Meet Our Dedicated Doctors & Veterinary Support Staff

Get to know the dedication we provide to your family and the quality veterinary medicine and service.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and preventative health care at all stages of your pet’s life.

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Kate Williams

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. Rachel Myers

Dr. Rachel Myers was born and raised in Ventura, California. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz and graduated in 2011 with a BA in Human Psychology. Knowing her true passion was to work with animals, she had the unique opportunity to move to Arkansas in 2011 to continue her education at the University of Arkansas, where she graduated in 2014 with a BS in Animal Sciences, and a focus in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. During her time in school, she gained valuable experience working at this very clinic! She was accepted in 2015 to Mississippi State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. Soon after graduating in 2019, she and her husband (whom she met while working at St. Francis), along with their 3 dogs and 2 cats, moved back to NWA.

Dr. Myers is so thrilled to come back to the clinic that shaped and inspired her journey into veterinary medicine. She enjoys soft tissue surgery, canine and feline behavior, dermatology, and orthopedic medicine. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, working out and being active, and volunteering her time with animal rehabilitation. She LOVES pitbulls and bully breeds as they hold a very special place in her heart!

Dr. Emily Robertson

Dr. Emily Robertson grew up in the small town of Rayville, Louisiana with Labrador Retrievers, cats, rabbits, chickens, and an overall love of animals. Dr. Robertson received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University, where she graduated 2019. After vet school, she worked at Eastside Animal Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas for 3 years. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association. In 2020, she was named the Arkansas Young Scholar of the Year at Southwest Veterinary Symposium.

Dr. Robertson is married to Lane Robertson, a University of Arkansas alumnus. Together they have two dogs, Delta – a Chocolate Lab, Dudley – a Golden-Doodle, and Fin – a domestic shorthair cat. When not at work, she enjoys hiking, Orange Theory Fitness, and traveling with her family.

Our Staff

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.

Our Veterinary Assistants

Estefani Cruz

Addie Kennedy

Tanaia Thomas

Hannah Gaines

Zach Martins

Our Receptionists

Juan Lemus

Aaron Sandoval

Our Kennel Technicians

Marissa Boyce

Dallas Hall


Sir Francis

Clinic Mascot Deceased July 2021.
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!!