Our Practice

Our hospital is well equipped with advanced equipment and technologies that allow us

to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. Our facility has the equipment to

provide comprehensive in house testing for advanced diagnostic services, including

digital x-ray, ultrasound imaging and CT scanning. We also have cutting edge surgical

suites, well-stocked pharmacy, and much more.

Our feel at home exam rooms and the genuine concern our dedicated staff has for each and every one of our clients and patients are what sets us apart and makes us the emergency and specialty care center of choice for so many local pet lovers. Our doctors stay in touch with clients, providing daily updates, whether it’s an intensive care case in our ER, a referral to our surgical or internal medicine departments or something else. We’re ready to partner with you with the shared goal of helping your loved one remain as happy and healthy as possible.

At Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care West, we strive to offer not only sound advice, but also optimal veterinary care at affordable prices. Our job is not only to treat your pet when he or she isn’t feeling well, but also to work with you AND your family veterinarian to provide the highest level of care and service to you and your loved one. We will communicate with both you and your veterinarian through every step of the way to ensure that all members of your pet’s healthcare team are involved in his or her important health care decisions.

Whether your pet is arriving from one of our many referring veterinary practices or if you simply found us on your own, we promise to treat your four legged family member with compassionate care and involve you and your regular veterinarian in the management of your pet’s case. In addition to our specialist referral services, our emergency care team is available around the

Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care West is a state of the art, advanced animal health care facility, providing the latest in veterinary surgery, diagnostics, imaging and intensive care for dogs and cats on Indianapolis’ Westside, Speedway and other surrounding communities. We focus on delivering that care in a way that places you and your pet as our highest priority.

With us, you’re never just a number. You’ll be welcomed with open arms and caring, compassionate hearts.


Our dedicated team is available to handle even the most

critical situations.  We also offer a wide variety of specialty services to manage your companion’s ongoing good health.

Our patients have access to an elite team of doctors,

specialists and support staff that are prepared to step in and handle all of your pet care needs at a moment’s notice.You can feel confident that when your pet is with us, he or she is in caring, capable hands.

clock and every day of the year for any pet related emergency that may arise.  While you hopefully never have to experience such a situation, it's good to know that there's someone you can count on in your time of need.

Regardless of the reason you’re visiting our hospital, when you’re with us, you can expect to receive compassionate care and genuine concern, starting with the first contact via the phone with our receptionists, all the way through to our aftercare follow up, and every step along the way. We want you and your pet to feel as comfortable and at ease as possible with us, and we pledge to always go the extra mile in everything we do to achieve that goal.

We look forward to serving you and your loved one in every way we can and helping to improve the chances of you both enjoying many happy, healthy years of companionship with one another.  To learn more about the services we offer, click here.

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Our Team

dr. mark petersmann

emergency veterinarian, medical director

Science was always Dr. Petersmann's favorite subject in high school and college, and he knew he wanted to help both animals and people alike. Combining these passions with an inquisitive nature, and always looking for a challenge, he knew that becoming a Veterinarian was the right career for him.  
When not at work, Dr. Petersmann enjoys spending time with his wife, Alyssa, and son, Hugh.  Their four-legged family members include 4 dogs: a Spaniel mix named Daisy, two hound mixes, Kimber and Penny, and a Rottweiler named Yona), and 3 cats:  Gatsby, Sienna, and Darcy.  He also enjoys cooking, traveling and does a lot of volunteer work for local shelters and rescues.  

dr. karla fraga

emergency veterinarian

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dr. Fraga knew at a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.  She moved  to Louisiana to finish her undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Louisiana State University, and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. 
She met her soon to be husband at vet school (he's an Equine veterinarian), and they have two adopted pups (Shaggy and Nola).  They will be welcoming another roommate later this year, a baby boy!  When not thinking about veterinary medicine, she enjoys being outdoors, playing volleyball, and traveling,
While attending veterinary school, she was awarded the ACVS Foundation Student Surgery Award for Excellence in Small Animal Surgery.   We are excited to welcome Dr. Fraga to the Noah's family!

dr. matthew heydenburg

emergency veterinarian

Dr. Heydenburg, a Michigan native, joined the Noah's West Side family in July of 2019.  He attended Michigan State University for his undergrad, and  Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine for his DVM.


He enjoys performing surgery but also working up a tough medical case.  When Dr. Heydenburg isn't taking care of patients, he enjoys hiking, playing board games, and traveling. 

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Heydenburg to the Noah's family!

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dr. jennifer kesler

emergency veterinarian

Dr. Jennifer Kesler grew up in the small Central Kansas town of Bushton. The inspiration of her Grandfather, the love of animals, the interest in science and medicine, and the support of her family all led her in the direction to become a veterinarian.


She received her Bachelors of Animal Science degree from Kansas State University. From there, she went to veterinary school at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 2008. After graduation she worked at a highly progressive veterinary hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, for 6 years where she gained invaluable experience in medicine and surgery. Dr. Kesler then spent 5 years working as an emergency veterinarian at Flower Mound Emergency Pet Clinic in Texas and fell in love with emergency medicine.


With a move to Indianapolis this past year, she is now full time at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care and is one of the overnight emergency veterinarians. Dr. Kesler is enjoying the change to Indiana with her husband, Dave and their daughter who is finishing her 4th year of college. Their furry family includes SoCo the boxer and Lulu the Great Dane. Her hobbies include traveling with her amazing husband, Kansas State sports, Cardinals baseball, and spending time with friends and family!

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dr. stephanie lewis

emergency veterinarian

Raised in Tennessee, Dr. Lewis joined the VSEC South team in June of 2020.   She always felt like being a Veterinarian was her calling.  It has allowed her to care for animals and help the families that love them.

When not at work, Dr. Lewis enjoys spending time with her fiance, Kyle, and their cat , Aramis, and visiting with family in the Indiana and Tennessee areas.  She enjoys reading, playing board games, and going to the movies.

We are so glad to have Dr. Lewis on our team!  


dr. ashley potts

emergency veterinarian

Dr. Potts joined Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Care West in January of 2020.  She attended Purdue University for her Undergraduate Degree, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri.

She always wanted to help animals and people alike by using medicine, problem solving skills, and critical thinking to strengthen and repair the human-animal bond.  Dr. Potts enjoys volunteering at local animal shelters and helping  them with their spay and neuter surgeries

She met her husband, Dr. Kevin Potts, in vet school (in anatomy lab of all places!)  Their family includes three pets:  a Sheltie named Lillie, and two cats, Odie and Selina.  When not at work, she likes to explore parks, bake, and play video games.  


dr. gina santiago

emergency veterinarian

Dr. Santiago joined the Noah's family in 2018.  She loves being a Veterinarian and strongly believes that they have a key role in public health, and that healthy pets equal healthy people.  We couldn't agree more!

Dr. Santiago has a yellow Lab named Zeus, and they enjoy discovering new walking trails together.  Her boyfriend, George, is also a Veterinarian living in New Orleans.  When not visiting her family in Lexington, Kentucky, she enjoys discovering new cultures and new food, and collecting insects (thanks to her Minor in Entomology :).  We are thrilled to have Dr. Santiago on board!  


elise bell, rvt

veterinary technician

Elise has been with Noah's since 2015, and is originally from Savannah, Georgia.  She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology.  She loves the fast pace of emergency veterinary medicine and is grateful to have the opportunity to expand her knowledge with the diverse cases that ER care brings.  She can then educate clients on how to best care for their pets even on an emergency basis.

She  currently has 5 fur babies:  Remy Martini, a 9 year old Pit mix; Farnsworth Bentley, 9 year old DSH; Julius Ceasar, a 7 year old DSH; Corbin Dallas, a 6 year old Lab mix, and Prince Clorox, a 4 year old  Rat Terrier mix.  

We are lucky to have Elise on the Noah's team!


jill ewoldt

client service representative

Jill has been with Noah's since 2016, and has been in the veterinary medicine field for over 35 years.  Her love of animals and customer service makes her the perfect fit for us!

Jill and her husband have 3 children and 4 four-legged kids:  cats Wrigley, Ernie Banks, Walter & Geddy Lee.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening and watching TV.  

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natalie hulett

client service representative

Natalie has been with Noah's since October of 2017 as a Client Service Representative.  She has a strong passion for animals and enjoys being able to help them have a long life.  

Her family includes her husband, a Marine Corp Veteran, 21 year old son (who's an MP in the Army reserves), and 2 daughters, ages 17 and 6.  Her four-legged family members include 4 dogs (Rapunzel, Duke, Baron & Tank), a kitten named Bubble Gum, and 2 birds.  Natalie also volunteers and fosters for Heaven After Hell Animal Rescue.  

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