Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Westside Veterinary Hospital in Arab! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets! Please call us at 256 586 2561 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Our Owner

Dr. Tom Ellenburg

Owner & Veterinarian

Dr. Tom Ellenburg is the owner and founder of Westside Veterinary Hospital. He leads a specialized team of four doctors who are dedicated to the care and well being of your animal.

Dr. Ellenburg's two favorite aspects of his practice are small animal and equine surgery. He also enjoys observing the various behavioral patterns of his patients and values his interaction with clients who genuinely care about the well-being of their pets. Raised in the Strawberry Community south of Arab, Ala., he is a 1967 graduate of Fairview High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala. in 1971. He began his professional career as a teacher, but soon decided to pursue his dream of Veterinary medicine.

In 1978 he received the degree Magna Cum Laude of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University where he finished academically first in his class of 120. Following graduation, he completed an internship in surgery at the University of California Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Davis, Ca.

Returning to Arab, Dr. Ellenburg and his father built the original two buildings at Westside Hospital -- opening the doors for business in December 1980. Since then the facilities have grown with the addition of two barns to accommodate Westside’s large base of equine patients.

Dr. Ellenburg and his wife, the former Jane Waldrop of Arab, have two children, twins, Lauren and Luke. Their daughter, Lauren, is a junior at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Their son, Luke, is a junior at the University of Alabama Birmingham College of Medicine.

drellenburg@westsideveterinaryhosp.com

Our Veterinarians

Dr. Andy Wilks

Veterinarian

Dr. Andy Wilks, a native of Arab, received both undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Auburn University. He joined the veterinary team at Westside Veterinary Hospital in 2000. He enjoys practicing companion animal medicine and surgery, including orthopedic and laser surgery. Dr. Wilks was raised on a farm near Arab, and counts it a blessing to be able to practice in his hometown.

Dr. Wilks is married to Wendy Letcher Wilks and has one son Tre Wilks. Three dogs, Derby, Maggie, and Nora round out the family. He is an active member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and is a founding member of the award winning bluegrass group Canaan's Crossing, in which he plays upright bass and sings.

drwilks@westsideveterinaryhosp.com

Dr. Dixie Mahan

Veterinarian

Dr. Dixie Mahan joined the Westside team in 2007. She enjoys the challenge of providing care and surgery to both small and large animals.

A native and current resident of Lacey Springs, Ala., Dr. Mahan is a 1999 graduate of Brewer High School. She attended Judson College and completed her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in the spring of 2003. She continued her education at Auburn University where she received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in spring 2007.

Dr. Mahan is a Christian who loves spending time with her family including her mother, sister, and two brothers, and multiple nieces and nephews. She also enjoys the company of her beloved pets, Sue Ellen, an Old English bulldog mix and Freddy a silver tabby cat.

She is an avid sports fan who played basketball, volleyball, and softball in high school and continued to play both basketball and softball while attending college.

drmahan@westsideveterinaryhosp.com

Front Office Manager/Receptionist

Mary Henegar

Front Office Manager/Receptionist

Veterinary Technicians

Hannah Miller

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Heather Stepp

Veterinary Assistant

Alicia Rosson

Veterinary Assistant

Raegan Edwards

Veterinary Assistant

Ginny Lake

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Leah Molder

Veterinary Assistant

Rita McClaran

Veterinary Assistant

Heather Knight

Heather Knight

Veterinary Assistant

Animal Care

Patsy Simmons

Animal Care

Macy Wilson

Animal Care

Jessie Blackmon

Jessie Blackmon

Animal Care

Mikayla Dickson

Mikayla Dickson

Animal Care

Morgan Cochran

Morgan Cochran

Animal Care

Receptionists

Angel Hornsby

Receptionist

Brooke Suttles

Receptionist

Susan Belew

Receptionist