Our Team

The Southside Pet Hospital team

Our staff of experienced and expert veterinarian doctors and skilled vet staff is ready when your pet needs us. Call or contact us today to learn more.


Valerie Wright, MBA

Valerie obtained her MBA through MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2013. Prior to coming to Southside, she worked as a veterinary technician, assistant, and receptionist. She also spent time as a director in higher education. Her goal is to help facilitate great customer service for Southside clients so they are better able to participate in managing their pet’s health. She is passionate about leading the Southside team towards the future and integrating new technologies and services to improve both the clients and pet’s experiences.

When not at work, Valerie spends most of her time with her husband Mark, and their adorable daughter Addie. She enjoys the lake, traveling, and being outdoors. They also have three dogs and one cat that keep them all busy and very entertained. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Valerie at vwright@nvanet.com


Daria Carpenter, Registered Licensed Veterinary Technician

Daria is a great addition to our staff. She graduated from Maple Woods Veterinary Technician Program in 1996. She is very proficient in the surgery, lab, and dental areas! She has been invaluable to support our doctors with monitoring hospital and surgery patients as well as performing dental procedures. Daria lives with her husband and new kitten. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, baking, quilting, and being a grandma!

Jennifer Segraves

Jenni joined the Southside team in 2013. She completed the veterinary technician program at the Bel-Rea School of Veterinary Technology and worked as a technician in Denver, CO for two years prior to moving back to Kansas. She is very efficient at working in such a fast paced environment! Her areas of interest are client education, preventative medicine, and feline care. She lives in Olathe with her two cats, Studley and Myrnin. She enjoys music, movies, food, reading, and hanging out with her family who live in nearby Lawrence. She also keeps busy pet sitting around town!


Barbara Farris

Barbara joined our staff in November of 2003. Her dedication to her work is noticed and appreciated by the staff and clients alike. Barb stays busy in her off hours by gardening, sewing, and spending time with her granddaughter. She’s also a huge Royals fan.

Casey Newcome

Casey started as an animal caretaker in 2007 and moved to a position at the front desk in 2008. She is an integral part of our team and enjoys building personal relationships with all our clients! She and her husband make their home with their daughter Maelin and their five furry canine friends. In her spare time she enjoys fishing, attending demolition derbys, and playing/coaching softball.

Mesha Garcia

Mesha joined our front desk staff in 2014. A true animal lover, Mesha makes a great welcoming committee for our two and four-legged customers. When she’s not at work, Mesha enjoys spending time with her husband, sons, and furry family members. She loves all of our clients pets, but she has a true soft spot for boxers.


Kennel Support

Our kennel staff are trained and professional attendants who love spending time with your pet. When not in the clinic, many of our kennel attendants are pursuing their education and spending time with their own critters.