Your pet’s emotional and physical well-being is prioritized with every visit. We put the patients first!
Becky developed her passion for veterinary medicine during her childhood. Growing up in Knoxville, Iowa, young Becky began joining a local veterinarian on his patient appointments when she was just eight years old. Becky thoroughly enjoyed her one-on-one time with this generous veterinary professional; and by the time she was 15 years old, she had acquired valuable veterinary medicine knowledge. Even more importantly, Becky had realized that she was meant for a veterinary career!
Shelbi is a Des Moines native, and grew up spending many summer days at the Blank Park Zoo. She’s always been interested in the behavior and rehabilitation of animals, and knew that she would love to work hands-on to better the lives of the earth’s creatures. That’s why Shelbi decided to become a member of the veterinary profession!
Kaela is a native of Kenyon, Minnesota (go Vikings!), where she grew up surrounded by dogs. Her love of animals began at a very young age, but the unexpected loss of one of her beagles inspired Kaela to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Not only did she want to know more about how to prevent such a tragedy, but she also wanted to keep other pet parents from experiencing a similar loss. As one of the veterinary assistants here at Ingersoll, Kaela enjoys being hands-on with patients and supporting clients.
Unlike many of her colleagues, Karen didn’t initially set out to work in the veterinary field. To the contrary – she originally thought she wanted to become a lawyer. Her deep interest in medicine and science, and an innate love of animals, however, would ultimately shift her path in a different direction. As a veterinary assistant, Karen is grateful to be doing what she feels she’s meant to do: making a difference in the lives of pets and their families.
Morgan’s connection to animals began at a very young age on her family farm, where she helped tend to a wide variety of animals. Whenever the local vet would show up, Morgan would follow them around, fascinated by what they did. When she saw one of the doctors give the family dog some medicine and witnessed that sick pup’s recovery, she was hooked and officially knew what she wanted to do when she grew up!
Despite initially going to school to become a paramedic, Rylee realized relatively early on that she was far more interested in working with animals than with humans. As one of the veterinary assistants here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital, Rylee is able to combine her medical training with her passion for pets, which has turned out to be the perfect fit!
Kirsten grew up in Grimes, IA, where she was heavily involved in 4-H, FFA, and anything related to horses. She credits her Arabian, Rio, with sparking her interest and love for animal rehabilitation and animal medicine. As a veterinary assistant here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital, Kirsten strongly believes that education is key, and wants to help provide that to owners so that they can help their animals live their very best lives.
Riley never really outgrew the “crazy horse girl” phase of her childhood. Of course, with horses come cattle, and then dogs and barn cats. What better way to get it all than a career in vet med? And with a mother who was also a technician, the apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree! As a veterinary assistant here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital, Riley gets to share her passion for animals every day with our clients and their beloved pets.
Growing up, Elizabeth was bullied all throughout her school years. As a result, she developed severe social anxiety and would routinely isolate herself from others. Her one comfort came in the form of animals – be it cats or dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs, fish, lizards, or birds. As a veterinary assistant, Elizabeth is able to give back and help animals just as they have helped her over the years.
Tiff grew up in a small town in California called Yucaipa. After relocating to Iowa with her boyfriend, she learned of an opening at Ingersoll Animal Hospital and jumped at the chance to join our team. Having been a veterinary technician for several years, it was the perfect fit! As one of our patient care coordinators, Tiff loves interacting with clients and helping them to better understand how to keep their pets happy and healthy.
Randi’s lifetime passion for animals, and experience working with racetrack horses, has provided a strong foundation for her veterinary hospital work. By previously earning her Dental Assistant certificate, Randi gained basic medical knowledge that she uses in her Patient Care Coordinator position. When her clients and their beloved pets arrive for their appointments, Randi greets them with a friendly smile and a calm, efficient manner. She wants them to have a smooth, positive hospital experience; and just in case, Randi’s ready with her supply of dog treats!
America hails from Chihuahua, Mexico – a place she and her family frequently visited while she was growing up. Seeing so many stray dogs in the streets, America remembers wanting to bring them all home with her. That desire to help and heal pets in need ultimately led her to a career in the veterinary industry. As a patient care coordinator, America loves being able to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets!
Kryssa was only in the eighth grade when she started helping at a grooming facility operated by Kryssa’s own dog trainer. Over the years, she learned the ropes of the grooming profession hands-on—she hasn’t stopped grooming pets since. Now, Kryssa is Ingersoll Animal Hospital’s resident Pet Groomer!
“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.”
– Pam Brown