Meet the staff of The Spay Neuter Project ...

Dr. Albin

Dr. Albin


Carissa Luttrell

Carissa Luttrell

Registered Veterinary Technician

Alyce Bader Cooley

Alyce Bader Cooley

Office Manager

Dr. Cheryl Albin serves as our clinic's relief veterinarian.  She graduated from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990.  After graduating, she worked in private practice, did relief work, and worked at the Dogwood Animal Shelter at Lake of the Ozarks.  Dr. Albin has been passionate about spay/neuter work for many years and opened the Spay Neuter Clinic in Sedalia in 2002.  She resides in Otterville and has one adult son and several pets. 

Carissa is the clinic’s Lead Registered Veterinary Technician. Originally born and raised in Perryville, Missouri, she graduated from Brown Mackie College – St. Louis is 2013 with an AAS Veterinary Technology degree. She worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician at a progressive emergency clinic in Southeast Missouri before joining our team in April of 2015. She attended specialized training sessions to fine tune her anesthesia and surgery prep skills at the Humane Alliance in North Carolina prior to the opening of the clinic. She resides in Columbia with her fiance Sean and their three dogs Kira, Jack, and Dexter and their two cats Frank and Jesse.

Alyce is the clinic’s Office Manager and part-time Surgery Assistant. She has been a Columbia resident since 1987.  Before joining The Spay Neuter Project team in April of 2015, she was involved with No Kill Columbia, the 501c3 non-profit that opened the clinic. She's an avid cat lover and fosters for Boone County Animal Care.  She and her husband have two grown animal-loving daughters.  They love spending time with their small dog, Bernie, their three indoor cats, Fiona, Sedona & Ruby and their two outdoor cats, Kitty Meow Meow and Sampson.

Dr. Flowers


Diann Stezler

Veterinary Assistant

Janeene Johnston

Executive Director

Dr. Cherie Flowers has officially joined The Spay Neuter Project as our full-time veterinary surgeon in September 2020. She graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Dr. Flowers is not new to our clinic, as previously did relief work for us. When she decided to put her name in the hat for the full-time job, we were thrilled. 

Dr. Flowers, her husband ,and their dogs Gambit and Hurley are settling into their new home, and happy to be back in Columbia. 

Diann is the clinic's part-time Veterinary Assistant and has worked with the clinic in some capacity since it's opening. She is originally from Detroit, MI and has a RN, BSN from Florida State University in 1990 as well as a BA in Religion from the University of Florida in 1988.  She works as an RN when she isn't at the clinic. She has been involved in rescue for over 18 years.  She is currently volunteering with Boone County Animal Care who specializes in Trap Neuter and Return (TNR).   In 2012 she attended a special Shelter Medicine training at the University of Florida specifically for TNR. She resides in Columbia with her husband and dog, Echo, and her cats.

A Mid-Missouri native, Janeene has over 28 years working in social services and the nonprofit sector.  She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Janeene has also been a dedicated volunteer with area shelters and rescues and is a long-time champion for companion animals in Columbia. Her experience, passion, knowledge in animal welfare, and vision for our future made her the ideal choice as Executive Director for the clinic and our community.

- Dog Spay/Neuter

- Cat Spay/Neuter

- Feral Cat Spay/Neuter


Other services:

- Vaccination

- Testing
- Microchip


7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Tuesday - Friday



Saturday - Monday


206 Austin Ave, 1st Floor
Columbia, MO 65203


Tel:  573-397-6443

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