Dr. Clifford Smith


Dr. Clifford Smith grew up on the south side of Chicago where taking care of the family pets instilled his love of animals. He attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology and as well as his DVM degree. Upon graduation, he went on to complete a one-year small animal internship at Auburn University in Alabama. After completing his internship, he and his wife moved back to the Midwest to join Merrillville Animal Hospital where he’s been practicing general medicine and surgery ever since. Dr. Smith is part of a compassionate team whose goal is to provide clients with the best care possible for their pets. He provides options that are tailored to your pet’s condition and needs and works with each owner to choose the best diagnostic and treatment plan. His interests outside of veterinary medicine include cooking, gardening, woodworking and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Alicia Gustafson me and lily.jpg

Alicia has lived in northwest Indiana almost her whole life. She graduated with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2012 from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her clinical year in Champaign, Illinois at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, she decided to move back to her hometown of Dyer, Indiana. There she lives with her 3 dogs and 2 cats, which are pictured throughout the website. She has worked in the veterinary field for 18 years, working her way up from kennel assistant to practice owner. She believes that a good foundation with strong support staff is necessary for an animal hospital to be successful and that every employee plays a role in every patient’s success. She has always loved learning, and now enjoys teaching others. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, movies, reality TV, and relaxing at home with her family.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right” Henry Ford

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Anna has been a dedicated employee since 2007, but even before that she was a client! Her family has always brought their pets to Merrillville Animal Hospital, so she has many favorable memories from coming here as a child. As our anna petsveterinary assistant, she is instrumental in the care and treatment of our furry patients. She has four fur kids at home that she shares with Jason, her boyfriend. They have two cats, Draco and Colby, and two beagles, Jasper and Cody. In her spare time, she loves working out, staying fit by running in local races, as well as socializing with her friends.

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Chris is one of the first faces you will see and one of the first voices you will hear at Merrillville Animal Hospital! He has been with the practice for a little over FB_IMG_15204705893283 years now and has been instrumental in the transition to the new owner. When he’s not setting up your pet’s appointment or answering your general questions, he’s catering to his five dogs who clearly run the house.


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Meet our newest employee! Priscilla has almost a decade of experience working with animals in all aspects of veterinary medicine, from primary care to emergency care. She has also worked closely with the new owner, Dr. Gustafson, for over 3 years at different facilities. She is extremely passionate about veterinary medicine and would make a great veterinarian one day. She lives at home with her 2 Siberian Huskies and her 3 cats who definitely keep her busy. On a summer day youcan find her at the beach hanging out with her dogs.

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult for people to live up to.”

Donna Clowers

31901960_10214337419446751_5633623274047930368_nDonna was born in Hammond and has lived in Northwest Indiana all of my life. Her grooming passion began in 1996 and has continued at the Merrillville Animal Hospital where she has been an important part of our team since 2009.  She has 2 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. She currently has 3 rescue pets; a cat and 2 dogs, a beagle/bulldog mix and a boxer/pitbull mix.  She is excited to be adding 2 kittens to the clan soon! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and grandchildren. Additionally, she enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and more. Another of her favorite activities is riding roller coasters.



Mary has been in the animal field for over 15 years and loves working with all animals, but especially cats! She has five cats of her own, all of which were rescues. She has been an assistant with us for almost two years and is usually the one helping the doctor in the treatment area with your pet. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dad and her boyfriend. Additionally, she loves to read and travel and never misses a bingo game!



Elena was born and raised in Merrillville. She joined the Merrillville Animal Hospital team in 2008, after finishing a IMG_5268tour of duty in the U.S. Army. After discovering her passion for animals, she received her A.S. in Animal Management and worked as a zookeeper in Upstate New York. She was welcomed back to the team in 2015, and enjoys assisting clients up front and caring for boarding pets on the weekends. Her family shares their home with two rescue dogs, Escher and Potala, and their two reptiles. In her free time, she volunteers as a wildlife rehabilitation assistant and scout leader.


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