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DVM & Owner

Dr. Melanie Summers

DVM & Owner

Dr. Melanie Summers

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. 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 intriguing cases.

During her free time, Dr. Summers enjoys being outside. She is a devoted runner and has even finished two marathons and a 50K! She also enjoys fishing, camping, rock climbing, and hiking with her family. 

The Summers family also includes an Australian Shepard, 'Finn', a Bull Mastiff, 'Francis', a Dogue de Boredeux (French Mastiff), “Madawna”, and a Boerboel (South African Mastiff), 'Twinkie'. All of their family dogs were in need of a home when Dr. Summers adopted them. Dr. Summers also has four cats: 2 yellow tabby cats named “Mozz” and 'Cheddar', a tortoiseshell calico named 'Gouda', and a Ragdoll named “Bleu” (yes...they are named after cheese). 

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