Dr. Kristen Hicks graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2011. She worked as an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice for over three years before venturing out on her own and opening up her own clinic, Diamond H Veterinary Service, outside of Covington, Indiana. She is licensed in Illinois and Indiana and is also a USDA accredited veterinarian. She was raised with companion animals as well as a herd of horses. She has years of experience with horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and small animals.
What sets Dr. Hicks apart from some other veterinarians is that she truly cares about the health and wellbeing of the animals, no matter what the species is. She always tries to do what is best for the animal above anything else. Diamond H also tries hard to keep our prices affordable so that all of our clients can afford to take the best care of their pets and livestock.
Dr. Hicks married Steve Hicks, a local beef and grain farmer in the summer of 2010. They have two little boys, Jett Daniel (born August 2013) and Waylon Jene (born March 2016). The family enjoys raising Simmental show cattle and commercial beef cattle as well as running the veterinary practice. In their free time, the Hicks family enjoys spending time outdoors with their horses, dogs and chickens. They are members of the Christian Union Church of Covington, IN.
Alexis Froedge graduated in December 2011 from Purdue University and became a registered technician in March of 2012. She marries her husband, Clinton, in December 2012. They live in Covington, on their own little hobby farm of many animals. They are proud parents to Stewart Alan Froedge. In her spare time, she enjoys dedicating her time to being a 4H leader and goat superintendent, raising livestock, and spending time with family and friends. She loves all animals, but if she had to pick a favorite it would be a tossup between chickens/turkeys and goats.
Tona Anderson joined the Diamond H team in May 2017. She graduated with a degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL and became a registred veterinary technician in May of 2017. She has worked in veterinary clinics since 2012 and loves developing relationships with not only the patients but also their owners. Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Tona now lives with her husband Dave and rottweiler Rooney in Covington, Indiana. They love to do anything outdoors especially kayaking, hiking, and camping. If she had to pick a favorite animal it would be a tie between cattle & dogs.
Ashley Miller moved to Champaign, IL in 2007 where she studied Business and Animal Science at the University of Illinois. Originally from southwest Michigan, Ashley now lives in Williamsport, IN. She married her husband, Garret Miller, in August of 2014. The two enjoy riding horses and spending time with their many animals. Ashley is dedicated to helping educate the youth as a Warren County 4H Horse and Pony leader. While she loves all animals, if she had to pick her favorite it would be horses.
Chris Minick has had a passion for animals for her entire life. She has worked in a veterinary clinic setting for over 13 years before coming to Diamond H. Alongside her husband John, she has trained horses and raised dogs for most of their 28 years together. Although they have slowed down quite a bit, they now enjoy watching their grandkids around the animals. Chris also likes to fish, camp and trail ride. She is a member of the Wallace Christian Church. Her best little buddy is her Chihuahua-Pekingese mix named Axel.
Juli graduated from Purdue University's Veterinary Technology program in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science degree. Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Juli has worked in a clinical setting for almost 7 years now as a registered veterinary technician.
She married her best friend Cameron in 2013, they currently live in Wallace, Indiana. Juli and Cameron welcomed their first daughter, Carter Grace in 2017. They are members of the Wallace Christian Church, and she enjoys serving others. Juli enjoys spending time with her family and friends any chance she gets. She loves her fur babies like they are her children. Her passion is animals and providing the absolute best care to them. She loves all animals, big and small, but if she had to pick, she loves horses and dogs the best.
Heagen Wickens graduated from Harrison College Northwest in 2011 with an Associates Degree in Science. She completed her degree to be a veterinary technician and has been working alongside Dr. Hicks since her externship during her last year of school. She grew up on a farm with all different species of large and small animals and was also a 10 year 4-H member. Heagen married Dusty Wickens in June of 2012, and they welcomed their first daughter, Mabel Rae, in September of 2015. The family has six dogs, three cats and several chickens and guineas. They are members of the Christian Union Church in Covington. If Heagen had to choose her favorite animal species, she could still only get it narrowed down to dogs, horses and chickens.
Alex Hegg completed his Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences at Purdue University and is now IN THE FINAL YEAR OF FINISHING his veterinary degree at the Veterinary School at Purdue. Alex served as an Animal Sciences Ambassador, President of Block and Bridle, and was a member of the 2014 National Champion Livestock Judging Team during his undergraduate studies. Alex grew up on a cattle farm in central Indiana where his family raises and shows Polled Hereford Cattle. His specific interests include large animal medicine and bovine reproduction. Although Alex is very busy with his veterinary schooling, he tries to come back to the clinic to help out during breaks from school and remains a big part of the Diamond H family. ALEX PLANS TO JOIN DIAMOND H AS AN ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN IN THE FUTURE.
I have worked at Diamond H for a little over a year and love it here. I've meet so many awesome animals and their owners. Pets have been a part of my entire life and I know how much they can become part of the family. I love learning new things to help better animals' lives.
Makayla Mickle is currently a Sophomore at Attica Jr/Senior High School. She has always had a passion for animals. She currently has her own horse Chico, eleven goats, two turkeys, Miniature Donkey Cocoa, and many different breeds of chickens. All of her animals she bought with the money she has made. Starting at the age of 11 she began working at Tall Pine Stables . Then at the age of 14 she added another job working at Double H Horse farm. While working she has been active in 4H. She is also a member of FFA, FCA and Golden Spur. Doing all of this and still maintaining a 3.6 GPA. Her passion is horses but loves any animal. Her summers have consisted of donating her time at Hanging Rock Horse Camp. She plans on graduating early and going on to become a veterinary technician working with large animals.
Skylar Krepton moved to Covington, Indiana in August of 2015. Prior to moving, she grew up on a horse farm with her mom, dad, and two younger sisters. Since her move, she and her family have downsized to two horses and two dogs. After Skylar graduates from Covington High School in the spring of 2019, she plans to further her education at a large university and fulfil her dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian.