The neurologists at the Veterinary Neurological Center are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). In order to obtain the title of specialist and receive board certification, individuals must first receive an undergraduate degree, complete four years of veterinary school, typically followed by advanced training during a one-year internship program. Then they participate in a three-year residency program (such as the VNC’s neurology residency training program) completing specific training and caseload requirements under the supervision of board-certified specialists, as well as conducting research and publishing in scientific journals. Following this training, candidates must submit a credentials' application and then pass a rigorous examination evaluating competence in the specific area of specialization. Once all credentials have been met, and the individual passes the exam, the status of board-certified specialist is granted.
Founder and President:
Donald Levesque, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)
Dr. Levesque is the founder and president of the Veterinary Neurological Center in Phoenix. Click here to read more.
Scott Plummer, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)
Dr. Plummer was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in San Antonio, Texas. His interest in veterinary medicine and veterinary neurology (in particular) was first sparked as a young boy when his puppy developed seizures related to an infection from the canine distemper virus. Dr. Plummer’s professional interests focus on spinal surgery. Click here to read more.
Kim Knowles, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)
Dr. Knowles was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised primarily in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Knowles professional interests include congenital and acquired deafness, vestibular disorders, epilepsy and infectious diseases of the nervous system. Click here to read more.
Laura Stainback, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (neurology)
Dr. Stainback was born in Plantation, Florida and raised in Bristol, Tennessee. Her interest in neurology began as an undergraduate while initially studying electrical engineering. “I was interested in the transmission of electrical impulses but was more drawn to this in a biological field as opposed to working with computers which is how I ended up in veterinary school. My interest in neurology evolved as I realized it combined my interests in impulse transmission and my love for “brain teasers” in a way that is unique to the neurological examination”. Dr. Stainback’s professional interests include inflammatory CNS disease and surgical neurology. Click here to read more.
Erich Spoor, DVM
Dr. Spoor was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts and raised there as well as Denton, Texas. He first became interested in neurology during a course in his first year of veterinary school. "I instantly loved the subject," he said. "I was fascinated by how structure correlates with function in the nervous system and how a good neurological examination could accurately predict a lesion location." Dr. Spoor's professional interests include the diagnosis and treatment of encephalopathies and neuroradiology. Click here to read more.
Ashley Kelley, DVM
Dr. Kelley was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. Her interest in neurology began with her introduction to the field through her own dog's struggles with intervetebral disc disease. After learning more about the field of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery, she knew this was the career path she wanted to pursue. “I became captivated by the organized complexity of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and the way in which a patient’s neurological signs enable the clinician to pinpoint the precise location of the disease process". Dr. Kelley’s professional interests include neurosurgery, emergency medicine and critical care, and feline medicine and surgery. Click here to read more.
The VNC Team
(Number in parenthesis equals number of years employed at the VNC)
Founder and President
Front Office Team(Front Office Supervisor: Rio Elena Lopez)
Client Service Representatives:
Jennifer Cornwell, C.V.T. (5)
Samantha Secore (4)
Beth Hintz (3)
Rebecca Roberts (2)
Client Service Representative Assistant:
Kim McGlynn (<1)
Technical Team(Technical Supervisor: WIl Levesque)
Kim Hoover, C.V.T. (23)
Jose Jayme* (10)
Nathaniel Nellessen (5)
Mike Meier (1)
Fernando Fernandez** (2)
Meghan Niklasson (1)
Ruth Brito (1)
Carie Chmura C.V.T. (<1)
Carrie Schmertz (<1)
Technician Assistant / Building Maintenance:
James Burton (21)
Nighttime / Weekend Patient Caretakers:
Lana Brodkorb (<1)
Kahla Tompkins (<1)
Jeannie Medina (<1)
Arianna Bresnan (<1)
* Foreign Veterinary Graduate (Philippines)
** Foreign Veterinary Graduate (Mexico)