Staff
  • Jen
    Practice Manager

    Jen joined the team in 2008 as the Practice Manager. She graduated from ISU with a BS in Animal Science. Her life is currently run by three dogs; Reign, Spring and Caddy, all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels; and 2 crazy cats rescued from the ARL; Fernando and Alejandro. She is also a foster parent for Iowa Golden Retriever Rescue and Cavalier Rescue. In her free time you can find her in her gardens, volunteering as a Master Gardener, spending time outdoors with the dogs or crafting.

  • Kathy
    Client Care

    Kathy joined the team in the fall of 2009 as an all-around employee covering reception, kennels and assisting. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and of course is an avid Huskers fan, even though she graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 with a BS in Child, Parent, and Community Youth Services. Kathy has loved animals from early childhood and her first word was even 'dog'. After graduating Kathy worked for 8 years counseling chemically dependent adolescents and then found herself working in a cubicle for a big corporation for another 10 years. Finally, she received an opportunity to join the GAVH team, where she had been bringing her pets all her life, helping our clients and their best friends live a long life together. Kathy has one dog; Gilly, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; and three cats; Puck, a black rescued cat; Dario Frankitty, a Bengal that is also affectionately known as Baby Girl; and Smash, a black and white rescued kitten from the clinic that earns her name in every way. In the past Kathy has also has had many other breeds of dogs including a Bull Mastiff, Spitz, Pomeranian, Keeshound, Miniature Schnauzers, Husky mix and two other Chins. In her free time Kathy enjoys hockey, football and Indy car racing.

  • Jenifer
    Client Care

    Jenifer became a receptionist for our team in 2018.  She moved to Iowa from Washington in 2009 and found a career in veterinary medicine after being a hairstylist for 25 years.  Jenifer has loved animals for as long as she can remember and enjoys working with clients so working as a veterinary receptionist is a dream job.  She has learned a lot about pet care during her time in the field and likes to share that knowledge with our clients.  Jenifer has been married for over 20 years to her husband, Joel, and they share their lives with 2 dogs, Puppers, an Australian Shepherd and Maxx, an Aussie mix; and a long-haired cat, Cricket; all rescues.  In her free time she loves to cook, sewing, home decorating, refinishing furniture and any other DIY projects.

  • Gracie
    Veterinary Technician

    Gracie moved to Iowa from California in 2017 after working there as a technician for 8 years, getting her start in the field in emergency medicine.  She joined our team in 2018 as a technician.  Gracie had always enjoyed being around animals growing up and also likes working with other people who share her love of helping people and animals.  Her passion is giving a voice to our patients that can’t speak for themselves and educating clients so they can also make informed choices for their pets.  She also appreciates that every day is different in veterinary medicine.  Gracie shares her life with her son, Connor; 2 mixed breed dogs, Hershey and Penny; and 3 cats, Grimm, Loki and Little B.  When she is not working you can find her running, hiking or participating in any outdoor activity.

  • Kelli
    Veterinary Technician

    Kelli joined the team in 2018 as a technician.  Previously she worked as a waitress and in insurance before finding her calling in the veterinary field in 1996.  Her love of animals started at a young age growing up in California with a multitude of pets, including a mouse.  Her whole family loves animals, her grandparents cared for many stray animals and her dad worked with rodeos exposing Kelli to horses before she could walk. Kelli enjoys her veterinary career because she still learns something new every day and enjoys helping clients learn how to better care for their pets so they can live long lives together. Kelli has been married for almost 30 to her husband, Dave, and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  They also have 2 furry children, Norewegian Forest Cats, Trinity and Isabella.  When not working Kelli enjoys traveling with her husband, woodworking, crafts and DIY projects; as well as gardening, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Tuesday:

7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Wednesday:

7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Thursday:

7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Friday:

7:30 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday:

8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Sunday:

Closed