Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Melissa Williams joined the Eastside Family in April of 2019. She grew up outside of Broken Arrow, where she was always surrounded by animals. She grew up with dogs, cats, and horses. Her interactions with her animals sparked a desire to become a veterinarian at a young age. Her dog, a Chihuahua, had a congenital liver disease from birth which led to severe seizures. The love she shared with her dog planted a desire to help animals. Dr. Williams became heavily involved with 4-H from elementary school through high school. She showed her horses at many competitions throughout the state of Oklahoma. Additionally, she competed in horse judging events at many different levels throughout both high school and college. During her summer breaks in high school and college, she would work at The Peach Barn and Orchard in Porter.

Dr. Williams attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College where she received her associates degree in pre-veterinary sciences. From there, she attended Oklahoma State University where she received her bachelor of science degree in Animal Science followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. While attending both schools she continued developing her skills of working with both large and small animals.

Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, she accepted a job at a primarily small animal clinic in East Texas. After working there for a couple of years, the desire to return back to her roots in northeastern Oklahoma became too great to ignore. She is very excited to being serving the community of Muskogee to help meet the needs of their animals.




Dr. Robards grew up in Tulsa, and always had “lots of pets even though we lived in the city.” He had an Irish setter that developed osteosarcoma, and the interaction with the dog opened his desire to become a veterinarian. As a young boy, Dr. Robards began volunteering with animals, and at age 15 worked as a kennel technician with a local veterinarian.

Dr. Robards earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical sciences from Oklahoma State University before his acceptance into the highly regarded veterinary program at Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After gaining experience working as an associate veterinarian at hospitals in Georgia and Arkansas, Dr. Robards returned home and purchased Southern Hills in 1991. In addition to general medicine, he has professional interests in laser surgery, endoscopy, and orthopedics.

Dr. Robards is very committed to the profession of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Tulsa Chapter of the Veterinary Medical Association, and the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. Dedicated to community involvement, he has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tulsa for over 20 years. Dr. Robards is an accomplished runner, having completed 11 marathons, including the Chicago, Boston, New York, and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. He loves to exercise and rarely misses a day riding his Peloton.  When not exercising, he can be found spending time with his family.

Dr. Robards and his wife Julie are the proud parents of three wonderful children and family pets that are the best of friends: Golden Retrievers Finn and Cleo, and an orange tabby named Thunder.