Protect your pets from the summer heat
In case you haven’t heard the big news, after 45 years of faithful service, Dr. Helfrich retired in October 2018. I have been blessed to have been part of the Covington Veterinary Hospital family for 8 years part time and now I have the honor of stepping into the lead role at CVH. I certainly have some big shoes to fill as Dr. Helfrich has left a great legacy of quality and compassionate care for his patients and clients.
Growing up in Greensburg, Indiana and I knew when I was a little girl that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I received my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Purdue in 1997 and I graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Boiler up! I moved to the Fort Wayne area in 2005. My husband, Ed, and I have been married since 2008. He is an electrical engineer at Riverside Manufacturing and he has been very supportive of my career. We have two boys, Ben and Cameron. As a family, we love being outside, riding bikes, playing sports and spending time at the lake. I also enjoy being a part of our church community and local MOPS group. We also have a few pets as you can imagine: one dog named Mac, two cats named Monte and Buddy, a leopard gecko named Leia, a Russian tortoise named Turbo and a horse named Mateo.
Over the course of my career I have developed a special love of behavior of pets. Preventing and treating behavior problems in pets can enrich and ensure the lifelong relationship between you and your pet. Did you know that more pets are euthanized for behavior problems, than for any other reason? My interest in behavior developed when I was in vet school with my dog named Emma. She was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and she had some behavior issues. My experiences with Emma helped me understand how behavior issues with a beloved pet affects the human-animal bond and the pet’s quality of life. I find it very rewarding to help people improve the bond with their furry family members.
Dentistry is another area of interest I have developed during practice. I have seen so many pets suffer from chronic mouth pain without complaining or the owner even knowing. Approximately 80% of pets have significant gum disease by the age of 3! This can significantly affect their overall health and quality of life. The good news is that with good mouth care, the quality of these pets lives can be so greatly improve.
If we have not already met, I look forward to meeting you and your pets. I am committed to providing kind, compassionate, quality care to maintain and improve the health of your pets. Please feel free to stop by to get to know me better. I look forward to talking with you!
Katie Chobot, DVM
Dr. Chobot received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Purdue in 1997 and she graduated from Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.
My husband, Ed, and I have been married since 2008. He is an electrical engineer at Riverside Manufacturing. We have two boys, Ben and Cameron. As a family, we love being outside, riding bikes, playing sports and spending time at the lake. I also enjoy being a part of our church community and local MOPS group. We also have a few pets as you can imagine: one dog named Mac, two cats named Monte and Buddy, a leopard gecko named Leia, a Russian tortoise named Turbo and a horse named Mateo.
Andrea joined the CVH team in June 2019. She graduated with her degree in Veterinary Technology from Michigan State University in 1992 and moved to Fort Wayne in 1994.
Andrea has made the return to primary care after having worked the last 20 years in specialty and emergency medicine. She has a long standing interest in training and has trained her pets for obedience trials and visiting therapy work. She has recently become Fear Free certified to better provide a less stressful veterinary visit for your fur children. She also works at Animal Care and Control in surgery assisting with spays and neuters for the adoption animals and community cats.
Andrea lives in Roanoke with her husband Kevin and son CJ, their two quarterhorses Commanche and Thunder, English bulldog Petunia, cats Biscuit and Calypso, and a henhouse full of chickens. Andrea loves being active in the great outdoors and enjoys horseback riding, camping, hiking, kayaking.
Kristina joined the CVH team in June of 2020. Before coming to CVH she worked at another veterinary office for 6 years, and prior to that she worked in the adoption center at Animal Care and Control for 7 years. Kristina knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals, she was an active member of Animal Care and Control's Animal Care Teens for 6 years and became a volunteer at ACC when she was 14, from there her passion for caring for animals blossomed.
Kristina is married to her husband, Josh, they have a son and a daughter together. They share their home with 1 dog, Marley and 3 cats, Lola, Gary and Cheeto. In her free time Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking and going to the lake in the warmer months. Kristina enjoys spending time with her children at the library, zoo and science central.
Lisa graduated from IBC in 2007 and worked in emergency medicine since graduating. She joined the CVH team in December of 2020, she enjoys the relationships she is building with clients working in small animal practice. She has one senior dog at home, Spencer. Lisa has been married to her husband, Marcus, since 2013 they have 2 daughters together. In her free time she enjoys bowling, she is part of a local women's bowling league and a couples bowling league. In the warmer months she enjoys spending time outside with her husband and their daughter.
Danielle joined the CVH team in April of 2021. She has always loved animals and knew from a young age that she wanted to work with animals. Danielle graduated from IBC in 2013, she has worked in emergency medicine and at a mixed animal practice prior to joining the CVH team. Danielle is glad to be back in a small animal practice because she loves building relationships with clients. In her free time Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, she also enjoys knitting, embroidery projects and baking. Danielle has 1 dog named Pryia, a border collie/terrier mix, who loves to play fetch with a frisbee.
Jill grew up on a small farm in Bluffton, Indiana, where she was a 10 year 4-H member. She graduated with honors from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal Production.
After college, she worked for 8 years in veterinary medicine before taking time off to raise her daughter. She then joined the CVH team in 2008.
Jill lives on 20 acres in Whitley County with her daughter, where they raise Ragdoll cats, goats, various types of poultry, and Chinchillas. They also share their home with three horses, several dogs, and a Macaw.
Morgan joined the CVH team in May of 2022. Morgan graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor's in Nutrition Science. She's now enrolled in Purdue's Veterinary Technician Distance Learning program and set to graduate in the summer of 2025.
Morgan has always had a love for animals and is very passionate about being "the voice" for animals since they can't advocate for themselves.
In her free time Morgan enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Will and playing with their two cats, Teagan and Tessa. She also enjoys crocheting, kayaking, baking, reading, and traveling.
Christie joined the CVH team in August of 2023. Christie started working in veterinary medicine in 2000 as a client service representative and fell in love with helping clients with their pets. In her free time Christie enjoys spending time with her family outdoors. Christie has 2 daughters and 1 son with her husband, Eric. She loves going to watch her daughter play soccer and to her son's wrestling matches. Christie has a Cavalier King Charles, 1 parakeet and Beta fish.
We enjoy mentoring the future generation of Veterinary Medicine both collage and high school students. If you are interested in interning with us please reach out.