Get to know us!

Metro East Home Vet Care was founded in 2012 by Dr. Karen Louis as a house call exclusive practice for dogs and cats. She saw a need for a veterinarian to provide home visits, perform in-home euthanasias, and just make vet care more accessible.

In 2017, Dr. Louis became certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. As demand increased, it became apparent a physical location was needed to meet the needs of our clients.

In 2019, the low-stress clinic in Belleville was opened, which allowed us to see appointments in a home-like setting, as well as offer x-rays, surgery and dental procedures. Metro East Home Vet Care was the first and only clinic in the area to be certified in Low-Stress Handling.


Dr. Karen Louis with a patient    Karen Louis DVM, MS, cVMA

   Melissa Clayton DVM

   Laura Boeren DVM

Support staff


Kelly has been us since 2015, and has been a vet tech for 14 years. Kelly is our Lead Tech, and helps with inventory, ordering, rebates, and lots more. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from McKendree University, and loves keeping the clinic organized! She has 5 cats and 2 dogs, and is a self proclaimed “crazy cat lady”.

Mandi worked at the Belleville Area Humane Society for years, then made the switch to the veterinary world. She loves working with all species, and has a dog and cat of her own. Mandi loves making house calls, and does the majority of home visits, as well as helps in clinic appointments.

Nichole is a Registered Veterinary Technician and is our main Surgery Tech. She was raised on an elk farm, and currently has a dog and cat. Nichole earned her veterinary technician degree from Sanford Brown, and has over 15 years of experience, having been with us since 2018. Nichole is our main surgery technician, and performs in home euthanasias.

Jen is our main receptionist with over 10 years experience in the field. She even won a national award for being a top veterinary receptionist in the country! Her crazy sense of humor and calm demeanor make everyone feel right at home. She has two high-maintenance cats, Jim and Pam.

Lisa completed training for a registered veterinary technician from Penn Foster, and has worked in the field for 10 years. Lisa has 2 dogs and 2 cats, and works both in surgery and in the clinic.

Hannah graduated from Vatterott College with a degree in veterinary technology. She’s been a tech for 6 years, and fosters dogs and cats for local rescues as well! Hannah goes on house calls as well as helps in the clinic. She has 3 dogs and 2 cats.