Meet Our Team of Experts in Fayetteville, AR
Our veterinarians are a talented group determined to provide the very best veterinary care possible. We come together in Fayetteville from many different backgrounds and experiences that allow us to provide comprehensive, personalized medicine to our patients. Learn more about us and make an appointment soon to meet our team in person!
Dr. Laura Hokett Owner
Dr. Laura Hokett was raised in Little Rock, went to undergraduate school here in Fayetteville, and then went to veterinary school at LSU, where she graduated in 1987. Despite attending a Tiger graduate school, she is a true Razorback fan at heart. She lived in Las Vegas for 17 years, operating two large progressive animal hospitals before returning to Fayetteville in 2004. Best Friends was her dream hospital, and she opened it in 2005.
Dr. Hokett has two grown children who have recently graduated from Colorado State University. Ross, her son, completed a degree in hydrogeology and her daughter, Emily, graduated with a degree in animal science and is working on her Master’s degree, after which, she plans to apply to veterinary school. Dr. Hokett currently lives with six dogs, a cat, and an African grey parrot, Ms. Pepper, who frequently accompanies her to work. She spends her free time volunteering for various humane societies, studying advanced veterinary medicine, as well as spending time at the lake, and traveling as much as possible.
Dr. Rachel Hill
Dr. Rachel (Squires) Hill is a Fayetteville native and has been a lifelong Razorback supporter. She attended the U of A where she received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science while helping open Best Friends, where she worked for three years prior to veterinary school. She has assisted veterinarians in Scotland and South Africa and worked on a variety of species including horses, pigs, rhinoceros, lions, water buffalo, and wildebeests. She received her DVM from the University of Missouri in Columbia and loves being able to practice veterinary medicine in her hometown.
Dr. Hill and her husband, Alan, have a daughter, one dog (Jackson, a Standard Poodle), and two cats. She enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and hiking. She also likes traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Mandi Shearhart
Dr. Mandi Shearhart received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas and then went on to veterinary school at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She worked for Best Friends for four years before going to veterinary school and couldn’t be happier to be back. Prior to her work at Best Friends, she spent three years working at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri and has continued to stay involved with various animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Dr. Shearhart and her husband, Tony, have a son, Xander, a daughter, Rory, and has a baby girl on the way! She currently lives with five dogs, five cats, a rabbit, and a snake. In between taking care of all the animals and attending her son’s many sports events, she enjoys doing puzzles and playing board games with the family as well as spending time in the beautiful outdoors. She also has a large extended family in NWA who she loves getting together with whenever possible. One fun fact is that she is a cousin to our practice manager, Theadra and front manager, Jessie!
Dr. Natalie Mayer
Dr. Natalie Mayer is a Kentucky native. She attended the University of Kentucky where she received her bachelor's degree in chemistry. While taking pre-veterinary courses, she worked in the equine industry as an exercise rider, groomer, and assistant at an equine hospital.
She received her DVM from Auburn University in 2015, and worked as a mixed-practice veterinarian for several years before joining Best Friends. When she's not at the clinic, she enjoys running, playing tennis, and cycling.