Our Careteam

Katelynn Capps
Registered Veterinary Technician
Katelynn was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she harbored a love for the earth’s creatures ever since her earliest days. Her own experiences caring for pets while growing up led her to one inescapable conclusion: she would love to help better the lives of both pets and owners by working in the veterinary field! Katelynn’s passion never quit—now, she’s a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Katelynn’s animal-care journey began at another local pet clinic, where she shadowed for 40 hours, and then she attended International Business College’s veterinary technology program. After finishing her coursework requirements, she became an extern at another local clinic for two months and then signed on at a busy hospital after graduation. Katelynn would help pets there for two and half years before relocating to North Carolina, where she continued working in the field for a year before returning to her home state. In April of 2018, she joined the team here at Aboite Animal Clinic as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The rest is history!

One of Katelynn’s favorite parts of her job is serving as the lead Tech on a critical-care case and seeing a patient through the entire care process to a full recovery. Medically, she’s fond of diagnostic procedures, cytologies, radiology and ultrasound, and bloodwork. Above all, she loves to know that she’s making a real difference in the lives of pets and their loving human counterparts.

Katelynn lives with her fiancé, Tyler, and their two pets: Tink, a betta fish, and a Pleco fish named Tink Senior. When she isn’t spending time with her family or helping pets here at the clinic, Katelynn likes dabbling in art and especially enjoys painting with oil and acrylics. Her art has even been displayed at St. Francis University and in the Parkview North Hospital’s front lobby!
Marissa Smith
Veterinary Assistant
MaRissa grew up in the countryside of Bluffton, Indiana, where animal care was a part of life from day one. Ever since she can remember, she’s wanted to provide a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves—for MaRissa, giving pets the medical attention they need while also helping their owners to be properly equipped for great care is the ultimate reward! She helps pets every day as a Veterinary Technician.

MaRissa’s veterinary journey began at another local hospital as a Kennel Assistant, eventually working her way up to reception and Veterinary Assistant work, before starting school at International Business College’s Vet Tech Institute. She graduated in 2012, then began working one day a week at her previous clinic while serving as the manager of the Marion Grant County Humane Society.

MaRissa had completed her externship for school right here at Aboite Animal Clinic, and was happy to accept a job offer in 2013. Medically, she’s fond of surgical work and follow-up care during the post-operative stage. Overall, MaRissa’s favorite aspect of her work here at the hospital is the family-oriented environment that she gets to help cultivate on a daily basis; the relationships she shares with her coworkers and the area’s pet owners are not something she takes for granted!

When she has free time away from work, MaRissa enjoys dabbling in crafts and drawing, honing her photography skills, and spending time at home with her family and pets. She and her husband, Derek, have a young son named Damon and care for several pets. The family has three dogs: Rowdy, a spunky Labrador; Sophie, who MaRissa adopted during her time at the Humane Society; and a Jack Russell Terrier named Georgie who MaRissa rescued while on vacation in Georgia. They also have three cats—Angela, Butters, and Chipper—and a turtle named Dexter.
Megan Estes
Veterinary Assistant
Megan grew up in Muncie, Indiana, where her family kept pets ever since her earliest days. She’s known from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to work in veterinary medicine some day! Megan’s dream has come full circle—she’s a proud member of Aboite Animal Clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team.

Megan was still in high school when she took on an internship at her local family veterinary clinic. Next, she headed off to Purdue University to study animal behavior, working at a clinic in West Lafayette for nearly five years during her studies. Megan moved back to Muncie in 2012, then started working for a clinic in Anderson, Indiana, where she was able to apply and hone many of the skills she had learned back in West Lafayette.
In 2017, Megan moved to Fort Wayne to be with her boyfriend, and started here at Aboite Animal Clinic in February of that year as a Veterinary Assistant. She has a special passion for animal behavior and loves to help clients understand why their animal friends act the way they do; Megan also enjoys helping each and every visitor to the hospital feel comfortable during their entire visit.

Away from the office, Megan enjoys watching documentaries about animals, history, and nature; she loves to continue learning about the earth’s creatures in whatever way she can! Along with her boyfriend and his daughter, Megan shares her home with her dog, Gidget, and four cats: Miss Kitty, who spends most of her time judging everyone else; Foo, who demands cuddles with Megan on a daily basis; Mabel, who doesn’t let her past encounter with a car slow her down in the least; and Emma, the baby of the family.
Veterinary Assistant
Chanda had always been fascinated by math and science, and she adored animals ever since she was a little girl. When she thought about what kind of career options she had that could combine those two passions, the choice was obvious: veterinary medicine was the perfect path for her! Chanda is thrilled to serve the area’s pets and animal owners as a part of Aboite Animal Clinic’s skilled Veterinary Technician team.

Chanda is from the Fort Wayne area and attended college there to study veterinary technology. Shortly after graduating, she became a member of the team here at Aboite Animal Clinic. Chanda would help pets and their loving owners here for four rewarding years before taking some time off to raise her children. Eight years later, she decided to return to where it all started! She couldn’t be happier to reprise her role as a Veterinary Technician and continue helping the pets of this area live the happiest, healthiest lives possible.

As a Tech, Chanda enjoys the way that her profession constantly keeps her on her toes. She’s also fond of the great variety she gets to enjoy every day. She never knows exactly what kind of adventures the next shift might bring!

Outside of work, Chanda likes playing sports, watching her favorite movies, and helping out with Girl Scout camps whenever she has the chance.
Kisha Steininger
Kisha has been riding horses for 35 years, and always enjoyed grooming them before and after her treks. That’s what inspired her to groom professionally and carry her talents over to dogs and cats! Kisha loves to help the area’s pets look and feel their best as Aboite Animal Clinic’s resident groomer and bather.

A Fort Wayne native, Kisha started her career as a bather at a local grooming salon before attending grooming school at the Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology in Lansing, Michigan in 1998. After a number of years spent grooming on-and-off—and obtaining her degree in criminal justice and crime analysis from the Indiana Institute of Technology—she was thrilled to join the Aboite Animal Clinic family in early 2013; Kisha had been bringing her own pets here to the hospital to see Dr. Gupta since the late 1990s, so it was a natural fit!

When she’s not sprucing up pets here at the clinic, Kisha can usually be found cheering on her favorite local sports teams and going for horseback rides on her Warmblood/Draft cross, Duke. Kisha also shares her home with three dogs—Toby, a Dachshund, and two Chihuahuas who go by Coco and Chill—and two cats, a pair of adopted Tortoiseshell Calicos named Maple and Regina.