Dr. Jason was raised in O’Fallon, Illinois and graduated high school in 1993. After graduation he attended and played football at the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy. In 1998 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the USAF and stationed in San Antonio, Texas. In 2002 he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Auburn University – Montgomery. After serving nine years as an active duty communications officer and teaching Air Force ROTC at SIUC, Dr. Jason attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in May of 2010. Upon graduation he was hired as a full time swine veterinarian by The Maschhoff’s in Carlyle, Illinois. During this time Dr. Jason also worked in small animal practice on the weekends.
In December 2012 Dr. Jason bought Lakeside Veterinary Hospital in Carbondale and Lakeside Veterinary Clinic in Energy.
Dr. Jason is happily married and has one daughter and a son. He and his wife are both licensed coaches with the US Soccer Federation and enjoy coaching their daughter’s soccer team together. Dr. Jason’s family has two pets: Missy and Champ. Missy showed up as a stray at Dr. Jason’s house in Montgomery, Alabama and has been his loyal companion for over 11 years. Champ was a rescue that Dr. Jason treated while in small animal practice on weekends. Prior to Champ’s adoption, he sustained a traumatic injury which required the removal Champ’s left front paw. Champ has been fitted with a prosthetic and now has four good legs. In his free time, Dr. Jason enjoys hunting, fishing, watching as well as playing a wide variety of sports, lifting weights, and playing guitar.
Dr. Melissa Ferry
Melissa has been with Lakeside Veterinary Care since October of 2018 as an emergency veterinarian. She grew up near Buffalo, NY (Go Bills!) and went to college in PA. Veterinary school at THE Ohio State University and a one year internship in Avian/Exotics Medicine. She stayed in Columbus, OH for another 5 years doing avian/exotic medicine and emergency medicine before moving to Missouri. She took a job where she liked the people the best – you spend a lot of time at work and she wanted to enjoy the time she spent there!
Melissa began working in the veterinary industry because of her enjoyment of helping people combined with her love of animals. Veterinary medicine is a people profession, and she loves educating her clients about their pets and how to care for them. Over the course of her career, she has become a member of the AAV (Association of Avian Vets), AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Vets), ARAV (Association of reptile and amphibian). She is also a consulting veterinarian for the St. Louis Aquarium opening in the winter of 2019!
Her furry family consists of a 4 year old pitbull, Betsey Johnson who comes to work on the weekends, and 4 cats who range between shy and crazy.
In her spare time, she plays the clarinet and has played sporadically in groups back in Ohio after vet school. She volunteers to help with elderly, specifically hospice and those with Alzheimer’s which she has been involved with since high school.