Dr. John Bates, DVM
Dr. John Bates has cared for pets at Imperial Animal Hospital since 1973, when he started out as a volunteer at the hospital. He returned in 1983 as a general practitioner and became hospital owner in 1986.
Dr. Bates was born in St. Louis and wanted to be a veterinarian ever since he was six years old (according to his mother). He loves working with pets and finds a great deal of satisfaction in helping pets lead long and healthy lives.
He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received his Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture in 1978. He went on to attend the University of Missouri Veterinary Teaching Hospital and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. While in veterinary school, Dr. Bates was awarded the American Animal Hospital Association's Student Award for proficiency in both medicine and surgery.
Surgery and ophthalmology are among Dr. Bates' many professional interests. He is certified to provide stem cell therapy via Vet-Stem. He is a member of the board of directors of the Animal Emergency Clinics of St. Louis and also works with REGAP (Retired Greyhounds As Pets), the ACT Now Animal Rescue and Golden Retriever Rescue.
Married to Monica, Imperial Animal Hospital's practice manager, Dr. Bates is the proud father of two adult children, Sarah and Scott and a new grandson, Blake. He and Monica share their home with three dogs Buddy, Stella and Rocko plus two cats Otis and Frosty, and a pair of doves named PJ and JP. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, swimming, playing racquetball, boating and taking photos.
Dr. Jennifer Emo, DVM
A general practitioner at Imperial Animal Hospital since 2007, Dr. Jennifer Emo grew up in Sedalia, Missouri.
Dr. Emo attended the University of Oklahoma-Norman, and it was there that she realized veterinary medicine was her life's calling. She loves animals and likes seeing healthy puppies and kittens and helping heal the wounded and sick.
While at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Emo majored in Zoology, but was accepted into veterinary school before completing her degree. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.
Emergency/critical care and surgery are among Dr. Emo's many professional interests. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Emo and her husband, Brett, share their home with their cat Tia and twin daughters.
When she's not busy caring for pets at the hospital, Dr. Emo enjoys being a mom. She also is an avid runner and has been running ever since the age of 17.She has participated in several marathons.
Dr. Sandra Turner, DVM
Small animal general practitioner Dr. Sandra Turner has cared for pets at Imperial Animal Hospital since 1994. Dr. Turner has had a lifelong love for animals and knew she wanted to work with animals ever since she was a child. She at first wanted to be a zoo veterinarian, but later decided to work with small animals. Working with exotic pets remains one of her passions and she enjoys the challenges and opportunities that come with working with unique pets. She finds veterinary medicine to be a very rewarding and satisfying career.
Dr. Turner grew up in Bridgeton, Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri - Columbia and received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology in 1988. She continued her veterinary education at the University of Missouri - Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Avian and exotic medicine and small animal medicine are among her many professional interests.
At home, Dr. Turner enjoys the companionship of her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Scotch. Scotch is a hunting dog and has completed two titles in obedience. The family also includes a Conure named Cricket, two cats, Bella and Spade, and a guinea pig (pictured) named Patches.
Dr. Turner and her husband, Lynn, are the proud parents of their daughter, Nicole. In her spare time, Dr. Turner enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.
Dr. Christina Worth, DVM
General Practitioner Christina D. Worth has been with Imperial Animal Hospital since 2010. As a child, Christina always enjoyed spending time with her pets and going to the zoo with her family, and it became a life-long dream of hers to make a career out of caring for animals that needed her help. Her experience as a veterinarian has been a dream come true because she loves learning the different personalities of pets and interacting with clients.
At a young age, Christina worked at various veterinary clinics through her high school years in St. Louis, Missouri. She then moved on to Hendrix College, where she graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Christina attended veterinary school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she received numerous scholarships, Including the Ives Cardiff Scholarship (for compassion and understanding the human-animal bond in veterinary medicine), the Lucy B. Davis Scholarship (for small animal medicine and surgery) and the American Animal Hospital Association's Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Award.
At home, Christina has two dogs and two cats. Tanner, a Cairn Terrier mix who was adopted from the Arkansas Great Dane Rescue Group, was the "first child" and he knows it! Oscar is a terrier mix who came from the Columbia Humane Society and has proven to be quite the troublemaker. The girls of the house are Tailess, a domestic short hair cat without a tail, and Mizzi, a calico cat. While Tailess is not as fond of socializing with her brothers, Mizzi adores them. Plus their newest addition Rilee, their beautiful daughter.
Christina also enjoys running, traveling, playing tennis and spending time with family, including her husband Richard, an attorney.
Dr. Todd Allen, DVM, Specialist
Dr. Allen is a 1989 honor graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary medicine. He was selected for and finished a combined medical surgical internship at Texas A&M University in 1990. He then completed an extensive residency training program in small animal surgery at the University of Minnesota from 1990 to 1993.
While at the University of Minnesota he received several distinguished teaching awards and presented research nationally. After his residency, Dr. Allen spent time in private practice in Minneapolis until he returned to Missouri in 1994. Since then he has provided advanced small animal surgery in multi-specialty referral practices in the St. Louis area.
In addition to 20+ years of experience practicing orthopedics, oncologic, general, thoracoabdominal and neurosurgery, Dr. Allen has advanced training in radiology, anesthesiology/pain management, and clinical pathology. He has certification in Arthroscopy, Total Hip Replacement, ASIF bone-plating, external fixation, CRIF and BOP fracture repair techniques. He has performed more than 4,000 TPLO procedures for cruciate ligament repair and has found this technique to be superior to other treatment options. He is the inventor of an orthopedic retractor used specifically for anterior cruciate ligament repair to allow better visualization and treatment of knee disorders.
Dr. Allen has given numerous professional presentations and lectures on subjects ranging from urinary disorders, bone cancer and disease to pain management, hip dysplasia and acupuncture. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Information Network and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Allen is native to Houston, TX and Neosho, MO. He enjoys racquetball, golf, skiing, fishing and time outdoors. He shares his home with his wife Patty, his son Luke, his daughter Hope, and an orthopedically challenged rescue Pug, Rosie.
Dr. Sarah Church
Dr. Sarah Church joined Imperial Animal Hospital in May of 2015. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Church moved to Missouri to attend University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and recently earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She graduated as a member of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine that recognizes the top 25% of the senior class. Throughout the first two years of veterinary school, Dr. Church gained additional experience by working in the Intensive Care Unit at the college’s veterinary hospital. Dr. Church was a member of the Veterinary Business Management Association and through this organization, completed a nationally recognized business certification program. She is now a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Church’s areas of special interest include internal medicine and surgery.
Dr. Church currently lives in Soulard and enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend, Sean, and their two dogs, Bella (Maltipoo) and Maverick (Siberian Husky). Dr. Church and Sean met and started dating during their initial years at Ohio State University. While in Missouri they have especially enjoyed embracing the beautiful nature scenes and great hiking opportunities. They also never pass up a chance to go explore new places and things to do! Dr. Church and Sean are fortunate in that they are very close with their families, both back in the state of Ohio, and visit with them often.
Chris has been grooming pets since 1995. She loves to make pets look their best and enjoys working at Imperial Animal Hospital. Chris shares her home with Joshua, a black lab, Bailey, a dachshund, and Peaches and Stormy her kitties.
Theresa has a passion for working with animals and has been with Imperial Animal Hospital since 2009. She has two playful cats, and loves to meet all the different pets and people that she works with.
Kate loves working with animals and helping them look their best. She provides grooming services at Imperial Animal Hospital and is a valuable member of the team.