Meet the Spring Valley Veterinary Team in Springfield, MO

Whichever facility you choose—our East animal hospital location, our West location, or Happy Tails—you can expect nothing less than outstanding service and personalized treatment for your pet. And that’s all thanks to our skilled, hard-working team. At Spring Valley and Happy Tails, our team members work together to create a culture of compassion and appreciation for the bond shared between pets and their humans. Take a moment to meet these wonderful people before scheduling your first appointment!

Group photo of veterinary team in Springfield MO
Dr. Skinner, DVM

Dr. Skinner

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Dr. Carlson

Dr. Liisa Carlson received her veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.   

Dr. Carlson followed in her father’s, Dr. Delbert Carlson, footsteps and learned from the best. In 1995, Dr. Carlson took the helm of Carlson Pet Hospital continuing in her fatherlegacy of pushing through the envelope in veterinary medicine, technology, surgery, and care for our patients. In 2017, Dr. Carlson felt that Carlson Pet Hospital needed an updated facility and a new look, so she moved to the current Elfindale location and renamed the practice to Carlson Veterinary Wellness Center. She sold the practice to Dr. Rebecca Skinner in October 2018 and plans to continue her same patient care under Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital West.  

Dr. Carlson was a co-author in the Award-Winning Book, Dog Owner’s Veterinary Handbook alongside Dr. Delbert Carlson and Dr. James Giffin, M.D. The first edition was published in 1980. She also co-authored the book Cat Owners Veterinary Handbook. Dr. Carlson was the sole veterinarian author to the third edition of the Dog Owners Veterinary Handbook, and the second edition of the Cat Owners Veterinary Handbook.

She has received awards from the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri for Humanitarian of the Year, 417 Magazine’s Best Vet, and was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal for achievements in the last 21 years.  

Dr. Carlson and other veterinarians in the community started the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Southwest Missouri where she is still actively involved as a shareholder-member on the board.   

In her free time, Dr. Carlson loves spending time with her family and fur kids on the weekends, fishing, camping and enjoying the outdoors. 


Dr. Carlson, DVM
Dr. Berlin, DVM

Dr. Berlin

Dr. Berlin graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the team at Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital East in 2016. Dr. Berlin is a member of the AVMA and AABP. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, and working on her farm with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Scott

Dr. Nicole Scott is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri. She has been practicing for 22 years and has both small and large animal experience. She is proud to call Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital her family for the last two years and loves the staff and her clients. Dr. Scott strives to develop connections with her clients and their fur babies not only on a business level but on a personal level as well. She is willing to help you with any of your needs or concerns for your animals.

Dr. Scott has a 16-year-old daughter, Samantha, who is very active in scholastics and sports, and of whom she is very proud. Her mother and father also reside in Nixa, MO, and family time is a very important part of her life.  

Dr. Scott is a member of AVMA, MVMA, SWVMA, and MVMA Academy for Continuing Education, and is USDA APHIS National Veterinary Accredited.

Doctor Scott
Dr. Sellers, DVM

Dr. Sellers

Dr. Samantha Sellers is from Caruthersville, Missouri (Southeast MO). She attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri for her undergraduate studies and attended the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sellers particularly enjoys working with cats and proudly accepts that she is a “crazy cat lady.”

Dr. Sellers is married to a wonderful man, Dillon, and they have an absolutely gorgeous little boy named Felix. Other family members include her three cats: Kevin, Bernard, and Baloo, as well as her Shih Tzu mix, Oliver. Dr. Sellers LOVES blue kitties (the fluffier, the better!) and Beagles are her absolute favorite dog breed. 


Jeana Varney is a 2012 graduate of Drury University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts administration. Originally from Massachusetts, Jeana has lived in Southwest Missouri for 19 years. For five years, Jeana worked in the prolific arts scene in Springfield as the Marketing Manager at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. When the position of Office Manager at Spring Valley Veterinary Hospital was recommended to her, she jumped at the chance to work in a field of her other love and passion - animals! When she is not working, Jeana enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring everything Springfield has to offer! 



Amy Cochran is a lifelong native to the Springfield area. Amy has always had an interest in working with animals and started to make her dreams a reality by learning about all the areas of a veterinary hospital. Amy started her career as a kennel assistant, learned veterinary assisting, reception, and jumped into the management side of the veterinary world about ten years ago.  

Amy spends her free time with her family, pets, and rides her horses as much as possible