Meet Our Team

Dr. Dana Thomas


Dr. Dana was called to the veterinary profession from a very young age. Her first words as a child were “Hi Cocoa,” as she popped out her pacifier to greet their family German shepherd in her birthplace of Gainesville, FL. Returning to her father’s native city of New Orleans where she grew up, she developed a strong love of animals, a deep desire to help care for them, and was encouraged by her family in her pursuits of a career in veterinary medicine. Dr. Dana had many pets ranging from ferrets and birds to cats and dogs that taught her the importance of their health care and instilled in her a sense of responsibility and appreciation for all animal friends, big and small.

Dr. Dana attended her undergraduate studies in Massachusetts at Amherst College and completed her DVM degree at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in Indiana before returning home to Louisiana to practice small animal medicine. Dr. Dana finds the most joy in caring for each of her patients as if they were her own and bonding with clients through education about their pets and a shared desire to help them live happy long lives.

When she’s not at work she loves playing with her energetic 5-year-old son, tending to her flock of chickens, and caring for her 2 dogs, Bean and Bailey-Mae, along with her 4 house-panthers Bosco, Luna, Jazpurr, and Whisker, and her ball python, Dartagnon. She savors the outdoors, especially anything having to do in/on/ or around the water and particularly loves kayaking the bayous and lakes that adorn our southern Louisiana landscape. Spending time with family and friends keeps Dr. Dana grounded as do her yoga and meditation practices.

Crystal Kidder

Office Manager

Years in Practice: 17

Hi, my name is Crystal Kidder. I have been employed with Atchafalaya Animal Clinic since 2005. I am a graduate of Berwick High School and attended Young Memorial. I am married to Chris Kidder and together we have two beautiful children (Kaylee and Brendan). I also have four dogs. My hobbies include camping, boating, shopping, spending time with family and friends, and traveling places I have never been.

Caitlin Rink


Years in Practice: 1

Hi, my name is Caitlin Rink. I am engaged to Christian Sargee and together we have one handsome son, Cohen. I have 2 dogs (Henry & Kimber) and a cat named Sally. I have been at Atchafalaya Animal Clinic since 2018. I like spending time with family, going in the boat, and fishing.

Jewel Ackman


Years in Practice: 15

Jewel has been a Vet Tech for 15 plus years and she loves it! She enjoys sharing her life with her 3 furry companions Roxy, Hugo, and Kissy. She is a life long resident of St. Mary Parish. Her hobbies include gardening, art, outdoor activities, reading, and continued learning

Andrea Ackman


Bio coming soon!

Kelsey Landry

Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Kimberly Babin

Technician Assistant

Bio coming soon!