Dr. Tichy grew up in the St. Louis area and always aspired to be a veterinarian. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and his DVM degrees at the University of Missouri-Columbia. After graduation, he returned to the St. Louis area to be close to family and practiced as an associate veterinarian at a small animal practice. After meeting and dating in veterinary school, he and Dr. Cobb were married in 1991.
They stayed in the St. Louis area, working in separate veterinary practices for 5 years. In 1996, they purchased Laurie Animal Hospital and moved to the Lake of the Ozarks area. Since arriving in 1996, they have witnessed major changes and growth on the west side of the lake. The clinic was remodeled and doubled in size in October of 2005. Besides working, Dr. Tichy and Dr. Cobb are both very involved with their church and family. They have two daughters. The oldest is in college and the youngest is now also in college. In addition, Dr. Tichy enjoys watching and following sports. Some of his favorite teams include the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and MU Tigers. He feels blessed to live and work in such a beautiful and friendly area and can't imagine being anywhere else.
Dr. Cobb grew up on a farm just outside of Montgomery City, Mo. She always enjoyed working with all of the animals, large and small, and knew that veterinary medicine was the profession for her. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and her DVM degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She then worked as an associate veterinarian in a mixed-animal practice in Chester, Ill. for 1 year. After she and Dr. Tichy were married in 1991, she moved to the St. Louis area and practiced in Hillsboro for 2 years and Arnold for 3 years. The doctors then made the decision to search for a practice of their own in a smaller community. Laurie Animal Hospital seemed the perfect fit, as it offered Dr. Cobb the opportunity to practice part time and still have the time she wanted to spend with their 2 daughters. Their oldest daughter is now in college and their youngest a sophmore in college. Outside of work and family, Dr. Cobb enjoys spending time in her flower gardens and keeps busy with church activities. She also enjoys watching sports with Dr. Tichy. The doctors have 2 cats and 3 dogs, all of which were strays in the Lake area that they adopted.
Meet The Team .
All of us here at Laurie Animal Hospital enjoy meeting new people and helping them take care of their pets every day. If you ever have any concerns about your pet's health or nutrition needs, please don't hesitate to call us.
Paula EmeryAdministrative Assistant/Trainer
Paula has been part of the Laurie Animal Hospital family since 2015 as a receptionist.
Paula came to us after she and her husband, Jeff retired from the Kansas City, MO Police Department after 26 years of service.
Pictured with her is her little guy Mojo.
Paula says the best part of her job is interacting with the clients and their fur babies. In Paula's free time she enjoys motorcycle trips, boating, and is very involved with her church.
Sarah RuckerVet Assistant Supervisor
Everyone knows and loves Sarah, our senior vet assistant. She has been with us since 2017. Pictured with her are Patch, Marcy, & Junior. Her cat Hugo and bunny Molly declined to be pictured. Sarah says she has wanted to work with animals since she was 7. She hopes to become a licensed vet technician in the near future. Sarah says she loves working at LAH because everyone here is like family and she loves helping animals.
In her free time, she loves to go hiking with her dogs, swim, movies and loves coffee.
Jackie just joined our family in September 2021 as one of our receptionists. She and her husband just moved here from Colorado in August.
Pictured with Miss Jackie are her babies Dyson (Dog) and Kenzie (cat), And she says they are spoiled rotten.
Jackie says in her free time she enjoys reading, crafts, and she loves to watch scary movies! Her favorite time of year is Fall.
Jackie says she loves working at LAH because she loves getting to pet all the fur babies that come in.
Elizabeth joined us in September 2021. She is one of our very sweet receptionists who greet you when you come to Laurie Animal Hospital. She moved here from Independence, Mo in 2010.
Pictured here with her are her fur babies Luna (cat), Zeus (chihuahua), and Belle (Shih Tzu). She says she and her husband spoil them like their children.
In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, Scrapbooking, and romantic comedy movies.
Elizabeth says she loves working at Laurie Animal Hospital because she loves helping animals and getting to love on them every day.
Christy ShoemakeOffice Manager
Christy, our Office Manager has been with us since 2021.Pictured with her is Frannie her fur baby. Her kitty Libby declined to be pictured. Christy's background is Medical office management but was excited to transition to the Veterinary office field because of her love of animals. In her spare time, she loves 'Lake Life', boating, fishing, dock time. She also enjoys antiquing & Concerts.
Amber JuraVet Assistant
This is Amber and her fur baby Zane. Amber joined us in May 2023 as a vet assistant. Amber says she has always wanted to work with animals and this is her dream job. Amber grew up in the lake area and loves collecting miniatures, crafting and reading. Amber is currently enrolled in the CVA classes and is lovingly known as the 'treat lady'. Amber hopes to continue her education after she passes her CVA by taking the RVT course.
Haley ProehlVet Assistant
Haley joined our team in July 2023. Pictured with Haley are her dog Bella, her Turkey Tom, and her turtle Ivy.
Haley says she has always had a passion for animals and is excited to work with them. She says she enjoys working with all the pets at the clinic and is planning on taking the CVA class to further her knowledge of animals.In her free time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her pets, and repairing vehicles.