Dr. Andrew P. Mills has been associated with Franklin Animal Clinic since 1992. Dr. Mills started as a kennel attendant when he was a junior in high school. After a short period with the clinic, he realized this profession was his true passion in life. Dr. Mills went on to attend Franklin College, Ross University, and Purdue University to earn his doctor of veterinary medicine degree. He returned to the clinic in 2002 as an associate veterinarian and became a partner/owner in 2005. In 2008, Dr. Mills designed, planned and oversaw the building of our new facility.
Dr. Mills is a member of the AVMA, IVMA and is Penn Hip Certified. He performs OFA Echocardiograms, certified to do TTA (cruciate repairs) and is always looking for the next best thing to help animals and the profession. Dr. Mills enjoys all aspects of the profession. “I love people, the animals, and the medicine….Everyday is something new and an opportunity to help an animal.” He has taken a special interest and advanced training in orthopedic surgeries, ultrasonography of the heart (echocardiograms), and chemotherapy. The more complicated the better for Dr. Mills. He enjoys working through the cases and forming relationships with clients.
In his spare time, Dr. Mills enjoys spending time with his family. He is the proud father of 5 children – his older is a girl and the rest are boys! His house is graced with the presence of 8 cats, 4 dogs, and a lizard. Dr. Mills and his wife, Tiffany, enjoy spending time outside at his country home with the kids playing. They also enjoy date nights, which usually include Italian or Mexican food followed by a movie. Other interests of his include classic cars, running, gardening and outdoor sports. He attends Mecum Auction each year in Indianapolis and would love to attend the Barret Jackson Auction in Arizona. Dr. Mills is a beach bum at heart and loves tropical vacations. His newest interest is touring the castles of Europe.
Dr. Steve Stropes was born in 1964 in Franklin, IN. At an early age he knew that he would ultimately become a doctor of some kind. After much soul-searching, a decision was made to attend Purdue University in a pre-professional track. All of the biology, physiology, etc. came easily and he was accepted into the veterinary school at Purdue in 1985, graduating with a DVM degree in 1989.
The Stropes family had always used Franklin Animal Clinic for their veterinary care; therefore, it was natural that Dr. Stropes ended up working at FAC as an associate. In 1995, he bought in as a partner. Dr. Stropes enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially all of the people he gets meet. Some things that he has a special knack for would include Shar Pei medicine and surgery, odd orthopedic situations, perineal surgeries (such as anal gland removal), and lump removals (both internal and external).
Currently, Dr. Stropes lives in Trafalgar with his family on a small farm. His wife of 23 years, Kelli, has given them three awesome children – Nathan at 21, Forrest at 19, and Katie at 16. Outside of the office, Dr. Stropes manages the cows, sheep, horses, dogs, and cats that reside on the farm. He enjoys any outside activity, especially hiking, fishing, and a variety of shooting sports.
Dr. Amy Smith grew up in southern Indiana surrounded by hog farms. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Purdue University in 1999 and continued her education at Purdue to earn her DVM degree in 2003.
After graduation, Dr. Smith worked two years in a mixed animal practice located north of Lebanon, Indiana where she particularly enjoyed goat patients. After the birth of her first child, Dr. Smith decided to look for a practice that would allow her to spend a little more time with her family. The friendly, family-like atmosphere of Franklin Animal Clinic enticed her to uproot and settle in Franklin and she has had no regrets. The progressive, compassionate, patient-centered medicine of FAC allows her to practice in the manner she has always wanted.
Dr. Smith’s professional interests include dentistry, internal medicine and chemotherapy. She has also organized several clinical trials for various medications and enjoys the science involved in this aspect of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Smith met her husband, Zack, in college and married during vet school. She has two beautiful daughters, Emma and Caitlyn. Her non-human family includes two rescued dogs, PJ and Cosmo; one rescued cat; a fish name Bait; and a leopard gecko named Leonard. She enjoys camping and fishing, shuttling her kids around, and teaching Sunday school at her church.
Dr. Chad Hennessy was born and raised in Indianapolis. He attended undergraduate school at Bradley University where he assisted in research on fish. The research evaluated the use of electric fields to sense the environments of the fish. Since then, Dr. Hennessy has always held an interest in exotic animals.
After school Dr. Hennessy married he college sweetheart and attended the veterinary school at Purdue University. While at Purdue, he followed his passion and studied exotic animal dentistry and behavior. After graduating from Purdue in 2004, Dr. Hennessy found his home here at Franklin Animal Clinic. FAC allows him to pursue all of his interests and more. He particularly enjoys soft tissue surgery and anything related to working with ferrets!
Currently Dr. Hennessy resides in the Greenwood area with his wife and three beautiful children. Outside of the clinic he enjoys canoeing on Sugar Creek and the occasional moments when his kids are well behaved in public.
Dr. Sara Jordan received her degree from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Sara and her husband Todd have three furry children: Tony, Max and Peyton. Tony, a rescue miniature poodle from a puppy mill, was adopted by Sara during her second year of veterinary school. Max, a toy poodle, joined the family during Sara’s first fall at Franklin Animal Clinic when he was found with an injured hip. Peyton is the third poodle (miniature) and was welcomed into the family spring of 2012, when his family could no longer care for him.
When Sara is not busy with her three hyper poodles she loves traveling with her husband, especially to the National Parks throughout the country. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is their favorite! Music has been a very important part of her life. In fact she met her husband playing with the Greater Greenwood Community Band. Sara plays the flute, Todd the trombone. She always enjoys making a new recipe on her evenings at home.
Dr. Jordan joined Franklin Animal Clinic after graduation from Purdue in June of 2008. Her special interests include ophthalmology, endocrinology, and soft tissue surgery. She has loved being able to fulfill her dream of helping to provide the best veterinary care for each patient at an individual level, allowing them to live longer and healthier lives with their humans.
Dr. Lee grew up in the Franklin area and graduated from Franklin Community High School in 2006. She grew up on a farm with many dogs, cats, and horses and always wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended veterinary school at Purdue University and graduated in 2013.
After graduation, Dr. Lee completed an internship in Kentucky focusing on equine medicine. She then worked at a mixed animal veterinary practice in Monrovia, Indiana before joining Franklin Animal Clinic in January of 2016. She has thoroughly enjoyed the team atmosphere and high quality medicine Franklin is able to offer their patients. She particularly enjoys musculoskeletal and orthopedic cases and was recently certified in animal chiropractic.
Dr. Lee is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Kevin, and has an 11 month old son, Jacob. Other furry family members include 4 dogs and 3 horses. In her free time Dr. Lee enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family.
Dr. Kaija Platacis, affectionately called Dr. P, joined the Franklin Animal Clinic team in August 2011. She loves being a part of this passionate and supportive group of people. She is proud to work among her co-workers and in a clinic that values clients and employees above all else.
Dr. P attended Purdue University where she graduated with her DVM degree in 2007. She truly enjoys developing relationships with her clients and her patients. She takes great pride in providing individualized attention to every pet owner so that together they can provide the best possible care. "There is no greater feeling than when a sick pet feels better, and celebrating that victory with the owner."
Dr. Platacis enjoys every aspect of veterinary medicine, but takes a special interest in client education, dental procedures, internal medicine and shelter medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. P enjoys reading, and is a member of a book club. She enjoys doing anything outside, being near or in any body of water, and especially enjoys spending time with her family. She currently resides in Greenwood with her husband and son. Her "boys" keep her on her toes and are both the treasure of her heart.
Dr. Elise Mauer recently graduated from Purdue University and treats dogs, cats and also has an interest in exotic pets. She is from Muncie, Indiana and loves to ride horses, travel and does some photography and painting. She has a dog named “Chat” that is a certified therapy dog and a cat named “Merlot”. When you meet Dr. Mauer, you find her to be a warm, friendly and compassionate person.