Welcome to Arch Animal Hospital West, formerly Fischer Animal Hospital

Meet Our Veterinary Team

Meet the wonderful veterinarians and staff of Arch Animal Hospital West. We take great pride in providing excellent care for your pets!

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Get to know our doctors.

Dr. Mike Richards

Dr. Mike Richards

Veterinarian, Owner

Dr. Mike grew up in the Metro East since early childhood. After graduating from East Alton Wood River High School, he attended the University of Missouri-Rolla, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biological science. He then attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2009. While in vet school, Dr. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Beth. After graduation, they moved back to the St. Louis area. Dr. Mike first practiced in Fairview Heights for 3 years, then in Waterloo for a year. They purchased Arch Animal Hospital in early 2013.

As a young child, Dr. Mike always had an affinity for animals of all kinds. The household that he grew up in with his older brother and younger sister always had pets around. Throughout childhood, they had four dogs, three cats, a guinea pig, a turtle, and several hamsters.

Dr. Mike became interested in veterinary medicine at a fairly early age, largely inspired by his uncle, Dr. Richard Vesper, who practices small animal medicine in Columbus, Ohio. His mother was also a major influence, herself an avid animal lover.

Dr. Mike and Beth have two amazing daughters, Audrey and Eleanor, and an awesome son, Charlie. In addition, they have Rylie, a golden retriever, and Crosby, an English retriever named Crosby. They love being a part of the St. Louis community and look forward to helping the pet owners of St. Louis by providing the best possible medical care for the furry family members all over St. Louis.

Dr Kyle

Dr. Kyle Ihnken


After graduating in 2015, Dr. Kyle moved to St Louis to start his career as a veterinarian. Dr. Kyle Ihnken joined the Arch Animal Hospital team in 2016 and then the Fischer Animal Hospital team in 2018. He is thrilled to finally live in St. Peters with his wife, who he met while an undergrad at Mizzou. Together they have two dogs, Penny and Mabel, who are wild and energetic but so very loving. When not working or taking care of the messes from his dogs, Dr. Kyle is a big sports fan- he is always cheering for his favorite teams, including the Cardinals, Mizzou, and many others!

Megan Scott

Dr. Megan Scott


Dr. Megan Scott grew up in St. Peters, MO. After graduating from Francis Howell Central High School, she pursued her dream of becoming a Veterinarian at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 2009 and her DVM in 2013. After graduating, Dr. Scott moved back to St.Charles County and started her career in Veterinary Medicine.

She has always wanted to be a Veterinarian due to her and her family’s passion for animals. After working at Veterinary clinics as a Vet assistant in high school and during undergrad, she learned that practicing Veterinary Medicine is what she was born to do. She enjoys dermatology, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and preventative care medicine. Dr. Scott loves spending time with her husband, two wild young boys, and two sweet rescue pups, Bert and Nikki. If she has any spare time, she enjoys working out, traveling, baking, and going to sporting events.

Get to know our team.


Sarah W.

Practice Manager

Sarah is a 2003 graduate of Jefferson College, where she earned her Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She took and passed the Veterinary Technician National Examination the same year. After a few years away from school, Sarah went to Missouri Baptist University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2010. Sarah joined Arch Animal Hospital as a Registered Veterinary Technician in May 2014 and transferred to Fischer Animal Hospital in June 2018 as the Practice Manager. In August 2019, Sarah began managing both Arch Animal Hospital and Arch Animal Hospital West. Sarah lives in O’Fallon with her husband, 5 children, and 3 pets.

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Dawn G.

Lead Customer Service Representative

Dawn has been in the veterinary field for well over a decade. She started as a Kennel Technician and worked her way to Veterinary Receptionist and Veterinary Assisting. She is completing her certification as a Veterinary Assistant. Dawn is passionate about helping others, and she wears many hats here at Arch Animal Hospital West. Outside of the hospital, you can find her with her family by the river or at the gym where she volunteers as a self-defense instructor.

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Kate P.

Lead Veterinary Technician

Kate started to work in the medical field early on and quickly discovered how much she was interested in helping others, more specifically animals. She decided to go into the veterinary field and pursue her degree as a Veterinary Technician. She graduated from Hickey College in 2015 and started working at Arch Animal Hospital West shortly after. She has a Standard Poodle named Jordy, a Terrier Mix named Phineas, and is an avid St. Louis Blues fan.

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Lindsey S.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Lindsey started as an intern at Arch Animal Hospital West during her final semester at Midwest Institute, where she graduated in February 2018. Lindsey is excited to go to work every day and is shown daily why veterinary medicine is the right career path for her. From scales to feathers and everything in between, she loves all animals and can’t wait to meet your amazing pets!

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Katie G.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Katie joined our team in November 2020. Born and raised in Wentzville, Katie graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College in December 2014. She took her education and experience further by becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in Missouri in August 2015. Katie has been around Veterinary Medicine since she was a freshman in high school and believes that she has found her passion in life. Although she has worked with small, large, and exotic animals in her career, most of her knowledge is in small animal medicine. She has 2 dogs and 2 cats at home, and she looks forward to meeting your fur babies!

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Olivia N.

Veterinary Technician

Olivia graduated from the Vet Tech Institution of Hickey college in 2016 and went right into working at Arch Animal Hospital West. She has 2 high-energy doggos at home and a paint pony. She also has a toddler keeping her busy.

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Alexis R.

Veterinary Technician

Alexis joined our team in September of 2020. Originally from Virginia, she graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College St. Louis in September of 2017. Throughout Alexis’ short time in veterinary medicine, she has worked with small, large, and exotic animals. She continues to study toward her goal of taking the Veterinary Technician National Exam and becoming registered. At home, with her husband and daughter, they enjoy time with their 3 dogs, 4 cats, and a saltwater aquarium. Alexis is so excited to have joined Arch Animal Hospital West’s team of amazing staff and loves meeting and caring for all of your wonderful pets!

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