A Compassionate Veterinary Care Team
At Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital, our experienced veterinary care team knows how much our patients love their pets. We’re passionate about providing comfortable care for your fuzzy family members. The special bond between you and your pet inspires us during every visit! Read more about our friendly team of veterinary experts in Carmel, IN.
Veterinary Care Team
Roger E. Nix, D.V.M.
Dr. Nix is a dog and cat veterinarian originally from southern Indiana. He graduated from Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and has been practicing in the Indianapolis area ever since. He specializes in dog pediatrics and geriatrics — his passion for animal health even inspired the creation of JointCharge, a product that helps aging pets live with less joint pain.
In his free time, Dr. Nix enjoys spending time with his wife and sons. He cares for one dog and a flock of chickens that create a steady supply of fresh eggs at home. His favorite activities outside of the hospital include flying, sailing, and traveling. Alongside his reputation as a trusted pet veterinarian in Carmel, Dr. Nix also owns a practice in Fishers, IN.
Mark Graves, D.V.M.
Dr. Mark Graves resides in Noblesville, IN, with his wife Jeanie of 51 years. They have one daughter, Kristen, and two grandchildren — Alex, a medical doctor and graduate of the Semmelweis University of Medicine, and Iszabel, a sophomore at Park Tudor High School.
Dr. Graves graduated from Purdue University with an animal science degree in 1969. After this, he remained at Purdue and went on to earn his doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1973. He specializes in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and practice management.
A proud member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, Dr. Graves regularly participates in continuing education programs both locally and nationally. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis.
Dr. Graves previously owned three veterinary hospitals in Zionsville, IN, and the Geist Lake area of Indianapolis. For the past 18 years, he has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in group veterinary practices. He and Dr. Roger Nix have worked together at both Windermere and Sherlock Bones Animal Hospitals since 2007.
When he’s not in the office, Dr. Graves loves to cook and take photos in nature with his wife. He’s also an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, IN.
Carolyn Kacocha, D.V.M.
Dog and cat veterinarian Dr. Carolyn Kacocha graduated from Purdue University in 2000. After graduation, she worked at a 24-hour animal emergency hospital in Louisville, KY.
While working in Louisville, she volunteered for Alley Cat Advocates, the local Trap-Neuter-Return group. She also worked with the Woodstock Animal Foundation for five years before returning to the Indianapolis area.
Upon returning to Indianapolis, Dr. Kacocha became the medical director of Indy Feral, an organization that opposes cruel outdoor cat control policies. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff, along with their dog Java and four cats.
Veterinary Care Team Practice Manager
Our experienced practice manager Julie has been in veterinary medicine for the past 30 years, with 20 years of it spent working in a busy emergency practice, running the ICU department.
Julie has been married to her best friend for three years, and they have two children. Her daughter Ashley is a stay-at-home mom to her two grandsons, while her son Nick is a professional pilot. In their spare time, Julie and her family love outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and sitting by a fire. Julie often says, “life is good.”
Registered Veterinary Technician
Kristina went to school at International Business College for Veterinary Technology. She graduated in 2018 and has been in the pet veterinary field for three years.
Kristina has always adored animals, and this has driven her passion for working with them. She has one pet, a cattle dog named Luxy, and together they enjoy taking walks. When she’s not caring for her community’s pets, Kristina likes to spend time outside.
Pet Veterinary Technician
Lizzie graduated from Butler University with a degree in biology in 2020, but she has been working with pets for the last five years. She recently rescued her own fur baby, Ghost, a goofy American Eskimo dog with a big attitude. They live in Indianapolis and enjoy sunny walks together along the canal.
Lizzie loves to be outdoors and has a passion for wildlife conservation. At university, she studied coral reef ecosystems in Belize. From beaches to mountains, Lizzie loves to travel with her friends and family. Her passion for nature and animals translates into her work in the veterinary field, and she can’t wait to meet your fur baby!
Megan graduated from Penn Foster with her career diploma as a veterinarian assistant in 2012. She has been working in the veterinary health field for the past year and a half.
Megan has three furry family members — a mixed-breed dog named Buzz, a Beagle named Colby, and a Chihuahua mix named Lyla. They live in Sheridan, IN, with her son Cameron.
Megan is fond of all animals, but she has a special love for pigs. She has described them as “super cute,” with “mellow (for the most part)” personalities. She learned to love pigs during the decade she spent showing them in 4-H, a tradition she carries on today with her son.
Being raised on a farm fueled Rachel’s love for animals, helping her realize early on that she wanted to work with animals as a career. She spent her childhood riding horses and competing in three-day events while also training dogs for agility and obedience.
Beginning her career in 2009, Rachel learned from some of the best artists in the grooming industry. She competed in her first dog grooming competition in 2018 and won first place with her Brussels-Griffon in the Open Purebred Freestyle event.
Rachel says the dog grooming competition was a transformative experience and she plans on continuing to compete. Seeing all different types of dogs and cats makes her love for grooming grow with every pet.
When she sees her clients’ ecstatic reactions to their pets’ haircuts, it brings Rachel great joy. There are endless dog and cat grooming styles, and she’s always eager to please. When she’s not pampering pets, she enjoys caring for her many orchid species and hybrids.
Veterinary Care Team Receptionist
Kristina grew up in the country and has owned animals her whole life, including exotic pets. She enjoys rescuing and rehabilitating many types of animals and lives in the Carmel area with her wonderful husband and two daughters. She likes to say they have a small zoo at home, consisting of her cat Tiberius along with various exotic animals.
Frequently Asked Questions
A pet veterinarian is a doctor who treats animals. Our Carmel, IN, veterinary care team includes three dog and cat veterinarians — Dr. Nix, Dr. Graves, and Dr. Kacocha — who also have experience with many different types of pets.
Veterinarians often have different specialties, such as aging pets, emergencies, and surgeries. Our pet veterinarians specialize in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, pediatrics and geriatrics, and small animal care. We also provide emergency medical care for your favorite fuzzy family member, so you can feel confident that you’ll get quality care when you need it. Dr. Kacocha has extensive experience working in animal emergency settings.
We happily treat pets that aren’t dogs and cats, including pocket pets such as ferrets, rabbits, and gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Dr. Graves, in particular, specializes in small animal care. We’re proud to provide care to people whose pocket pets deserve high-quality care, just like cats and dogs.
Visit Our Experienced Pet Veterinary Care Team in Carmel, IN
Our team of experienced veterinary professionals is dedicated to providing calm and effective care for your beloved pets. Our love for your pets stems from our experience with all different types of animals. From ferrets to dogs, we want to ensure that your pet has only the best health care. Call us today at 317-428-2530 to schedule an appointment with our experienced pet veterinary team. We’re glad to welcome you and your pet to our office!