Meet the Team


Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital in Metropolis! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 618-524-7500 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Owner of River's Edge Veterinary Hospital

  • Dr. Karla Cunningham
    Owner of River's Edge Veterinary Hospital

    Dr. Karla Cunningham is a 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. She and her husband Ed live in Eddyville, Illinois with their terrific son Ethan, born in March 2010. She is very pleased to be providing medical care to pets in Massac and surrounding counties. Having served as an assistant professor for the U of I College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998 through 2007, she is dedicated to educating pet owners in the best way to care for their furry friends. When not at River’s Edge, Dr. Karla and Ed can usually be found with Ethan at a Scouting activity.

    Dr. Cunningham’s interest in pet dental care began when she started River’s Edge in 2007.  Many of her small animal patients had severe dental disease that caused them pain of which their owners were unaware.  As she started treating these animals and received feedback from their owners about how much better they felt afterwards, the desire to learn more about dentistry grew. Over the years she has participated in many continuing education seminars focused on pet dentistry and learned even more about how best to treat and prevent dental disease. River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities including digital dental radiography, electronic anesthetic monitoring devices, pain management and tooth saving procedures. These technologies along with Dr. Cunningham’s expertise will ensure that each of her patients receive superior care for their dental needs.
    Her favorite quote is by Henry David Thoreau. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”


  • Dr. Russell B. Jones
    Co-Owner; Veterinarian

    Education: Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

    Hometown: Paducah

    Pets: The dogs: Baldwin, and Aggie. 

    The Cats: Brother, Sister, Calvin, and Nodely

    Dr. Jones graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies in 2013. Dr. Jones received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from Murray State University in 2008.  He loves the outdoors and spends time tending a carnivorous plant garden, playing all kinds of video games ( he is a self-proclaimed nerd) , and updating his home that is almost 100 years old.  Dr. Jones lives in Paducah, Kentucky.   As a member of the River’s Edge team he will provide the same excellent services and quality medicine for which River’s Edge is known.

  • Dr. Alex De La Rosa, DVM

    Dr. Alex De La Rosa earned her DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2020. She also earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Murray State in 2010. She went on to be a veterinary technician working in both Louisville, Kentucky and Honolulu, Hawaii for 6 years before going to veterinary school. She has been practicing at River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital since June 2020. She is very interested in surgery and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys taking her Golden Retriever, Riley, to Land Between the Lakes to hike the trails and for a quick swim. As a true animal lover, she is very excited to be living out her dream and practicing veterinary medicine. She strives to provide the best care to both you and your beloved fur babies.

Practice Manager

  • LeAnn Matesevac
    Practice Manager

    LeAnn grew up in Eddyville, Kentucky where she graduated from Lyon County High School in 1990. LeAnn continued her education at Murray State University were she graduated in December of 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with an area in Accounting. LeAnn married her husband Joe and moved to Massac County in June of 1999. LeAnn and Joe have one son, Noah who is attending Western Kentucky University. LeAnn worked in the Accounting Industry for over 20 years before she joined the River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital Team in March of 2015 in the role of Lead Receptionist. LeAnn was promoted to Practice Manager in January of 2020. LeAnn has a love for people and animals. When LeAnn is away from River’s Edge she enjoys spending time with family, her Vizsla CoCo, cooking, hiking, shopping, reading, and decorating her home.

    LeAnn feels blessed to be a part of the River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital team and having the opportunity to build lifelong relationships with River’s Edge clients and patients.

Veterinary Technicians

  • Alisa Adkins
    Veterinary Technician

    Alisa was born and raised in Massac County and graduated from Joppa High school in 2009. She then attended Shawnee Community college for two years, and transferred to Murray State University in August of 2011. She Graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in December of 2013, she joined the Rivers edge
    team after graduation. Alisa Loves spending time with her Pets; Cletus, Phoebe, Dahlia, Mopurr, and Journey. Alisa loves to spend time outside hiking, and camping, and loves to travel whenever she gets the chance. Alisa has been a member of the Rivers edge team since 2013, and looking forward too many more years. 

  • Ellen Aly
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Ellen has been working at River’s Edge Veterinary Hospital since October of 2008. Prior to that, she had been a Registered Veterinary Technician for over 35 years in Indiana and Michigan. She grew up in central Illinois and moved here to be close to her parents when the opportunity arose. She is now our inventory specialist. She semiretired two years ago to care for her aging parents.

    She is married and has many pets including 4 cats, 3 dogs, 2 horses and 2 mules. She and her husband live on a farm in Pope county near the Shawnee National Forest, where they love to ride the trails. 

Client Service Specialists

  • Krystle Callais
    Client Service Specialist

    Krystle joined River's Edge Veterinary Hospital as a receptionist in the summer of 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with a focus in Advertising. Before joining River's Edge she worked in television news for nearly 10 years.

    Krystle lives with her husband, Jacob, and their two dogs Sirius and Bailey. Together they both enjoy hiking, traveling, and taking part in competitive Pokemon Trading Card Game events.

    Krystle is excited to be a part of the River's Edge team and looks forward to helping you and your pets.

  • Michelle Roberts
    Client Service Specialist

    Michelle Joined the River's Edge Team in April of 2020. She and her husband Brant recently relocated to Massac County from the Nashville TN area, with their two sons Gavin and Owen. They have 3 Jack Russel Terriers, and 2 Cats. Michelle's favorite hobbies include going on Family 'Adventures' and practicing photography, cooking, and various arts and crafts.

Veterinary Assistants

  • Cassie Sharp
    Veterinary Assistant

    Cassie has been with River’s Edge Veterinary hospital since July of 2009.  She enjoys every aspect of her job, however, her favorite area is working in dentistry and surgery. She lives with her husband, Eric, and 3 daughters, Riley, Amelia, and Davie. She enjoys spending time outdoors, listening to music, playing guitar, and being with her family. She has a variety of pets at home, including Boris the bearded dragon, 3 cats- Henry, Simba, and Binx, 2 dogs- Layla and Croxton, a horse named Charlie, and a whole flock of chickens. 

  • Carisa Kline
    Veterinary Assistant

    Carisa was born and raised in Massac County, and graduated from Massac Country High school in 1989. She resides in Metropolis with her husband Jack. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, her standard poodles, and playing golf in her spare time.

    Carisa was interested in going to college for an occupation in the veterinary field, however went into the banking industry and worked in that field for over 23 years. She is now enjoying an occupation that is very important to her.. taking care of pets, and educating pet owners.

  • Jerri Jenkins
    Veterinary Assistant

    Jerri graduated From Hardin County High School in 2017. She resides in Hardin County where she has 2 horses, 1 cat, and 4 dogs. She enjoys spending her time going camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Jerri joined the River’s Edge team in the summer of 2018 after completing a one semester Veterinary Assistant course at Southeastern Illinois College.

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