Dr. Shannon Flegle earned her DVM from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She practiced in Minnesota until December 2010 when she joined Murphy Animal Hospital. Dr. Flegle grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota and has always had an interest in veterinary medicine. She got her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Dr. Flegle realizes that there is a complex bond that exists between people and their pets. Understanding this bond helps people and their pets form a healthy relationship that meets not just the pets physical needs, but also meets the emotional needs of people and their pets. Dr. Flegle has particular interest in internal medicine, geriatric medicine and surgery. She will work hard to provide her clients with the latest advancements in veterinary medicine.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Flegle enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their 3 dogs and 3 cats. She also enjoys playing volleyball, walking and flower gardening.


Relief Surgeon

Dr. Holt was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He studied chemistry as an undergraduate and continued on to complete his DVM at the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1982. In 1993, Dr. Holt graduated from the second class of the AAHA Veterinary Management Institute at the Krannert School of Business, Purdue University.

He was the first veterinarian in the St. Louis area to purchase and use the Luxar (now Lumenis) Laser system in June of 1998. Since then, he has performed over seven thousand surgical procedures using the Lumenis Laser technology. Dr. Holt served as a past president of the St. Louis Metro East Veterinary Medical Association and the Southern Illinois Veterinary Medical Association. In 2002, Dr. Holt underwent advanced surgical training in a partial surgical residency at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2005, Dr. Holt started Relief Surgical Services, a Midwest-based traveling referral surgical practice that provides select veterinary hospitals with in-house advanced surgical procedures and treatments. Dr. Holt is certified in Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, Sliding Humeral Osteotomy, Helica Total Hip Prosthesis, and the Modified Maquet Procedure for Tibial Tuberosity Advancement.

Dr. Holt currently resides in Wentzville, Missouri with his wife, Stefanie, and his two children, Ashlyn and Austin.


Veterinary Assistant

Education: Thirty-Five Years of Experience

Donna began working at Murphy Animal Hospital, with only her love of animals to back her up. She now assists in everyday surgeries, as well as taking care of the pets in the clinic. Donna also works in the kennel and takes care of pets that board with us. Her cosmetology training taught her to be a very sanitary person, so one of her main goals is to keep the clinic as clean as possible.

Donna has a sixteen-year-old black and white cat, and she also has a black Chihuahua.

In her pastime, Donna enjoys sewing, cooking, and gardening. She is a hairdresser of thirty-five years, and she loves making the world beautiful.



Education: Webster University: Bachelor of Science – Biology

Holly began working for Murphy Animal Hospital in the kennels in 2013 before becoming one of the receptionists.

Prior to working at Murphy, Holly worked as a stablehand at William Woods University while she attended school.

Holly has an Australian Shepherd named Finnegan, a golden retriever named Maddie, and a cat named Lyra.

She enjoys reading, writing, and photography in her spare time. She also loves hiking and watching Blues hockey. She shares her home with two dogs, an Australian Shepherd named Finnegan and a Golden Retriever named Maddie. She also has a gray and white cat named Lyra.



Education: University of Missouri – St. Louis, currently enrolled

Rachel has worked with dogs and cats since 2009, focusing in kennel care and management before becoming a front desk receptionist at Murphy in 2014.

Rachel has four pets of her own, two cats, a dog, and a horse. Both of her cats, Blackie and Patches, were rescues. She adopted Jaz, her Chihuahua, in 2013. Rachel has owned her horse, Bandit, since 2010.

When she isn’t studying or at work, Rachel’s biggest passion is horses. She spends time riding her horse as much as possible. She also enjoys anything outdoors, especially being at the lake.


Clinic Cat / Guest Specialist

Dodge enjoys receiving pets from hospital visitors and staff, scheming ways to steal treats, napping on chairs, and sun bathing around the lobby.


Daily Operations Supervisor/Greeter

Education: School of Hard Knocks

Lucy came to us in August of 2014, and hobbled her way right into our hearts. She enjoys long walks through the grass, playing outside with her friends in daycare, and napping through the afternoon while everyone works in the hospital.