Our Doctors

pennyanddogsDr. Penny Dowden13248401_10209317150586866_3122188366935355761_o (150x67)

Dr. Penny Dowden knew she wanted to be a veterinarian long before she could spell “veterinarian”. She realized her dream when she graduated from Purdue’s school of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After working at various small animal veterinary hospitals in New York and Chicago, Dr. Dowden joined the Paw Patch team in 1993 as an associate veterinarian. After serving many successful years on staff, Dr. Dowden was offered the opportunity to purchase the Paw Patch. Doing just that, she purchased the clinic in February of 2009 and soon after renamed the clinic The Paw Patch Place. Dr. Dowden prides herself on being an open, caring veterinarian with a broad spectrum of knowledge. Already practicing conventional veterinary medicine along with surgery, she decided to introduce clients and patients to a special interest of hers, alternative holistic veterinary medicine. With Dr. Dowden the “do no harm” oath is always at the forefront of choosing the best treatment option, along with nutritional counseling and pet wellness. Her core belief is to provide quality veterinary care consistent with clients and patients needs. Dr. Dowden lives with her husband, Patrick, and two daughters, Courtney and Kaitlyn. They reside in Zionsville, Indiana along with their two dogs, Vader and Holi. When not spending quality time with her girls she likes to go hiking with her dogs, play tennis or just read a good book.


Dr. Shauna Lindsley13248401_10209317150586866_3122188366935355761_o (150x67)

In 2009 Dr. Shauna Lindsley received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree through Iowa State University. Having graduated cum laude and receiving the very prestigious Dr. Philip T. Pearson award for small animal surgery, Dr. Lindsley was ready to begin her career in the field of Veterinary Medicine. She moved to Illinois and began her internship working for the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She worked along side veterinarians specializing in Internal Medicine, Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Dentistry. Here she was able to gain extensive training and hone her veterinary skills. She was also given the opportunity to assist in teaching the veterinary students all aspects of Veterinary Medicine which helped to further expand her training and knowledge. During this period Dr. Lindsley volunteered her time and much needed veterinary skills at several animal shelters. It was not long before she realized that small animal surgery had become her passion. Along with practicing conventional veterinary medicine, Dr. Lindsley is excited about sharing and providing her special interests and services in soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery and general dentistry with The Paw Patch Place clients and patients. Dr. Lindsley is a member of the American Association of Feline Practinioners and helped us become a Cat Friendly Practice. Dr. Lindsley and her husband, Chad, are originally from Wisconsin. They currently reside on the west side of Indy. They share their home with their three dogs, Samson, Annabelle and Dexter and two cats, Moxie and Grizzly. In their free time they enjoy hiking and camping or just spending time outdoors.

Dr. Jean DeLong

Dr. Jean DeLong

Dr. Jean DeLong is a veterinarian that offers pet behavior consult appointments. She graduated from The Ohio State University Veterinary School in 1996 and has worked in small animal veterinary practice in the Indianapolis area since graduation. In practice she realized that pet behavior questions were common and often medical issues are a component of pet behavior problems.To advance her own interest in veterinary pet behaviors she went to Purdue’s continuing education programs on pet behavior and eventually participated in a behavior training program (128 cases from 2005-2009) with Dr. Luescher, DVM, PhD, DACVB at Purdue. Since 2010 she has been offering veterinary behavioral services in the Indianapolis area for both cat and dog behavior.She lives in the Greenwood, IN area with her husband John and two daughters Jordan and Jaclyn. She currently has 4 cats. She also enjoys helping out dogs in local rescues and horse back riding.