medicine has a place for women.”
Dr. Stroud attended Murray State University for her undergraduate studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2000. She then enrolled in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she again graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Stroud and her husband, Steven, a computer programmer, met while attending Murray State University and they have a daughter named Ada. Their pets include two cats. Her interests include reading, gardening, yoga, travel and going to the movies.
Michael Olevitch, DVM
Dr. Michael Olevitch is a General Practitioner who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since 1973.
He has always had a love for animals, but it wasn’t until a beloved family dog died in his arms when Dr. Olevitch was 9 years old that he committed himself to becoming a veterinarian. “I promised her that someday I would have the skills and knowledge that could have saved her, and now I do,” he says.
A lifelong native of St. Louis, Dr. Olevitch attended the University of Missouri for his undergraduate coursework in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. In 1969, he enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. During his veterinary studies he earned membership into the Phi Zeta Honor Society and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1973.
Dr. Olevitch’s area of special professional interest is exotic animal care and he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association.
At home, Dr. Olevitch has two cats named Sissy and Pippy that he rescued after they were brought in by the police after being abandoned and injured. His interests include fishing, shooting, historical re-enactments, experimental archaeology and artifact recreation.
Amy A. is a Receptionist and says that our staff is great and she very much enjoys working with our clients and their pets. She has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since August of 2005.
At home, she has two Boxers named Chevelle and Yenko. Amy’s interests include spending time with family and friends and playing softball.
Nancy A. is a Receptionist who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since March of 2003. In addition to her years of experience she has an Associate’s degree in Teaching.
Nancy says that she finds it rewarding to hear the very many nice things that people have to say about Rock Road when she is outside of the hospital. Her interests include movies, baking, cooking, reading, and spending lots of time with her grandson.
Lauren C. is our Hospital Administrator and has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since August of 2006. In addition to her many years of experience, she has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Communications from the University of Michigan.
“I love when I see clients so thrilled to see their pets after surgeries or boarding with us,” she says. “I feel proud when a client actually takes my advice, whether it is about a flea preventative or how to potty train a new puppy. I really just enjoy helping our clients any way that I can as well as to help educate them as best I can about their pets.”
At home, she has a Terrier mix named Jury and a stray cat she adopted named Grey. Lauren’s interests include spending time with her hubby and two children, reading and running.
Carrie G. is a Surgery and Hospital Technician who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since August of 2001. She is working toward her certification as a Veterinary Technician.
“I take my job very seriously and feel that this hospital has become like a family to me,” she says. “I enjoy the staff and clients here very much.”
Carrie has two Labradors named Gordon and Milo and four cats named Chloe, Felix, Izzy and Savannah. Her interests include swimming, gardening, watching movies, and musical theater.
Michelle H. says that as a child she visited our facility with her father and the family pets and was fascinated by the equipment and the care her pets received. Since October of 2002, she has been part of the Rock Road Animal Hospital staff as a Receptionist and our Billing Manager and enjoys the opportunity to make animal care her career.
Michelle’s interests include spending time with her two children, watching Hell’s Kitchen, rocking out to Guitar Hero, and reading historical romance novels.
Michelle L. is a Surgery and Dental Assistant who says, “I love it here because the doctors and staff here are like family. Even outside of work we spend time together and have fun.” She joined the Rock Road Animal Hospital staff in October of 2001.
At home, Michelle has two Pugs named Mad Eye Moody and Isabelle, a Shih-Tzu named Swiffer, and three cats named Sherbert, Josie and Boo. Her interests include cooking, playing guitar, gardening, and spending time with her grandkids.
Donna L. is a Veterinary Assistant who has been with Rock Road Animal Hospital since August of 1996 and says our hospital has become like a second home.
Donna has a yellow Lab named Remy, a boxer named Cara, a Labrador mix named Maze, and two cats, Ozzie and Piper. Her interests include spending time with her two daughters, going to movies, reading and going to ball games.