Meet The Team

The Team

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and preventative health care to all stages of your pet’s life. We strive to offer Wellness and emergency services, an in-house diagnostic lab, radiology services, ultrasound, routine and emergency surgeries, therapeutic laser therapy, day and long term boarding and a pharmacy for your pet’s healthcare needs.

Our Doctors

Kate Williams – DVM

Owner and Veterinarian of St. Francis Animal Hospital, Dr. Kate Williams is a native of Northwest Arkansas. She attended the University of Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science in 1991, and a Master’s of Science in Animal Science/Parasitology in 1993. Dr. Williams graduated from Tuskegee University, College of Veterinary Medicine in May 1999. She has since practiced in Rogers, Bentonville, Fayetteville and now Springdale.

Dr. Williams also graduated from the University of Arkansas ROTC program. She served on active duty in the Army for several years prior to attending veterinary school, and was commissioned into the U.S. Army as an officer in 1991. She has served in the military on active duty and in the Army Reserves since then. Currently, she is a Major in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. She has been deployed to Africa, the Middle East, and most recently returned from Afghanistan.

Dr. Jo Chin

Dr. Chin joined the St. Francis team in 2017. She graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and owned a private veterinary practice for 28 years in Northwest Indiana.
She then relocated to Northwest Arkansas 11 years ago, and is still practicing relief veterinary services to local veterinary clinics. Currently, she lives in Eureka Springs with her border collie Moper and her cat Fluffie. On her days off she enjoys the outdoors by going hiking with Moper!

Dr. C.C. Robison

Dr. Robison joined St. Francis in August of 2020. She has several years of experience in medicine and surgery as well as emergency clinics. Her main areas of interest are surgery, especially soft tissue. She enjoys working with feline patients and is very interested in creating a fear and pain free environment for her patients!  



Melissa Pianalto – Practice Manager

Melissa is a native of NWA and joined the St. Francis family in 2012.  Her passion has always been helping animals in need. She lives in Tontitown with her family and many pets.  In her spare time you will catch her snuggling with her pets, spending time with family or working around her house.  


Tanaia Thomas

Hannah Gaines

Marelyn Mendoza

Zach Martins


Kennel Attendants

Estefani Cruz

Cynthia Almaraz

Haley Thompson

Amanda Paschal

Upper Management

Sir Francis, Clinic Mascot

Meet Sir Francis!  Sir Francis came to us in 2012 after Dr. Williams delivered him by cesarean.  When he was around 4 months old, he came for a visit and never left!  He is now our clinic mascot!  Sir Francis loves people, animals and lots of attention!  His favorite activities are eating treats, getting belly rubs and sleeping.  He has made the clinic a fun and inviting place for all!

Princess Gabriella

Princess came to us in 2015 with her siblings. After falling in love with her, she decided to make us her forever family! Princess is very loveable and wants constant attention!

Howie AKA Howard

My name is Howie and I am an orange domestic long haired cat! I was adopted by Dr. Williams and St. Francis Animal Hospital from the local Animal Shelter at six weeks of age. Ever since, I have made St Francis my home. You will often see me in the lobby greeting my friends as they arrive! My hobbies include mostly eating and sleeping. I love attention, so don’t be afraid to pet me! Come by and see me!!