Clinical Trials Technician
April Johnson graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology, and minor in Chemistry.
She started her career in the veterinary field shortly after graduation by joining the team at Grant Avenue Pet Hospital in December of 1996. She spent the next 21+ years at Grant Ave, growing her passion for patient care and client communication, thru her role as the surgery technician.
She also found a love for rescue, and fostering for SouthEast Pug Rescue & Adoption. Her pug Ruby was a former foster. But, after one week of being with her, she knew she was already home. April and Ruby share their home with 3 cats: Lelu, Parker, and Doug.
In February 2018, April transferred to Bradford to join the study team. She is excited to work with clinical trials that will help in the advancement of veterinary medicine.
In her free time, April likes to spend time with her family, and fur-kids, as well as competing in Powerlifting and Highland Games.
Clinical Trials Coordinator
Clinical Trials Technician
LeNae Walker is a career veterinary assistant who has the great pleasure to have joined the clinical trials team assisting Dr. Wiest. She joined the team in 2018 but has previously worked at other clinics in the region in varying capacities. However, she has always held the greatest satisfaction from helping the four-legged clients in whatever capacity possible and now enjoys being on the cutting edge of that support.
She is happily married with two children. The oldest shares her love of animals to the extent of pursuing a possible career in the veterinary sciences once he graduates high school. The youngest enjoys her sports and dance troupe and hopes to continue in such endeavors far into her school career. Her husband works as an IT director with a passion for Rubik's cubes and baking. LeNae's four-legged children include a Schnoodle who works part-time as a door bell when not being a dedicated lap dog and a Valley Bulldog who enjoys snoring and squeeky toys.
Clinical Trials Administrator
Jody Crotwell is a clinical trials technician that routinely assists Dr. Wiest with the clinical trial participants. She joined the BPVH Clinical Trials Team in October 2011. She was raised in the Ozarks area and moved back to the area in 2011 with her husband, Cullen, from Florida. In Florida, Jody worked as a practice manager at a pet resort and medical center.
Jody is the mother of four grown children, Brandon, Colton, D.J. and Alisha. She is also a grandmother to two granddaughters, Willow and Teagan. Jody is a runner and enjoys running in 5k and half marathon races.
Dr. Melissa Wiest is an investigating veterinarian for our clinical trials team. She brings experience from thirty years of general medical and surgical practice in both Kansas City and St. Louis areas. She remains passionate about being a part of trials to advance veterinary medicine and ultimately help our pets live healthier lives.
Outside of Bradford Park, Dr. Wiest enjoys country life in the Ozarks with her husband, two dogs, Violet and Lilly, two cats, Howard and Hurley, and a small flock of crazy chickens.
Clinical trials in the Springfield, Missouri area started in 1980 with Dr. Roger Sifferman conducting trials at Grant Avenue Pet Hospital. When Bradford Park Veterinary Hospital (BPVH) opened in 1991, Dr. Sifferman continued to conduct trials at the new facility. To date, both clinics have participated in conducting hundreds of clinical trials. Although Dr. Sifferman retired in the fall of 2017, Drs. Melissa Wiest and Vanessa Domann, along with the rest of the study team, continue to carry on the clinical trials at BPVH.
Clinical trials conducted at BPVH are part of the development of new medications or new label claims for existing medications such as preventatives, health disorder treatments, pain relievers, anti-infectives, food, etc. With your pet participating in a clinical trial, you and your pet are assisting in the development or improvement of treatments for other pets.
At BPVH you can rest assured that your pet's safety is our first concern. Any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed prior to enrollment. In fact, we do not conduct any clinical trial that we would not be comfortable enrolling our own pets on for participation.
Dr. Domann is a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine. For the first 4 years of her career, she was an emergency and critical care veterinarian at the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Southwest Missouri. She then practiced for several years at Grant Avenue Pet Hospital. Shortly after the birth of her first child, she decided to do relief veterinary work at multiple area veterinary clinics, to allow more time at home with her family.
Dr. Domann is very excited to be a part of the Bradford Park team, and sees some patients for general appointments, but is also an investigating veterinarian with the clinical trials team. She is passionate about being a part of the process to find safer, more effective medications and treatments for pets, and is excited to be working on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Domann is married and has 2 precious little girls who occupy her spare time. Her family also includes 2 yorkies, a lab mix, and 2 cats.
BPVH Clinical Trials