Our Team

Our staff at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic will be glad to work with you on any of your pet's needs. We have answers to your questions on flea and heartworm protection, vaccinations, spay and neutering surgeries, special dietary needs, grooming and boarding concerns and much more. Our Owensboro hospital is equiped with state-of-the-art equipment to offer quality care and our staff is dedicated to uphold that quality in the care of your pet.



Dr. Leah Basham

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Leah Basham to our veterinary team here at Kentuckiana! Originally from Cloverport, KY, she completed her undergraduate at Western Kentucky in 2005 and her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Auburn University in 2009. She has practiced both in general and emergency hospitals in Evansville, IN and Lexington, KY. She has special interest in emergency medicine as well as ultrasound. In her free time she enjoys, camping, kayaking, and spending time with her “fur” kids: Silas (Doberman), Stella (Pomeranian), and Wylie the cat.

Dr. Basham looks forward to meeting the wonderful clients and patients here in the Owensboro area and will begin accepting appointments here at Kentuckiana in August.


Dr. Laura Boarman

Dr. Laura Boarman is a native of Owensboro, KY. After completing her undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University, she attended Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine graduating in 2010. She actually joined the Kentuckiana family early in her high school days as an assistant and continued to work with us into her college years. We were pleased to welcome her back as a veterinarian after graduation. Her professional interests are in dentistry and preventative medicine. In her spare time she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her husband Adam and son Eli. Dr. Boarman has 2 Australian Shepherds and 2 cats that round out her energetic family.


Dr. William E. Purdy

A native of Owensboro, KY., Dr. William A Purdy attended undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University before completing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in June of 1973. He joined the Kentuckiana Animal Clinic team immediately afterwards and had been here ever since. Dr. Purdy has special interests in reproductive medicine and dentistry. In his leisure he can be found enjoying duck hunting and fishing, he also shows and raises Dandie Dinmont Terriers.


Dr. Robyn Thorpe

Kentuckiana Animal Clinic welcomed Dr. Robyn Thorpe to our practice in April, 2014. She is a graduate of Purdue University and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Her professional areas of interest are in preventative medicine and ophthalmology.

Dr. Thorpe currently lives in Indiana with her husband, dog and several cats. During any spare time she may have, you can find her doing crafty projects or thinking of returning to horseback riding.



Ben Bates, CVPM

Ben Bates CVPM, is our hospital practice manager here at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic. A native of Francisco, IN. he now calls Evansville home. He has been in the animal industry for about 16 years in various capacities such as animal control officer, kennel worker, veterinary assistant, receptionist and manager. He joined our Kentuckiana family in December, 2013. Ben has continually worked to improve and enhance the experiences our clients and patients have here at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic.

Ben makes his home with his beautiful wife and two gorgeous little girls that keep them very busy and going in all directions. Rounding out this energetic family is Conner, the German Shepherd, and Chaser, the 5 year old domestic shorthair cat. In his precious spare time Ben enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, fishing and various other outdoor activities.


Tara Connor, LVT

Technician Tara Connor is a native of Whitesville, KY and joined the Kentuckiana family in 2012. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a BS degree in Animal Health Technology. Her professional interests are in animal dentistry, clinical laboratory work and exceptional patient care.

Tara makes her home with her dog Ladybug and Monk, the cat. She enjoys lots of outdoor activities such as fishing, riding four-wheelers and spending time with family and friends.


Kirstie Ballard, LVT

Kirstie Ballard, LVT is a native of Owensboro, KY. She is a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Health Technology. Kirstie first started volunteering at Kentuckiana Animal Clinic in 2011 and joined full time as a technician in 2015. Her professional interests are in wound management, animal dentistry and providing excellent care to all patients. Kirstie lives in Owensboro with her fiancé Aaron and is the proud parent to one spoiled dog, “Goober” and 3 cats, Rebel, Hamlet and Kairi. She enjoys helping coach and instruct color guard teams and spending quality time with friends and family.


Felicia Ramsey, LVT

Felicia Ramsey is a native of Hardinsburg, KY and joined the Kentuckiana family in June 2015 as an intern. Along with her many hours at the clinic, she is also a student at Owensboro Community College, where she will graduate in May 2016 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. Her primary professional interests are in companion animal dentistry and radiography. In her spare time, she can be found kayaking the many lakes and rivers of the area or working with her church youth group.