Tara McCoy, DVM


Dr. McCoy brings with her over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. Born and raised in southeastern Kentucky, Dr. McCoy attended Eastern Kentucky University before moving on to Auburn University to become a DVM. When she’s not at the clinic, she stays busy with her husband and three children. A lifelong animal lover, her household also includes five dogs, five cats, and a horse. Dr. McCoy loves being a vet because it allows her to help those who can’t speak for themselves.


Stacy Deren, DVM

​Dr. Deren was born and raised in Louisville, where she attended Eastern High School. She studied Animal Sciences and pre-veterinary medicine at the University of Kentucky before moving to Auburn, AL for veterinary school. Dr. Deren enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and their dog Oliver, as well as running and reading in her free time. She is grateful to work in veterinary medicine because it allows her to help people care for the pets they love.

Michelle Shumaker, DVM

Dr. Shumaker graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her veterinary career, this Louisville native attended Mercy Academy and obtained her undergraduate degree from Georgetown College and her Masters degree in Psychology from Xavier University. She spent 5 years in the Human Resource field before finally deciding that veterinary medicine was her passion. Time away from St. Matthews Animal Clinic is spent with her husband and two young children. She also loves to spend time at home cuddling with her dog Gus and three cats, Kiwi, Caligula, and Clarice. Her hobbies include movies, painting and beer and wine tasting.

Julie Michalski, DVM

Dr. Michalski was born and raised in Columbus, OH and attended Butler University in Indianapolis for her undergraduate degree. She returned home to study veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University. She spent some time working in Dayton, OH before joining the team at St. Matthews Animal Clinic. When not caring for her two cats Sadie and Turtle Watson, she likes to try new restaurants, read, and spend time outside hiking or biking. Dr. Michalski enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special passion in felines.

Management Team


Tamara is our Practice Manager. She has been with us since 2002. She studied business management at the University of Louisville. Tamara started working when she was 13 for a grooming and boarding facility. She has over 15 years of experience working with pets. Her mom raised Akitas & Norfolk terriers as she was growing up. Tamara believes that being there for people and pets when they need you the most is priceless. The large amount of multi-tasking and management of staff has definitely helped her with the daily routine of raising her children. She has three kids- Gavin, Ethan, and Gracie. They share their home with a Pug/Boston Terrier mix named Chance and a French Bulldog named Maude. They are high energy pups but make great snugglers! On a daily basis Tamara feels as though she actually has 5 kids, but she wouldn’t want it any other way.


Sarah is our Office/Inventory Manager. She has been with our practice since 2013. She is a graduate of U of L and brings with her prior Veterinary experience. She grew up in Indiana and still lives there with her husband, who works as a K-9 Police Officer, her daughter, Kenley, and her Bulldog, Nyela.

Client Care Team


Jessica has been with us since 2014. She is attending the University of Louisville earning a Bachelor Degree in Psychological Brain Sciences with a concentration in social science, with minors in communications and justice administration. She graduated art school with an associates degree. Jessica’s spare time goes to artwork and spending time with family and her pets. She has three cats, Bella, Snickers and Murphy; two parrots, a Congo African Grey named Gandalf the Grey and a Fancy Green Cheek Conure named Calliope. Fun fact, throughout her budding art career she has gotten to meet many cool people including some comic book artists, cast members from popular shows and movies, musicians and more, but most importantly her art hero and inspiration, Stan Lee, creator of Marvel comics and creator of her favorite comic character of all time, Spiderman. She proudly embraces her inner nerd.


Allyson grew up in California and Colorado, and moved to Louisville 2 years ago. She has been with St. Matthews Animal Clinic for over 2 years and is most famous for being human mom to Maggie, the Cocker Spaniel who is always at the front desk greeting everyone.


Miranda moved Louisville from Springfield, Illinois. She has two dogs, Faith and Charles, and one cat named Riley. Her goal is to go to school to become a veterinary technician. She is obsessed with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. She is also obsessed with dirt track racing, her great grandpa used to race at Indy with drivers like AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti.


 Allie is originally from Beattyville, a small town in Eastern Kentucky. She has lived in Louisville for almost 2 years now and loves it here. She is a momma to Koda, the German Shepard mix and Layla the pitbull. In her spare time she loves to be outside hiking, kayaking, or gardening.



Kristy is a professional groomer and has been with us since 2014. Kristy has been grooming for over 7 years and is extremely versatile with her skills as well as being certified by the AKC for all-breed dog grooming. Kristy was born and raised here in Louisville and shares her home with her husband, Anthony, and their son, Garett. Her family also includes Pinkie- a pit bull she adopted from our clinic 10 years ago, Bowie- a bull terrier mix, and four pet chickens- Loretta, Leann, Reba, and Lil’ Anthony. Most of her spare time is spent with her son’s cub scout pack where she is the Committee Chair and Treasurer for a group of 30 boys. Her career in dog grooming has been a true passion. Coming from a family with show dogs and attending competitions is how she became inspired. It is also where she learned the correct way each breed should look. Kristy does everything she can to make a dog look great and feel good too. She strongly believes that regular grooming is an important part of keeping your dog happy and healthy.


Lawrence is our seasoned groomer. He has worked here longer than anyone else currently on our staff! He’s been with the clinic for over 25 years and has quite the loyal grooming client base. Lawrence is dedicated to protecting the environment and volunteers often to help the less fortunate. He loves the outdoors and doing things like fishing, camping, and hiking. Lawrence is an avid sports’ fan and can be found around town at many concerts. He shares his home with a mixed breed dog named Buddy who was found as a stray after being struck by a car.

Medical Care Team

Amanda, RVT

Amanda is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with us since 2011. She has been dedicated to donating her time to Alley Cat Advocates since 2005. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree from Murray State University in Animal Health and Technology. She has over 8 years of experience in emergency medicine. Amanda is married, has two girls named Logan and Avery and shares her home with dogs named Kuma & Veli, cats, chickens, rabbits and goats. She now spends some of her free time working on her new homesteading life style since buying some land in 2016.


Kirrily is a Veterinary Technician and has been with us since 2009. She has over 15 years of experience working with animals and has a special interest in horses. She and her husband enjoy trail riding and also love to camp in their free time. Kirrily and her husband share their home with three horses, a donkey, 2 dogs Tak and Boris, and a few barn cats.

Erica Doyle

Erica Doyle is a member of the Medical Care Team and is also the author of our monthly newsletter. She was born and raised in Southern Indiana where she currently resides. She attained a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Sciences and Biology from Purdue University in 2014. She plans to attend medical school and follow her dream of pursuing a career in pathology. In her spare time, she enjoys competing at Eventing shows and trail riding on her horse Giovonni. She also enjoys spending time with her family, two dogs Tucker and Penny, and several barn kitties and also enjoys partaking in various outdoor activities.

Rebekah, RVT

Rebekah was born in Bitburg, Germany, but moved to Southern Illinois when she was two and raised there. She attended Murray State University for the Animal Health Technology program and graduated in 2013 with her Bachelors of Agriculture in Science. She became a Registered Veterinary Technologist after graduating college. She has lived in Louisville and worked at SMAC since June 2015. She enjoys everything Louisville has to offer since moving to the area a couple years ago. In her free time she enjoys checking out the local music scene, trying new dive restaurants, camping, hiking, and pretty much anything the outdoors has to offer.

Jade, RVT

Jade is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has been with SMAC since June 2015. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis in 2013 with an Associates in Applied Science of Veterinary Technology. She has always had a love for animals and decided to pursue a career in it after her dog Tubbs had a spinal injury and was able to rehabilitate him to walking again, and now has a special interest in animal rehabilitation. She is originally from Kentucky and lives in Shelbyville with her husband and two dogs, pug/lab mix Tubbs and German Shepherd Sig.


Raynell, our newest Medical Care team member, came from New Orleans, Louisiana where she has gathered 10 yrs of experience with General practice, emergency critical care, and internal medicine veterinary services. As a hurricane Katrina survivor, she developed a want to help all animals and further her Medical knowledge as a Veterinary Technician. As a mom, a wife, and a dedicated hard worker. New to the area, she arrived in KY July 2016 to marry her childhood love. They have 3 kids, enjoy playing Billiards and cooking/eating her fine New Orleans cuisine!


Jamie is from a small town south of San Antonio, TX. She attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelor’s in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences. She moved shortly after graduation to Louisville to join her fiance, Andrew. When she’s not working, she enjoys playing with her kitten, Vader, exploring Louisville, and trying new restaurants.


Patient Care Team


Crystal has been with us since 2004. She really enjoys grooming our clients’ pets! She has over 15 years of experience in the veterinary field and is known here as our resident dog and cat whisperer. Crystal has always had pets- from dogs and cats to rabbits and guinea pigs. Crystal has two beautiful young daughters, and they share their home with four cats.


Megan has been with us since 2011. She grew up on a farm, and has always been passionate about caring for animals. Megan has an Associate’s in Applied Science for Medical Information Technology and an Associate’s in Arts that she obtained from Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. She is very passionate about music, traveling, photography, fashion, movies and plans on expanding her horizons in the field of art. Megan has a goofy Afghan Hound named Zen. She also plans on adopting a tortoise and an Italian Greyhound.


Alishia joined the Patient Care Team in 2016. She moved to Louisville in 2008 from a small town, where she lived on a farm. Her hobbies include traveling and expressing herself through art. In her downtime, she hangs out her pet birds, two parakeets and a spunky green cheek conure named Cooper.


Bryan is from Lexington, KY and just moved to Louisville. He has been working with animals for over 7 years and can’t imagine doing anything else! Bryan shares his home with a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix named Paige and a Siamese mix named Emma.


Nicole is a professional groomer and has been with us since February 2017. Nicole is originally from Long Island, NY and moved to Louisville 5 years ago. She received a certification in Animal Science in 2009 and since then has gained experience under different groomers to offer a range of skills.  She has been in the veterinary/grooming field now for over 6 years and is well versed in all dog and cat grooming. Her favorite clips are a Schnauzer and Springer cut and her favorite scissor cut is a Sheltie. She has a strong focus for maintaining a trusting relationship with shy, aggressive and withdrawn animals and she is compassionate and dedicated to promoting a humane treatment of animals.


Samantha joined our team June 2017. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is currently enrolled at Eastern Kentucky University pursuing a Biomedical Sciences degree with a Pre-Veterinary concentration. She hopes to attend vet school once she graduates from EKU. In her spare time, she values spending time with family and her 7-year old Doberman, Taz.