Mark Appelbaum, D.V.M.

Dr. Appelbaum was born in Oklahoma City, and graduated from Del City High School in 1986. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 1991 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1995. His professional interests include internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Appelbaum’s hobbies include sports, music, traveling, and spending time with his wife and 3 sons. His oldest son, Joseph, is a Finance/Accounting major at Oklahoma State University. His middle and youngest son, Ben and Max, attend Jenks Public Schools.

Leslie Appelbaum

Office Manager

Leslie attended the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, in 1993. She later earned a master’s degree in Education, from Oklahoma State University. After years of working in both the public and private sectors, she found the most joy while staying home with her two sons Ben and Max. Now that they are school age, she is looking forward to returning to work, alongside her husband, at Appelbaum Animal Clinic.

Dr. Powell

Dr. Powell was born in Claremore, Oklahoma, and graduated from Inola High School in 2012. She attended Rogers State University where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medical Molecular Biology in 2016. She then went on to Oklahoma State University where she attained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2020. Her professional interests include general medicine and parasitology. Dr. Powell’s hobbies include hiking, camping, and hanging out with her husband and four furry pups. Dr. Powell’s tiny fur herd consists of Hegar, a Great Dane, Louie, an aussie mix, Cash, an aussie mix, and Pootie, a corgi.

Yayoi Usry

Customer Relations Manager

Yayoi began working in the veterinary field back in 2002. What started as a part-time job, soon became a career. She loves animals and enjoys the stories that the clients share. Yayoi attended Oklahoma State University and earned her Bachelor’s degree. She has worked with Dr. Appelbaum for close to 20 years. She enjoys team work and the family friendly atmosphere AAC has to offer. Yayoi has a daughter named Aleena and a Papillon named George. In her spare time, she is busy taking Aleena to her dance competitions, traveling, or attending many festivals in the Tulsa area.

Peyton Kropiewnicki

Veterinary Nurse Manager

Peyton attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Biotechnology. She has worked in the veterinary field as a veterinary nurse for eight years. Peyton has two kitties, Feliz Navidad and Barbara, and two dogs, Steve and Nala. However, she considers herself a lover of all animals…from cats to cows.

Denise Santmyer


Denise has worked in the veterinary medical field off and on since 2004. She loves meeting clients and their pets! She finds it rewarding to work in the veterinary field because it is ever changing and always offers something new to learn. She has an eleven year-old son, Dylan, who is her pride and joy. She loves music and highly supports to local music scene here in Tulsa and surrounding areas. She also enjoys reading, binge watching awesome tv shows, being a cat (LOL), and anything to do with Donald Duck and sea turtles.

Lynnsey Walehwa

Veterinary Nurse

Lynnsey started working in the veterinary industry in 2007, and shortly thereafter, attained a Veterinary Assistant degree from Community Care College. Lynnsey has a love for all animals, but her favorite is her Shih Tzu named Layla. She was the runt of the litter of adorable puppies, and after weeks of begging, her husband finally agreed to welcome Layla to their family. It has been a non-stop adventure ever since.

Amy Olinger

Veterinary Nurse

I have been a veterinary assistant for almost twenty years. My uncle was a veterinarian, so I watched my first spay when I was just four years old. That same year, my sister put me on a horse, and I never looked back. I’ve been a horse and animal lover ever since. I grew up in Washington state, but moved to Oklahoma in 2017…with my now 30 year-old horse in toe. I landed my job at AAC in 2018, and I have enjoyed every minute spent taking care of dogs and cats.

Abby Smith

Veterinary Nurse

Abby found her dream job when she became a nurse at Appelbaum Animal Clinic. Taking care of animals has always been her passion. In Abby’s free time, she loves spending time with her three year-old son, Philip. Abby is also a fur mom to three dogs and two cats.

Christian Rice

Veterinary Nurse

“Hello! My name is Christian Rice I have been working at Appelbaum Animal Clinic part-time
as a kennel tech since 2017. When I’m not working at the clinic, I’m more than likely at TCC working
towards my associate’s degree in Pre Veterinary Medicine. My goal is to one day transfer to OSU and pursue a
Doctorate degree in Veterinarian medicine. Personally, working for the Appelbaums’ has been an absolute
blessing. I feel as if I’ve really been able to prepare myself for a future in Veterinarian medicine after getting to work alongside Dr.Appelbaum for these past few years.”

Bailey Wright

Kennel Assistant

Chelsea Francis


Chelsea is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, but currently lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, Tyler, and their corgi pup, Ace. Chelsea works for A.A.C. while also attending the University of Oklahoma. It is the perfect job for her because she is the biggest dog lover in the world, and they bring her so much joy. Spending time with Jesus, family, and friends is what makes her the happiest.

Mackenzie Benton

Kennel Assistant

Mackenzie has been a lover of animals her entire life! She loves her job at Appelbaum Animal Clinic, and hopes to have a career caring for animals in the future. When she is not at work, she is either taking care of her two dogs and cat or studying hard in her classes!

Ashley Green

Kennel Assistant

Ashley is currently working towards an associates degree at Tulsa Community College. Her long term goal and personal dream would be to transition to Oklahoma State University, apply to veterinary school and later become a veterinarian. Her love for animals started at a very young age. In her free time, she likes to dance or spend time outdoors with her dogs Samson and Abby.

Misty Hayes

Master Groomer