Meet the People Caring for Your Pet

Our team is made up of dedicated and compassionate professionals that are highly trained to provide exceptional veterinary care.

Our Doctors

Dr. Laura Lynch

Dr. Laura Lynch has been a practicing partner at Eastside since 1991. She is a 1985 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in Zoology. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

Dr. Laura lives in the country with her husband Kevin. Her son Tanner is married and has two little daughters. Her hobbies included water skiing, hiking, and reading. Dr. Laura has two dogs: a black Labrador Retriever named Thunder and a setter named Elvis.

Dr. Lena C. “Chrissy” France

Dr. Lena France is a 2003 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has been an Eastside veterinarian since June of 2006. Although she enjoys all aspects of practice, she especially looks forward to new puppy and kitten visits as well as challenging internal medicine cases.

Married to fellow veterinarian Jerrod English since December of 2003, Dr. Chrissy has 3 children, twins Logan and Morgan and daughter Parker Olivia. When not working, you can find Dr. France enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, four wheeling and flower gardening. While indoors, Dr. France enjoys reading and scrap booking.

Dr. Miranda Coffey

Dr. Miranda Coffey is a 2021 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys the variety of veterinary medicine, from surgery to internal medicine to exotic pet care and everything in between.

She has a rescue cat named Little Man and a Leopard Gecko named Tamish. Outside of work she delights in hiking, reading, and pointillism. 

Our Veterinary Staff


Practice Manager

Michele is the Practice Manager and has been with Eastside for 11 years. She has a long haired orange tabby at home named Flanagan, and is bossed around by our chocolate kitty Mudd while at work. Her family, including 8 grandchildren and 1 grandchild on the way, is her favorite thing and she also loves hiking, kayaking, gardening and all things outside.



Bailey has one of the first smiles you will see when you come to Eastside Animal. She is a receptionist and is eager to help you whether it’s for an appointment, prescriptions, or simply a question for the doctor. Bailey and her husband love playing with their dogs, Winslow and June, and spending time at their new home.


Kennel Tech / Veterinary Assistant

Matthew is a kennel tech and veterinary assistant. He helps the doctors with patients and provides weekend loving care for boarding pets. He is currently taking classes to become a veterinary technician and has a cat named Wendy.


Veterinary Assistant

Jessica has been a veterinary assistant since 2012. Her new Frenchie Charles is keeping her busy, along with her three cats – Sans, Herman and Delbert! Going to her son’s sports and school events are something she enjoys. Billy is her best buddy at work.


Veterinary Assistant

Melissa is a veterinary assistant and has been here for several years. She and her husband have one daughter, a dachshund mix named Charlie, a calico named Callie and just welcomed an adorable Golden Retriever puppy named Ripp. Spending time with her family is important to her.


Surgical Assistant

Kayla is our surgical assistant. Her and her husband rescued a boxer mix named Duke and are making sure he is living his best life! She enjoys nature photography, going to church and crafting.



Zenetta grew up in Fort Smith, AR. She earned her Bachelors in Biology in Springfield, MO before moving to Kansas City where she earned her degree to be a Certified Veterinary Technician. She moved back to the Fort Smith area and joined our team in Spring 2022. Zenetta loves relaxing with a good book, crafting, baking delicious meals and treats, gardening, and traveling.  Zenetta is often found assisting in surgery, performing dental cleanings, and taking care of hospital patients. She enjoys learning new skills to provide prime healthcare to her patients. 


Clinic Cat

Clinic Cat Mudd Mudd has been here for 10 years and is our unique brown kitty!


Clinic Cat

Garfield, our grumpy clinic cat.