Meet Our Experienced Veterinarians
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
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, and a daughter, Rory, and currently live 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. Heather Williams
Dr. Heather Williams is a proud native Arkansan, who grew up in Arkadelphia and Hot Springs. She attended the University of Arkansas as an undergraduate where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After, she attended Louisiana State University for veterinary school, graduating in 2006. Dr. Williams then went on to pursue a small animal internship at Veterinary Referral Associates in Maryland outside of Washington, DC. Dr. Williams has enjoyed practicing in multiple environments, from a referral hospital to an emergency clinic, but mostly enjoys general practice and the joy of caring for a pet throughout its life.
In her spare time, Dr. Williams enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and enjoying the outdoor beauty that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.
Dr. Sarah Hantz
Dr. Sarah Hantz grew up in Fayetteville and on the west coast (in Washington and California). She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She then did a year-long small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After her internship, she returned to Arkansas where she practiced emergency medicine at the Fort Smith Animal Emergency Clinic for three years. Since then, she has been working as an associate veterinarian in several clinics in the region. Her passions include emergency medicine, dentistry, and ophthalmology.
Dr. Hantz lives in Fayetteville with her husband, Matthew, and their four dogs (Pickle, Molly, Shizzle, and Tinkerbell). When she is not at work, she enjoys running, quilting, and cooking.