Providing quality care and service since 1992

The mission of our clinic is to fulfill the needs of our clients by providing quality health services through a responsive, professional staff with the emphasis on individual attention and commitment to our clients, their pets, and our community.

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TONI CONNELL, DVM, CVA


Dr. Connell founded Independent Hill Veterinary Clinic, along with Dr. Ross Moore, in 1992. Dr. Connell graduated with a B.S. from The Engineering School of Lehigh University in 1975 and Phi Zeta from Louisiana State University Veterinary School in 1979. She received an MBA from George Washington University in 1986. She received certification in Veterinary Acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2005.

Dr. Connell has received post-doctorate training in Traditional Chinese Herbal Veterinary Medicine, Food Therapy, and Classical Homeopathy.

Professional association memberships include AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAVA (American Association of Veterinary Acupuncture), IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society), and AHVMA (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association).

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TONI CONNELL, DVM, MBA, CVA


 
Lisa Pinn McFaddin, DVM, GDCVHM, CVSMT, CCOAC, CVA, CVFT


Dr. McFaddin grew up in Baltimore, MD. She received her BA in biology from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) in 2003. She graduated from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Blacksburg, VA) in 2007. After graduation she completed a 1-year rotating surgical and medical internship at Animal Emergency and Referral Center (currently known as Blue Pearl Northfield) in Northbrook, IL. Dr. McFaddin worked as a small animal general practitioner in the suburbs of Chicago from 2008-2012. She also provided emergency relief coverage for Blue Pearl during this time. In May 2012 she formed her own relief business called Put A Pinn In It, which provided general practice and emergency coverage for veterinary hospitals in the Chicagoland area until May 2014.

In December 2013 she completed her certification for veterinary acupuncture (CVA) through The Chi Institute (Reddick, FL). In October 2015 she completed her certification for Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy (CVFT). In January 2016 she completed a post-doctorate in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT) through The Healing Oasis (Sturtevant, WI). Dr. McFaddin is also a certified through the College of Animal Chiropractors (CCOAC). In April 2016 she completed a 2.5 year post-doctorate in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine (Graduate Diploma CVHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (Australia).

Dr. McFaddin joined Independent Hill Veterinary Clinic in October 2015. She provides both Western (traditional) and Eastern (holistic) therapies. Dr. McFaddin’s primary interest is Integrative Medicine which combines the best of both Eastern and Western medicine. She is very interested in whole-food therapy, natural supplements, acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. When not working, Dr. McFaddin spends time with her husband (Jay), dog (Winston), 2 cats (Ringo and Sofie), and hedgehog (Krampus). She is an avid crafter with a special love for knitting.

Dr. Lisa Pinn McFaddin

Lisa Pinn McFaddin, DVM, GDCVHM, CVSMT, CCOAC, CVA, CVFT
 
NIKKI MCADAMS, DVM


Nikki McAdams is originally from Rockville, Maryland and is a graduate of Magruder High School. She went on to graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering. After working in supply chain engineering for 9 years, she decided to change careers and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, obtaining her DVM from Auburn University.

Dr. McAdams enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine with particular interests in oncology and dermatology. Away from the hospital, she enjoys hiking with her dogs Tucker and Morgan, working with Morgan on agility training, reading whenever she can convince her cat Cricket to not steal her lap, and cheering on the Yellow Jackets with some War Eagles mixed in.

Dr. Mary Galloway

NIKKI MCADAMS, DVM
 
ADAM SMITH, DVM


Dr. Adam Smith completed his veterinary studies in Dublin, Ireland, the UK, and graduated from St. George’s University in 2015. Since graduation Dr. Smith has held jobs in large animal practice, mixed animal practice, and small animal emergency medicine. Dr. Smith recently transitioned from providing relief surgical services for Independent Hill Veterinary Clinic to working full time for both Independent Hill Veterinary Clinic and Montclair Animal Hospital.

Dr. Smith has a strong passion for small and large animal surgery. He has a growing interest in veterinary dentistry, as well. In his spare time Dr. Smith enjoys working out, kayaking, fishing, and playing guitar. He and his wife, Dr. Drake, have an 11 year old shepherd mix called Dodger and 2 cats named Cheddar and Frankie Bean 3 Legs.

Dr. Adam Smith

ADAM SMITH, DVM
 
KIM DRAKE, DVM


Dr. Kim Drake is originally from northwest Ohio, and graduated from George Mason University in 2010 with a Bachelor in Biology.  She chose to attend St George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine located on the island of Grenada and graduated in 2015.  Dr. Drake also had the pleasure of completing her Veterinary Clinical year in Dublin, Ireland with Dr Smith.  Client education is very important to Dr. Drake, as it was something she felt was lacking with her own family pets’ care as a child. 

She is also passionate about practicing preventative medicine, as it can truly help your pets live longer and healthier lives.  Other areas of veterinary medicine she also enjoys are ophthalmology, cardiology and dental care. Dr. Drake enjoys ANY outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends, meeting new people, traveling, as well as cooking (and eating)!  She and her husband, Dr. Smith, have a dog named Dodger and two cats named Frank and Cheddar.

Dr. Kim Drake

KIM DRAKE, DVM
 
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