James Everett, DVM
Dr. Everett is a native of Maryville, Tennessee. He was raised on a small farm where his family raised everything from horses and cattle to their pet Holstein steer, Jethro. He completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also is a graduate of the Veterinary School at UT. He is married to his wonderful wife, Mandee, and they have 4 children; Ellie, Karson, Landen, and Tate. James spends most of his free time with his family, where he is involved in coaching his son’s baseball and football teams. He is an avid college football fan and is partial to the South Eastern Conference (#1 conference in college sports). He has a special interest in calf work, herd health and protocol management, and animal welfare. When he’s not at work, you can usually find him working around the house or at the ball-fields.
Manny Fagundes, DVM
Dr. Fagundes was born in Upland, CA and raised on a 750 cow dairy in Hanford, CA. He attended Hanford High School, graduate of 1997. He then attended Fresno State with a major in Animal Science for his undergraduate studies. After Fresno state he attended U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his D.V.M. in 2005. After Vet school he came to work here at Mill Creek and if you’re wondering which vet he is, he is the one in the red truck. He has two children- Jocelyn and Luke. Other than working with cows, Manny enjoys playing baseball, scuba diving, and golf.
Billy Myers, MS DVM
Dr. Myers was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina. Following high school he moved to Laramie, Wyoming where he received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science before earning a Masters degree in Ruminant Nutrition. Billy then went on to Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he earned his DVM in June of 2007. After vet school Billy and his wife Melissa moved to Visalia where he started work at Mill Creek Veterinary Services. Billy and Melissa now have 3 children- a son Wade and twin daughters Georgia and Molly. In his spare time, Billy enjoys camping with Wade and hanging out with his girls. He is also a big sports fan and the nation’s leading expert on college football, specializing of course in the SEC.
Carlos Castellanos, MVZ
Dr. Carlos Castellanos was born in Mexico and he graduated from the University of Veracruz in 1999 where he obtained his degree of Medical Veterinarian Zootechnician. Dr. Castellanos has over 10 years of in-depth experience in Dairy Operations Management and Consulting. He has worked as a bovine private practitioner, a reproductive technical consultant for ABS Mexico, a dairy herd manager, a technical service consultant, and a management consultant for a Michigan dairy. He evaluates and analyzes procedures for different areas at dairies and trains on farm dairy employees. Dr. Castellanos is married to a fellow veterinarian, Dr. Ericka Landa, and they have one daughter. Carlos and his family enjoy swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and visiting new places.
Chuck Roudebush, DVM
Chuck Roudebush joined Mill Creek Veterinary Services in May 1991. He is a 1989 graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and after a one year internship at Iowa State University and one year of practice in Turlock, he joined Mill Creek as the fourth veterinarian. Chuck has been married to Ann, also a veterinarian, for 24 years. They live in Visalia with their two cats, one bird and three turtles. Chuck and Ann also enjoy spending time in the mountains, where they hike, mountain bike and snowshoe. Chuck became interested in veterinary medicine when he entered his home town’s 4-H sheep project at the age of nine. He raised sheep and hogs while in both 4-H and FFA. Chuck thoroughly enjoys working with dairy cows and has a special interest in transition cow management, sick cows and calf ranch work.
Steve Smit, DVM
Steve Smit joined Mill Creek Veterinary Services after completing his BS degree in Biology at UCLA in 1995 and earning his DVM degree from UC Davis Veterinary School in 2000. In addition to being a herd health veterinarian, he is very involved with Mill Creek’s milk quality lab. He has been a member of the Association of American Bovine Practitioners for seventeen years. Steve’s black cossack hat would have come in handy during his two trips to Mongolia with Christian Veterinary Mission, where he and a classmate instructed Mongolian veterinarians and herdsmen on the use of Western Medicine to improve herd health. Unfortunately, he did not get the hat until ten years later, when he ventured to Scotland to see what all the hype about Highland castles and Scotch Whisky was about. Traveling and hiking with his wife are among his favorite activities. He also maintains a life-long passion for ice hockey, an obsession that traces back to his Connecticut roots. He plays adult league roller and ice hockey twice weekly and is useless for household chores during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also enjoys fly fishing in Alaska, researching craft beers, snow skiing, playing with his dogs at the beach, and BBQ-ing on his new smoker.
Jennifer Wessel, DVM
Dr. Wessel is a 2003 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Raised on “Old McDonald’s Farm” in Iowa growing swine, dairy cows, registered Angus cow/calf herd, cutting horses, cats, and 1 dog, she moved to California to chase her dream of dairy cows, sun and Palm trees. In addition to “working moo’s”, as her son says, Jennifer is an active member locally of the Tulare County Farm Bureau. She has served as a District 2 Director, had several leadership roles in Tulare County Young Farmers & Ranchers and has represented Tulare County on the State Young Farmers & Ranchers committee. Jennifer has just completed her term for the California Farm Bureau Animal Health and Welfare Committee as chair of the committee and recently served as vice-chair of the CFBF Political Action Committee. She was appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation Animal Health Commodity Committee in 2014 in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Jennifer was awarded the Excellence in Agriculture award by the California Farm Bureau Federation for her achievements professionally in agriculture and her service to Farm Bureau. Jennifer and her husband, Josh Pitigliano, went on to be awarded top 10 honors from the American Farm Bureau Federation later that year. In addition, she has served the local veterinary medicine organization as secretary, represented the Tulare-Kings Veterinary Medicine Association at the California Veterinary Medicine Association House of Delegates and was appointed to the California Veterinary Medicine Association Agriculture Committee. In 2015, she was selected to serve on the AABP Antibiotic Stewardship Task Force to address forthcoming antibiotic issues in food animal medicine.
Dave Strathman, DVM
Dr. Strathman is a third generation veterinarian from Northern Illinois. Before attending Southern Illinois University’s Ag Science program, Dave served 3 tours in Iraq as an engineer with the Marine Corps. He received his DVM from University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Dave’s interests include production medicine, and advanced reproductive technologies. He and his wife, Riley, have a daughter named Ina.
Dan Davidson, DVM
Dan Davidson was born, raised, and homeschooled in Ohio on a hobby farm with his three siblings and goats, cows, chickens, hogs, honeybees and horses. He attended Hocking College and the University of Idaho for his undergraduate studies and did 3 months of research on freshwater aquatic ecology in the Algonquin Forest of Ontario Canada and the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador. He obtained a B.S. in Wildlife Science from the University of Idaho in 2012, and a D.V.M. from the Ohio State University in 2016. He enjoys developing meaningful relationships and the camaraderie found in cooperative effort. There are no strangers to Dan, only friends he has not yet met. He attacks multifaceted problems through adaptability, strategy, and conceptualization. Tiffany Davidson is his best friend and partner in this adventure of life. They attend Radiant Church here in Visalia and they currently do not have any children or pets.
Maxwell Beal, DVM
I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California to a teacher mother and a petroleum engineer father. We moved around a good bit, but my entire early childhood was spent in the comforts of the city life, never really branching out into farming and agriculture. I became involved with animal agriculture when I was allowed to participate in one of my friend’s show sheep project in the 5th grade and from then on I was hooked! Throughout my time at Highland High School in Bakersfield, I raised my own sheep and was an avid participant in California FFA. I have since worked on dairies, large scale swine operations, feedlots, and managed the UC Davis sheep herd. Once I had set my aspirations on becoming a veterinarian, I set off to get an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from UC Davis in 2014 and my DVM from Kansas State University. I am passionate about animal agriculture and ready to jump at any opportunity to learn and grow with my clients and their operations. I am happy to be back in my valley home here in Tulare county! Outside of work, I am an avid hunter, fisher, hiker, backpacker, runner, bicyclist, and skier. I enjoy pretty much any activity that includes being outside. I’m also a novice homebrewer and enjoy a good craft beer.