Meet Our Staff
Dr. Amanda Mink is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she completed degrees in Animal Science (B.S.) and Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M). She has also gained certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (commonly known as animal chiropractic) from the Healing Oasis and provides this service for dogs, cats, and horses. Dr. Mink and her husband Josh live on a small farm with their mutant chihuahuas, Danes, genius Corgi mix, cats, horses, the cutest little filly ever (seriously!) and one trouble-maker parrot. Her hobbies include wine-tasting and riding her horses.
“I have been with NCVEC since 2011. The best part of working for this practice is having the ability to provide exceptional patient care 24 hours a day with the most dedicated, caring, and talented team in the field!”
Dr. Jeff Wallis did his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and later went on to Ross University, School of Veterinary Medicine. He finished his studies at the University of Illinois in 2005. Dr. Wallis has really enjoyed his time so far with NCVEC and hopes to continue providing quality medicine our patients. Currently living in Valparaiso with his wife, son, two dogs, and a cat. Outside of work, Dr. Wallis trains to run half marathons, enjoys camping, traveling, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Dr. Kim Ankrom graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. A native of southern Ohio, she grew up riding horses and finished a 1 year internship in equine medicine and surgery after veterinary school. After 2 years in mixed animal practice in northern Indiana, she joined a small animal emergency center in Champaign, Illinois. She was very excited to have the opportunity in the summer of 2017 to join the team at NCVEC. Dr. Ankrom loves the constant variety of cases in emergency medicine as well as being able to provide compassionate care to her patients and their owners through stressful situations. She and her husband reside in South Bend, Indiana with their two sons, her cat, and her flock of backyard chickens.
Dr. Lisa Polazzi is a graduate from Cornell University, where she majored in Animal Science. After graduation, Dr. Polazzi attended the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Polazzi then completed a dual internship at North Carolina State University and a private emergency clinic in North Carolina. Prior to joining the North Central Veterinary Emergency Center, Dr. Polazzi worked at an emergency clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys spending time with her dogs and competes in agility and flyball. Spare time activities include teaching and training her dogs in agility and fly ball, hiking, reading, and traveling. Dr. Polazzi is one of 2 County veterinarians for La Porte County and an active volunteer with the Dog Agility Project in Porter County.
“I have enjoyed helping to grow North Central Veterinary Emergency Center from a start up after hour emergency clinic to 2 thriving 24 hour emergency clinics. There is nothing as rewarding as sending home a sick or injured pet after several days in the hospital.”
Dr. Lori Ross completed her undergraduate degree at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She then pursued a master’s degree at Iowa State University where she studied penguin endocrinology while traveling to Antarctica. Dr. Ross completed her DVM at the University of Illinois in 2002. She has always had a passion for emergency and critical care medicine. She loves the fast paced environment of the emergency work, but has really developed a passion for the critical care side of this field.
“I really love working up cases and solving the puzzle of why a pet is ill. I feel that I can make the most positive impact on the animals that are critically sick or injured and need that extra time involved in their care and comfort. I am lucky to work at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center with wonderful doctors and technical staff. We have developed a remarkable ICU in which to treat and attend to these seriously ill pets and their very concerned owners.”
Dr. Sara Lister is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She obtained her BS in Animal Science followed by her DVM from Oklahoma State University in 2007. Her interests initially were to become a zoo and exotics specialist, but she fell in love with emergency medicine and never looked back. After vet school, she completed a 1 year internship in emergency medicine at Friendship Hospital for Animals in 2008. She then moved to the Chicago suburbs and worked at emergency/specialty practice before moving to northwest Indiana in 2012. After moving to Indiana, she spent 5 years in day practice but continued to get her emergency fix through work relief shifts at NCVEC. She transitioned back to full time ER in 2017.
The best part about emergency medicine for her is the fast pace and interesting cases seen in emergency medicine, and the constant challenge and opportunities to learn new things.
She lives in Westville, and is owned by 2 cats and her fiancé Cary. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, teaching Zumba, and winning at game night.
Dr. Staci Kish is a 2008 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Dr. Kish grew up in Northwest Indiana and moved to Central Wisconsin after graduating from veterinary school. She moved back to the area in 2012 and started practicing at a very busy, fast-paced small animal hospital in the area. Dr. Kish made the transition to emergency and critical care in 2014. Since then, she has enjoyed the fast pace and variety of challenging cases that she sees. Dr. Kish joined the staff at North Central Veterinary Emergency Center in June 2018.
Dr. Kish has been married to her husband Dave since June 2008. They have 5 beautiful children (Karson, Kasey, Aaron, Cassidy, and Alley). Their family also includes 3 dogs, 6 cats, 1 guinea pig, and many chickens and ducks. In her spare time, Dr. Kish enjoys working out and running. She is also a huge Green Bay Packers fan and loves watching them play.