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In 1996, after practicing with corporate clinics in Hamilton County for several years, Dr. Mike Havens opened Parkside Animal Hospital in order to devote more time and personal attention to clients and their pets. Since then the practice has grown tremendously and facilitated the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility in 2004.
Dr. Mike grew up in the Carmel area, attended Carmel Junior High, and then moved to Columbus, Ohio to finish high school. He attended Veterinary College at the Ohio State University, taking electives in raptor rehabilitation and zoo medicine, and graduated in 1989. He began his career in Muncie before moving back to the Fishers/Carmel area in 1991. His special interests in medicine include soft tissue surgery, wildlife rehabilitation and exotic pets.
Dr. Mike currently keeps busy outside of the office with kids at Purdue and in elementary school. He has a dog named Beemer, a cat named Bug and an assortment of fish.
Dr. Craig Johnson joined Parkside Animal Hospital in the summer of 2002. He spent most of his childhood living internationally, including time in Thailand and South Africa, but in 1986, his family relocated to Zionsville, Indiana. Upon graduating from Zionsville High School in 1991, he attended Purdue University and received his Bachelor of Science in 1995 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. His first stop after graduating was Care Animal Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. After two years of working away from Indianapolis, he looked for an opportunity to lay down roots on the north side of Indianapolis, a place he has called home for most of his life. Dr. Mike and Dr. Craig became partners in 2002 and quickly made plans to build the new building. Parkside Animal Hospital moved to its new location in 2004. Dr. Craig’s interests in veterinary medicine include ultrasound, soft tissue surgery, and clinical pathology. He is an advocate and supporter of many local rescues, and is always seeking out opportunities to assist rescues in any way that needs should arise. He currently works closely with Indiana Bull Dog Rescue and Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue. Dr. Johnson resides in Carmel with his wife Cori, and their three children, Benjamin, Jack, and Noelle. He has two dogs, Maddie and Max, both of whom are rescue dogs. He has coached youth soccer for five years and continues to enjoy working with children, which makes sense to his close friends, given that he can be one big kid himself. In his leisure time he enjoys golf, tennis, reading a good book, or lounging at the pool. If you can’t find him in the clinic, you can be sure he’s either hanging out with his wife and kids or good friends, watching a movie or reality television, at a sporting event (Boiler Up!), or, naturally, on the golf course.
Originally hailing from Michigan, Dr. Bill grew up in the Indianapolis area. He graduated from Avon High School in 2006 before earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue in 2013 and joining the Parkside team in May of that same year. He previously worked at Parkside in the fall of 2012 as part of his externship experience for veterinary school. His interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine. Dr. Bill currently lives in Fishers with his wife, Nicole, his two dogs Rosie and Annie along with his cat named Elby. In his free time he is an avid fan of the Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, the Colts, and of course, Purdue. His hobbies include attending Purdue basketball games, spending time outdoors, and fishing.
Dr. Kristen Puls is a recent graduate of Purdue and joined the Parkside team in June 2017. Originally hailing from Colorado, she received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 2012. She and her husband moved to Indiana so they both could attend Purdue. While they miss the Colorado mountains, they are excited to start this new chapter in the Midwest!
Dr. Puls is passionate about all areas of general practice including the special impact animals have on peoples’ lives. She has specific interests in the areas of endocrinology, dentistry, surgery and dermatology. Dr. Puls currently lives in Carmel with her husband, TJ, and their energetic mutt, Kuzco! She enjoys cooking, coffee, being involved in their church and spending time with friends and family. Outside of work, you will likely find her avoiding chores so that she can run, bike, hike, camp or play outside!
Dr Butler, a 2006 graduate from Mississippi State University, completed both her undergraduate and veterinary school in Starkville MS. Upon graduation from vet school, Dr.Butler went on to complete a rotating internship in emergency and internal Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia MO. In 2007, she moved back to Arkansas to practice in the Little Rock and Fayetteville areas for the next 8 years. In 2016, she and her family moved to Indiana for her husband’s job and have enjoyed living in the Fishers area since.
Born and raised in Stuttgart AR (the rice and duck capital of the world), she has strong roots in the South. Dr. Butler has a strong loyalty to family and an appreciation of what she has and where she came from. She has an identical twin sister, older sister and an older brother.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Justin and their two daughters Hallie Cate (7) and Maggie (4). Niko is her 13 year old Labrador enjoys walks and being lazy. In her spare time, you will find dr Butler with family and friends, exercising, reading, watching or playing sports, or being active outdoors.