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Meet our Team

Dr. Melanie Summers, DVM & Owner

Dr. Summers grew up on the west side of Wichita where she was raised with dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and peacocks! She always knew that she had an interest and love for animals; however, it is her strong desire to help others through their pets that motivated her to become a veterinarian. She started her journey at Newman University where she received a B.S. in Biology. From there she moved to Manhattan and attended Kansas State University to attend the veterinary program.

Throughout her schooling, Dr. Summers and her husband, Clint, had four children. Her son and three daughters soon became a personal cheering team as she studied for test after test. Immediately following graduation in 2011, Dr. Summers and her family moved to the beautiful area of Northeast Kansas. She worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Atchison, Kansas for two years before the Summers family decided they wanted to come back “home”. Dr. Summers had grown up around all of her relatives as a child and spent countless hours playing with her cousins. Now she will be able to give her kids the same opportunity.

Dr. Summers established Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital in March of 2014. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology. However, her passion is internal medicine because she loves the challenge of trying to figure out intriguing cases.

During her free time, Dr. Summers enjoys being outside. She is a devoted runner and has finished two marathons. She also enjoys fishing, camping, and hiking with her family. Together they go on walks and explore the outdoors. The Summers family also includes two English Mastiffs, “Spanky,” and "Darla". Dr. Summers rescued them after a client had found their story on the internet. They are brother and sister and were having a hard time finding a home that would take two giant breed dogs. Luckily, Dr. Summers decided that she could live with their silly names and it didn't take long before she was on her way to Leavenworth to bring the two "horses" home. Dr. Summers also has three cats, 2 yellow tabby cats named “Mozz” and "Cheddar" and a tortoise shell calico named "Gouda" (yes...they are named after cheese). Her pets are usually found cuddling together on their bed or trailing behind their family on walks.

Dr. Summers is a member of AAHA ( American Animal Hospital Association ), AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), KVMA (Kansas Veterinary Medical Association), on the board of directors for the Kansas Humane Society, and the Vice President of the WVMA ( Wichita Veterinary Medical Association).

Dr. Josalyn Bruce, DVM                                                                                              

Dr. Bruce grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She has never lived outside of Oregon or Washington. Her family had one calico cat (Ginger) and a menagerie of small mammals (gerbils, rats, and a hedgehog) along with parakeets and later canaries. When Dr. Bruce was in high school, her family finally got a dog (Rosie the Dalmatian) who lived to be 16 years old!

Growing up Dr. Bruce did not know what career to pursue. She headed to college at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. In college she pursued a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Writing/Literature. Following graduation from college she moved to Seattle and began working in a laboratory that processes samples from veterinary clinics.  Through working at this lab and learning about opportunities to volunteer overseas to help people with their animals, Dr. Bruce decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Prior to applying to veterinary school, Dr. Bruce worked in two different small animal clinics in Seattle and an emergency clinic in Eugene. She enjoyed working with clients to help their pets enjoy the best life possible.

In May 2016, Dr. Bruce graduated from the Washington State University Veterinary Medicine program in Pullman, WA. She moved out to Kansas to join her husband, Walter. She is excited to begin her veterinary career with Dr. Summers’ help and work with the clients of Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital.

During her free time, Dr. Bruce enjoys reading, sewing and quilting, and outdoor activities (hiking, bike riding, and paddle boarding). She looks forward to exploring the area with her husband and expanding her hobbies.

Dr. Bruce currently has one cat, Cotton, who made the journey to Kansas with her. Cotton is FeLV positive and is an indoor only kitty. She does get to venture out on a leash occasionally.

Courtney Summers, Client Services

Courtney Summers was born and raised in Wichita. Her family has always had a pet when growing up, so she has had a love for animals since she was little. Courtney is new to the veterinary field; she enjoys learning something new each day at work and helping animals in every aspect she can.

She just recently got married this past summer to her high school sweetheart, Blake. They are excited to start their new journey together with their dog, Aurora, who is a Siberian Husky. Her and Blake have had Aurora since she was about 8 weeks old and have enjoyed watching her grow up into the playful dog she is today.

In her spare time she likes taking walks wither her husband and Aurora.

Aarika Wylie, Veterinary Technician and Groomer

Aarika Wylie was born and raised in Wichita, KS and has always known she wanted a career working with animals. She graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2012 with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Prior to getting her degree, she worked at a pet boarding facility for five years.

She currently owns two Labrador mixes named Bailey and Kaylin and a cat named Dillon. Bailey was brought home from a very bad situation and was never given the chance to socialize with other dogs or people. Over the years Aarika has slowly given her a second chance at life. She also owns a Quarter horse named Cline, whom she has been caring for and training since he was a yearling. Throughout his training Aarika has taught him numerous techniques, including how to lay down on command. Her goal is to train him for barrel racing and attend the local rodeos with him.

Her care and devotion to animals is easily seen in the time and dedication she puts into her own animals.

Michelle Yeung, Veterinary Assistant

Michelle was born in San Francisco and moved to Kansas at the age of 7. Currently finishing her last year towards a B.S. in Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Music. She will be applying to veterinary school this fall. Becoming a vet has always been her dream job since she was young. Her interests in school include physiology, microbiology, and immunology.

Michelle has a sweet and intelligent maltipoo, Molly, with whom she enjoys chasing around until they both reach pure exhaustion. Michelle likes to be referred to as a “crazy dog lady.” In her free time, she likes watching movies, playing video games, practicing yoga, discovering new DIY projects, indoor gardening, reading, taking care of her furry and aquatic family, and taking on new challenges. She also loves eating. Fruit is her favorite food.

Bethany Tullis, Veterinary Assistant

Bethany Tullis was born and raised in Wichita. It was her family dog growing up, a Rat Terrier named Littleguy, that made her realize her passion for animals. She is new to the veterinary field but is always eager to learn and enjoys having a job where she gets to work with animals each day.

Bethany graduated from Goddard High School in 2011 and went to Kansas State University before getting the chance to study abroad in London. She married her husband, Trevor, in 2014 and the two of them have a Miniature Schnauzer named Lombardi and a Border Collie/ Cattle Dog mix named River. They adopted River from the Humane Society in 2014 and she has been a wonderful addition to their family! River and Lombardi love to play together and are best friends!

In her spare time Bethany loves watching sports (preferably football…Go San Francisco 49ers!), taking walks with the dogs, and spending time with family.

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Absolutely wonderful! So happy I decided to try out Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital. The staff was exceptional and I am so thankful for the care my dog, Belle, received. The vet is no longer a dreadful place. Prairie Ridge offers extremely clean and comfortable exam rooms, caring and concerned staff, and affordable pricing! I know Belle will be in good hands for her health care.

Laura Church
Wichita, KS

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