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 Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer
Managing partner 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. For the last six years Darin has treated patients in orthopedics, skilled nursing, home health, and rehab/training for professional and collegiate sports teams. When not providing care to the local Branson, Hollister, and Kimberling City home health patients Darin can be found at Bull Shoals Lake fishing from his stand-up paddleboard, hiking, or playing with his adorable daughter.
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!
Zora Feetwood Head Technician
Zora has been a Vet Assistant/Technician for 3 years now. She started her journey in Springfield, Missouri working as a receptionist, where they began training her every Friday as an Assistant. Her love for animals is what drew her to this career path, and she quickly fell in love with her job. It wasn’t long before Zora received another job offer in New Jersey working as a receptionist at a clinic. She took the offer, moved to New Jersey and began to build her career there. Within a month they started training her as a Vet Assistant/Technician. From there, Zora decided to up her career and started school to become a Registered Vet Technician.
While always harboring a deep affection for all animals, she began her career as a young teenager raising, training, and rescuing young/older horses that needed care and love. Additionally, horse therapy has always been a great passion of hers. She even helped her disabled cousin fight his fear of horses and taught him how to ride. He is now inseparable with his horse Joker. She has a dream to open a horse therapy farm for disabled children, troubled teens, and wounded warriors/soldiers. With her father being a disabled vet who loved to ride, she hopes to make his dreams come true again.
Zora has a 6-year-old black lab named Diesel who she rescued at 9 weeks old followed by a year-old kitten named Arwen who she rescued at 3 weeks old. She spends her free time hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with her pup. They love to go to the lake. She also enjoys Netflix and cuddling on the couch with her kitten. She is excited to continue building her career with us!
Laci Veterinary Technician
Laci grew up locally, and has always loved caring for animals of all kinds. As a young girl she rehabilitated many animals from baby rabbits and squirrels, to tarantulas and snakes.
She started her career in the veterinary field as a vet assistant, here in Branson Missouri. Being able to care for animals, and help their owners is what made her choose this field.
Laci continues her passion for animal care, not only with her career but in her home life as well. Luckily her husband shares her passion for their 4 dogs, 6 cats, 3 parrots, 2 lizards, 2 sugar gliders, 1 rabbit, 1 rat, and flock of chickens. All rescues. In their spare time (when they aren’t caring for their small farm) they enjoy many activities including spending time with their family, being outside, playing video games or watching a good show or movie.
Marissa Client Service Specialist
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.