Meet Our Team

  • Rachel L. Sparke
    DVM, CVA
    Veterinarian, Owner

    Dr. Sparke is a graduate of The Ohio State University with Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2001 and Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine with Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2005.  She arrived at Roseland Animal Hospital in 2007 and considers South Bend her home.  Her parents and grandmother are also living in South Bend.  Dr. Sparke has special interest in veterinary acupuncture/traditional chinese medicine, ultrasound, and nutrition/wellness.  She is married to Jay, Practice Manager for Roseland Animal Hospital.  They have four beautiful children, 3 dogs, and chickens.  She enjoys the great outdoors, running, obstacle race courses, and most other athletic opportunities.

    Most recently Dr. Sparke has expanded her veterinary knowledge by attending the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, FL learning more detail about the biology of bearded dragons, reptile dermatology, ferret emergencies and anesthesia, alternative formulas for oncology patients, guinea pig dental abscesses, the role of hormones in canine behavior, and TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) treatments for IVDD, Wobbler, and Degenerative Myelopathy.

  • Thomas Maske,

    Dr. Thomas Maske joined the practice in June of 2012.  He attended the University of Illinois as an animal science major.  He continued his education at the University of Illinois and earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May of 2012.  Dr. Thomas enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but holds special interest in internal medicine, surgery and ophthalmology.  He resides in the South Bend area with his wife, Emily, three lovely daughters, and cat, Sadie.  Dr. Thomas enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping.

    Dr. Maske recently spent time continuing his education in veterinary medicine at the AVMA conference in Denver, CO where he acquired additional information on canine and feline lymphoma, heartworm disease pathophysiology and pathology, feline gingivostomatitis, and a wetlab using our endoscopy unit for rhinoscopy (nose), laryngoscopy (throat), and bronchoscopy (airway).

  • Christina Desjeunes,

    Dr. Christina Desjeunes received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2008 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 2013.  She is passionate about exotic animal pets and completed a one year specialty internship in exotic, wildlife, and zoo animal medicine with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in June of 2014.  When not working, you’ll find Dr. D reading a good book, drawing, or taking ballet classes.  She is currently owned by her two cats, Jynx and Bella, and a dachshund, Cookie.

    *Dr. D has expanded her life and home to include her husband, Tim and their beautiful daughter born in 2019.

  • Erika First, DVM

    Dr. First graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 after double majoring in Animal Science and Fisheries & Wildlife.  She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2019. She enjoys working with cats, dogs, and pocket pets, and has a soft spot for geriatric animals.  Outside of traditional veterinary medicine she also has an interest in aquaculture medicine, and has completed her CertAqV through the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. First lives in the South Bend area with her significant other and their charismatic tuxedo cat, Caesar.  Dr. First’s hobbies include hiking, photography, arts and crafts, and playing ice hockey.  She also has the goal of visiting every US National Park, and has visited over 20 parks so far!

  • Jay Sparke
    Office Manager

    Jay joined Roseland Animal Hospital in 2012 and is our Practice Manager and Human Resources Manager.  He is married to Dr. Sparke and they have 4 children, Gavin, Garrett, Kellsie and Kenzie.  In his free time, Jay enjoys fishing, camping, and sports.

  • Nicole VanHulle
    RVT, Hospital Supervisor

    Nicole has been at Roseland since 2014.  She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and our Hospital Supervisor.  She received a Bachelor's Degree from Purdue University in Animal Science and her Veterinary Technician degree from Brown Mackie College.  She owns a ball python and when not at the clinic she enjoys hiking, biking, and relaxing by the lake with her husband Chris and their dog Remington.

  • Christi Niespodziany

    Christi has been employed with Roseland Animal Hospital since 2003.  Christi and her son Aiden have a Siberian Husky named Shiloh, 1 snake, Batman, and 2 goldfish, Goldie and Toni Hawk.  They enjoy spending time at the lake, beach, and boating.

  • Rose Fleischmann
    Veterinary Technician/Assistant

    Rose began working with us in 2004.  Rose is currently completing her education as a veterinary technician through AAHA.  Together with her husband Brian they have 3 cats, Boomer, Misty Meezer, and Farm Guy.  Rose enjoys NASCAR and spending time with her feline family members.

  • Aubrey McLaughlin

    Aubrey began working at Roseland Animal Hospital in April of 2009.  Altough she has held several positions with us here, she currently works as a Client Service Specialist.  With her husband, James, Aubrey has a home filled with a varity of pets large and small.  Aubrey enjoys photography and volunteers her time with Pet Refuge.

  • Jessica G
    CSS, CSS lead

    Jessica joined the team in 2015 as as Client Service Specialist. She shares her home with their cat Tulip, and dogs Nova and Pandora, and has had a varying number of ferrets over the years (almost never fewer than 6!). In her spare time, Jessica enjoys playing video games/table-top RPGs, spending time with her family, and doing various crafts such as embroidery and resin work.

  • Kim Van Overberghe, RVT
    Veterinary Technician

    Kim is a Registered Veterinary Technician whom joined Roseland Animal Hospital in 2017.  She gradutated from Brown Mackie's Veterinary Technician program in 2010.  Kim and her husband Eric have four children, Autumn, Brayden, Chloe and Deklen.  They also have many pets including cats Max, Sam, Ruby, and McRibb, dogs Jasper and Willy, a snake named Boba, a crested gecko named Geckie, and a rat named Peabody.  Kim enjoys watching movies and camping with her family.

  • Kiera Richards
    Pet Care Specialist & Boarding Lead

    Kiera was excited to join the team at Roseland Animal Hospital.  Kiera is currently enrolled in classes to become a veterinary technician.  She owns one miniature schnauzer, Duchess, and a mouse, Mitsu.  Her spare time is dedicated to volunteering at the Humane Society, drawing, spending time outdoors and of course being with her friends, family and fiancé. Kiera joined our team in 2017.

  • Jamie Fernald
    Pet Care Specialist

    Jamie hopped aboard the RAH team in 2018 and quickly became integral in making our examination rooms flow.  You'll find Jamie helping your pet get situated for their visit and making sure that your questions get answered.  In her free time Jamie enjoys being with her children and her pets.  She has dogs, cats and goats! 

  • Tikvah C.

    Tikvah joined the RAH team in August 2020.  She has been a lifelong animal lover, and found her niche when she took the leap into the veterinary world after working in the human healthcare field for 15 years. When she is not working, you will find her taking her teenage son fishing, and loving on her dog and three cats. She also enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her nieces and nephews. 

  • Jodi K

    Jodi joined the RAH team in 2020.  She is excited to help us grow and develop our dental practice.  Jodi enjoys spending time with friends and family as much as possible. 

  • Alex M

    Alex joined the team in 2020. She has many years of customer service experience under her belt.  Alex has two cats, a cockatiel and an axolotl at home.  Alex enjoys video games, coffee, and sews occasionally.

  • Lexi *
    Boarding attendant

    Lexi joined the RAH team in winter 2021.  She has a warm heart and kind smile.  Lexi loves spending time with the animals while here at the hospital and is enjoying getting to know all of your pets on a personal level!

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