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Our Team

Meet our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Cave Springs Pet Hospital in St. Peters, MO! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (636) 928-9500 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Kelly Brister DVM — Medical Director

Dr. Kelly Brister graduated from the school of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. She is a member of various local, state, and national veterinary associations. She has been at the Cave Springs location for over 20 years. Although Dr. Brister loves everything from the puppy and kitten visits all the way through the many challenges of our pets’ older years, she has a special interest in dermatology and endocrinology. Dr. Brister lives in St.Charles  county with her husband. She has 2 grown sons.  Her family pets include two Terriers, Mo and Chief, and her geriatric cat, Sarge. Her time away from Cave Springs is spent with church activities, walking dogs, gardening, reading, and most recently competing in triathlons.

Dr. Cynthia Rizzolo

Dr. Cynthia Rizzolo graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She received a B.S. Degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2006 and studied Equestrian Science at William Woods University.

Dr. Rizzolo is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association. Her special interests include cardiology, nutrition, and radiology.

In her free time Cindy loves to spend as much time outdoors as she can. This usually means taking her four lovable pit bull mixes, Payton, Max, DJ and Eli swimming and hiking.

Dr. Alexandria Donoho

Dr. Alexandria Donoho joined Cave Springs Pet Hospital in April 2016. She is a graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies. After completing clinical rotations at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, she worked in mixed animal practice in rural Missouri before relocating to the St. Louis area. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She enjoys the variety that can come in any given day in general practice, but has a special interest in radiology. Dr. Donoho resides in St. Peters with her husband, children, and pets. In her leisure time, she enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities and is an avid fan of Chicago Cubs baseball.

Dr. Jamie Smith

Dr. Jamie smith graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida in 2011. She started out as an emergency veterinarian before transitioning to general practice. Dr. Smith lives in O’Fallon with her husband, two children, two dogs, and cat. Her special interests include surgery, dermatology, and ophthalmology. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys reading, horseback riding, hiking with her dogs, and spending time with her family.

Stephanie, RVT — Practice Manager

Stephanie graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in 2012 and has been working at Cave Springs Pet Hospital as a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2013. She enjoys working with both the clients and their furry friends! In her free time, she enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. She has six dogs, Samson, Lulu, Delilah, Benny, Riley, and Flynn along with her three cats, Jackie, Duckie, and Meredith.

Julie — Lead CSR/social media manager

Julie has been a receptionist at Cave Springs Pet Hospital since 2019. She has returned to veterinary medicine after working in the field for several years in the 90s. She moved back to the Midwest after 14 years of raising her kids in the suburbs of Salt Lake City.   She has a special love for the Boxer breed and that whole body wiggle! She has three dogs A Newfidoodle, and two French Bulldogs. The Frenchie’s are her constant companions and spend many days at our office with the resident pack. She also enjoys hiking, snow skiing, home renovation, biking on the Katy, and spending time with family and friends. Julie loves all aspects of the client/practice relationship and feels lucky and blessed to be part of a great staff.

Tami — CSR

Tami has worked at this office as a receptionist for over 23 years! She enjoys being the first person to greet the clients and their pets. She strives to make it a pleasant experience here, letting them know we truly care about their pet’s health. In her free-time she enjoys photography, making Shutterfly books, reading, cycling, swimming, hiking, and traveling. She has a passion for the elderly and is the director of the Homebound Ministry at Waypoint Church in St. Charles. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their spouses.

She has one very spoiled whippet named Comet. He is very special to her!

Abbey Veterinary Technician

Abbey has always loved animals. She began dog sitting for friends and family, even flying to other states to take care of pets. She has also worked in Chicago at Doggy Paddle where she assisted dogs in hydrotherapy and also swam with them to ensure they had fun and were safe.  She moved back to Missouri where she worked at Petropolis and The Humane Society of Missouri. These unique jobs have given her insight into animal behaviors that helped her excel at Midwest Veterinary Institute where she earned her associates degree  in Veterinary Technology.  She had two boxers named Butters & Bailey, 2 yorkies named Bitty & Smoosh. She does keep her plate full, and will also dog sit if anyone needs a great pet sitter!!

Melissa — CSR/client communication coordinator

Melisssa has a love for animals both big and small. That love started early in her childhood. She spent her childhood caring for numerous dogs and a few horses. She has her bachelor’s degree in fine art and started her career in customer service in 1995.  Melissa decided to work in the veterinary field a few years ago and has been with us ever since. She lives in Warren County with her husband and 6 dogs: Sidney, Brenley, Callie, Cooper, Otto, and Odina.

Brittany — CSR/Veterinary Assistant/Rescue coordinator

Brittany graduated from Francis Howell North High School in 2013. She has worked in the Veterinary field for 4 years working as receptionist. Her desire to work directly with the animals has allowed her to cross train as an assistant. She began working for CSPH in 2021. She has a huge heart for animals and works directly with local rescue Diamonds in the Ruff on behalf of our office. In her free time, she enjoys time with her husband and son and attends dirt track races. She has a tuxedo cat named Boots.


Lexi graduated from Francis Howell Central HS in 2015 with academic honors. She has always wanted to work in the veterinary field, but she had a special interest and passion for photography. Lexi has her own photography business called Wild Fawn Photography and Furever Friends that specializes and honors end of life pet photography.  In her free time, she likes to spend days off with her husband Noah enjoying the outdoors and fishing. She has two dogs Houdini and Pinky.


Ashley graduated from Fort Zumwalt South in 2020. She attended University of Central Missouri for 2 years before finding Midwest institute to pursue a career as an RVT. She grew up with 2 Siberian Huskies and was part of the Gateway Sled Dog team with her family. She loves to do events with the sled dog club in her free time. She also enjoys Target runs, photography, and hanging out with her friends and family.


I was born and raised in Missouri and graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 2018. I spent two years at St. Louis community college trying to figure out what career I wanted to pursue. I eventually was recommended by a career counselor to look into Midwest Institute and pursue a career in Veterinary medicine. I attended Midwest’s Vet tech program to follow my love of animals and animal care, and I have a special fondness for exotic animals (especially small mammals). I spend my free time reading, playing video games, and taking care of my two guinea pigs (Patches and Peach) and my two mice (Sonic and Shadow).

Megan — Lead Veterinary Technician

Megan graduated from Midwest in July of 2021. She is currently pursuing her life long dream of working in the Veterinary field. She is excited to come to work knowing she gets to help clients with their pets both young and old. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her fiancée and their pets. She loves long walks and bike rides.

Alexis- Veterinarian in Training

Alexis graduated from the University of Kansas and received her bachelor’s in biology and will be attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts and Nevis to pursue her DVM degree. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and family, shopping, and walking her three dogs Max, Jake, and Pheobe.

Kennedy- CSR

Kennedy started working for CSPH in 2022. She loves every patient that walks through our doors but has a special place in her heart for the feline fur babies. She is the proud owner of 2 cats and a Labrador Retriever.  In her free time Kennedy likes to read and to shop.

Kenzie – Veterinary Assistant

Kenzie started with CSPH in 2022 left in 2023 and returned to us in 2024.  Kenzie loves the patient/client relationships that she is able to build. It is important to Kenzie that both the patient and owners leave here feeling like she has done everything to help them!  She has one dog Gunner (aka Gunner Bunner) an adorable little pittie. Kenzie likes to spend her free time hiking, shopping and spending time with family and close friends.