Our Talented Medical Staff

Benjamin C. Rothlisberger, DVM - Owner

Benjamin RothlisbergerDr. Benjamin C. Rothlisberger is a General Practitioner of the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area. He first joined the practice in 1999.

Originally from Pilot Knob, Missouri, Dr. Rothlisberger says that he was motivated to become a veterinarian after emptying his piggy bank as a child to treat a stray dog with demodectic mange. Now that he is a veterinarian he says he enjoys the feeling of making a difference in our clients' and their pets' lives.

Dr. Rothlisberger attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he studied animal science. During veterinary school he won the Large Animal Surgery Award and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 from the University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Rothlisberger is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Farmington School Board and the Life Church of Farmington.

Dr. Rothlisberger and his wife Tiffany, the practice's financial officer, have three young children, Rachel, Tanner, and Evvie. The family provides a home for a number of pets, including dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbit, fish, turkeys, chickens and donkeys.

Dr. Rothlisberger's interests include farming, hunting, fishing, restoring old cars and time with his family.

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Andre J. Oberle, DVM, Owner

Andre OberleDr. Andre J. Oberle is a Mixed Animal Practitioner who was among the first veterinarians to join the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area in 1992.

A native of St. Genevieve, Missouri, Dr. Oberle says that he has been interested in animals and their care since he was very young. He adds that raising orphan piglets and raising colored Easter chicks helped cement his desire for a career in animal care. Now that he is a veterinarian, he says he enjoys the variety of patients and situations as well as helping our clients and their animals.

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Oberle attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where he received the E.M. Funk Memorial Scholarship. In 1980, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture after majoring in Poultry Science. Two years later, he enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.

Dr. Oberle's veterinarian organization memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the Southeast Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, National Rifle Association, and the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Dr. Oberle is married to Krista who worked as a registered veterinary technician until the birth of their third child. They also care for a number of animals, which includes dogs, cats, mice, rats, hamster, rabbits, donkeys, horses, cattle and a variety of poultry.

His interests include horseback riding, farming, shooting and some hunting.

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John Swinford, DVM

John SwinfordDr. John Swinford is a General Practitioner who joined the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area when it first began in 1992.

A native of Belleview, Missouri, Dr. Swinford says that his father played a significant role in motivating him to become a veterinarian.

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Swinford first attended Mineral Area College and then the University of Missouri – Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He then enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1973.

Dr. Swinford's area of special professional interest is surgery and he is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

He is married to Rhonda and he has three grown children. When not practicing veterinary medicine he enjoys farming.

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Rachel Williams, DVM

Rachel WilliamsDr. Rachel Williams is a General Practitioner who has been with the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area since May of 2010.

Originally from Vandalia, Missouri, Dr. Williams grew up with all kinds of animals, but particularly enjoyed riding horses and raising sheep.

For her undergraduate studies, Dr. Williams attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where she was a member of the Agriculture Scholars Program and the pre-veterinary club. After being given early admission to veterinary school she enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Williams' area of special professional interest is exotic animal medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, she has a beagle/blue tick coon hound mix named Gater and a cat named Marley. Her interests include gardening (especially container citrus trees), photography, and hanging out with her husband, friends and pets.

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Philip D. Falch, DVM, Owner

Philip FalchDr. Philip D. Falch is a General Mixed Animal Practitioner who has been with the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area since 2010.

Originally from Desoto, Missouri, Dr. Falch says that from a young age he has wanted to work in a career that allowed him to help people living in rural areas care for their animals and help them make a living farming. Now that he is a veterinarian, he says, "I love nothing more than driving home in my Ford pickup covered in muck knowing that I've helped my clients solve problems and keep their pets and livestock healthy."

For his undergraduate studies, Dr. Falch attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri, and then the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Agriculture where he studied Animal Science. During his time in college he received admission to the Honor Society of Agriculture. After receiving early admission, he enrolled in the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. During veterinary school Dr. Falch was listed in the Who's Who of students in American Universities and Colleges, named Outstanding Student in Theriogenology, admitted to the Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, and given the Upjohn Large Animal Proficiency Award. In 1997, he graduated with his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Falch's area of special professional interest is large animal general practice. He is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. He is also certified in the National Johne's Disease Program.

Dr. Falch and his wife, Sara, who works part-time at the practice and homeschools their son Lane, have two cats named Sophie and Hallee Ferguson, a horse named Dakota, a ewe lamb named Saddie (they bottle fed her for two months), and 35 chickens. In fact, their young son, Lane, requested chickens and a chicken house for his 5th birthday and now sells farm fresh eggs.

Dr. Falch's interests include gardening, spending time with his family, and anything John Deere.

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Kelvin G. Urday

Dr. Kelvin G. Urday is a General Practitioner and Associate Veterinarian who has been with the Veterinary Clinic of the Mineral Area since August of 2011.

Asked what influenced him to choose a career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Urday says growing up in Keller, Texas, he had a neighbor named Dr. Mikel Athon who was a mixed animal practitioner. This allowed him to see the variety of animals and people, and the fast pace of life within a mixed veterinary practice.

Dr. Urday attended the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources where he studied Animal Sciences. He was then given early admittance to the University of Missouri – Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine. During his time in veterinary school, Dr. Urday received the Virginia Busch Student Leadership Award, Gerald L. Johnson Student Leadership Award, a Western Veterinary Conference Scholarship, Anna E. Worth AAHA Student Leadership Award, and the Kenneth Niemeyer Student Leadership Award. In 2011, he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Urday's areas of special professional interest include dermatology, dentistry, and internal medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.

His interests include cycling, running, cooking, traveling, hiking, and musical composition.

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