Dr. Marion Sewell – Veterinarian and Owner
Dr. Sewell is an NAVC certified Pet Nutrition Coach and has the knowledge and tools necessary to provide expert guidance for clients about their pet’s nutritional needs. Pet nutrition and feeding management are vital aspects of preventive and therapeutic veterinary care, that’s why it’s important that your veterinary healthcare team is the definitive source for pet nutritional information and advice.
Dr. Marion Sewell is originally from upstate New York. After four years in the United States Marine Corps as an aviation ordnanceman, Dr. Sewell moved to Louisiana where she graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Sewell earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007.
Following graduation she relocated to Ruston, Louisiana where she has been practicing at Ruston Animal Clinic since that time. In 2009, Dr. Sewell took ownership of the practice from original owner Dr. Edwin Davis. Ruston Animal Clinic has been a community staple since 1969.
Dr. Sewell enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, friends and pets. Dr. Sewell is also very active in organized veterinary medicine. She served on the Board of the Louisiana Veterinary Medicine Association for 6 years where she ultimately served as President. Dr. Sewell is certified as a “Fear Free” veterinarian. A “Fear Free” veterinarian focuses on education, emotional wellbeing, enrichment, and the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.
Dr. Miranda Clark-Baker – Veterinarian
Dr. Miranda Baker is originally from Saint Joseph, Louisiana. She completed her undergraduate training at Louisiana Tech University in 2012. She earned her veterinary degree from Saint George’s University in 2017. She and her husband are very happy to be back in Ruston.
Dr. Danielle Smith – Veterinarian
Dr. Danielle Smith is originally from West Monroe, LA. She completed her undergraduate training at Louisiana Tech University, and she earned her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She practiced for many years at a clinic in West Monroe, but she and her husband have recently moved to the Ruston/Dubach area. She is so excited to now be a part of the RAC family.
Dr. Smith has worked in the veterinary field for 16 years. She and her husband have 4 pups: a Chiweenie named Louie, a dachshund named Cookie, a dachshund named Truffles, and a mixed breed named Nola. Dr. Smith has a special interest/love for dachshunds and senior pets. She is particularly interested in preventative medicine, senior wellness, internal medicine, dermatology, and oncology.
Dawn Stevens – Director of Operations
Dawn grew up in Ruston, Louisiana, and resides here with her husband, 2 daughters, and son. Dawn has an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Sciences and has worked in the Medical Field since 2009, where she assisted in surgical procedures. Now, she is excited to be a part of the Ruston Animal Clinic family. Dawn has a dog and cat that her family adopted from the local rescue. Her areas of interest are emergency medicine, surgical procedures, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocol. Dawn enjoys, keeping Ruston Animal Clinic’s employees, pets, and pet families safe.
Shawn Talley – Treatment Director
Shawn has been a resident of Ruston, Louisiana for over 37 years, where is resides with his wife, daughter, and 3 dogs. Shawn is an alumnus of Louisiana Tech University with a BSN in Animal Science. He worked with the previous owner of Ruston Animal Clinic, Dr. Davis for 16 years. Shawn was a Baseball Coach and Science teacher at Ruston Jr. High and Ruston High School for 10 years and has worked at Ruston Animal Clinic with Dr. Sewell since 2017.
Kimberly Toney – Head Receptionist
Kimberly Toney is originally from Choudrant, Louisiana and resides in Ruston with her son and fur babies. She has been part of the Ruston Animal Clinic team since June 2008. Kimberly is the head receptionist and has a strong interest in pet nutrition. She enjoys educating our clients about the benefits of a good pet food diet.
Macy Waggoner – Surgery Coordinator
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April Atkins – Veterinary Assistant
April is originally from Farmerville Louisiana and returned after living in Colorado for several years. She has worked predominantly in the veterinary field since 2002. April has a degree in Veterinary Assisting and is currently attending, the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM), for a degree in Biology. April lives on a small hobby farm with her husband and a wide range of rehabilitated animals. April’s favorite breed of dog is the Chihuahua. Her areas of interest are emergency medicine, exotic animals, and wildlife rehabilitation.
Chris Fuselier – Veterinary Assistant
Chris was raised in Pineville, Louisiana, he graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. Chris started as a Kennel Tech at our sister company, Ruston Pet Resort in April 2021, and in October of 2021 transferred to Ruston Animal Clinic. Where he is now a Veterinary Assistant. Chris is interested in small animal nutrition and is now preparing to apply for Veterinary School for 2022-2023. Ruston Animal Clinic staff is excited to see where the future takes him.
Austynn Harbison – Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
Hails from central Arkansas. She is an alumnus of Louisiana Tech University with a BSN in Animal Science. She has worked in veterinary medicine since 2019 but in animal care for much longer. Austynn is currently a receptionist and a veterinary assistant so you could meet Austynn anywhere at RAC. She has 3 dogs, Lunar, Levee and Wisper that were all rescued from shelters. In her spare time, Austynn enjoys reading fiction, hiking, hunting, and training my dogs. She is currently working toward a career as a veterinarian because she loves helping and learning about all animals!