Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Carter Pet Hospital in Lake St. Louis! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (636) 639-9999 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Our Team

Elizabeth Prager, Practice Manager

Elizabeth has been part of the Carter Pet Hospital team since 2016. She has her Associate’s Degree in Animal Science and joined the team originally as a receptionist while completing school and transitioning to a technician. Since then, she has worked every position at Carter Pet Hospital, spending a large portion of her time in management. Elizabeth became our Front Desk Supervisor in 2018, then the Office Manager in 2020, and has recently been promoted to Practice Manager in October 2021.

Elizabeth had the wonderful experience of volunteering at the St. Louis Zoo for two years as a camp counselor and educator during high school. This is where she found her passion for animals and educating the public about their health and lifestyles. She has spent 8 years in the U.S. Army, 6 years as a Psychological Operations Specialist, and 2 years as a Veterinary Technician, learning a plethora of skills for emergency situations.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, three-year-old daughter Sydney, and her dogs Remi and Nelli. They enjoy camping and traveling outdoors whenever possible, and always jump at the chance to have game nights with friends.

What brings her the most joy in the field? Dog Smiles!

Maddy DeMarco, Lead Technician Supervisor

Maddy grew up in a household where she always had at least one animal. She knew from a young age that she wanted to care for animals. She used to want to be a veterinarian but as she got older, she realized that Vet Techs get to be a lot more hands-on with pets! Maddy and her significant other have two dogs, pits named Mavis and Pickles. They are the most loving and silly girls you could imagine! Maddy graduated from Hickey College in August of 2018. She has an Associate of Arts degree and a Veterinary Technician Specialized Associates degree. Maddy has been on our team since July of 2018 and is a very hard worker! She keeps our office supplies ordered and in stock which is a huge help. When she isn’t working, Maddy can be found spending time with her loved ones, working out, and taking care of her mental and physical health. Her favorite things about pets are their butt wiggles and all the kisses they give!

Gina Gingerich, Front Desk Supervisor

Gina wanted to be a veterinarian when she was younger but didn’t like to see pets in pain. She says that her pure love for animals is what drew her into veterinary medicine.

She has a 13-year-old son, and they have a lot of pets to love! You may have seen Este, the Yorkie mix, sitting or snoozing at the front desk. Gina loves that she can bring her companion animal to work with her every day. She also has Amos, a Mastiff, and is fostering a Yorkie with cerebellar hypoplasia. They have two cats, one named Benjamin and another named Jack-Jack who also has cerebellar hypoplasia.

Gina will celebrate her three-year anniversary with us this fall and volunteered at a rescue organization for 15 years before opening her own rescue with a close friend eight years ago. Gina’s favorite breeds are Mastiffs (she loves the slobber!) and chihuahuas.

In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her son and their pets. She also likes to read and watch movies. Gina enjoys helping pets with special needs or behavioral issues. She is the go-to person for rescuing or rehoming pets and notes that her dreams have come true by being a part of the vet med field and owning her own rescue. She feels blessed and we feel blessed to have her!