Our Veterinarians

Dr. Don Kalt

Managing Director, Veterinarian

Dr. Kalt was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up all over the United States because of his father’s career as a professional wrestler. One day in Junior High, Dr. Kalt filled in for his friend as a kennel boy at a vet clinic. He absolutely fell in love with the job and knew he wanted to become a veterinarian!

After high school, Dr. Kalt was accepted into Purdue’s pre-vet program and was accepted to Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine after only two years. Even after receiving his DVM, Dr. Kalt stayed at Purdue and received his Master’s degree in Veterinary Anatomy. He’s now the Managing Director for all of Noah’s Animal Hospitals.

Dr. Kalt loves using his knowledge of anatomy to diagnose and fix problems. He’s also interested in surgery and ultrasound.

In 1972, Dr. Kalt married his high school sweetheart, Patty. They have two grown children and two cats at home, Ziggy and Chandler.

One of Dr. Kalt’s most memorable moments in veterinary medicine was the four years he and his family spent in Zimbabwe, Africa, where he taught Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Zimbabwe. He still enjoys reading about southern Africa, especially historical novels like those written by Wilbur Smith.

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Dr. Lauren Ball

Medical Director

Dr. Lauren Ball comes from a long line of professionals in her family, including many human physicians and even a board-certified radiologist in her family tree. So, you can easily see where she gets her love of medicine!

Dr. Ball did her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame (GO IRISH!) and then moved to Florida to attend the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 2009 and has spent much of her veterinary career doing emergency medicine here in Central Indiana. Dr. Ball joined our team at Noah’s Caring Hands Animal Hospital in March of 2014.

In practice, Dr. Ball enjoys surgery and helping pets by utilizing some alternative therapy options. She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and quite proficient with Herbal Medicine as well.

Dr. Ball ‘s furry family at home includes 3 dogs and a horse.

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Dr. Amanda Reed


Dr. Reed knew she would become a veterinarian by the age of four. She grew up on a small hobby farm in central Indiana, where her grandfather bred horses and raised dogs, cats, a sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, and even an iguana!

Dr. Reed received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Franklin College and her DVM degree from Purdue University. After graduating, she moved to Arizona to practice in Scottsdale for a year. Although she loved the desert, she missed her family so she returned to Indiana in 2013. Now she helps pets every day as a veterinarian at Noah’s Animal Hospital and Emergency.

As a vet, Dr. Reed enjoys performing dental cleanings and tooth extractions. She’s very passionate about preventative medicine, and still finds it amazing how many illnesses can be avoided with proper wellness care.

Dr. Reed’s husband Michael studies astrophysics at Indiana University. Their dog, Ares, defies the Labrador stereotype by not knowing how to swim! In her free time, Dr. Reed likes hiking and knitting, which she taught herself how to do. Her favorite project so far is a pair of handmade mittens.

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Dr. Rachel Dory


In the 8th grade, Dr. Dory started volunteering for a local non-profit animal shelter in her Arizona hometown. She soon began volunteering at the shelter’s medical clinic, and by sophomore year of high school Rachel knew that the veterinary profession was the only path for her!

Rachel attended Purdue University for her undergraduate studies, receiving her degree in Biology with a minor in English. She then attended Auburn University to receive her veterinary degree, then returned to her family and friends in Indianapolis, where she started at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency in 2014.

Dr. Dory’s professional interests include surgery and critical care. She particularly likes challenging cases that require her to research and follow up with patients. Nothing is more rewarding to her than helping a pet get back on all four feet!

Rachel has one pet of her own: a Boxer pup named Alfie. Often, Rachel takes Alfie along on two of her favorite pastimes: running and hiking. She also likes working on craft projects, and is currently working on several pieces of art to decorate her new home!

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Dr. Nicki Johnson


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