Office Manager
Erin loves having her finger on the pulse of the hospital. Working as Ingersoll Animal Hospital’s Office Manager, Erin handles routine tasks such as hiring, scheduling, and client relations. However, she receives the most satisfaction by giving Dr. Peterson, the hospital’s owner, more time to care for her clients’ pets. Erin knows that the hospital’s lifeblood is the excellent care veterinarians and staff provide to clients’ beloved pets. She also knows that the hospital’s care team enjoys forming lasting relationships with the animals’ pet parents. Erin is happy she can play a part in these positive experiences!

At Ingersoll Animal Hospital since 2007, Iowa native Erin joined the hospital after graduating from Iowa State University. Erin earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Ecology, and she minored in Entomology. Her five years as a Patient Care Coordinator prepared her well for her Office Manager position, and she enjoys helping out at the front desk when needed.

Erin shares her Des Moines home with her husband Justin and their daughter and son. Despite Erin’s busy schedule, she always makes time for her family, and she catches a movie when one appeals to her. Drawing on her entomology background, Erin gladly identifies insects for her family and friends. Erin’s young children seem to be following in their mother’s footsteps, as they enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, and exploring.

This feline-friendly family hosts two pampered cats who have become adept at upsetting the household routine. Both cats love to sleep in inconvenient places, although they appear to get plenty of daytime rest. During the middle of the night, Bella and Obi often cause a noisy commotion, each likely blaming their partner in crime for waking up the family.
Assistant Manager, Veterinary Technician
Ashley has completely immersed herself in veterinary medicine. When Ashley first came to Ingersoll Animal Hospital, she worked as a Patient Care Coordinator, greeting and educating clients. However, Ashley wanted more hands-on involvement with patients. Over the course of the past 10 years (with a brief break), Ashley has taken classes and learned valuable techniques from the hospital’s experienced veterinary technicians. Ashley is a Certified Veterinary Assistant and a Certified Laser Technician.

A Des Moines native, Ashley lives with her husband, daughter, and two step-children. Ashley regards her daughter as her best achievement, and she spends lots of creative time with this energetic young girl. In Ashley’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ashley especially likes to gather her relatives’ and friends’ children for a rambunctious get-together.

Ashley’s three cats also keep her on her toes. Nina, Nala, and Charlie are all very different but each enjoy trying to be the center of attention in the household.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ever since she was a little girl, Tess has had a passion for veterinary medicine. All she’s ever wanted to do was help animals live happier, healthier lives! She gets to do just that as a Registered Veterinary Technician at Ingersoll Animal Hospital.

Tess has lived in Des Moines her whole life, and grew up surrounded by her family pets. She attended Des Moines Area Community College, and graduated in 2013 with her Associate’s degree in veterinary technology. After studying hard for board exams that summer, she was thrilled to pass her tests and become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Iowa.

In her time away from work, Tess enjoys spending time with friends and family, drawing, watching movies, reading comic books, and listening to music. She’s also recently taken up sewing—many of her unique ideas have turned out quite nicely! Tess lives with two pets of her own: Paisley, a playful calico cat who demands to be the center of attention, and a garter snake named Nagini. Tess also owns an elderly cat named Lucy and a beagle who goes by Butters, both of whom live back home with her parents.
Registered Veterinary Technician
When she was in the second grade, a veterinarian came to Shelby’s elementary school and gave a presentation about working in the veterinary field. She was hooked right away—she hasn’t looked back since! Shelby gets to satisfy her passion for animal care every day as a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Shelby is originally from Sully, Iowa, and first joined the team here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in late 2016. She particularly enjoys the challenge of in-depth diagnostic work and loves to learn new things from her coworkers every day. Most of all, Shelby loves performing dental work—being able to use her hands and make an immediate difference in the health of a pet is incredibly rewarding for her!

Shelby and her husband, Andrew, have two pets of their own at home: Harlow, a very intelligent Border collie mix who even knows her right from her left; and a happy-go-lucky Bernese Mountain Dog named Bear. When she isn’t tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital or spending time with her own four-legged friends at home, Shelby loves to spend time in the great outdoors. She’s also a bit of an adrenaline junkie—she’s competed in a triathlon, gone snowmobiling in the mountains of Colorado, and completed two successful skydives!
Registered Veterinary Technician
Mary’s recent switch to veterinary medicine work has given her the best of both worlds. After spending a long career in the human health field, Mary took a job in a local boarding and training center. After experiencing the benefits of animal-focused work, Mary saw that a veterinary medicine career could draw on her health-related background. Even better, Mary realized that working in a veterinary hospital would allow her to help both people and animals. Once Mary made this important connection, she made her career change, and she couldn’t be happier!

Once Mary made her career decision, she put the wheels in motion to implement her plan. Mary recently graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Des Moines Area Community College, and she is now a Registered Veterinary Technician. With proven knowledge of veterinary medicine work, Mary focuses on helping the veterinarians provide excellent care to clients’ treasured pets. Mary also enjoys educating clients, providing them with resources and advice they can use to take care of their special family members. Mary values long-term relationships, and she looks forward to working with the hospital’s clients for many years.

Originally from central Iowa, Mary and her husband Pat have loved life on their nearby acreage for the past 24 years. Mary has a passion for stained glass, and always visualizes her next project while putting the finishing touches on her current creation. While Pat is retired, he stays busy maintaining the land and equipment, and he also pitches in his longtime fast-pitch softball league. Together, Mary and Pat go canoeing and kayaking, and they keep in touch with their three adult children. Although it’s a challenge, Mary and Pat also keep track of their four busy grandchildren’s activities.

Mary’s roomy acreage gives her five German shepherd dogs plenty of room to roam. With their intelligence and ability to quickly learn new tasks, Mary’s dogs excel at obedience and agility activities. Next, Mary wants to develop the dogs’ problem-solving skills by introducing them to tracking work.
Head Veterinary and Dental Technician
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!

When Becky began attending nearby Simpson College, she wanted to maintain her connection to veterinary medicine. Becky applied for a part-time job at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in 1980, and she has been a valuable part of the hospital’s care team for more than 30 years.

Throughout Becky’s time at the hospital, she has taken the initiative to improve her skills, which increases her ability to provide care for her clients’ treasured pets. Becky has become a Certified Veterinary Assistant and a Medical Laser Technician. She has also completed advanced training from the American Society of Veterinary Dental Technicians. This dedicated, animal-loving lady keeps herself updated on the latest veterinary medicine advances, and she’s always ready to adapt to new technologies to better help her furry patients.

In Becky’s free time, she’s a seasoned distance runner who has completed several marathons. Becky and Capital, her miniature schnauzer, also compete in agility trials. Little Capital believes he’s a hardy golden retriever, as this energetic little guy loves to swim and retrieve objects Becky has thrown into the water. In fact, Capital is such a fierce competitor that he’s outraced Labrador retrievers sprinting toward their field dummies. Becky also owns a second miniature schnauzer, Tempo, with whom she’s currently training to be as well-seasoned as Capital! He’s still very much a puppy and is more vocal than Becky would like, but he’s making great progress.
Kelsey B
Registered Veterinary Technician
Kelsey originally went to school to study human psychology—she worked at a local pet store during her time away from classes, and it wasn’t long before she realized that her heart was truly in animal care! Kelsey decided to make a change and study veterinary technology; she hasn’t looked back since.

Kelsey is from Forest City, Iowa and is now a Registered Veterinary Technician here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital. She has a particular fascination with laboratory procedures, and loves to work toward a diagnosis on the cellular level. She also likes performing in-depth nursing care and interacting one-on-one with her patients and their loving owners.

In her time away from work, Kelsey enjoys reading novels, painting, and doting on her own animal companions at home. She has a Brittany Spaniel named Rusty, who loves nothing more than a lazy day spent cuddled up on the couch, as well as a playful cat named Firefly.
Veterinary Technician
Jennie has been interested in the medical sciences for as long as she can remember. She’s also adored the company of animals ever since she was a little girl. It only made sense to combine the two into one fulfilling career path: veterinary medicine. Jennie is a proud member of Ingersoll Animal Hospital’s Veterinary Technician team!

Jennie is from Cedar Rapids and attended Des Moines Area Community College to study veterinary technology. She completed her summer internship at a pair of animal clinics during that time while living in Mitchellville, then lived in Ankeny the next semester while finishing up her schoolwork. Now, Jennie lives here in Des Moines and joined the Ingersoll Animal Hospital team shortly after graduating in May of 2019.

Medically, Jennie enjoys examining samples under the microscope, and she’s also fond of monitoring patients under anesthesia. Her favorite part of the work, though, is getting to interact one-on-one with pet owners just like herself on a daily basis.

When she’s not at the clinic, Jennie likes hiking in the great outdoors and playing video games. She shares her home with two loveable cats: Bobo, who loves nothing more than a warm lap to sit on, and Greg, who has a strange propensity to stick his whole head underneath the running faucet.
Megan H
Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant
Kelly has been doing her part to help animals live happier, healthier lives ever since she was a little girl. She even recalls trying to fix a grasshopper’s leg while growing up! For Kelly, working hands-on with the earth’s creatures simply made sense, so she decided to become a veterinary professional.

Kelly grew up in California but also lived in Arizona and Texas for a time. She launched her veterinary career back in the 1990s, working with animals of every shape and size. As time went on, Kelly narrowed her focus to small-breed animals, and she’s been helping pets and animal parents in that capacity ever since. She joined the team here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital in the summer of 2020, and her favorite part of every shift is getting to make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Seeing a previously ill pet go home happy is the ultimate reward!

When she’s not at work, Kelly enjoys spending quality time with her fiancé and her family, and she’s also fond of hiking, camping, and fishing in the great outdoors.
Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant
Kacie grew up alongside her first puppy, Max, who quickly became her best friend in the world. This was the beginning of her lifelong passion for animals! Ever since she can remember, Kacie has wanted to improve the lives of pets in whatever way she could—now, she’s able to use her skills as a Veterinary Assistant to do just that.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Kacie moved with her family to Waukee, Iowa at a young age and has lived in the area ever since. She was still in high school when she started working at her first veterinary practice, and decided to further her education in the animal-care field after graduation. Kacie headed to Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in animal science, then signed on as a Veterinary Assistant here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital. She couldn’t be happier to continue her veterinary journey alongside the talented and compassionate clinic team!

Outside of her interests in the animal-care world, Kacie enjoys staying active in the great outdoors. She’s an avid boater, fisher, and camper, and also loves to golf.
Patient Care Coordinator
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!

Living outside Des Moines with her fiance Jason, Randi has quite a collection of dogs, cats, and horses. Randi thrives on being outdoors, and she takes every opportunity to ride her horses and bond with her dog. She also shares camping, fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, and road trips with Jason. Randi’s generally an early bird, getting up before sunrise, working hard on the farm and at the hospital, and turning out the lights well after the sun goes down.

Randi’s three horses have an insatiable appetite, as they eat all day and then escape from their pasture to gorge themselves on the other side of the fence. So far, Solomon, Tornado, and Lexy haven’t suffered any ill effects from their food fests. Randi’s dog Kilo loves playing with the horses, and she’ll hitch a ride on any moving vehicle, hopping into the truck or jumping on the four-wheeler. Finally, Randi’s two cats have found a way to entertain themselves inside the house. Kazz has learned how to completely unroll the toilet paper, and Trix has developed the fine art of sleeping all day.
Patient Care Coordinator
Destiny still has an essay that she wrote at the age of six, which proclaims that she wanted to become a veterinarian when she grew up. She’s always had a passion for helping pets to live happier, healthier lives! For Destiny, getting to spend time around animals every day while benefitting the lives of their owners is a dream come true.

Destiny was raised in upstate New York but spent most of her life in southern Georgia and northern Florida. She joined the Ingersoll Animal Hospital family as a Patient Care Coordinator, and loves to meet and greet clients and their furry friends at the front desk. Destiny especially loves to use her customer service skills to make someone’s day!

Outside of work, Destiny likes spending time with family and doting on her dog, Cotton Van Wrinkle, at home.
Patient Care Coordinator
Ever since she was young, Jennae has had a passion for helping any living thing—humans, animals, and plants included. When the opportunity arose for her to put her passion to good use and spend time around animals on a daily basis, she knew it was too good to pass up! Jennae is thrilled to launch her veterinary journey as a Patient Care Coordinator right here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital.

Jennae grew up on a farm on the outskirts of Hospers, Iowa and moved to Cedar Rapids after high school, where she started working in the customer service industry. She moved to the Des Moines area with her boyfriend in late 2019 to be closer to family, and started here at the clinic shortly afterward.

Jennae’s interests outside of animal care include photography, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets. At home, she has two unique animal companions: a sassy bearded dragon, Smaug, and a rambunctious hedgehog named Oliver.
Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant
When her own beloved dog, Rey, fell ill, Aly relied on the skills and knowledge of her local veterinary staff to help her pet feel better. She was particularly struck by the role the Veterinary Technicians had in returning her dog to full health—Aly knew that she wanted to do the same for other pet owners! That’s why she joined the team here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital.

Aly is originally from northern Minnesota but moved to Ankeny with her family during her high school years. After attending Des Moines Area Community College to earn her degree in accounting and spending a few years bartending and serving, she decided to pursue her true passion: veterinary medicine. When Aly came across an open position here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital, she jumped at her chance!

Around the clinic, Aly loves to spend quality time with the boarding pets and make sure they’re comfortable during their time away from home. She also loves to jump in and help the Technicians and veterinarians whenever she’s needed—Aly would love to become a Veterinary Technician herself in the near future!

In her time away from work, Aly enjoys camping and fishing in the great outdoors, visiting her grandparents back in Minnesota, and finding new adventures with Rey.
Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant
Leslie has always wanted to act as a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves—before joining the veterinary world, she worked in the social services field as an advocate for people! Combining her passion for helping others with her lifelong love of animals was simply a natural fit. Leslie is a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant with the Ingersoll Animal Hospital family.

Leslie is an Iowa native, and first started helping animals while working at a veterinary clinic during high school. After working in social services for many years, she met a co-worker who introduced her to wildlife rehabilitation. Leslie worked with other rehabilitators to become licensed, and eventually helped launch a non-profit organization to network Iowa’s wildlife rehabilitators—her efforts helped the state’s rehabilitators share resources and provide educational resources to the public!

After her time in the world of animal rehabilitation, Leslie decided to start working hands-on with pets by becoming a member of the veterinary profession. That’s when she joined the team here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital—she’s been a member of the family since November of 2018. Leslie’s favorite part of her job is seeing the amazing results of therapy and rehab efforts, and she especially likes to assist the doctors and Technicians in the exam rooms.

Away from work, Leslie enjoys reading, crocheting, camping, and trail-hiking with her canine companions. She and her husband have five grown children and share their home with a number of pets: two dogs who go by Blue and Maybel; two cats named Stella and Boy Cat; six rescued zebra finches, six Japanese quail, and any number of wildlife animals who are being rehabilitated.
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Vet Assistant, Room Tech
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!

Shelbi first joined the team here at Ingersoll Animal Hospital while starting college at Iowa State University, filling in during breaks and summer vacation as a Veterinary Assistant, until returning to the clinic full-time after graduating with her degree in animal ecology. She especially loves to learn new things on a daily basis, and also enjoys observing and helping with surgeries. Shelbi’s favorite part of her work is that every day is a little bit different—she’s constantly kept on her toes!

Outside of work, Shelbi likes traveling and spending time at home with her own pets. She shares her life with Nashville, a Golden Retriever/English Setter mix who loves to be pampered, as well as a spunky black cat named Manny.
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. A.G. Miller
Dr. Miller’s close relationship with Mud, his black Labrador retriever, showed him the profound bond possible between a loving pet owner and their treasured friend. Because of his special experience with Mud, Dr. Miller wanted to help other pet owners nurture that life-changing bond with their furry family members. By becoming a veterinarian, and working to keep his clients’ pets healthy, Dr. Miller feels he can contribute to longer, more active owner/pet relationships!

Born in Illinois, Dr. Miller and his family moved to West Des Moines when he was a small child. After graduating from high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Truman State University in 2009. Answering his veterinary calling, Dr. Miller spent several intense years pursuing a veterinary medicine degree at Iowa State University. In 2013, Dr. Miller achieved his goal, earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

While Dr. Mlller enjoys the rewards of general veterinary practice work, he also cultivates a few areas of special interest. He thoroughly enjoys soft tissue surgery, and orthopedic surgery and cardiology intrigue him as well. Dr. Miller and his wife Rebecca are happiest when they spend time outdoors. The couple enjoys bicycling and gardening together; and he plays a rowdy game of football whenever possible. In fact, Dr. Miller’s always ready to participate in any type of physical competition.

This animal-loving couple shares their active lives with Lizzy, their charming Labrador retriever cross with boundless energy and a free spirit. Lizzy’s sunny personality and affectionate nature make her a much-loved companion.
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.
Pet Groomer
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!

Kryssa is originally from New Virginia, Iowa, and attended Kirkwood Community College to study pet grooming and small-business management. After completing her schooling, she signed on with a local animal hospital for a time before moving on to another nearby clinic, where she worked as a Veterinary Assistant while starting her very own grooming business during her off hours.

In the summer of 2018, Kryssa joined the Ingersoll Animal Hospital family and has been making the pets of the area look and feel their absolute best ever since. For her, nothing beats seeing the look on an owner’s face when they first see their freshly groomed companion—those moments make it all worth it for Kryssa!

When she isn’t pampering pets here at the hospital, Kryssa enjoys scrapbooking and spending quality time with her friends and family. She and her boyfriend, Josh, have a beautiful daughter named Ava and also share their lives with three canine companions: Angel, Kryssa’s rat terrier who used to compete alongside Kryssa in competitive 4-H shows; a Pit Bull named Arielle who is both a Canine Good Citizen and a certified therapy dog; and Triton the Pit Bull, also a Canine Good Citizen who loves performing his best tricks for treats.