Hillview Veterinary Clinic, LLC

1761 Thornburg Lane
Franklin, IN 46131



Tess Williams, RVT

I  am the head surgery tech here at Hillview and get to practice many advanced pain management techniques during procedures. Also, I am working toward a specialty in pain management and physical rehabilitation, and have special training in nutrition. My passions are pain management, canine rehab and physical therapy, and nutrition/weight loss counseling. 

I recently bought my first home with the love of my life. We have 2 tabby cats, Barnie Ruble, Trouble and Jimi Hendrix. We also have a mutt named Princess Leia.  All my critters are wonderful and keep me on my toes. 


Tori Grafe, Veterinary Assistant

I started my journey at Hillview Veterinary Clinic on May 11th, 2015 as a receptionist. This experience gave me the basis to know all the wonderful aspects of front-desk operations and to appreciate smoothly running a veterinary clinic day-to-day. 

I attended Purdue University from 2012-2016 and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in animal sciences with my end goal of becoming a veterinarian. Since graduating, I have moved to veterinary assistant and have switched my future focus to becoming a perfusionist. 

Since becoming a veterinary assistant, I have been afforded the opportunity to apply my undergraduate studies to real-world cases and have gotten countless opportunities to learn from the best health care professionals in this field.

Fun fact: I have 3 of the most adorable guinea pigs in the world: Millie, Peace, and Harmony. Guinea pigs are my weakness!

Fun fact: I love scuba diving, but I have a phobia of deep water. Every time I dive, I am facing my fears!


Karen McDonough, RVT

I have worked at Hillview since 2010 and during that time I have found my niche in “Dental Land.” I am responsible for all the dental procedures that are performed here. I also have a passion for clicker training and have helped Alicea many times with her classes.

When not at work, I spend time cooking delicious meals, hiking, crocheting, and curling up with a good book with my Chihuahua, Kanga. I live in Batesville and travel to work every day so I also enjoy listening to audio books during my long drive.

Emily Wilhelm, RVT

I thoroughly enjoy working with the wide variety of animals that Hillview cares for and am working toward my board certification in reptile, avian, and exotic animal medicine.

Why do I love my job? Well, at what other job could I say, “Today I helped clean a bat’s teeth, put steel pins in a broken wing of an eagle, bottle fed an opossum and placed a feeding tube in a snapping turtle?" For someone who has a passion for animals and enjoys working with people who have the same passion, there couldn’t be a better job out there! I have a passion for educating pet owners on their exotic pets so that every home is a happy, healthy one.

I am owned by Mufasa, a retired racing greyhound; Scara, a three-legged kitten; four rabbits; a snake; and a hedgehog. I also do exotic animal rescue and have an ever-changing array of fosters. Away from work, I love being outside hiking, running, and trying to do yoga with my pets "helping."

Shelby Smoot, RVT

I started here at Hillview in the fall of 2013 as a kennel tech. I became an RVT in the spring of 2014. I love working in a mixed animal practice, and my primary interest is in small animal surgery. Getting to see different types of animals every day keeps life interesting! I hope to become more involved with the rescue community in the future. 

I live in Brown County, and love doing "outdoorsy" things. My fur babies include Franny the Newfoundland, José the Dachshund, Skunky and Alley the kitties, and three goats named Miss Kay, Caroline, and Syd.

Sarah Calkins, Vet Assistant

I started working at Hillview in the beginning of 2014 as a kennel assistant and have since become a vet assistant. My interests are in equine and anything to do with pit bulls.

My boyfriend, Bobby, and I recently bought a farm in Southern Indiana where we have 3 horses (Bo, Penny Rose, and Hellen) and 2 dogs (Lloyd and Brix). In my free time I enjoy traveling with our horses to go trail riding and camping.

Morgan Davis, Kennel Assistant

I love working at Hillview because I love being able to see all the different things that go on in a vet's office, and the people are caring. I am a graduate of Franklin Community High School. I have three cats, Miley, Macey, and Kylee, a German Shepherd named Skyler, a rat, and two guinea pigs named Louie and Howie. In my free time, I enjoy hunting and making baskets.