About Crocker Animal Hospital

Hospital History

The Crocker Animal Clinic was originally established in September 1990 by Drs. Daniel and Roni Crocker. Their vision was to build a facility that could provide state-of-the-art health care and services for both large and small animal patients and to become a permanent establishment in our community.

In 1992 we hired our first associate, Dr. Lloyd Elliott. Dr. Elliott became a partner in July 1997. Crocker Animal Hospital LLP became our established name at that time. Dr. Karen Reesor became a partner in April 2003. Dr. Amy Wyatt became a partner in February 2009.

Since inception, our goals have remained focused on growth, continued addition of services for our clients, and providing a learning environment for our staff. In August 1999 we opened Crocker Animal Hospital LLP at Scottsville, Kentucky. This facility serves as a fully functional and equipped satellite for our main hospital. Crocker Animal Hospital LLP Large Animal (affectionately called “the Rancho”) is a new facility opened in April 2003 to better serve our large animal patients and owners and to provide a center of community service to our clients.

Growth and service will continue to be a part of our future and well as part of our history.

Our Doctors

Dr. Dan Crocker

Dr. Dan Crocker is a native of Franklin, KY.  He is the third son of Helen and the late Dr. Kenneth Crocker.  “Dr. Dan”  graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1979 and the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983.  Professionally, Dr. Dan Crocker is interested in all areas of small and large animal veterinary practice.  The majority of his work continues to be with equine and food animal cases and embryo transfer.  

Dr. Dan Crocker is married to Dr. Roni Crocker and they have a son and a daughter.   The Crockers have raised their kids along with sheep, horses, cows, hay and grapes on a working farm in the Hickory Flatts community in East Simpson County.   His hobbies include playing the guitar and banjo, farming and travel.

Dr. Roni M. Crocker, D.V.M.

Dr. Roni Crocker is Dr. Dan Crocker’s wife and co-founder of Crocker Animal Hospital.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 1980 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Dr. Roni is a native of Vandalia, Ohio. She is licensed to practice in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Dr. Roni and Dr. Dan Crocker married shortly after she graduated from veterinary school and she has practiced in Kentucky ever since. Her professional career started in Richmond, KY as an associate veterinarian in an AAHA practice. She and Dr. Dan started a mixed animal practice in Jackson Co., KY in 1986 that was donated to the community after moving back to Franklin in 1987. The Crocker Animal Hospital was opened in 1990. Dr. Roni’s professional interests are in small animal surgery and hospital administration.

Dr. Roni and Dr. Dan have lived on a farm in Simpson County since 1987. They have two children. The Crockers produce grapes, wine, lamb, grass finished beef and warmblood horses on their farm. Dr. Roni’s spare time is spent with her children, raising market lambs and developing dressage horses for sale and competition. She is an active FFA alumni member and an enthusiastic supporter of Franklin Simpson High School’s Band program and Simpson County’s 4H program.  Dr. Crocker loves to ride horses, read, draw, jog and travel.

Dr. Lloyd Elliott

Dr. Elliott grew up on a farm in southern middle Tennessee.  He attended the University of Tennessee where he received a B.S in Animal Science followed by his DVM in 1992.  He moved to Franklin, Kentucky after graduation and has worked at Crocker Animal Hospital ever since.

Dr. Elliott enjoys both small and large animal practice.  His passion is surgery with a special interest in small animal orthopedic surgery. 

When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Laura Benton and twin sons, hiking, camping, and traveling.  He has two dogs—a boxer named Woody and a goldendoodle named Goldie and sibling long hair cats Peanut Butter and KitKat.

Dr. Karen Reesor

Dr. Karen Reesor is originally from Barren County, Ky. She attended Western Kentucky University for her pre-veterinary undergraduate studies. She attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She practiced in Brandenburg, Ky. for 2 years. She started working at Crocker Animal Hospital in 1998 and became a partner in 2003.

She and her husband, Mike, live on a small farm in Simpson County with their 3 dogs, 3 cats, a few cattle, and 1 horse. She enjoys gardening and camping and spending time with her husband and family.

Dr. Amy Wyatt

Dr. Amy Wyatt was born in Clarksville, TN and grew up just outside of Atlanta in Grayson, GA. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a B.S in Animal Health in 1998, and then attended veterinary school at UGA, graduating in 2001. She joined Crocker Animal Hospital as an associate in May of 2001.  In February of 2009 she became a partner in the practice. Dr. Wyatt has a special interest in small ruminant medicine and surgery, but enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. In her time off Dr. Wyatt enjoys baking, gardening and backpacking.

Dr. Tina Brown

Dr. Tina Brown was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, but has become firmly rooted in the Woodburn community.  She attended Western Kentucky University where she completed a B.S. in Animal Science, and then attended veterinary school at Auburn University.  Professionally, Dr. Brown has a special interest in dermatology and helping clients raise their new puppies and kittens to become special members of their family.

During her leisure time, Dr. Brown enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, watching soccer, and taking care of their small beef cattle herd and the herd of smaller four legged creatures that she calls family (Hank the cow dog, Maggie the border collie, Susie the beagle, Miss Piggy and Rizzo, the cats).  She and her husband, Dr. Herb Brown, have three children.

Dr. Candy Wentz

Dr. Candy Wentz joined Crocker Animal Hospital in 2006. She grew up on a small farm in Alabama where caring for animals became her passion. She received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Animal and Dairy Science. Auburn was also where she received her veterinary degree. After veterinary school, she worked for about five years in a mixed animal practice in Alabama before getting married and relocating to Franklin, Kentucky with her husband and fellow veterinarian, Dr. Phil Wentz. Her professional interests include small animal medicine, ultrasound and client education. She enjoys sharing her home not only with her husband, but with their two dogs (Harley and Lukas) and two cats (Pockets and Funyun).

Dr. Phil Wentz

Dr. Wentz completed a Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Science and Biotechnology and a minor in Military Science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine graduating with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 1995. After 3 years of active service in the Army Veterinary Corps, he completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine and a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University in 2001. In July of 2005, he became board certified as a Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialist and is a member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Large Animal.  As a Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialist, he is an expert in his field, trained in advanced testing, ultrasound and endoscopy techniques for neurologic, respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal systems as well as neonatal medicine of all large animal species but enjoys all aspects of mixed animal practice.  Dr. Wentz is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.  He is also a member of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.  He shares his time off with his wife, Dr. Candy Wentz, his hobbies include: running, hiking, fishing and camping.

Dr. Luke Griffith

Dr. Griffith grew up on a beef cattle farm in central Kentucky.  He received a B. S. degree in Animal Science from Western Kentucky University in 2003.  He worked in the chicken industry before earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University, where he emphasized on Food Animal Medicine and Animal Reproduction.  Dr. Griffith enjoys seeing small and large animal cases, and is also very interested in surgery and dermatology.

When not at work, he enjoys having family time with his wife Kim, children, and their dog Chloe.  His hobbies include: woodworking, gardening, home improvement projects and spending time outdoors.

Our Staff

Office Manager
Julia Bennett
Jennifer Young
Tina Bowler
Rhesa Wilkins
Gail Scherer
Licensed Veterinary Technicans
Wendy Ramsey
Amber Whittaker
Tiffany Boyd
Veterinary Assistant
Pat Kennedy
Shanna Rogers
Ashley Crabtree
Terry Garrison
Vetrinary Students
Stacia McGuffey
Claire Crocker
Kennel Manager
Jamie Keith
Kim Wright
Virginia Geiske


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