Dr. Alexander
Dr. Alexander was born and raised in Rhode Island, where she decided at the age of three that she wanted to become a veterinarian. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Pathobiology and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Connecticut (go Huskies!) in 2014, followed by her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. She then worked for two years at a busy mixed-animal general practice in rural upstate New York, where she treated everything from cats and dogs to pot-bellied pigs and pygmy goats. Dr. Alexander spent the past year in northern California, providing relief veterinary services for a variety of clinics all over the Bay Area.

Dr. Alexander is excited to be working full-time at a single clinic again, which allows her to really get to know her clients and patients. Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is being able to not only help her patients feel better when they come to her for illnesses or injuries, but also help their humans to feel better in the process. She also enjoys soft tissue surgery, endocrinology, and engaging in client education on preventive medicine. Two topics she is especially passionate about are heartworm prevention and lyme disease.

Dr. Alexander currently lives with her veterinarian fiancé, Nicholas (also a Cornell class of 2018 grad) and their yellow lab, Griffin. When she is not at the clinic, Dr. Alexander enjoys hiking, running, biking, cooking (and is always looking to try new recipes!), reading (mainly thrillers or historical fiction), playing Scrabble, and binge watching shows like The Blacklist and The Resident.
Dr. Austin
Dr. Austin is a lover of all living things - furry, feathered, scaly, and furless alike! She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Iowa, receiving her BA in Journalism & Mass Communication in 2010. While working in the corporate world, she began volunteering with wildlife to fill her animal void. In 2013 she became a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and made a full-time career change, clinically training as a Veterinary Technician at both a general practice and an ER/specialty clinic. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2021. Some of her areas of professional interest include wildlife, zoo and exotic companion animal medicine, integrative medicine, ophthalmology, and nutrition. Dr. Austin is a lifelong learner with plans to obtain her certifications in chiropractic care, acupuncture, rehabilitation, and, hopefully, one day, her Master's in Public Health.

As a nontraditional student, Dr. Austin believes you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. To help spread this message, client education and mentoring have become some of her true passions. She has volunteered at many youth veterinary medicine camps and international philanthropic endeavors.

Dr. Austin enjoys country living with her husband, Jared. Together, they have 3 children; Hayden, 4, Noah, 2 and Evelyn, 2 months. Their family also includes a Great Dane named Katie and a cat named Flint.

When she is not in the clinic, Dr. Austin logs a lot of hours working with the community through her wildlife nonprofit. She also enjoys yoga, spending time outside (especially birdwatching), traveling and pretending she has a green thumb.
Dr. N.T. Peterson
Practice Owner/Veterinarian
Dr. Peterson has always felt a deep connection with animals. Whether she was bonding with her childhood pets, helping a client’s treasured cat to recover from an illness, or playing with her own affectionate dogs, she always felt that animals greatly enriched her life. To give back to these loving creatures who have such generous spirits, Dr. Peterson has dedicated her career to helping improve animals’ health, comfort, and quality of life!

Born and raised in Altoona, Iowa, Dr. Peterson received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. After briefly practicing in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Peterson joined Ingersoll Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian in December 1981. In 2005, Dr. Peterson purchased the practice, and over the years she has been pleased with the hospital’s continued growth.

Dr. Peterson enjoys cultivating relationships with her clients and caring for their beloved pets. She loves the varied challenges she faces each day, and savors the rewards of seeing a much-loved pet recover and thrive again. Dr. Peterson especially likes to focus on dentistry, as a good dental cleaning and preventive maintenance can make a real difference in a pet’s life. She also appreciates new pain management and oncology treatments, and keeps up with the latest advances in those fields.

Dr. Peterson is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT), and received her certification from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in order to help both companion and performance animals improve their quality of life. She is also a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist (CVSMT), having received her certification from The Healing Oasis. (Veterinary spinal manipulation is often referred to as veterinary or animal chiropractic.) In addition to her rehabilitation and chiropractic interests, Dr. Peterson is currently completing training to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Peterson also has a keen interest in obedience work. She teaches dog obedience classes at the Des Moines Obedience Training Club; and she frequently enters obedience, agility, tracking, and hunt test competitions with her dogs. Dr. Peterson is also passionate about providing service dogs for military veterans. She serves as the veterinary advisor for the Puppy Jake Foundation, a group founded to accomplish this worthy goal.

Dr. Peterson and her husband John remain close to their two adult children. The couple’s daughter enjoys her museum education curator work, and their son attends college as a performing arts major. In her spare time, Dr. Peterson likes to stay active and always makes time for bicycling, volleyball, and perennial gardening. Dr. Peterson and her husband love to travel, and they count a memorable Zambian safari trip as a highlight of their lives.

This animal-focused couple shares their home with several furry family members. Takoda is an affectionate, fun-loving golden retriever who accompanies Dr. Peterson to work each day. Takoda also excels at obedience work, and has recently become Dr. Peterson’s third obedience champion. Zing, a beautiful Siamese mix cat, is a chatty feline who delights in showing everyone the location of his food bin.
Dr. T. J. Frye
Dr. Frye received her veterinary career inspiration from an unlikely source. While attending Chadron State College in Nebraska, she happened to chat with an Iowa State University-educated professor. As it turned out, the professor was familiar with the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine; and he strongly encouraged this enthusiastic student to pursue a veterinary education at Iowa State. She listened to his advice, and after much hard work received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from this well-known institution. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Frye has been a vital part of the Ingersoll Animal Hospital care team, and she’s glad she chose a veterinary medicine career!

When Dr. Frye’s not caring for her clients’ cherished pets, she enjoys tending her garden and singing in her church choir. She frequently volunteers to teach classes at the Cyclone Country Kennel Club, and she often joins in Club activities as well. Libby and Torie, Dr. Frye’s beautiful golden retrievers, function as her team members in agility and obedience trials and hunt tests. Through observing the goldens during their varied training regimens, Dr. Frye has developed a keen interest in the animal behavior field.

Dr. Frye and her husband Casey have diversified the goldens’ skills, training them for upland hunting work. In favorable weather, the couple frequently piles the happy dogs in the car for another high-energy expedition.
Dr. K.M. Kendall
Dr. Kendall can recall being home sick as a child and watching as her family’s cats called a truce with one another to come lay with her on the couch. Animals have always been a part of her life, and she’s wanted to give something back to them ever since she can remember. Dr. Kendall’s innate desire to care for other beings, combined with her intense passions for biology and zoology, make veterinary medicine the ideal career choice!

A native of southern California, Dr. Kendall received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California-Santa Barbara, working part-time in veterinary clinics during her studies. She moved with her husband, Dan, to Iowa in 2002 to attend veterinary school at Iowa State University. After graduating in 2006, the couple decided to stay in the area, and Dr. Kendall began her veterinary career.

After six years in private practice, Dr. Kendall began working at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. While she adored her work there, she realized she missed forming personal, long-term relationships with clients and their pets. Dr. Kendall decided to return to small-animal practice and signed on here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in the fall of 2015. She brings with her special interests in behavior, pain management, and new puppy and kitten visits.

Dr. Kendall and her husband have a young daughter who is already shaping up to be as much of an animal-lover as her mother. The family shares their home with a cat named Milo, three dogs who go by Tucker, Tessie, and Ruby, a pair of pet rats, and two turtles.

When she isn’t caring for animals here at the hospital, Dr. Kendall enjoys canoeing, hiking, and sailing with her family. Whenever they can, the family likes to get out to the coast for some scuba diving or snorkeling.
Luther arrived at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in the summer of 2010 after being picked up for attempted hitch-hiking on MLK, Jr. Blvd. He traded in his knapsack bindle, harmonica, and can of beans for a soft blue bed and litterpan. After a brief forray into the role of cuterebra (fly larvae) surrogate and foster parent, Luther quickly settled into a more clerical position in the reception area. His specialty is thorough reorganization of files across the floor, forming an elaborate system that he alone understands. Luther loves his new home, though he’s occassionally been heard playing “Hobo’s Lullaby” on a smuggled harmonica while drifting off to sleep.