Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the members of Fort Scott Vet Center in Fort Scott, KS. We’re pleased to provide exceptional veterinary care for your operation. Please call us at 620-224-8259 to discuss how we can best serve you.

Dr. Drew Crisler

January of 2017 brought significant changes for my family and I. We had the opportunity to make a move back to my wife Janet’s hometown, Fort Scott, Kansas. After 13 years of marriage I am grateful to call her hometown our family’s hometown. As with any big move, it took a lot of prayer for us to take this leap. We have been rewarded with a very warm reception and are excited for our future in Southeast Kansas.

In 2011, I graduated from Kansas State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Between undergrad and vet school, I enjoyed my time working and researching extruded cattle feed in feed yards. For the next six years, I focused my practice in Council Grove, KS under the direction of Dr. Tom Jernigan at Jernigan Veterinary Clinics. I also had the opportunity to consult with practitioner Dr. Randall Spare. In addition, I studied under pharmacologist Dr. Mike Apley as well as Dr. Dan Thompson, expert and leader of Beef Health and Welfare.

My educational background allows me to offer a variety of services in the Bourbon County area to include: artificial insemination, ultrasound for both Bovine and Equine, dental floating for Equine, preventative medicine and herd health. I am also pleased to be part of the ReproLogix team where I focus on IVF and embryo transfer programs. When not working you can find me enjoying quality time with my wife and children.

Dr. Markie Schiller

Hi! I am Dr. Markie Schiller and I am excited to join the team at FSVC as their newest veterinarian. My passion for animals began as a youngster growing up on my family’s farm in Wisconsin. I spent countless hours caring for horses and goats and milking cows. My passion for horses quickly blossomed into a career and I moved to Oklahoma to train show horses. While in Oklahoma, I also attended OSU where I completed my undergraduate degree in animal science in 2011 and my doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2016.

During my educational career, I worked for the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences where I contributed to multiple research studies for various animal health topics including tick burden effects on cattle and equine vaccine development. I also completed certifications in equine acupuncture, equine dentistry, veterinary business management, artificial insemination and whitetail deer farming. After finishing my DVM, I completed a post doctorate internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital before joining the staff at Alexander Veterinary Services as an Associate Veterinarian. During the last two years, I worked alongside the veterinarians in the practice to cultivate my skills in both equine and bovine veterinary care.

While I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, my primary areas of interest include equine lameness, reproduction, neonatal foal care and nutrition. I practice traditional veterinary medicine and compliment that care with holistic treatment including acupuncture. I am an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. I believe in a comprehensive approach to keep our horses healthy and to insure performance horses of all disciplines are at the top of their game.

I firmly believe that listening to my clients and providing education and community outreach are as much a part of my job as is caring for my animal patients. I look forward to working with each of our clients to provide the most appropriate care for their animals. When I am not at work, I enjoy riding my horses, CrossFit, spending time with my fiancé, Sterling, my family and my dog, Cubby.

Sterling Woods

Hello. My name is Sterling Woods. I joined the Fort Scott Veterinary Center team earlier this year as a veterinary assistant. I grew up in Edmond Oklahoma where I worked for a large equine referral practice before joining a mixed animal practice in Collinsville, OK. I have been working as an assistant for over 20 years, specializing in high quality equine veterinary care. My fiancée and I were drawn to Fort Scott because of the growing community, beautiful scenery and the opportunity to be a member of a progressive veterinary team. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, CrossFit and spending time with my family

Opal Heckman

Hi, I’m Opal Heckman. In May of this year, I had an amazing opportunity to join the Fort Scott Veterinary Center team as their office manager and groomer. My love for animals blossomed at a young age, growing up on my family’s small beef cow/calf operation just north of Fort Scott. Providing care for animals was on the daily agenda around the farm, but I wanted to understand more about the medicine and science behind it all, which is what sparked my interest to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Community College, I headed out west to Colby, Kansas and pursued a degree in Veterinary Technology. As a proud 2014 graduate of Colby’s Veterinary Technicians Program, I headed back home to serve the community I grew up in and I am very proud of. I worked in a small rural mixed animal practice in Fort Scott for five years as a veterinary technician before joining Fort Scott Veterinary Center. As a lifelong Bourbon County resident, 4-H and FFA Alumni I am very proud to be able to serve the community I grew up in as part of an extraordinary animal care team at Fort Scott Veterinary Center. When I’m not at work I can be found enjoying my three beautiful boys Preston, Jace, and Maverick, lending a hand out on the farm, and enjoying my family.