Queen of Advantage
CJ (Carol Jr.) is the queen of Advantage. She arrived in 2013 as an injured stray under the care of one of our wonderful clients. As she slowly recovered, the office fell in love with her, and she became a permanent office cat. Her favorite activities are snuggling in warm laundry, eating, and sticking her butt in your face while you’re working.
Annoying Younger Brother
Archer is our youngest office cat who arrived here in 2016 as a feral kitten. He quickly grew to love people and the food they bring him. He can be found lounging on top of the receptionists’ monitors waiting for attention. When he isn’t up front, his favorite activities include napping, rolling treats around on the floor, and playing the annoying younger brother to CJ and Kirka.
Kirka is our newest and oldest office cat who joined us in 2017 after her owner passed away. She has hyperthyroidism, loves one-on-one attention, and eats her weight in Friskie’s cat treats. Her favorite activities include napping on top of the dog kennels, napping on her heating pad, and shooing Archer away from her napping places. Kirka is a beautiful diva who is not afraid to tell you what she wants.
Heather, RVT is 2012 graduate of Jefferson College. She currently divides her professional duties between AVC and the Animal Emergency Clinic. She enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals but their owners. In addition to working as a RVT, she is an active volunteer with a local animal rescue. In her free time, Heather enjoys working out, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family. Heather's favorite pet is a cat name Willy that she got in Bora Bora.
Carrie is a graduate from Jefferson College. She started as an intern at Advantage in March 2016. She loves her yorkie, huskey and her 2 black cats! Carrie enjoys metting new and regular clients here at the clinic as well as the fur babies they bring! In her free time, she loves playing with the animals at Petco, going for walks in the park and couponing!
Lizzy, RVT, grew up knowing she wanted to work with animals. She earned her technician’s license in 2014 and has been with AVC ever since. Senior patients, surgery, and preventative care are her favorite parts of the practice. After work, she goes home to her one dog, one cat, and eight chickens. Outside of Advantage, Lizzy enjoys hiking, taking trips with her husband, and spending time with her family.
Emily has been with Advantage Vet Center as the receptionist since January 2017. She has always had a passion for working with animals. She has 5 fur babies, Riot, Lyric and Captain are her cats and Dirty and Dixie are her dogs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking her dogs to the river, and binge watching Netflix with her husband and daughter. She is excited to welcome a new baby to the family in September 2018.
Jamie, RVT, has been a veterinary technician for 17 years, and with Advantage since we opened in 2008. I’m lucky to have found my passion in life, and get to live it every day! I love all aspects of caring for your pets. My passion is dentistry, though. I enjoy the technical and physical challenge it presents as well as educating clients on its impact on overall animal health.
When I’m not here, I’m with my two kids - Lia and Luke. We’ve got 3 amazing dogs: Kylo, a dachshund that I rescued; Kona, a poodle schnauzer mix; and Stan, one of the most endearing beagles you’ll ever meet! We also have two cats - an orange tabby named Bilbo, and a fierce and feisty all-black male named Frodo. We also have a native Missouri turtle named Princess, who happens to be Frodo’s main obsession!
In our freetime, we love to camp and hike. We also Geocache and play our fair share of Pokemon Go!
Breanna, RVT, is a 2016 graduate from Midwest Institute. Bree developed a soft spot for animals as a young girl. She has quite a few fur babies of her own: 2 dogs, Layla and Diesel, and 3 cats, Boots, Trike and Hunter. Outside of working with animals, Bree loves teaching dance, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Roxanne originally hails from California, but now calls Crestwood home. She loves working with animals and really enjoys her interaction with all of the clients. In her free time, Roxanne enjoys cooking, camping, and playing darts.
Roxanne is the mother of four children: Leighah, Brandon, Justin, and Josh. Their family also includes several four-legged friends named Marty, Dorie, and Dano.
Anna is currently in her second year at Jefferson College attending their vet tech program. Anna has 4 pets of her own, 2 cats named Bellatrix & Minerva and 2 dogs name Raven & Teddy. She is a huge pit bull advocate and would love to save every last one of them. During her free time, she loves to take her son to the park and spend time snuggling up with a good book and her animals.
Stephanie is currently a student at Jefferson College studying to be a Registered Veterinary Technician by spring 2019. She started with Advantage as an intern in 2016. She enjoys helping clients and playing with all their fur babies. She believes that every pet matters and is passionate about saving lives. Her hobbies include spending time with her 2 cats, her 6 beautiful nieces and nephews, watching movies, and enjoying the outdoors. Her newest, most exciting pet is Arlo, a bearded dragon!
Jenna is currently in her second year of veterinary technology program at Jefferson College. Jenna has one dog, one cat and eight chickens. Her dog Barrett (in the photo) is her best friend. She spends any moment she can with Barrett. Jenna enjoys outdoor activities such as; hunting, fishing, and free-range shooting with her family.
Dr. Taylor Cragen
Dr. Taylor Cragen grew up in High Ridge and decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian while in grade school at Sacred Heart. While in high school, Taylor was a volunteer student at Advantage Veterinary Center, working and learning alongside Dr. Schatz. Pursuing her dream led her to the University of Missouri for both Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2015, Dr. Cragen worked in Farmington at a mixed animal clinic before deciding to move back home to High Ridge.
Daisy, her 13 year old Golden, is her loyal companion. Daisy helped Dr. Cragen survive veterinary school and hasn’t left her side since.
In her free time, Dr. Cragen enjoys cheering on the Blues; hanging out with family and friends; trying new restaurants; geocaching and walks in the park.
She is excited to come home to both High Ridge and Advantage Veterinary Center. The Advantage Veterinary family is ecstatic to have her join the team and look forward to introducing her to our furry friends.
Dr. Susan Giraudo
Dr. Giraudo was born and raised in St. Louis and developed a love for animals as a young child. Her walks around the neighborhood as a toddler involved petting every single dog or cat she could find along the way. Dr. Giraudo graduated from Truman State University with a B.S. in Biology and went on to attend the University of Missouri- Columbia's Veterinary School. She graduated summa cum laude with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mizzou in 2008. Dr. Giraudo spent 8 years in private practice in St. Louis before starting a new adventure with the Advantage Vet Center team. She is very excited to be the newest addition to such a compassionate, patient-centered practice.
Her veterinary interests include medicine, soft tissue surgery, and forming lifelong bonds with the animals and their humans. When not caring for furry critters, Dr. Giraudo enjoys reading, gardening, running, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two young children, Nora and Elliot, and 2 dogs, Cookie (a special-needs Cocker Spaniel) and Remy (an energetic mutt!).
Dr. Jennifer Haug
Dr. Haug is a native of the St. Charles area, and grew up training young horses and had a number of dogs and cats as pets. She attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and finished her undergraduate work with a B.S. in Animal Science. After graduating Veterinary School, Dr. Haug worked as an associate Veterinarian in Wentzville, Missouri for two years.
Her favorite hobbies include hiking with her husband Todd, and riding horses. The Haug family is blessed with two handsome boys, Gabriel and Elliot and two beautiful girls, Maren and Blythe. Her four legged family includes a very special dog named, Nora, who was the major influence in Dr. Haug becoming a Veterinarian. Nora’s shares their home with Roxy (Chihuahua) and Mr, Tibbs (cat).
She considers the best part of her job to be working with the clients and their family pets.
Robin Raynor, RVT began her journey at AVC shortly after graduating with an Associates in Science in Veterinary Technology at Jefferson College in 2015. She divides her professional skills between two clinics, enjoying her days off at a large animal veterinary office. Her most favorite things to do are to go for hikes and take naps. She has five 4-legged kids at home, four dogs and a cat.
Dr. Heather Schatz
Dr. Schatz is a native of Fenton, Missouri. She studied Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri–Columbia prior to veterinary school. A love of all four-legged animals, a strong interest in science, and a desire to care for the helpless led Dr. Schatz to study veterinary medicine. After receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, she spent three years in mixed animal private practice in Jefferson County. In 2008, Dr. Schatz’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and she opened Advantage Veterinary Center.
When not at work, she enjoys horseback riding, game nights with family and friends, going to the Fox Theatre and the Muny Opera, running and Elvis impersonators.
Dr. Schatz lives with her husband Craig, two dogs, five horses, and three barn cats. The Schatz family includes two-legged children as well-- Eli, Emma, and Jamieson.