Amanda McGinty, DVM Owner and Veterinarian
Dr. Amanda grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has wanted to be a veterinarian since she could talk and her family has always supported her dream. As a teenager she moved to the countryside of southeast Virginia on a small hobby farm where she discovered a passion for horse-back riding. She attended St. Andrews University where she showed on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Team and played lacrosse. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a concentration in pre-veterinary studies. She attended veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts in the British West Indies. During her time in vet school Dr. Amanda was selected for externships in South Africa at Krugar National Park shadowing a wild game veterinarian and in Kildare Ireland at a thoroughbred race horse veterinary facility. After her travels were over Dr. Amanda completed her clinical year of veterinary school at Oklahoma State University and graduated in 2010.
After working as an associate veterinarian at three different clinics in various parts of the state, she has now designed a clinic that will bring affordable quality care to people in the Branson area as well as provide the much-needed care and assistance to the local rescues Dr. Amanda and her husband decided to start Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic because they have a vision to transform the standard of care to a more transparent and affordable nature without sacrificing the quality and compassion. She and her family live on a small hobby farm with 3 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats and a guinea pig. In her spare time Amanda enjoys horseback riding specifically hunter/jumper, dressage and mounted archery. As a family they enjoy camping, floating, hiking and traveling as well as snuggles on the couch with a good movie.
Darin McGinty, DPT Practice Manager and Chief Operations Officer
Hospital Administrator, co-owner and husband to Dr. Amanda, Darin brings a focus on excellent customer experience to the mission of Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic and 18 years of diverse experience in management, sales, carpentry, and physical therapy. Darin obtained his BA in sociology from UMKC, some Spanish proficiency from Centro Lenguas Modernas de Granada in Spain, and a doctorate in physical therapy from Missouri State University. Darin has treated patients in orthopedics, skilled nursing, home health, and rehab/training for professional and collegiate sports teams. He transitioned to entrepreneurship 4 years ago to start their family veterinary practice. When not at the vet clinic Darin can be found at Bull Shoals Lake fishing from his stand-up paddleboard, hiking, or running his adorable daughter around to various afterschool sports.
Nicki Jesky, DVM Veterinarian
Dr. Jesky graduated from the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and has been practicing in the Springfield area ever since. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, clinical pathology, pain management, wellness care, and shelter medicine. Outside of work, she loves to run, ride her horse, train her dogs for various performance sports, and read. She is also very active in Border Collie rescue. She and her husband Jerry (married in 2001) love to travel, especially to the beach. They also enjoy hosting high school foreign exchange students and have had three so far!
Marissa Practice Manager
Marissa was born and raised in South Dakota until she graduated high school. She then moved to Hawaii where she spent the next 9 years. During her time in Hawaii she held different types of jobs, from working a snorkeling boat to selling high end pearl jewelry.
However, her favorite job was as a customer service supervisor to a large animal hospital. She spent 3 years there until she moved to Arkansas in 2016 with her 2 dogs. She has always had a passion for animals. Her fur family has grown a lot since moving from Hawaii. She currently has 4 dogs and 4 cats, all rescues. In her free time, Marissa enjoys being outside as much possible and hiking with her dogs.
Holly Head Technician
Holly has always had a passion for animals--from insects and reptiles, to farm animals and common pets! She attended Blue Eye School from preschool to senior year, all while living in the same house that her mother still lives in today. She currently has 2 American Bulldogs, Angel and Dixie Rose, and a pot-bellied pig named Petunia. She hopes to further her career in the veterinary field while working at Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic.
Samantha Veterinary Technician
Samantha was born and raised in The Ozarks before moving to Florida and Texas in her adult years, but nothing compared to home. Growing up Samantha spent her free time either at her mothers grooming shop or in the kennel working with her father training dogs for confirmation showing, so its no surprise she has chosen to work in the vet field. She previously worked as a Vet Tech in Springfield before taking a 7 year break to explore other opportunities, but came back to what she loved. Samantha is a mother of two and a grandmother of two, who enjoys showing and racing Pigeons in her free time.
Breanna Client Service Representative
I was born and raised here in Branson and graduated from Branson schools. Love being in a small town and see it grow. I grew up on a couple acres with lots of animals and love being around them and taking care of them. I have 2 beautiful kids a boy and a girl who has the same passion as me for animals. We have a dog and cat. I have worked in the customer service industry all my adulthood but never had a strong passion for it, so switched to the vet field and best choice I ever made.
Frankie Client Service Representative
Frankie was raised in the Branson area and graduated from Hollister in 1995. After being gone for 15 years, she moved back to Branson 5 years ago. She has always had a love for animals and have 2 fur babies of her own; Chloe and Maghra.
Frankie has worked in customer service for over 25 years, but this is her first experience working in a Vet Clinic. She has been a client here for a while and was very impressed at the care and attention the staff and Doc gave to her babies, so she was very excited for the opportunity to be part of our team. She looks forward to a long career here and the opportunity to serve the pets and their owners of our community!
Meagan Veterinary Assistant
Hi there! I was born and raised here in Branson, MO. I’m a huge travel junkie, but the Ozark Mountains will always be home. My Grandparents raised me to believe that if you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I may be new to the vet field, but my heart has been here all along. I grew up riding horses and tearing around on anything that could go fast. My husband and I enjoy riding motorcycles and dirt bikes in our free time, or working on the next house project. I have a 3 year old Great Dane - Presley Anne, and a 14 year old Pomeranian - Molly. I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to be a part of the team at Shepherd of the Hills Vet Clinic!
TJ Veterinary Assistant
TJ was born and raised in the Kansas City area. She graduated from Richmond High School and received her medical assistant certificate before transitioning over to the veterinary field where she worked as a kennel assistant for 10 years before becoming a stay at home mom for 3 years. She moved to the Branson area about a year ago where she went back to working with animals.
She has 4 children who she enjoys spending her free time and enjoying lake days and attending sporting events with.