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Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Melanie Summers
    DVM & Owner

    Dr. Summers grew up on the west side of Wichita where she was raised with dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and even peacocks! She always knew that she had an interest and love for animals; however, it is her strong desire to help others through their pets that motivated her to become a veterinarian. 

    She started her journey at Newman University where she received a B.S. in Biology. From there, she moved to Manhattan and attended Kansas State University to participate in their veterinary program.

    Throughout her schooling, Dr. Summers and her husband, Clint, had four children. Her son and three daughters soon became a personal cheering team as she studied for test after test. Immediately following graduation in 2011, her and her family moved to the beautiful area of Northeast Kansas. She worked as a mixed animal practitioner in Atchison, Kansas for two years before the Summers family decided they wanted to come back “home”. Dr. Summers grew up around all of her relatives as a child and spent countless hours playing with her cousins. Moving back to Wichita gives her kids the same opportunity that she was given.

    Dr. Summers established Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital in March of 2014. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and ophthalmology; however, her passion is internal medicine because she loves the challenge of trying to figure out intriguing cases.

    During her free time, Dr. Summers enjoys being outside. She is a devoted runner and has even finished two marathons! She also enjoys fishing, camping, rock climbing, and hiking with her family. Together, they go on walks and outdoor adventures. 

    The Summers family also includes two English Mastiffs: “Spanky” and 'Darla'. Dr. Summers rescued them after a client had found their story on the internet. Being brother and sister, they were having a hard time finding a home that would take the two giant dogs together. Luckily, Dr. Summers decided that she could live with their silly names, and it didn't take long before she was on her way to Leavenworth to bring the two 'horses' home. Dr. Summers also has three cats: 2 yellow tabby cats named “Mozz” and 'Cheddar', and a tortoiseshell calico named 'Gouda' (yes...they are named after cheese). Her pets are usually found cuddling together on their bed or trailing behind their family on walks.

    Dr. Summers is a member of AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), KVMA (Kansas Veterinary Medical Association), on the board of directors for the Kansas Humane Society, and the Vice President of the WVMA (Wichita Veterinary Medical Association).

  • Dr.
    Josalyn Bruce
    DVM

    Dr. Bruce grew up in Eugene, Oregon. She has never lived outside of Oregon or Washington. Her family had one calico cat (Ginger), and a menagerie of small mammals (gerbils, rats, and a hedgehog) along with parakeets and canaries. When Dr. Bruce was in high school, her family finally got a dog (Rosie the Dalmatian) who lived to be 16 years old!

    Growing up, Dr. Bruce did not know what career to pursue. She headed to college at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. While in college, she pursued a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Writing/Literature. Following graduation from college, she moved to Seattle and began working in a laboratory that processes samples from veterinary clinics. Through working at this lab, and learning about opportunities to volunteer overseas to help people with their animals, Dr. Bruce decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

    Prior to applying to veterinary school, Dr. Bruce worked in two different small animal clinics in Seattle and an emergency clinic in Eugene. She enjoyed working with clients to help their pets enjoy the best life possible.

    In May 2016, Dr. Bruce graduated from the Washington State University Veterinary Medicine program in Pullman, WA. She moved out to Kansas to join her husband, Walter. She is excited for her veterinary career with the help of Dr. Summers and work with the clients of Prairie Ridge Animal Hospital.

    During her free time, Dr. Bruce enjoys reading, sewing and quilting, and outdoor activities (hiking, bike riding, and paddle boarding). She looks forward to exploring the area with her husband and expanding her hobbies.

    Dr. Bruce currently has one cat, Cotton, who made the journey to Kansas with her. Cotton is FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) positive and is an indoor only kitty. She does get to venture out on a leash occasionally.

  • Aarika Wylie
    Veterinary Technician and Office Manager

    Aarika Wylie was born and raised in Wichita, KS and has always known she wanted a career working with animals. She graduated from Brown Mackie College in 2012 with an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Prior to getting her degree, she worked at a pet boarding facility for five years.

    She currently owns two Labrador mixes named Bailey and Kaylin and a cat named Dillon. Bailey was brought home from a very bad situation and was never given the chance to socialize with other dogs or people. Over the years Aarika has slowly given her a second chance at life. She also owns a Quarter horse named Cline, whom she has been caring for and training since he was a yearling. Throughout his training Aarika has taught him numerous techniques, including how to lay down on command. Her goal is to train him for barrel racing and attend the local rodeos with him.

    Her care and devotion to animals is easily seen in the time and dedication she puts into her own animals.

  • Bethany Tullis
    Veterinary Assistant

    Bethany Tullis was born and raised in Wichita. It was her family dog growing up, a Rat Terrier named Littleguy, that made her realize her passion for animals. She is new to the veterinary field but is always eager to learn, and she enjoys having a job where she gets to work with animals each day.

    Bethany graduated from Goddard High School in 2011 and went to Kansas State University before getting the chance to study abroad in London. She married her husband, Trevor, in 2014 and the two of them have a Miniature Schnauzer named Lombardi and a Border Collie/ Cattle Dog mix named River. They adopted River from the Humane Society in 2014 and she has been a wonderful addition to their family! River and Lombardi love to play together and are best friends!

    In her spare time Bethany loves watching sports (preferably football…Go San Francisco 49ers!), taking walks with the dogs, and spending time with family.

  • Tamara Woolfolk
    Veterinary Assistant

    Tamara Woolfolk was born in Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University. She also lived in Scottsdale, Arizona before her husband’s job brought them to Wichita four years ago. Prior to joining our team, Tamara worked as a wedding photographer and in Human Resources/Management. She decided to follow a life-long love of animals (dogs specifically) and try a new profession.

    Tamara used to have a pet pig named Oscar. She created a blog for him called “Life with a Mini Pig.” Currently Oscar is king of the farm in Colorado where he lives with other pigs in a pampered setting. Tamara and her husband have a pug puppy (named Wallace) that is the newest addition to their family.

    Tamara enjoys traveling and has traveled to Tokyo briefly for work and a second time for pleasure.

  • Kate Fraham
    Veterinary Assistant

    Kate Frahm was born in Wichita and moved to Newton, Kansas when she was 2. She was raised around goats, chickens, horses, cows and dogs. Because of this, Kate always wanted to work with animals. She has two horses, Paco and Kiowa, and two dogs, Bruiser and Cleo. She always loves to learn new things, especially about animal behavior. After completing her Associates at Hutchinson Community College and earning a degree in Farm and Ranch Management, Kate became a technician here at Prairie Ridge. She hopes one day to own her own herd of bucking bulls, have a family and continue working as a veterinary technician. She believes women can do it all! In her free time you can find her practicing working cattle with Bruiser or watching PBR bull riding (Go J.B Mauney!) on a Sunday.

  • Sarah Ariens
    Animal Hospitality

    Sarah Ariens was born in Minot, North Dakota but was raised here in Wichita. She’s lived all over the country including a couple places in Kansas, a small town in Texas, a growing community in Washington, and even overseas in Germany for a couple years. No matter where she went though, she was always surrounded by animals! Her family, friends, and herself have a special love for any kind of critter, big or small, two legs or four. Growing up they had dogs, cats, mice, gerbils, rats, fish, and even a handful of birds (two of which lived to be over 25-years-old!). After high school she had a short pet-sitting gig before moving on to work at a pet store. For as long as she can remember she’s always loved meeting new species or breeds of animals, and learning about their unique qualities and traits. Her favorite pastimes are watching TV, playing video games, and going to the movies. She currently lives with a dachshund named Hailie, two adopted rat terrier mixes, Bella and Buddy, and an adopted orange tabby named Mufasa (often referred to as Moof!)

  • Haylee Connell
    Animal Hospitality

    Haylee Connell was born in Wichita, Kansas. She has lived in the area her entire life but in her free time she loves to travel for concerts and site-seeing. After being with her boyfriend since middle school, she married him in 2016. She is currently going to WSU for her bachelors in Clinical Psychology with a Sociology minor. She has owned several animals growing up (including nine dogs at one time), and she lived in several types of houses, ranging from apartments in the city to farm houses in the country. She currently has two cats, Catie and Martin; one Staffordshire Terrier, Pandora (AKA Panda); and three rats, Pluto, Neptune, and Harry. Haylee has loved animals her entire life. Her dad used to rescue any animal he found, and she put that into her own adult life by volunteering and fostering at Kansas Humane Society. Her animals have ranged from dogs, cats, rats, hamsters, and fish; as well as saving and hiding an occasional mouse from her father growing up. The animals she currently has have all been rescues, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

  • Kaylee Bryan
    Client Services

    Kaylee Bryan was born in Vancouver, WA and moved with her family to Paola, KS in 2007. She moved to Wichita, KS to study Zoo Science and Field Biology at Friends University. Growing up, Kaylee always had a passion for animals, and it’s always been her dream to work in the animal industry.

    Kaylee has 3 fur babies with her boyfriend. Dallas is a 3 year old Golden Retriever mix that is the diva of the trio, Houston is a 2 year old Golden Retriever that is the life of the party, and a 1 year old Pitbull named Austin that is the snuggler of the family. Kaylee and John have a passion for Texas if you couldn’t tell by the puppers names!

    During Kaylee’s free time she enjoys planning the dogs’ birthday parties, taking pictures for the dogs’ Instagram account, and baking Pupcakes (dog cupcakes) for the dogs!