Our Careteam

Meredith Engerski

Practice Manager & Veterinary Technician

Meredith used to live in Montana on a ranch – complete with snow capped mountains, cows and horses. She came back to Indiana to attend college and be with her family. As the youngest of three girls, Meredith has always loved helping others just like her mother, Kris, who has worked at Community Hospital for over 36 years. She gained valuable experience working at other veterinary clinics in Westfield prior to joining the Cottage Animal Clinic team.

Meredith is the proud owner of an AKC Red Siberian Husky named Sienna who is very inquisitive, stubborn, and quick. She and her daughter love to play with Sienna. She also loves to run, especially in obstacle course races like Tough Mudder, Rebel Race, and Warrior Dash. Every Wednesday, Meredith competes in a soccer league in Noblesville. Her passions are helping animals, being a mommy, learning, and being positive. She regularly asks herself what she can do to make today and tomorrow better than yesterday.

Meredith finds it exciting to be a part of the Cottage Animal Clinic team and she looks forward to getting to know you and your pets!

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Amanda Bower

Veterinary Technician

Amanda grew up in a small town in Michigan.  Living on a lot of land, she was always outside.  Most of her summers were spent knee-deep in mud and muck trying to catch frogs and tadpoles.  She moved to Carmel in the summer of 2012 with her husband Tommy and their Labrador mix named Vegas.  Vegas is definitely a daddy’s girl as she is loving referred to as “The Princess.”  Since moving to Carmel, Amanda has added another pet to the family, a Staffordshire Terrier named Viva.  Viva is a little ball of energy and kisses.  Amanda likes to joke that Viva doesn’t know how to make normal dog noises, and instead sounds more like a dinosaur than a canine.  In her spare time, Amanda enjoys cooking, hiking, and anything outdoors.  She loves taking both dogs to Flowing Well Park.  They absolutely love to swim!

Amanda has been working in the pet industry for the past few years.  When she is not working at Cottage Animal Clinic, she works as a pet groomer.  Working with animals has always been her dream job.  She looks forward to meeting you and cuddling up to your furry pets!

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Julie Lease

Veterinary Technician

Julie has always loved animals. Growing up in New Palestine, Indiana, she was surrounded by a large variety of pets. She had horses, dogs, rabbits, ducks, a pony named “Jinglebells”, and two Seahorses named “Sonny and Cher”.  If she wasn’t playing with the animals, Julie was either drawing dogs and horses, or reading everything about them that she could get her hands on. It was this wide variety of pets and experiences that shaped her love for animals that still continues to this day.

Julie’s family moved to Greenfield, Indiana, where over the years their pets included three Poodles, and a Golden Retriever. She graduated from Greenfield Central High School before starting her college education at Ball Sate University with a double major in Fine Arts and Psychology. After moving to the north side of Indianapolis, Julie eventually graduated from IUPUI with a B.S. in Psychology and continued her artistic projects on the side as a hobby. She has been commissioned to paint dog portraits, and in 2000 won first place at the Indiana State Fair Fine Arts Division for one of her many animal portraits.

Julie currently lives in Carmel, Indiana with her husband, Tom. Every year they contribute to the Hamilton County Humane Society, and highly recommend their services for those looking to adopt a pet. Julie loves to cook, make jewelry, and is an avid fan of the Colts and IU basketball.

Prior to joining the Cottage Animal Clinic of Carmel as a receptionist and veterinary assistant, Julie taught pre-school and has over twenty years of experience in the hospitality/customer service industry. From there she went on to work in two different Indianapolis area psychology clinics. She is very excited to now be a part of the Cottage Animal Clinic and looks forward to getting to know each and every one of you as part of our new clinic family of pet friends and patients!

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Sabra Coulter

Veterinary Technician

Sabra was born and raised in Louisville, KY before moving to Frankton Indiana when she was 13 years old. She graduated from Warren Central High School in 2006. She then went to college at International Business College Vet Tech Institute where she got her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2016 and currently enrolled online at Western Governors University to get her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

She has four children that keep her constantly on her toes.  Zac, D.J, Landen and Maelynn. She has four cats named Kitty, Stewie, Molly, L.J and one dog Norman. She loves watching TV, and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys going to the beach in the summer and listening to music. She is a big U-of-KY fan and loves watching horse racing with her Poppy.


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Sophia Strong

Sophie was born in Southern California but only lived there until 2002. She spent 8 years living abroad in first Tokyo, Japan then Paris, France before moving back to the states. She went to high school in Nashville, Tennessee and then moved up to Indiana to go to undergrad at Purdue University. 

While she was there, she swam for Boilermaker Aquatics her freshman year and rode on the Purdue Equestrian team her sophomore – senior years. She graduated recently with a BS in Animal Sciences and a minor in Microbiology. She is currently taking some time off school to learn how to be an adult before she goes back to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. 

Before Sophie graduated she almost exclusively worked with large animals, particularly enjoying dairy and equine medicine. After working at a small animal clinic in Indianapolis right after college, she has gained a new appreciation for our smaller four legged friends and is looking forward to continuing to work with them at Cottage!

In her spare time she enjoys swimming, riding horses, drawing, and hiking, but especially hanging out with her critters – Donald,  Ivanka, and Tiffany the cats, Tippecanoe (Tippy) the dog, and Linguini the Snake! 

Shanda Hodgin

Shanda was born and raised in Boone County. She grew up in Zionsville until the age of 10 before moving to Lebanon. She is a 2009 graduate of Lebanon Senior High School. After high school she started working on her degree in Law Enforcement. In 2011 she started work at a local Veterinary Clinic where she handled large (swine, cattle and goats) and small animals for several years before joining Cottage Animal Clinic in January  where she is excited to continue learning new techniques and broadening her knowledge in veterinary medicine. In the future she hopes to pursue her passion by going back to school to become an Animal Control Officer in Boone County.

She has two children, Hunter and Leyah, that keep her quite busy along with a Staffordshire Terrier named Axel Rose. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children, working on her truck, horse-back riding, going to concerts, playing pool, listening to music as well as line dancing with her family and friends!