Medical Staff

Glen Carbon Veterinarians

Dr. Paul Myer is a Veterinarian at Glen Carbon Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Glen Carbon IL

Dr. Paul Myer, Practice Owner

Dr. Myer graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1979. He received his BS from SIUE in 1983, his BS from U of I in 1984 and his DVM from U of I in 1986. His areas of special interest are cardiology and orthopedic surgery. His wife’s name is Donna and has one son, Andrew.  He belongs to the Goshen Rotary Club and his hobbies are fishing and woodworking.  He has several pet including several shelties and one cat.


Dr. McKinney is a Veterinarian at Glen Carbon Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Glen Carbon IL

Dr. Phillip McKinney, Practice Owner

Dr. Phillip McKinney graduated from U of I in 1971 and joined Hawthorne Animal Hospital that same year. His area of special interest is ultrasound and endoscopy. He is married and has two grown children and one grandson. His hobbies are biking, hiking, skiing, and wild flowers.


Dr. Davis is a Veterinarian at Glen Carbon Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Glen Carbon IL

 Dr. Jennifer Davis

Dr. Jennifer Davis joined the practice in September of 2000. An Edwardsville native, she did her undergraduate work at SIUE and received her Doctoral of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. Dr. Davis is married and her family includes 4 children and 1 cat and 1 dog.


Dr. Jurgena is a Veterinarian at Adair Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Belleville IL

Dr. Nathan Jurgena 

Dr. Nathan Jurgena graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Animal Sciences) in 1996 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He began working at Hawthorne in January 2004. He is married and they have one daughter and a son.  They also have several cats.  He enjoys traveling, photography, golf, cycling, and any sports/outdoor activity.


Dr. Helmers is a veterinarian at Glen Carbon Hawthorne Animal Clinic in Glen Carbon IL

Dr. Ellen Helmers

Dr. Ellen Helmers started working at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in June 2009. She received her undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Murray State University and she gained her DVM from the University of Illinois. Dr. Helmers and her husband, Adam, have two daughter and two dogs: Emma and Kesa. In her spare time she loves spending time outdoors, horseback riding, boating, swimming, shopping with her mom and running with their dogs. Her passion is to preserve the human – animal bond so that every pet owner has the best quality of life for their companion and a wonderful relationship together.


Dr.Leh is a Veterinarian at Glen Carbon Hawthorne Animal Clinic in Glen Carbon IL

Dr. Brent Leh

Dr. Brent Leh did his undergrad work at SIUE and is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, School of Veterinary Medicine.  An Edwardsville native, Dr. Leh is carrying on a family tradition of animal medicine at Hawthorne.  His grandfather is Dr. Merrill Ottwein, who founded our practice over 57 years ago.  In his spare time, Dr. Leh enjoys mixed martial arts and boxing, along with hiking, boating, and spending time with family and friends.  Dr. Leh has a special interest in emergency and critical care medicine. He continues to reside in Edwardsville, along with his two pit-bull terriers named Baby Blue and Cali.


Dr. SchwartzDr. Veronica Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz completed her undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 2006.  She went on to graduate Cum Laude from University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.   Her medical interests lie in preventive care, geriatric medicine, oncology, and ophthalmology.  Dr. Schwartz also has experience in small animal emergency medicine.  She has volunteered at area shelters to do spays and neuters for rescued and stray dogs and cats.  Dr. Schwartz is recently married and enjoys reading, spending time on the Edwardsville trails, visiting with her large family and traveling with her husband.  She has two French Bulldogs, Rocko and Howard.


simmsDr. Tia Simms

Dr. Simms graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She began her career at Hawthorne in 2004. She has been a Diplomat with American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Canine and Feline Medicine since 2003. In November of 2014, Dr. Simms received her certification in ultrasound from the University of Illinois.  Her special interests include Internal Medicine, Abdominal Ultrasound, Echocardiography, Laparoscopy, Endoscopy, and Critical Care.   She has 3 horses, 3 dogs (a Standard Poodle, a Boston Terrier, and a Chihuahua), and a cat.


Dr. Amber Spaur

Dr. Spaur completed her undergraduate work in 2008 at Blackburn College. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Illinois with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.  Her special interests include preventative medicine, ultrasonography, and anesthesia.  She is married with two sons. They have two horses, two dogs, and four chickens. In her free time, Dr. Spaur enjoys spending time with her family, baking, horseback riding and gardening.


 

Dr. Jessica Wiehrdt

Dr. Wiehrdt completed her undergraduate degree at Lake Forrest College, while playing on both the school’s soccer and basketball teams.  She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2002. Dr. Wiehrdt is a Chicago suburb native, but has lived and worked in the St. Louis area since graduating from U of I. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors gardening, biking, camping, and playing soccer. She is also active in her local Rotary Club as well as her church. She has one dog, Tempe, and two cats, Arwen and Dewey. Dr. Wiehrdt is looking forward to growing in the veterinary field by working on her certification in rehabilitation.


Dr. Lauren Christiansen

​Dr. Christiansen joined the Hawthorne team in 2017 after completing her clinical training at the Ohio State University and earning her doctorate in veterinary medicine from St. George’s University. She previously graduated with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Indiana University in 2013. Her interests are in emergency and critical care medicine and equine medicine. Dr. Christiansen is a fountain pen enthusiast and in her spare time she ​enjoys gardening, baking, and travelling. She has a Shar-Pei named Lilly and a Citron-crested Cockatoo named Tangerine.