Our Veterinarians

IN Vets

The St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the Fort Wayne and Northeast areas. At St. Joe Center Veterinary Hospital, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.


Michelle Hendrickson, D.V.M.

Dr. Michelle Hendrickson is a native of Northeast Indiana.

Dr. Michelle graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She has a special interest in Feline Medicine. She is a member of the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners).

She has always loved animals. Dr. Michelle discovered she wanted to be a veterinarian while being involved in an exploring animals program at the shelter during high school.

Dr. Michelle and her husband have 2 children: Apollo, a Jack Russell and a cat named Bunny Cat. In her free time, Dr. Michelle enjoys reading and watching movies.

Jill Kitson, DVM,CCRT, Diplomate ABVP (feline)

Dr. Jill Kitson grew up on a small dairy farm in Columbia City, Indiana, this is where her love of veterinary medicine developed. Dr. Jill graduated from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Following graduation she worked as a primary care veterinarian in Columbia City for 3 years. She came to NIVES in September 2007 as an emergency and critical care veterinarian. Dr. Jill has a strong interest in rehabilitation and sports medicine, and she became certified in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy in 2009. She and her team have worked very hard to develop the Rehabilitation Department at NIVES. Geriatric and neurological patients are very special to Dr. Jill and developing the right plan is always so important to her. Dr. Jill continued to set professional goals and in December 2016 she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practioners in Feline Practice. In August 2017, she joined the team at St Joe Center Veterinary Hospital to focus on her feline practice, while still continuing to provide rehabilitation to the community through NIVES. In her spare time she spends time with her husband, Mark, and their furry family members. She helps raise Oriental Shorthairs and Siamese cats, and is actively involved in the Cat Fancy helping to educate the community, and improve the relationship between breeders, owners, and veterinarians.