Our Team

Dr. Cheryl Walker

DVM, CVAT / Owner

Dr. Cheryl Walker is a 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. As a part of her interest in internal medicine and pain management therapies, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2021. Originally from Downers Grove, a suburb of Chicago, she moved to the state of Missouri for her schooling and decided to stay, preferring the milder winters in Missouri. Her interests include feline medicine and internal medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys biking, hiking, and reading.

Dr. Abigail Hadsall

DVM

Dr. Abigail Hadsall (or “Hazmat” as she is lovingly called) grew up in St Charles, Missouri, surrounded by family who kindly supported her animal obsession. She attended Mizzou for undergrad and graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She and her husband then promptly moved north to Maine, where they enjoyed the fabulous scenery and outdoor activities that the state is known for. Dr. Hadsall worked in a fast-paced general practice and provided relief services at the area emergency clinic. After 5 years and two children, they returned to the St. Louis region to be closer to family.

Dr. Hadsall enjoys emergency and internal medicine, reproductive medicine and loves performing soft tissue surgery. Her home is occupied by one husband, two human children, and five furry children; a terrier mix named Ellie, a 150 lb Newfoundland named Revan, and three cats, Kitty, Wednesday and Mr. MeeSeeks. Dr. Hadsall loves spending time with her family, hiking and running, and can always be found reading in any additional spare time.

Dr. Evan Klein

DVM / Owner

Dr. Klein has been practicing in small animal medicine and surgery for the past 10 years. He realized his dream of becoming a veterinarian while he was working to complete his degree in marine biology in Santa Cruz, CA. For three of his years in school he volunteered his time and love at an animal shelter. During this time he realized his complete love of animals and that his true passion lied in helping those who could not speak for themselves.

After this dream was realized the real work began. Dr. Klein attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts. His clinical year was completed at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. His drive for further knowledge led him to apply for an additional internship and extend his years of study. Once accepted he was an intern with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Ambulatory Department and Champaign County Small Animal Shelter.

During this past year Dr. Evan Klein has become an owner at CWE Veterinary Hospital. From wellness preventive care visits to more advanced medicine and surgery, his main focus is treating your pet as part of the family. Dr. Klein is proud to be certified in a program called Fear Free, a program designed to make visits to the hospital as stress free as possible. In his free time, Dr. Klein loves going mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and his two young boys.

Dr. Amy Skarzyski

DVM

Dr. Skarzynski was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian since about the age of 4, and with the help and undying support of her parents, she was able achieve to her childhood dream! Dr. Skarzynski graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2018, and shortly thereafter moved to the St. Louis area to pursue a position as a small animal emergency veterinarian. She has had the privilege to care for and treat patients from the St. Louis area as well as patients in other states she traveled providing locum emergency veterinary relief. Though still passionate about emergency care, Dr. Skarzynski is looking forward to more personal relationships and long-term care with patients and their families here at VCC.

Shortly after moving to the St. Louis area, Dr. Skarzynski met her husband-to-be, whom is native to the Wentzville area. Together they enjoy playing board games and cards, walking and hiking, playing PokemonGO, traveling to visit family as well as to explore new places, and participating in fun runs anywhere from cupcake run 5ks to Tough-Mudder races. They have 3 pets at home (for now), two friendly felines named Batman and Alfred, and a “foster fail” wire-haired terrier mix named Macy who joined the family about a year ago.

Dr. Matt Shivelbine

DVM / Owner

Dr. Shivelbine (or Dr. Shiv, as he is known to be called) is a Missouri native, originally from Cape Girardeau, where he grew up in his family’s music store. Inspired by his father’s work ethic and his mother’s love of learning, he moved north to Kirksville where he attended Truman State University. He developed a real love of biology and animal science that eventually directed him to a career in veterinary medicine. He moved to St. Louis after graduating from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and has been practicing throughout the metro area since then. Dr. Shivelbine is interested in soft tissue surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, and exotic animal medicine. He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Shivelbine truly enjoys working through animal health concerns, and wants to foster open & honest communication with our CWE families. Before you make a medical decision together, he wants you to understand not only what we need to do but why we are recommending it. Dr. Shivelbine regularly plays violin (well), bass (pretty good), and accordion (poorly) with his wife Jenna and their friends in the acoustic band The Aught Naughts. They also love watching / mocking low budget scary movies and laughing a lot. Jenna has an amazing imagination – she makes toys, stuffed animals, children’s books and other creations in her home studio. Matt and Jenna both enjoy building Lego sculptures with their young boys Olin and Emrik. Olin studies karate and is hard at work on his path to black belt. Emrik loves music and is absolutely crazy for steam trains. The real boss of the house is their cat, Clever Dan – a grey tabby with a remarkably high IQ.

Andrew C.

Head Veterinary Technician

Andrew is a St. Louisan Native and is currently our head vet tech! He states he’s been having so much fun and it feels like he’s always been here! “I go by Andrew “The Cat Man” because of my passion for working with cats. A cat’s purr is the sound of love”!

Andrew knows he’s in the right profession because he feels very satisfied after a long day’s work! It leaves him feeling like a big bowl of mashed potatoes!
In his free time he likes to eat chicken wings (traditional only) while playing Call of Duty and having introspective conversations with his lovely girlfriend. All of the while surrounded by his five amazing cats.

Courtney C.

Customer Service Representative

Courtney is from Indianapolis and moved to St. Louis 4 years ago. He began working in the field through TNR programs and has a soft spot for community cats.

Outside of work, Courtney likes to play board games and read!

Lica S.

Veterinary Technician

Lica started working in June 22 as a Veterinary Technician! Born and raised in Dallas TX, she quickly moved to Seattle WA for school where she met her now husband. Her passion for animals drove her to find a program where she could help animals. After becoming one of the first Approved Veterinary Assistant in Washington State, she worked at Renton West Veterinary Hospital for a few years. When her husband got stationed in Georgia and then Central Texas, she gained many valuable experiences to help shape the Technician she is today. After her husband left the military, work brought them to St. Louis in May of 22. Growing up animals were always a part of her life. From a non-profit rescue out of her childhood home to dog sitting and walking into adulthood, her need to help animals remained constant in her life.

Outside of work, Lica has 3 dogs- Speedy (9) joined the family in 2015 from a shelter in Washington State. He is a jack Russell and Chihuahua mix Obi (5) was born in 2016 from Lica’s Sister’s dogs. He is a havanese, Maltese and poodle mix. Samantha ( 14) joined the family in 2020 in Central Texas. She is a Labrador mix. When Lica isn’t caring for her pups or at work, her favorite pass times include playing music and video games!

Matthew M.

Veterinary Technician

Hello! My name is Matthew and I am one of the vet techs here at Central West End Veterinary. I spent some time at Missouri State University studying wildlife biology before making my way here. In my free time, I take care of my 2 panther chameleons, dog, 5 snakes, fish tank, and 16 tarantulas. With what little free time I have left after that, I love going on hikes, bike rides and going on weekend trips. I am super excited to meet all of our patients!

Sarah S.

Hospital Administrator

As a lifelong lover of animals, Sarah is delighted to have the opportunity to merge her business expertise with her passion for animal care and wellness. Her extensive experience with payroll, business management, and strategic planning will provide the support our hospital needs in order to practice the best medicine for our patients. Sarah has enjoyed building and working with our dedicated and fun-loving team. She sees how seriously the staff is about the care they provide our patients, and she diligently works to provide a positive and empowering environment where each staff member can continue to learn, grow, and have fun.

With two cats and a dog at home, Sarah and her husband have a home filled with all sorts of animal antics. Her favorite pastimes include gardening, baking, reading, and horseback riding, along with the occasional weekend of Netflix binge watching. She also enjoys catching a show at the local comedy clubs.

Zharia p.

Veterinary Assistant

Zharia was Born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. Graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2021 with Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness: Animal Science and is Currently enrolled in the Vet Tech program at Jefferson College. As a young girl Zharia witnessed a traumatic loss of a beloved pet in which triggered a passionate sought to learn about the care of all animals, and how to prolong their life!

Her favorite part about working with animals is seeing their personalities flourish along with the immense amount of hugs and kisses that they give out! Most importantly, providing the care to them that is necessary for a healthy and happy life. Zharia knew she was in the right profession when she could express all her sorrows and worries to an animal without them being judgmental, while still offering their unconditional love. But on a serious note, it was the moment she did her summer internship and was able to get the real hands-on experience of the industry. It almost felt like she was at right at home. She was very interested in learning more, and continued her education to be a technician.

Outside of work she spends most of her time at home reading occasionally; and watching suspenseful/mystery movies or TV shows, “I mean that type of stuff keeps my heart racing”! Whenever she does come out of hibernation, she likes to go and try out different restaurants around the city. She loves spoiling her dad’s dog, Zinc, with treats, rope toys, hide-and-seek, belly rubs, and a lot of walks; which he gets a kick out of! With Zharia’s  little sister being 10 years younger, you’ll most likely find her in tears of laughter from almost anything Zharia does or says!