Meet Our Veterinarians 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 or call us at (479) 251-8387 soon to meet our team in person!
Dr. Laura Hokett DVM
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. Mandi Shearhart DVM
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, two daughters, Rory, and Rose! 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.
Dr. Natalie Mayer DVM
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.
Dr. Jordan Miller DVM
Dr. Jordan Miller was born and raised right here in Fayetteville, and received her Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from the University of Arkansas. After graduating she moved to the Caribbean, to the island of St. Kitts, in order to attend veterinary school at Ross University. Completing clinics in Illinois, and after receiving her DVM degree, she moved back to her home state and practiced in Little Rock for a year. Dr. Miller has two dogs, two cats, and a ferret! She enjoys baking and sewing in her free time.
Dr. Anita Kiehl DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP
Dr. Kiehl graduated from the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and entered a mixed private practice prior to enrolling in the Clinical Pathology Residency Program at Colorado State University and obtaining a Masters Degree in Pathology. She was board certified in Clinical Pathology in 1988.
She has worked as a pathologist for Colorado Vet Lab, Doctors and Physicians' Lab, SmithKline Beecham Clinical Labs and Antech Labs prior to co-founding Florida Vet Path, Inc. (1998) and FVP Consultants, Inc. (2003) with Dr. Maron Calderwood Mays. She serves as a consulting pathologist for several commercial laboratories. She is licensed and accredited in Florida and Arkansas, practicing in Arkansas, as well as providing pathology services in both Florida and Arkansas. She currently resides in Floral City, Florida and Fayetteville, Arkansas. When Dr. Kiehl is not behind the microscope, she enjoys being on the water and enjoying the outdoors.