Dr. Crystal Exline
I am the founder and proprietor of Danville Veterinary Hospital. I have and will continue to work diligently to create a comfortable environment where you and your pet feel welcome. I am honored that you are taking the time to find out more about the hospital and staff.
When I was young, I was taught to love and treat all animals with respect and compassion. I received my first dog when I was about 3 years old and we grew up together. My parents would take him to the veterinarian and I remember wanting to help not only him, but all of the other animals as well. When I was 13, I started my first job with that very same veterinarian. My duties at the clinic included cleaning kennels, assisting in appointments, and observing surgical procedures. My passion for veterinary medicine flourished as I continued to learn more.
I attended Purdue University, majored in science, and eventually applied and was accepted to veterinary school. In 2007, I graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The first position I held as a new graduate was as an overnight emergency doctor in a busy specialty hospital. This was a difficult job coming straight out of school, but I learned how to handle some of the most critical cases and stressful situations. I worked there for two years until I decided to try out my entrepreneurial skills and start my own business as a relief veterinarian. That entailed traveling to a variety of hospitals and clinics all over the state and filling in for their veterinarians while they were on vacation, out sick, or attending continuing education. I kept a notebook of my experiences, everything from hospital flow to employee training. I knew I wanted to open my own hospital and planned to take the best pieces of all the places I had worked and incorporate them into my own design. In 2011, my ideas, notes, and years of planning finally came to fruition when I opened Danville Veterinary Hospital.
I love the Danville community and am proud to call it my home. I bought a home here in 2013 and in December 2016 I married my husband, Eli. He joined my existing family of four rescue dogs. We have two Saint Bernards, Rocco and Sydney, and two golden retrievers, Gordon and Zoey; all of whom we spoil rotten. My most treasured companion though, the dog who was with me from high school to vet school through job changes and starting my own practice, was Winchester. He was my best friend and further reinforced my childhood passion for animals. Although he is no longer with me, his spirit is woven within this hospital and into the care we provide to all of our patients.
To honor Winchester and his legacy, I promise to treat you and your pets with care and compassion and look forward to meeting you.
Dr. Katy Portwood
I’m an associate veterinarian here at Danville Veterinary Hospital. I joined the team in May 2014.
I was born and raised here in Danville, graduating from Danville Community High School in 2000. My parents, grandparents, and mother-in-law also live here in Danville. I attended St. Mary-of-the Woods College, double majoring in pre-professional studies and equine science, graduating in 2004. Next, I attended vet school at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2008.
I have always loved animals of all kinds. Growing up I had dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, frogs, fish, small rodents, a small bird and horses. I think that practical experience with a variety of species helps me to offer my clients practical solutions or at least an understanding ear if they are facing challenges. I started volunteering in a veterinary office when I was thirteen years old, walking dogs, scrubbing surgical instruments, and cleaning kennels and progressed to assisting the doctors, all while logging hours and keeping track of my experiences for application to vet school. After completing my schooling I took a job at a mixed animal clinic that also offered 24 hour emergency service with the doctors taking on-call time to handle after-hours emergencies. My second job was not in Danville and I realized how much I love working in the Danville community.
My husband Brian and I have been married since August, 2003. We have two children, Liam and Clara, who keep us on our toes. We share our home with dogs, cats, horses, and a miniature donkey. I enjoy hiking, spending time with my animals, gardening, and camping. We also love spending time with our friends and family.
I’m looking forward to working with you and your pets. I welcome questions and really strive to find the best care tailored to your pet and family.
Dr. Shelly DeBoer
I am an associate veterinarian here at Danville Veterinary Hospital. I joined the team June 2017.
I was born and raised in the neighboring town of Avon. My home was filled with love, fur, and two rambunctious brothers. Throughout my childhood I was blessed with experiences that nurtured my interest in animal care including hatching and raising chicks from an incubator, treating a dog for heartworm disease, and caring for an elderly pony that my mom had as a child. As time went on it was clear that I would pursue a career directed at the betterment of animals. Purdue would be my home for the next 10 years where I would obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Welfare, and then graduating with my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.
I joined Danville in June of 2017 after realizing that the team here encompassed all the same passions and morals as myself, including compassion, low stress handling, and high quality veterinary medicine. My specific career interests include geriatric and hospice care, behavior, and internal medicine.
I have come full circle and am back to living in Avon with my husband and new baby girl. We have two dogs, Willow and Fernie, two cats, Albert and Jack, and two chickens, Tulip and Iris. I am an avid reader and love to go on hikes with my husband.
I would like to thank you in advance for your trust in me when caring for your pet. I promise to treat each of you like family and each of your critters as my own.
I am so glad you are interested in this great team! My name is Joanna and I have been with Danville Veterinary Hospital since it opened in 2011. Over the years I have developed a close relationship with Dr. Crystal and share the passion and vision she has for her hospital. I am proud to be the Practice Manager here.
I was born, raised, and continue to live in Danville. I have three older brothers all of whom went to private colleges and got various engineering degrees. I broke the mold when I went to Purdue and got my Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences.
Veterinary medicine has been my life for the past decade and there is nothing else I’d rather do. I have worked in many branches of the field including large animal, small animal, exotic, and emergency medicine. Though I have dreamed of vet school since I was young and made every decision with that as the end goal, life has a funny way of making detours of even the most well laid paths.
My pet family includes my beautiful 1/2 Arabian, 1/2 Quarter horse, Glory, and my constant shadow, a French bulldog named Winnie.
My love of learning and penchant for perfection, drives me to continue finding new ways to better serve you and your pet family.
DVH Reception Team
I am so excited to be a part of the Danville Veterinary Hospital team! I grew up in Pendleton, Indiana, but I now call Bainbridge, Indiana, my home. I live with my wonderful husband, Patrick, our two sons, Ian and Phillip and our daughter, Marley.
We are all HUGE animal lovers and have a home full of pets, starting with Sampson our 200lb Mastiff. He may be scary looking but don’t let him fool you as he is a huge baby and still considers himself to be a lap dog. Our other dog Bullet is the feisty one in the family. We also have a short haired cat named Tiger, who sleeps most of the day.
Though my past employment includes a law firm, an elementary school, and a construction company, I realized that animals are my true calling. Spending my days with animals and their humans who love them so much is exactly what I was meant to do. Thankfully, DVH has given me the opportunity to do just that.
I am looking forward to meeting you and your pets!
I joined Danville Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in January 2017. I was born in Indianapolis, but lived in many different states growing up. I graduated from Morton High School in Morton, IL. In 2013 I moved to Mississippi and became a Receptionist at a local vet. I was there for 2.5 years and LOVED it! I have 2 amazing fur babies of my own. Riggs is a 6 year old yorky mix, and Koda is a 3 year old Alaskan malamute.
In 2016 I got married to my husband Brice, and we have 3 year old daughter Brilee. Between Brilee, Riggs, and Koda I rarely have any free time, but I would not change it for the world! I am so happy to be working here at DVH, and cannot wait to meet all your sweet babies!
DVH Medical Team
Jeff Stewart, Registered Veterinary Technician
I joined the Danville Veterinary Hospital team in May 2015 and am so happy to be here. My road to becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician has been a long one. My love for animals began when I was a small child and has continued to grow as I get older. My background began in fashion retail where I worked my way from sales associate to store manager and continued for 15 years. In early 2010 I lost my beloved companion, Balthazar, who was a beautiful, 5 year old, brindle boxer. This event made me evaluate my life and my career choice and I eventually decided to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician.
I went back to school in November of 2011 at International Business College Vet Tech Institute and graduated second in my class in May 2013. During my education, I had the opportunity to do several job shadows here at Danville Veterinary Hospital and finally decided to complete my college externship here as well. After graduation I pursued a career closer to home in Indy, but eventually decided that I belonged here at Danville Veterinary Hospital.
I have 3 dogs myself, 2 sibling, Labrador/Pit bull mixes by the names of Sophie and Mulligan and a Boston terrier named Charly. I understand how hard it can be caring for an animal with chronic illness as my own dog, Charly, has Cushing’s Disease. I’m so happy to be here at Danville Veterinary Hospital and to have the opportunity to care for your pets. I feel like I’ve come home here and I hope you will too!
Ashley Alexander, Veterinary Assistant
I am a veterinary assistant here at Danville Veterinary Hospital. I started working at DVH in November of 2016. I was born in Indianapolis, but was raised in Danville. I graduated from Danville Community High School and attended IUPUI. I worked at Hendricks County Animal Hospital for 13 years, working with both small and large animals. I love working with horses and large animal dentistry. I have 2 dogs and 3 horses, enjoy horseback riding, and being outdoors. My family and I live in Coatesville.
Izzy Stout, Registered Veterinary Technician
Hi, my name is Izzy Stout and I am a Registered Veterinary Technician. I graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College in April 2016. I am originally from Cloverdale, Indiana. I came in Danville Veterinary Hospital in February 2017. I am recently married to my middle school sweetheart, Cody. Together we have two lovely cats, Rebel and Rascal. In my free time I love to read and I am also the Cloverdale High School Head Cheer Coach. I am looking forward to a great future here at Danville Veterinary Hospital.
Kellie Anderson, Veterinary Assistant
Hi! My name is Kellie Anderson, and I started working here at Danville Veterinary Hospital in March 2017. Prior to here, I spent the last 6 years at a vet clinic in my home town of Crawfordsville. I graduated from Purdue in 2010 with a major in Public Health Promotion and a minor in English with an emphasis on Professional Writing. I’ve always loved animals and have always had pets throughout my whole life. My life steered away from the veterinary world during and after college, though, and in 2015, I applied to the military and signed my life away to serve this county, which had been a dream of mine since I was a kid. Two weeks before I was to leave for basic, an injury ended that dream for good. After a lot of thinking and reevaluating what I wanted to do with my life, I took that door getting closed as a clear sign that working with animals is what I am meant to do with my life. Now not only am I working at a place I love that teaches me and pushes me to grow, I am also back in school getting my veterinary technician license. When I’m not busy working or studying, I enjoy running and spending time with my boyfriend and our cat Sparky and beagle Zeus.
DVH Hospital Aide
Sometimes you may hear me affectionately referred to as Batman. I joined the DVH team my senior year of high school, in 2016, and I have loved working here since. I have always had a lot of animals at my house, sometimes more than I can count. I was born and raised in Danville but most of my family is from New Mexico. I’m currently in college on my way to get a degree in biology.
I have a massive family to go along with the large amount of pets I have. I have 2 brothers, Lorin and Hayden, and 5 sisters, Rhonna, Sevanna, Maiya, Avery, and Addie. I have 7 dogs, 10 cats, 4 fish, and a tortoise, which I love very much. I am currently only a yellow belt in Tae-Kwon-Do but it’s one of my favorite hobbies, but I also enjoy hanging out with my very weird friends. My mother has always helped to infuse the love of music into our lives so I’m almost always listening to it, especially when I’m cleaning, and if I’m not listening to it, I’m playing it. I’ve been playing saxophone since I was 14 years old but I hope to learn to play many other instruments. You may see me around cleaning rooms or occasionally cleaning up some puppy’s accident but you’ll never catch me without a smile!