Meet the Staff

AaronAaron Hecht, DVM
Veterinarian, Owner
Aaron is another local boy; a North Knox grad who attended college at Purdue, where he and Matt met.  After graduating from Purdue University with a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine, Aaron spent several months working on ranches in Montana and Texas.

In 2006, he worked at Brocksmith Vet Clinic in Vincennes. Then, a year later, he accepted a position with Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly Company, as a Pharmacovigilance Veterinarian in Indianapolis.

Aaron has a Master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management, and has spent the past five years working with wildlife resources in the southeast U.S. He has been the State of Kentucky’s Wildlife Vet for the past three years.

An avid sportsman, Aaron loves the outdoors, is at home in the wilderness, has a wicked sense of humor, and is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Years in Practice: 9

MatthewMatthew Nolting, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner
Matt is a Knox County native, born and raised here. He graduated from South Knox High School, Vincennes University, and Purdue. Matt began his vet career in 2007 at a vet clinic in Milford, Indiana. Three years later, he began working at the Jasper, Indiana Pet Clinic, before taking over Southgate Veterinary Clinic in July 2012.

Matt, and fellow Southgate vet/owner, Aaron Hecht were room-mates and classmates at Purdue. When an opportunity presented itself for the two local boys to come back home and practice veterinary medicine together, they jumped at the chance.

Matt, his wife, and two children live on the family farm. Besides the requisite pets – 3 dogs and 2 cats – the Nolting’s also raise grass-fed beef cattle. Matt loves working on the old farm, tending the cattle, and doing carpentry and mechanical work, as needed.

For a man who likes to work with his hands, it only makes sense that surgery is a skill he excels at. When he’s not tending animals at the clinic, or at home, Matt enjoys camping and fishing: activities that make this Hoosier boy feel connected to nature.
Years in Practice: 8

RachelRachel Eliason

Rachel is a Hoosier girl who grew up in Washington and graduated from Purdue University in 2006 as a Registered Vet Technician. She has worked in veterinary medicine for over 12 years, spending the last year here at Southgate. Rachel has three rescue dogs; a Boxer, a Beagle mix, and a mutt, along with two cats – a Siamese and a Domestic Shorthair.
Years in Practice: 9




SummerSummer Lents
Summer has worked at the veterinary clinic for four years as a receptionist and assistant to our vets. A true dog lover, she has three “furry” kids at home: Oscar – a Jack Russell Terrier, Freds – a Jack Russell mix, and Phoebe – a Rat Terrier mix. Phoebe was found abandoned and living under some stairs, but Summer took her home and now she is a happy, well-loved member of the Lents family.
Years in Practice: 4



JeanMarieJeanmarie Holscher
Jeanmarie is a native Vincennes girl. She attended South Knox High School and Vincennes University, where she received a degree in Business. She is an avid horse woman, and a cowgirl at heart. She has a pit bull terrier named Josie and three horses: Hank, Boomer and Lady. You’ll see Jeanmarie working up front or assisting our vets.
Years in Practice: 2




JeramiahJeramiah Bass
Jeramiah is a big animal rescue proponent. In fact, all four of his cats: Binx, Phoebe, Zed, and Quintus are rescues.You’ll see Jeramiah working up front at the reception desk and assisting our vets.
Years in Practice: 3







StacyStacy McKim
Stacy loves dogs, horses, and the rodeo! A true country girl, Stacy has 5 dogs including two Shih Tzus (Lexi & Chewy), a Bullmastiff (Gemma), a Siberian Husky (Bella), and a Matti-Pom (Bentley), along with a quarter horse named Jasmine. Stacy works the reception desk and assists our vets.
Years in Practice: 2

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